First, I must give this disclaimer: 99.9% of all of my crowns I have received as gifts. I didn’t buy all of them. As they say in my birth place of Oklahoma – I love each and everyone of them as if I had given birth to them my own self. Truth. I have so many that I spread them throughout the castle. They shine better with plenty of room!
I love Home Goods and HomeGoods ought to LOVE me. ( No! They are not paying me for this post!) I personally buy enough there to keep their doors open forever. I know – it’s a sickness, I’ll own it. Today I went to HomeGoods to buy napkins. Just napkins. Not the only thing this girl bought. Shocking, I know! By the time I left, with multiple purchases in hand, I had already planned on how I was going to transform plain napkins into crown napkins!
So I saw this table runner. Had to buy it for multiple reasons. One – it was darn cute. Two – IT HAS A CROWN ON IT! Three – it was only $7.98!!! and finally – Four – IT HAS A CROWN ON IT People! You know I love me some crowns.
I found it when I was picking out my napkins. It was like a flashing neon sign was over it blinking “buy me, buy me”!
As I was walking away a woman saw it and asked me if there was another one? I kid you not! Guess I am not the only one to love crowns. I turned to leave and ran right into an end cap with black and white dishes on it. DANG it! They were toile… and they had birds on it… to match my table runner that has birds and CROWNS on it! See how this happens?
I had this crown stamp – and a ton of others – in my stash of stuff and knew that it was perfect!
First thing is first… wash, dry and iron your napkin.
What you need to make your own crown napkins: a clean, ironed napkin, a pigment ink intended for multiple surfaces, and a stamp of your choice.
I tried my stamp out on a paper towel to make sure it worked before I stamped my napkin.. better safe than sorry.
Once you have tested your stamp and have laid your fabric out – be sure that you have something under your napkin to protect your table, then stamp away!
Here is my first crown napkin…I love it. It has great detail and at the same time looks a little faded in a vintage sort of way…perfect! Once the napkin is dry, use an iron to heat set the the design. Your napkin is ready to use.
I decided to set my table using my new crown napkins, but couldn’t decide which of my table decor items to use with them. I could go with my standard go to black and white polka dots, crown and birds nest …
Or bring in a new black and white pattern with a floral arrangement.
Both options would look great in the kitchen eating area.
I have to admit that at first I wasn’t too thrilled with the red and yellow on the runner. I would much rather have had just the black and white. However, the yellow lets me add another layer of color and texture to the mix. Still great in the kitchen….
But what if I want to use this in the formal dining room where I have a mixture of blues? This blue napkin with yellow and white accents would be perfect to tie it all together.
As you can see I really need to make up my mind before I can set the table. When I decide I promise to share it with you.
Until next time….
Sorry this post is so late. Went out of town for a few days and thought that I would auto post! NOT! So forgive me if I am a few days late.
I couldn’t help myself. I usually walk right by the floral section at the grocery store. Not because I don’t like flowers, because I do. I would spend a fortune every week, especially now, because I am So. Over. Winter. After the past few weeks I feel like I need some serious light therapy. This time I couldn’t resist because I am dreaming of spring!
So I bought these lovelies and put them in one of my garden crowns. Two things I love.
It was so darn pretty. Except.. that I could see the ugly plastic pot. I KNOW! I am getting knit picky, but some things just drive me nuts! OCD much?
Ribbon to the rescue! A little bit of two inch yellow lattice pattern ribbon and my problem was solved. I truly like this so much, I may be buying flowers more often. Well, at least until spring arrives and my own garden starts blooming. It really is the little things in life.
Until next time….
I am here to let you know that it is soooo true. Every Queen needs a crown… or two… or three! I have been looking for a large statement piece to put on my dining room table. I didn’t want just candles, or just flowers, I wanted something different. A little Quirky. A little fun. And really big, I wanted BIG! I have been looking for awhile. Finally, I found the PERFECT thing! A CROWN! Unbelievable, right?
