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Monday, October 20, 2008


Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) hosts Tablescape Tuesday, and although I am not a tablescaper, since everyone seemed to be having so much fun being a part of Susan's party, I decided to join in the fun. Do not judge Tablescape Tuesday by my tablescape. As I said, I am not a tablescaper. Please go to Between Naps on the Porch for directions to all of the real tablescapes in blog land. Actually, I prepared this post to join Tablescape Tuesday last week, but decided it wasn't worth posting. I just hadn't deleted yet. I am in the bed, sick now, so I decided I'd go ahead and post this, since I am not able to come up with something new.

For Halloween, my table is bewitched:

The witch centerpiece was given to me by a neighbor who crafted her from Readers Digest pages. This witch cannot remain on my table, because my grandchildren are frightened by her. (Her face IS kind of frightening). Normally, during the Halloween season, she stays in our game room, because our grandchildren seldom go in there.Of course, on my blog, even a tablescape posting comes with a story... The fabric covering the cake stand that the witch is on is an apron. My dh, knowing that I love tablecloths, bought a huge box of what he thought were tablecloths at an estate sale one time. (He had gone there to look at tools.) The top two items in the box were tablecloths. The remainder of the box was filled with aprons! I have enjoyed using them in various ways and even tie them around my chairs sometimes. (You'll probably see that in a later post). The little gold salt cellars belonged to my grandmother. I was so surprised when I found that Susan also enjoys salt cellars. I thought I was the only one who used them.

Glass plates are one of my favorite tools for tablescaping. I am a china nut and have a lot of china, but not for every occasion. A glass plate allows me to turn any plate into something fit for the occasion. In this case, I used a paper napkin under the glass plate. The bottom plate is from a set of china that I bought years ago at an outlet store that was going out of business (so you KNOW they were inexpensive!).

Look, the witch will give you a broom ride for a mere 50 cents! Guess inflation hasn't hit the witch community yet. (Of course, THEY don't have to buy gas). I have used these paper napkins as a coaster. The glasses were also bought at an outlet store. Nobody was buying them (probably because they have to be hand washed), so they had been marked down to $1.00 each! I only bought four, because my cabinets are bursting at the seams now. But I do wish I had bought more. They are just so much fun.

For napkin rings, I hot glued a witch ornament onto a "fallish" ribbon.


I sure hope that mouse doesn't get our dessert before we get to it!

Hope you enjoyed seeing my bargains on my bewitched tablescape. Now, go back to Between Naps on the Porch to see some really great tablescapes.

laurie (bargainhunr)


Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Oh Laurie..girl I am sick also...I stayed in bed all day and now its 3am and I up for a little while..maybe we have blog flu girl haha!! Now I love the witch..but then it takes alot to scare me...looks great and those glasses I love Laurie...boy you could use those so many ways...You take care swwet girl and get better now.. hugs and smiles Gloria

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

I love using glass plates too! I think your table is fetching! It was nice meeting you!


Anonymous said...

How fun.I love those glases.The grandkids will love this.Have they seen it yet?
Well Laurie,first you're blooging-now tablescaping,what next??????????haha
It's all fun,keep it ya...Ann

Anonymous said...

Laurie this is just darling.. I love the napkins..wish I had some of those. I can see all the great things I could do with them..and the witch ride is just too cute. The Jack of Lantern lite is just darling and looks sooooo at home Sure hope you're feeling better darling..
hugs ~lynne~

Anonymous said...

Absolutely stinking too cute! What a wonderful halloween table!

Anonymous said...

Hi Laurie!
What a fun tablescape you created here. I like it. It would make me smile to sit down at this table!

Carrie said...

Oh, you did a great job with this very creative tablescape. I love the story abot the tablecloths and aprons!

bj said...

Oh, Laurie girl...this is a PRECIOUS table. I can't believe you thought it unworthy to post. It is wonderful. I love the use of the clear glass plates with the napkins beneath. Now, I have to find some clear plates.....I have some with a pink tint that I have enjoyed using.
You did a great job on your cute table....
love, bj

santamaker said...

Oh, Laurie... I hate to hear that you're sick... hope it's not anything too serious! Thanks so much for coming to my blog to meet my daughter... she IS a joy to us, as is Kathryn, our baby... (21 years old !!).
This is so CUTE ! How can you say you're not a tablescaper? Love the little details and the witch on the napkins! Those clear plates are a fantastic idea! There are so many possibilities... Love what you did! SO WORTHY of Tablescape Tuesday!
Get well soon, friend

Myrna said...

