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Aka Kuroguro Table for Two

This month I am sharing posts that are Oriental inspired, on a variety of subjects.  Although I like a full table, and I don’t mind a bit of clutter during certain times of the year, this Japanese inspired table for two begins with simplicity.  Aka Kuroguro means Red and Black, so it is the name of this tablescape idea.  In Japanese culture, colors have significance, and many meanings for each one. Among other meanings, red is the color of joy, happiness, and love, and black symbolizes mystery in this context.  I found this artificial bonsai at the store the other day, and knew I had to get it for today’s tablescape.  By the way, did you know that bonsai is pronounced “bone-sigh”, not “bahn-sigh”?  It came in a black vase, and I set it on a black lacquer serving tray with an Oriental feel.  A dark red tablecloth is the base of the tablescape.

Oriental Inspired Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

The place settings begin with a thrift store find of red and black placemats.  These are plastic, but made like the bamboo ones.  I added black napkins with red napkin rings.

Oriental Inspired Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

In the Japanese tradition of using odd numbers, there are five dishes in the place settings, plus the sake cup and chopsticks.  Typically there would be two bowls, one for rice and one for soup, but I only have one bowl.  It will hold rice, since I don’t plan to have a soup course with this meal.  The two square dishes will hold the main course and vegetables, while the smaller dishes at the top left hold sauces.  Everything in the settings except the napkins were all thrift store finds at different times and three different cities.

Oriental Inspired Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

In proper Japanese table settings, the chopsticks are placed with the points facing to the left, with a holder to keep the points off the table.

Oriental Inspired Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

The table is very simple, no flatware this time, just chopsticks.

Oriental Inspired Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Three red votives sit on a small riser with three levels to complete the centerpiece.

Oriental Inspired Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Light the candles and admire the form of the bonsai.

Oriental Inspired Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Lower the lights and enjoy the ambiance of the evening.

Oriental Inspired Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Now, all we need is a Japanese inspired dinner!  I’ll be giving you three new recipes and some additional meal ideas in the coming weeks.

Asian dinner at From My Carolina Home

For more ideas, see my Romantic Table for Two in Paris from last Valentine’s Day hop with links to recipes for a romantic meal, and Valentine Breakfast with my depression glass plates and white lace theme and a link to my Popovers with Black Cherry Creme.  Craftsy has put some of their Asian inspired cooking classes on sale, click on Craftsy Asian Cooking.  Or check out the unlimited access plan on Craftsy with the free trial, just click on the pic below.

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For even more romantic tables, visit the wonderful bloggers on the Romantic Tables for Two blog hop sponsored by Chloe at Celebrate and Decorate.  With my post on Friday, all the links are live to the participating blogger’s tablescape posts.  Have fun!

Romantic Tablescapes 2018

Monday

Home is Where The Boat IsBelle Blue InteriorsEveryday LivingA casa di BiancaPMQ for Two

Tuesday

Life and LindaKnock it Off KimMy French TwistRed Cottage ChroniclesOur Crafty Mom

Wednesday

Bluesky at HomeThe Painted ApronThe Little Yellow Corner StoreThe Corner of Plaid and Paisley
Living With Thanksgiving

Thursday

At Home With JemmaDining DelightPanoplyHome and Gardening with Liz

Friday

From My Carolina HomeMe and My CaptainThe Red Painted CottageCelebrate & Decorate

Oriental Inspired Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

 Are you planning a romantic meal for Valentine’s day?

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Christmas Tablescape

Christmas is such a fun time for decorating, and doing special tablescapes for friends is at the top of the list.  I’ve been having sewing days to get a big quilt top done for Quilts of Valor, and we’ve been doing pot luck lunches.  I am blessed with a lot of friends, too many to have all at once, so I get to have more fun with more sew days.  Certainly we need a pretty table to enjoy our lunch, and I could take care of two goals at once, as I needed a new tablescape for today’s post, my day on a fun blog hop.  Last year, my focus was rustic green with gold, and the year before was red with gold.  Since I like to change things up from year to year, this year the color scheme will be more red.

Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

Starting out, I put a holly berry tablecloth on the dining table, and set a stack of dishes down so I could gather more things for the centerpiece. The print was not enough red for what I had in mind, so I decided to add a solid red topper.

Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

Red chargers provide the base, and I added Lenox Holiday Tartan china dinner plates and the large soup bowls.  We were going to have soup with lunch.

Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

But, knowing that everyone would be bringing a dish, and there is always too much food, I changed the bowls over to a smaller fruit bowl for smaller portions of soup.  I love this china, inherited from my mother.  She had exquisite taste.

Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

For the centerpiece, I placed a large sleigh in some greenery garlands and added poinsettia flowers on each end.  In the sleigh, I placed red ornament balls.

Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

A couple of pretty ornament balls are on each end adding a bit of shine.

Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

Red apple ornaments flank whimsical reindeer taking a break.  I have two of these cute little guys, so there is one on each side of the sleigh.

Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

The centerpiece is low and full, so we can see each other and have conversation over it.

Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

I found some tiny tartan wrapped packages, and added those to the sleigh to echo the tartan pattern on the dishes.

Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

Crystal glasses for water, coffee mugs, flatware and napkins held with red napkin rings finished off the settings.

Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

Later I added place cards so all the participants had a special place.

Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

One more overall view.

Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

DH will be happy to know that not one new thing was purchased for this table, it is all done with new ways of using items I already had.

Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

And now, for more tablescape ideas, here is the link list for the blog hop.  Monday through today are direct links active now.  Thursday and Friday link to the blog’s main page, and will be updated to the individual pages each day so you can come back and see more through Friday.

Do you like to set a pretty table for the holidays?  Do you have special things or holiday china to use year after year?

Christmas 2017 Tablescape Blog Hop

The Twelve Days of Craftsy are back – now through December 12th! Until then, you will see a brand new deal on Craftsy each day, on classes and supplies.  Click on the photo below.

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Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

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Springtime Tablescape and Blog Hop

Springtime brings lighter colors, warmer days, and a desire to go outside to the garden. It’s a wonderful time when the air is clear, and warm gentle breezes drift across the veranda while we enjoy the sunrise over the mountains, and sunsets across the valley. I am so ready for it to warm up and stay that way, to see the budding growth of flowers and trees,  listen to the birds sing, and enjoy the explosion of spring color. The colors that appeal to me right now are yellow and green, so my tablescape features those in abundance.

Spring Tablescape @ From My Carolina Home

I began with the place settings, starting with a green tablecloth. I layered ivory placemats on top so the green chargers wouldn’t get lost. White china plates, with yellow floral salad plates complete the stack. Of course, I usually put out individual salt and pepper shakers on each place.  The good silverware comes out for this springtime dinner party, and wine glasses complete the setting.

Spring Tablescape @ From My Carolina Home

I use yellow napkins, gathered with yellow flower pot napkin rings for a garden feel to the table.

Spring Tablescape @ From My Carolina Home

The centerpiece is a yellow ceramic basket, with spring flowers. Daffodils and tulips say spring to me. A little yellow bird peeks out one side.

Spring Tablescape @ From My Carolina Home

Of course, gardens often have rabbits, and as long as I don’t put out any eggs, it just says springtime. So out came a few rabbits. This serving tray is one of my favorites, and I use it all spring. One of my little gardening rabbits sits next to the centerpiece.

Spring Tablescape @ From My Carolina Home

I have two gardening rabbits, this one is on the opposite side of the centerpiece.  This one has a watering can.

Spring Tablescape @ From My Carolina Home

Gardens also mean vegetables. This little guy peeking out of a lettuce head is a sugar bowl with a cute little carrot handle.

Spring Tablescape @ From My Carolina Home

On the opposite side of the yellow ceramic basket is this rabbit, in green and white.

Spring Tablescape @ From My Carolina Home

On the other end of the table, a sweet bunny offers his carrots. This cutie was a thrift store find recently. Isn’t it adorable?

Spring Tablescape @ From My Carolina Home

Another little bunny serving plate, white goes nicely on the green tablecloth.

Spring Tablescape @ From My Carolina Home

This is a little nut bowl, so very cute with the bunnies trying to climb inside.  I usually have this on my coffee table, but decided to use it here this year.  One of the fun things I like to do is find new ways to use what I already have for fresh looks.

Spring Tablescape @ From My Carolina Home

All set for a lovely spring dinner!

Spring Tablescape @ From My Carolina Home

I hope that by the day of the meal, the trees have leafed out. But the view from the dining table is wonderful no matter what the season.

Spring Tablescape @ From My Carolina Home

One more view of the table, yellow and green, fresh for spring.

Spring Tablescape @ From My Carolina Home

I am one of the bloggers on the last day on this fun Spring Tablescape Blog Hop hosted by Chloe at Celebrate and Decorate.  Visit these other great blogs for more tablescape ideas!

