Dimples and Tangles


Today I'm helping to wrap up the last day of the Set + Styled Thanksgiving Blog Hop hosted by Designthusiasm that's been going on all week. If you've arrived from Styled With Lace, thank you so much for coming! There have been so many impressive Fall entertaining and tablescape ideas already shared, this tour's a one stop shop for all of the holiday hosting inspiration you need!  Last year I used untraditional colors for Fall, but this year a classic plaid combo for my Fall/Thanksgiving tablescape was speaking to me.

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I bought this tablecloth for Christmas last year, but there's nothing I love better for Fall than a great plaid! I decided to use it for a base, then layer in more Fall specific pieces for the season.

Turning leaves trimmed from the yard are the perfect centerpiece, free and festive! I combined it with some standing wheat bunches tied with a leopard ribbon. And I stand corrected... the only thing I love better for Fall than plaid is a plaid + leopard combo!

Simple bandanas serve as napkins, monogrammed with my trusty sewing machine to make them a bit more special.

What it takes to get the shot some times! ;)

My Favorite Tea Recipe ||  Similar Sweater here  ||  Similar Plaid Shirt here

I turned on the time lapse as I set the table, wish the process was this fast in real life!

I hope you enjoyed and were inspired by today's tour, here's a list of sources for my Dining Room and this Fall Plaid Tablescape if you'd like to create a similar one-

I'm the last stop on today's tour, but if you missed any homes you can start back at the beginning with Sarah from Life on Virginia Street's festive Pumpkin and Oak Leaf Thanksgiving table, and here's a complete list of all of the tours this week:

Styled & Set Logo Fall PS

Please click link under each photo to visit that tour-

Fall Centerpieces: Add Warmth to Your Autumn Table with Vintage Pieces

Happy Housie Styled and Set Thursday


(photo coming)

Thanksgiving Entertaining

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Dimples and Tangles Fall Table
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MONDAY's posts: 
Monday Thanksgiving 2018

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Finally, if you need a little more weekend reading, here are a few of my favorite Fall Tablescapes from years past-


Since most are neutral colors and or not my style, I have a hard time finding ready-made table runners.  So, I recently used some of my fabric scraps to make my own!  And, I used a different fabric on each side so I can have two totally different looks with only one piece.  Here's my tutorial if you want to try making your own DIY reversible table runner.

There's a video of the process at the end of the post, but first I'll share the written instructions.  And, I was so focused on sewing and videoing that I neglected to take many still photos of the process.  There's a few but the whole process is shown in the video.  (*This post may contain affiliate links, read my full disclosure policy here.)

Here are the basic steps:

1.  Cut two rectangular strips, paying attention to what direction your pattern is running if applicable.  I just used the width of my fabric for the runner length then decided how wide I wanted the runner to be, so my cut rectangles are 18"x56".

2.  Place right sides together and pin sides.  Leave about 12" from each end unpinned, as well as the ends themselves.

3.  Pin your trim to the right side of one of the ends, then stitch in place.  The edge of the trim should line up with the edge of the fabric (the tassels or poms will lay inside towards the rest of the runner).  This pom pom and tassel trim is actually two separate trims, I just used both of them together.  If you're doing a double layer of trim like I did, pin the second piece of trim in place over the top of the first, alternating poms and tassels.  Stitch in place.  Repeat on the other end.

4.  Close the ends of the runner that are still open and pin in place, matching up sides and edges. Stitch closed all the way around (I used about a 1/2" seam) EXCEPT... along one side about a foot from the end leave about a 4-5" opening.  This is where I will start stitching the runner closed, sew closed all the way around, and stop about 4-5" from where you started when you get to the end.  Leaving this opening will allow you to turn the runner inside out.  Be sure to back stitch back and forth a few times at your starting and ending point so seam will be strong and won't unravel when you turn the runner inside out.  Also note, when you're sewing the ends closed make sure your seam allowance is big enough that you're not leaving any of the woven part of the trim outside of your seam (you don't want that seen when you turn it inside out, only the tassels and poms).

5.  Optional- trim seams with pinking shears to deter fabric unraveling.  Press all seams open as best you can.  Pressed seams are crucial to a nice looking finished product!

6.  Carefully pull the fabric through and turn the runner inside out.  Using the flat end of a wooden skewer, reach inside the runner and poke the 4 corners out so they are nice and sharp.

7.  Smooth the runner out and press all edges, making sure they are lined up evenly.  Turn the raw edges under where your opening is and press them.  Gently pull tassel trim edge as you press if needed to get the seam turned out all of the way.

8.  Stitch opening closed.  Make a small stitching line very close to the edge of the runner and it won't be very noticeable unless someone is really looking hard for it!  ;)  The stitched section is right along the top edge in this photo, very hard to see!  

9.  Press a little more if needed and you're done!

There are so many options for your fabric choices on each side... two coordinating fabrics, two different seasonal fabrics, and "everyday" and a "fancy" side, a floral and a stripe... the possible combos are endless!

