Decorating our entry table inspired me to add a little sump’n-sump’n to the center of our dining table this week. I started with a cable knit runner (TJ Maxx) because I’m a sucker for anything “sweater” right now. Next, I placed a small rosemary plant (potted in one of my Grandma Beth’s old crocks) in the center of the table and surrounded it with boxes wrapped in red plaid paper (Michaels- 2014) and navy & white bowls (eBay finds from a few years ago).
I filled the bowls with an evergreen sprig, succulents, stones, a vintage ornament and some faux snow. I got the soapstone heart from one of my fellow Three Angels mamas, and the “Be Mine” rock was part of a gift from me to Kevin several years back. The salt & pepper shakers, another flea market find, usually live on top of the secretary in the kitchen, but I thought they’d be cute in this vignette for a while. I think of our “Sweet P” every time I see them. 🙂
One of the other mamas asked me how the nickname ‘Sweet P’ came to be the other day. I don’t think I’ve ever told you that story here either, have I? We came up with the nickname at the very beginning of our adoption adventure- long before we knew our kiddo’s name. The “P” stands for Palmer. As in, Mr. P, and Mrs. P, and Sweet P. 😀
I softened the spaces around the packages and bowls with some (winter) white elements: a tiny marble bowl (TJ Maxx- 2013) filled with faux snow and a twig ball, and a vintage toy trailer (a gift from my friend Mary at Urban Farmgirl). The trailer is holding another small succulent, potted in a clear punch cup that I wrapped with yarn. (Another little “sweater”- ha!)
I’m looking forward to sharing a post about the fun I’ve been having with our mantel and Christmas tree next week. In keeping with these little vignettes, I’m going with a classic cottage/”Christmas in the country” vibe in the living room, too. Live cedar, seeded eucalyptus, and Carolina Sapphire evergreen garland, a fresh boxwood wreath, cotton stems in the Christmas tree, and, of course, more plaid…a.k.a- the other sweet P. 😉