Welcome to Day 10 of 31 Extraordinary Days to Be… Or…simply: Be…
Together, we will learn to Be… to live fully and beautifully in our “skin”
and in our homes and beyond. If you missed The Introduction or you’d like
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We woke up to our first frost this morning. Clear, cool, and crisp. When autumn comes, we’re ready for cuddly sweaters and evenings at home. And hearty meals at the table.
There’s nothing like creating…
a cozy and warm homespun table setting in the fall.
My menu is generally pretty simple and fairly repetitious. I’m okay with it, and I’m grateful my husband is too. The kitchen isn’t my passion or my creative station. But, my table, that’s another story. That’s where I like to be creative.
We’ve been talking about being rather than doing in this #31Days series. And so, I’m sure that some of you groan when you see another table setting. You might be thinking, “How in the world can I put that together when it’s already a challenge to get the food on the table.”
We already have so much to do. Many of us think that we are failing because we can NOT do it all.
Guess what? We can’t. And we’re NOT failing.
We may wish our homes looked like the magazines, but we need to be realistic. I talked about finding contentment on Day 1 in the series. You can read about it here.
There are some parts of our home life that benefit from attention and creativity. One area is the table. We need to elevate our family time at the table. Make it a time to be screen free (no TV/phones, etc.). Wherever you are in life, whether you eat alone, or in groups of two, four, or fourteen, let me encourage you to practice your creativity at the table.
If you love words…play word games at the table as you eat. If you love gardening or nature….bring it in and grace your table with nature’s beauty. If you are artsy….create something for each person’s table setting. If you love to cook…let your creativity go in the kitchen. What are your passions? Bring them to the table.
This time at the table is a time for you to love on your family from your heart. It’s a place of a safety and coziness and nurture for everyone ’round that table. It’s a place for listening and encouragement. And it’s a place where we get nourishment…physical, spiritual, emotional, mental. And if the family makes it a priority, it’s one of the few times everyone is together.
My goal here is not to pressure you to do more, my goal is to encourage you to use this time when your family gathers to love on them and to express that creativity you may not be exercising. This isn’t about performance….it’s about being who you are created to be and using that vehicle to make the table a place of memories in the making.
This homespun table setting is the perfect backdrop for enjoying a delicious and hearty supper of earthy pasta with family and friends.
It also is a place for me to express my creativity.
You might remember my birthday gift that inspired an early fall tablescape. Well, my friend, loved her Dollar Tree dinner plates. And so much so, that she stopped by the Dollar General and picked up some placemats for $2 each. They really help to create the warmth and basis for our homespun table setting. (With the dollar green water goblets…that just four dollars per table setting!)
If you think that she stopped with the placemats and said, “It is good.” You were wrong. My creative friend had an idea to create these cute little felt pockets for holding the silverware. Aren’t they wonderful? You might say Shelly is an artist with a needle and thread. Each silverware pocket was hand stitched. She even made a pattern for the little leaves and cut each tiny leaf out before decoratively stitching them to the pocket. I love those little leaves and buttons!
Those little green oak leaves on the pockets were the inspiration for my table decor. That and the sweater pumpkins I’ve been seeing all over blogland. I was so blessed to have found a wonderful cable-knit sweater at the thrift store for just $3.99. And in just the color tone I was hoping to find. The cable knit sweater pumpkins…were so fun and easy to make. I still have some sweater left! You never know…there just might be more pumpkins upcoming. And maybe a tutorial too.
When we plan to be creative, we make room in our schedule for little things like creating a cozy and warm homespun table setting . We might not have time to make full course meals, but setting a pretty table is a great way to practice creativity. It’s something that can be done every few weeks and the centerpiece or tablescape can even rotate between family members.
My friends have heard me say “it’s all about the presentation.” This statement isn’t meant to place added pressure on you, but to encourage you to make that breakfast, lunch, or supper more significant….something that no one wants to miss. When everything looks wonderful, the food, no matter how humble, always tastes better. You might not have the time nor the interest in crafting sweater pumpkins or silverware pockets for the table. But, why not look for an interesting bowl or basket and fill it with fresh apples for an edible centerpiece? It’s easy to gather fall leaves or cut a branch or two for a vase or low bowl…or just randomly lay leaves or acorns or flowers or pine cones on the table.
There are many more ways to make a cozy and warm homespun table setting for fall. Be creative! The family might linger longer and create never-to-be-forgotten memories at the table because of it.
Day 10 Challenge: How important is your dinner/supper time to your family? Elevate the importance of family time together around the table. Be creative from your heart to encourage conversation, memory making, and a more enjoyable meal time.
If you have some creative ideas for the table…please share them here or on Facebook.
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