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Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Fall Arrives

Today's table is sent for two rather than the six or eight.  This is my favorite time of year and I love setting a pretty table with lots of comfort foods. For this first fall tablescape I'm going with burlap and an outside setting with a small wicker table that does seat four but for today its just the two of us  Our days are changing quickly here but we still have a few beautiful days left to enjoy a dinner outside.


 I have to say I love the burlap runner that I made for this tablescape but I will NEVER work with burlap again.  I was lucky with the loose weave of the fabric that the embroidery came out as clean as it did.  Although the pattern was certainly easy enough, good grief just four seams I fought with this thing most of the day.  


OK, I'm done whining so back to the tablescape.  I chose an off white beaded plate for my base, the pheasant salad plates are a beautiful addition to the place setting.  The napkins were a gift from my daughter and I love their ability to work with many settings.  They are a pretty pattern and yet are neutral.
 
 Base Plates-Home Goods
Salad Plate-Pottery Barn Outlet
Stemware-Pier One
Silverware-Pottery Barn
Napkins-William Sonoma

The "take home" gift is my homemade pepper jelly.  This time of year I'm clearing the garden of the rest of the jalapeño peppers and making pepper jelly. I'll post the recipe for the jelly very soon.

  
Oh and of course don't forget for my friend Sheila....
  pheasant under glass
I'm not sure he's a pheasant but it was as close as I had here at the house.


I am participating in 

Table Top Tuesday

and
        Tablescape Thursday

39 comments:

sheila from life @ #17 said...

okay, first, I love that old chair...that is a great chair [say it like Donkey in Shrek talkin' about the boulder]...and then those jars of pepper jelly on that great chair are just beautiful...

so, are you sayin' that you won't be handling embroidered burlap runners for Christmas? :)

and your table top is just right...seasonal but not overblown...modern but traditional...and that can be a tricky balance to get right...and that HUGE CLOCHE...wow...that was a great find :)

Sue said...

I love that humongous cloche! Your pheasant looks very at home under there. :-) You've set a lovely table- the plates are gorgeous. So you won't be sewing with burlap again, huh? That tablecloth looks just great- the embroidery is so simple and elegant. When I've used burlap as a table cover, I just cut it and layered it- no sew for me- I thought "rustic" fit the bill quite nicely. Thanks for coming by and don't forget to put all the ideas you like in a specific file. Like I'm speaking from experience..... I am forever wondering where I saw something! LOL I guess I should practice what I preach...
Hope you enjoy some pretty fall weather today~ Sue

Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful said...

Wonderful post! Loved your comments about the challenges of sewing burlap! The runner looks fabulous, though, and adds a perfect rustic touch to your pretty tablesetting. The pepper jelly looks great all dolled up with ribbon!

Shelia said...

Hi Miss Char! Oh, what a lovely table! Your bird dishes are gorgeous and love your pheasant under glass!
I've never worked with burlap and sorry you've had trouble with it, but it sure turned out pretty.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Pat said...

Beautiful table setting. I love those pheasant plates.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Gorgeous. I love the tablesetting and the pheasant plates are beautiful. The linens are so perfect. I love the chair with the basket and pretty jars of jelly. Of course the cloche stole my heart and had me drooling. Everything is just beautiful. Thanks so much for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

On Crooked Creek said...

I know what you mean about burlap being difficult to work with. . .a horror story from my sixth grade in elementary school. . .thank goodness for Grandmothers who were excellent seamtresses and had the patience of Job! I did see a burlap runner on vacation that had painted sunflowers on the ends. Hm-m-m, just an idea for your next try! Thank you for this lovely post! Truly inspirational. . .this year our Christmas decor for the family room is pheasants.
Fondly,
Pat

southerninspiration said...

Oh Miss char!!! I love that table setting...all of the elements are just right! And that pepper jelly on the chair could be a post card! I sure do love that runner!!! You did good, even though you had to wrangle it!
What's on the menu, by the way???? :D

Suzanne

Cathy said...

Wow, your table looks great! I especially love the cloche.

Miss Char said...

Suzanne, the menu was a green salad with baked pears and reduced cider dressing and beef paprika for the main course. Dessert was in your honor a nice wedge of Texas sheet cake.

Sherry said...

This is beautiful! You did a great job on that burlap runner. I have wanted to make one of these but, I like you knew what it would involve. Not as big a fan of burlap as most people. It has it's place though. Love your dishes and how you put that table together.
Sherry

Bella said...

Hi Miss Char... What a lovely table for two:-) The burlap runner is gorgeous and worth the effort!
Bella

Anita said...

This is a gorgeous table!! I love the pheasant plates so much. And the burlap runner is just perfect. Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Pam said...

I love the pheasant under glass. I'm glad I am not the only one who had trouble with burlap. I ended up ditching the sewing project and using Stitch Witchery iron on stuff instead.

Designs on 47th Street said...

Char, this tablescape certainly speaks to me. Maybe because Mr. Brown Socks is a hunter I am drawn to game birds even on my dishes. I love yours AND that darling burlap runner and your silverware. It is all fantastic.

Anxious for your pepper jelly recipe. Do you suppose I have time to make jelly before we leave for a wedding???

