Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The January Blues


Ahhhh, nearly mid winter.  Although mid winter here is really more like late March, early April.  Notice that Shakespeare never did write a poem about it.  Doesn't really warm up until Memorial weekend.   I hate it.  I am most miserable this time of year.  I hate seeing my gas bill, I hate having to wear layers (my natural padding doesn't cut it), I despise boots, I could go on and on.  But I won't.




This week's challenge at Let's Dish, hosted by Kathleen of Cuisine Kathleen, was to create a winter wonderland tablescape.  


blue napkins and plates found in my summer bin?  Who knew?  Not me, I forgot!

I refuse to buy any more dishes until I have the funds (or hit a really great sale, you know, an offer I can't refuse!).  I decided to "shop" my house, and even resorted to going through my summer bin to find items.  




I also made some "snowballs".  I already had Mod Podge, a foam brush, and Epsom salts.  My only purchase was the Styrofoam balls.  They are a little expensive.  $4.99 for a package of six.  Just spread the M P on half, roll around in the salts placed in a plate or pie pan, do the other side and let dry.  



The snow balls were easy, but I hate the smell of M P.  I didn't make the full dozen.  The candle holders I've had for years and are usually on my bedroom dresser.  I flipped them over to hold several snow balls.



I layered a tapestry runner I've had for years over a snowy white tablecloth.  Here are some scenes.





I resorted to using serviette en papier  and assiette en papier.  (Everything sounds so much classier in French, oui?)


blue paper plate, no doilies to be found
The glass snowmen plates I have had for years, I think they came from  a kitchen store called Lechter's which was in the mall.  Bubble glasses from Pier I and flatware from Christmas Tree, place mats from the $ Tree a while back.  The square white plates, I had about 16 of them, sold a dozen when I moved, but kept four and just found them.  Probably a dollar store purchase.




My best discovery for the challenge??  I found a package of 12 votive flameless candles!  Michael's last year.



Nothing will melt on this table!


added blue stones

I'll be trying to stay warm while partying with Kathleen, as well as with Jann for Share Your CupSusan at Between Naps on The Porch, Jody for Sweet & Simple Fridays, Elaine for Sunny Simple SundaysThe Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays, and Yvonne for Tutorial, Tips and Tidbits.  AND Smiling Sally for Blue Monday!  

Please visit these ladies and enjoy their party guests' links.  

xo

Joy is not in things; it is in us ~ Richard Wagner

62 comments:

  1. I know how you feel. I have been having the January blues too and it usually does not happen to me. Your tablescape is charming. I would not need to make any snowballs though because we have plenty of snow outside lol!!

    Big Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  2. oh dear, I think your table is awesome!! Love blue:)
    Im in summer and I dont like :( is really hot and feel tired, but I know each season have an special thing! xo

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  3. this snowballs looks really good and i love also the little snowmen :)

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  4. Love the warmth of your table with the rich blue and the tapestry. Very nice!

    Let's not think about the chill winter or the drain on the pocket book. Hmmmm...so what shall we think about?

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  5. Barbara F.,
    A snowy tablescape and has a wintery feel. I just love that tapestry table runner. Aren't flameless candles wonderful. They look great the way you clustered them on the plate on the stones.
    Pat

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  6. Oh Barbara, all is tres classy! (I know there's an accent - don't know how to get it on.) I love rediscovering what I own - and winter seems to be the time to do that. Perhaps because the outside doesn't beckon and you are stuck looking at your home! I love the wintry feel you did - with all that warmth. Yes, craving warmth. (And I remember Lechters...)

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  7. Cute table! Oh yea, it's crazy cold outside, hope it calms down soon:@)

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  8. Pretty table. If that doesn't help your winter blues, nothing will.

    Judy

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  9. I am exactly the same in January, dismal month. It has started to thaw here but more snow due on Friday.
    Your tablescape is very clever. I like going 'shopping' in my own home, it is lovely if you discover you already own the perfect item for whatever project you are working on.
    Carol xx

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  10. I like your tablescape, Barbara! Nice that you didn't have to do any major shopping. xo Nellie

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  11. How beautiful! And I love the candles grouped like that. I have some of those and love them! Stay warm!

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  12. Your winter table setting is great even if you don't like the cold. I like the cold crisp days of winter, but maybe that's because our winter is fairly short.
    Mary Alice

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  13. I love your tapestry runner Barb. We are closer to summer than we were in October ;o)

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  14. I love your table but my favorite is the tapestry runner. It is gorgeous! Your snowballs look so real, how creative!..Christine

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  15. So cute with the snowballs. Filed that idea away! I love the runner on the table. And the cute glass plates.. Fabulous. a perfectly wintry table.. xo marlis

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  16. What a fun table! The snowballs are a great idea. I'm going to remember that one!

