Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A spring table

 birdyWell, it’s in the 70’s here today, and the weather has been glorious for weeks now – SO unlike the Midwest. I’m crossing fingers and toes that there is no more snow! Puhhhleaze? Considering it’s supposed to be 84 degrees here tomorrow, you’d think we’re safe.

When I showed you the cute little Dollar Tree bird in this post, I told you I had some ideas in mind for others as well. I was so sure my idea would be adorable, I drove back to the dollar store at 8:55 that night, grabbing the last few I could find. (So sorry if you were looking for them…)  ;)

My idea was to use them on the dining room table. The bowls I bought last year for the place settings (from Pier 1) have been such fun to decorate with each holiday/season!

My first thought was to nestle them into some Spanish moss, but then I had a bit of a freak out that the moss would stain the white bowls. Probably wouldn’t – but my freak out made the end result even better!

To protect the bowl, I first used crinkled up tissue paper and made a “nest” – but then it hit me. What’s natural, springy, pretty and moss-stain protecting? Burlap baby! And I already had it!:

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I have six little birds total, but I am using a couple elsewhere, so I still needed to fill two place settings.

When Maryann posted her twine/jute covered eggs back in February, I was HOOKED. I am a sucker for jute. I don’t know what it is – but I love it on just about anything.

So I made some of my own jute covered eggs a few weeks ago – just using plastic Easter eggs we had and hot glue. Fareee!

Last week I found some white yarn in my craft stuff and covered a couple with that as well:

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Warning:  This cuteness takes foreva and a day to attain. I think about 15 minutes per egg. But it’s good mind-numbing activity while I watch my shows. ;)

I wanted to keep the centerpiece simple but wanted to add a little somethin’. I found some mossy “blanket” stuff at Joann’s today that was perfect to line the bottom:

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I just cut it to fit and I love it! It was pricey -- $9 – but it is reusable.

A couple weeks ago I decided to start using a few of the candle holders as vases, so I’ve been filling a few of them:

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If you look carefully you can see the toys on the floor…shhhhh. Nothing but the best for you all!

I had forgotten what a great deal flowers are at Trader Joe’s until my friend Kate mentioned it. (You must see her dining room. Swoon.)

Some of these have lasted for two weeks now! The tulips were $10 for 20. Hard to beat!:

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I absolutely love how fresh and bright the table is!

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    060 And I wuv you, you cute little birdies! Kisses!

087I  have BIG plans for our hutch – I can’t wait to get working on it. I don’t know if it’s going to work, but I’ll let you know, of course.  (And no, I’m not painting it!)

To see how I made the centerpiece, go here.

For a recap of the dining room redo, go here.

90 comments:

  1. Your table is gorgeous! I love everything about it - especially all the different white textures you incorporated. I thing I might spend a day and make some eggs!

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  2. It's almost 80 here today.. I love it!

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  3. love your table! i am all over that egg project with the rope. too bad easter is this weekend (and my child's birthday party). oh well...i will get ahead for next year and buy some eggs on sale. thanks for the inspiration. amazing work!

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  4. I love how you incorporated your light thingy for a new spring look. Love the table setting. Beautiful.

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  5. I could just eat up your little birds and twine eggs. Adorable.

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  6. What a fresh look! It turned out really nice. Thanks so much for sharing!
    Bonnie

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  7. It looks beautiful. So creative! I love Trader Joes and I miss it out here in the midwest. :-(

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  8. You are a genius. That is so darn cute!

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  9. Love, love, love your table and ideas! So very springlike!

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  10. Sarah, the table is really, really lovely. You did a fantastic job. =)

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  11. Loads of cuteness on that table, Sarah! Love the birds in the "nest" dishes and great idea to do two with eggs {it's like you planned it that way!}. Your stairs look great in the background, by the way!

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  12. I love the white flower arrangements! GORGEOUS!

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  13. I love the freshness of it too!

    Di

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  14. Love it, so pretty!! Where did you get your white bowls? I need some new bowls. I need to find the right size. I have boys and if I get something too small they look at me like I have two heads! But I don't want 1/2 a box of cereal gone in one serving either!

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  15. I love your table and the little birds look so cute sitting in the bowl nests. Great job!
    Joy

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  16. That looks gorgeous! I love those little birds. What a deal!

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  17. I love how the white and green really pop against all the brown. Ah... spring! The twine eggs are so cute, why oh why didn't I think of that?

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  18. Love the white and green combo against your beautiful dark table!!
    Beautiful!!

