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My passion is decorating with vintage and antique finds on a budget. There was a time when I wouldn't have dreamed of going into a goodwill. That day has passed. :) My second love is scrapbooking all those special family moments for posterity, and I recently set up my very own scrapbooking room. I have three beautiful children, two sons and a daughter as well as a sweet (albeit full blooded Yankee) daughter-in-law and two grandgirls. I also enjoy gardening, meeting new friends and relaxing on my patio in the evenings with a glass of fine wine. During the summer of 2001, I spent two glorious weeks at Kennedy Space Center. I've been somewhat of a space geek ever since....

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Napkin Rings Made of What???

Back to school is always a busy time for me and I've been coming home and crashing on the ole sofa......... I think I'm becoming a sofa ornament. :)

I've been collecting wine bottle corks for years now without nary a single idea as to what to do with them. Suddenly, VOILA! When I started putting this fall tablescape together, an idea popped into my head. What about cork napkin rings???? What do ya think of these? Double-click for a closeup view. The corks have that earthy feel that goes so well with fall foliage. I shared my inspiration with my man Johnny and off we went to Lowe's. After looking at tubing and PVC pipe, we selected a short length of PVC in just the right diameter for the rings. One hacksaw later (I love that gadget) and we were in business.....
We sliced the corks in half lengthwise and cut half inch rings from the PVC. The flat side of the cork halves were then glued around the outside of the PVC rings. What an easy project! I picked up the orange and green leaf dishes at Ross for $1.99 each..... I love the way they bring out the colors in the centerpiece. That old crow couple came from Big Lots years ago. They make me smile everytime I look at them.
Don't forget to hop on over to Susan's sweet blog Between Naps on the Porch to see more beautiful tablescapes.
The placemats that I picked up at Pier One over the summer have completely lost the beachy feel now that they are used with fall decor. They make me think of a cornucopia. Here's another view of one of the napkin rings.....

They need something inside to cover that ugly PVC pipe, maybe a strip of burlap or a earthy toned ribbon. Still working on that....
Here's a birds eye view of the entire table.
Those two are some quite contented crows, don't you think????????

Here's one last view...... May the fall colors bring cooler temps here to hot and humid south Louisiana.....

Happy fall, y'all!!!!!