Wednesday, November 01, 2017

A Simple Yet Elegant Place Setting

It was November. . .
the month of crimson sunsets,
parting birds,
deep, sad hymns of the sea,
passionate wind songs in the pines.
- L. M. Montgomery -




Hello, sweet friends, followers, and faithful readers!
How are you on this beautiful November day?

November comes 
and November goes,
with the last red berries
and the first white snows.

With night coming early,
and dawn coming late
and ice in the bucket
and frost by the gate.

The fires burn
and the kettles sing,
and earth sinks to rest
until next spring.
- Elizabeth Coatsworth -




With the arrival of November
comes the joy of the holidays.
It is most likely that you will enjoy family gatherings
that centers around food and fellowship.
You may even host a tea party 
for friends and loved ones.
Or you may simply stay tucked inside your cozy home
with your dearly beloved.
Whether you host a dinner for 12
or put on a romantic meal for 2,
there is always room for a touch of elegance.
Add a pretty name card
and a handmade brooch to each place setting, my friends.




This lovely little brooch is ever so easy to make
and it's the perfect thing for guests,
{at least the lady guests}
to take home with them.
The brooch is designed to wear on an article of clothing
such as a sweater or jacket,
or it can be worn in the hair during the holiday season.




This is how I made the brooch. . .

I gathered up some lace, burlap,
rosette trim, and an alligator clip.




Using the lace,
I cut out eight 5-inch circles
and six 3-inch circles.




I folded the 5-inch circles in half. . .




and folded them again to create a triangle.
Then, I sewed a gathering stitch along the edge.




I did this with all eight circles
and simply added each one onto my thread.




Pretty soon this is what I had. . .
{you will need to attach the two petals together when you're done}




For the 3-inch circles
I folded them in half only once
and sewed along the edges.
This gave a rounded petal shape
rather than a pointed one.




For the middle of my brooch
I used a soft silky fabric that I folded in half
and cut small strips to give a shabby look.
Make sure you don't cut too far
otherwise you'll cut your fabric in half.
Then, I sewed a gathering stitch along the edge
and attached the two ends
to create a flower.




And here are my three flowers. . .




I "sandwiched" a rosette between an alligator clip
and hot glued the back side on to the back side of the large lace flower.
You could use a piece of felt for this,
but I like the shabby rose. . .
it just gives it a nice finished look.




I cut out two leaves from the burlap
and placed them on top of the large flower.
Next, I hot glued the silk flower onto the large lace flower
and then I finished with the small lace flower on top.
As you can see, I added a row of pearls to my leaves.




Finally, I finished the the brooch 
by adding a beautiful pearl centerpiece.




The brooch can be clipped on to a linen napkin. . .




or placed on the center of a lovely china plate.




For the name card. . .
I printed out a quote from L. M. Montgomery
and added some sweet flowers that matched the brooch.




Easy peasy, my friends,
and it adds just the right amount of charm to a table setting.




Thank you for visiting
and gracing my blog with your beautiful comments.
You always brighten my day!

Love and hugs to you!




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There are holiday gifts, Christmas decor,
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Also. . .
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for the 11th Tea Cup and Mug Exchange.

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Sharing with these lovely parties.

54 comments:

Net - "It's a Wonderful Movie" said...

Happy November! How I love this special time of year... as we are all looking forward to the Holiday season of Thanksgiving and Christmas! Thank you for this post, Stephanie, and for sharing your lovely creations! You have such a creative gift!

God's Blessings, Net

Debby Ray said...

Such a beautiful post, Stephanie. I love the quotes and poem...I just love November...such a lovely in-between time. The brooch is absolutely elegant and adds such charm to the place settings! Thanks for the tutorial. I'm so excited to be getting my teacup reveal post ready for next week...it's always such fun seeing what everyone received. Enjoy your first day of November...HUGS!

Cranberry Morning said...

These are lovely touches to any Thanksgiving table, Stephanie! I wish I'd thought of that sooner, although with our Early Thanksgiving this weekend, we always have a buffet and people sit wherever they want to all around the house. I love little groups of people here and there. Have a wonderful Wednesday. Your projects are always so pretty!

Simply Linda said...

I am so thankful for friends like you, Stephanie, who can bring smiles on such dark times. We won't be having a big hubado (wink) Thanksgiving this year, due to the fact I am scheduled for major surgery on the 14th and recovery is 6-8 weeks.

Again, thank you friend for the many smiles you bring.

Kris said...