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  19. Wow! fabulous..I have the same chandelier in my dinning room..Dont you just adore it?

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  20. Absolutely beautiful! So fresh, bright and well, beautiful! The flowers are stunning - and those birdie faces - so cute! As always girl, fabulous job.

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  21. LOVE LOVE LOVE the table!! I want to come over an eat dinner!!!

    Happy Spring Weather!!!

    Take Care,

    Kristin

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  22. Once again you have put us all to shame. Adorable table, I love the little birds nestled in the bowls - fantastic idea!

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  23. Very nice! Beautiful setting! I love the eggs & the flowers are beautiful!
    ~Angela

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  24. I love the little birds, I'll have to get to Dollar Tree to find them. And it all looks so fresh in the centerpiece!

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  25. ALL OF IT.... TOTALLY GORG. ;) Jenn

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  26. Love the table settings, the centerpiece , ALL OF IT.
    Gorgeous!!!

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  27. Such cute decor... I love the colors and textures!

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  28. this looks incredible! great job!!

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  29. love it! i just painted one of those sweet birdies turquoise and have a peek on my blog. i thought about picking up more but i think i want to keep searching for different ones. although...i could use a few in our main bath. lol

    have a creative day,

    amyw.

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  30. I truly do like the look of the centerpiece, but I'm not so sure I could really live with it. It seems like it would disconnect you from others at the table and it makes the placesetting feel kinda cramped.

    Or does the centerpiece come off at mealtime?

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  31. darn it, i messed up on sharing my blog link. i love my birdie! =]

    amyw.

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  32. I love this kind of post. As a renter in a TINY 600 square foot place, well there are a lot of projects on decor blogs I simple can't do.

    This is a cute little project my four little girls and I can work on together!

    Love It!

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  33. Table looks great. Yes, we are having some nice weather and SUNSHINE, thank the LORD!

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  34. I haven't commented in a while but I couldn't not comment (does that make sense?)! I LOVE this table absolutely love it! I'm in love with birds, especially these white ones...it makes me want to have a formal dining room someday that I can just showcase a season of decorations and dishes (never to be touched by the children), I love this. well done.

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  35. I love that. Those bird nest bowls are to die for. And burlap is perfect...did I just say that? HA

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  36. Sarah, I ♥♥♥ it!! Everything looks so pretty!

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  37. SO pretty~ I just love the jute covered eggs!

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  38. Got me some of those cute little birdies the other day...yes...I did!! Love the new centerpiece, especially the jute eggs...great idea!

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  39. Love those birdies! Your table is amazing! I saw the birds at Dollar Tree the other day, I think I may have to pick some up ;^) Going to spray paint them blue though, I will show you when I am done! Thanks for the inspiration <3

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  40. Wish we had Dollar tree out here... love those little birds. They would be perfect for my collection. But alas, the dollar stores here are always a dollar plus, and don't have nearly as good stuff.

    Looks great!

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  41. I was waiting to see what you were going to do for your centerpiece so I could copy you;) I still can't find similar fabric to yours (the fabric used around the candleholders). I can find gauzy fabric with floral embellishments but I WANT YOUR FABRIC (said in a whiny voice;)

    Gorgeous table, THANKS so much for sharing:)

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  42. Simple beautiful! Happy Easter!

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  43. Fabulous, Sarah!! I have two of those little birdies, but I haven't painted them yet. :) Love the burlap nests...genius!

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  44. What a fabulous table setting! You've done an AMAZING job! Thanks for sharing! ~Liz

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  45. TDC!
    I am love with this adorable table! Too cute to eat at!


    :)happy spring! I know from experience those long Indy winters can be rough! Are the red bud blooming yet? They will be soon!

    Blessings,
    Stacey

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  46. I discovered those birds at the Dollar Store last Friday and swooped them up fast. I love them and they make me smile. I have also starting incorporating more white in my decor. It's a Fresh Spring is here thing! Beautiful table setting. Thanks for sharing!

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  47. I discovered those birds at the Dollar Store last Friday and swooped them up fast. I love them and they make me smile. I have also starting incorporating more white in my decor. It's a Fresh Spring is here thing! Beautiful table setting. Thanks for sharing!

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  48. It's so beautiful, I love the accents of white and the little eggs are darling.

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  49. ok, i just have to say i loooove that center piece so much that i went back and looked at the original post. i. must. do. this! love the gauzy fabric, and did you just use little candles? i had assumed you would have to get candles the height of the holders. this is why i love blogs! and those white tulips are absolutely fantastic. good thing i can walk to trader joes from work!

