February 10, 2010

It All Started With A Wish !

Hello Friends~ ~ ~

As many of you know we moved into this house over a year ago so that my Mother could live with us. She is a young 88 and loves to tat and quilt and sew. Yesterday she announced that she wished she could sell some of her place mats and pot holders so that she could sew more. There are so many cute prints she would love to use, so she says. I looked at the two cute sets of 4 placemats she brought upstairs and said "well, why don't we set a sweet little table with one of these for "Tablescape Thursday" and see if anyone would like to purchase your handiwork." I told her many of the gals that visit love to set beautiful tables. Let's see what we can do so this is the result.
This pink set with the ice cream cones is the one we choose to work with. We pulled out all of the things we had around that might work with these colors and got busy.

She positioned the placemats and pot holders over the lace tablecloth. We decided to use the potholders on the table to add more color. Aren't they pretty?

Next we placed the white dinner plates and on top of each plate we used some of my pretty handkerchiefs as napkins. Sweet idea, don't you think?

Each napkin is different and I love them all.

The stainless is Michelangelo by Onida.

We set out the little white leaf plates for each place.

See the corner of the sweet little pink edged napkin peeking in from the centerpiece?

On top of it I placed my French brooch.

We used the glitter trees because, well, they sparkle
and the more sparkle the better!
The bowl in the center is filled with dried rose petals.
First I hung the pink sequined hearts on the candlesticks
but didn't like that so I tried them
atop the rose petals~ ~perfection!

We placed some of the bottles I topped with ornaments and flowers around.

Close up of the bottle and I do love these trees

Sweet salt & pepper and creamer.
Love pink roses.

More sparkle!

The hearts do look better on top of the rose petals don't you agree?
This is the table as you enter the room. (above)

This is the back side of the table. (above) We had lots of fun setting this up and hope that you enjoyed seeing our little work of art.

These are the two sets of placemats. Ice Cream Cones or Cupcakes. If you are interested in purchasing either from Mother please indicate so in the comments and leave your email so that we can contact you. The price for 4 hand sewn placemats is $15.95 + shipping. Set of 3 potholders are $7.95 + shipping.
Please notice that the corners are square on one set and rounded on the other.
This post is linked to Susan at Between Naps On The Porch.
Please stop over at her house to see everyone who is joining in for the fun.

I am also linking to Michael Lee at Designs By Gollum.
She always has a big party too
so stop over and visit for more fun and Tablescapes.
Our Thanks to all of you.
I am Pleased to announce that the placemats
have been sold.
Thank you
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~


Allie and Pattie said...

So sweet! What a darling thing to do with your mama! ;Thanks for sharing
xoxo pattie

Karen said...

I love this! How talented you and your mom are. Poste more when you can.
Ladybug Creek

The Charm of Home said...

Your Mom has some nice placemats. I really like the handkerchiefs too.

Sandy said...

Very pretty tablescape! Enjoyed it and everything looks lovely with your Mom's placemats.

Teacup Lane (Sandy)

Kathleen said...

Those handkerchiefs are beautiful! Your mom's handiwork is very cute!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

How sweet - love those cupcakes! The hankies as napkins are really cute.

Marigene said...

Ahrisha, your mother is very talented...adorable place mats. Cute idea, using beautiful old hankies as napkins. Love your silver pattern!

Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

What a lovely, eclectic table! I especially adore the handkerchiefs as napkins. Very creative. Thanks for sharing and happy TT to you!

susan said...

How wonderful that you and your mom did this together! Her work is beautiful! Love those beautiful hankies! I never see pretty ones like this any more. Thanks for sharing your mom's talent!

Debbiedoos said...

That is darling! I love the French sparkly!!~ Everything is lovely! I can see what a kind person you are, your Mom is lucky, as I am sure so are you to still have her!!~

The Watts Family said...

Looks beautiful~ Wonderful job decorating enjoyed all the pictures ~Blessings Love Heather

Phyllis @Around the House said...

I love those beautiful hankies they are just so beautiful, I have a collection of my moms that I love very much, they are all ironed so nicely, thanks for the tip, I should get them out and actually use them on a table...Phyllis

Aprons Gone Wild said...

