Wednesday, June 17, 2009

TIE ONE ON FOR FATHER'S DAY!

Have you ever had an idea that you thought would be kind of cute and fun, only to find out once you executed the idea that it turned out reeeeely Fun-EEE instead of fun? That's what happened to me when I was trying to come up with an idea for a Father's Day table. As a matter of fact, it turned out soooo fun-eee that I almost didn't post it, but it was late at night, and I didn't have time to come up with another tablescape. I didn't want to miss the fun of Tablescape Thursday sponsored by Susan at Between Naps on the Porch, so I decided I would post it. Maybe I'll make it on Nikki's Blah Blah Blah Blog for "I Wish Wednesday", when Nikki says "I wish somebody would tell Laurie that T.T. stands for Tablescape Thursday, not Tacky Tablescape".


To see some pretty tablescapes (the kind that aren't fun-eee) go to Between Naps On the Porch.

When I think of Father's Day, I think of the dreaded skinny little box that many fathers receive on Father's Day. They immediately know that they are getting another tie. So my Father's Day tablescape features "the tie that no father wants to get"!





If you are a regular visitor to my blog, you know that I am a major collector of a lot of stuff, and you know that I have trouble getting rid of anything. My husband complains about that frequently. HOWEVER, these boxes contain neatly folded ties that he no longer wears, but he still keeps them! You should see the racks in his closet that contain his current, wearable ties! I don't complain though. When you are the kind of crazy collector I am, you can't complain about a few boxes of neatly folded ties. When I asked if I could borrow some of his ties for my tablescape, he asked me to be careful with them! Be careful with ties that he will never wear again! Obviously, I'm not the only person in this household who needs psychiatric help. Do you know if there are psychiatrists who give family group rates?

I put a tie on a bunny for the center of the table, and gave him some ornamental grass to hold. The bottom plate in each place setting is a dark blue pottery plate. I have topped each plate with a tie and added a clear glass plate over the tie.







These wooden ducks are the most masculine of my napkin rings.







Now, here's the part where you can really start laughing! My tie tablecloth! EDITED TO ADD: Comments about how much time it took to "make" this tablecloth have led me to let you know that it took MUCH less time than what I spend trying to iron a tablecloth, and it was a lot more fun than ironing!

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As always, thank you so much for coming to visit. I'll try to not be quite so tacky if you come back to visit again. laurie

51 comments:

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Now Laurie...I love the fact you think outside the box...I think this is just too cool..I have seen quilts made from men's ties so why not a table cloth...you did good my friend...You have to be a blast to live with...Great table my friend...thanks for sharing...May you have a great day...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

mbkatc230 said...

Laurie, I think this is fun and cute and funny too! I love the tie theme for father's day, it's just too appropriate! And it had to take alot of work "weaving" those ties into a tablecloth! I love it - nice touch of whimsey (just hope nobody drips any gravy on those ties lol). Hugs, Kathy

Bo said...

Oh Laurie...I have missed visiting your wonderful blog while I've been out! You have the most marvelous sense of humor and I always leave with a smile on my face after visiting you here. "Tie one on" is the perfect post title & I don't think anyone else could have come close to making such a FUN Father's Day tablescape..
Loved it!! ;-) Bo

Cindy said...

Hi Laurie!
my dear, who else could come up with such a creative table using ties? Your fun and humor are the best and this is so much fun! I hope hubby appreciates his fun Father's Day table and I hope nobody spills gravy on his beloved ties. lol, Hugs, Cindy

carolinajewel said...

That tie tablecloth has to be one of the coolest things I've ever seen! I love the glass plates over the ties and the duck napkin rings also, but the tablecloth is genius!!! Great job, Laurie!!!! :D Jewel

Our really empty nest said...

Fun, yes,cleaver, creative, of course, we would expect no less. Laurie, I think this is one of your best ideas yet! Does that make me a bit crazy too?? Hope so, lol! HAve a great fathers day weekend! Sue

Judi said...

Laurie!
You have the greatest running imagination! That is absolutely the most priceless tablescape I have seen..*s*..it kind of does make me laugh but on the other hand its just so...and I don't even know the word!
I loved this tablescape! Your dishes and use of every items is wonderful. It really should be in a magazine for Father's Day!
bravo Laurie
have a great day
Judi

Mrs. B. Silly said...

I'm sure glad you did post this because it is just pure fun, not fun! This is the most brilliant tablescape I have seen yet and hubby's tie collection is impressive. He has some very unusual ties and someone is going to think they hit the gold mine years from now when they go through those boxes.

Mrs. B. Silly said...

Oops, that was supposed to read "not fun-ee."