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  17. What a pretty tablescape, Barbara! I love your snowballs and your tapestry runner. Hang in there; we're sure to get a few warm days here and there to enjoy and cherish.
    xo Beth

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  18. I'm so sorry about how winter drags on and on for you, Barbara! That's how I feel about summer here in Texas. I totally understand. Why can't we all live in a perfect climate??!! Anyhoo... I love your table, especially your snowballs. Your table runner is perfect for your wintry table and those snowmen plates are adorable.

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  19. What a great table! Love the snowballs and good way to use paper plates! Hugs, Linda

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  20. I love that tapestry runner and your dishes are so cute! Perfect winter tablescape. I wish I had known how to make the snowballs before Christmas...I really have a nice collection of snowmen and they would be so cute with them. I'll remember this next year.

    Let's hope spring comes early this year! ;-D

    XO,
    Jane

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  21. The table looks fantastic Barbara! I'm bad, today I came across two spectacular ironstone platters...like I need another ironstone platter...at a thrift store. I just couldn't leave them there. :) Don't you love Michaels? I do. Completely understand what you mean about the winter blues. I left England and it started to snow and so left Robert to deal with it all, (snigger), but now, here in Vancouver, we are into the begining of probbaly three months of leaden skies and unrelenting rain. (groan) What we all need is a couple of weeks in Mexico!

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  22. Winter in TX is like a ping pong game......one day could be freezing.......the next sunny and warm. '-)
    Your table makes me smile with those cute snowmen plates and the stack of snow balls. Looks like the kids are ready for a snowball fight.

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  23. You found so many darling things while shopping your own closets, I think that it may be a while or a REALLY good deal before you 'need' to buy anything new. I realize that 'need' has nothing to do with it. I always say that I drove through 'Need" 175 miles ago. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

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  24. Your table looks adorable. As to winter...all of the above and hat hair, too!

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  25. Gorgeous snowballs! I'm craving snow at the moment :-)

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  26. Hello Barbara,

    What a charming blue wonderland table set up. I love those glass snowman plates.
    Your tapestry runner are pretty as well
    snowballs such a gorgeous.
    wishing you beautiful week Barbara;)

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  27. Lovely tablescape! I am the odd ball that actually likes winter. It always feels so cozy and quiet - reading by the fire and hot soup time!
    xo,
    Lisa

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  28. Your table is so cute. I love the snowman plates. I made some of those "fluffy" snowballs last year. I have them on my mantel right now for the winter. Today in Nova Scotia it is -30 with the wind chill. Brrrrr!!!! :)

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  29. Such a cute table Barbara. Those snowmen plates are darling and your snowballs came out looking like real snow balls. I am sorry you are struggling with Winter. Spring will be here soon enough. Stay warm and cozy. XO Linda

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  30. Very cute Barbara! I'm feeling the same about January, and it's so cold!

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  31. I love this tablescape,but I have to tell you that those snowballs are fantastic,they look so real.
    ~Jo @ LoblollyLane

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  32. Hi Barbara, You sound exactly like I feel! blue blue blue... I think our winter started early the last two years with the hurricanes and blizzards in the fall. It took a lot of energy to do my table this week. I'm a little worried about going out because yesterday my car had trouble starting when I was at the store! It's the cold I guess but the guys said my battery is fine! I don't want to go out and get stuck, so I'm staying home and trying to finish up the after-Christmas cleanup. Your table is very cheery and the snowballs are clever! Just keep thinking of spring--it's coming! Linda

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  33. Barbara, your tablescape is lovely! I must make some snowballs for next winter. (Too late for this year...I have already moved on to the little bit of Valentine decorating that I do...a few hearts scattered here and there. Or maybe I could combine...)

    I remember Lechters! I was sorry when they closed.

    Stay warm and cozy...spring is coming (eventually)!

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  34. your beautiful tablescape makes up for the awful weather. The tapastry is gorgeous! I know how you feel about the cold - it's miserable!!
    Mary x

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  35. Oh Barbara, your winter tablescape is fantastic!!!I love the snowball, the dishes, the gorgeous runner and the votive candles!!I love winter and i hate summer...too hot for me!!
    Kisses
    Alessandra

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  36. Hi Barbara, your winter tablescape is lovely. I like your tapestry runner. And flameless candles is a good idea. I had trouble with melted wax, but candles make such a lovely addition to dinner table, so I now switched to flameless candles too. It's funny how my little boys try to blow them.
    Thanks for visiting my blog about crochet. I've been writing it (on and off) for a bit over a year. Thank you for following.

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  37. Love those snowballs, and the best part is they are so simple to make! I remember Lechter's...didn't they all close?

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  38. Barb, your snowman plates are just ADORABLE!! I'm really impressed with your homemade snowballs, though. They look very real.

    I remember Lechters stores, too. I used to love to browse that store. I'm a gadget guru & never failed to find something to buy.

    I think you met Cuisine Kathleen's challenge very nicely.

