November 17, 2010

Sneak peek...

My fabric cornucopia design for my daughter's Thankgiving table. (The picture was taken with my cell phone, hence the quality is poor.) This is the first time I will not be cooking thanksgiving dinner in my home for over thirty years. We will all gather at L and T's house this year. I don't know if I am ready to pass the baton on permanently just yet, but I have to admit I am looking forward to handing it over to her capable hands next week. It has been a very busy fall and K (daughter #2) and I have the supporting roles. So, K who is a terrific baker is handling the desserts (it is also Lawson's fifth birthday next Thursday) and I will be contributing my stuffing and pecan pie, a special request from K's husband. the very first time I met him was at Thanksgiving and he loved the pecan has been on the menu ever since! I also volunteered to style the adult and children's table. Go ahead twist my arm.

Neutral tones will prevail, allowing the food itself to take the starring role.  It took no time at all to make this cornucopia with leftover slipcover fabric in a diamond pattern. It had enough body to forgo the usual interfacing and the burlap ruffle was a rustic addition. The pattern is just a basic cone shape with a little flourish on the end, cut from newspaper. Easy. One seam and stuffed with fiberfill, about halfway. The ruffle was simply pleated as I sewed and edge stitched after. It stayed open the way I thought it would.  The frayed, shabby roses were left over from another project. I like the vintage doily on the outside. Now comes the fun embellishing. Some painted walnuts, fabric and twine pumpkins, pine cones...anything else I can find. I will post a picture (using the "real" camera) of the finished project.

The children's table will have chalkboard placemats and little gingerbread houses on name coasters. the latter inspired by Martha Stewart as seen in the December issue of Living. I also thought they would enjoy these sweet paper toys that they can put together from here. The talented Marilyn Scott-Waters,  generously offers a variety downloads for free. You will be enchanted with her designs. Her books are on my Christmas shopping list.

What are your Thanksgiving plans?


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  2. It's going to look so pretty~I hope you take pictures of the table and the kids table so we can see .

    You are so creative to just whip this up!


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