Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Inspired By Yo-Yos



More often than not my vintage tablecloths are the inspiration for my tablescapes.  The cues come from the graphics and/or the color scheme of the tablecloth.  Today's tablescape is different in that the inspiration came from my Grandmother's yo-yo pillow.  Look at the tiny little prints used for the yo-yos.  Each yo-yo is just about 1½ inches in diameter. The pillow is probably about 80 years old and it led me to today's tablescape.
Grandma's Yo-Yo Pillow took 64 Yo-yos, that's how many!
Next came the flatware, again the mix of multiple colors and prints.
And January roses from my garden.  They are not happy campers with temps
in the high 30s F, but aren't they little troopers?
Puffy little stuffed bow napkin rings with a tiny print,
and a tablescape came together.
Afternoon tea on a chilly day.
Vintage linen tablecloth, with an embroidered corner detail and hand crocheted edging.
Lovely French knots.





















Tablecloth - vintage
Flatware by Present Time
Napkins, tea pot, sugar, creamer, rose vase, chickens - Home Goods
Votives and topiaries - Michael's
Glassware - Pier 1
White china - "Medallion" by Rosenthal, my wedding china
Cookie tray and luncheon plates - vintage depression glass
Clear glass plates - "Manhattan"
Berry bowls - vintage German
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The Yo-Yo was a popular style of hand sewing in America from the 1920-40s. Yo-Yos are circles of fabric gathered up at the edges and sewn together to create a three-dimensional effect. Yo-Yo projects were popular because women could carry the little circles of fabric with them and make Yo-Yos whenever they had a free moment.

Fresh new ideas for Yo-Yo Projects from Country Living, are these just too cute?



Photography by Joseph De Leo
Yo-Yo Projects from Country Living


Thanks so much for coming by to check out what's on The Little Round Table!


I'm joining all these wonderful linky parties!
This week's letter is "M" How MANY Yo-yos does it take to make this pillow?
There are MANY of them!  Get it? "M" is for How many?

60 comments:

  1. So very pretty, Candy! I love the mixed flatware and dish patterns, and the fleur de lis server is especially nice. Happy Tablescape Thursday!

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  2. I LOVE the Yoyo pillow! What beautiful fabrics!

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  3. How nice to see these vibrant floral colors in winter. Thanks for the boost! La

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  4. Love it that a Sewing Heirloom was the inspiration for this tablescape. How fun to use so many different patterns in the flatware with the embroidery and patterned dishes. Very creative and inspirationa....as always!

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  5. Candy, what a fun table of mixing it up. It all looks so fresh and delightful. I'd love to be sitting at this table for a cup of tea. This post is full of creative ideas! ~ Sarah

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  6. I lost count of the number of times I said "wow" as I scrolled down the page. Simply amazing!

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  7. Candy,
    You are mixing it up this week. That is what I called my tablescape. I think you mixed up more than I did. I just love the flatware! It is so fun. I really like this table. Something so unique about vintage items that they do all go together so well. Just beautiful!

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  8. Everything looks so lovely. Your table is beautiful as always.

    Jocelyn
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

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  9. What a happy little table! I just love how you mixed all the flatwre! This is a table I would love to sit down at. Everyone must be happy who sits at your colorful table!!!!
    I enjoy sewing by hand, and have always thought that it would be fun to make yo-yo's.
    I am leaving smiling!
    Yvonne

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  10. How special to have your Grandmother's pillow! Roses in Jan, can't imagine..oh well makes me appreciate mine more in April when they begin blooming

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  11. Your grandmother's pillow is amazing. I love the vintage patterns myself. Using many different patterns of flatware is pretty cool. Great table.

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  12. How I love yo yo's! This is one amazing table, for all the colors come together beautifully!Love the table cloth! As Always love the Chickens in the background!

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  13. Now how darling is that? I love the yo yo pillow and it looks so bright and cheerful -- like it's brand new. What an amazing collection of flatware and how wonderful it looks mixed and matched on your table!

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  14. I love your table and I love yo yos. The pillow is beautiful and a great inspirational piece. What a great idea to use the multiple colored flatware. The whole table is so lively.
    CareyAnn

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  15. Oh, Candy I love this! Love the yo yos and that embroidered tablecloth is lovely! Love how your explained your inspiration.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  16. Love the youyou...I have always wanted to make a yoyo quilt...maybe someday. Lovely!

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  17. Love the YOYOs. Your table is beautiful and to think it was inspired by little yoyos.

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  18. I always love coming by your place to view the newest table scape! The idea for the yo-yo's on the shoes is perfect for the tennies I just bought that are too drab. Have a blessed week.

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  19. So pretty.....loved it all! great ideas for yoyos too! Happy VTT

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  20. You are amazing. All the patterns and colors combine so well to make a wonderful table top!

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  21. I love how you get inspired by so many things :) It's really amazing how your tablescapes look so incredibly beautiful and organized! I really love that tablecloth you shared with us. It's so beautiful and so simple since it's white but that embroidery is enough of an embellishment to make the whole table look perfect :)

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  22. Hi Candy,
    that is so abolutely fresh, beautiful and springy. I love to see it at the time, all is grey and foggy here. Thank you for that fun.
    Greetings, Johanna

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  23. What a gorgeous and creative tablescape. I love it. Love the yo-yo projects, too. Great post! Happy VTT.

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  24. Love Yo-Yo's! Inspired by the way you mixed all the flatware too! All is so cheery and most inviting! Excellent job:)

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  25. What a fun table. I love the mismatched flatware.

