English Cottage Tablescape – Creating with the Classics
and as you can see, I created an English Cottage Tablescape!If you are joining me from The Handmade Home ‚Äì welcome!¬† And if you don‚Äôt already read their blog ‚Äì go now ‚Äì so creative and Ashley‚Äôs writing literally makes me ‚Äúlaugh out loud‚Äù. So, here is the truth.¬† I like a happy ending all tied up with a bow.¬† I know, lame.¬† But, I figure life gets complicated enough, shouldn‚Äôt movies and books make us happy?¬† Well, Wuthering Heights is pretty depressing and dark, in my opinion.¬† So instead of focusing on the fact that Heathcliff and Catherine never get together and that she dies and then haunts him, I decided to focus that it all takes place in England in the 1800‚Äôs.¬† I know, I really dug deep in the literary gem that Wuthering Heights is.
(Before we go any further, I would like to publicly thank my peonies for blooming right on time.)I decided the best way to do that was to create an English cottage inspired tablescape, but with a modern twist, compliments of the Premier fabric group. If you have been around for any time, you should already know.¬† I.¬† Don‚Äôt.¬† Sew. I have come to peace with this.¬† I have lots of talents.¬† This is not one of them.¬† So of course, my project was all completed using my favorite thing in the world ‚Äì Stitch Witchery. I created a double layered runner ‚Äì going almost the full width of the table.¬† The under fabric can be found here.¬† And then the top fabric can be found here.¬† Because what is more English, with a modern twist, than a bunch of large peacocks, crowns and scrolls?¬† Seriously, I love this fabric. And then I created napkins using this pink fabric. Each of the pieces were created by folding a seam and pressing it in place.¬† Then I ran lengths of the magical Stitch Witchery between the folds.¬† Placing a wet cloth on top of the fabric, I held my iron in place for a count of 10 for each section.¬† Of course, read the instructions carefully on your package, but that is really all there is to it. I layered in gold chargers, simple white plates and the cutest hot air balloon plates I picked up awhile ago at Ikea.¬† The glasses and flatware are our wedding sets.¬† I set the table more formal that I normally would with multiple forks, spoons and glasses ‚Äì but that just seemed appropriately Wuthering Heights to me. I gathered peonies, wild roses and greenery from my yard and arranged them in glass vases.¬† I added in some simple votive candle holders and the look was complete. And now for the fun part ‚Äì you get so see how the other 7 bloggers interpreted their classic books with a fabric project. Next stop ‚Äì Gina from The Shabby Creek Cottage.¬† Tell her I said hello!¬† But please use a British accent when you do!