Thursday, September 13, 2012

Dinner at Moose Lodge

It’s amazing the things one uncovers in the course of a move.  Unpacking boxes of items that have been stored away for so long is almost like Christmas.  I’m finding one adorable thing after another, each long forgotten, but now a welcome addition to our home as it continues to take shape.

This wonderful Moose Lodge cookie jar is something my mother gave me years ago.  Her guest room had a North Woods feel to it and this cookie jar, that was used to store small containers of toiletries for guests, was a great addition to the room.  But women change their minds and the North Woods theme gave way to something new.  In the changeover she had no idea what to do with the cookie jar so gave it to me.

Living in a 19th-century Victorian farmhouse as I did at the time, with rooms painted bold colors like French blue in the dining room, and port wine in the living room, this cookie jar just had no place, but I loved it, so boxed it up and stored it away.

Unboxing it the other day I was struck by how perfectly the colors go with the more calming, neutral shades of the new house.  Having not put together a new Tablescape in a while, this piece was my inspiration.

The trees were purchased at the same time as the cookie jar and from the same wonderful shop on Main Street in St. Charles, MO called Oak Tree Furniture that is long gone, I’m sorry to say.  My mother and I used to take monthly trips to Main Street to this shop specifically just to see what was new.  They always had a beautifully set table at the entry and, of course, we both wanted everything that was on it!

These placemats are favorites of mine and have been around for a long time.  They seem to replicate the log cabin look of the cookie jar.
The stones were at the base of a candle holder, so I liberated them and turned them into a little pathway into the woods.

I usually don’t pull out the acorn salt and pepper set until Thanksgiving, but I thought it went very well here.

Placemats – Pier 1
Napkins – Cost Plus World Market
Coffee cups – Restaurantware
Salad plates – Lotus-Metlox
Glasses – La Rochere
Soup bowls - Tender Heart

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  1. Love your woodsy tablescape! The placemats are fabulous and I love how you mixed in some moss and rocks too! Come link up to Centerpiece Wednesday and share your post with us.

  2. I love this woodsy Tablescape.Wish I was in a cabin in the woods right now. Denise

  3. This is darling. I love it when items have such a sweet story to accompany them! I especially love how you used the stones...

  4. So cute! Have a great week, Pattie

    PS Thank you for following Carole's Chatter

  5. Hi, Pattie! I tell just keep 'em comin'! All those fabulous recipes, and now this great table to boot! It pays to hold onto certain items, doesn't it! The lodge cookie jar was the impetus for a REALLY terrific table! I love what you've done here! Adding the little stones on the outside of the house to look like a stone walkway is pure genius! This is really terrific!

  6. Oh thank you Pattie!!! I was really craving one of your tablescapes and this one does not disappoint! I just love it.

    Thank you so much for sharing...

  7. Pattie~ What an ADORABLE piece Moose Lodge is! How fun to be able to enjoy it and use it after all these years and I love your rock & mossy path! Your soup bowls with the handles are wonderful!

  8. Love this post! Your pieces are charming and table looks wonderful. Isn't it nice to find the perfect spot for our Mothers' gifts and treasures.

  9. Your tablescape is beautiful! I love the placemats!!! The lodge is very cool! Thanks for sharing! I am a new follower of your blog and invite you to join mine as well, would love to see you there!

  10. That cookie jar is fabulous! In our house the cookie jar was Red Riding Hood or a tree with a bear climbing it, which my sister snagged! It looks great on her kitchen counter. Your table setting is wonderful--full of interesting things and very welcoming. Linda

  11. I can't tell you how MUCH i love this table! The Moose Lodge is dorable and I love the moss and rock path you created, so clever. The placemats are perfect and I love the bowls with the handles. It is all so pretty. We move in 2 weeks and I am sure I will come across things I have forgotten too!!!!!!!!!!! XO, Pinky

  12. I love this! Very unique , the cookie jar is great. The bowls with handles are fun!
    Thanks so much for sharing this at Let's Dish, so good to have you!

  13. So glad you found this cookie jar as inspiration for a wonderful table!! I love the was you used the moss, rocks and trees for a great cabin scene. The placemats just give it that woodsy feel I am liking so much!! Great table!

  14. What a great job you've done creating a woodsy feel to your table. What fun to rediscover forgotten treasures!

  15. Love that cookie jar. Cute table! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

  16. Well this is just precious! What a cute cookie jar and clever way to use it as a centerpiece. The plates, placemats and other pieces just add to the theme. You have given me new ideas for tablescapes now! Hugs, Linda

  17. What a creative centerpiece for your great table, Patti.


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