Painted Plaid Rug

I am in love with a recent project I completed and wanted to be sure y’all saw all the details on my painted plaid rug.  I grabbed a plain jute rug from Old Time Pottery and added in some plaid flair with just a little paint.  This project was actually deemed as “cool” by my teenagers.  Now that is something to shout from the rooftops y’all. 

Painted Plaid Rug -- turn an ordinary rug to extraordinary with a little paint!

Just click here to go to Old Time Pottery for the full details on making your own painted plaid rug.  I write a blog post over there once a month and trust me y’all…..you don’t want to miss this one!  Make one of these for your kitchen, kids room, bathroom, any room in your home.  A touch of plaid is great anywhere.  

Painted Plaid Rug -- turn an ordinary rug to extraordinary with a little paint!

Are you using plaid in your home to decorate?  I would love to hear where or better yet leave me a link to your blog and show me.  I hope you will head over and see my painted plaid rug tutorial as well.  This post is sponsored by Old Time Pottery but all opinions and projects are my own.  

Weekly Menu Planner System with Free Printables

I have a treat for all of you that are on the new year organizing kick.  My weekly menu planner system with free printables is the perfect way to organize your kitchen this year.  I am excited to announce Online Labels as a sponsor of this post and further posts here on The Country Chic Cottage.  This first one I am really excited about.  I find that menu planning saves me time and money.  I wanted to design an easy to use system so you can enjoy menu planning for yourself.  My system will allow you to plan a week’s worth or a month’s worth of meals.  So if you want to jump in to menu planning in the new year, give my printable system a try.

Free printable weekly menu planner system -- includes free printable recipe cards as well!

Lets start with the menu planner.  First off I have a printable planner with the days of the week.  You can plan up to 5 weeks on one label sheet.  You see I designed my planner with removable label weeks.  Then each week you just peel off the plan and put it onto my weekly menu sheet.  You then have a place to drop in a shopping list for your week’s worth of meals.
Click here to print the weekly menu planner.  (Uses OL7000WX labels from OnlineLabels.)
Click here to print the weekly menu sheet with shopping list.

Free printable weekly menu planner system -- includes free printable recipe cards as well!
 
You can drop your weekly menu sheet onto a clipboard on the fridge so everyone knows whats for dinner as well.  Not only does a plan save you time searching for something to cook but it can save you from answering that “what is for dinner” question.
Free printable weekly menu planner system -- includes free printable recipe cards as well!
 
You can also print my free recipe cards that print onto an OL450WX label from OnlineLabels.  You can then just peel these labels and stick them to a plain 4 x 6 index card wrapping under the extra height.  I love these little recipe cards for organizing my massive stack of recipes.
 

Free printable weekly menu planner system -- includes free printable recipe cards as well!

My entire weekly menu planner system will fit nicely into a binder in your kitchen.  Add the weekly planner labels and weekly menu sheets to full size sheet protectors.  The recipe cards can be added to 4 x 6 index card holders that will also go great in a binder.  You will have an organized recipe area in no time at all.

Free printable weekly menu planner system -- includes free printable recipe cards as well!

Save money with a weekly menu planner system by planning your meals around the items that are already in your kitchen.  I love to think of what I can make with things I have on hand or produce that needs to be used up.  BONUS:  This saves food waste as well.  I am off to plan a few more weeks’ worth of menu.  I am wondering how low I can get my grocery bill in January.  How about you?  Do you meal plan?  Print my system for a new twist on your existing planning system.  Even if you are new to menu planning my system is super easy to use and will change your life.  That nightly battle of what to cook for dinner is gone…for good!

Free printable weekly menu planner system -- includes free printable recipe cards as well!
 
I am compensated for this post by Online Labels but all projects and opinions are my own.

 

DIY Deer Painted Plates

We are back with Crafty Hangouts again this week y’all and I am kicking things off with my DIY deer painted plates.  These plates are so easy to make yet will really impress your holiday guests.  You can literally make a plate in less than 10 minutes.  Don’t believe me?  Check out the video below for the proof.

DIY Deer Painted Plates -- a quick 10 minute way to make gorgeous custom designed plates with a sharpie and paint!

Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts and myself are hanging out in the video below and painting together with DecoArt Multi Surface paint.  We were both sent some paint to play with from DecoArt.  Join us in our Google+ Hangout as we craft together even though we are across the country from each other.  You can see how to make my plates as well as an adorable reindeer from Carolina.  Her reindeer is perfect for a napkin ring y’all so be sure to watch below.

