Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Can't Wait for a Caribbean Meal and a Sequel (maybe should be a Prequel) to Bunny Story

Whoohoo! It's time for my favorite play day! Yep! It's Thursday again and you know what that means! Susan of is hosting another Tablescape Thursday. I am so excited because hubby has been playing along with me! He picked some of my accessories.

We are sailing to the Western Caribbean soon so I was inspired to do a tablescape with a beach theme. Now, don't forget to click to enlarge the pictures to see all the details of my very detailed centerpiece. I elevated one fish on a woodcarved box we bought from the Roatan Islands on one of our past trips. I thought it was perfect since it has fish, corals and other sea creatures carved unto it. All I am missing here is a fish net but I would rather see the fish out on the loose.

So glad the pelican isn't seeing the fish or they would end up in his mouth for sure. I borrowed a long grass I have in my foyer floor vase and stuck them in a crystal vase with sea glass, to add some greenery.
I used my silvery gray sequined placemats because I think they mimic the sun shining brightly on wet sand.
I think my robin blue dinnerware works well with the beach theme and color and so does the blue dotted flatware. The dots serve as water bubbles. I forgot all about these starfish. I found them under the bathroom sink while I was looking for something to stuff the vase to keep the long grass

from falling to one side.
I took our glass cannister filled with
shells that we have collected from Florida and the Caribbean over the years, from the bathroom.I found this set of napkin rings in Baton Rouge. They were $5 plus 30% off. They were all tangled up and I thought they were curtain rings at first but they looked interesting so I added them to my shopping cart. While scrounging through a drawer yesterday for napkin rings, I spotted the little shells and pearls on the rings. Doesn't the other items look like seaweed and the other stuff that gets washed away into the seashore?
I am not sure if there are dragonflies on the beach (I think I have seen some!) but I think these dragonfly place card holders are cute so I used them anyway.

Isn't my pewter Salt and Pepper cute? I told ya I like pewter! The one on the left holds white sand before it gets wet and the one on the right is wet sand.
A shell candle holder.

I hope you enjoyed my contribution this week. I certainly enjoyed playing. What do you think I should add to the menu. Jamaican jerk chicken with mango salsa? Mmmmmm, yummy!

Thanks Susan, for another fun day!

Yesterday, for Wordless Wed, I posted my granddaughter, AJ and her bunnies. Since it was a wordless event, I hardly said anything. But I got a lot of questions from commenters and Dixie suggested I do a follow-up on the post. So, here it is!

It was pretty funny cause when I was still living in FL, I often go to the porch every morning. I screamed so loud (even the neighbor heard me!) because I saw what I thought was a mouse on the floor. My nephew (who was staying with me at that time) ran to my rescue and I showed him the mouse. He thought it was a funny looking mouse cause it had no tail and had long ears. LOL! We then looked in the rabbit cage and saw more babies. One of the babies fell out of the cage and that's what I saw. There were 5 but only the 2 below survived.
Aren't they just the cutest and fluffiest baby bunnies? AJ's parents would take her to my house cause I would take her to school and the first thing she would do was check on her baby bunnies. The bunnies stayed in my home cause her mom is allergic to them and they did not have a yard to put the cages in since they were staying in a condo.

When we moved to MS, I asked Rochelle, my daughter and AJ's mom with her stepdad now to move into my house so they could keep an eye on it.
AJ already have 3 adult bunnies. The stores kept calling them dwarfs when we bought them but they all grew up big and you know what bunnies do when they are together, right? They actually do 2 things: do that and poop. We couldn't tell who the male nor the female was so we kept them in separate cages to stop having more baby bunnies. So, we had 5 cages for 5 bunnies. It was a big task cleaning all those cages. John worked in another city then and was on call 24/7 so he could not come home and help me clean the cages. We just visited him on weekends. I was getting tired cleaning the poop out of their cages. I was also working full time then.
When the movers came to move us, (AJ was in school), one of them started petting the bunnies when he saw them. I could tell he was an animal lover. So, I asked him if he wanted one. He was so delighted cause he has an 8 year old daughter who he wanted to surprise. Then, I asked if he wanted two. LOL! So these 2 baby bunnies (not too small anymore by then) traveled in the big moving truck all the way from FL to MS to KY (where the movers live). I gave the guy 2 cages and I told him to keep the bunnies separate. AJ was upset of course but she just could not take care of all those bunnies without me around. It's better for her and the bunnies in the long run. Shown below is my hubby and the bunnies when the movers arrived in MS. He was so excited to see them!
Hope that answers all your questions. And now you know the reason the bunnies stay away from my vegetable garden. The bunnies are in FL (2 in KY now) and the garden is in MS.

