Garden Art forum: Fall place card idea

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Name: Larry Rettig
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LarryR
Nov 18, 2011 9:07 PM CST
My family is getting together in the morning for a pre-Thanksgiving brunch to draw names for Christmas. I was at the super market this afternoon, getting fruit and nuts for a cornucopia, when I came across a display of free gourds. I picked out six and worked them into the arrangement below. Very simple. I used a saw-tooth knife to cut a slit in the rind of each gourd to hold the place card. The card itself is a snippet from an illustration I found on the Web. The leaves with the gourds are left overs from an old fall arrangement. So it cost me nothing except the paper and ink for the cards.

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Sharon
Nov 18, 2011 9:15 PM CST
Very nicely put together, Larry!
Great idea. Free gourds. Hmmmmmm. . .

I hope y'all have a wonderful gathering.
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Name: Becky (Boo)
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Boopaints
Nov 19, 2011 12:26 AM CST

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Larry these are so creative! I love this idea that will make your table all the more inviting. Big Grin
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Name: Sheila F
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Sheila_FW
Nov 19, 2011 6:21 AM CST
May have to do this for my Thanksgiving table so adorable. Thumbs up
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SongofJoy
Nov 19, 2011 6:23 AM CST
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Name: Larry Rettig
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LarryR
Nov 19, 2011 1:11 PM CST
Thanks, all! I tip my hat to you. Brunch went very well. We had a salad of mixed fruit, ham pie, hash browns, and cinnamon-pecan rolls. For dessert, Wilma made Russian Creme with raspberry sauce and I decorated some sugar cookies with a turkey stencil I made from a clip art image.

Wilma was in charge of the name drawing. She took small gift tags, wrote a name on each, folded it in half, and stuck it in a big pine cone. We had to do several rounds of drawings, because people kept drawing their own names. Smiling
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Robynznest
Nov 19, 2011 5:37 PM CST
Great ideas Larry. The placecards are fantastic. I need to delve into my clip art a little more. I love the free gourds too, our local fruit and vege market had big crates full that were free. I got quite a few of them to dry and paint for snowmen next year. Has anyone dried gourds a quick way?
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Name: Larry Rettig
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LarryR
Nov 19, 2011 9:22 PM CST
Many thanks, Robin! I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Becky (Boo)
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Boopaints
Nov 19, 2011 10:13 PM CST

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Sounds like you all had a very fun day! I love it when people go the extra mile to make parties, even small family ones, special!
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Name: Vicki
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vic
Nov 20, 2011 9:28 AM CST

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Late to the party here Whistling but your table is/was beautiful Larry and the menu sounds yummy Thumbs up
Name: Sheila F
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Sheila_FW
Nov 20, 2011 7:41 PM CST
This is not exactly like yours but inspired by the idea. I found these pumpkins and leaves at WM today and packs of place cards. They are made to stand with the leaves at the bottom, but I will flip them to insert the edge in the pumpkins!
Name: Sheila F
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Sheila_FW
Nov 20, 2011 7:54 PM CST

Picture might help!
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Name: Larry Rettig
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LarryR
Nov 21, 2011 12:45 AM CST
Thanks, Becky and Vicki!

Sheila! Those pumpkins look even better than the gourds. Great idea! Thumbs up
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Name: Vicki
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vic
Nov 21, 2011 1:51 PM CST

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Very nice Sheila - be sure to show us a picture of your table Hurray! Thumbs up
Name: Sheila F
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Sheila_FW
Nov 21, 2011 5:55 PM CST
Well since there won't be much else on the tables, here is the colors and place card. I printed names on a parchment paper and cut out with the fancy edge sissors.
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Name: Sharon
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Sharon
Nov 21, 2011 6:24 PM CST
Very pretty, Sheila. I love fall colors.
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Name: Vicki
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vic
Nov 21, 2011 7:58 PM CST

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Very nice Thumbs up
Name: Sheila F
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Sheila_FW
Nov 22, 2011 2:14 AM CST
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bsavage
Nov 22, 2011 2:29 PM CST
Great ideas!

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