    Warm hugs,
    Rett

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  39. I love those cute snowman plates, wish I could find some like those! When I shop my house is when I really have more fun sometimes, caz I get to find things I haven't seen in quite a while, lol..You did a lovely job with your winter tablescape. Big hugs,
    FABBY

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  40. This is just the cutest winter tablescape! I love the snowballs you made. Very clever! I think the votives grouped together like that make quite a statement. Those snowman plates are so cute. I forgot all about Lechters!

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  41. Hi Barbara, Thank goodness if it turns freezing cold here it only lasts a short time. Last week we had seventy degrees and snow the next day, then inching back up into the sixties. We go from one extreme to the next. Never a dull moment! Your cold inspired you to create a beautiful tablescape. I love you shopped your own home. Love the snowballs, and the runner is gorgeous. Love that last sentence, nothing melts. My snow melted in a few hours!

    Hugs,
    Emily
    The French Hutch

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  42. Hi Barbara

    I love your winter tablescape! The snowballs are such a fun touch, and your needlepoint runner is gorgeous!

    It has been mild here this week --in the 60's! I'm sure that the winter weather will return soon as I heard March is Colorado's snowiest month.

    Stay warm!

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  43. Love your winter tablescape!! It is 7 degrees here right now!!
    LOL!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  44. Love your idea for the January Blues. The snowman themed tablescape is so cute and cheery. Great idea you had for making snowballs. Looks like my kind of craft project.
    Stay warm.

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  45. Hi Miss Barbara!

    I love your wintry table!! I really love using snowmen (and snow women) to decorate with in January and February. They're just fun and whimsical. You did a good job with your mod podge snowballs.

    I especially like your tapestry table runner; it reminds me of a Currier and Ives scene. I also love the glass snowman plates and your bubble glasses. We used to have a Lechter's at our mall too; I'd completely forgotten about it until I read your post. They were kind of pricey, but I used to get a few things when they marked them down. Your tray of flameless votives looks great!

    Hope you're staying warm today; we're having sleet here at the moment.

    XO,

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  46. I'm so cold Barbara.......April seems so far away. I do see your making the most of it :) Your snowballs are sweet! I love your winter tablescape.

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  47. Baby it's cold outside, but your tablescape gives me a warm heart. Love the snowballs! I had stuff to do these this year and never got around to it. I did add some epsom salts to pinecones for a frosty look. Stay warm and I hope you can chase those Winter blues away! Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  48. I can relate to your 'winter blues'- I say bring on the sun and warm temps! :) Your tablescape is really cozy, and I especially love all the candles. What a score!
    Susan

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  49. Cute idea for the Styrofoam snowballs. I'm going to try that. Stopped by from Sunny Simple.

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  50. Your winter table is wonderful! And now I know how to make snowballs!

    I usually get the blues right about now, too. So I know exactly what you are talking about. Even though we've had a mild winter, we are not really happy about it. The water table is way too low. The big rivers are getting dangerously low. We live between two major waterways, the Mississippi and the Missouri. We really could use the moisture, in the form of rain or snow.

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  51. Hi Barbara~ Your feelings about your lengthy winter weather are the way I feel about our summer heat! We're lucky if we can wear a sweater in November :) We just had an icy blast of sleet and freezing rain, I was hoping for some snowflakes instead! Love your snowballs, I've seen so many fun projects done with Epsom salts recently and your tapestry is beautiful! I'll keep my fingers crossed for an early spring for you!

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  52. Beautiful table, fun and inviting...but my fav is got to be the tapestry, winter runner..it is gorgeous! I hope spring comes your way SOON!! Have a happy Sunday.
    FABBY

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  53. Hi Barbara,

    Thanks for the visit! I'm loving your tablescape! Snowmen, blue, snowballs! Beautiful!

    Jan

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  54. Love the snowballs!!!

    - The Tablescaper

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  55. Thanks for sharing your beautiful tablescape at Simple & Sweet Fridays. Love the snowballs and lovely tapestry. Just perfect for a Winter Wonderland Table.


    Jody

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  56. I can't wait to say goodbye to January! I do love your pretty blue table and gorgeous runner, though. Perfect for January.

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  57. Love your snowballs, and yes, why is styrofoam so expensive?
    Great take on winter, cute little snowman plate!
    Hope we skate through Feb with mild weather like today.
    Thanks so much for taking the winter challenge at Let's Dish!

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  58. Barbara, Congrats! Just wanted you to know you've been featured for your January Blues post!
    Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful week!

    Jody

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  59. As soon as I leave this comment, I'll fix your link. Please give me a couple of minutes and then come and check it out. Thanks for sharing your blues.

    Happy Blue Monday, Barbara.

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  61. What an adorable idea. I love the snowballs. I am so doing that with my Brownies next year. Love your table setting.

    here are my blues

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  62. Wow! A great winter table scape! I Like all the cool stuff you found in your house! The snowballs look real except no melting all over the table! Good Blue Monday capture! Thanks for sharing!

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