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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

THE MAZE IN MY HEAD

I’m confused about whether there is a maze in my head, or if my head is in a maze.  In either event, it is not unusual for me to be confused.

My inspiration for this tablescape started out being the butterflies on these dinner plates, but then…


dnr plate I was looking at the vine-like border on the plates and remembered I had some salad plates with vine-like borders.  The fact that the salad plates were botanicals (not butterflies) didn’t occur to me, because I was in the  “green vine border” section of the maze at that moment,  and then…


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I realized that I didn’t have six salad plates that matched, but I did have six that were similar, then…

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I remembered my mother’s stemware and my coffee cup plates with a vine-like border, and then…



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I wandered back into the section of the maze where I had started–the “butterfly themed” section, and I remembered my butterfly tea cup set.  Since I wasn’t going to serve tea, I decided to use the little cups to serve salt (sort of like a salt cellar, but bigger-(we do use way too much salt), and then…


salt cups I remembered my mother-in-law’s butterfly candle, which had never been lit. I also started looking at the pretty box that the above-mentioned tea set came in, and I decided to use it to elevate the centerpiece, and then…


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I realized that the cobalt blue on the box (which I had used to elevate my centerpiece) might need to be picked up someplace else on the table, so I got out my cobalt butterfly napkin rings instead of the yellow and blue napkin rings I had planned to use (I put those on the cobalt box, which is elevating my centerpiece!), and then…077

I remembered a couple of cobalt blue ceramic butterfly boxes that I have (you understand, there was a cobalt blue section in the maze, and I got stuck there awhile), and then…

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I thought about a little pedestal server that has butterflies on it.

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Mother’s soup tureen has butterflies on top, but I have no idea where I was in the maze when I put her floral divided vegetable server on the table!  Now… 

srvg pieces I realized that I could use my Aynsley steak knifes to try to pull together the colors on the table -the pinks, greens and cobalt blues.  (I’m trying to not mention that the cobalt is a bird - not a butterfly).  These knives are as confused as my brain.  I know that the blade is supposed to face the plate, but look what happens when I position them on the table correctly.

knife back I think somebody at the knife factory was running around in a maze the day they put the writing on the wrong side of these knives!  Or did they put it there just to confuse me?  They had no idea I was ALREADY running around in a maze – just trying to find my way to a tablescape that makes sense.

Maybe now you understand why most of my tablescapes end up being a hodge podge (“hodge podge” is my term for a lot of unrelated things mixed together). But then… ovrhd tbl When it was time to serve dessert, I wound up back in the part of the maze where I was thinking of the green in the vine-like borders again!dessert cup



full tbl dsrtWhew! Living with my brain is exhausting! I feel like I spend most of my time looking for my brain in the maze, and my brain is running all over the maze trying to keep me from finding it!

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I’m linking to Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.


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Thank you for coming by my blog and taking this journey through the maze that is my mind. I hope you’ll join in for Favorite Things Saturday. Hopefully, I’ll get out of this maze in time to get the link sign up list here Friday night. laurie

30 comments:

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Laurie I love coming by here you always have the fun stuff...just like on RMS the best of the best...Now those little cups are just awesome girl and your mama's soup tureen you know how mush I love family pieces PRICELESS girl..this ia another beautiful Laurie table...How's the Boss girl...Hugs and smiles My Dear friend...Gl♥ria

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Well I love how your table came together...that is how I like to do a table too...those glasses are beautiful...but then so are the plates!! and the candle!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I like wandering the maze with you and seeing how one thing leads to another and there you have one beautiful tablescape!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Very pretty table! I love your centerpiece and the mirrored chargers are really fun!

Sailing Simply said...

Loved how you presented this tablescape! Beautiful setting, it's very magical looking!

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

That tablescape is just as pretty as can be.. All those butterfly items are beautiful.. I can only imagine how GOOD the room FELT decked out with them...

~ Sonny ~

Fatima -Scrapart said...

It's AMAZING! WONDERFUL DISHES! Everything is gorgeous!!!Love them.
Fatima-Scrapart.

Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful said...