Sue said...

what an absolute hoot!!! certainly not your run of the mill tablescape, and how I love it!!! Cleverness to the nines... Have you seen chair seats that have been woven with ties instead of cane? adorable. thanks for sharing your knack for silliness and fun! :-) Sue

xinex said...

Oh wow, Laurie! This is very unique and surely a lot of work and I commend you for that. I really like it cause I like unusual stuff. Very colorful! My, Danny sure has a lot of ties....Christine

Domestic Designer said...

I absolutely love this idea! I collect old ties to make quilts out of. I could do this while they are "waiting in the wings" to be included in a quilt. Thanks for the idea! Have a great day!

Dixie said...

Laurie... what a creative idea... I especially like that scrabble tie... is it for sale on ebay? LOL

very cute post... I like it... I do! & happy Fathers day to your sweet tie collecting hubby...

hugs... Dixie

Robin said...

How great is that tablescape?!! I absolutely LOVE what you did with the ties!! What did hubby think about it? ADORABLE!!

{{HUGS}}

Robin :o)

redsoxmom said...

So much creativity in this post! The tie tablecloth is so adorable! Wow! That's a lot of ties, by the way! The clear plate over the plate and tie was so clever. The bunny with the tie is my favorite, though. Love it! What a great table!!

Blessings,
Linda

marty39 said...

Oh Laurie, I always love your imagination. I could never have thought of this. It is so cool. I think it's really appropriate and what an array of ties. Love it. Can't wait to see your cloches. Hugs, Marty

Lou Cinda said...

Laurie: I think this is wonderful! I love it and it is so creative!! You did good!

Love the tie on the bunny too!

Lou Cinda :)

Lou Cinda said...

Laurie: I think this is wonderful! I love it and it is so creative!! You did good!

Love the tie on the bunny too!

Lou Cinda :)

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I can't believe you hesitated to show this Laurie!!! It's the cutest table! I love it.

You put a lot of work into it and it turns out to be the perfect table, for Father's Day!! Wish I had thought of that.

I don't remember the last time J wore a tie. I even tried to sell his ties at the garage sale, a couple of years ago, no takers. There are still several, he will never wear, in the closet.

Brilliant idea!! Bravo!

Chandy said...

Laurie, that is soooo COOL! You outdid yourself with that tablecloth and taking a theme to its full potential. So glad your hubs had that many ties for you to play with. LOVE IT!

movingonlady said...

This is so funny. I love it.
And the ties hehe. All I can say is Wow. A really fun tablescape

Melissa Miller said...

LAURIE LOL!

How cute ansd clever are you?
Precious! Precious!

Love the amazing tablecloth! :)

salmagundi said...

You are too clever! I've always wanted to make a crazy quilt out of old ties, but just haven't done it. You have some great ties there - the stinky, stinky one and the scrabble one. Take care, Sally

puddin07 said...

Laurie, Leave it to you! That is the most adorable tablescape I have ever seen! How clever and fun you are! I hope Hubby enjoys his Father' Day, and how could he not? I just love the bunny with his tie on, so cute! Love Ya! Connie

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Laurie, You are so clever, my friend! I was so enamored with your bunny wearing a tie, it took a bit for me to realize your tablecloth is made of woven ties! I LOVE it! This is such a whimsical tablescape & it's brilliant! ☺♥☺ Diane

~CC Catherine said...

Laurie, I THINK THIS IS THE MOST FAB idea for a Father's Day tablescape that you should COPYRIGHT! I'm serious! Oh my PEANUT BUTTER... I couldn't stop being amazed! Plus, the woven tie tablecloth just ROCKS~ ;) Hey, my hubby is mailing the package today from Fed Ex...that way it will all be insured and should get to you safe and sound. I'll email you with the total amount then later today. Lots of blessings to you are wished for today! ~CC Catherine ;)

ellen b said...

Hands down the most unique father's day table covering I have ever seen!! I love it. Who knew there would be a purpose for all those ties dad got over the years. Love it Laurie!!

Heidi Pocketbook said...

Oh.my.gosh. That is so cool, original, unique, manly, interesting...I could go on and on. It makes me wish I would have thought to have incorporated that idea into a display when I was working in a clothing store years ago.

Laurie, you have more talent in your pinky than I'll ever hope to have....

Sharing with Sherri said...

Laurie,

How did you ever come up with such a clever idea?!
I think it's just perfect for a Fathers Day celebration!
You are such a clever, creative girl!

Have a wonderful day!
Sherri:)

Fifi Flowers said...

FUN ties on the table!!!

Linda said...

OK, Laurie, I'm resigning from tablescaping - you have set the mark too high with your creativity - amazing! What a fun table! Linda

Kim said...