For any of you that don’t like video, the brief step by step instructions are:

  1. Wash plate well with rubbing alcohol.
  2. Print image you want to use on just plain paper and tape to the front of your clear plate.
  3. Trace image on the back of your plate with a gold sharpie marker.  Fill in with marker as well.
  4. Paint with DecoArt mutli surface paint on the back of your plate right over the top of your sharpie marker.  You will need at least two coats of paint on your plate.
  5. I recommend adding Americana Decoupage Outdoor formula to the back of your plate (2 coats) to help protect your design.

 

DIY Deer Painted Plates -- a quick 10 minute way to make gorgeous custom designed plates with a sharpie and paint!
 
You are left with a really awesome rustic design that almost looks worn.  Really all you did was draw with a sharpie and paint white over the top.  So darn simple yet so gorgeous!  Perfect for any holiday party you are throwing this holiday season.  I think this would be so fun to try with the kids as well.  Let them doodle on a plate then paint over it to see what type of effects you can create.  I hope y’all enjoyed these fun DIY deer painted plates.    
DIY Deer Painted Plates -- a quick 10 minute way to make gorgeous custom designed plates with a sharpie and paint!

Festive Holiday Tablescape and Prepping for a Holiday Party

I have a festive holiday tablescape for y’all plus some of my tips on prepping for a holiday party.  I received a steam mop to review and used it to help prepare for a little holiday party.  Get your snow boots on as this party is getting a little chilly.  
 

Come see a festive holiday tablescape plus more on how I prep for a holiday party.

I started with my Swiffer BISSELL STEAMMOP and a house full of wood floors.  Ever need to do a quick clean on your floors?  Steam power is the way to go y’all.  I use steam regularly and one of my favorite things is to steam clean floors.  As a special bonus, the Swiffer clothes are scented.  It was almost like using air freshener in each room without actually using air freshener — love that!  When the guests arrived my floors were cleaned and each room smelled great.  

 

 

Come see a festive holiday tablescape plus more on how I prep for a holiday party.

My steam mop review included lots of floor cleaning in my striped socks.  Don’t judge y’all a girl has to stay warm.  But seriously, I gave the Swiffer BISSELL STEAMMOP a workout for y’all and it is everything you would expect from a name like Swiffer.  The extra boost of steam really helps to power away the dirt and grime.  I am going to say this beats the regular Swiffer mop by a mile.  This one is quick, easy to use, and leaves you with wonderfully clean floors (woot!).  Floors that are clean enough to have guests over….which is what I did.

Come see a festive holiday tablescape plus more on how I prep for a holiday party.

If y’all are prepping for a party, be sure to print my holiday party cleaning checklist as well.  A Swiffer BISSELL STEAMMOP will help you complete your checklist quickly then you can get onto the important part of your dinner party….the decor!  I started with some vintage china and a table setting.  Then I added in a centerpiece and decor that went with these plates.

Come see a festive holiday tablescape plus more on how I prep for a holiday party.

I have a piece of muslin on the entire table then a white square tablecloth over the top of that.  The table runner is an old piece of wood with a collection of snowy items sitting on top.  Start with a few of my waterless snow globes in mason jars to add some fun.

Come see a festive holiday tablescape plus more on how I prep for a holiday party.

Add in some pine cones, mini trees, and of course some loose snow sprinkled all around the centerpiece and the table itself.  Bring the winter wonderland to your guests.

Come see a festive holiday tablescape plus more on how I prep for a holiday party.

This is a dinner party for 6 but you could expand this fun theme to a party for any number of people.  Grab your snow and get started on a fun themed dinner party this weekend.  We had a blast and I am sure your guests will too.  Now that the party is over, it is time to break out the Swiffer BISSELL STEAMBOOST again.  It never ends does it y’all?  

Come see a festive holiday tablescape plus more on how I prep for a holiday party.

Be sure to pick up your own Swiffer BISSELL STEAMBOOST.  The new Swiffer BISSELL STEAMBOOST ingeniously couples the power of BISSELL steam with the innovative cleaning technology of Swiffer to deeply penetrate and help remove soils that mops can leave behind. The steam’s heat activates the dirt dissolving solution in the cleaning pad. Together, they break down dirty and trap and lock it away.  Make your own version of my festive holiday tablescape and throw a dinner party once you have your house all clean.  Are you prepping for a holiday party this year?
I was compensated for this post and a steam mop was provided for my review but all content and opinions are my own.   
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Handmade Gift: DIY Stenciled Dish Towel

I have another great handmade gift tutorial for you today with my DIY stenciled dish towel.  These can be customized easily to your gift recipient.  Grab a few flour sack towels at your local store to get started.  This tutorial was actually on Crafts Unleashed a few months back but I thought I would share it here for handmade gift week.

