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Homemaking Week in the Life | The Art of the Tablecloth

Welcome to a new Homemaking Week in the Life. Today we are spotlighting the tablecloth. We use tablecloths on both our kitchen table, as well as our dining room table. The kitchen table is new and has a beautiful wood top. I would be inclined to show the top, however, my children are still young and have spills, smudges, and all around messiness at dinner time. I know that the table will end up with food crusted in the grooves, which is hard to get out and unsightly. So we top the tablec with a plastic protective layer that easily wipes off spills.

On top of that, I will place a pretty tablecloth. Sometimes I will also put cloth or rattan placemats on top (this is a wonderful layering technique I learned from my mother-in-law who has the best taste in interior design). Beautifully laid tables are all about the layers. And a bouquet makes the whole table look so inviting.

I like to make each tablecloth last all day, if possible, so I have tactics of how I keep it neat with my younger children. The baby is still in a high chair, but my four-year-old will get extra napkins under his placemat if we are having a messy meal (as you will see in today's video).

While I use tablecloths to protect the table in the kitchen, I use them to cover the unsightliness of our dining room table. That table has seen better days and the top is scratched and damaged from years of use. A tablecloth covers this elegantly.

The Tablecloth
Each morning it awaits the bustle;
Each night it is restored to right.
Doing the duty of a work horse;
In unassuming blue and white.

We gather round the table;
No less than three times a day.
It’s wiped and ruffled and straightened—
And topped with a bouquet.

- Jennifer L. Scott

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⚜️ Home
Floral tablecloth
checked tablecloth
jacquard tablecloth
Plastic table cover
Rattan placemats
Rattan placemat 6-pack
Turkish towel set

Laundry Detergent Hiketron (Mambo Man is my favorite, followed by Royal Linen) JENNY25 for 25% off (first-time customers)
e-cloth (mop & microfiber cloths)
Grove Collaborative (natural cleaning products)
Laundry racks

Instant Pot
Dessert dishes
Copper measuring cups
Cake dome
Vitamix blender

Lipstick A'DEL Natural Cosmetics in Nude
Jade roller

⚜️ Style
Half striped apron
French apron
Nail polish Londontown Vendetta JenniferS for 25% off
Pom Pom Slippers
Mott & Bow dark denim JLS10 for 10% off
Mott & Bow white denim JLS10 for 10% off
Blouses from Loft
SKYE Risette dress (blue) code Jennifer20 for 20% off
Pearl Earrings SKYE Jennifer20 for 20% off SKYE
Rachelyn Jewelry (pink earrings)

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Comment of the Week
Kim H. writes, "I do this periodically. .. I call it "use it up! " week. I challenge myself to only buying what I absolutely must from the store (eggs, bananas, etc) and then get creative to try to empty the fridge, freezer and pantry. It's always fun to see how creative I can get. Your fish pasta looked really good!"

Hi Kim, my favorite part about cooking is the creativity involved. Because I never have all of the ingredients for any given recipe, I enjoy improvising. Cooking is forgiving with experimentation, whereas baking is not. Thanks for your comment!

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1 comment:

Pola said...

Hi Jennifer, how fun to read your poem and see it synchronized beautifully with the video scene, so poetic :) I like those typed films of yours very much and can see a lot of effort goes into your productions, also the music you chose is so pretty and peaceful, thank you for sharing.