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What comes to mind when you think of Summer?

Sunny Days? Summer Wedding? Parties? Picnics? Family Vacations? All of them can be fun, enjoyable, and memorable. It can also be stressful. By planning ahead and focusing on what important can make all the difference in making the event an enjoyable one.

slate-blue

 

Summer colors put us in a relaxing mood. The beautiful colors make us want to celebrate! With colors such as Slate Blue, English Rose, Dijon, Champagne, Sage, and Sienna the two tone Miranda Damask Tablecloth makes a great summer tablecloth. Perfect for weddings, parties or to entertain guests.

 

Beautiful scenery sets the tone as well. There are so many scenic ares great for picnics, parties, and get togethers. Make sure that there’s good food to go around and plenty of drinks to stay hydrated. Plan some fun activity or prepare some treat for all to enjoy. Best of all take photographs so you can look back at the memories you created.

sawyer-hill-table-topper

 

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Mother’s Day is coming near

Give thanks to Mother who you hold so dear

She works so hard the whole year through

Doing things endlessly all for you

Rose Table Runners

Whether it’s a rose or a table cloth

Giving thanks is never enough

Appreciating all that she has done

Telling her she’s # 1

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While we can’t always have the beautiful weather we would like to have, we can bring in nice spring table decor while we are waiting for the weather to get warmer.

Meadow Song is a beautifully printed spring scene of a bird on a branch on a burlap like background. Meadow Song place mats, cloth napkins and table runners will add that special touch to your home.

Meadow Song Table Runner

Everyone loves crochet! Some just don’t have time to crochet on their own. There are so many styles to choose from: table runners, table toppers, and place-mats. Choose one or take them all.

blue ribbon crochet table topper

Shore Birds reminds us of the beaches, sand and peacefulness. These Shore Birds place mats and table runners will give you a taste of the beach with its relaxed colors and beautiful style.  Hopefully the weather will change real soon. In the meantime, we’ll try to make the best of it!

Shorebirds Table Runner

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Valentines Day…

Its pouring someone a drink after they ate a snack and they’re probably thirsty

Its buying a small item for someone knowing its something they can really use

Its writing a small note saying you’re thinking about them

Its letting Mom sleep in late knowing she was up with the baby at night

valentines pizza

Its setting the table when the kids are hungry and Mom is finishing up

Its clearing the table after dinner when homework and chores are on the list as well

Its babysitting so Mom can get out a bit

Its preparing a special breakfast with some thoughtful treats

Its small acts of kindness that show lots of love

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The colder parts of America can be challenging in the winter. There are months that are snowy, windy and brutally cold. Feelings about winter are divided. Some people embrace the winter. They love the serenity, the peace and quiet that comes along with winter. The comfort of being indoors is an opportunity to develop close relationships with the people around us. Relax indoors with some hot soup and tea by spreading out a lace tablecloth (or any white tablecloth) that is snow white for a nice winter effect.

heirloom white tablecloth

Some people like to brighten things up. They see winter as dark and dreary and love to bring some color indoors. Calming colors such as blue and green are great mood enhancers. A place mat or a table topper in such a color will certainly brighten up those days!

Elizabeth Placemat

Here are some interesting Fun Facts for Winter:

A single snowstorm can drop 39 million tons of snow, carrying the energy equivalent to 120 atom bombs!

Snow comes in a variety of colors, yellow, orange, green and even purple. Actually, it’s colorless but it can contain dust or algae that give it different colors. Orange snow fell over Siberia in 2007 and pink snow (watermelon snow) covered Krasnodar (Russia) in 2010. Watermelon snow is common in mountains and has a sweet smell and taste.

Pink snow, watermelon snow, may be pretty and sweet smelling, but it frequently contains nasty algae that will make you sick. Source: Wikipedia

It was believed that Eskimos had dozens of words for snow. However, some linguists showed that they have the same number of root words as English. Then other linguists showed that they really did seem to have more words. Now there is a hot debate about snowy words.

The Inuit/Eskimos should get together with snowboarders. Skiers are always using different words, such as “pow pow,” “mashed potatoes,” “champagne snow (powder),” “cauliflower,” “sticky snow,” “dust on crust” to describe the snow.

According to Guinness World Records, the largest snowflakes on record were 15 inches (38 cm) in diameter and 8 inches thick. They fell on Fort Keogh, in eastern Montana on 28 January 1887. Nearby ranchers described the flakes as “larger than mild pans” and measured them; “8 inches thick”.

Let us know what you think-do you enjoy the winter or just can’t wait for spring?

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This is delightful time of year! We decorate to put us in the spirit and everything shines so bright The walls, the ceilings, and the tables as well. Will it be Red and Green? Gold and Silver? Blue and White? Here are some great suggestions:

The Burlap Damask table runner is printed on 100% Jute (Burlap) in a choice of gold or pewter. Everyone will just love this classy and pretty addition.

