Finding the Gold

I’m not a big St. Patrick’s Day person.  Are you?

I like to give ideas for tablescapes at those times when you don’t have event- or holiday-specific decor.  St. Patrick’s Day tables don’t require loads of green, shamrocks, and gold pots a-plenty.

Most of us have gotten away from brass fixtures and gold accessories.  I read a technique recently for discovering certain colors in your surroundings.  The article said to concentrate on a color as you walk through your home, and that color will pop out  to you everywhere.

As I sit here writing this post, I look up and see more items with gold highlights shimmering at me.  But over the last few days, I struggled with this week’s tablescape.

Finding the Gold - A Tablescape

As a matter of fact, last night I told PAM over the phone just before going to sleep that I wasn’t doing a tablescape this week.  Ha!

Pot of Gold

As soon as I woke up this morning, this table was already coming together.  I fussed with myself over doing it after committing NOT to do it.

Center Collection

But, tablescapes come together very quickly for me – once I get started with a piece of the vision.

Gold Candlesticks

I wish everything did.  I discovered this fabric that PAM gave me, so I cut out the napkins.  I’ll stitch around them another day…no time this morning.  🙂

Shamrock Napkins

I found only one set of green plates (that are – ha! – for spring).  You’ll see them again soon, you can be sure of it.

Carrot Plates

You’ve seen all these plates and the bronze ware before but never in this combination.  You know how I love my Dollar Tree smokey grey stems!

Plate Stack

You may wonder why the pom-poms.


This is why.  It’s ice, not snow.

Ice Outside Today

Along with gold, this morning as I listen to ice tickling the windows, I’ve got ice-skating on my mind.

While looking for gold, I noticed the pom-poms left over from my Pom-Pom Initial project.  They remind me of ice skate pom-pom shoe-laces, so I decided to tie them onto the cold frame.

Finding the Gold

They have as much to do with this table as the runner…just some quirky additions to throw in the element of surprise.  I’m weird daring  like that.

I hope you have better weather than we do this morning.  While things aren’t supposed to be perfect every day, I’d love for you to enjoy something perfect about your day.

Can you share one – something perfect about your day – something you’re thankful for?

I’ll start.  I’m oh, so thankful for this comfortable chair in my warm den surrounded by newly-discovered things of gold.  I see six now!

Like when finding the gold, once you concentrate on being thankful, those things pop out to you everywhere.  This hot cup of coffee…you, my fun readers…

Blessings, y’all~

125 px SignatureI’m skating  over to share at Tablescape Thursday.


  1. says

    Well, for a gal who wasn’t going to do anything for St. Patrick’s Day, you sure turned yourself around.
    I love the addition of the “snowballs” at the top of the glass case. Yes, it is daring, AND a great conversation starter: “What are the pom-poms for?”

    • says

      Thank you! It’s great to find someone who understands my quirky extras. I’m so glad you stopped by.

  2. Sheryll & Critters. says

    How cute and how funny……. you had me really perplexed about the no St. Patty’s Day tablescape. I want to try that you said about ‘concentrating’ on a color and walking through a room to find it pop out. Might not work for my pathetic rooms…….. will let you know if it does.

    I am thankful for my house, my yard, my little short street, my city, my state, my country, my critters,(I had or should say helped deliver 3 babies very early Christmas Morning). I am also thankful for our beautiful warm weather (80 in the shade) and bright sunshine skies & well everything. I must add…. the singing birds outside my open windows and the breezes and good friends, my grammar and high school friends (yes we are still friends to this day. Gosh, it would take too long to name all I am happy, thankful for and that I think is just perfect today.

    • says

      Yes! You make me smile, Sheryll. It’s so nice to know someone who’s thankful for so much. May God bless you. 🙂

  3. says

    You found a pot of gold Kim! I am sitting here watching the ice pellets fall and am so thankful that my family is all home safe this time and not walking home in the snow like last year…but my kitchen sink is leaking into the man cave due to a huge hole in the wall pipe and my husband and son are fixing it. My dishwasher is in the middle of the kitchen, they are sawing and banging and it’s all very stressful! I would love to do a tablescape to dream of another place and climate! Isn’t it fun when the table makes all the decisions for you and it just magically happens? Those are always the best 🙂 Enjoy your cozy day!
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    • says

      Oh, Jenna, I’m so sorry! How awful for you. I hope your guys can get everything fixed so everything can get back to normal for you. I guess you still have ice tonight. I hope you have no more broken pipes. Tomorrow should be a better day. I’m sending you a virtual hug, because you need one! “O”

  4. says

    What a gorgeous table! You must have designed this in your dreams. You have some beautiful things. I especially love what you have used for a centerpiece.

    • says

      Thank you, Valerie. You are very kind. My cold frame has been useful for many things, but never what it was designed for…maybe soon!

  5. Robin says

    I see you have not “melted” yet ! LOL Your snowy pix are really serene.

    I love the pretty green plates! They will be really nice for spring!

    I keep thinking of spring, especially today….

    We got a HUGE amount in NJ! UGH! It stopped at dinner time.

    It’s 8pm and I’m all toasty inside…tv on, computer on, and my hubby is out shoveling to get a jump on the morning. Poor guy!

    I saw a groundhog running across the road into someone’s yard the other day…..hahaha

    • says

      Well, our snow melted, but this is a fresh layer ice we received during the night last night. Hey, can you shoot that thing? That’s what we do here in The Land of Making Do…all types of critters. I know you’re ready for it to be over! Warmer days will be here soon. 🙂

  6. says

    Hi Kim- This turned out great 🙂 I don’t own much in the way of stuff for St. Patrick’s Day so I have to rely on some accents. It’s not a biggie for me so I refrain from getting overly invested in dishes for it. I had some gold coins and a few little leprechauns but for some reason I can’t locate them. I like the use of the cold frame- it’s definitely a great accent piece and works well for various uses. I’m glad you didn’t give up on doing a tablescape this week! XX, Liz
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    • says

      Thank you, Liz! I didn’t think I had much in the way of accents of gold or green until my “golden focus”. If I had a tablescape-only blog, it would be worth finding dishes for all occasions (what fun, too!). Who has the space for all of it anyway? Versatile pieces make more sense. I’m sorry you’ve lost your leprechauns…maybe if you find them before summer, you could include them into a flower pot and add a troll or two. (Multi-purpose is a test for all things at my house.) I hope you find your coins and leprechauns soon! Happy weekend to you and yours!

  7. says

    First Kim, you table is beautiful and I love the pom poms. I think my perfect day is waking up to the sun shining in the morning and walking on the beach with my husband and collecting shells, then sitting with him talking and just watching the ocean and the horizon. It’s perfect.
    Have a great week.
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    • says

      That sounds like a dream! And, it’s your life, not even vacation! I’m so happy for you both…special times.