Thursday, September 23, 2010

12 Months of Tablescaping-I Could Have My Own Calendar!

     A blog that I read yesterday made reference to the fact that bloggers don't always think in a straight line. We tend to have a thought or a plan, which sends us off to another topic and eventually we get to something we want to write about, redo, create or discuss. The thought process for today's post came about just that way. I usually do my tablescapes on Wednesdays, but yesterday I had a migraine and I just couldn't do it. This morning, I was trying to decide if I wanted to skip a week or put together what I had planned to do. I was in the shower and my thought process was something like this.

Maybe I'll just skip a week.

I don't want to do that.

 I've been doing this for a year and I haven't missed many weeks.

A year? I've done 12 months of tablescapes?

I could do a calendar!

What would I put on it for each month?

Bingo! Blog post!


November (My mom's 81st birthday party)






May (the flowers were from my mother's funeral)


July (my parent's dining table)



     This is the first time I've gone back through my tablescapes. I didn't realize how much they reflect what is going on in my life at the time. I also didn't realize how bad my first tablescape was, I was pretty proud of it at the time! It didn't make the cut for today's post.

I'm joining Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.
Please stop by to see her and all the wonderful table settings that are posted today.


Unknown said...

G'morn, Sue ~ They are all so lovely ... reflecting you at the moment or celebration.

Have a lovely day ~
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Sue, every table is so pretty. You are very good at putting these together. Hope your head is better. My daughter gets those.

Pondside said...

I enjoyed that review, as I'm new to your blog and haven't read all your back posts. Beautiful tables, all.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

What a great post. I havn't been back through mine, and I am sure my first ones and a few inbetween would not be very good. All of yours are so pretty. Seems our tables do reflect our lives at the time. I loved seeing these again. Hugs, Marty

Sandra said...

Hi Sue! I love each and every tablescape of yours.:) Great idea! Hope you feel better.

Sonny G said...

Sue, I think they are all beautiful and each unique and creative. Thanks for the visual reminder of all the lovely scapes you've done and shared with us..


La said...

This would be a beautiful calendar. This post settles it...I need some BOO blocks.

I hope you are feeling better today. La

Lynn said...

I love the 'year in review' idea! Also, I'm with La, BOO blocks for everyone:@)

LindyLouMac said...

I have not been reading your blog for that long so it was great to see the older tablescapes :)

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Enjoyed seeing your tablescapes of the past. Hope your headache is gone.

Tricia said...

Delightful post! All of these tables are beautiful, and so different! I WAS struck by how many pretty tablecloths you have!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

So cool to see them all lined up!!!

Debbie said...

Great post and GREAT idea to do it. I love how each is reflective of its season (both in nature and in your life.)

I hope that I'm getting some better with time too.

Carla said...

Beautiful! The calendar is such a great idea!!!

Maria said...

OK Sue,
you are just so darn cute... what a TOTALLY F*U*N idea!
This will look great in your kitchen!
Super Great~

Cass @ That Old House said...

Every table is lovely!
What a great idea; you could host a one-time blog party -- "Show Off a Year Of Tablescapes!"

After my own Mom passed away in January '10, I also used some of her funeral flowers in a tablescape. As you said, it's what's going on in our lives at the moment.

Today -- I ran out of time and re-cycled old pictures with new words!

Love the idea of a calendar, though.

Gypsy Heart said...

They're all beautiful and I'm glad you shared! I felt horrible yesterday too...such allergy stuff + full moon. Hope you're better today and that you have a fabulous weekend!


Alycia Nichols said...

I am very sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I am very glad to know that her memory lives on through the lovely birthday party you hosted for her. That surely was a nice memory for her to take with her. I wish you and yours a Happy Autumn! Oh...and I LOVE the September chargers!!!

bj said...

ahh, gosh, this was a great idea. Can I do it sometime?? :)

Your comment on Words on Wheels made me sad for you, darlin' girl.
I'm sorry you don't have family close for dinners and etc...just have a once a month dinner for some really good friends. They would love it and you would feel a LOT better..:)

The Charm of Home said...

Sue, Your tables are beautiful! I love the candlelight. this would make a wonderful calendar! Very nice accomplishment.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed your retrospective and it was a great way to give your head a rest.

Lori @ Dining Delight said...

I'm so glad you posted this year in review! Your tablescapes are lovely and its true, how they can be a reflection of what is going on in your life. I really enjoyed how you shared your thought process too!


dee dee said...

I'm so glad that other have the same thought process I do! I just love your year in review! Each table scape is so unique, perfect for each eand every season. I must admit my favorites are September and November!
Dee Dee

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Sue -- thanks for the year in review! I love all your pretty tables -- thank you for your sweet visit and I hope you're feeling better.

Red Couch Recipes said...

What a fun idea and if I had to vote, I would vote for the Halloween table, but is that just because it is approaching? Joni

bj said...

O, gosh, Sue...{{{CRAIGS LIST}}}...great idea..don't know why I didn't think of it. I always forget that. I'll look tomorrow....thanks, sister friend.
Come over and look at my new Ooh la la background..:)
I change it like I change my underwear..every day!! hahaa
xo bj

Kathleen said...

Great idea! Loved seeing them all again!
Hope you feel better!

Jacqueline said...

What a beautiful post. I loved going through the year with you. Congratulations, that is quite an accomplishment. I am only 1/3 of the way there!!! I loved the Sept. table. What a fun calendar that would make. We do one each year for each of our kids and now their kids because they would complain when they didn't see their picture on a page. Do one for yourself. What a treasure as the years go by.

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

What beautiful table settings. I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. It looks like you had a wonderful get together at their house a couple months before. I liked all of them!

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Sue
You've been quite the industrious table setter!! .. My vote goes to Miss September!!!... Have a lovely weekend !!! xxx Julie

Marigene said...

What a great idea, Sue! Each table is favorite is December, love those cardinal plates and that quilt.
Have a great weekend!

Requi Tablescaping Escapades said...

Sometimes its good to reminisce and reflect. Your family members may like a copy of your calendar if you decide to create one with your tablescapes since they are reminiscent of what was going on in your life.

Thanks for sharing your past tablescapes, I had not seen them all, and I enjoyed them.

All the Best,


Miss Char said...

What a great post, thanks for sharing your last year with us.

Entertaining Women said...

Your comment about your first tablescape made me think of some advice that I received when I learned to needlepoint. "Always keep your first completed needlepoint project. It will give you a good map of how much you've improved over the years." Thank you for sharing your calendar of tablescapes. Cherry Kay

Marlis said...

thanks for sharing the beautiful tables you have put together. Stunning.

Monica H said...

These are beautiful and I thank you for sharing them all at once. November is my favorite I think, but mostly because there's food ont he table. ha ha!

I say make a calendar, even if it's for your own keeping.

Sue said...

You are my inspiration. They've all been beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Angie said...

Congrats, Sue, on your 12 months of tablescapes :)