Hi Arisha,
So sweet to think of you and your mom doing the table together.
Have you thought of setting up a www.etsy.com store for her to sell her things? It's so easy...costs nothing to set up an online shop. Etsy takes a very small fee for listing an item and when you sell. They even set you up with paypal so folks can buy using their credit cards. Paypal also takes a very small percentage for each sale. It might be fun for her.
In any case, your table is beautiful and perfect for sweethearts day.

Cooking for One said...

I love the handkerchiefs as napkins! What a cute idea.

Diann @ The thrifty Groove said...

Everything looks very sweet! The placemats and potholders ae adorable. Love the vintage hankies.

ellen b. said...

What a great table setting. I love how you used the hankies! Hope your mom can sell some goodies so she can make more...

Donna said...

Oh, Ahrisha - what a team you and your mom make - a GORGEOUS table setting!!!! I love your mom's creations! The best of luck to her with selling them!

Thanks for the information on the hawk. It may very well be a Cooper's hawk as that size sounds about right. He was definitly on the small side. It made me very sad to hear that you have a neighbor who shoots at these birds. How very, very sad. You're right, the poor hawks also have to eat.

Again, thanks for the info and have a very happy Valentine's day... Donna

Rattlebridge Farm said...

This was such a tender post. I could just see you and your mother setting the table and selecting the handkerchiefs. Your mom needs an Etsy shop! I love the placemats (and need potholders).

gigharborscrapper said...

I would love a set of 8 of the cupcakes...they are so wonderful and I just love handmade items.

gigharborscrapper said...

oops just noticed youjust have one set of each..if you still have them I will take both sets of placemats...I can mix and match : ) I have a pay pal account and totally agree about etsy...I shop there so much and always look for placemats!! In fact I need some apple shaped ones for my Franciscan apple blossom plates,could mom make some for those dishes?
Thanks again,


The Quintessential Magpie said...

What a sweet post. These are lovely, and your mother did a super job.


Sheila :-)

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Ahrisha...

What a beautiful..beautiful Valentine table, my friend! I think it's fabulous that your sweet mother was involved with it's planning...love that!!! Her pretty pink placemats are just perfect for this table setting!!! Ohhh...and I love, love, LOVE the pretty vintage handkerchiefs that you used for the napkins! They're beautiful...what a great idea! Your Valentine table centerpiece...just perfect! Yes, I think the pretty glittery hearts look prettiest sitting atop the rose petals! What a lovely table...thank you so much for sharing it with us! I wish your mother the best in her endeavours with selling the pretty placemats...they really are gorgeous!

Thank you so much for coming by and taking a peek at my Beloved Valentine table...and for leaving me such a sweet note!

Happy Valentine's Day, my friend!
Chari @Happy To Design

LillyB said...

Beautiful table!!

Unknown said...

What lovely things your Mom makes. I hope I am still sewing at her age.

Your table is glitery-gorgeous!!


Deana Sidney said...

That heart is really something... what a great objet!

Unknown said...

What a BEAUTIFUL!!! table, the placemats are so cute, but the napkins are AWESOME!!!

sara@augustfields said...

what a beautiful table setting! i love that you and your mother did this together...she sounds so sweet :)

thanks for stopping by!

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

So happy to meet you too. I loved visiting your site today and look forward to being a follower.
Your mom is more than welcome to put pieces of her work on my Temptation Mondays site. Just check those Mondays post out and see if she would be interested.
These placemats are too pretty.

Beverly said...

Hi Ahrisha. Thanks for visiting my on my blog. It is always fun meeting new bloggers. How sweet of you to showcase your Mom's placemats with your lovely tablescape. I hope she sells them.
Have a Happy Valentines Day tomorrow. I'll be back.

Karin said...

Won't you please showcase some more of your dear mom's lovely creations?? I see the placemats have been sold already. The tablesetting is gorgeous and fun! I didn't know your mom lived with you ~ It is my greatest desire that my mom comes to live with us. She is 70 and lives in Germany.

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Karin~ ~It has been wonderful having Mom here. Sometimes we cook together too but mostly I do the cooking. I wish for your dream to come true.

There will be more placemats as Mom went shopping for fabric this weekend! Thanks to all of you for your lovely comments.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Kathleen Ellis said...

Very pretty! I love the idea of the hankies for napkins and your moms choice of fabrics for her placemats is so fun! It's wonderful that she can be with you and you can both have fun together setting pretty tables!
Happy (belated) Valentines Day!