Green Lattice Fabric  ||  Black and White Striped Fabric  ||  Pom Pom Trim  ||  Tassel Trim

Here's a quick video of the entire process:

Shop my Dining Room:

Happy sewing, I'd love to see it if you make your own!  Email a pic to me at dimplesandtangles@att.net or tag me on Instagram.  And if you enjoyed this project or want to save it for future reference, I sure would appreciate a Pin!  Thank you!  

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Occasionally I have a some things to tell you that don't warrant their own blog post, so "A Few Things" is my opportunity to share all of those random bits and pieces with you.  Today I have a little bit of everything to talk about, including some exciting news! (*This post may contain affiliate links, read my full disclosure policy here.)

I know that many of you who follow along here like to get simple new ideas for banquet or party decor, possibly even for church gatherings.  Last weekend I attended our retreat for ministry wives across our state, and snapped a few photos of the tables to share with you.  Each table either had a wood charger or a piece of burlap fabric as the foundation for the centerpiece.  Then, there was a lantern filled with battery operated twinkle lights or candles, a few hydrangea stems in a mason jar (we cleaned out Trader Joes!), and a piece of artwork scattered around on some of the tables.  Simple but pretty! 

At these retreats we usually have some sort of craft for the early arrivers to work on as they visit and fellowship before the actual event begins.  This year's craft was a canvas with our theme lettered on it. It's hard to see but the little dots are punctures in the canvas where a small twinkle light was inserted through the back.  They're so cute with the twinkle lights flipped on!

The canvases and supplies were all laid out at each place as the guests arrived so they could begin working at their own pace.  I haven't seen black canvases before, have you? (from Hobby Lobby or here) Love how they easily made our project look like chalkboard art.  We had a stencil (cut from a Cricut) at each table for ladies to use if they weren't comfortable free-handing the design.  Each spot also had a white paint pen and set of battery operated tiny fairy lights.  Once the lettering was done, we used a nail to poke holes then stuck the bulbs through from the back, securing the wire on the back with duct tape. 

With just a change in wording this would be such a fun craft for Christmas, birthday parties, girls' night, or personalized room decor.

We served Nothing Bundt Cakes for dessert, so several of us brought our cake stands to display those on.  I had just observed this tip from a sweet friend the day before when we brought snacks for Bible Study... she loaded up a rolling suitcase to transport all of her serving pieces!  Such a smart idea.  I usually use a laundry basket or big market tote, but those can get really heavy with multiple pieces inside.  I think I loaded 6-7 cake stands and platters, using towels between them to cushion and protect.  I can't tell you how easy it was to zip the top and roll it away!  My days of transporting entertaining pieces will never be the same!  ;)

We recently celebrated a milestone for our family.  Last month marked 15 years for my husband serving on staff at our church.  If you don't know, he's the Executive Pastor at our church, which basically means he leads the staff and facilitates communication among them, does some counseling, planning, crisis care, member care, and whatever else helps free the Senior Pastor up to be able to read and study more.  He grew up a pastor's kid, and generally they move around a lot, so this is definitely the longest he's ever been at a single church.  Our sweet church family recognized this milestone and we are truly blessed to be serving at one of the most solid, giving, serving, mission focused churches around! 

We are currently without a Senior Pastor, so for almost the past year he's taken on some extra responsibility as the church continues to work and serve together and function without a Pastor.  I'm so proud of him and it's been a joy and a blessing to watch him faithfully lead and shepherd not only the Staff but the church membership through this interim time.  We're praying that the Lord will bring just the right man to lead us soon!

This is also happening in our family-  Lots of "lasts" going on these days... but also exciting things for the future!

If you haven't been in Hobby Lobby recently, they have a lot of hardware marked down, most to 75% off.  These brass and pearl switch plates caught my eye because they match the knobs on my kitchen cabinets, and I scooped some of them up to use in our home.  I will have to be strategic with where I use them since we have several switch plates that need 3-4 switch openings, but I'm anxious to find a special place for them. 

I also bought several sets of these big, chunky drawer pulls, I thought they were so pretty.  I considered using them on a piece in my bedroom, but changed my mind. 

However, I do plan to use them to make a few more upcycled serving boards like this one I made a few years ago.  All I need is a good wooden cutting board and I'll be set!

Lastly, I have some exciting news to share! 

Our Christmas home is featured (again) in this year's Better Homes and Gardens Christmas Ideas magazine!!!  You might remember that we had a big Christmas photo shoot in the Summer of 2017 which was published in December 2017's issue.  I was contacted by BHG earlier this year and told that they would be using our Christmas Home Tour shoot in this special interest publication as well.  They re-interviewed me about my decor choices and decorating style and there are several photos included that weren't in last year's original December BHG feature.  Christmas is such a special season, I'm so thrilled (and somewhat baffled) that our home got a double feature.  Thank you BHG!

I wrote a post sharing all of the behind the scenes details from our shoot last Summer.  Christmas Ideas is available on newsstands now through Christmas, and you'll throughly enjoy the other tours inside as well from both homeowners and bloggers Cotton Stem, Haneen's Haven, Monika Hibbs, and Kindred Vintage.

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