I was shopping with my bestie, Rox, at a one of my favorite stores – Gracie Lane. It has a ton of vendors who lease booths to sell their wares. We had gone through once and had returned to pick up a totally different piece from this booth when I looked down on the floor and there was this humongous crown. I am talking HUGE peeps! I can’t believe we didn’t see it – or at least trip over it, the first time we hit the booth. It was love at first sight.
The price tag however, wasn’t. This is where my bestie went to work convincing me that I so totally needed it AND I did have a gift certificate to help with the price tag! What are friends for? Don’t worry, I am sure I will return the favor some day! Ha! Well, needless to say I left there with both
arms hands full of this wonderful crown with a much lighter wallet. But hey! Sometimes a statement piece is just worth it!
My Bestie suggested that I decorate it with all natural items: rocks, moss, candles, geodes… OK she had me cracking up there. Not that I don’t love geodes… I just don’t happen to have a ton of them lying around. And due to the hefty price tag, I would definitely have to have things on hand to fill this crown up. At least for now!
I did take to heart her advice about all things natural. I started with some foliage and a grapevine wreath.
I wanted to add some candles – all of mine were the same height, so I added another crown candle holder as a lift. Then added two more candles. I had two of the cutest metal birds ever, which I placed inside of the grapevine wreath, making it look like a birds nest.
It still looked a bit empty. So it was out to my water feature where I stole some river rock! I sprinkled some around the perimeter of my foliage.
Here is my finished dining room table centerpiece! Not too bad for using only found items in my home! I may eventually change it up ( maybe even add some geodes!), but for now I like the texture and natural look of it. Kind of like bringing the outdoors in!
How about you? Do you ever just go shopping in your home for found items to decorate with? I do often. I can’t decide whether that means I have too much stuff, or whether hanging on to the stuff makes me thrifty! One of life’s many issues to ponder!
Until next time…..
Don’t get me wrong, I love to paint. I like to paint just about anything. This week however, EVERYTHING I have tried to paint has gone south in a big way. Peeps, I am ONE BIG HOT MESS! So in the middle of just about the biggest mess ever, I decided to quit painting for the day. I’d rather be gardening!
I know that a lot of you will think I am crazy but I am at my best outside. Utter, inner peace! My sisters and I joke about being like a lizard on a rock, we love being in the sun! Add to that the satisfaction of seeing all your hard work bloom and I am truly in heaven! Hear the Angels sing!!
The weather here in Texas the past few days has been wonderful. So I figured it was time to do some cleaning and planting. I started on the patio.
After much sweeping,planting and wiping away the winter grunge here is what I ended up with. My own little oasis in the back yard. This is where I spend all of my spare time until the Texas weather becomes too hot. I am truly here every day!
Of course I would have some crowns since it is the Queen’s retreat! I just found these two metal ones at World Market. I am in Lurve!
It was then on to the Koi pond. I love hearing the sound of moving water – especially when it gets hot. I planted a few Zinna’s, Periwinkles, Prairie Verbena. Now I just need for all of the Lily’s and Hibiscus to bloom and it will be fabulous!
Here are my Lily’s in bloom from last year. Pretty, no?
The clematis is going crazy! I love it! As you can tell by my rain gauge we had almost 4″ of rain earlier this week! Yikes!
And last, but not least I worked in the vegatable garden…. My son built this last year and it was so awesome to be able to just walk out and pick your own veggies. I love how home grown tastes so much better than what you buy at the grocery store! This year my Hubs came up with this neat iron trellis to hang the netting on. Practical AND cute too! My kinda garden stuff!
I still have a
ton few things to get done before the summer heat gets here. More planting, fence repair, the pool area, re-stain the patio. And some day it is my dream to build a pergola over the patio and outdoor kitchen area.
My list is kind of endless! Which is a good thing since I’d rather be gardening… at least I would right now1
until next time…