Stephanie, what a gorgeous brooch and what an amazingly considerate and thoughtful post!! Thank you soooooo much for taking the time to make and photograph this lovely tutorial for the brooch!! Can't wait for the Tea Cup reveal next week!! :-))

Karen said...

Your posts are always a delightful treat, Stephanie. I enjoyed the crafts, poems, and quotes. Beautiful. Have a great day.

Elizabethd said...

That is delightful, Stephanie

Lady Linda said...

Happy November! How did this happen? I can't believe the year has just gone by so quickly. Such a busy year, but I guess they are all busy, heh? Very cute post and so pretty, as always. Love your style.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I've been looking at your shop...the tea sets are so sweet! Very tempting...heehee! Hugs!

Chris Lally said...

Lovely post, as always, Stephanie!
Thank you for the tutorial & suggestions!!!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

So pretty Stephanie! I love the fancy clips!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Oh my goodness, is that brooch the most gorgeous thing!! You simply amaze me with your talent and creativity, dearest one. Who wouldn't love to sit down at the table and have that little gift on a napkin? Thank you for sharing with us, as always. xxoo

Sylvia said...

Happy November, Stephanie, your brooch is so pretty.
Hope you're doing well. I know it must be really cold where you are,
it was 47 here this morning.

Maggie Ann said...

This is beautiful and I love your tutorials! just seeing the quote from Anne of Green Gables is like linking up with an old and treasured friend! Sweet.

Prunella Pepperpot said...

Your brooch is beautiful as is your post. I can't imagine your table not looking elegant!! Have a wonderful November dear Stephanie :)

Creations By Cindy said...

Stephanie, Oh My! how beautiful! Loved this post. Thank you for the tutorial. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Deborah Montgomery said...

How lovely Stephanie. I am really excited for the holidays this year, and for once, don't even mind seeing the Christmas stuff out early. I've even watched a few Hallmark Christmas movies. :) Now I'm off to check out your shop. xo Deborah

Mrs. Chrissy T said...

I love the quote and poem you shared. What a beautiful set up..very talented.

Carla from The River said...

Hi,
Just what I needed. I am brainstorming for our Thanksgiving place settings. Thank you for adding the poems and quotes. Lovely.
Carla

Kate said...

What a beautiful combination you have between that lovely teacup and that lacy, feminine brooch. Such a lovely piece especially the sparkly center! So pretty and very thoughtful of you to show us the process. This would look lovely clipped to cloth napkins.
Happy Mid-week,
Kate

domenica.60 said...

Stephanie's beautiful November!
Greetings
Franca

Marilyn McLeod @ Pink Paper Cottage said...

What a beautiful way to greet November and love that poem at the beginning (and in the middle)! Yes.. sweet November.. I like this month for some reason, as it has the excitement of Thanksgiving with friends and family.. that's the highlight of the month! And your darling broach goes wonderfully on the napkin.. I think I would use it for napkins (if I didn't have to make too many!). Your ideas are always so inspiring to me! I'm going to have to hop on over to your Etsy shop again... I just LOVE everything in your shop! Hugs.. Marilyn

Margie said...

Happy First of November, Stephanie. Your charming brooch definitely elevates the decor of any table setting. I'm also loving your pretty yellow teacup. Can't wait for the teacup reveal next week. I've started attending the church bazaars and none of the local crafters have your creative touch!

living simplicity said...

You are just so creative :) ... such a lovely place setting :)

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Your place setting is gorgeous. Although I love that you include the directions for making your pretty things, only You can do it so perfectly and beautiful! You just have such a wonderful gift of your hands that our Lord has so blessed you with. I always love your new creations!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Such a pretty place setting, dear Stephanie! The brooch is very pretty and something your guests will dearly love. Happy November! Hugs xo Karen

Oliva Ohlson said...

Welcome to November...my favorite month! Lovely lace brooch...so very pretty!

Debbie said...

really beautiful!! i have something similar on the bag "you made for me" and i just love it!!

i love november, thanksgiving and the hubbies birthday!!!

Gina said...

Gorgeous, Stephanie!

September Violets said...

Happy November Stephanie :) The brooch is so pretty and looks so fancy at the place setting. Loving the yellow rose teacup!
Wendy xo

Mari said...

Such a beautiful table setting and your rose broaches are just perfect! Thanks for the directions, although I'm quite sure it wouldn't be "easy-peasy" for me. :)

Sandra said...

Stephanie, you are so very creative and make the prettiest gifts, and so kind of you to share how to make them. I loved the yellow rose tea cup you shared with your post. The yellow rose was always my mothers favorite. Thank you for visiting my blog today.

krishna said...

beautiful.. love it..