Burlap Damask Gold

Place your favorite Christmas tablecloth on the table and add a Glisten Round Table Topper to enhance it. Glitter is applied to the snowflakes to give it a glittery shiny effect. You can also try a Glisten Table Runner instead for a snowy Holiday look.

Glisten Table Topper

Don’t neglect the rest of your home! Add lots of greenery, ribbons and streamers to your staircases, mantle, and around picture frames. By spreading the exciting decorations all over your home you will be spreading holiday cheer to all those that see it!

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Halloween is a time for merry making and fun get togethers. Here’s a bit of Halloween fun fact knowledge for you:

Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.

Jack o’ Lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday.

Pumpkins also come in white, blue and green. Great for making all sorts of incredible creations!

Pumpkin Fondant

Halloween was brought to North America by immigrants from Europe who would celebrate the harvest around a bonfire, share ghost stories, sing, dance and tell fortunes.

The ancient Celts thought that spirits and ghosts roamed the countryside on Halloween night. They began wearing masks and costumes to avoid being recognized as human.

Halloween Ghost Cupcakes

Halloween candy sales average about 2 billion dollars annually in the United States.

Chocolate candy bars top the list as the most popular candy for trick-or-treaters with Snickers #1.

Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America.

Halloween is the 2nd most commercially successful holiday, with Christmas being the first.

Elegant Fern Tablecloth

Bobbing for apples is thought to have originated from the roman harvest festival that honors Pamona, the goddess of fruit trees.

Black cats were once believed to be witch’s familiars who protected their powers.

The fear of Halloween is known as Samhainopobia

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Halloween is a busy day. There’s the costumes, Trick or Treating and Halloween Parties. Decorating the the house with Halloween Decor does not have to be complicated. It can be fun and simple. After spreading out your favorite tablecloth, preferably black, white, orange or grey, and decorate with a Spider Web  Table Cloth or Spider Web Table Topper and give the house a spidery appeal. You may want to consider putting on a vinyl tablecloth so there will be an easier cleanup  when the party is over. Fold some cloth napkins and make some fun spider napkin rings. This is something you can make in advance with the children. Made with felt, black pom poms, and pipe cleaners is it fun and inexpensive and is pleasing for children and adults alike. Here’s how its done:

http://www.hgtv.com/entertaining/how-to-make-spider-napkin-rings/index.html

Spider Napkin Rings

 

Create a witches place card and invite all your friendly witches inside. Get the children involved by asking them to go outdoors and collect the branches. Personalizing the place cards makes everyone feel special. Click on the link to show how its done:

http://www.hgtv.com/entertaining/witchs-broom-halloween-place-card-holders/index.html

Witches Broom Placecard

 

This Halloween Pinata may take some time to put together-but a fun activity with candy? What can be better than that?! This bright candy corn pinata is a great colorful decoration as well. There’s still enough time! Lets roll up our sleeves and take out our scissors and glue. We may still have some time for some Halloween desserts as well!

http://www.hgtv.com/handmade/how-to-make-a-candy-corn-pinata-for-halloween/index.html

Candy Corn Pinata

 

 

 

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Have you ever wondered how a tablecloth or cloth napkin is finished on the edge? There are two ways it can be done: Merrowed or Hemmed.

merrow

A merrowed edge finish is the standard finish for all table linens. A merrowed edge finish is done on a surging machine, typically with a matching thread. It can also be done with a contrasting color if preferred for a dramatic look or to match a color theme. The merrowed finish seals the edges of the fabric to prevent fraying.

hemmed edge

A hemmed edge finish gives the cloth a more formal look than the merrowed edge finish. A hemmed edge finish is when the seamstress folds over the edges of the fabric and sews the fold down like the hem on pants. It is done only on some of our cloth napkins and tablecloths.

Majestic Antique Rose

Hemmed edge finish is not available for round and oval tablecloths or more delicate fabrics. The hemmed edging on these shapes and fabrics don’t look as clean as a merrowed edge finish.

 

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Decorating for Fall doesn’t have to be costly. There are so many items available at our fingertips that celebrate the Fall season. About a Mom posted a pretty Pumpkin Flower Bouquet that is so easy to make. You can use a few small pumpkins as centerpieces or one large one as decoration. Slice off the top of the pumpkin, scoop out seeds and add fresh Fall flowers. Click on the link for more info:

http://www.aboutamom.com/how-to-make-a-simple-fall-centerpiece/

Pumpkin fall decor

Brighten your kitchen and dining room areas by adding Fall table runners, leaf place mats, and bright autumn color tablecloths and cloth napkins to add beautiful autumn decor to your home.

orange tablecloth

Decorations though are not just for the living and dining room areas. Bring serenity into your bedroom by making this creative wall art out of leaves. Use pressed leaves and tape them to crafting paper. Hang a few rows with removable adhesive strips for high impact above a bed or sofa.

http://www.midwestliving.com/homes/seasonal-decorating/easy-fall-decorating-projects/?page=12

Fall Wall Art

As mentioned in our previous post, pumpkins and apples (and of course colorful leaves!) are bountiful this time of year so we can make good use out of them and enhance our surroundings.

 

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