Thursday, February 12, 2015

Teacup Roses, More Tissue paper fun!

Now that you have your Connecting Hearts Placemats done, lets continue the tissue paper fun!
I've made a blooming napkin holder out of light pink tissue paper. The fabric napkin is rolled like a rose also, and placed in the center of the tissue paper.
Do you remember how to make those tissue paper flowers from your childhood? How about a refresher course?  Start with your tissue paper, I used a   6 x  9"  rectangle, 6 pieces stacked together.

Now fan fold it all the way across, I used a 2" fan fold.  Next use a piece of wire or even a twist tie and secure the center.  Trim each end of the fan folded strip with a nice curve. This will create your petals.
Now slowly and gently pull each petal layer on one side towards the center. Repeat this process for the other side. Since we plan on using the center of the bloom, you don't need to pull the tissue paper too tight towards the center. I made my blooms large and fluffy! I wanted them to make a statement!
Here's my placesetting! I love how the rose sits high up on the teacup, and pulls the colors from the floral plate. What do you think? Are you ready to give it a try and add a few blooms to your table? 

I also played with using a bright pink wrapped chocolate for the center. This would be lovely for a Mother's day setting! And how about a pink peep chic or bunny tucked into the center for Easter?
The options are so fun! Which one will you try?

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Valentine Tissuepaper fun!

I'm setting the table for my Friendship Tea Party! Lots of pinks, reds and sparkle!
Today I've layered the table with my new pink & white chevron tablecloth; it's so fun and dramatic!
Next, I'm using a fun trailing hearts placemat that I've whipped up with red tissue paper! I was reminded of my old school days making this fun project so I thought that I would share it with you so that you can enjoy it too!

 First, I measured the tissue paper for the desired placemat size. I wanted a smaller one, 10 x 14" so that my luncheon dishes wouldn't get lost in a huge placemat.
 Then I fan folded it. 2" folds , vertically. Lightly folded so that the creases weren't crisp.
Then, I carefully cut 4 hearts. Only half the side of the heart, and left space in between the bottom of each so that they stay connected and left space on the curved side of the heart, also to keep them connected
. Remember, it doesn't need to be perfect and have fun playing. The first one took two tries to get it right and the second time around worked like a charm!
See, how cute is that?! Now I did trim off the "half heart section" which you get on one side of the placemat, it's just how the fan fold thing works. I finger pressed the folds so that it lays flat.
 I used a deep red tissue paper so that it really shows up on the tablecloth. Use whatever color works for you and have fun playing! Join me tomorrow as I add another layer to my tablescape!

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Hooked on......Toile!

I'm hooked on "Toile"!
It's one of those classic designs that just stays on trend! Can you ever get tired of toile?
I've always had a fondness for it! I'll never forget the first time I laid eyes on a piece of toile, straight from France, when I was doing an internship at Ethan Allen.(many moons ago) It was a multi colored pattern of children and lambs, a real pastoral scene.

It opened my eyes to the wonders of fabric! You could say that it sparked my imagination also!

Now, I am always on the look out for fun ways to use toile, 
In fashion,
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in home decor,
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 as well as at tea party time,
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I will admit I find myself returning to red & white toile patterns! In fact, I can't get enough of them!
I'm always visiting this bathroom on her blog!
I have a very small powder room with a tiny vintage corner sink that would look lovely like this!
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And you can adore it for years and years because it just seems to get better with age.

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And red & white is easy to live with all year long! You can highlight the red over the holidays,

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play up the white to soften it for the summer

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 and it mixes so well with other patterns!

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I'm in the process of hanging new curtains in my bedroom to coordinate with a 
reverse toile comforter. (Usually toile patterns are printed on a white or creme
background and the scene or floral pattern is in a single color.
My comforter has the red background and the floral is white.)
I was inspired by Carolyn's room here!
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I'll keep my eyes open for more toile fun and in the meantime, you will see black & white toile all over my business cards and product packaging because I am indeed hooked!

For more fun visit my pinterest board, My love affair with Toile, here