37. Hand-made Tablescape

Same table. Same dining room. Three ways.Homespun tablescape

For today’s post, our first tablescape is about home-grown, home-made, home-spun.

We could start with the table itself: made for us 25 years ago by my father:table of wood

The dining room, built by us (see my This Green House blog for that journey.)

I designed and sewed the table-runner and Advent calendar quilt in coordinating fabrics that match our tree skirt:

Advent calendar quilt on the right. Hand-cut paper 6-pointed snowflakes on the windows. I keep these snowflakes from year to year, and try to coerce each visitor and family member to make new ones each year. The Christmas tree is always an amalgam of quirky family decorations, including the old-fashioned bubble-lights, annual "dated ornaments", "sound-and-motion" Hallmark decorations. One year I tried to "style" the tree, using only quilt-themed and recycled decorations, all colour-coordinated. It looked beautiful, but my soul wasn't in it!

For the light fixture decoration, although I grew the hydrangea, the hand-woven scarves were made in India:homespun light

Chair covers were hand-knit by some unknown donors to the thrift store where I bought them:homespun tablescape 2

The hand-made toys include our daughter’s rocking horse, made one Christmas long ago by her dad, and a patchwork teddy bear I made.handbuilt toys

Home-made custom Christmas crackers. Crazy-patch Christmas stockings:crazy-patch christmas stockings

The plates and cups I made when I was an amateur potter. Wine “glasses” and cedar-themed serving bowl made by professional potters.pottery

Hand-braided wheat decorations:braided wheat decorations

Tin scoops, lantern and butter mold hand-built by unknown artisans:lantern and sweater chair covers

I cut the placemats from a coffee sack bought at Habitat for Humanity’s Restore. Sewed a line of stay-stitching around the edges:coffee sack Collage

Not elegant at all. But meaningful, comfortable and lovingly made by hand.christmas abstract

Stay tuned for Tablescapes #2 and #3.

Sharing with these hospitable link parties:

Funky Junk Interiors’ Saturday Night Special, StoneGable’s Homespun Christmas, Dear Little Red House’s Mosaic Monday, DebbieDoo’s Pinning Party, Under the Table and Dreaming’s Sunday Showcase, Alderberry Hill’s Make the Scene Monday, A Living Space, A Stroll Thru Life Tabletop Tuesday, Coastal Charm’s Nifty Thrifty Tuesday, Knick of Time Tuesday, Creative Cain Cabin, Farmhouse Porch, Cozy Little House’s Tweak-it Tuesday, A Diamond in the Stuff, Savvy Southern Style Wow Us Wednesdays, Rose Chintz Cottage, The Brambleberry Cottage’s Time Travel Thursday, From My Front Porch to Yours, The Charm of Home, Homespun Happening.




14 thoughts on “37. Hand-made Tablescape

  1. I love this creation! It is so full of life, warmth, history and meaning. I feel like I could come right in and be welcomed. I just posted tonight about having a special table that holds meaning for you. I hope you’ll take a look at my post because your lovely table is a picture of what I wish to convey -made with love. Thank you for sharing your handiwork!

    • Thank you, Jessica. I have looked at your lovely post – clearly your mother is a wonderful person to know.

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  3. Well, where do I start. My goodness, what a charming down home kind of decor you have here. Love the chandy! I have never seen a chandy draped with scarves before and it is just wonderful! The sweater chair covers are delightful. I’ve never seen those before either although I did run across a blog where she used fur coats. My absolute favourite has to be the rocking horse. I adore rocking horses! I have a small collection of them myself. Thank you so much for sharing this with us and Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    Christmas blessings,

  4. What a beautiful quilt and the stockings are adorable. I love the table your father built for you. Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your home spun decor and lovely home.
    Merry Christmas,

  5. Everything is so pretty, I love the handmade table and your fireplace is to die for. Thanks for linking up this week your home is beautiful:)

  6. So special! Love all the hand-mades and memories that go with them! Thank you for sharing this at Rustic Restorations Weekend!

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