Stenciled Dish Towels -- custom stenciled dish towels for handmade gifts.  Perfect for anyone on your Christmas gift list.

Supplies needed to make your own handmade gift of DIY stenciled dish towels:
The kit comes with everything you need to complete these towels, however there is only black ink in the kit.  If you want other colors, you will need fabric medium and acrylic paint in the color of your choice.  NOTE:  Always wash your items before applying any type of design.  Don’t have a silhouette?  You can buy this kit and cut the vinyl with a craft knife into a design as well.  
Stenciled Dish Towels -- custom stenciled dish towels for handmade gifts.  Perfect for anyone on your Christmas gift list.

First, use your Silhouette to design and cut your stencil for your towel.  The kit comes with special vinyl specific for this purpose.  I must say I was very impressed with the quality of the stencil vinyl in this kit.  I used stock images off of the internet and my Silhouette software to trace the image.  The kit also comes with a download card from the Silhouette store where you can download exclusive fabric ink designs for free.

Stenciled Dish Towels -- custom stenciled dish towels for handmade gifts.  Perfect for anyone on your Christmas gift list.

The kit also comes with a full set of instructions and pictures.  Everything was very easy to follow right from inside the kit.  Here is my vinyl after it was cut with the Silhouette.

Stenciled Dish Towels -- custom stenciled dish towels for handmade gifts.  Perfect for anyone on your Christmas gift list.

Just remove the areas of your stencil with your hands or the hook that comes with the kit.

Stenciled Dish Towels -- custom stenciled dish towels for handmade gifts.  Perfect for anyone on your Christmas gift list.

Then, apply the transfer tape to your design.  I actually used my gift card to press the tape down and eliminate air bubbles.

Stenciled Dish Towels -- custom stenciled dish towels for handmade gifts.  Perfect for anyone on your Christmas gift list.

Remove the vinyl liner and apply the entire thing to your towel.  Again, I used the gift card to burnish down the vinyl.

Stenciled Dish Towels -- custom stenciled dish towels for handmade gifts.  Perfect for anyone on your Christmas gift list.

Carefully remove your transfer tape and you are left with your stencil.

Stenciled Dish Towels -- custom stenciled dish towels for handmade gifts.  Perfect for anyone on your Christmas gift list.

The kit comes with a sponge and a foam brush.  The directions indicate that the sponge will give more of a distressed look so I went with it.  I applied the black ink to my design.

Stenciled Dish Towels -- custom stenciled dish towels for handmade gifts.  Perfect for anyone on your Christmas gift list.

Allow your project to dry completely before removing the vinyl stencil.

Stenciled Dish Towels -- custom stenciled dish towels for handmade gifts.  Perfect for anyone on your Christmas gift list.

You can work on another project in the meantime.  Using the same steps, I made this towel with a row of jars.  Mix your acrylic paint and fabric medium according to the directions on the fabric medium bottle.

Stenciled Dish Towels -- custom stenciled dish towels for handmade gifts.  Perfect for anyone on your Christmas gift list.

Once dry, just remove your stencil to reveal the magic underneath.  Be sure to iron your design to heat set it before using or washing.

Stenciled Dish Towels -- custom stenciled dish towels for handmade gifts.  Perfect for anyone on your Christmas gift list.
 
You are left with a completely customized stenciled dish towel that is the perfect handmade gift.  Can you see one for dad with a bar-be-que grill?  
 
Stenciled Dish Towels -- custom stenciled dish towels for handmade gifts.  Perfect for anyone on your Christmas gift list.
 
Maybe mimic my row of jar below for someone that loves jars?
 
Stenciled Dish Towels -- custom stenciled dish towels for handmade gifts.  Perfect for anyone on your Christmas gift list.
 
Let your imagination run wild with this kit!  I would recommend the kit whether or not you have a Silhouette.  The vinyl is excellent and super easy to work with.  In other words, you will get professional results whether you are a beginner or an expert.  So grab that kit and make your own DIY stenciled dish towel today.  A fabulous handmade gift for anyone on your Christmas list.
 
Stenciled Dish Towels -- custom stenciled dish towels for handmade gifts.  Perfect for anyone on your Christmas gift list.
 