Tuesday
Life and Linda | My Kentucky Living | Etched in Colloquy
Living With Thanksgiving | Charleston Crafted | The Bajan Texan

Wednesday
Sweet Sensations | Belle Bleu Interiors | Our Crafty Mom
Fjolla’s Table |  | A Casa di Bianca | Bluesky Kitchen

Thursday
Panoply | PMQ for Two | The Robin’s Nest
Dining Delight | Celebrate & Decorate

Friday
Simple Nature Decor | Rosemary & Thyme | Supper Table Talk
From My Carolina Home |  The Painted Apron 


 Are you setting a spring table?  Did you enjoy the hop?
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Voting Opens for Blogger’s Quilt Festival

Voting starts today for the Blogger’s Quilt Festival.  You can see all the participants and lovely inspirational quilts on Amy’s Creative Side. Of course, I am hoping you will vote for Scrap Dance and Scrap Dance Tango! There are 12 categories in all for voting, and readers will get three votes per category.  Voting will be open all week so you have lots of time to visit the entries and vote on your favorites.  Scrap Dance is in the Small Quilt Category.

Scrap Dance on bench

Scrap Dance Tango is in the Large Quilts category

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To vote, click on the little heart in the upper right corner of the thumbnail linky picture.  Be careful, once you click you cannot unclick and change your vote.  You get three per category.

If you love these designs, the patterns are available in my Craftsy Store.  I will be doing another mystery quilt in the early part of next year.  And coming soon, a special event with a quilt along!

Click on the links to go to the voting pages for the individual categories, or the icon below to see the other categories.

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Votes from readers will determine the winners of some really neat prizes.  I would love to have your vote, and so would all the bloggers entering.  Just choose your favorites from the entries.   Visit and be inspired!


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Bloggers Quilt Festival – Scrap Dance Tango

My second entry into the Bloggers Quilt Festival is in the Large Quilts category, and what better to enter than Scrap Dance Tango!  For new readers, this is my original design and was the mystery quilt for this year, and ran from January to June of this year.

Tango Cover Shots 6

This was incredible fun to do, and really did deplete the scraps bin.  The blocks were really easier than they look, and tesselate to create the secondary design with just a simple Tango step.  The pattern is available on the sidebar link.

Tango quilting finished 3

I had so much fun doing this one, it ended up a lot bigger than I originally planned, LOL!  So, voting starts next week, and I will remind you, LOL, (shamelessly begging for votes).

Tango quilting finished 1

Yes, I am planning a new mystery quilt for next year, it will be super fun!

You can see the entries so far at Amy’s Creative Side blog, just click on the icon.  Many thanks to Amy for hosting this fun event!

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Bloggers Quilt Festival – Scrap Dance

This week is the entry week for the Bloggers Quilt Festival sponsored by Amy’s Creative Side.  I decided to enter Scrap Dance this year in the Small Quilt Category.  It is just under the limit of total inches.  For those reading my blog for the first time, this is an original design that was my mystery quilt along for 2015.   The pattern is available on the sidebar.

Scrap Dance on bench

You can vote for your favorite quilts next week, and I hope you will vote for mine.  There are some wonderful prizes for participants, and I really need your votes.  Don’t worry, I’ll remind you when voting opens, LOL!!

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Many thanks to Amy for hosting this fun event and blog hop.  There will be a ton of inspiration for everyone.  This week is the linkups for entries, you will all get to vote next week.

 

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Around the World Blog Tour

You know, for me it is a rare day to be the popular girl! Never happened to me in school, but I did get ‘tagged’ by two other bloggers at once for the Around the World Blog Tour. It is a blog hop, where a blogger tags you to share about your blog, then you tag three more for next week.

I ‘met’ Beth at Cooking Up Quilts – http://www.cookingupquilts.com – when we did the New Quilter’s Blog Hop a couple of months ago. Beth loves color, and her quilting shows it! She ‘tagged’ me first.  Look at this modern beauty she did on the left!

Sizzlin-Rail-Fence-4   RedbirdandBerries

The same day, I was tagged by Karen at Karen’s Quilts Crows and Cardinals. http://karensquiltscrowscardinals.blogspot.com. I met Karen online after I found her blog through a linky party. I was trying to comment on her blog and having a bit of trouble. I really wanted to enter a giveaway for her pattern. A little while later, after corresponding for a bit, she gifted me with the pattern. I made the little wool work Spring Basket pattern into a pillow, you can see it at Spring Basket Wool Applique. I was going to tag her, but she got there first!  We were both added to Fave Quilts as new designers around the same time too.  Her Red Birds and Berries pattern (above right )was a Moda Bake Shop recipe.

I do a lot of quilting, but I also like to do a lot of other things, so my blog is a wide variety of quilting, crafting, sewing, cooking, book reviews, gardening, and anything else that catches my fancy. I’m also a football addict. I laughingly say that I have a short attention span, but really, I am just interested in a lot of things. Sometimes I quilt, some days I stamp, then I’ll make a skirt, and the next day dig in the dirt. Someone on another blog, I cannot find it now, says she is easily distracted by shiny things, and that describes me too!