I love it!!!! What father doesn't want tie overload for Father's Day? I think the tie tablecloth is just so very clever. Was hubby having a panic attack while you were making this tablescape? You are just too funny girl. I love you & your crazy posts.

Kathleen said...

Well, I am fit to be TIED that I didn't think of this! It's great..
Very clever, Laurie.
I have a friend who made a skirt out of old ties, a long one, it was beautiful, and no one else had one like it!
Thanks for the WHITE reminder!

Brenda said...

That's the most innovative one I've seen yet, girl! I love it! I use to cut up ties to make crazy quilts. But you've got me beat here for sure!
Brenda

ginny said...

Laurie,I never thought anything you did was tacky!
This is by far the most imaginative, creative, fun, tablescape ever! I would have never ever thought to do that with ties. What a creation! Love it!
ginny

Elyse said...

this is one cool and inventive tablescape, or should i say "tie"blescape! very fun.

this is my first tablescape thursday and i am enjoying it so much!

xo

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Laurie, WOW I just love your tablescape. This is a great idea and one of the most creative I have seen. You certainly are a power house of talent. I love the tie on the rabbit. Very clever and perfect for Father's Day.

So enjoyed your post.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Blessings, Celestina Marie

Mary said...

OMG, you win most inventive tablescape EVER!!! That's it, Ladies and Gentlemen, party over.

I say this with much love, Laurie, but... you are a lunatic! You know this, right?

OMG, this is so inventive and, well, FUN! Love it!!!

Sue said...

The tie tablescloth...one of the cleverist things I have seen in a long time...What a great table for Father's Day or a man's birthday...
This is one of those ideas you can send into a magazine....

SueLovesCherries said...

I seriously love it! You should get the Tablescape of the Year Award!

Connie said...

Hi Laurie- I never knew what "Links to this post" meant, now I do. I clicked on it and it went to my blog. Come see it as it's the
first one. How dumb of me......

Heidi Pocketbook said...

Laurie, I just saw this and thought of you:
http://lifeloveparty.blogspot.com/2009/05/neck-tie-napkin-fold.html

Lady Katherine said...

Hi, Laurie I just love the tie woven cloth! The rabbit with his tie! Oh I wish you hubby would let me have some of his ties! I want to weave some chair bottoms using ties. I have 4 so far.lol This table is wonderful!!! I love that you took all the time to weave the cloth. You should not take it a part, sneak it out of the house and send it to me! Need my address? lol Thank you for checking up on me! I have been down with an infection for several weeks, Doc trying to see why, more meds and tests. I am still sick but trying to feel better! I got a lot of projects done the few weeks I had. I am planning a trip, soon as I am better, I am going to drive to a small town on the back roads, I have not driven in 4 years. So there is a Walmart, antique shop and a few thrift stores there. I am going alone, Just Me! Freedom! Here I come! lol

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

You are brilliantly creative~I love it all!

Mari at Once Upon a Plate said...

Hi Laurie! Your imagination knows no bounds ~ I always LOVE to come see what you are going to surprise us with next. :)

I think your tie table covering is so ingenious, and beautiful, too!

Have a healthy, delicious day. xo~m.

Linda said...

Laurie, now this is one clever and unique table, so great for Father's Day, love it!
I have that same bunny with tray, he is cute.
Great job!!!
Now I know what to do with all the old silk ties I have, actually they are to make a quilt with that I haven't gotten to yet.
Linda Q

xashee's corner said...

i totally LOVE that your tables are different and really IMPRESSIVE!! i ADORE the ties 'tablecloth', you are soooooooooooooooo CLEVER!!! Thank you so very much for sharing your CREATIVE mind!! :) Have a SUPER day!!

Linda/"Mom" said...

***** TOOO WONDERFULLY CREATIVE, LAURIE-GIRL!!!***** Just DARLING, dahlin'!!!

Hugs,
Me *

Soosie said...

Eve, I am in shock over the tie-tyed
tablecloth.."oh, my goodness"(to quote grand Whitlee),,that is darling..what a clever idea..since i am ironing tablecloths right now, i am in total agreement with you! Very dapper!! Thanks, Susie

Pinky said...

OMG!!! This is amazing!! I am totally stealing this idea:):):) WE will be away for Father's day but next year I am doing a table like this!!!! I love every single thing about it! The tablecloth is FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! XO, Pinky

Sarah said...

Laurie, I obviously hadn't seen this one. It's fantastic. I'd seen a tablecloth made with ties, and always thought I'd like to try this idea. I think covering it with a piece of plexiglass would be a good idea. Don't want to harm that collection of ties before putting them back in the box. LOL
Thanks for sending us over here. Fabulous table! ~ Sarah