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  50. I just posted a blog last night about Easter decor and wish I would have seen this beforehand so it could have been included! DARLING! Love the fresh clean look and know what I'm going to be doing with that yukky mirror I have in the back of the shop soon.

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  51. I just posted a blog last night about Easter decor and wish I would have seen this beforehand so it could have been included! DARLING! Love the fresh clean look and know what I'm going to be doing with that yukky mirror I have in the back of the shop soon.

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  52. White and green, so much POP!

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  53. Hey, busy girl! Just catching up on all your posts. love what you're doing in your Bub's room, too cute. That window turned out great. And this table centerpiece is so pretty too, perfect for Easter! Have a great Easter weekend.

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  54. just beautiful! I love the jute eggs, what a great idea. thanks!

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  55. Love that setting. I want to come over for a girls lunch. Looks so beautiful.
    Brooke

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  56. Those place settings may just be the cutest thing I have ever seen on your site!

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  58. I love that you call $9 "pricey".

    Your table looks gorgeous!

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  59. OK, I luuuurve it! Absolutly eye catching and very crip.

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  60. Absolutely beautiful birdies! Love them love them! I found something similar recently at a site called www.Latique.com. Bunch of great tips too, like here but different.

    Have a great day everyone!

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  61. Wonderful!! Love the birdies!! My dining room is a dark chocolate and I do have lots of white dinnerware...hmmmm you've inspired me!! AGAIN!!

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  62. Gorgeous!!!! I.love.it! I am sucker for anything with birdies and tulips. hehe What a great deal on the flowers. I wish we had a TJ here. It seems all of the flowers I have seen are much more expensive.

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  63. Love, love, love this table - soooo sweet & stylish :)

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  64. It's beautiful! Great job, festive without the goofy typical pallet. It's a classic look. Thanks for sharing.

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  65. Sweet and springy and just overall delicious. Well done!

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  66. oh, man! you. are. awesome!!!! your last bird blog inspired me and when i was at my dollar store in covington, wa, i found the same. exact. birds! so i bought 3. what a dum-dum. i'll have to go back and hope that noone else from my area reads your blog so that i can snag the rest of them. i'm all over that painting them white and doing those eggs! next year i will have those jute and yarn eggs! i will! i will! :)
    thanks for the inspiration as always.
    happy Easter.

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  67. oh, man! you. are. awesome!!!! your last bird blog inspired me and when i was at my dollar store in covington, wa, i found the same. exact. birds! so i bought 3. what a dum-dum. i'll have to go back and hope that noone else from my area reads your blog so that i can snag the rest of them. i'm all over that painting them white and doing those eggs! next year i will have those jute and yarn eggs! i will! i will! :)
    thanks for the inspiration as always.
    happy Easter.

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  68. I love seeing your dining table change through the seasons - it's so awesome! ox

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  69. omgoodness! that is a beauteemous tablescape!!!

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  70. Gorgeous!!! I remember seeing your tablescapes before & you saying those "vases"/"lights" were like the Chinese lanterns. I'm wondering where I might find some? I absolutely love what you have been able to do with them.

    Oh, and until you mentioned the toys, I didn't even notice them! lol. I am such a mommy of toddlers/babies. ha!

    Blessings!
    -Sarah

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  71. Dollar Tree should be totally thanking you--I went to mine and bought all that they had of those sweet little birds, only 4 of them, but I will use them well =)

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  72. I absolutely LOVE your site! I've bookmarked a few other "thrifty decor" sites, but yours is by far my favorite. Your ideas are fresh, doable, inexpensive, and oh so very cute! Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us!

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  73. I LOVE your blog! It always makes we want to jump up and create something. I also really like the contrast between the dark colors in the room and all the white on the table.

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  74. I've wanted that chandelier from Pottery Barn for a long time!!! I'm jealous. : ) Let me know if you ever want to redecorate and sell it.

    Always love your blog,

    Ashley
    MrsAshleyWalkup at gmail dot com
    Beauty4Moms.blogspot.com

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  75. I LOOOOOVE that you decorate each place setting!! How special is that?! To me, that is far more inviting to guests than having an extremely elaborate centerpiece :)

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  76. Love your tablescape - it's beautiful!

    Wanted to let you know I featured your yarn wrapped eggs (and talked about your tablescape) on my blog tonight!
    bugaboo, mini, mr & me

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