Oh! I am SO GLAD you didn't delete these pics! It is a lovely and fun tablescape! I love all your bargains..and your ideas--using the cocktail napkins as coaster..the clear dishes over the setting underneath--ALL very creative!! PLEASE don't doubt yourself and your creativity..we are our own worst critics! ;-)
Glad you played along--hope to see you next week!
Take care and hope you feel better soon!

Salmagundi said...

That IS a great tablescape. It is full of the humor I enjoy seeing at Halloween. Get to feeling better so you can tablescape next week!!! Sally

xinex said...

I hope you are feeling better, Laurie.Is Vanna spreading this through the web? Looks like Gloria is also sick. Your table is so festive and I love that witch. So funny that your grandkids are afraid of it. LOL! I also love your goblets. You have a restful day now!...Christine

Anonymous said...

Hi Laurie! I just love your scary table. Yes, this is definitely a tablescape and I'm so glad you didn't delete it!! Now that rat, that's another story!! lol
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Bo said...

Hi Laurie...I'm so glad you didn't delete this tablescape...The tablecloth is adorable and everyting you put with it really looks great! You, my dear, are a tablescaper for sure!! Keep 'em coming.. ;-) Bo

Anonymous said...

Dear Laurie, I'm so excited to see you have a blog now!! I'm Cclaire on RMS..the one with June the maid!! Haven't been on RMS for ages, been busy with kids back in school and my DH. He generally travels a lot but has been home this month with a hand surgery. Also I'm a big reader and not much of a writer ;). Anyway... I love your blog and it's so great to see more of your lovely home!! Great tablescape!!

Anonymous said...

Laurie you are doing a great job! Enjoyed your post! vickydarnell

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hey Sweet Girl...

What??? What do you mean...that you were going to delete this charming tablescape??? Oh my, whatever are we going to do with you, girlfriend??? Hehe!! I think it's absolutely "Halloweeny" charming! I just love the idea of using a glass plate...over a napkin (really the possibilities are endless)! I never thought of doing you have my "design wheels a spinnin'" and I'm going to have to find some glass plates...hehe!!! Thank you so much for sharing that idea and your darling tablescape!!!

Well my friend...I'm so sorry to hear that you aren't feeling well...I've already prayed for you...feel better!!!

Love ya Sweetie...Chari (Happytodesign)

Susan (Between Naps On The said...

If this isn't a "real" tablescape...then I don't know what a real one's awesome! Love those goblets and the china is adorble. Cute, napkins! Love it all! Can't believe you weren't gonna post it!!! I'm so sorry you are sick...hope you are feeling better soon! Love ya,

lvroftiques said...

Laurie as always ...ADORABLE!!!! I can't believe for a second you were going to delete this? *slap slap* on those cute little fingers of yours *winks* And girl that clear plate is genius!! Pure genius!!...I will be using that trick for sure! Because I'm both cheap and lazy! And all I'll have to do is buy napkins for every occasion!*winks* Lol!! Vanna

Anonymous said...

Eve..Hope you are getting better..i see it hasn't zapped your creative proud of all your Halloween 'scapes-they are FUN!

Love the 6 things you cherish..Get well..SA(Susie)

Anonymous said...

Just wonderful! I never saw a better use for these cute napkins. I guess I feel out of the loop now I never thought of clear plates over napkins to create such wonder! Hope you are feeling better sweetie. Love those glasses too, they look like some I've seen that were soooo expensive.. Great job, bargainhunter! Love ya, Cindy

Tomarie said...

I absolutely LOVE the witch napkins rings! What a great idea about the glass plates~~ingenius!
Get better soon cause we sure miss ya!

Lady Katherine said...

Hope you feel better soon. I thought your table was just darling. I would love to have the halloween table. My grands would love it. I can hardly be on the computer, when he's around, He wants me to get it all.

RetiredAtLast said...