    =)

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  26. Hi Candy,
    Your tablescape is so happy and whimsical! I love it! Lovely white tea set! The big rooster is a handsome fellow and your decor is just so appealing to me especially this time of year right after the holidays when all the glitter and sparkle has been put to rest for another year. I'm so happy you've joined me for Tea Time Tuesday. New friends are always welcome! Have a lovely day.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  27. Absolutely stunning table. Love & drool your pink depression dishes.

    Happy TS...

    Greetings from chilly Stockholm,
    /chie

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  28. Thanks so much for all your lovely comments on my little flight of fancy! It really was happenstance that it all came together like this. I was doing some winter cleaning of linens and decided to wash the cover to my Grandma's pillow. I had always been a little wary of washing it with the fabrics used being so old. But I went ahead and did a quick hot Oxyclean dip and it really did brighten the colors considerably. New poly fill and a qick stitch up .... Grandma would be pleased!

    Again thanks so much for stopping by to see my tablescape and I hope to see you all again very soon.

    Candy

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  29. You did a beautiful job! I love it all. Wasn't that nice that your Grandma made the pillow and that you ended up with it and shared it with all of us in such a special way? You make me want to make a yo-yo pillow.

    Thanks

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  30. I see a pretty pillow and you see a gorgeous tablescape. What a talent.

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  31. So much FUN. I love yo-yo's, and I LOVE the mix-matching on your table!
    Some of those dishes are just plain fun, while others are grandly gorgeous. Great combinations!
    Happy VTT!

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  32. What a fun table! I love how you mixed it all up Candy! Your Grandmother's yo-yo pillow is wonderful! I also like the embroidered tablecloth.

    ~ Tracy

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  33. Oooooh, can I come to tea at your house?! Everything looks so bright and cheery and cozy! I love that pillow. Being a non sewer, I can only imagine the man hours involved in making it. Just wonderful. Happy VTT!

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  34. All the touches here are wonderful. In fact, I can't even tell you what I like best, but anything with yoyos is special, and the flatware...well, like I said I can't pick a favorite when I like so much.

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  35. Wow! Loved this post. Everything looks so colorful in this dreary season.

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  36. Soo coool!! Everything old is new again. this is such a clever use of fabric yo yos. Love the vintage pillow. So nice that you still have this treasure to enjoy. Such a beautiful tablescape you have made with this theme. It is so colorful and fun. Thanks sharing your beautiful work. Hugs, Ginger

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  37. The Yo-Yo pillow is adorable. And your tablescape is inspired! Great job.

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  38. This is a great post...so many vintage items and your table is so pretty!

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  39. Thank you all for coming by for tea at The Little Round Table! It was fun to put together with something old, something new and all mixed together to make something that made me feel comfortable and cozy. Hope to see you all again very soon.

    Candy

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  40. What a lovely table! Absolutely love the tablecloth and yo-yo pillow. Happy New Year!

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  41. Thanks Charlotte, I'm glad you enjoyed your stop here at The Little Round Table. :-)

    Candy

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  42. Oh My goodness! What a darling table!!!!!!!!! I love it allll! :) You did a really beautiful job of mixing and making it all work. Thank you soooo much for participating in Fresh-cut Friday! I really appreciate it! :)

    ~Liz

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  43. I tried making yo-yos once. It didn't end well... hahaha!

    I love your Grandma's pillow though and think it made a great inspiration piece.

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  44. Very nice table, I love everything in your house !
    J'adore...

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  45. Beautiful tablescape!! Everything is so pretty- and just love your kitchen every time I see it! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

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  46. Of all the tablescapes that I've seen, I honestly believe this is one of my very favorites! All the darling prints and colors are just adorable. I love yo-yos. I have a few vintage pillows, so this really speaks to me.
    Thanks so much for linking up with VIF!
    hugs,
    Debra

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  47. Only you could mix that much pattern and color and have it work perfectly! I love the yoyo's on that sweater. I have a whole box of them...I'm going to drag them out and try it...super, super charming!

    Thanks for a magnificent link to the letter M.

    This was a wonderful visit today for Alphabe-Thursday.

    A+

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  48. This is absolutely wonderful. The way you mixed the patterns is amazing.
    Such a wonderful post Candy!

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  49. Beautiful and inviting! Thank for sharing your yo-yo pillow...love it!

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  50. Beautiful and cheerful. All your dishes are gorgeous.

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  51. Thanks so much ladies! I am always amazed when a particular tablescape is a "homerun." We all have our own style and so many varied ways of making our homes reflect our personal outlook on life, yet this very traditional table with just a little quirky element seems to appeal to a broad spectrum of design inclinations. :-)

    Candy

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  52. Candy...I am a huge fan of yo-yo's and all-things mismatched! Loving your pillow and the flatware BUT my favorite is that embroidered table cloth....gorgeous!!

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  53. I really like the yo yo inspiration. The silverware is perfect!

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  54. Oh Candy, what a treasure that pillow is, and it's in such great condition! What an amazing array of flatware patterns, and so much fun to see them all used on the same table. I can't believe you still have roses in your garden. They look so pretty. I just love hand stitching on table linens, and this one is so pretty. Thank you for linking to Favorite Things. laurie

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  55. Thanks Gail, Kim and Laurie! I'm amazed at how many people have a soft spot for yo-yos. :-) I think they harken back to a simpler time and in today's world those simpler times hold a great deal of appeal.

    Hope to see you all again very soon,
    Candy

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  56. That is your home? OH MY GOSH! It's gorgeous!!! Just gorgeous! You are very talented in putting a table together!!
    :)

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  57. Thanks for your lovely comment and I hope to see you again soon here on The Little Round Table.

    Candy

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