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Thursday, September 3, 2009

How does your lantern glow?

One of my favorite blogs is Between Naps On The Porch. I know that many of you share in this sentiment. Susan captures nature, creative makeovers and tablescapes through gorgeous photography. Her images truly are "eye candy". Susan recently hosted a giveaway that was sponsored by the wonderful Colonial Candle. This amazing giveaway had two lucky winners for one of two lanterns featured below. You can bet your bottom dollar that I entered.


Then life went on as it always does. I became quite busy finishing up a design job, working on the Fashionista's apartment and allowing myself to wallow in self pity for a few days when she actually left our nest. So what pulled me out of my wallowing? An email from Susan. I had won the bird lantern. A few days later a package was delivered right to my front door. I can't even begin to tell you about the care that went into the wrapping of the lantern to insure that it arrived in pristine condition. I also received a sweet handwritten note from the darling owner congratulating me. Colonial Candle is class A in my book. I decided to use my lantern as a centerpiece for our annual first day of school breakfast.

I began with a white damask cloth covered by a burlap runner. I then added six willow charges I found at Anthropologie. They originally sold for $28.00 EACH and came with a willow cloche. Yours truly scored them for $2.00 and has other plans for the cloches which I'll show in the future.

Back to school makes me think of little red schoolhouses and shiny apples for the teacher. So I decided to use my favorite red transferware plates. As we were having pancakes and bacon there was no need for a bowl though in hindsight it would have made the place setting more attractive. :)

Isn't the bird lantern absolutely gorgeous? I am still pinching myself!




I can't resist a "bird's eye view". Pun intended.




Milk and juice were served in my grandparent's wedding crystal. Talk about starting the school year out right!



A big thank you to Susan and Colonial Candle for such a tweet surprise!

33 comments :

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Congratulations Laura! You've put your prize to beautiful use. I love those chargers! I can't believe how little you paid for them. The crystal is stunning. laurie

Blondie's Journal said...

Laura,

You are a lucky girl!! I know this lantern had to cheer you up!! Your table looks lovely!

So what is next on your adgenda, busy girlfriend??!!

xoxo
Jane

jewelstreet said...

Ooh, lucky girl, lucky girl! That table looks absolutely gorgeous. I bet that bird lantern was the exact one you really wanted, wasn't it? lol.

Coastal Sisters said...

This is so beautiful and your table looks lovely :)

LuLu~*xoxo

marty39 said...

Oh how lucky you were to win the gorgeous bird lantern. I love it. You put together such a wonderful tablescape too. I can't wait to see what you do with the cloches that came with the chargers. Also, the bird lantern would look wonderful decorated for the Fall Cloche Party. I hope you will join us. Be sure to click on the button on my sidebar for details. It is the 11th of Sept. Hugs, Marty

Michelle@Sweet Something said...

What a wonderful table you've put together! I can't believe your score on your "chargers" especially from Anthro! Can't wait to see what you do with the cloches! Great job!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Lucky you winning Susan's giveaway! It looks great with the pretty tablescape! I like the square white lace under the plates!

Katherine

Sue said...

Laura, I love the lantern that you won from Susan's giveaway. Also like the red transferware and the runner- did you stencil it or was this item purchased? I would love to have a wall hanging similar to this. Soooo expensive, but I was told I should make one.... Now I don't free hand paint and who knows where you could get the font for the stencil. Oh dilemma.
:-) Sue

TheOldPostRoad said...

How beautiful! And what a deal with those beautiful chargers!

Lorrie said...

Congratulations on winning and what a beautiful tablesetting you've created.

Best Life said...

It's lovely, of course! I always love checking in on your blog. I love the feedsack in the middle of the table! Great job! Lisa~ (www.livingmybestlifeii-lisa.blogspot.com)

LiLi M. said...

Beautiful lantern, lucky you! And what a great idea to start the school year as if it is a party (you might be surprised but I have 2 kids over here who don' t think like that lol). No kidding I really like that idea of making a party out of it. Often these first days are special events, whether you like them or not, in a human's life.
I didn't have time to come sooner but I still want to tell you that I like what your daughter did at Antropology. My compliments to your daughter! I was there in New York and I loved the place, especially the decorations. Have a lovely day.

Dining Delight said...

Congratulations on winning that lantern! You really were a lucky recipient with so many of us entering the contest! It is wonderful to see that you have already put it to good use! Your back to school 'scape looks very pretty (course, the lantern "makes" it, LOL!)and what a special mom you are to set a nice table like that and prepare a special breakie for your kids! Thanks for sharing!

DD

Audra Lynn said...

I'm so jealous. I love that lantern! And your table looks beautiful.

Let it Shine said...

I love the lantern and how you used it!

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Hi Laura,
Your table is sooooo beautiful! I love your red and white transferware and gorgeous crystal! And of course, you know I love your lantern! :-) Thanks for sharing this wonderful tablescape for TT! :-) Susan

Linda said...

How pretty! I'm very fond of lanterns.

alice wayne said...

That will fit right in with all your nests and such!
I can't wait to come for dinner!

Liz said...

Hey! Congrats to U! This is a darling table. I love the burlap, roses and the wicker! Such an unexpected combo. LOVE IT!

Many years ago, I worked at a very exclusive department store here in the valley that sold CC. Even then they had a wonderful rep. Glad to know that a good product and company can withstand the winds of trend and economy!

Have an awesome long weekend!

~Liz

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh you lucky lady! Thanks for showing us your delightful prize! You did Susan proud with this lovely tablescape.

Kim said...

I love your tablescape!!! The bird lantern is perfect!

Pearl Maple said...

Susan does host a delightful party. The laterns look lovely in the way you are displaying them, thanks for adding to the tablescape party.

Lisa @celebrate CREATIVITY said...

Great looking table setting and the bird cage is a nice little detail.

Aimee said...

Everything looks beautiful!

I just put up a new post. If you get a chance, stop by and say hi!
Have a great weekend,
Aimee

The Berry's Patch said...

Hey Laura,

What a beautiful table. Love the chargers. You will have to tell me how you handle working, school, family and blogging...any tricks to get it all in would help me. :-)

Happy Momma said...

Hi Laura - Thanks for the sweet comments on my blog - - I answered your question in my comments!!

The French Bear said...

You are on a winning streak, woo hoo!!! Love to see such wonderful decor, and what a lovely table you set!!!
Hugs,
Margaret B

Willow said...

Congrats on winning the lantern and the give away on the French Bear. You are so lucky.

Willow

Queen B. said...

Oh my gosh. Ok. I love your lantern. awswome !
your tablescape makes me feel soooooooo UNWORTHY !!!!!!!!!!!!!
WAAAAAAA !
I had better 'get it together'.....

nannykim at spindle cottage said...

Very pretty and I especially like your bird's eye view! (I have some of those dishes too ;-0 ) I love your new lantern...nice win!
Have a nice holiday weekend.

honeysuckle said...

You are a lucky woman to win the lovely lantern! I loved the bargain chargers--both because they were a bargain and because they are great looking. Nice table too with the red transfere ware which I love and have myself. Thanks for sharing and enjoy it all!

Tea Time With Melody said...

Love the crystal glasses. The table setting was lovely too. Lucky kiddos who get a breakfast like that on the first day of school.

Cote de Texas said...

I love this! the lantern, the dishes, the chargers, the lace- gorgeous!
ok - where are the seagrass pictures? I want to see!!!!