Thanks for coming by. Now let's go visit the others!


Deb said...

thanks for sharing the bunny story, your tablescape is wonderful, I knew it would be!

prof en retraite said...

Hi Christine! I love your tropical and beachy! Those plates are gorgeous!!! Your bunny story is cute! My daughter always asked for a bunny, but I always said no becasue my sister had one when we were growing up...and you are so right about the only thing they do!!!! I hope you are having a good week!!...Debbie

marty39 said...

Christine your seaside tablescape is just gorgeous and I did notice the pelican. lol I always enjoy your tablescapes and the way you put things together. Everything is so pretty and interesting. I also love the story of AJ's bunnies. Your DH looks like he enjoys the bunnies too. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Marty

ellen b said...

Wow Christine! What a fabulous inspired table this is. You really put some great sea colors together. I like it!

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

Very festive. I love those blue dishes!

Momovthree said...

Bunnies! Everything looks great as usual! I've never heard that before about the painted ceilings. I'm going to have to try that on my front porch. Thanks for the tip!

SILVIA said...

what a great story about the bunnies, my daughter wants one so bad,love your table and all of your things..your good!!!!...silvia

Cindy J. said...

This is WONDERFUL! You are so creative. Love, Cindy

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

I love your tablescape - makes you feel like you're at the beach!

B said...

Later on this summer I'll being doing tablescapes for a beach theme for my church women's group, and your pics today give me lots of inspiration.
Then I scrolled down to see the bunnies. O my goodness! We used to have a pet rabbit. He was so much fun and so loving. I never knew rabbits could make such a great pet. He died a couple of months ago, and we miss him terribly. I hope you all enjoy your bunnies. Theya re so cute!

Mari at Once Upon a Plate said...

Christine, what a fabulous tablescape! I really enjoyed every detail ~ and the gorgeous colors. It felt like taking a mini-vacation to see each shot. :)

Darling, darling bunnies! Sooo cute, thank you for sharing.

Kathy said...

I love your beach table, Christine. What fun - a Caribbean cruise! And those babies are just precious.

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Christine, I am so.. in awe over those dishes. I tried to buy them. But, I couldn't find them on the website you shared with me. You have so many beautiful things I don't know where you start. I'll just say, it's wonderful. The little bunnies are cute, too!
Hugs, Terrie

Mama said...

Christine I envy your trip and I envy your tablescape, it so beautiful, the Robin blue is beautiful and you have such wonderful travel treasures. those bunnies are truly adorable. Kathy.

Deb said...

Lovely beachy tablescape! There are a lot of lovely things to see. I think you put everything together well. Yes their are dragon flies at the beach. Loved the bunny story too! Deb

Chandy said...

Christine, your table is beach perfect! I am so coveting those plates. I saw them in Marshall's early this year, but I held out a couple of weeks, when I came back only one broken was left. Oh, well...

I think dragonflies reach beaches!

The bunnies are adorable!

susan said...

I DID enlarge the pictures and am glad I did. The small ones don't do it justice! I love all the detail! I am so envious of your upcoming trip. Take lots of pics!

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Christine, I love your tablescape! So pretty and beachy, have fun on your cruise! Kristen

Janie's World said...

Wow! Who needs a trip to the carribean when they can just enjoy your tablescape? Fantastic job! Loved all your details. I love those napkin rings, the tablecloth, the dishes...

abeachcottage said...

love the tablescape and the bunnies story!

nice plates, I haven't seen any like those, I'd love to come across them


Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

What a wonderful tablescape!! I LOVE it!

Angelicc Accents

~CC Catherine said...

What a unique and sweet tablescape Christine! I love all things nautical...and a beach theme always is so relaxing to me! Love it all! Especially the little name placecard holders! ;) ~CC Catherine

Styling by Coty Farquhar said...

Hi Christine,

Thanks for visiting my blog today and leaving your lovely comments.

I love your blue china, I have been collecting some soft blue china lately for one of my up and coming tablesettings. You have so many wonderful and different props. It's such good fun to play around with tablesettings and I will be back to visit often.

xx Coty

Bo said...

Hi Christine...I am loving this tablescape & I remember Dr. John finding the pelicans & lighthouse for it...tell him he did GOOD!! All of the elements look so perfect together...and thanks for the very interesting bonus story about the bunnies...;-) Bo

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Christine your table turned out beautifully! I love the colors and the centerpiece is wonderful!!

Loved the bunny story.

Cynthia said...

