Tuesday, December 1, 2015

How to make a Deerling Burlap Wreath!

This cute little chalkboard deer head caught my eye on my last trip to Michael's Craft Store.
And I knew just what I wanted to do with it! So I grabbed it and a roll of black striped burlap and headed home with a fun project churning in my brain.

Here is my burlap wreath from last year. I followed these easy instructions over at Stonegable ;) It still had a bow on it, which worked our great since it had the colors I wanted to work with!

If you want to make your wreath into a cute "Deerling Wreath" well, it's as easy as this!

So cute, right!
Or you can take it one step further and add some dimension by adding a row of striped burlap!

I cut my roll of striped burlap into three lengths to make it easy to work with. Then I just found areas in the center of the burlap loops to add a row of the striped burlap all the way around the wreath.

It just took a few minutes to get the hang of it and it turned out great!

Now you can add the deerling and bow!

I liked the pop of red on the deer's head and it gives the appearance of being in the center of the wreath.  I know that I am going to be tempted to try some chalk art on it! And maybe add a sprig of holly or two, but today I will enjoy it just as it is. I celebrate the first day of December by hanging a Christmas wreath on my front door! How do you start your decorating?

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Taking tea with the DuPonts!

When you live in the Philadelphia, PA area you hear some names quite often. To many, this name means carpeting, paint, and chemicals. In the past four years I've learned that it also means philanthropy by way of the Hagley Museum & Library, Winterthur, Longwood Gardens, Nemours and more!
The DuPont family created a lasting legacy in the Brandywine Valley and I've been taking time to
learn more and explore.

Last week, I gathered around the tea table with my colleagues from the Mid Atlantic Tea Business Association. We enjoyed a tour of the grand hotel, historic theater and famous Green Room.
As you can see, there's not much green decor in this room! We heard several stories from our tour guide as to why it is named as such, we liked the story of the DuPont daughter naming it and are going with that one!.

The Grand Ballroom, which took over 12 months to install in 1913 is magnificent! The old world charm just abounds from every surface and I couldn't do it justice! This room is something you have to experience for yourself!

The Club Room adjoined the Ballroom, and I'm sure many glasses of port were drunk and cigars smoked while the Ladies enjoyed their own company during the intercessions at the playhouse or ballroom. This painting was done by Wyeth, (another Brandywine Valley "name") using paints made by DuPont. It hangs over one of the fireplace mantels, softening the hand carved paneling that furnishes the room.

There is a secret door in the paneling that leads from the Club Room to the Playhouse. We took the less direct route so that we could enjoy the Gallery Room that led to the Playhouse. And we even got to look out over the Playhouse from the stage. They've done an incredible job updating and modernizing the theater without losing the charm of the 1914 decor.

After this tour we were ready for tea and treats! The Green Room was quiet and charming in luxurious draperies, carpeting and well worn mahogany.

White tablecloths and napkins were set at our places, the server waiting to help us make our decisions. The menu this month featured chocolate teas and treats! Perfect for this chocoholic!

I am a bit of a tea snob, and was happy to see that I had complete control of my steeping time! There's nothing worse than sipping bitter tea, especially when you want to take your time and enjoy the company and surroundings!

I can highly recommend this destination for Afternoon Tea! In fact, as you're looking at the delicious food, I'll be making my next reservation!

I'll be sharing more tea time with the DuPonts in my next post :)

Have you spent tea time at a special destination? I'd love to hear about it!
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Friday, October 2, 2015

Napkins-An Easy detail that delights your guests!

Whether you're planning a big do or quickly setting the table for guests who are popping by, small easy details will welcome your guests!

I just adore fabric napkins! They're good for the environment and make your guests feel special, all at the same time. You can pick them up at thrift shops, vintage goods shops and big box stores. They can be huge dinner napkins, manageable luncheon napkins or dainty tea napkins! Even pretty vintage
hankies and tea towels make lovely napkins! 

Because I make napkins, both tea sized and luncheon sized, I like to use them! As Oprah says, use your special things Everyday! 

Here are a couple of my favorite EASY napkin folds, they are my "go-to" details that make my
place-settings inviting.

Just Tuck it In!                                                                                                                                       A pretty floral napkin can make your white dishes enchanting and easily take them from season to season!

Loop it Thru!
Use your teacup handle to hold the napkin! I've fan-folded it here and pushed it the the handle instead of using a traditional napkin ring.

The Fan-Fold!                                                                                                                  This easy-peasy fold really does the job and adds flair!   

 You can compliment your color scheme with your napkins! Using a larger napkin will show off the pattern.

 A smaller tea sized napkin (9 1/2 " sq) works too, especially when you want to add a punch of color! 

 This fold is so versatile-you can even embellish it with a sprig or placecard!

And then there is the "Rose" fold!

When you really want to make a statement, this fold is it! And it is SO easy! I made a quick video to show you and you will smack your head and say-She's right, that is so easy!I clipped a few leaves from my rose bush to add to the napkin (silk will do nicely too)Here's a close up!

It's such a small detail, but it sure does make your guest feel special! So while you're putting towels away in your closet, pull out those long forgotten cloth napkins and use them tonight for dinner!Your family will notice!
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