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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Autumn in Aqua

I stumbled upon this great faux suede fabric in the remnant bin at Joann's Fabrics for the insane price of $3. I also grabbed a spool of black gingham ribbon with the vision of whipping up some cozy and coordinated Thanksgiving decor in my colors. We're going to make a table topper right now, and you don't even have to drag out the sewing machine.
 
You're just going to need:

Fabric
Ribbon trim to go around the dimensions
Scissors
Hot Glue

This particular piece was not cut square, so I figured out how to best get the size I needed plus two inches for a hem while leaving the most fabric left over. I cut it on the actual table I'm covering, no measuring involved.
After that, it was a matter of folding the hem over and hot gluing it down.

Then I cut the ribbon the length of the side plus two inches and hot glued it on the right side of the fabric, hanging over just a little, and glued the ends under with the hem.

I used plain black on the sides and back to conserve the gingham ribbon.
And then let's top it with lots of fun things from around the house in cream and aqua.
And a few little mementos to remind us we're fortunate enough to reside in coastal Florida.
Now the blue pumpkins make sense, don't they?



I love the way they all just blend into that mirror.

This little recycled cheese dome seems to pop up in a lot of my vignettes.
 
Let's get a little beachy this week with some fun Fall projects, shall we?
I even promise there will be a touch of orange. Really.

35 comments:

Kim K. said...

I just decorated my mantle with a black and white theme for Thanksgiving, but I'm loving the aqua too!

Beth @ Wiccan Make Some Too said...

Looks great Sunny! Love the colors together. You say you are going to use some orange? I am on the edge of my seat waiting for that! Whatever you do I am sure it will be awesome! Kudos on the table topper & so easy.

Michelle L. said...

Whoa, Nellie! What a fab tablescape! And gorgeous pictures. And LOVE the no-sew project, I think it looks so vintage and perfect. So I can hot glue instead of sew? Why was I not informed of this? Can I make my own clothes this way? p.s. You still amaze me with your mix of kooky projects and downright elegant ones.

Dharma said...

*gasp*...beach love! aquagasm! need 12 step sponsor.....

Vonda said...

I really love that! The aqua is so calming. I really love the white pumpkin with the star fish!

Chelsea said...

Love it! That vignette is gorgeous! :) You did a great job. I think my fav is the aqua pumpkins... or maybe it's still that fabulous mirror. Love it!

~Chelsea

Patti's Artful Design said...

Love your aqua and white....love your blog header....and I love seashells and sea stars! Thanks for sharing.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Wow~ LOVE that mirror! Goodness it is BEAUTIFUL! The colors look perfect together- the pumpkins painted in the blue is such a neat idea!! :)

ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com said...

Those aqua pumpkins are the best!! Love it all together!!

Jane @ The Borrowed Abode said...

This came together great! Love the table topper you made, too!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Well, you are just so clever. I love it. YOur vignette is fabulous. Love the aqua, and of course a cloche always catches my eye. This really does look fabulous. Great job. Thanks so much for the tutorial and for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

Mel said...

This is exactly how I picture fall in Florida :)

What a sweet vignette. That inverted bowl thingy (cloche?)is genius!

Heather said...

Ooh...I just LOVE the aqua! Once again, you have such a unique spin! :)

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Wow! Great combination of colors and very original. Darn...I never thought of using my glue gun that way...think of all the time I have wasted sewing.(-:

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

Great display! I love the color twist for Fall!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Love how you incorporated the shells and starfish!!

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

Gorgeous display!!

Nikki said...

Gorgeous!!!! Thanks for linking up to gettin' crafty on hump day! :)

Maggie said...

whoohoo I luv it.You should link it to our party
here
http://www.passionatelyartistic.com/2010/11/seasonal-celebration-with-be-inspired.html

Thanks,
Maggie
http://http://passionatelyartistic.com

Rose :: FineCraftGuild.com said...

talking about orange... have you ever given blue things a wash with orange...
like paint +lots of water: and rub it on/poor it over and then rub it off....
now I'm giving away that i'm actually a painter at heart....
after i would finish a painting I would give each artwork a final wash with orange. this would give the most delicious patina and seeming make all the colors blend. and most particular, it would make the blues sooo good, with just a tiniest hint of seawater in it... that tiny bit of aqua/teal...

anyhow, i came here not to share that bit of painting nostalgia with you, but rather to .... thank you for sharing your tutorial at the DIY CRAFT TUTORIAL linky party at http://www.FineCraftGuild.com

I love this idea of all the blue (where there normally is orange and other traditional color)

Hope you also found some tutorials in the party for projects that interested you ...

See you back next Wednesday, we hope, and meanwhile, have a creative week,

Rose

Suzy said...

Love the aqua. And I'm totally into anything that avoids the sewing machine. Ha! Thanks for linking up to my Commercial Break!

suzy

Sandee said...

This is so gorgeous!!!! Thanks for linking to the Passionately Artistic Blog so we could see!!!

Terrie B x said...

Oh How Beautiful..
Thankyou for sharing at the PA Blog
Terrie
http://www.passionatelyartistic.com/

Jami said...

You certainly are creative! I have never thought of using my glue gun for hemming. It all looks great and, again, with some very unique colors for fall, you have pulled it all together beautifully! I could have never dreamed of starfish and pumpkins in the same display! Thanks for linking up at Ain't She Crazy!

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

Now that is an autumn display I can really love! I hate oranges and browns, but love aqua. Your display is gorgeous!

Brenda Kula said...

How pretty this vignette is! The display and the idea is fantastic.
Brenda

Vanessa said...

Wowee! I love that mirror! This was a great post and such a great way to show how you can make any color pallette work for the seasons! Thanks for joining the party again this week!
Vanessa

Erin@likegrandmas said...

I knew you did the aqua first(you showed us those little pumpkins!), and I love your courage to take a chance, it paid off big time!!

Love of the Sea said...

Love the beachy look you created. Very pretty. Great colors.

AllieMakes! said...

That is really cool! I love the no-traditional! Excellent job, Sunny!
Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!
AllieMakes.Blogspot.com

Rebecca said...

I love aqua-almost as much as pink-the big mirror is terrific!

Sassy Sites! said...

I featured this over at Sassy Sites! Come by and check it out... and don't forget to grab a button! xoxo!

The DIY Show Off said...

Beautiful! I added a touch of blue to my fall decor this year too. YOURS looks Amazing! Thanks so much for sharing in the DIY Fall Festival! :)

Roeshel

freckled laundry said...

Gorgeous! I am loving all of this aqua. How beautiful it looks with autumn decor. Thank you so much for coming to my air your laundry Friday party!

Hugs,
Jami

Paige (Final Clothes-Out) said...

I have to say, I like seasonal decor that still "fits" with the year-round look. This blue setup is great!