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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Flaming Festival, 2011

"First things first...We are truly blessed to have the means to set a pretty table and invite our friends to join us for good food and fellowship. I am mindful that many are not so fortunate. My daughter has a passion for the work of the Food Bank. As a singer-songwriter, she has written and recorded a song that is the anthem for the world wide Crop Hunger Walk project. Her song, "Raise Your Voice" is featured in their video. I've included a link in the side margin of my blog. During this beautiful season when we celebrate harvest and Thanksgiving, I hope that it will encourage you to support projects in your community that contribute to the effort to overcome hunger.

NOTE:  KC is currently touring on the East Coast until a few days before Thanksgiving.  Check out her website http://www.kcclifford.com/ to see if she's playing near you.  I'd love for you to hear her in concert.  I think that you would be pleased.
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Wednesday, November 2, was the date for this year's Theta Flaming Festival.  Once again, my Haviland Group was asked to design the centerpiece for the festival's tea table.  As always, we had a marvelous time.  Rather than inundate you with all the tables, I'll share a few at a time over the next few weeks.  Today...the tea table...mostly pictures...few comments.

My friend Marsha and I ran across the bird house at an estate sale.  It normally sits as a beautiful accessory in her home. 

We were blessed to have New Leaf Florist assist us with the landscaping.  They are an amazingly talented group.
  




The birdbath was made with a berry bowl adhered to an inverted demitasse cup. 

 For stepping stones on the front path, we turned butter pats upside down to make the Haviland marks visible.




The urns flanking the front door were made using two demitasse cups for each.

I hope that you enjoyed our "house tour".  Now, enjoy some delicious cookies and a cup of hot tea.


Thank you, yet again, to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for hosting her magical meme, Tablescape Thursday.  I'll be linking my post to "TABLESCAPE THURSDAY."   Hop on over and check out the myriad of marvelous tablescape designs, after 9:00 pm on Wednesdays.  You'll be glad that you made the trip...it's a wonderful adventure.



Autumn and the first week of November always means that it's time for the Theta Flaming Festival.  It's one of my favorite events each Fall.  I'm participating this week in The Tablescaper's SEASONAL SUNDAYS; Click here to link to all the wonderful bloggers who'll be participating.  Thanks to the Tablescaper for hosting us each week!


You can check out KC's music at www.kcclifford.com, on iTunes, and on YouTube.  I hope that you'll take a few minutes and give her a listen.  You'll also enjoy reading back through her blog on this site.  The girl can really write!  Her latest CD is called "Orchid."  It is available on iTunes or through her website.  I hope that you'll give her music a chance.  I know that I have zero objectivity where she is concerned, but I think that you'll fall in love with her music and her!    



32 comments:

Mary said...

Creative and beautiful. Love it!

Martha said...

What a creative centerpiece! Great birdcage to start with but the idea of using the china the way you did -- brilliant!

Nancy @ Nancy's Daily Dish said...

Love the pathway of stones and saucers and the teacups as pots flanking the door!

Marigene said...

WOW! What a unique creative way to use china!

Pondside said...

What fun you must have had! The paving stones, the bird bath, the chimney - I had to enlarge the photos to peer at every detail. Really, you do such interesting things!

Sheets on the line, love in my heart. said...

how original is that!! i love it....i just kept looking at the dishes and the lovely flowers.
just awesome!
blessings,
rebecca (i am just a newbie)

Marlis said...

Cherry Kay, this is a fabulous centerpiece. I love how the dishes brought so much to the birdhouse (which is outstanding to begin with). The birdbath was also very cute, as are the stepping stones. amazing piece! Looks like a lot of fun.. thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us! xo marlis

Meredith said...

What a fun idea! Lovely china as usual!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

This is absolutely the most fun post I have seen! Great idea for an amazing centerpiece.

Jocelyn @
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

Jacqueline said...

Cherry Kay, this is absolutely exquisite! It reminds me of a fairy house complete with fabulous landscaping and tea cups! I just love the whole idea. I am sure everyone couldn't get over it! The trees, bushes and flower bushes just make it magical. Definitely pinning this!

Anonymous said...

that is so clever~

carolinajewel said...

How cute! Now that truly is a dishaholic's Dream House!!!!

HHL said...

Wonderfully inspiring and creative!!! xo HHL

Alycia Nichols said...

What a super, super, super idea!!! This table HAD to have won all sorts of accolades! It's a very original display and the landscaping is topnotch! I love the cobblestone pathway!!! Hooray to you and Marsha for a fabulously decorated table!!!!!!!

Elaine said...

Cherry Kay, this is so clever!!! Where did you get the idea? Did you see the birdhouse and envision this? I am just so amazed!

Zuni said...

What a beautiful, creative idea, Cherry Kay! (And no surprise, of course.) Thank you for sharing the details of the birdbath and the butter pats for the walk--fabulous. And that birdhouse....what a find! Thanks for sharing!

Donna said...

so much fun!! I love it....

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Cherry Kay this is absolutelly amazing, unique and awesome! This bird house with all the decor with china and the pathway, well, not even like the candy ones, this is out of this world!! Thank you for sharing such eye candy! Hugs,
FABBY

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Cherry Kay...

Ohhh my goodness...what an awesome table centerpiece that you created! The large bird house is truly magnificent! What a creative idea...to use the Haviland china on and around the birdhouse! I love, love, LOVE IT!!! There is one thing for certain...this magnificent Haviland birdhouse centerpiece will be one that will be remembered by all...for a very long time! Thank you for sharing it with us, Cherry Kay!

Warmest autumn wishes,
Chari

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

I'd been looking forward to seeing what you did for this year's event! The bird house theme is a fun one and looks like you enjoyed playing in the dishes. I'll look forward to seeing more from this event over the next few weeks. Great job!

Tricia said...

This is so charming! Just delightful -- the landscaping is amazing, too, but what a clever use of china!

A Perfect Setting said...

So clever! Looks like you spent a lot of time on this, and it is quite charming! Can't wait to see the rest!

Karin Şen Cankan said...

I missed you all so much I was ill and we had a bank holiday in between just managed to look at all your lovely posts.

The centre piece looks amazaing loved it.

xoxo
KarinŞeCankan

karinsfairytale.blogspot.com

mississippi artist said...

This is adorable! I hope you didn't glue that china to the birdhouse-it is so pretty! Love the landscaping too.

Sweetladyelaine said...

Beautiful! Very unique! Loved it! I did go to see if KC's was playing anywhere in Houston, but instead I "liked" her on FB!
Blessings My Friend,

The Charmed Life Online said...

Wow, this is truly amazing. I have never seen such a unique way to showcase dishes! Really stunning!

xinex said...

That is so creative and just amazing, Cherry Kay. Love the landscaping too....Christine

Denise at Forest Manor said...

Cherry Kay, this is just the cutest, most creative thing I've seen in a long time!! I just love this birdhouse and landscaping. Amazing! I think the "stepping stones, bird bath, and flower urns" are just precious. :) How did you attach all the dishes to the roof of the birdhouse? Honestly, I looked at this post two or three times. And the plants and flowers really are so detailed. I bet this was a fun festival. Thanks so much for sharing.

Hugs,

Denise

Robin said...

Wow, this is really different. I love how creative the use of the plates is. Thanks for your nice comments!

Robin
Robin Flies South

Jo's This and That said...

Cleaver! JoAnn

lulumusing said...

Oh my gosh, this is terrific. You and your Haviland friends are something else and must have so much fun challenging your creativity.

Cindy said...

Now that is the sweetest creation ever! So creative, pretty and the landscaping is amazing! Loved it!!!