Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Fall Centerpiece, take 3?

I think y'all know the drill. Thursday means (drum roll, please)...

So make sure you stop by Kimba's and Gina's to get in on all the fun.
This week's little 'ol project is a big 'ol work in progress. I have been trying to put together a new fall look for the kitchen table. Trying is the operative word here.

(I am so embarrassed because I didn't take these in the daylight, and yes I know I really, really need to iron the tablecloth - OK, moving on.) My first attempt involves my simple white tablecloth, a pretty balsa wood bowl, and fresh apples.

I felt kind of "eh?" about this one, so I brought in a little more oomph.

I added my little red and green condiment bowls with apple green votives. Only one problem...

I felt like the bowls were kind of lost. The scale wasn't quite right either. What to do?

Why not make a little fall leaf runner? I REALLY wanted to use felt for this, but I couldn't actually find any non-primary colored felt. So, out came the construction paper and glue.

On the one hand, I kind of like it because I think it grounds everything a little. The yellow, green, and brown leaves also help to tie the yellow in the apples to the brown in the big bowl to the green in the little bowls.

On the other hand, it's not exactly the textured felt runner in muted colors that I had in mind.
So, what do y'all think? Is it worth ironing the tablecloth and keeping things as is? Should I add a few more lines of leaves to make the runner wider? Do you like one of the other looks better? Should I just scrap this idea and try for something else entirely? Clearly, I have a lot of questions!
But ya know what? The times you drive yourself a little nuts trying to get a look just right make you appreciate the times everything comes together with no effort at all.


Shannon said...

Sometimes you don't know what your gonna get until you put it all together, ya know? I think the runner makes it all come together better. I vote keep the runner. Another suggestion might be to add some branches in place of the runner... just an idea. Play around with it until you are totally happy with it. But, either way, it looks nice. :-) Good job!

JobandBrittany said...

looking good, maybe 4 colored plates would really add some color to your tabletop.

i host a goodwill party every wednesday, stop by & link up. :) said...

I wish I could help, but I don't decorate a lick!
Being a former pre-school teacher, I was thinking doing some kind of leaf stamp? I agree with shannon about the plates.
Good luck! You'll know when it is right!

Anonymous said...

Cute idea for the runner. I am wondering if you might have a more autumn looking color cloth or even tea stain the one you are using- rit dye is another fabulous trick - or a sheet even-