Here's my December Goals collage. My wish is to take really good care of myself, and be open to feeling true comfort&joy. I want to relax, play, and be OK with lots of imperfection.
I love making these goal collages in my journal/planner. They really help me to move through the year with vision and focus.
|washing all the glassware|
I planned a special dinner party. I don't usually fuss much with table settings; I have a kitchen full of mismatched seconds from my studio, and cute thrift store cutlery. Flowers, candles, good wine, and good food usually make up for my haphazard tables.
But... I really wanted to honour this birthday in a new way. Also, we were recently blessed with the gift of some beautiful family silverware. I wanted to set a real table.
What to do? Could I translate my mismatched, artful, thrifty ways into a real table setting?
I did some cruising around online for inspiring pictures, and started dreaming of lots of candles, sparkly glass, vintage white and cream, and cute mismatched floral vintage china... I set myself a challenge: to create the entire table setting - china, centerpiece, candles, runner, and glassware - for $100!
I spent an afternoon cruising the thrift stores in town, and came home with a huge box of pressed glass vessels, and service for 12 in mismatched floral china. It took four thrift stores and lots of scrounging and pondering, but it was fun. I also procured two big bags of course salt, 100 tea lights, a bunch of mini-roses in a gorgeous antique cream shade, a box of cheap restaurant style wine glasses, three metres of burlap, some white paint, and a metre of cream dingleballs. I kept track, and in the end I spent about $110. Yay!
|glassware plus course salt and tea-lights lining the centre of the table|
|washing the thrift-store china|
|an almost completed place setting.|
|the completed table! painted distressed white, with burlap runner, cut-glass and tea-light centrepiece, mismatched vintage china, white flowers, and the family silver.|