Monday, October 4, 2010

Fall Leaves and Clay Pot Candles


The kitchen table gets more make-overs than any other tabletop in the house. I was tired of the vignette that had been there from a few weeks ago, so I decided to change things up before I leave on my trip to Florida.



Wanting to use some of the miniature candle pots that I bought from Gathered Comforts at the Country Living Fair, I collected a few things from the pantry to create a simple tabletop setting. I started out hunting for a regular sized muffin tin, but then remembered I got rid of it because it was all rusted out. So I ended up using my miniature muffin pan, which probably worked out better because the clay pots were closer to the size of the muffin cups.








The candles are simply miniature clay flower pots decoupaged with scraps of dictionary pages.  The candles have the most amazing scent to them and make the room smell so good. Of course, we all know never to burn a scented candle at the dinner table- the scent would conflict with all the good cooking smells.








black eyed peas

Black-eyed peas made an easy and simple filler for the muffin cups and they also helped to stabilize the candle pots.





Too achieve some more height on the table, I used wooden spools as additional candlesticks. I simply inserted a glass votive cup and candle into the spool’s top opening.


candle stick







A copper planter was filled with several bunches of dried leaves and berries as a base for a ceramic quail. 


You can see the raised relief of the pine branch on the planter.




place setting

 We really don’t use fancy table settings, so a dinner plate and a salad plate will do for tonight’s meal. White is my go-to color for dishes. I have four different patterns that get used on a regular basis. The leaf salad plates were bought last fall at Wal Mart, along with some small bowls, but I saw them in the store again this season.  The woven chargers are from WM, as well.


sunflower napkin[2]

 A sunflower is appliqued with a blanket stitch to the striped napkins. Sunflowers always say Fall to me! 






antler silverware[2]

I love the antler inspired handles on the silverware that I purchased at Tuesday Morning last month. I’m still really in the antler mode!




The stemmed glasses have a leaf motif in shades of green, orange, and gold.





So now I’m off to take the steaks out of the fridge and let them come to room temperature before they go onto the grill. The salad’s made and the potatoes are in the oven. Simple meal, simple table, simple life…..  



Linked to Marty’s Table Top Tuesday

Table Top Tuesday 

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Susan’s Tablescape Thursday

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Artie’s Vignette Friday

artie's party

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Vanessa’s Inspiration Friday

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Rhoda’s Fall Party

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Shaunna’s Style Feature Saturday


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Marla @ Always Nesting said...

The entire table setting is beautiful but my very favorite part, the quail! I love that bird and it's perfect on your table.

Debbie said...

Super cute, I love those little modge podge pots...what a nice little touch. I have those same leaf plates, love them too!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Sue....You are so organized with your decorating! I like how you put the candle pots in the muffin tin and then added the black eyed peas. It will make for a very cozy table vignette for your husband to look at while you are gone!~Hugs, Patti

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Sue, I love the whole setting. Great idea using the spools for candle holders. Love the antler style flatware. I need to check out my Tuesday morning for those. Probably won't have them though. Enjoy your trip.

Chambray Blue said...

I love the candle pots in the muffin tins and the leaf plates. So pretty!!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

This all looks great the little candle pots and girl I didn't know that about scented candle and food...with my cooking I need to light a candle and can blame my cooking on it ha ha!! Hope all is well in your world my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Joyful said...

I love the copper pot!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I love, love, love it. Your tablescape is fabulous. I think it is ingenius to use the little pots with candles in the muffin tins. Fabulous idea. Using the spool for a candlstick is also ingenius. Everything is so pretty. I just love it. Thanks for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

xinex said...

It's very pretty, Sue. Such a simple tablescape but have just the right touches. I love your candles and the bird....Christine

Dining Delight said...

I just bought the matching bowls to those leaf plates. I was thinking I could only use them with my burnt orange plates but now I see what you've done against the white and I like it! Looks great!


Vanessa said...

I love this Sue! Your tablescapes always look so warm and inviting and a steak sounds great! We had pancakes for dinner tonight so what does that say about my day? :-) I wanted you to know how inspiring your photography is to me...the angles you all beautiful and maybe you could give me some pointers sometime!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Sounds like my kind of meal, and I really like your table setting.
My dining table gets changed out the most often also.

A Hint of Home said...

The tabletop looks great and love the little candles.

Shelia said...

Your tablescape is gorgeous! I love it and the way you've used the cupcake pan is fabulous!
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Life with L said...

Clever lady. I love your glasses. Very cute tablescape. The little bird is adorable. I'm your new follower. Stop on by my blog and say hello..... Linda

Miss Char said...

Your table scape looks so fresh and I love the idea of the black eyed peas with the candles. I'll have to store that one somewhere in my muddled brain.

Enjoy your trip to Florida and thanks for sharing.

Lori E said...

The patina on your table is so rich and beautiful.
The setting and meal may be simple but they are also fabulous. You know what you are doing Ms. Simple Sullivan

Diann said...

Hi Sue!

What a beautiful table! I am so glad you didn't cover the table with a tablecloth. Your dining table is just lovely. the rich warm glow of the wood is so perfect for this beauiful simple setting! just lovely!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Hey Sue, First of all, I have to say I am green with envy that you got to go to the Country Living fair...what fun! I bet those little flower pot candles smell so good. And I love your antler silverware. I wonder if the Tuesday Morning here will have them. Will have to check it out. I am trying to find some real antlers for my website. One of the shops I frequent had some not too long ago that were found on their farm and I am hoping to get those. Have a wonderful week Sue.