Anna said...

It's always a delight to visite your blog !!!!
Your creations and pictures are so lovely !!!
Have a shinny day !
Hug
Anna

Tamago said...

I love your brooch and name card. They are so elegant and make the guests feel very welcome at your home :-)
Happy November, Stephanie!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

I love LM Montgomery quotes! I was just marveling when talking to a friend that she had not read Anne of Green Gables lol. Your brooches are so beautiful! I'm pinning as I'm hoping to host a tea in February and I'm thinking these would indeed make lovely gifts at each place setting!

magnoliasntea said...

Oh my goodness, I love the brooch. You are soooo clever and crafty.
Have a great weekend!

Jill said...

Absolutely beautiful! What a great idea for a favor at Thanksgiving! The tea cup is quite lovely too :-) Thank you for sharing how to make it. Have a great weekend!

Blessings,
Jill

Vee said...

Let’s not wish November away as quickly as October flew... Yikes! Time is flying. It is always fun to see your creativity at work!

Dianna said...

Dear dear Stephanie,
Thank you so much for the words of comfort and encouragement that you left at my blog the other day. I so appreciate you taking the time to do that for me.

All of your tutorials are amazing. You make everything look so easy. Thank you for sharing how you made this beautiful brooch.

Heather said...

What a beautiful post. I love that quote by L.M. Montgomery. Thank you for sharing. <3

Conniecrafter said...

The broach is just gorgeous, you have such a wonderful way with these flowers, love how you have layered them, such a wonderful way to dress up the table and such a great gift for the lucky attendant to your tea party!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Ooooh - such a pretty brooch! But do you know that the first thing I thought of was how pretty they'd be on a Christmas tree....or as the 'bow' on a gift. There's a multitude of possibilities!

Lillie said...

What a pretty brooch and I love the shabby look. The card is simply perfect . Thanks for sharing your tutorial, you are always so generous. Happy weekend!

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

What a delight to sit and read this gorgeous post today, dear Stephanie! Your brooch is stunning, and you make it look so easy to make one! When my hands recover, I shall have to give this a whirl. I love how it can be used for so many different things. I am thinking it would also make a nice touch to gift bags as well! Your tea setting is delightful, love the soft yellow cup you chose. Hope you have a lovely and delightful Friday :)

Jazzmin said...

Hi, Stephanie!
I hope you are having a blessed Friday and beginning to your weekend! Your brooch is such a beautiful creation♥ You had me at pearls, hehe! How prettily and perfectly adorned the entire brooch is and I just love the addition of the shabby silky material.
How lovely also to read the November poetry and quotes- I have copied them into my quotes and writing notebook because I love them. Words describing the Lord's handiwork in the seasons are my favorite.

Hugs and many blessings to you, my friend♥
Also sending many prayers and loving thoughts for healing for your dear Grandma as I read your dear Mom's updates on her blog.

Love to you!
Jazzmin

Lowcarb team member said...

Isn't this a wonderful time of year.
So nice to read your words and see your wonderful craft work.

I also thoroughly enjoyed reading the words you included from Elizabeth Coatsworth.

All the best Jan

Andrea Ostapovitch said...

What a lovely idea and of course, a great tutorial. Beautiful photos and words as always.
Happy November to you,
Andrea

Lorrie said...

What a pretty broach you created - perfect for a tea party with good friends. Thank you so much for sharing.

Anne Payne said...

That's so pretty! I adore the tea cup. Perfect for autumn with those colors.

Wandering Wren said...

Oh my gosh Stephanie, I feel like I should be sitting here in all my finery (or at least some matching pearls! and in a posh frock!) had I known we were going to be invited in for such a gorgeous and elegant tea party. You would host THE best events, your place setting is stunning and so this departed bird was so happy to have popped back in to say hello! Sorry I have been away a while we had had the most glorious month of visitors which have kept me away from my blogging friends!
Wren x

Olivia said...

I love November for many reasons! It's my birthday month, it's falltime, and it's Thanksgiving :) I absolutely love L. M. Montgomery, so her quotes always make me so happy.

That's a beautiful brooch! I love how the colors go with the teacup :)

Bernideen said...

I wish you great success in your exchange and hear so many ladies talk about it and love it. I noticed the yellow rose teacup you featured as I have a teapot with the same decals and use it for my fall displays. Your hand sewn items are wonderful! Thank you for sharing Stephanie.

roth phallyka said...

Loving the yellow rose teacup!


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