Monday, November 14, 2011

Playing Artists

I have been working really hard towards the replacement of our floors while working with my daughters through long distance on baby plans, making travel arrangements, working with the gardener one day a week and preparing my booth for the coming holidays. Debjani has been studying hard in school and so we both decided that we need to do something relaxing and fun.

During Balloon Festival last month, we bought an unpainted plaque with a hot air balloon with the intention of painting them. And so Debjani came on her day off from school and this became our project. It was a nice day so we did it on our project table in the garage, with music blasting from the i phone. The top oval one is Debjani's and mine is the rectangular one at the bottom.

While we were painting, I was baking stuffed pork chops with boudin. This was the first time I've ever had this and it was delicious. I bought it already stuffed at the Vidalia Cajun market.

Debjani brought Mississippi Mud cake for our dessert. mmm, it was so good and moist that I ate all of our leftover, too lol

While I was setting the table, I remembered I had bought some plates from Sur la Table sometime last year that are shaped like a painter's palette.

I wanted to add something colorful too so out came the Spode Emma's Garland tea set.

This table was thrown together for less than 10 min. in between painting and cooking, so there is nothing fancy here.

I love the unusually shaped plates that are so perfect for the occasion.

I used an oval seagrass placemats and a sparkly glass green plate chargers.

No salad plates needed cause we only had rice and pork chops. Besides, I did not want to cover these unique plates.

We took a picture of the artist wannabes just before eating, lol.

Thanks a lot for stopping by. Please visit our hostessess too if you can.

I would like to link with the following lovely ladies:

Susan's Met. Monday for the transformation of the balloon plaques at

Sally's Blue Monday at
Mellow Yellow Monday at
Marty's Tabletop Tuesday at

Lady Katherine's Teatime Tuesday at

WandaLee and Pam's Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday at

Trish' Tea Party Tuesday at

Sherry's Open House Party Thursday at
Susan's Tablescape Thurs
Miss Spencer's Teacup Thursday at

Courtney's Feathered Nest Friday at

Sherry's Home Sweet Home Fri at

Thanks for hosting!


Blondie's Journal said...

This looks like so much fun! Both of your projects tuned out wonderful!

Your table looks so pretty...I love the plates from Sur la Table, one of my favorite shops! And your tea set is beautiful! The food looks delicious, too!

I'm so glad you had a break from all of your work! Debjani, too!


Unknown said...

I love both, however, yours' has more vibrant colorful...and, your table, as always is beautiful! You really are a great decorator...I love all your creations! Hugs

Kim, USA said...

The food for sure is yummy. And sure do the tea set make it more colorful. Happy Monday!

Finding Yellow & Blue

SmilingSally said...

You're so talented! I love those blues!

Happy Blue Monday, Christine.

Debbie said...

This is a perfectly perfect post. I loved the way you tied your art project right into your table. I love those palette plates. So cute!

Both of the balloons came out just adorable, too.

Of course, the whole time, I was coveting your chairs. I've probably seen them a dozen times before, but today I'm in chair mode. I love them.

Sweet Meanderings said...

What a beautiful table and what delicious looking food! Now I'm hungry - what shall I make for dinner!?

Dolores said...

Your table looks beautiful, I love the blues..... and the plates shaped like a pallet are perfect for your occasion.

Pretty artwork.....

Yummmmy..... the meal looks and sounds delicious!!!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

What a fun time you two had. Love your project and dinner sounds delicious.

Chubskulit Rose said...

Wish I have that artist in you Christine hehehe. I have no talent at all when it comes to arts.

Blue as can Be, hope you can join the giveaway.

Beth said...

Christine, Good job painting! The table looks great, especially the colorful tea set. I'd love a slice of the Mississippi mud cake; I've made it before but not for a long time. Good luck on the floor replacement. I know it has caused you a lot of hassle and work.
Hugs, Beth


Well, I know you're an artist my friend, I saw on a past post something so pretty and your balloon looks great! I also love your table, the palette plates are just perfect. All the flowers in the china is so happy and inviting. The food looks like it's so yummy! Have fun and relax. FABBY said...

Well of course I love your artist plates! Good job on your painted balloons. I think these plates were made for hooking your finger thru the hole and walking around with your plate- at a pool party for instance.They are great for a come and go party where you can eat and mingle at the same time.

Cindy said...

This is a perfect art project ending with an artsy table. Love those plates, the tea set was a good selection to set off the green fire king casserole dish. Wonderful of you to share and the food looks yummy. I don't think I have every had Mississippi Mud cake before, some day I'll get the recipe.

Ricki Treleaven said...

Your plaque turned out so nice! What a fun activity to go along with the festival.

I have to tell ya, Christine, that j'adore the cute little artist palette plates from Sur la Table!!! OMGoodness, they are the cutest things I have seen in a very long time! I would love to find some for our daughter and me.


Snap said...


You've done it again! Marvelous! You may not say *fancy*, but the table setting was perfect for your *arty* day! What fun! (I would have eaten the cake, too!) Happy Tea Day!

tracy said...

Hello Christine
What a feast for the eyes!!! I love your floral dishes, your table is setting is so beautiful...and I couldn't keep my eyes off you china cabinet in the back ground,all lovely!
Oh, and the food looks so scrumptious!

