Power Up Your Pumpkins With Gray

Not only was I surprised at the number of dish sets stashed in my kitchen, I was also a little shocked that until today, I’d posted 130 different tablescapes.  No wonder I’ve bought so many dish sets!  When I started publishing tablescape posts, I only had three sets.  You know the ones…complete with dinners, salads, bowls, mugs, or cups and saucers – and sometimes matching serving pieces, too.

And, maybe I shouldn’t mention table-cloths.  Oh, well…here goes.  Do you have a favorite table-cloth that makes your settings stand out?

Pumpkin Tablescape on Gray

If you don’t, I highly recommend finding one.  I didn’t know what I was missing!

I made the canning lid pumpkins before blog days, so I have no tutorial for them.  Would you like one?  I can make more!  🙂

Pumpkin Tablescape on Gray

It was a shocker to see how well this gray cloth looks in a room that has no gray decor…and looks nice with lots of tablescapes.

Pumpkin Tablescape on Gray

I bought the napkins at T. J. Maxx in late summer, expecting to use them with this gray table-cloth.  You know I’m trying to only buy what I truly love, and these napkins do make my heart sing!

The Rims

When I visited my stash, I found the pumpkin ramekins from last year’s clearance shelf (I think) at Wal-Mart.  Gee, I should label things!

Plate Stack

The green leaf on the pumpkin inspired the green dinner plate since I have no orange or yellow dinner plates for fall.

Pumpkin Tablescape on Gray

The napkins inspired the Dollar Tree charcoal stems and the bronze-ware tones, too.

Pumpkin Tablescape on Gray

This pumpkin holding the tiny votive was a gift from a dear friend years ago.

Pumpkin Tablescape on Gray

It rests on top of a paint can (turned upside-down) that was decorated by another friend.  I use it in some way every year during fall.  Who knew it would be so useful?

Pumpkin Tablescape on Gray

Yes, we still have butternut squash.  Among other things, I made a butternut squash and kale lasagna last week.  It wasn’t very good, but I did discover that Gruyère cheese is amazing!  One fail out of three isn’t all that bad, I guess.

Pumpkin Tablescape on Gray

By the way, the leaf garland was on clearance last year at HobLob.  Ha!  Is your middle name clearance,  too???

Blessings~

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Comments

  1. Betty Bagwell says

    There may be a rush on grey tablecloths today! This may be my favorite tablescape so far – but I LOVE fall decos!

    • says

      Awe, thank you! I set this table before buying real pumpkins, so I was feeling a little shy about it. Your encouragement is so sweet! I’m with you on the fall decos, too. 🙂

  2. robin says

    Clearance Clara, Mark-down Mary, Buy-one-get-one free Bonnie, Closeout Cassy, Discontinued Dolly, Thrift-store Thelma. hahahaha

    I’m AKA….Google Queen (by my older church family who are less google-savvy. LOL)

    I love love love love that pumpkin votive centerpiece! The can is cute, too…gives me an idea!!!
    My mantle (mantel? So what. You know what I mean. LOL!) is great but with the garland and lights (during fall and winter seasons) ya can’t see my fabulous decor. I told my daughter I needed to raise the stuff up. I was thinking of covering boxes. But the can is a great idea….it won’t get crushed in the tub when I pack (jam-pack lol) up the stuff. I’m having a vision….LOL….thrift store…buying up tins in different heights….to cover with fun seasonal fabrics or paper mache-ing with fun paper!!!

    I never thought of a gray tablecloth…but it looks really good with the orange!
    I need some pumpkin soup tureens (you should see how I was spelling THAT this morning! sheesh! It didn’t look right so I had to google. It’s still early…I get a pass. LOL And I am known as the super speller, proof-reader and grammatical wizard. Shame on me! ha )

    Walmart has these cute blue-turquoise-y tureens that caught my eye… that S-Teen loves. I met a lady in Marshall’s who has 2 grown daughters with apartments. She buys dishes and decor(for them) and lives vicariously through them. I said,”Nothing wrong with that! I already have some cute stuff for my daughter’s vet office…a different theme in each room, and for her summer home. She’s 15.” She laughed. (I don’t have THAT much stuff. Only a few really really cheap or free finds.) Bet she doesn’t feel bad at all now! ha!

    I need a few more strands of garland for over the door and LR window. When AC Moore had the big sale with an additional % off with coupon, I was not able to get over there. It’s a 25 minute drive. If not this year, I am sure I will find some clearance deal and use it next year. That is how we clearance queens do! LOL

    I tend to stay away from HobLob for 2 reasons…..

    1. I want EVERYTHING. I get so overwhelmed and can’t focus. I need like 3 hours to go through there. My daughter laughs at me when I get like that. Craft Overload. I can’t decide where to look and what to look at first. I start going, “Ah, ah, ah, HELP,” and turning every which way….of course I am being over-dramatic and my daughter cracks up.

    2. They don’t take coupons from the other stores. 40% off is NOT enough! LOL

    I do go in every once in a while….and hit the clearance stuff FIRST. I love their furniture….and wall decor…..oh man I want like 50% of the stuff they have!

    FYI….Dollar Tree….orange dinner plates….they have a few different shades. LOVE them! They also have a few shades of green. I found the perfect fall green amongst them.