I just love this so much, I feel like i'm on the beach just looking at your beautiful table. I love the china and all the neat things you added. Wonderful! Cindy

once in a blue moon... said...

loved your table, fun and festive! even the silverware screams seashore~

cute bunnies.

have a great vacation!

DesignTies said...

Your beach-theme tablescape is lots of fun :-) Love the bright blues and all the fun beachy items :-)

Thanks for sharing your bunny story :-)

Kelly @ DesignTies

Chari said...

Ohhh Girlfriend...your tropical tablescape is just gorgeous!!! John did a marvelous job picking out some of the items that you used for the'll have to tell him that I said he has a "good eye" for such things! Hehe!!!

Well it's all fabulous and Ohhhh so perfect! Your tablesetting is those pretty soft aqua dishes...where did you get those? I have to tell you though, your centerpiece just makes the table!!! Love that big ol' pelican and the lighthouse...oh, and the fish! Hehe!!! You always pay such special attention to all of the little details and that's what makes all of your tablescaping soooo fabulous!!! Thanks for sharing this beautifully done "Coastal" tablescape with us!

Love ya,
Chari that pretty table cloth too!!!

Domestic Designer said...

Great table! I especially love the flatware and dragonflies!

Melissa Miller said...

Christine your tablescape is just amazing!
I love how you made the
beachy centerpiece.
It's all so pretty!
Love the little round tealight candle holder.

I'm glad the bunnies found a good home.
What a sweet story.

Have a wonderful day.
~Melissa :)

Kathysue said...

Hi C, Love your tablescape. You need to be a stager in a store,you always do such fun post. Love the bunny story. I have had pet bunnies and our favorite was a black and white,Domino,he was house trained and would lay in your arms like a baby. Still miss that little guy,I think he was one of a kind as far as bunnies go. Great Post,hugs Kathysue

Dream Mom said...

My favorite was the salt/pepper shakers as wet and dry sand. Very creative! Lovely table. Enjoy your trip!

Libby Murphy said...

That is such a creative and fabulous table. I love the robin blue dinnerware and those dragonfly name card holders. You always do a great job!
Happy Twirls,

Alisa Lucas-Brown said...

I love your coastal tablescape. I lived in FL for 12 years. My hubby is a FL native so we like all things beachy and coastal. Your blue dishes are so pretty. Every detail is just perfect. Glad the bunnies found good homes. :-)

Linda said...

Christine, the beachy tablescape is lovely - makes me wish I were there right now! And I love the little dragonfly! Linda

Christi at A Southern Life said...

Baby bunnies! Doesn't get much more Spring-y than that. Your table is great. I have a sailing friend who collects light house stuff. I'll send her over to take a look.

The Bloom Girls said...


Love your table! It makes me want to sit down and order a Pina Colada! One of my favorite places is the seaside so your table is one of my favorites this week.

I LOVE bunnies so your other post was just the icing on the cake for me! When I was growing up, we had many pet bunnies and I also had one in college that lived in my dorm room with me. She was litterbox trained and the best roomate I ever had! :)

I will be back to your site to read more!

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Wonderful beach table....I would love to go on a cruise....again! Happy Tablescape Thursday ~ Susan

Leigh of said...

LOved your escape tablescape!

And loved seeing those bunnies! I have never seen such "baby" bunnies. SWEET!

Kim Chalfant said...

I want to go to the Caribbean!! I've never been. It looks fabulous as well as your tablescape. And your bunny story was too cute.

MyThoughtsMyVoice said...

You already used the "sea" accessories you and your husband just bought for your table and it looks so beautiful! I think the little starfish accents and the napkin holders are a beauty! Good luck when you go sailing.

Cass @ That Old House said...

Your table is knockout gorgeous! Fabulous.

And I loved the bunny story. Those little babies!! amazing.

LdyDy said...

Very nice tablescape. Lots of lovely details. Perfect beach theme. I enjoyed your bunny story. We are a lover of bunnies...have always had one since my now 26 year daughter was 8. I have however never seen one as a newborn! So cute!!

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

I love the bunny story. Thank you for sharing. Is one of them the Easter Bunny? I think so. Blessings.

Mary said...

What a cute bunny story! And a very creative table, too. LOVE your blue dishes -- that color is divine!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Christine, you have been a busy girl while I was running back and forth to hospitals! This is a gorgeous tablescape. So many pretty treasures. I clicked on almost every picture, so I could see the all of the details in this lovely tablescape. I'll have to remember to not use the s/p shakers if I come to visit you! Such a cute idea to put sand in them. That lighthouse is so pretty-well, everything on this table is pretty. I loved it. laurie

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