Pam said...

What a pretty fall table. I love the antler silverware. I found some old ones at an antique store the other day, but didn't want to give up my arm in order to buy them. Way to expensive for me. I will check out Tuesday Morning. BTW, I love your wallpaper in that room.

Hilary @ Sweet as June said...

it looks so pretty! those pots are darling... I am going to make some one of these days! thanks for inspiring!

Amy Kinser said...

Your tabletop is just gorgeous. I love the little pots in the muffin tins. What a charming and unique idea.

La said...

Cute tablescape Sue. I like the simplicity of your napkins. Very sweet.

Have a fabulous trip to Florida! La

Teri said...

What a beautiful Fall tablescape you have created! I love it! =)

Pat said...

Cute Fall table, Sue!

Debbie Moore at Slice of Pie Entertaining and Cookbooks said...

Love the quail. Thanks for sharing.

Angela said...

Adorable post. Been a fan for a while. I really enjoy your posts. My problem today is I have visited so many blogs in the last several weeks I can't remember where I saw a post about a pretty new kitchen rug. Was it you by any chance? Thanks.

food for thought said...

love your bird~

Kathleen said...

I am back! I tried to leave a comment before and it couldn't let me!
The table looks very pretty! I like those leaf shaped plates a lot!
And the flowerpots with beans, sweet!

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

Oh, I love your table!!


Mimi said...

Sue, I love the simplicity of your table. The leaf plates are a really nice shade of burnt orange.

Barbara said...

This is such a pretty setting. Those little candlepots are so sweet. I like the simplicity of your dishes. I have a thing for white dishes too. Your leaf plates are so pretty.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

How pretty this all is. I love the harvest glow coming from your table. Those leaf plates are so cute.

Dawn said...

It may be simple but it is full of warmth! Perfect for fall. I love the ceramic quail. She reminds me of my avatar.

Enjoy your trip!

D said...

I really love this table. Sometimes "simple" is better. :)
Menu sounds yummy, too.

Carol at Serendipity said...

I love the simplicity of your table and you have photographed it perfectly. I love the angles. The quail is wonderful.


Alycia Nichols said...

Nice table! The antler flatware is really fun!!! I have to tell you...I LOVE the photo at the top of your blog of the family homestead in Ireland! That is just so cool!!! I've never been to Ireland (afraid of flying), but the peacefulness of that picture is really something. Neat! Have a great weekend!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Sue! What a lovely fall tablescape! I love the flowerpot candles in the muffin tin! Hope you are having a great week...hugs...Debbie
PS...We do call them corn shucks here in the South! lol

Marlis said...

Very lovely. I love the simplicity of your table. It's so perfect. You are right, the white plates are perfect with everything..

Entertaining Women said...

And simply lovely in all respects! Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

Patti said...

Love the bird in the copper pot...but what really caught my eye is your beautiful wooden table top...lovely!

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Sue!

WOW! You've been a busy lady! I've been catching up on your adventures and enjoying every word. I've got to go to Marysville to the French Hen Farm when my knee is cooperating. Looks so adorable! I would have gone to the Country Living Fair but was not able to walk very well, I'm glad I didn't miss much. Love the pic of Mr S in the spooky mirror... what a good lookin' guy for a beautiful gal! Your house looks so gorgeous Sue. It really speaks Fall and should be in a magazine. And I agree... sunflowers say Fall to me too!! Is your friend at the Olde Shoe Factory Antiques in Lancaster the lady that has all the vintage tablecloths?? I haven't been there for a while... can hardly wait til I feel more mobile... this knee thing is holding me down!!

Have a great trip to Fla!!
soak up some sun & fun for me!
Hugs, sherry

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi Sue,
Love your little clay pots in the muffin tin! What a cute idea & the little quail on the berries- gorgeous!! Coming over from Vanessa's party- I've got one going on at my blog too if you would like to join in. Beautiful post! :)

niartist said...

Hey Sue, Thanks for linking up with Color Outside the Lines and Vignette Fridays! I absolutely love these candles!! I'm thinking to myself now ... hmm, I could do that ... perhaps I should finish the projects I've got going before hand :) Very best to you, and please - stop back over at Color Outside the Lines, and say hello anytime! :) Artie

Ann said...

A perfect fall tablesetting for two! I love the flatware and also the idea of inserting a glass votive in the top of the spools!! Thanks!
Happy Fall~
The Tattered Tassel

Sharing with Sherri said...

So cozy and Fallish looking Sue! What a cute and clever idea with the flower pots in the muffin tin!
Love the quail in the copper planter, and the leaf dishes too! I need some of those! lol!

Have a good time in Florida!!
Love and Hugs, Sherri:)

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Sweet Sue!

Now, how cute is that? Love those little pots... Everything looks so fallish and yummmmm-o.

Have a wonderful trip.


Susie Q said...

Hee hee...I picked up that antler flatware also! : )

Blondie's Journal said...

I love the whole table setting! Perfect for fall, especially the leaf plates and the sunflower napkins! The muffin tin and flower pots are just too cool. Love it!!


Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hey there- I apologize for the late comment!! I had a hard time getting my comment to post and decided to come back to do it later. The clay pot candles with the beans are just delightful! Such a cute creative centerpiece- I know I have a crusty muffin tin that this would work wonders for!!! Thanks so much for sharing this at Feathered Nest Friday! :)