    Q is starting to smell a little bit dog-ish. Oh well. We heard the deer out back last night around 9 when I took him out for a final short trip to the mailbox to de-liquify himself. LOL I heard a crash of sorts. Then realized after I saw faintly the white tails leaving the scene that they must have been antlers hitting antlers! They have been getting REALLY close lately. Right behind the trees on the property line out back…30 feet from the house. We have seen them in our side yard before. So it’s not new. But we have more “antler-y” ones than before. We aren’t used to seeing them that close…just young ones usually.

    I have to laugh remembering that one big buck crossing the street as my husband was driving up the road to the house after work. I said, “Oh boy. There’s dad. There is gonna be a confrontation. Wonder if he is gonna run him down. Watch out deer!!!!” LOL (He would not do that…I was just kidding.) He hates any varmint on or near our house. He honked that horn so hard at that buck…..like he was trying to get to a fire. LOL

    He bangs on the window and yells at the groundhog. Gotta love him! hahaha! Q loves it when dad does that…gives him an excuse to be extra-barky…..HELPING dad. Q loves to help. I dropped a dirty sock this morning while getting laundry together and asked him to get it for me. He gets SO waggy after he has helped. It’s so cute!!!!

    Today is “seal the cracks in one section of the basement floor” day. Fun Fun. LOL (I took Sunday and Monday off from basement duty. I was EXHAUSTED after finishing the ceiling in one section Saturday night. Clean up is ridiculously long with that sprayer.)

    • says

      Ha, so funny. Love the aka names! Covering old tins is a great idea, Robin. Thanks for sharing your idea. I’ve been looking for fall decorative papers that are thin enough to Mod Podge onto something – like another can. But, they’re all too stiff. I’m with you on the Hob Lob ADD. To avoid spinning my wheels for hours, I only go in there with a specified list, get those things and get out! (Never mind that I go through the current season aisle on the way in and the clearance aisle on the way out!) I’m so glad you had a fun day yesterday before hitting the basement again today. I hope you don’t over-do and that you have a huge sense of accomplishment tonight, even though you’ll be warn out. Tuesday blessings~

  3. teresa says

    This IS a great looking tablescape. I love that you’ve collected so many dishes to create them. I do the same and don’t even have a blog! (I still take pics of them, however. which I know is crazy! “Why?”, I ask myself.) Anyway, I think YOUR gray cloth works so well because it has a purple undertone which is always fabulous with the jewel-toned Autumnal colours and your walls. I’m not sure a blue-gray ie battleship, or green -gray would be quite as nice. You obviously have a natural eye for the right colour.

    • says

      Thanks so much for the vote of confidence, but the gray tone was purely by accident. When I found it on clearance, I initially thought to make napkins with the yardage. After using it the first time as a table-cloth, I realized I could never cut it apart! You’re right about tones of gray, too. A yellow-toned gray would never work in my house, and don’t they all look yellow-ish under florescent lighting in stores? Luck, luck, all luck. 😉

    • says

      Thanks, Teresa. My grandparents brought it home from Pakistan. It’s bronze, so I need to clean it properly more often!

  4. teresa says

    Now I have to go look at mine. It’s exactly the same….I don’t know where I got Thailand from…probably some ebay site. I wonder if that was meant to be the Bamia Buddhas.

    • says

      You are right about Thailand. It’s printed on the handle. I’m sorry if I confused you. My grandparents lived in Pakistan for a while, but there’s no telling where all they traveled while across the ocean. They brought home so many things we’d never seen before. 🙂

    • says

      Wow, I just checked eBay. This bronze and rosewood flatware is everywhere! Much of it would look better (and possibly sell for a higher price) if it were cleaned. 🙂

  5. Tammy says

    I love everything fall, colors, weather, food clothes, you get the point lol , especially décor. Love your table scape as well, also, just a thought about decorating the tins to have differing heights. You might try using mod podge and decorative paper napkins. You can usually find nice ones at dollar tree for any holiday. I may try this myself, lol. Happy Fall everyone

    • says

      Awesome, Tammy! Yes, dollar store seasonal napkins are a perfect solution! Thanks so much for sharing your idea. Happy fall to you, too! 🙂

    • says

      Thank you! We probably did discuss the canning lid pumpkins last year. They’re part of my fall decorations every year. 🙂

  6. Libba says

    Another beautiful setting. Love the gray tablecloth and it does seem to pull out a touch of gray in the draperies. Beautiful.

    • says

      Thanks, Jenna! I laugh every year when I get the canning pumpkins from the box. They do make me smile! 🙂

  7. Edith Weldon says

    To me this table was the best one yet!! I grew up in a Navy family so I knew all about gun metal ship grey. I really liked your tablecloth and tablescape the most. In fact, I will be shopping for more grey accents this week. I normally don’t like canning lid pumpkins but yours in grey hit the spot and the bow is precious. We never had Fall in Florida while we were growing up so 23 years ago when we moved to Alabama, we have experienced Fall. I so love it now!!
    Anytime you want to make me a canning lid pumpkin in grey, I will gladly receive it!! It is too cute for words!
    Have a great day!! We are loving the Fall Weather!!

    • says

      Thank you, Edith! OK, I guess I need to make more canning lid pumpkins. They are so easy! It’s funny how fall can “grow on us” over the years. 🙂