Grace & Favor – A Life Worth Living

Monday, June 16, 2014

Six Months Later

This Father's Day was beyond a special one for our family.  Six months ago we had very little hope that Bruce would survive and yesterday on Father's Day I was able to take this picture of Bruce with our kids.  He's been home a week and is working on making a full recovery,


I am so blessed to have our family together and to have witnessed a miracle during the long winter of 2014.  Thank you for your prayers and emails during the past few months regarding Bruce's health.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Black & White

I have two tables that I usually have set with some sort of a tablescape most of the year.  This one today is in our living room and I decided to do something out of my comfort zone.  I normally don't use placemats and certainly not a bold black and white chevron print.  Way out of my zone but the ones below caught my eye on the clearance bin at Home Goods.  The placemats were the start of a black and white table with one small splash of color.  I had planned to use a few peonies from my gardens but the poppies out front were just screaming to be the pop of color for this table.






For each placesetting I took a small tureen from my entry cabinet.  I paired each of them with a black and white dot under plate and a white dinner plate and also has a small dot that outlines the under plate.  Most of these mini tureens no longer have the ladle with them, the indention is there but no sign of the ladles when I came across them.



 I inserted two touches of silver to this table, the other piece is a silver water pitcher. 



I think the mix of the contemporary and the old with the white stoneware is a perfect combination.



This particular piece is very similar to the large tureen in the center of the table.



This piece does not have the ladle indent, its too large to be a sugar bowl so I'm not sure what its function was.  If you have an idea please let me know.


I hope you enjoy my nod to vintage meets contemporary.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Porch Table with Graphic

Last summer I painted the farm table on our porch to resemble a grain sack pattern. Here are the instructions for that part of the project.  Sometime in the fall when wondering around Hobby Lobby I came across a wall graphic kit that was marked down so far it was embarrassing so of course I grabbed it.  Then I sat it in the craft room sure that I would remember where it was when spring came and I could apply it to the farm table.  Well...I finally found it today and got to work on applying it to the table.  I'm happy with the finished look, this table is eight feet long so it really needed a little something more than just the grain sack treatment and I think this applique is a keeper.


This was all I needed to apply the applique.  Talk about simple.


The directions were very clear and took just a few minutes to complete.  This particular graphic came in two pieces, you have the option to cut it into more lines if you choose.


I couldn't get a shot of the whole graphic, its long, I've been out weeding in the heat all day and this is as good as it gets.  Not exactly a top notch attitude for presentation of a project but as my dear hubby would say "it is what it is".