GeraniumsYellowbellflower fishplate  Pumpkinset Buttonboxes

Here are the questions we are supposed to answer.

What am I working on?  Right now my focus is on the Mountain Regional State Fair. I am entering 12 contests – four quilts, five crafts, and three photography contests. Today is Labor Day and turn in for the competitions. On Wednesday the quilts and crafts will be judged and the quilts hung. I’ll be there all afternoon. That will be after I spend the morning at the Friends of the Library as I am a volunteer for the book sale (and feeding my book addiction).  My quilt Autumn Around the Bend won first place a few years ago in the throw quilts category.   And I won several awards last year.  I’ll share more about this year in a few days.

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I am blogging a block of the month this year using all batiks.  You can follow along as all the patterns are online.  Just click on the sidebar for Block of the Month 2014 to catch up.

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How does my work differ from others of its genre?   I don’t think my quilts or crafts are really all that different, but each quilter is unique in his or her own way. I love autumn so that is a large part of my color choice.  Autumn in the mountains is just an explosion of color and inspiration, with those lovely cool nights.  This was our driveway a couple of years ago when the color was at its peak.  I love this time of year!!  I’ll be sharing more in the Mountain Living posts.  This photo is entered in the fair contest for landscapes.

Fall Driveway

Why do I write/create what I do?  I started this blog after writing for others for a long time. I wanted to create a tutorial for other longarm quilters to show their customers the right way to do borders. Then binding. Then more tutorials, because I like to teach.  I made my first post on Using Up Your Scraps because I had so many ideas on all kinds of fabrics and have taught this method as a class many times.  Then I wanted to share things on original recipes, books I read, and crafts too.  I wanted to show you how to clean an old sewing machine, and make cute quilts.  It just snowballed into a blog about a lot of things.

How does my writing/creating process work?  I just write about the things that interest me on a variety of subjects, everything from making a mug rug to learning knife skills and sharing my garden. I write to share what I have learned, and new things to try. I actually enjoy writing, and with the blog I have much more opportunity to write about what I am doing or something on my mind, causes that are important to me and sometimes just fun stuff, like National Donut Day.  I have a place to share the recipes I develop, as I have a hard time leaving a recipe alone.  All my quilting tutorials are gathered in a list on a page at the top so you can find them again easily.    Sewing and crafts, mountain living, stamping, wool work, books and reading, and a lot more are categorized on the sidebar.   And of course I like to share my successes, like being juried into a national show at AQS in Charlotte.

My quilt

As far as creating, that is a tough one to answer.  It is difficult to identify what inspires me at any particular point.  Sometimes it is a pattern, sometimes it is a fabric print, sometimes it is a challenge from someone else.

Now to tag the next bloggers!  They will be presented in the order I ‘met’ them.

First  is Michelle at mmmquilts (mmmquilts.blogspot.com/).  I ‘met’ Michelle on a wonderful quilter’s forum called MQResource about 5 years ago.  Michelle was one of my blog’s early supporters, even adding a link on her blog to one of my tutorials.  Michelle is a wonderful longarm quilter, and is so inspiring with her hand-guided, free-motion finished quilts.  She is incredibly supportive and always has a word of encouragement or praise.  Michelle works with different textures like minky, and has a lot to share.  Be sure you see her Picnic in the Rockies quilt, it has some truly awe inspiring quilting on a masculine quilt.  She also introduced me to Bloglovin (the rat).

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Next is Kelly at My Quilt Infatuation. Kelly’s blog was one of the first ones I started to follow after beginning blogging this year. Kelly is so supportive of the quilting community, regularly showing beautiful quilts and hosting a link up party every Thursday called Needle and Thread Thursday. She has been published in Modern Quilts Unlimited Magazine, too! Her quilts are very inspiring! Visit Kelly at My Quilt Infatuation.  http://myquiltinfatuation.blogspot.com

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Next is Sarah, who blogs at  Confessions of a Fabric Addict – Sarah inspires quilters every week with Make a List Monday, and Can I Get A Whoop Whoop link up for showing off finished projects. It is truly amazing what she can get done in a week, and she holds herself accountable for all her goals. Sarah is also heavily involved with charity quilting, a cause close to my heart too. http://confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com

Fabric Addict

There is so much inspiration out in the blogosphere, I think I follow more than 130 blogs on Bloglovin alone!  Thanks, Michelle, like I really need to spend more time on the computer!  So, that’s the tour for today.  Each of the three bloggers I ‘tagged’ today will post next Monday on their blogs about their quilting and writing, then tag three more bloggers.  You can go look at their blogs anytime, though, they are always up to something inspiring!

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