Friday, January 15, 2010

A Cheetah Share & Wow was it at a an Heirloom Gift

I'm excited to join Cindy at My Romantic Home for her Show & Tell Friday today. If you love animal print and heirlooms, you'll enjoy my recent adds to my Master Suite and a gift that I put together for my mom and sisters. Please stop by Cindy's to enjoy all the other Show & Tell items today.
I couldn't resist sharing my After Christmas special that I found at a local Antique store, one of my favorites, "A Flea Antique" located in Braselton, GA. The chairs and table in this post were purchased there recently for a "steal of a deal". The framed heirloom butterfly doily is something I framed for my Mom and sisters recently. The doilies were made by my Grandmother over 40 years ago...and they were all butterflies. They each love them and I used different color mats for each person to match their decor. My mom wanted hers on this black velvet!
Here's the table close up...the top had been distressed with a black paint...totally what I needed in this spot of my master bedroom.

A close up of the pair of Italian chairs - wood frames made in Italy and the upholstery work was done in USA per the label on the bottom of the chairs.

Some details on the wood here...

And there...

This table drops down and doesn't have to be in the open position constantly. I love it... The table was under $50 and the chairs were purchased as a pair for under $60 - Yes, you heard me right~ It was a huge blessing and find to add to our room!

The centerpiece is one I purchased at a favorite local consignment shop called "Emma's Attic" in Flowery Branch, GA. A huge savings ~ only $10 and still had the price tag on the inside of a flower for $129. The doily (handmade) was just purchased there yesterday for $1.50.

Here's the entire view as I sit from my bed~ I have a hint of Cheetah here and there in my room...and this brought it all together even better! The entire corner makeover was realized at a total of $121.50! My kinda makeover~ :)

`Merci for stopping by today~Have a blessed day!
~CC Catherine

Thursday, January 14, 2010

In Tribute of Barney from a 2009 Post of The Nostalgic Tablescape!

This photo featured today was snapped during the afternoon Tea Party of Elouise and Barney's hands. Their hands were clasped like this on the table the entire time of my visit! How sweet this will always be to me, and now to Elouise and her family. I had just visited them the Saturday before Christmas a few weeks back and shared this framed print for their enjoyment. Little did I know it would become a precious heirloom and become such an impact to them and their family this week.
There are some things one never forgets, and for me...that will be the day of Feb 25th, 2009 when I visited a precious couple by the name of Elouise & Barney. They had recently celebrated 67 years of marriage prior to the time I visited them.
Elouise is an avid Writer friend of mine. During an earlier phone call we had in 2009, Elouise told me that she had both a son and husband that suffered with Alzheimer's. We chatted and prayed together that day. She for my son and a situation he was going through, and me for her son and husband for what was a daily ongoing situation for them and their loved ones.
While on that call with Elouise, I couldn't help but be inspired to plan that day to take a tea party to Elouise and the husband I'd always heard her speak so lovingly about. So on this date in February, the actual event unfolded and I spent the most lovely afternoon in my life watching the truest of all love stories.
Even though Barney suffered with Alzheimer's, he still was able to recall many pockets of earlier days with Elouise and how they'd met, what he'd both thought of and still thought of her. One thing for sure, he still felt she was the prettiest gal he'd ever set his eyes on.
This week, not only did my precious friend Elouise's husband Barney lose his fight to Alzheimer's, but so did her son Richard. Richard died on Monday, 1/11, and then on Tuesday evening the following day, Barney died. One certainly does wonder how Elouise and her family will ever get through this tremendous loss? But, I learned after meeting her family last night at Richard's viewing; the family is made out of the same character cloth their Mama is made out of. Both their Faith and Trust is firmly placed in the Lord.
If you didn't get to read my original post on Elouise and Barney's Tablescape Tea party, please do so now by clicking here. I post today in memory of Barney, and also in honor of their son, Richard.
I love you Sweet Precious friend Elouise!
To visit all other Tablescapes, please visit my friend Susan at "Between Naps On The Porch".

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Friends, The Outdoors, French Influence, and Chandies...What More Can A Gal Want...

Each Christmas Holiday, my sister and I sing as entertainment in one of the homes selected to be on the Holiday Open House Tour. Afterwards, we get to enjoy taking the tour ourselves when the next shift of entertainment arrives. Enjoy just a couple great things I found both on the tour and in an antique store close by.
As you'll notice on the pic above that I took from within the house, Santa was out in the backyard napping. :)
This chandelier was breathtaking and of course, I couldn't resist taking an upshot!
This outdoor pic above was taken during the tour, and believe me, it was chilly here in GA the first Saturday in December.

The pic above is a Chandie in one of the antique shops in Norcross, GA where the tour was held. The cool French infused lamp shade below and the adorable emerald green feather wreath also are featured in the shop.

This was one of my favorite French signs in one of the kitchens on the tour.

And last, but certainly not least, was this lovely chandie that was on an open outdoor porch that had some shelter. The chandie actually was hanging over a really cool daybed that was all dressed as if you could cuddle up in it for the night. A nice Holiday twist to end the tour!

Before you exit, please drop by Susan's to see the other Outdoor Wednesday fun posts!

~Merci for dropping in...
~CC Catherine

Thursday, January 7, 2010

A Cinderella Tablescape to kick off the New Year of 2010! :)

It is "SOOOOO" great to be participating again in Tablescape Thursday today~ Thanks to Susan, my dear friend from "Between Naps On The Porch" for hosting this weekly gathering! Be sure once you visit me that you step on over to Susan's to see all the other lovely tablescapes and ideas.
Today I'm sharing another tablescape from the "Beautiful Event" held back in December of '09 where over 100 women were in attendance at my church. One of the focuses and fun events of the evening yearly are volunteer hostesses who each design and pull together a fantastic tablescape to share with the guests at their tables. They have full access to decorate in any manner and artistic style they desire. This tablescape theme reminds me of a "Cinderella Dream World". Come with me to see all the details of not only the table, but even the chairs. I'll begin with the chair below.

This hostess used two tone satin in the shades of the color palette that were used on her tablescape. You'll also notice she adds a flower on the one side that will tie in to the bouquet she designed and used on the table.

One of my favorite place card holders and cards were on this table. Each person had a personalized name card with a scripture of encouragement and adornment on it. The holder itself elevated the card up high so that the guest could see it easily when they sat at their place of seating. At the end of the evening they were able to take the card home with them.

A Close up of the porcelain doll used as the focal part of the centerpiece. This was moved during the sit down dinner, and the floral centerpiece remained. The thing I loved about her using this doll in a large event like this was that it drew the attention of people to step over to make sure they seen how she incorporated the doll into the scheme...but then she was able to remove it when the guests needed to have a more practical purpose to see each other during the dinner.

This table did not win the "Most Beautiful Tablescape" award, but I'm sure it was a close tie. It was really gorgeous!

Some unique shots of the details...

And one final thought from the Song of Solomon using Lois's hostess place card.

I hope you enjoyed this "Beautiful" tablescape from a friend of mine!

Happy New Year!
~CC Catherine