I'd say you created a mighty "vine" tablescape, despite the time spent in the maze! It really was fun and instructive to read about the process you used to create your stunning table! Brilliant use of crepe myrtles -- you know those would attract butterflies!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Laurie, I love it all. YOur mom's soup tureen, gorgeous and all of the pretty vine trimmed dishes, they are just fabulous with the butterflies and the pretty flowers. Your centerpiece is stunning. You always set the most wonderful tables. This one is stunning. Hugs, Marty

Debbie said...

I would have loved this table even WITHOUT the commentary, but the chatter just made my morning. I found myself smiling and grinning as you walked us through your maze.

What a great post, and what pretty tables, both the meal and the dessert. I love how you showed us the inspiration for each selection. It's all perfect, and I am now a follower.

You are too way too fun to miss.

Mimi said...

That was an "a-mazing" trip through the maze to see where those vines led to! I usually think of things after I have taken the pictures and eaten the meal. Your table came out beautiful, as always. You have some very lovely dishes, especially the tureen. I just love the napkin rings.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Very Pretty! Enjoyed seeing all your pretty butterfly dishes.

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

I love the maze your brain works through. The results are always so lovely.

Entertaining Women said...

Come on over and climb in the great big boat that is filled with all of us who have brains that operate just like yours! Love the tablescape. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

Laurie said...

The table looks lovely! Isn't it strange how the mid works? Seems you're not the only one with a maze in the brain.

Sarah said...

I followed your maze right through to the end and there was your beautiful table set with both butterflies and flowers. Love the pedestal server with the butterflies and the strawberry bushes. I'm still "fluttering" over this table. LOL
Sarah

Just Breathe said...

Love each item. What a beautiful table you set.

Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

Hello Miss Laurie! Remember me?! I love butterfiles! I love botanicals! I love green! I love cobalt blue! I love your tablescape!!!! You are so funny girlfriend! My brain isn't even in a maze! I think I dropped it into a dark well somewhere and forgot where the well was! Good to visit you Laurie! God Bless! Lauralu

Kathleen Ellis said...

Laurie...you create the best "hodge-podge" tablescapes I've ever seen! I love the butterfly theme...lovely!
Have a beautiful weekend~
;-D Kathleen

Olive Cooper said...

Blogger is the true maze as this is my third attempt at a comment. Love the vines and the green goblets. You are a lot of fun and are worth struggling with the true maze. hugs♥olive

xinex said...

I guess your brain got out of the maze ok because it was able to make you set a beautiful table. Your plates are all beautiful, Laurie, I love all the botanicals in them....Christine

Kathleen said...

You sure know how to put all the different pieces together, Laurie!
I love those green dessert cups. Perfect for St Patrick's Day! Never too early to think green!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I am absolutely sure my brain is in a maize too now Laurie!
I do believe you have a very creative maize going on in there!
Such beautiful plates, and glassware and centerpiece and everything!
I just wonder how you keep track of all of these pretty things!
Your maize must be in good working order too!
And I love your sense of humor~
Hugs,
Cindy

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What a lovely maize you've created! This all becomes more and more lovely layer by layer. I don't think your brain is in "a maize"....more like amazingly creative my friend -- you always inspire me with every visit.

subgirl said...

Girlfriend, if you can set a table like that while wandering through the maze, then you just need to stay in the maze!! It was very eclectic and very interesting. Great job!

Marlis said...

Your table came together beautifully. I love each carefully selected piece. It's a harmony of all the colors in the plates. Beautifully done.

Mary Ellen said...

I don't know anything about you being in a maze but I do know you are amazing with all your fun and creative posts!!

Love your table- it is just lovely!

Hope your having great weekend. Today I picked choke cherries- yup used a ladder again!!

bee blessed
mary

Kathysue said...

You might think it is a maze but I think you did a pretty A-maze-ing table with your brain!!kathysue

Sue said...

Crack me up, girl! Love the maze w/your little brain.... You must be extremely organized with all that dinner/glassware to know right where things can be found! This table is so pretty- all your botanicals and vines.... I tried playing w/my mosaics the other day- I definitely need more practice because I don't end up with the same stuff on the page that you do when I followed your instructions. Can you say "Sue, get with the program?!" aaaggghhhh... I'll get it eventually- LOL
hugs, Sue

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Laurie...this tablescape is beyond gorgeous! I love that china! Hey, when you find your brain, will you come help me look for mine, too? I need serious help! ;)