 

Have you missed any of our handmade gift series?  Visit all of the links so far:

 

Stay tuned for even more handmade gifts!
 

DIY Burlap Placemats for Thanksgiving

My DIY burlap placemats for Thanksgiving are the perfect easy project to get your Thanksgiving table setting started off with a bang.  Are you saying….Thanksgiving already?  I want to give y’all plenty of time to get these made and on your table this holiday season.  See…I am thinking of you!  This tutorial was originally posted over at Crafts Unleashed last year but I thought I would repost here just in case you missed it.  Now lets get started on these fun and colorful placemats.

DIY Burlap Thankful Place Mats -- the perfect place mats to make for your Thanksgiving feast.  Super simple to make and you can use the word "thankful" or the word of your choice.

DIY Burlap Placemats for Thanksgiving Supplies needed:

  • Burlap (you will need two of these pieces to get 4 placemats)
  • Stencils
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic in white
  • Ribbon
  • Stencil Brush
My supplies all came from ConsumerCrafts as part of my design team status.  But you can purchase all of the supplies needed to make 4 placemats for under $10.  A steal right? 

 

DIY Burlap Thankful Place Mats -- the perfect place mats to make for your Thanksgiving feast.  Super simple to make and you can use the word "thankful" or the word of your choice.

DIY Burlap Placemats for Thanksgiving Instructions:

 I used a place mat I had at home and cut the burlap to the proper size.

DIY Burlap Thankful Place Mats -- the perfect place mats to make for your Thanksgiving feast.  Super simple to make and you can use the word "thankful" or the word of your choice.

I then pulled away about 3 strings from each side to create a frayed edge.  If you are worried about your place mat continuing to fray, you can use fray check all around the edges of your finished product.

DIY Burlap Thankful Place Mats -- the perfect place mats to make for your Thanksgiving feast.  Super simple to make and you can use the word "thankful" or the word of your choice.

Then count in from one edge about 8 strings and start pulling strings out.  You can literally just pull a middle string easily.

DIY Burlap Thankful Place Mats -- the perfect place mats to make for your Thanksgiving feast.  Super simple to make and you can use the word "thankful" or the word of your choice.

Pull enough strings so that your ribbon will fit through the burlap.  In my case it was around 8 strings.

DIY Burlap Thankful Place Mats -- the perfect place mats to make for your Thanksgiving feast.  Super simple to make and you can use the word "thankful" or the word of your choice.

Start threading through your ribbon.  I went 5 strings and then repeated — in and out of my place mat all the way down the burlap.

DIY Burlap Thankful Place Mats -- the perfect place mats to make for your Thanksgiving feast.  Super simple to make and you can use the word "thankful" or the word of your choice.

Now it is time to add why we are all gathered together on Thanksgiving.  I spelled “THANKFUL” down the side of each of my place mats with the stencil and white paint.

DIY Burlap Thankful Place Mats -- the perfect place mats to make for your Thanksgiving feast.  Super simple to make and you can use the word "thankful" or the word of your choice.

You could of course add different words to each of your place mats.  I loved the thankful sentiment so I kept all four of mine consistent.

DIY Burlap Thankful Place Mats -- the perfect place mats to make for your Thanksgiving feast.  Super simple to make and you can use the word "thankful" or the word of your choice.

After your paint has dried, iron your placemats and they are ready to add to your Thanksgiving table!

DIY Burlap Thankful Place Mats -- the perfect place mats to make for your Thanksgiving feast.  Super simple to make and you can use the word "thankful" or the word of your choice.
You can also make my DIY burlap placecards, button stamped table runner, and Thanskgiving table centerpiece.  Your Thanksgiving table will be complete before you know it! 

DIY Burlap Thankful Place Mats -- the perfect place mats to make for your Thanksgiving feast.  Super simple to make and you can use the word "thankful" or the word of your choice.

Burlap is the perfect natural element to add to your Thanksgiving tablescape this year.  Add my DIY burlap placemats for your Thanksgiving meal and remind your guests to be thankful.
I was given supplies and compensated for portions of this post through design teams.  All opinions and projects are my own.

 

Kitchen Organization Ideas

I thought I would share some kitchen organization ideas today.  You see we had a problem.  The problem is too much counter space.  WHAT?  How can you have TOO MUCH counter space?  Well when you have lots of counter space the answer to the question “where do I put this” quickly becomes “on the counter”.  Sigh.  My counters were becoming a cluttered mess.  So with a few changes to the way we do things my kitchen is looking better and less cluttered.

