Monday, September 9, 2013

The shimmering tree

When I was a child there was no air conditioning or insulation. we did not own a fan.When it was hot and humid my parents  slept down stairs .we were allowed to sleep on the floor in front of the screen door.There is always a breeze as we lived on a dead street not far from the river. I came from a large family so we crowded in front of the door. When we finally got positioned and we quieted down we could hear the sounds of night and watch the fireflies light up and try to count the stars. There was no traffic as most didn't have cars.We could hear the ships chugging up the river. They were coal fueled and they would come in to coal up and go through customs as many were from other countries.
Far away we could hear the trains from Canada. We could hear a dog bark and maybe a loon.  The gentle breeze would finally lull us to sleep.
I had a dream that night that inspired me to do this tablescape. I dreamed I was sitting under a beautiful tree in front of a bed of roses. I was very depressed and and was crying silently. I looked up at this beautiful tree and slowly a bright golden light decended down the tree and turned it into a golden shimmering tree. I was mismerized and thought how can this be. I warm feeling came over me and knew that everything was going to be alright. When I awoke I felt renewed.

This tablescape came about from this dream. I was at my favorite thrift store when I saw this shimmering tree all crushed up and looking sad. For 10 cents I thought I could use it for a fall table The next week I found some material with the same leaves.Was this a coincidence ? I had been worrying and feeling depressed so I knew someone was telling me everything will be alright.

The coloring in the table cloth I hemmed had odd shades and I literally searched my stash to find dishes to match, 

I used the brown napkins to show the dishes better. Light tan napkins under a clear brown plate.
amber goblets.The silverware is a lt. tan. I was surpised that I had  enough to do a tablescape

My bird which I love to use frequently were just the right colors. It sits in a candle holder. on a brown dish and filled with dry fillers.

Found the autumn leaf dish and had forgot I had the brown plates.
The bowl with the leaves is set on a pedestal.

I added the candle holders with the gold and green.
My sweet doll sitting under the shimmering tree to remind me to remember that life can be great if you only believe.


Richard Cottrell said...

I had such memories while reading this post. When I grew up on the farm, we had no fans or air conditioning. I had 5 brothers and we all slept on the 3rd floor of my family home. We had 3 iron beds all in a row. We had a porch roof right out side or window. W used to drag our matresses out there and sleep when it was hot. I guess we are lucky no one fell off. My mother would have yelled had she known we were put them on the dirty roof. Life was so different back then. If kids of now days only knew what life was like. might make for a better world again. Love your post. Richard and Sissy Dog

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Boy did that bring back memories. The kids now days have no idea about anything. All the care about is there cell phone,& ipads. What a shame. Yes sleeping on the floor was the only way to sleep in the summer if you wanted to have some air.
Have a great week.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Such a lovely post and such sweet memories too. Thanks so much for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

I'm glad you were able to turn your dream into a pretty Autumn tablescape! Thank you for sharing your memories and coming to tea with me. Have a lovely day.


Anonymous said...

Beautiful fall tablescape! I do remember those hot times, upstairs with no insulation and very little breeze. It made us stronger and I think better people to have to work and endure some hard times.

However, those hard times have made us hand everything to our children and now we are seeing the results of spoiling them. Where do we go from here?

tablescapesbybev said...

This table is gorgeous. What an inspiration! I'll pay more attention to my dreams.

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