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Peace on Earth........

Edited to add: I did this one last Christmas but I enjoyed it so much I thought I would post it again. In fact, I need to just create it again...next week...after finals!

Peace on Earth.....Goodwill towards man.......

Quite by accident and without any planning whatsoever
did this week's tablescape come together.

I had an old map from the 1940's I had found in the trash several years ago. When we moved into this house I had the map framed in a simple frame. When I did my Christmas decorating, I moved the map into another room from where it usually is and I added a banner of gold glitter PEACE letters.

Then I borrowed another gold glitter PEACE sign from where it was 
doing its decorating job. (I guess that makes it a moon-lighting PEACE sign, huh?)
I brought in one of my globes for the center of the table.
(I used my round table since the earth is round. See the reasoning???)

My daughter Taylor had bought me a four-pack of these VERY cute glass ornaments she bought at Hob Lob for 50% off.  I had a semi-genius idea that they would make great place card holders.

Taylor also had a "Peace on Earth" rubber stamp that I used to dress up the place cards. It worked out perfectly! I used my red dishes (for the season) and threw in an aqua dish or two to match the maps and globes.

I had a bunch of cloth napkins I had bought at Dillard's this summer on clearance. The napkins had lots of small circles, so I threw them in, continuing with my round/circle theme.

I also have a bunch of aqua and red glass fishing globes that I scattered around the big globe. In case you can't tell, I added a string of lights to the inside of the wicker table as well. It made all the glitter and glass really sparkle.

For picture-taking purposes I pushed the table clear against the wall, trying to avoid all the glare from the windows. No matter what I did, I got glare from either the windows or the Christmas lights. So, go with me and act like I meant to have the light reflection everywhere!

I think the colors of the table are so bright and pretty. I love red and aqua separate and together.

See what I used to make my place cards?  Blue paint samples!!!!   We had a bunch of them here from another craft project and when I was getting out the 'peace on earth' stamp, I saw them and thought they would be perfect. I used a glue dot to stick on the place card to the glass ornament. I added the red shred after I had begun taking pictures. I think it is just what I needed to finish off the tablescape.

See all the circles? I love how the table came together without any planning. 
(Thank you Taylor for the ornament inspiration!)

My mom has a collection of small porcelain Santa Claus's that represent countries all over the world. They are only about four inches tall. I thought (if I were to ever be gifted them!!!)
that they would be perfect circling the entire globe.
Wouldn't that be cute?
I will have to suggest that to her!!!

So a map that was moved to a different room and a quad pack of new 
ornaments led to this cute little tablescape.
It was so much fun to pull together very quickly.

What a wonderful message for the Christmas season...and all through the year.
On earth.
Goodwill towards man.

I am linking this with Tablescape Thursday and Open House Party and Stone Gable


  1. I love the sentiment of the world globe on the table and the "Peace" sign. You can actually sit here and really think about Peace on Earth in a global way! Your paint card place markers are cute- crafty idea! I love the aqua plates that brought in the color from the globe! Great job!
    Merry Christmas!

  2. Love the globe! Your table is cool too. I love the ornaments too. A wonderful place to sit and enjoy! Merry Christmas. May you and yours be blessed! xo marlis

  3. What a wonderful Idea! The globe is so cute and how thoughtful to get those great ornaments. I hope we all have Peace and Comfort during this time of year! Happy Tablescaping! Pam

  4. You're killin' me with the creativity here!!! The paint sample place cards, the lights inside the round wicker table that simulates the shapee of the earth, the globe, the touch of aqua dishes to go with the globe...this is so neat!!! Peace to you and your family this Christmas season! You are off to a great start on the holidays!

  5. What a wonderful theme you have put together, I just love it!! Thank you for sharing!

    Merry Christmas!

  6. Anonymous12/15/2011

    Peace on Earth?

    Aren't humans amazing? They kill wildlife - birds, deer, all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers, groundhogs, mice and foxes by the million in order to protect their domestic animals and their feed.

    Then they kill domestic animals by the billion and eat them. This in turn kills people by the million, because eating all those animals leads to degenerative - and fatal - health conditions like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and cancer.

    So then humans spend billions of dollars torturing and killing millions more animals to look for cures for these diseases.

    Elsewhere, millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals.

    Meanwhile, few people recognize the absurdity of humans, who kill so easily and violently, and once a year send out cards praying for "Peace on Earth."

    ~Revised Preface to Old MacDonald's Factory Farm by C. David Coates~


    Anyone can break this cycle of violence! Everyone has the power to choose compassion! Please visit these websites to align your core values with life affirming choices: http://veganvideo.org & http://tryveg.com

  7. This has to be one of the most creative Christmas tables I have seen...the aqua and red go so nicely together...love your table and ingenuity!

  8. I love the whole concept, and I think your table came out wonderfully!

  9. I love your tablescape Lori! So creative. And, how smart to use paint chips as placecards!! love it.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

    p.s. thank you so much for leaving your calling card! I'm so happy to know that you are loving the paint colors!!


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