Get some kitchen organization ideas to keep your counters clean and clutter free.

I started with some jars sent to me from Freund Container.  I love those large bale wire topped jars so much!  First I added chalkboard labels to all of those jars.  I then added in my Pottery Barn Knock Off Canister as well as a simple black desk organizer to corral our phone chargers.  I was able to put the things on the counter already out of sight by pulling some things out of the cabinets.  Most snack foods are now in the chalkboard label jars and go in there right when I get home from the grocery store.  Can I tell y’all what a relief it is not to have half eaten boxes of stale cookies?  Everything has a home but it is neat, tidy, and presentable.  Well at least when this dishes are done… 

 

Get some kitchen organization ideas to keep your counters clean and clutter free.

Anyone for a glass of sweet green tea?  I hope you enjoyed my kitchen organization dilemma and can use my ideas in your own home.
For more of my kitchen organizing including inside the cabinets check out the posts here, here, and here.

 

Pottery Barn Knock Off Canister

I am here today with a fabulous Pottery Barn Knock Off Canister that you are going to love.  I am lucky enough to have DecoArt sponsoring occasional posts using their product.  Grab your paints, a thrift store canister, and lets get painting.

Pottery Barn Knock Off Canister -- paint your own version of a Pottery Barn original in minutes and all for $2 -- this is one thiftstore makeover that you don't want to miss!

 

First lets compare my version of the canister to the Pottery Barn original.  Not bad for an $87 savings huh?   

 

 
This journey started with an obsession with the PB original.  I loved it but could not afford to pay almost $90 to store my dog treats.  (What?  Can you?)  So I stalked my thrift stores, garage sales, anywhere I might find a canister on the cheap.  After weeks of searching, my eyes landed on the beauty below at a thrift store for $2.  Oh yes…sold.
 

Pottery Barn Knock Off Canister -- paint your own version of a Pottery Barn original in minutes and all for $2 -- this is one thiftstore makeover that you don't want to miss!

Boy it doesn’t look like much there does it?  It was right out of the 1970s and was in need of a new home.  I first painted the entire thing with an off white paint from DecoArt.  The lid received a coat of the same color paint just a very light coat.  Then it was time to paint that decorative detail on the front.

Pottery Barn Knock Off Canister -- paint your own version of a Pottery Barn original in minutes and all for $2 -- this is one thiftstore makeover that you don't want to miss!

I printed out an extra large copy of the PB version and grabbed my graphite paper.  I traced the PB image right onto the front of my canister using the graphite paper.  No it is not perfect but the lines are close enough for me to paint in a facsimile of the original. 

Pottery Barn Knock Off Canister -- paint your own version of a Pottery Barn original in minutes and all for $2 -- this is one thiftstore makeover that you don't want to miss!

I play around with blues and blacks until I landed on a paint color I loved.  I then started filling in the lines I made on my canister with paint.  I kept my picture of the original version close at hand and tried to mimic the brush strokes.  The writing at the very bottom was hardest of all.  I actually traced the letters with a blue fine line marker before painting them. 

Pottery Barn Knock Off Canister -- paint your own version of a Pottery Barn original in minutes and all for $2 -- this is one thiftstore makeover that you don't want to miss!
 
The letters and the painting are perfectly imperfect which I think is what makes it look even more authentic.  Remember this is a knock off of a piece that is supposed to look vintage.  Don’t get fussy with your knock off just free hand your painting and have fun with it.  It should look hand painted and vintage just like the original you are trying to mimic. 
 
Pottery Barn Knock Off Canister -- paint your own version of a Pottery Barn original in minutes and all for $2 -- this is one thiftstore makeover that you don't want to miss!

I am using my Pottery Barn Knock Off Canister to store the dog’s treats.  Stay tuned tomorrow as I show you where this one ended up and the changes I have made in my kitchen organization. 

Pottery Barn Knock Off Canister -- paint your own version of a Pottery Barn original in minutes and all for $2 -- this is one thiftstore makeover that you don't want to miss!

I am a member of the DecoArt core blogger program and I have been compensated for my participation.  However the project and opinions are all my own.

