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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

psst! Tablescapers! This Is For YOU!!!

My Mother In Law is hosting Christmas this year. She doesn't set a fancy table...but she does appreciate all the annual Christmas decor that happens.
I generally make an ornament or in some cases sets of ornaments for each and every person in our lives...this year, I had decided not to do this.
Now I have been doing this annual gift for all of our friends and family for almost 15 years! Never missed a year...even when I had a 3 week old baby for Christmas! I always come up with a special something out of my imagination that brings a little cheer to my loved one's homes. I almost dropped the ball....BUT....Betty had her big boots on one day...and gave me that swift kick that I needed, and then Jill got my creative juices flowing....and the guilt of letting my tradition go....got to me.
This is what I came up with! Take a look.
Do you see all those little balls on the beveled mirrors? What am I saying...OF COURSE YOU DO! Those are place markers for the Christmas dinner table! Wanna see more?
Okay...you twisted my arm.... Let's get a little closer....
Okay...this one is a little blurry...but it is one of the ribbon types I used.

Here's another one!
I think I like the plaid one here the best...but they are all sooooo pretty.

Now...as I spent very little cash and about 2 hours to make these....I was thinking of all of you blog land table scapers! These little babies are meant to sit in the middle of each plate (of course before the food hits them) and add a little bling to the fully set table!

Yea...this is about as fancy as I am getting today! lol.....Tablescaping is a foreign language to this Tootsie....and yes Justine.....I say it "TOOT-SEE" Not TUT-sie! lol
Just thought I would share them with you...I made 21. Each person will get to take home theirs.

What's that? You want to know how I got the round balls to sit on the mirrors? VELCRO!
Here is my supplies list:
Can you believe that those glass balls cost me $3 for 15? The Velcro...was $3 for 15....The ribbon, mirror and "pick" are each $1 from the dollar store! So...In total each one...cost me less than $3 to make! No glue...no long drawn out process just pop the top off the ball and get busy! It took longer to remove that nasty sticker from the mirror than it did to make the whole thing! Yes...I was mumbling bad words under my breath as I did 21 mirrors...
Here are the pics to show you how: take the top off the ball...and stick the soft part of the Velcro on the bottom of it!

see the top off?
bend the wire of the stem of your chosen "pick" up so it can fill the hole in the ball and not be too long...

Stick it into the hole...and then tie your ribbon on...cut to desired size and primp!
Put the rough side of the Velcro on the mirror...stick it on...and you are done!
Could it get any easier than that?
Now...I have to go clean up the mess I made...see ya!

52 comments:

Marilyn said...

I just love these Tootsie... they are so simple but oh so effective. Might have a go at them myself. Marilyn

Gollum said...

This is fantastic. I loved the step-by-step instructions.

mishebe said...

Love it. Brilliant idea with the velcro. mishelle

artis1111 said...

Ok Martha Tootart. You did wonderful with this one.A+ ... Hope all is well.Kathy

Darla said...

Very creative TOOT-SEE! I love the colors too.

Kristen said...

How clever you are...I love this idea.
I am passing on the Christmas Spirit Award to you..stop by and pick it up when you get a chance

Sue said...

I'm impressed Tootsie, you did a fab job creating these ball place setting thingys!! A+ sweetie!! xo

~♥~ Monica S said...

What a great idea!! :-) Easy to make and Beautiful!!!
Love the colors too!

Monica

Carol said...

They're beautiful, good job! What a great idea you had!
Smiles,
Carol

Rachael said...

Great idea! I really like the colors you used too....very elegant!

Ma'dame French said...

Tootsie this is wonderful you're just so creative;) Love them! French;)

DEB said...

Very nice idea, thanks for sharing.

jerseygirl211 said...

Wow!!!! Tootsie, these are great. Thanks for showing us how you did it.

Hugs
'D'

Shelia said...

Morning, Tootsie - did you hear - I said Toot see! That's cute. Oh, dear one, these are beautiful! Aren'te you the most creative one! I love it. I may have to do this!
You're the bestest.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Happy To Be said...

These are just wonderful TOOT- SEE love the instructions on how to..and what a cleaver girl you are....thanks for sharing and showing..have a great day..hugs and smiles Gloria

Dawnie said...

those look awesome and amazing its so easy. I love those! I'm going to use this idea!

squawmama said...

Wow Tootsie, I am impressed and will be copying this idea down... It is a beautiful place setting and gift to take home... They look so elegant... LOVED it! Have a fun filled day...

(((HUGS)))
Donna

salmagundi said...

How clever you are!! I would love to find some of those mirrors - I need to check the dollar store, I guess. Thanks for showing us your project; and I'm glad you decided to continue your tradition. Sally

Bo said...

Thank you Tootsie for such a wonderful idea...I think even I could make these...loved the price too! ;-) Bo

kel said...

Very pretty! Love those!! and your blog!

onlymehere said...

I'm printing this out to do later! What a cute, cute, CUTE way of doing your table. Thanks for the instructions so we can be copy cats like Picket!!

Bridget said...

Wow, so easy and so cute! You Miss Toot-see are amazing!

glimpse of my world said...

I love it! Thanks for the step by step cause I do need that! YOU ARE A CREATIVE ONE!!

It is snowing here in North Texas today so I was looking for a project...

Jingle Bells to ya!

Grins from Valarie

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Tootsie, Hey- I am so glad to see you're in the Christmas Spirit!! These are beautiful. What a great idea. I'm sure everyone will love them. Hugs, Terrie

Naz said...

