Some fabric, and at least half a day all to yourself. That about sums up my day last Thursday. It was a day of revelations and courage.
Pretty strong words for a post about tablecloths and napkins.
Revelations because I finally realized I wanted to return to my color roots, aka THE LAND OF NEUTRALS. I’ve been getting tired of the reds and greens . Although I love almost all colors and at one time or another I’ve decorated with every color of the rainbow, I think I prefer color in OTHER people’s homes more.
As for courage…well, my friends, have you met my Serger?
I finally decided to give this beast yet ANOTHER try.
That, I can assure you, takes courage. The likes of which you have never seen. And this is coming from a woman who has stared down bears, had root canal sans novacaine, and once smacked a man sitting next to me on a train so hard his glasses flew three chairs over.
Suffice it to say, I’m no woos. But just the thought of sitting down with this thing leaves me cowering in fear. I’ve had it for YEARS and it has always driven me to the brink of madness. I decided it’s now or never. I would either make something with it, or throw it off the top of a roof, preferably at the Empire State building…just to make sure its demise would be certain.
It must have sensed my fortitude, because…
it actually worked! When I managed to serge a full seam without spewing out any four letter words, or the needle breaking, or the thread getting tangled, I thought the gates of heaven had parted.
Believe me when I tell you my joy and bliss was palpable. So after I whizzed through the tablecloth, I moved on to napkins, napkin rings and placemats. I was a serging maniac and soaked in every last perfectly finished edge.
I can die happy.
Now let me tell you a little bit about this table. We got it shortly after we bought the cabin nine years ago. It’s not super high quality, but it serves its purpose and I’ve always liked its round shape. I’ve been contemplating painting it a soft creamy white color and if anything drew me closer to that thought it’s when the finish was stripped a bit a couple of months ago. You know those tubes that are glow in the dark? Well, our grandson left one on the table and it leaked and this was the result.
Until I get around to painting it, covering it is a good solution. This dining area has gone through lots of changes, and I’m pretty sure it will go through lots more. No. Make that I’m positive it will go through lots more. I’m already thinking of what I’m going to do with this space next, which may or may not involve tan gingham checked drapes, matching or coordinating chair cushions, painting the table a soft white, and maybe some long overdue new dinnerware in a contrasting color. I was originally thinking of painting just the bottom of the table but unless I’m willing to totally strip the top, that idea may go buy the wayside and I’ll end up painting the whole thing.
Here’s the naked table:
In my quest to keep things light and neutral, I borrowed a cream fuzzy rug from the living room. It immediately added lightness and texture to the space which was exactly what I was going for.
I had some cute trim that I used around the edge of the tablecloth and as an accent for the napkin rings. I also made placemats with some fabric that luckily matched perfectly. (Yes, I also had both of these for years. Are you seeing a pattern here? And are you getting the fact that in one afternoon I made a tablecloth, napkin rings, napkins AND placemats? I’m getting tingly all over just thinking about it).
I made a burlap wreath last year and decided to use that in the center of the table around an organic wooden bowl, and I added some burlap ribbon for a little fullness.
Last but not least, here’s my attempt at a floral arrangement. Can you stand the mind blowing creativity here?
So there you have it.
My first attempt at making a round tablecloth. √
Using fabric and trim I’ve had for years. √
My first time using my Serger and not needing Prosac √
Life is good.
In other news…the now internet famous storage shed is complete, and it took about a New York minute to fill it. Seriously. I can’t believe all that
junk stuff was in our house! As I’m typing this (on Saturday) our daughter and her hubby are flying to NY from their home in Singapore for a week. We will see her Wednesday and next Saturday, so we’re looking forward to that, but in between visits I’ll be working on a small storage room in the house that I’ve newly acquired because of the outside shed freeing up some inside space and I’ll be cleaning up a tiny little storage chest I scored yesterday which needs lots of TLC. I’m talking TSP, wire brush and rust remover kinda TLC. I’ll show you soon.