“A wise old owl sat on an oak; The more he saw the less he spoke; The less he spoke the more he heard; Why aren’t we like that wise old bird?”
Now, there is novel concept - you actually learn more by listening, than speaking - hahaha! In truth, I have heard this many times previously, but I still have problems with turning off my mouth and turning on my ears. What is the other saying - oh, I remember, "We all have two ears and one mouth for a reason"!!! I guess that most of us need a little reminder about that...
I used to collect owls many years ago, so when my granddaughter saw these owl plates on our recent trip to Florida together and insisted that I buy them, I was both amused and delighted!
I had no idea what I would do with them, but how could I resist that adorable face??? Somehow, I always manage to find great things at Old Time Pottery in Destin, when I am at the beach.
I thought that I might save the plates for Halloween, but I started thinking that they could be used for any Fall table. Looking for items that might look cute with the plates, I came across some placemats and napkins that I have had for a very long time. I cannot remember where I purchased them, but it was probably somewhere like T J Maxx or Tuesday Morning.
The placemats and napkins are orange with stripes of different fall colors. I decided to use rattan chargers and wooden beaded napkin rings, because I thought they would look good with the brown in the linens.
Orange Waechtersbach "Fun Factory" dinner plates and black salad plates were, also, used with the owl on top. The black "salad" plates are in the "Fun Factory" line, but are really large saucers for the jumbo mugs. They do not look like saucers (no indention for the cup), but that is what the label on the bottom read. All of the Waechtersbach plates were purchased at Tuesday Morning at different times.
The footed ice tea glasses are Colony "Whitehall" in the amber color. Colony made these glasses in many different colors, as did Fostoria with their similar "American" line.
The green flatware is from World Market. I think almost all of the tablescapers out there in blogland have some of these pieces. I certainly wish that I had more!
I made the centerpiece by using some faux mums that I had purchase on my trip to OTP and added a mosaic votive holder that I already owned. To elevate the votive holder, I used a glass candle stick underneath.
Then, I just surrounded the candlestick with the mums. I knew that Dollar Tree candlestick would come in handy some day, when I bought it!
I could not resist taking this somewhat "spooky" shot of the owl, even though it is not Halloween, yet:
I hope you are getting in the mood for all of the fun Fall and Halloween activities and I hope that you will learn a lesson from the wise old owl - listen more and speak less. As for me, I am still a work in progress!!!
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