 

Ombre Owl Napkin Holder with @decoart_inc

I really love the ombre trend.  I decided to give it a try on a little owl napkin holder I found at the thrift store. I love this thrift store transformation and I hope y’all will too.  

ombre owl napkin holder
 
 

I found this little guy at a local thrift store for $1.  He is so retro that he is back in style.  It really was love at first sight.
 

ombre owl napkin holder

 
I started with coats of white until he was completely covered.  My son actually said at this point “is white your favorite color?”  I asked him why he would say that and he said that is all I ever use.  Well I have bigger and better plans for this owl.  
 

ombre owl napkin holder

 
I picked a few starter colors then put it up for a vote on my facebook page.  That is right I let my audience decide my starting color.  The majority picked very berry in the center so I went with it.  
 
 
That first row of feathers is in very berry.  I then started mixing in white all the way until a very, very light pink on the owl’s head.  This was sort of like painting by number in a way.  Just filling in spaces.

ombre owl napkin holder

I used gray for the feet and eyes.  The eyes are a bit ombre also.  I love my new napkin holder!  I am thinking of adding more of this color to my kitchen so y’all stay tuned!

ombre owl napkin holder

 

Breakfast for Two Vintage Tablescape with @MollAnderson #seductivetables #cbias

Looking for a romantic date with your sweetheart but don’t think you have the time?  Why not set up a sweet tablescape for two and eat breakfast together?  My tablescape is vintage inspired cause…well…y’all know that is what I love.  But I am going to show you what I used to build my table so you can seduce your sweetheart at breakfast or anytime. 

 
The secret to my tablescape lies in the wonderful advice of Moll Anderson.  Moll is a lifestyle and romance expert who can show you how to entertain at home.  Her book Seductive Tables for Two is a large collection of tablescapes, picnics, and recipes meant to inspire romance.  It is full of tips, tricks, and advice for creating your own seductive table.  

 

 I poured over my own copy of Seductive Tables for Two and developed a plan for my own romantic meal.  You see through the book I began to realize that a romantic meal can be anywhere at anytime.  It is really a book for every season and all times of the day.  I decided on breakfast because at a minimum we can get up early and enjoy a little alone time.  I went shopping for essentials like fruit, yogurt, and apple fritters (yes they are essential).  

 I then started building my table.  I decided to go with a vintage theme.  Moll’s book inspired me to look beyond just “table clothes” and to look at fabric in a different light.  I used a few pieces I had plus a few pieces I found while at a thrift store.  Some of you might recognize a few of these linens from an instagram picture.  I layered on a vintage table cloth, what appears to be a pieced quilt top, and what is actually a baby blanket.  It was a wonderful layered look that gave my table softness. 

Speaking of tables, I did not want to set this up on my large dining table.  Seductive Tables for Two also had a list of alternate table ideas for your romantic meals.  This is actually two of those wood TV trays pushed together.  It is the perfect size for a breakfast for two.  Just having the small table makes the meal feel more intimate.  Plus because the meal is not in our normal dining area it made everything feel more special. 

Next up was decorating the table.  I took a cue from these vintage plates that I never ever use.  I adore them but they never seem to fit any occasion.  The floral design is perfect for a romantic vintage tablescape.  I took inspiration off of them for the rest of the table.   

Just one of the things I learned from Seductive Tables for Two is to add unexpected and small elements to your table to add interest.  I brought in a variety of vintage keys to scatter on the table.  Plus who can have a romantic meal without a pair of lovebirds?

I also added a natural element after reading through the book.  Moll suggests adding flowers either from the store or your yard.  I thought there was really no way I could find something in my yard in January.  But Seductive Tables for Two convinced me to look at all natural elements in my yard.  I was skeptical but I went out before heading to the store for flowers.  To my surprise, I found some lovely branches, lavender, and a couple of early blooming buttercups.  My natural centerpiece was complete for zero dollars.  

Moll’s book also suggested some mood lighting for your meal.  I really did not want to go typical and set out candles.  So I came up with the idea of using an old oil lamp to set the romantic mood of our tablescape.  It worked out perfectly plus kept with my vintage vibe.

We enjoyed our fruit and yogurt parfaits in mason jars to keep going with our vintage theme.  They were simply plain yogurt layered with bananas, strawberries, my homemade strawberry freezer jam, and some homemade granola on top.  It was a lovely breakfast for just the two of us.  A time to be alone, relax, and enjoy each other.  I will be keeping my Seductive Tables for Two book handy to inspire even more of these romantic adventures.  Any season, any where, a romantic moment can happen given the right preparation.  

Want to learn more about Moll Anderson?  She has upcoming appearances on Access Hollywood and a radio show is on XM Talk 168 every Saturday at 5:00 pm EST. You can also follow Moll on twitter and facebook

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias® #cbias #SocialFabric #SeductiveTables