Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Strawberries, Treasures, & a Paper Clip....Oh My!

Hello everyone! Just a quick post today. I've had training every day this week and tomorrow as well. I have been pretty brain dead and just haven't gotten around to posting in a couple days. I feel like I am back in college with all the new information I have to learn! Anywho...I have a quick tablescape to share and a few treasures I found today after training. 

So, you may remember my strawberry plates I found a couple weeks ago. Well, I have been wanting to do a tablescape with them since I bought them home and finally got around to it today. I cleared off my 
beachy themed table and searched for things to go with the strawberry plates. It is nothing fancy, but here is what I came up with!

I started with my everyday dishes. The dinner plates are white with a green rim and the salad plates are green with a white rim. They worked perfectly with the strawberry plates since they have the same shade of green in them. Everything in this place setting was thrifted except my everyday dishes (TJ Maxx) and the flatware which I have had for over 25 years. My hubby earned points through a safety incentive at his job when we were dating and he was able to get this Oneida flatware and a tv with his points! I placed them in my hope chest and we have been using them since we married...almost 25 years ago!

I bought the napkin rings on my Pennsylvania trip for $0.99, the napkins were I think $0.25 each and so were the glasses. The plates were $1.59 for the set. The placemats were $4 for a set of 6. The topiaries were left from a bridal shower I helped hostess and were $2 each. The floral flower pot in the center was $3 and I have had the bird and other items for a long time. So...around $15 total for what I think it a sweet and simple table...:) Any ideas for what I could place in the flower pot? I'm brain dead!!!

After my training today, I ran into my favorite consignment shop to reward myself for sitting through 6 hours of torcher very informative information! I found a couple treasures...I'm sure you are really! First I found this Diamond brand enamel bowl for $2. It is so pretty and has some chips around the edge which just gives it character. It is living in my craft room for now.

I also found these two bowls/candle holders with ocean creatures on them. They will be pretty in a future tablescape....probably next summer since I just removed my beach/ocean themed tablescape. They were $1.50 for the pair.

The last thing I found and my favorite is this adorable old blackboard. It is hinged and has these chains on the side to keep it from sliding open and falling. It is double-sided as well. I think I am going to paint the frame aqua blue (kind of like this one) and place it on my desk at school. On my side I can write a quote or list or whatever on it and on the side that faces the students, I can write something they are learning. I just love was $2.99! My friend Kathy who owns the shop commented on how neat she thought it was and told me she had just put it out today....boy am I glad I decided to go in and look around!!!

This next picture is something I won at school in a drawing on Monday.

You are probably thinking....big deal, it's a paper clip!'s not just any old paper's a giant paper weight paper clip! I got to choose from several small prizes and this immediately jumped out at me! I LOVE office supplies...:) I love back to school time when the stores get all the new school and office supplies in...I am seriously like a kid in a candy store! I love the way everything looks and smells....the crayons, pencils, you name it! I can browse those aisles for hours! So, I just had to have this awesome paper clip! See how big it is...:) You are probably thinking...she has lost it....that training must really be getting to her! 
Nope....I just love office supplies! Another little obsession with office supplies is that I ONLY buy Crayola brand crayons, Scotch brand tape and real Post-It brand post-its.....and, I prefer Ticonderoga brand pencils! No cheap stuff for me....period! There's a difference, really there is! 
I'm an office supply! 

OK....enough about office really didn't need to know all that! Maybe this training has gotten to me...maybe I'm just really tired...maybe both! Sorry I am now rambling....I really didn't mean to ramble! I promise I didn't.....please forgive me & until next time.....


  1. Oh, I love the story about your flatware, how sweet.

    Your table looks so fresh and pretty. Perhaps you could put a pillar candle in the flower pot, if it is the right shape..might look nice.

    That will be fun to have the double sided chalk board on your desk, the kids will get a big kick out of it!

    Your big paper clip is great..I'm an office supply fanatic too and have been since I was a child. Last year when the school supplies came to the stores, I bought all of the grand kids new crayons, just because and for myself, new colored pencils.

    Have a good day at training tomorrow. xo

  2. Love your big ol' paper clip - so fun! Your table is just too cute, Vicky...the napkin rings made me smile :)

    I think you rewarded yourself nicely for having to sit through some "torture." Thanks for sharing!

    Hugs to you!

  3. Love seeing your table settings since I don't have time to set mine at all anymore!!!
    It looks soooo pretty - loving those napkin rings but I SO WANT THAT BLACKBOARD :)

  4. You did great on this table. I love how the strawberry plates go perfectly with your dishes. Wonderful story about how you got your flatware...

  5. You really have a knack for finding the BEST deals, plus you know just what to do with them. Great job on the tablescape...everything looks so pretty. Best wishes with your training as well! Keep up the good work!

  6. Okay Vicky, Cute table top display! But I loved the office supply part the best :) I also only like Crayola brand and the pencil brand you chose is the only one that writes smooth and has strength. And don'y get me started on The real POST NOTE brand... Were funny girls.Bring on the real for me.
    Have a good week-end!
    Blessings, Roxy

  7. I love your tablescape and the enamel bowl you found. I'm also working like crazy to see how I can teach the curriculum to my pupils!

  8. Love the tablescape! You find the best deals.
    I am a snob too I guess because I like the same brands as you. I love opening up a new pack of Crayola crayons and just smelling them :)

  9. Ticonderoga pencils only....yep! Those strawberry dishes make me want to go out in the shed and search through the boxes from our old shop, and find the strawberry dishes my husband bought me at Sears. Our first set of everyday dishes from 40 years ago. How the time flies......
    Blessings, Theresa @ Finding Grace, Going Mobile

  10. Vicky I am smiling and laughing here! First of all you set a cute strawberry table! The flatware is wonderful and what a sweet story! I always love when the school supplies come out in the store and I'm 63! LOL....I agree that the brands you mentioned are the BEST! Now get some rest girl!


  11. Hey Vicky, love the table-scape, I wish I had a place to put some different themed dishes... that looks like such fun to make up different themed arrangements! I think a strawberry plant would be cute in the planter... but then you'd have to figure out what to do with it when you change your theme... unless you could find a fake one!

    Love your finds too, it sure would be fun to go thrifting together... although I have a feeling it would be like when my mom and I go... we'd be fighting over the same thing! ;o)

    My mom and I are going out today, I hope I find some goodies too!


  12. I am like you and love school supplies. I have a variety of sizes of paper clips and love my BIG clips. They are fun for projects.

    Don't work too hard before school starts!

  13. I'm with you on the school supplies. I love this time of year, even though my kids are grown up. It's a new beginning. Cute plates too!


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