Book club and Spring DIY Designer Plates….

blog 9Remember when  made my DIY Designer polka dot plates?….here….well I’ve decided to go at it again! I’m addicted to this easy-peasy plate knock-off! For just a few dollars I can actually match my plates to my linens.  What did we ever do before Mod Podge? Today I am sharing our book club lunch, unfortunately only two of us could make it, with summer starting schedules are in over-drive!

The book this month is a “Poolside / Lakeside” reader…..Nantucket by Nan Rossiter. Here is a little intro from the New York times…..

” A tender, moving story of rekindled passion, set amidst the timeless beauty of Nantucket………”

……Over twenty-five years ago, Liam Tate and Acadia McCormick Knox fell in love. It was summer on Nantucket, and seventeen-year-old Liam knew that wealthy, college-bound Cadie was way out of league for a local boy who restored boats for a living. Yet the two became inseparable, seizing every chance to slip away in Liam’s runabout to secluded spots, far from the world that was trying to keep them apart.  After Cadie returned home to New York and discovered she was pregnant, her parents crushed any hope of communicating with the boy she’  left behind. Unanswered letters and calls couldn’t change Liam’s heart, but over the years he’s settled into a simple, solitary life in his rambling beachfront house. Now he’s learned that Cadie is returning to Nantucket for the opening of her son’s art show. Over a weekend of revelations and poignant memories, Cadie and Liam have an opportunity to confront the difference time can make, the truths that never alter, and the bittersweet second chances that arrive just in time to steer a heart back home………”

Well, we now have our read for the month, so lets have lunch on my new DIY plates.  I always try to match the color scheme to the book we are reading…this month it is summery yellow and blue. I took my set of plain glass dishes and turned them into my tablescape…..Fabric is from Walmart and the glass plates from the Dollar Store. An added plus to this is that when your done just peel off the fabric from the plates and wash them in soapy hot water and your ready for your next set!  The pieces I peeled off now look like oil-cloth, so I’m making a raincoat ensemble for my granddaughters American Girl doll….including an umbrella from the yellow dessert plate, perfect size! I am sure you can come up with many uses for these pieces of fabric.
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Once we finished our book review we moved on to my latest copy of Cottage Journal….I love this magazine and all its counterparts from Hoffman Media.
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My napkins and placemats are coordinating fabric by Waverly….and the blue & white check is from Concord Fabrics…
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The menu:

Lemonade Sangria
Gazpacho – I have tried so many but my favorite is from The Pioneer Woman……recipe here….
Cesar Salad
cesaer salad
Lobster rolls – best recipe is from Ina the Barefoot Contessa…..recipe here

Well, another Book club Lunch…..a few more laughs, a laundry list of summer events we promise to attend, shopping sprees we need and a few surprises’ for the others…..

Here’s to the start of a wonderful summer……

Country Hugs,

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  1. Cute idea to mod podge the plates! – Love the fabric choice

    • I love the fabric too! I am sorry I didn’t buy more of it when I had the chance!
      thanks for stopping by Patti……please visit again……


  2. Lois,
    From the book, to the shared recipe links, it all looks so good!
    Thanks for the inspiration

  3. Hi Lois,
    this is my first time to come across your blog and I sure enjoyed my visit. Loved this place setting with the blue,
    yellow and white, also love the mix of the blue gingham with the lovely waverly floral, and what a great idea
    to be able to use the fabric on the clear plate, great idea.
    It was such a lovely coordinated look and just beautiful…………
    Have to make sure to get a summer cottage journal, didn’t think they would be out yet!! one of my fav magazines
    too. all your food looked yummy as well.
    Blessings, and Happy June to you.

    • Thanks Nellie! I so love my cottage Journal, and give the DIY plates a will be hooked! Have a wonderful weekend and please visit again!


  4. I have a book club and I love to decorate for our meetings. This tablescape and its coordinating decor is so adorable. I particularly like the little buttons used as the napkin rings. CUTE!
    Michelle from

    • Hi Michelle……I was hoping someone would notice my buttons! I thought they may have gotten lost with all the colors going on! Please stop by anytime, have a great weekend…


  5. Hi Lois,
    Love your idea of using fabric & Mod Podge! What a great way to coordinate your table! I also loved the cute big buttons as napkin holders! I made a note to self, as I was looking at your pictures. Great post! I will be back!
    Blessings My Friend,

    • Hi Sweet Lady Elaine!
      Thanks for visiting…I’m addicted to Mod Podge… there anything it can’t do? I hope you have a wonderful day…please visit again, lots planned…

  6. Loved your plate combinations and the lovely colors. Thank you for partying with us at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop!

  7. Your plates are so cute…great idea to reuse it for the granddaughter’s doll. Waverly has beautiful fabrics.
    The menu sounds delicious!
    Enjoy the weekend.

  8. love the blog all things tablescape, recipes and books thanks for sharing have a great weekend

    • Hi Lorraine – thanks for stopping by…please visit again, I have lots planned for the summer!
      Have a wonderful day……


  9. Lois, these DIY Designer Plates are amazing and beautiful! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features today at The Round-Up from the Before & After party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link so you can check out your feature. Hope to see at Before & After Wednesday tomorrow! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

    • Thank you so much Kathryn! I just love my plates and have become a bit addicted to it! especially due to getting bored quickly with dinnerware, and I don’t know where I would put it all! lol!

      Will be visiting today… The Dedicated House!

      Thanks again!

  10. Your plates are so pretty! I love blue and yellow together.

    • Thanks Pamela……blue and yellow are one of my favorite combo’s……today I’m working on a black/yellow/white tablescape…..check back later!


  11. Hi Lois! The Weekly Feature Series is live on the blog where you are being showcased. Pop on over and take a look when you have time. Have a lovely weekend! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

    • Thank you so much Kathryn, I’ve tried to post a comment on your blog but it won’t take it…..I’ve emailed you. Loved everyone’s creativity on your blog! Sooo many idea’s…..I hope everyone visits your blog,……You will all love it!


  12. Thank you for stopping over!


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