As the good witch Glinda from the land of OZ (the one that tried to change the spelling of my name) would say, "There's no place like home". That means comfort food, warm fuzzy slippers, and all the things that make you feel good. It is past time for you and Gloria to kick the butt of whatever varmint has grabbed hold of the two of you. Consider that I have twitched my nose (Samantha style) and this unpleasantness is now a thing of the past.
Laurie, you only think you have a problem with digressing; I think I hold the title of Queen Mother, for that category.
Now to the business at hand (see how I digressed), your tablescape. Those napkins, with the witches stirring their brew are perfect for the occasion.
There is one other witch in my kitchen besides myself: a wood magnet of a witch riding her broom, that is supposed to keep me from burning or otherwise ruining the fruits of my labors in the kitchen. She's doing a pretty fair job.
Really hope you feel better soon. Sorry it is so late, but when I came by earlier, you hadn't posted this wonderful tablescape.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

GM Laurie.. hope you are doing better today can you sleep with the BOSS if your sick?? that stopping by to say a BIG hi and I am sending some cyber chicken soup to you girl..hope it gets there hot...hugs and smiles Gloria

Tardevil said...

Love it! Made me chuckle. Now if you don't mind, I need a quick broom ride to the school carpool line b/c I already know I've been on here too long, and I'm going to be late! Here's my virtual quarter!

Ribbonwood Cottage said...

Laurie, what a great idea to use the glass plate on top of paper plates. I like that. I have alot of china too, but it is not usable except one time a year. So I try to go all out with tablecloths, napkins, etc. Your ideas and cute and clever. I like that. Very fun~!

Lynette said...

Good Afternoon Laurie - Loved your tablescape. I haven't tried my hand at that one yet - to be perfectly honest, I'm a little scared, so many of y'all's are sooo pretty!! Yours was very Halloweened out. Hate you're not feeling well, please get better soon. Cyber hugs coming your way!!

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Laurie, Everything is so adorable and festive!
Love the tablescape.
~Happy Halloween~ Hope you feel better soon. Warmly, Melissa

Lynette said...

Hey Laurie - Hope you are feeling better. THAT bench is finally here - if you feel like it, come over to my house to take a look!! It might make you feel better - LOL.

Anonymous said...

Laurie, I hope you're feeling much better by now, being sick is never fun. I'd much rather lie in bed when I'm feeling great, with a cup of peppermint tea and a basket of much-loved magazines.

There are so many great items and ideas on your Halloween table! I love the stemware, and your napkin rings idea is adorable.

Adding a seasonal napkin beneath a glass plate is a super idea. My mind is already running with other items that would be fun to use ... photos, doilies (paper or "real"), vintage hankies, pressed/dried flowers.

You've given me a lot to think about, and yet another excuse to shop, because all of my glass plates are textured: Miss America depression era plates (I collect pink Miss America, but also have lots of crystal/clear ones), Waterford Waffle, Coronation, and some currently-nameless I recently inherited), plus Princess House floral-etched plates from my newlywed years in the 80s, and the cheapie embossed-with-textured-leaves ones available at the dollar store.

I have a question about your with, "crafted ... from Readers Digest pages." I'm assuming that you mean the underside (not visible) is made of Readers Digests ... have the pages been folded in (a huge dog-ear triangle) like we used to do in the 60s, to make table top Christmas trees? That was a big-time craft back then, pre-Martha, and it called for lots of silver or gold spray paint. If you could add a couple close up pics of the witch, I'd love to see the details.

I've added you to my links list, and hope you'll come by and visit sometime soon.



Tricia said...

I love your tablescape. The napkin rings are just too, too cute. I snuck over to your blog from Santa Maker's blog. Loved the visit.

Anonymous said...

Laurie, I am so late for the Halloween Party! I didn't think you would feel like posting, so I hadn't checked! I'm glad you did, your table is darling! Very creative, using clear glass plates on top of napkins! Loved it all! Love Ya! Connie

Lady Katherine said...

Hi Laurie, Thanks for the sweet note. My condition, is very unusal, A lot of things went wrong. Yes, there are days I lose Hope, But I get her back. I know its going to be a few more years of surgeries and now facing things, I just want to ignore. but I PULL UP MY BOOT STRAPS AND I AM GOING TO ENJOY, my life. I just got to taste the sugar cane hubby grew. Its the simple things that help you find the strengh to go on. I hope you are feeling better now. You and your home are wonderful. Just keep on blogging, its has brought a lot and a lot of sunshine into my life, where I used to just sit and watch TV. It has been good for my spirit. Thanks why I love Anni gift, so much. I enjoy your post. I had not wanted my health to become an issue, on my blog, for it has become such a happy place for me. Looking forward to reading your next post. Thank you for your kind words, I know this week you been feeling down, just smile and things will get better.