This is a 5 star idea!! I have to make centerpieces for a church function and this is a fabulous idea. I can't thank you enough Tootsie for this beautiful creation.
Wishing you peace and harmony in the coming year.
Merry Christmas

HeatherF1 said...

Thanks for letting us know how you did this! Beautiful! I am sure everyone will appreciate them- very special that you do this each year!

Naz said...

Just one question...about how large are the ornaments you used?
I love the color combination you used.

beddow said...

They are beautiful Tootsie! You are a very special and caring person and talented too!

Betty

Helen said...

OMG! Thank you! Hope you don't mind if I make a few. Step by step is the way to go..ho, ho, ho!

Barb said...

Tootsie,
I just popped by to say hi and saw your little decorations. Those are too cute!!! Well, maybe 'nice' is a better word. Wonderful? That too.

Thanks for putting the insturcions and cost on there too.

Not sure our Dollar Store has those mirrors, but then i have never looked for them either. Guess you know what I'll be doing as soon as the roads are cleared from the snow.

Blessings on your day,

Barbara Jean =0)

at the cottage said...

Stunning Tootsie. Oh I love them.

I will try and fancy up my table for any after Christmas guests, but they look like wonderful ideas to go with our table gifts we do at Christmas.

Thanks for the great idea!!!!

Deb

Kristens Creations said...

What a great idea! I just love them. Very Creative!! Kristen

Chrissy said...

You are good my friend..and to do that many!!! O.K I am dying to know if you got a crown??? I am working the rest of the week so I won't be on much..but you can bet I will be here sometime tomorrow nite to see what you have up your sleeve!!! See ya!

profenretraite said...

My goodness, Tootsie! How beautiful! And how creative you are! What a fabulous idea...I'm off to the dollar store!...Debbie

Coloradolady said...

Love this. Thanks for the instructions. very festive indeed. You are so clever.

Penny said...

Oh My Tootsie, those are beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing your instructions. I'll have to copy! I've always used finger nail polish remover to get those nasty stickers off, but I've learned that undiluted dishsoap that is allowed to rest about 15 minutes is even easier. Thanks again, and Merry Christmas! Penny

Geri said...

Wow Tootsie, love the decorations. They're so simple but they look fantastic.

Your August garden is outstanding. I need you to come to my house and fix mine.

momstheword said...

These are so pretty and so clever. See, I just look at those things individually and see them individually. I don't think "What could I make with that?"

That's why my family doesn't get things like that.....but what they don't know won't hurt them.

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Tootsie, I LOVE this idea! They are so beautiful and elegant! I may just have to "borrow" that idea! ~hugs, Rhonda :)

Diane said...

Tootsie, You are just too clever for words! These are adorable & I loved all your instruction pictures! ☺♥☺ Diane

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Oh Tootsie- as you were explaining about how you always did something for your family I kept thinking- oh my, is she going to tell us how to make these wonderful looking little gifts- and--- you did!!! THank you!

I am having a little dinner party again for a few girlfriends and am going out to try and find some supplies in my little town to make these wonderful place markers! Wish you could come!

blessings
mary

laurie said...

This looks so easy to turn out so pretty! How creative you are! Thanks for the directions. laurie

Lady Katherine said...

Hey Tootsie, you forgot, you have to make 22! Or did I see an extra one in the corner for me! lol I will send you my snail mail! I will even pay for shipping. lol!!!! They are great and you have me feeling so bad! My home is remodel and no Christmas deco. here! After 31 years! Too much going on! My girls do not know, Momma not putting up any!sh sh! Don't tell them! I get to see all of the blogs Christmas and my girls have their homes decked out. After all they are my daughters and Christmas is my time to go overboard. But not even a snowflake here, Oh better take that back we did have snow on the ground! Looking forward to tomorrow! 71 degrees here! Crazy weather!! What did you say? Oh, I thought you said there was one for me. lol Glad you kept up with your tradition! Even if I can't this year. Can you see it a lovely tree in middle of sheet rock not finished?

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Oh youngin you are just the smartest one ! Those are just darling.

Jessica said...

Adorable!!!!

Jill said...

Beautiful!!!!!!!!!! I love them! I could never do the work you do! Your talent amazes me every day! I call you my creative friend. I told my mom if ever we need an idea we need to contact YOU!.. Hey if you get a chance email me all those crafts again so I can print them tomorrow at my moms!

Julie said...

OMG, girl...I am leaving your 43rd comment here!!! WOW!!

These are so beautiful. Love your color scheme! Fantastic contribution to the table!!! :)

Lynne said...

I love these... I believe I might have to do this..They would have be fun on my Snowflake table..thanks for sharing..
hugs ~lynne~

SchmeckyGirl said...

Oh my! You made those? Awesome! They are beautiful and so creative!

Uh Toot-sie? No way!!! That's hysterical!

Millie said...

That is such a neat idea. I hope you don't mind if I copy it for one of our gatherings.

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

These are terrific! They look so elegant, but I couldn't believe how easy when you showed the instructions. Even I could do something like this!

Kady

Chari said...

Hello Tootsie & Merry Christmas!

I was just over at Mary's place...I loved her the little place markers that she made...I had to come and see yours! I love this idea...the ornaments look so pretty on the mirrors...just gorgeous!!! They really dress up the table place setting...I love them!!! I'm borrowing this idea for sure...thank you so much for sharing it with us!!!

Warmest wishes...Chari (Happytodesign)