With the summer winding down, I usually bring out my August placemats and table topper for a new tablescape. This year I haven’t been motivated to set a nice table, other than just the basics for me and My Sweet Babboo. So, maybe you’d like to see a couple of past tables with these patchwork linens from my Colors of August sewing from a couple of years ago. The pattern is on the link, with a second link from that one to show you the finish. I also did an improv table topper with the leftovers, that you can see HERE. The August colors were primarily green, yellow and orange.
Picking up the color scheme of the placemats, I put green chargers on the table, with orange ruffle edge dinner plates and yellow floral print salad plates. The centerpiece has silk flowers in the same colors, with my Mason Jar Candle Holders holding white flowers in the base with green leaves. Yellow napkins are held with yellow flower pots. The place settings are finished with crystal drink glasses, individual salt and pepper shakers and everyday flatware.
Another tablescape with the same placemats and topper, this one used spring green napkins held with the same yellow flower pot napkin rings. The place settings have orange chargers topped with white dinner plates and yellow lemon salad plates. Everyday flatware, drink glasses and S&P shakers complete these settings in the same way. The centerpiece here has most of the same silk flowers as the one above, but used my yellow ceramic basket. The mason jar candles have yellow flowers in the bases.
I saw this pretty butterfly on the veranda railing, isn’t he gorgeous? He is tiny, though, smaller than a quarter. It took quite a bit of time, but I think I have him identified as a Gray Hairstreak Butterfly.
My stupid orchid is still being stubborn about blooming. The flower spike has been giving me hope for over two months now, with no real progress. I have it outside in the heat and humidity, and it should be loving that. But all it has done is put out two new leaves and lengthen the flower spike just a little.
I had another article on the MadamSew blog this week, a tutorial on making Fidget Quilts. While you are there, check out their Weekly Deals great discounts on essentials. This weekend take advantage of their Rotary Cutter Deal, as they introduce their new line.
Jack stopped by for a sandwich before the rains came early in the week.
Out on the feeder, it seems our place has become the local diner for the teenage birds to congregate. I keep seeing juveniles of all kinds of species. Here, on the right and left are two juvenile house finches, with their red chests just coming in.
A really amazing thing was seen with a group of three juvenile cardinals. I think these may be from the same nest. One of the males was feeding his sister, just like he will do later to woo a mate. His red feathers are coming in but he still is molting under his wings and his beak is almost done turning orange. His siblings still have black beaks, but those should lighten up soon.
A moment later, she returned the favor, almost knocking him off the perch.
A titmouse came by to visit while the cardinal mom was still eating.
While it rained on and off for three days, I finished the Eagle Panel QOV I showed on the last post. It was a good time for some heartier home made meals, so I made a Mushroom Meatloaf for us. Click the link for the recipe.
I got a start on the Safelight blocks, making these in soft florals with creamy white background. If you’d like to do some see the Sunday Chat post to read about the block drive. And you can click on Safelight Quilts to download the pattern, parameters and address.
I am off on an adventure today, so I’ll be a bit late in responding to your comments. I appreciate every one, and will get to them soon. Welcome to a few new readers this week, check out the sidebar to see posts on subjects you may be interested in, like my original recipes, book reviews, free patterns for fall with my annual Autumn Jubilee, and lots more.
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