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hello Christine,
what a fun is this painting and you set the table perfect of this occasion. Love the palet plates. As always, you made a colorful table with lots of yummy treats.
Thank you for sharing.
best greetings, Johanna

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello Christine,
Those pallette plates are so fun! What fun to paint your projects together and then enjoy a meal and tea together. Sounds like a wonderful break you both had. Thanks so much for sharing this with us and enjoy your day.


The 2 Seasons said...

Oh my goodness I am now really hungry after seeing the pictures. Looks amazing and I am sure it all tasted amazing.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh Christine, you are always having so much fun. The painting with your friend sounds like a great time and your dinner looks delicious. Such a lovely tablesetting for the two of you. Dinner looks fabulous. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, marty

Debbiedoos said...

You are just amazingly talented and oh so colorful Christine! I love sur la Table, have a hard time walking out of there empty handed.

Janette - The2Seasons said...

Thanks for your comment on our "favorite things" post. If the vinegar and water don't work on your pool doors, try shampoo. That was recommended to me one time when I struggled to get water spots off of our shower door. It worked like a charm. Good luck.

Sarah said...

Looks like fun, Christine. Your tea set is full of color. Perfect for an artist!

Marlis said...

Christine.. love the plaques.. they are so pretty. what a great idea. Your table is wonderful and the plates are absolutely perfect for the day. xo marlis

A Hint of Home said...

Those plates are adorable! The dinner looks delicious!
Love the balloons on the plaques.
I just added a hot air balloon to a room redo.

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

What a fun idea...and I love the results! Your meal looks yummy. I have never had boudin, but I do love Cajun food. Your tablescape is so pretty! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

Chubby Chieque said...

Ha ha... love the wannabies the most.

It always comfy coming in here. Love every piece (again) ano fah?

Hope you & D, enjoyed your time.

Happy TTT.

Greetings from chilly Stockholm,

Join the Swedish giveaway till Sunday.

Sue said...

Oh how fun! I really regret that I have no talent in painting. I think it seems to be so relaxing and rewarding. I can barely draw a stick man. I love stuffed porkchops, we haven't had them in a long time. My Mississippi Mud Cake isn't a Bundt shape...I like that idea. Maybe she would share the recipe? Your plates are so perfect for the occasion!

Solange Belém said...

Hello, Crhistine! Your table looks beautiful! Yummy, yummy. :-)


lvroftiques said...

Christine that looks like so much fun! You two have the best time! I love the way your balloon painting turned out and lunch looked DELISH!! Those painters palettes are too darn cute! And so perfect for your luncheon *winks* Could you pass me a piece of that cake please?

Thanks for the info on the hardwoods. It's so nice to hear from someone who's doing it too. And thanks much for the link! Vanna

Olive said...

Christine, your oval plates are fun. That cake looks way too yummy. Have fun painting. Happy Thanksgiving ♥O

Jewel Sauls said...

Love your paintings ladies! And who else but you would have palette shaped plates? Perfect!!!! I love Emma's Garland too, especially the tea pot!

Marigene said...

What a fun day! Beautiful table, as always, Christine. Love the palette shaped plates.

Debjani said...

Our tribute to Mississippi that day was a good one! First with the balloons, commemorating the Great MS Balloon Race, and then the MS Mud Pie and of course, lunch for us Mississippians....with those awesome plates! Thanks for the fun day with music and mouth-watering great food!

Debjani said...

And thank you (Christine's friends) for all the nice compliments about our paintings!

Phyllis @Around the House said...

Love love those beautiful white plates, almost as much as I love those pork chops and that wonderful you set a great table and you can cook and paint....thanks for sharing your talents...

Anonymous said...

Hi Christine! Oh, this looks like fun! Your projects look wonderful!
Now I always love your tables - elegant and casual! Those are the cutest artist's plates! I love the Emma dishes!
Thanks for popping in and be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Anonymous said...

A beautiful table as always Christine! And your meal looks delicious!

Barb said...

Christine, the plaque is lovely. Isn't painting so relaxing?

Your table is wonderful and the plates are so unique. So colorful and welcoming, as always, dear Christine.

Barb ♥

Tablescapes By Diane said...

Hi lovely lady.
Your projects look wonderful Christine looks great.

Your table looks so pretty with your lovely plates so sweet.
Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my new Tablescape so sweet of you. I hope you have a great week with your family.
XXOO Diane

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I just LOVE the way you do things, Christine! The colors you chose, the way you put things together, is just so classy and charming.
How I love to look at the detail which is something that not everybody can do!

Kathleen said...

Looks like a fun afternoon, good break for you as you are so busy!
I love those plates, so different!
Pretty table, good friend, delicious food, a perfect 10!

Katherines Corner said...

very pretty! Hugs

Prettymom said...

indeed it's a fun afternoon, the photos are awesome as well. late visit for Mellow yellow Monday, mine is at, see you..

Alycia Nichols said...

I've never had boudin-stuffed pork chops. It sounds quite decadent!!! I may have to try it someday when I'm feeling risque! :-) I really like those floral plates, Christine. They look so happy!!! It looks like you have been a very busy lady. Have a great weekend!

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