Donna

Debbie said...

Love the whole pheasant theme. What is it about that bird that seems so elegant to me? I definitely think your pheasant under glass is "cloche" enough, too.

I wouldn't have known that it was so difficult to sew with burlap. Good to know...

I love your autumnal table for two!

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Your plates and napkins are especially great with this table! Love the "natural" look. Next week (or maybe the next...) I'm doing a pheasant tablescape -- without the glass! :-)

food for thought said...

beautiful jelly!

A Toile Tale said...

Char --
There's something about a pheasant that is so perfectly woodland, yet classic and traditional. I love your table. Thanks for sharing tonight.
Linda

Style Sisters said...

PHeasant under glass!! I love your take on this. The glass cloche with the bird is perfect! What a nice idea to give jelly as a gift. Your plates are so pretty. Come link up to Centerpiece Wed. on my blog today.

Karin

Cabin and Cottage said...

Well what a lovely table! I'm crazy about pheasants! Your runner is so beautiful and perfect with the yummy napkins. You certainly have my colors going!

Marlis said...

OOh love those dishes.. Really stunning. The whole table looks wonderfully inviting. The runner is amazing.What stabilizer did you use? Here's a tip for the edges next time.. use a light weight water soluble stabilizer cut in strips and then use a temporary spray adhesive (sewing of course) and adhere to the edges.. turn under the edges, top stitch. Because those lovely lose nasty edges are adhered to the stabilizer, they don't wobble around as much.. It does look wonderful and was so worth the effort..

Celly B said...

Gorgeous table! I love your pheasants, but my favorite is the burlap table runner with that great ruffle! Although it may have been difficult to work with, I'd say it was definitely worth it!

Michelle @ Sweet Something said...

Beautiful table! I love the runner, it's well worth your effort, looks great! Pheasant plates are fantastic, great job!

Splurgie said...

I'll be looking forward to your recipe for the pepper jelly. It may have been a pain in the neck but your burlap piece came out beautifully!

Barbara said...

That runner as absolutely gorgeous. I love burlap but adding the embroidery is just lovely. Those plates are so pretty and just right for an autumn table.

Shanarun said...

Such a fabulous setting. Helps me realize a table for 2 can be just a gorgeous as a table for 6 or 8!

Janean said...

it looks so inviting! are you sure it has to be just for two? *wink*

your plates...especially the pheasant!!!

great inspiration. :)

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hello Char...

Ohhh my...what a lovely autumn table you've set, my friend! I love, love, LOVE your burlap table runner! The gold embroidered "Autumn" is gorgeous! Eeeks....sounds like it was a challenging project but it turned out sooo pretty! Love your place settings as well! The pheasant salad plates are awesome! I would love to have some like that! I'll have to see if PB might carry them online? And...of course, I love your cloche! Hmmm...pheasant under glass! Sounds delicious...doesn't it? Hehe! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful auutmn table with us today...it was such a treat!!!

I also wanted to thank you for stopping by and taking a peek at my "autumn tablescape in a basket". I enjoyed your visit and sweet note, my friend! Thank you!!!

Warmest autumn wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Maria Berg said...

I would love to sitt there with you and just injoy.
MB

Scribbler said...

I'm with you, Honey -- I hate fooling with burlap! Your runner does look great though. Thanks for stopping by my blog -- and I am wishing I could sample that pepper jelly!

Jami said...

What a lovely table! I love the pheasant plates and the charming cloche you arranged.
smiles!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What a treat this is! I love your table -- Your burlat cloth is beautiful with it's autumn embroidery. Love those beautiful pheasant plates. This is perfectly lovely for fall -- thanks for your visit to my "repeat" tablescape.

SavannahGranny said...

Soooo beautiful! I love the salad plates and the runner. Boy that was quite a job. The embroidery is fantastic.
Thanks for visiting me and leaving such sweet comments. I know will enjoy our mutual blog visits.
Hugs, Ginger.

Mimi said...

What unusual plates, very pretty. I love your pheasant under glass.

Alycia Nichols said...

Those pheasant plates!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yowza!!! You did a FABULOUS job on that burlap runner! I wish I could sew! I can't even sew a button:-( And the word "Autumn" was on there so straight and nice. Fabulous job! Have a good weekend!

Entertaining Women said...

The monogrammed burlap runner is such a jewel! Great job...I've thought about doing a burlap tablecloth, but I didn't know that it was so hard to manipulate. My Sweet Mister, the mighty hunter, would go nuts for this table...and yes, I believe that is a pheasant under the glass. Great job! I'm looking forward to the pepper jelly recipe. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

Rettabug said...

Beautiful table, Ms. Char & I see now, you are an experienced seamstress! That tablerunner turned out beautifully, especially the ruffled edge.

What type of sewing machine do YOU have??? LOL

fondly,
Rett

p.s. still giggling at "pheasant under glass"! Is there really such a dish??? I've always wondered.

Kelly J/Hunters Hill said...

I LOVE this table ..... reminds me of Barefoot Contessa when Ina makes a special dinner for she and Jeffrey.

I REALLY love those pheasant plates !