Monday, August 25, 2014

Oh The Places You'll Go Little One


I was raised in a home that encouraged imagination, creativity, and the encouragement to live out my dreams.  During the evenings, all five of us would curl up in bed with our Mother, and she would read us one of the many children's books she had collected throughout her travels.  Some were the classic fairytales that most children grew up with, and others were unique stories from other countries.
My little mind would always wonder off into the wonderful worlds of these books and dream about the many lands and adventures that I would go on when I got older.  The popular book "Oh The Places You'll Go" inspired this classy Art Deco tablescape, that brings a childhood imagination to life into the setting of adulthood.
This tablescape was done up with a classy black, white, and gold color scheme.  A very popular combination these days,  but it has also always been a favorite of mine.  I love that it has a timeless look about it, with its void of color.   I wanted it to be a simple, classy, tablescape that has a whimsical feel about it, without being to chaotic with color.
The animals add that classy fanciful feel of childhood, that bring back memories of the circus, and travels to foreign lands. All the animals were purchased at Gatehouse No. 1. They will be used in a up-coming post, featuring a more literal version of the circus, and another favorite children's book. 
The books stacked in the middle represent a flavor of some of my favorite childhood books. Each photo represented in the background was chosen to resemble a different childhood book from my life, and how these books were able to come to life through me in my travels.  (Which I will expand upon a little later.)


The shadow puppets represent my favorite childhood fairytales. These stories took me to far away lands where a Princess and Prince met and feel instantly in love, Fairy Godmothers granted all of your wishes with a swoop of a wand, and where the evil villain never wins.
The shadow puppets created a playful feel to these white goblets, but can be used in many different ways. These darling shadow puppets are from Anthropologie.  They will be featured in a later post, with some other ideas that you can use them for.

The tablecloths were gathered with a striped burlap ribbon, and placed with a vintage lion button, and then safety pinned on.  I don't sew, so do not stress its very easy to do!
I had all these wonderful images from my travels printed by Shutterfly.  They did an exceptional job for this project, and I cant wait to have my favorites made into some colorful wall art for my bedroom and living room by them.  I will post pictures when I get them done!
From the time I was little, I have been obsessed with hot air balloons.  The vintage/French styled hot air balloons were shown in many books and paintings throughout my life.  Someday if I get the chance, this will be a theme for my child's nursery, but until then... its my tablescape!  I just had to have an excuse to create them!
My Mom and I made these balloons to create the illusion of travel and movement throughout the tablescape.  I will be posting a tutorial on them soon!


THE ORIGINAL PHOTOS
I wasn't able to use all of the ones I printed in the background, but I choose a few of my favorites.  
Paris, France
The Book:
Snow White and The Red Rose By: Philomel
Chez Republic
The Book:
The Prince and The Mermaid
By Ian Deuchar
Budapest
The Book:
Rapunzel By:The Grimm Brothers
Paris, France
The Book:
Madeline
By: Ludwig Bemelmans
Latvia
The Book:
The Sleeping Beauty in The Woods
By:Charles Perrault
St. Petersburg, Russia
Book: It Could Always Be Worse
By:Margot Zemach
St. Petersburg, Russia

Estonia
This reminded me on Pinocchio 

Denmark-Hans Christian Anderson Statue of The Little Mermaid-
The Book the above one.


Norway
Doesn't this look like the perfect setting for a Christmas Book?

Stone Henge, England
The Book:
Young Guinevere
By: San Souci/Henterly
Hawaii
The Book:
The Barefoot Book of Goddesses
By: Kris Waldherr
Italy
The Book:
The White Cat
By: San Souci/Spirin
Venice Italy

Verona, Italy
The Book:
Romeo and Juliet 
By: Shakespeare
*Not all books end happily

Cambridge, England
The Book:
Alice In Wonderland
By Lewis Carroll
*This is a all time favorite of mine.  The book featured in my tablescape was given to me by my Grandmother, and has been a treasured item in my life.  My grandma also took the opposite side of this picture, and hand painted it for me as a cherished painting in my home.  This book alone, inspired this entire blog post.*

Holland
The Book:
The Trouble with Trolls
By: Van Brett

Chez Republic
Tam Lin
By: Yolen/Mikolaycak
*This book is set in Scotland, but since I have never been YET, this will have to do.
Paris, France
The Book:
The Canary Prince
By: Nones
Paris, France

Paris, France

If you would like to learn more about each of the children's books, my sister has started a blog and is reviewing all of the following books on her blog.  Click here for the link.

Here are all the original photos that were all taken by me, during some of my many travels throughout my life.  Please do not use them without my permission. Cheers

All tableware is from ZGallerie, and Striped fabric is from IKEA.  We just pinned and cut them.  Stayed tuned for more tutorials on the Hot Air Balloons, Circus Animals, and the Shadow puppets!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

I'm On INSTAGRAM


If you ask me, my favorite app on my iphone is INSTAGRAM.  I have enjoyed my personal one and will now start a new account for this blog that will be open to the public. This new account will feature past blog posts, new blog posts, behind the scenes tips, recipes, interior design, and my travels. Follow me and I promise to bring some imagination and beauty to your day.

Instagram handle: a_little_cuppa_tea

Cheers,

Rachel

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Pretty In Pink

My darling niece turned 2 this December!  We decided to throw her a "Pretty In Pink" party based off of my Pink Christmas Tree.  (Yes, I am just now blogging this, it's been a crazy year so far!) Working full time, we didn't have enough time to cook so we visited all the local bakeries and bought pink items. The Birthday cake was from: Top- Cupcake Chic
                                                         Bottom- Magleby's Fresh 
Peppermint Pink Cookies- Smart Cookie
Raspberry Mini Cake- Dippidee 
These are my all time favorite cookies. They are pink sugar cookies from- The Slurp
The Eclairs are from- Schmidt's Pastry Cottage
Donuts from- Beyond Glaze
Strawberry Vanilla Cupcakes from- Cupcake Chic
This is an overall look of the party, with little pink gift baskets, and a darling pink Christmas tree.
Darling fairy garland that we found, and darling one of a kind ornaments from- The Gatehouse No. 1
 One of her presents was a mini pink wing back chair just for her, and plenty of presents to spoil her!
The birthday song was sang twice to her, because she loved it so much. Pink candles and pink flames, and plenty of presents to spoil her rotten! Family and friends giving her all the attention a girl could ask for. Along with a darling outfit from Janie and Jacks. What more could a two year old ask for!