Wednesday, July 21, 2010

My Very First Post and Tablescape Debut

Welcome 'Through My Red Door' to my very first post.  I am new to blogging, but have been viewing as many blogs as I can possibly visit for about two months as I've been trying to learn as much as I can.  I am not a decorator, nor a photographer, nor a writer, nor a web designer, not to mention very computer savvy.  My head is exploding with all I've shoved into it in those nearly two months and I still have sooo much to learn.  

Thank you to all of you for your experience and helpful pointers and suggestions and to my very computer knowledgeable children for all of their help. 

I really wanted to participate in Susan's 100th Tablescape Thursday  so here is my debut tablescape.  I'm having so much fun with this new hobby and never thought of doing this with my love of dishes until I stumbled on her blog.  So here it is! 

I took these pictures before I read Susan's suggestions about not using the flash!

The lantern is one of a set of three I found in Williamsburg this past winter. This is the middle size.  I was amazed at the very reasonable price.  After all the snow we had this year, losing power for 2 days made me realize how much I love lanterns!

My eye was attracted to all the colors in the dish pattern.  I found them at Pier 1 for half price.

The use of different colored placemats and napkins just sort of happened as my eyes started dancing!

I think this is where the absense of the flash would have made this salad plate show up brighter.

The stemmed glasses are from Taste of Home.  Placemats, napkins and rings from Kohl's.

The blue sponged bowl that the ivy plant is in and the salad plate being used as a saucer are from Henn Workshops.  You'll see a lot of Henn sprinkled throughout my future tablescapes!

So, What do you think?  Do I have a future in tablescaping?
Thanks for visiting and your valued comments!

Now to link to Susan's party!  Kids!!??!!


  1. Welcome to blogging!

    Your table is beautiful. I like how you used different colors, etc.

  2. very pretty indeed.. welcome to blogland and tablescaping.. happy to have you with us..


  3. Welcome!! I love the different colors together and those lovely plates!! Beautiful!!

  4. Welcome to blogging. It's so much fun. I love the table. And I LOVE your red door. :)

  5. Great job and welcome to your new addictions, blogging and tablescapes are both a very hard addiction to break :)


  6. You did a wonderful job. We are all still learning, it is just great that you have jumped in. Have a lot of fun, but be warned this is very addicting. I love it!

  7. I'm new to blogging, too. This is my second trip to Tablescape Thursday. Isn't it just so much fun! I like the colorscape that you have created for your table...I think that this table would make for lively appetites and conversation. Thank you for sharing your design. Cherry Kay

  8. Very colorful and fun setting! Welcome to Blogland-have fun!

  9. Welcome to blogging! I remember how I would scratch my head trying to figure out how to do some of this stuff! But!!!! It is soo much fun and there are some very terrific ladies out there - so inviting, inspiring and encouraging!
    Terrific tablesetting - I look back over mine - how I just placed things anywhere I felt like it :)
    Hope you have a terrific day!

  10. Welcome to the world of blogging. It is so much fun. I love your tablescape. The lantern is such a pretty piece. I love that you used different colored placemats. That just adds so much interest to the table. Thanks so much for your gracious comments on my TT. I look forward to more of your posts. Hugs, Marty

  11. SO glad you've decided to dive into blogging and tablescaping! Welcome! Your table looks great -- love how you've used different colored placemats to add interest. Yes, taking the photos is still challenging for me, but I keep trying!

  12. Welcome! I am so glad you have joined us. I am new to all of this too (started 2 months ago) but I am having so much fun. I have had those dishes in my hands so many times when I am at Pier One. I have run out of space but I think they are so pretty. I like the different colored placemats. I know you will have fun with this. I know I was amazed to find so many people who like playing with dishes as much as I do!

  13. Welcome to blogland. I just started this year and you will love it. You will make so many new friends and get way too many ideas. I love your tablesetting with my favorite colors. I hope you will pop over and join my giveaway. You will find lots of these in blog land over and over. I am going to follow you and I look forward to more posts.

  14. Hi Sheila! I am also new--just on my third post and my blog looks like yours--no "stuff" on the side yet! I also love lanterns and Williamsburg! We'll have some fun learning this together--once the kids leave for college this fall I'll lose my support staff! I'll be your newest follower! Come visit my blog if you have time! Linda

  15. Great first tablescape and first blog.Love how colorful your table is. I'm on my third tablescape, so it's pretty new to me too. Nice to meet you.

  16. Sheila, yes, you having the makings for a very fine tablescaper...great first table. I see that you are not afraid of color, my kind of gal! I love color, lots of it. The lantern centerpiece is very are the dishes.
    Have a great weekend...can't wait to see what you do for a table next week...

  17. Sheila,
    I love your table for this pretty dishes. What a stunning pattern. And you have set it very nice. Thank you so much for sharing this table and I hope you will continue TT.
    Greetings, Johanna

  18. Hi Sheila...Susan has a lot to answer for ;-)!!!!
    I stumbled onto her site too and I was hooked like eveyone else. (I'm new to this as well).

    Your table is so colorful and pretty!! I think that it works well for summer too! I look forward to visiting your future tablescapes! Glad you're here!


  19. Welcome to TT! Oh yes, I believe you have a wonderful future here with the rest of us "dishaholics"! Looking forward to seeing more of your pretty dishes. I love Williamsburg too -- it's only about 45 minutes from me -- a true treasure.

  20. Thank you to all of you ladies for your kind, sweet words of encouragement. You and your beautiful blogs are what pushed me over the edge!

    Another one of the challenges I'm finding now is the time I wish I had more of to play. But I AM off to a flea market this morning...that counts! Now I have a better excuse!

    Thank you again, I'm slowly getting around to everyone's's overwhelming! I feel like a kid in a candy store!


  21. love your 'scape. FYI - BIG LOTS has Henn Pottery at 30% this week. I was so tempted today but didn't cave in to purchase.

  22. Hi Shelia. glad you joined in for our 100th TT! Your tablescape is wonderful! I love color so you know I'm loving your placemats and china! Pier 1 has some of cutest summer things...I have to stay away! LOL I love lanterns, too...I know just what you mean about them coming in handy when you have a storm.
    Your header pic is sooo cute! You've done a wonderful job with your blog! Happy Blogging!