May 12, 2011

Summer Tablescape (SSG Idea #10)

Of all of the bloggers I remember from when I first started really paying attention to the blogging world, my guest today, Traci from Beneath My Heart, truly distinguished herself as the most genuine and heartfelt. I love her blog, and I adore the fact that the summery project she has to share with us today reflects the very characteristics I find most endearing about her and her blog!
Hi Ya’ll!
My name is Traci, and I blog at Beneath My Heart.

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I was so excited when Amy asked me to take part in her Summer Survival Guide series! Thank you, Amy!
I am the mother of 4 boys, and wife to an amazing DIY man.


I love blogging because it has given me an outlet for my “girly obsessions”. I love to decorate on a dime, and create beauty out of thrifty treasures.

Today, I want to share with you a little summer tablescape I created for the loved ones in my life.
This would be a great tablescape to celebrate your children on their first full day home for the summer.
Or it would be a great way to celebrate the special friends in your life.
There is not much of a tutorial for this post, just inspiration.

I had a wooden picture frame that I painted white, and then I hot glued a pink flower to the top right corner.
I used my Silhouette machine to print out the words “there is no one like YOU” on black fabric. I used my heat transfer material from Silhouette to iron the words on a piece of burlap.


This can be done without a Silhouette machine. If I didn’t have one, I would find a stencil I liked and use black paint and a sponge brush to paint it on the burlap. (Or just paint it free hand!)


For my tablescape, I cut rectangular placemats from burlap and frayed the edges.


I used some black and white gingham napkins that I got at a yard sale last year for 25 cents a piece.


 Then I used some expressions from the online Silhouette store to iron on the bottom right corner of each placemat.

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I love thinking of my guests or my children reading these words over and over as they eat their meal.


I kept moving the picture frame around as I took pictures. It finally ended up on the side table!


It’s so bright and cheerful!


When my boys came home from school today, they saw my tablescape and loved it. They asked me which seat was theirs?
I said, “Take your pick! Because each of you make me smile, make me happy, melt my heart, and I simply adore you.”


I hope this gives you a little idea of how you can celebrate the ones you love this summer!
Have a blessed day!
Beneath My Heart
twitter: @beneathmyheart
Isn’t that an inspiring project? It makes me want to head to our back porch and get to work! Thank you so much to Traci for stopping by today! 
Don’t forget to check the sidebar to see the full lineup of other projects that have been shared so far in this series. And make plans to stop in, too, for our second Summer Survival Guide giveaway tomorrow. It’s another great one!
P.S. In the footsteps of Traci’s meaningful contribution today, I’ll be sharing another sentimental idea this afternoon for a way to stay connected with those you love this summer. I hope you’ll stop back in!


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8 Responses to Summer Tablescape (SSG Idea #10)

  1. Heidiopia May 12, 2011 at 11:09 am #

    Right up my alley ~ love the special thoughts and touches! Thanks so much for the inspiration. 🙂

  2. Kelli @ RTSM May 12, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    I love those placemats! And the set up of her porch is awesome…I love the mirror outside!

  3. Sallie May 13, 2011 at 9:48 pm #

    I love it! The placemats and the gingham napkins are so cute. I have a weakness for gingham.

  4. Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top May 14, 2011 at 3:02 am #

    Traci, this is so cute!!!! I adore the placemats. What a fun idea! I also am in love with gingham. It’s so springy/summery to me.

    Thanks for sharing, Amy. 🙂

  5. Kara May 14, 2011 at 3:24 am #

    Love every single detail in this table-scape. So fun and pretty!

  6. norma May 14, 2011 at 4:52 am #

    Such a cute idea, loved…loved the placemats!!

  7. Sis-O May 17, 2011 at 8:42 pm #

    WTG Traci!

  8. Doreen May 27, 2011 at 2:28 pm #

    I love the simplicity and colors of your tablescape. I think I’m going to go through my linen cabinet and see what I can dig up…thanks!! registered & protected

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