Saturday, October 21, 2017

Art of Tablesetting 2017 - Part II

Welcome back....... You are invited once again to a fun and relaxing tour through the exhibit, The Art of Tablesetting 2017 at the Rahr Art Museum in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.  As promised here are some of the remaining tablescapes in this year's event.  Come see for yourself.  If you missed the previous post, Art of Tablesetting 2017- Part I or if you need details including location, dates and time of the exhibit, it can be found in the previous posting, It's That Time--The Art of Tablesetting 2017.  Just click here.

The following tables are some, but not all of the tables in the exhibit and include their titles above each picture. Enjoy browsing the selected samples!

Southwest Fiesta Ole'

Mexican Madness Ole'

High Tea With Henry Moore

Dinner and a Movie

Merry Mary

Linens and Lace

The Dancing Chef

A Visit From Jack Frost

Peacock Beauty

Round to the Red Robin

Days of Wine and Roses

Happy Fiesta

Sharing Our Polish Culture

Woodland Wonders

A Cry of the Loon


Letters From Home

The Raven and Dove

Soul Friends

Lunch Among the Monarchs


Thank you for joining me.  I hope your tour through the exhibit was inspiring and that you enjoyed the variety of creativity of these gifted designers.  Happy Tablescaping.......

Friday, October 6, 2017

It's That Time....The Art of Tablesetting 2017

Can you take a minute from your busy day to answer a few straightforward questions? If you happen to answer "yes" to any of the following questions, this article may be of interest to you.  So here they are:
  1. Do you enjoy seeing or setting a beautifully decorated table?
  2. Do you often think up unique themes or styles for setting your tablescapes?
  3. Do you find that you love to shop for new dinnerware, linens, flatware or glassware?
  4. Do you visit thrift stores to"rescue" someone's discarded family china by purchasing and researching replacement pieces to complete the set?
  5. When you set a table for dinner guests do you spend time working on the details in order to create just the right mood, feel or ambiance? 
Are you surprised by your own answers to these questions?  Did you answer "yes" to all five questions? A majority of us who happen to create or read tablescaping blogs will most likely have that kind of score, but even if you answer "yes" to just one of the questions,  I think you will derive a great deal of pleasure in reading further.

What's more, no matter how many positive answers you had for the questions above, you will be delighted to know that the time has come for all tablescape enthusiasts...the event of the year that everyone has been waiting for has arrived, the Art of Tablesetting 2017, at the Rahr West Art Museum.

For those readers who are new to my blog, the Rahr West Art Museum in Manitowoc, Wisconsin holds an exhibit, The Art of Tablesetting, every October.  I always look forward each year to participating in the exhibit.  The museum features so many creative and imaginative tablescapes from talented artists/designers in the local community and beyond. The exhibit runs from Sunday, October 8, 2017 to Sunday, November 5, 2017.  The museum is located at 610 North Eighth Street, Manitowoc, Wisconsin.  (Visit their website for hours, directions and more information at

The event arrived rather quickly after a busy summer.  This season, both my sister and I were chosen to design a table and the theme we each selected included pieces already available from previous completed tablescapes which were posted on this blog in the past. Preparations were easy since items were put together in storage bins throughout the year and were now ready to go for this Fall event.

To give you a sneak peek during the set up day, I have included pictures of my tablescape and that of my sister's tablescape after we were finished.  My sister's tablescape features The Snowman and, of course, my tablescape entitled, Strutting His Stuff--My Love for the Peacock, is a tablescape that I have also done before at home, but now includes the addition of a peacock folded napkin.  To view these tablescapes and their prior articles, just click on the following links:  The Snowman and The Peacock.

The Snowman

Strutting His Stuff--My Love for the Peacock

Stay tune for more photos of the entire exhibit in my next post.  There are so many wonderful tablescape ideas and tips.  You will be amazed.  Thank you for stopping in.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Listening to the Advice of My Pumpkin

Shhhhh....can you hear it?  Evening is fast approaching, the days are getting shorter and the setting sun casts a warm glow across the garden's pumpkin patch.  Take a seat among the trailing green vines that twist and turn with giant leaves and enormous ripened pumpkins of bright orange like that of the end of the day's sun.  If you listen carefully you can catch the gentle whisper and advice of the pumpkin.

Of all the fruits and vegetables, the accomplished pumpkin has the most to say.  Speaking with sound advice, the clever pumpkin tells it like it is.  Sweet and simple.  It doesn't complicate the message, it just offers straight, to-the-point, honest wisdom.  (You never seem to get this up front knowledge from the tomato or the zucchini. )  

The pumpkin's advice, as noted in the above "words-to-live-by" image (compliments of a Facebook posting), does remind me to a "be well-rounded" person, which for me, includes learning about people and other diverse cultures around the world.

It's message to "get plenty of sunshine" and "give thanks for life's bounty" is truly a daily activity. With Fall being the time of harvest, we can truly be grateful for the plentiful bounty that is gathered in buckets ready for canning or freezing.  It is truly a blessing to share this picking with others and an even greater enjoyment to give thanks with guests at winter's meal time. 

The pumpkin with it thick skin has probably been through a few rough times of its own in order to pass along its bit of parental advice to toughen up.  However, under all that thick skin, the pumpkin is just a sweet softy.  Given a little warmth, the pumpkin becomes mush or should I say, puree.  So be strong and stand firm like the pumpkin, but remember to always have a bit of a soft heart. 

The pumpkin's challenge and advice to "keep growing" and "be outstanding in your field" is something the pumpkin is certainly an expert.  At any age and on any day, one can become educated in just about any subject on earth. It starts by asking a question.  It is important to always work to find answers to daily questions of interest. However, we are reminded to particularly concentrate on skills that we are best at and excel in "our own field".   Thus, taking our expertise to the highest level.  A very smart thought coming from the pumpkin, don't you think?

The distinguished pumpkin expresses the need to "think big".  So thought-provoking.  This pumpkin's advice is no ordinary advice.  It is brilliant, imaginative and urges others to think outside the box.

In addition, the pumpkin, regardless of its huge popularity and stardom at Halloween, remains genuine and humble.  Proudly standing firm in windows and lit up as jack-o-lanterns on lawns, the unselfish pumpkin brings both smiles and jitters to trick-or-treaters.   Furthermore, the pumpkin doesn't get a big head over the fact that it is one of the prominent symbols of Autumn.  The pumpkin does what it does best in its field and honorably sits among other Fall decor pieces, such as colored leaves, gourds and Indian corn, to help beautify and decorate homes and landscapes for the Fall season.

Lastly, we can't forget that the big-hearted edible pumpkin gladly obliges us with plenty of its sweet flavor for our culinary needs.  Its surrenders a bit of itself for our sweet and savory foods such as dips, desserts, soups and casseroles.  We can all raise our mugs filled with a pumpkin spice latte, lavish praise and toast to the faithful pumpkin.

What other fruit or vegetable do you know of that would convey such impressive guidance?   Absolutely, the pumpkin stands out from among the other garden produce as the BEST in its teachings. Would you agree?

So to acknowledge and pay tribute to the intellectual pumpkin, I have designed this week's table in honor of this delightful dessert rendering fruit/veggie.  

Who can resist collecting white pumpkins?  Whether the pumpkin is bright orange or a creamy white or even big or small, they all win over my heart.

Using real pumpkins for a centerpiece embellishes the existing natural beauty of these works of art from the patch.

What can you learn from your pumpkins?   Happy Fall!