BC Saturday Club, Your Questions & Pale Blue Table Dressing
Fri 10th, Jun, 2011
Welcome to Beach Cottage ♥ Saturday Club…the place we go to get away from it all…to take time out to smell the roses, sit back and love the little things…it’s good too if you like
♥ all things coastal
♥…nautical stripes, sea glass & starfish
♥ the sound of the sea, a coastal breeze
♥ and seashells and cockleshells on the seashore
But before we get into this week’s misison, I thought you might like to see my new pale blue bowls from the Nordic boutique?
I love these and I have had my eye on them for ages…in fact next time when I go back I will get the plates too…they fit in well here…
The shape of the bowl is easy and works for us and I am loving this sweet blue in here
….and the best thing? They are good value...that is important in this old cottage not just because otherwise I wouldn’t be able to indulge my tablescaping habit but also ‘cos it’s the BC Crew’s job to unload the dishwasher every morning and you know what that means...a whole load of our china has chips…
Chipped dishes or do-it-yourself…I go for the former…
I did this table dressing recently…it wasn’t for anything special…but we ended up having a bbq out here as the weather was so sunny & lovely
It doesn’t show up in the photos but the runner is a very pale blue too..it’s really pretty…it’s just a length of fabric from IKEA…it comes hemmed down the long sides…you just buy it off the bolt and it’s ready to go…I guess if you were more fussy than me you would also hem the short ends…I didn’t and anyway I kinda like the frayed ends…more casual…
The bottles are glass soft-drink bottles I painted white…these are a no-brainer for table decorating…massing them on a table creates instant simple impact in my book…throw around a few shells and some IKEA bits and you have a dressed up table without a lotta fuss..
The leaves are Australian Gum…I pulled ‘em off those branches I showed you last week in the Sitting Room Corner Makeover (here if you missed it)…I am lurving this quintessential Aussie icon the Gum, firstly the fragrance is lovely in here in the Winter…kinda spicy and deep and secondly this stuff lasts for ages…it’s still going well strong with no signs of wilting yet…anyone know if this stuff dries??? I will probably try it anyway…
Yeah so I just sprinkled those leaves through the runner…these leaves have a nice disk-like shape for sprinkling about one’s cottage ;-)
So while creating this little table dress-up I got to thinking how enjoyable this is…setting a table is one of those things in life that you can easily not do because you think you don’t have the time…or you think it’s too much hassle or nowadays I think just sitting at the table doesn’t happen so much….
…but it sets everything up for even a simple meal…and makes you sit back and celebrate the little things…like they used to in the old days…you know….not money or material things or what car you drive…but sharing a meal with a table you’ve bothered over…
I must just say here though you have to put all ideas of ‘messing’ it up outta the window right away if you have kiddos around…indeed anyone, not just kiddos…your work and foofing will not look the same once it is being used for life…nah, well not here anyway…but half the joy is the prepping, the doing and then the walking up to it and smiling before you sit down
I do this because I enjoy it…it’s my hobby and I love finding new little things to put on my tables…that is part of the fun and when I am out and about treasure hunting I look out for bits and bobs…spying things that are sweet and easy to use next time….
So this my friend’s is this week’s
♥ Saturday Club
you will need for this mission : table linen, flowers, pretties, vintage things, chocolate, tipple
should you choose to accept it
is this :
you must earmark some time
to dress up your table
you must shop your house
for pretty things
and sweet china
you must lay down
or the like
and start to
you must indulge in
as you work
you must fuss over napkins
and position things just so
and take a look
and foof a bit more
move a bit here
go pour yourself
a cup of tea
or something stronger
and go back to your table
with your drink &
take your chocolate
enjoy the prettiness!
see you next time
oh and don’t forget to rock those ruffles…BC’ers wear white, boots and ruffles
p.s. I have had lots and lots of questions lately, both on here and via email and Facebook email…if that is you I am getting to it!…some I haven’t replied to yet as I am busy working on the E-Course & getting the shop stuff ready….
and someone asked me why I didn’t have a FAQ page?
hmm I have to say I am not sure why!
so I am putting one together…
..and if you have anything you want to ask leave me your question in the comments
I will answer it and get them up over the next few days…xx
oh goodness I almost forgot THANKS too for the doggie info…I hadn’t even thought about the hair…more on that subject soon!