Thursday, October 11, 2012

Weaving a Web of Inspiration

Cuisine Kathleen's mischief makers 

are at it again, stirring up fun around Blogville,

while the Boulah Twins, Beaulah and Zoulah have 

been busy cooking up Halloween treats in the kitchens 

These three Kitchen Witches 

flew in to offer up a little tabletop inspiration.

Lean in a little closer, if you dare, 

to hear the details of a spider's lair.

While hats float up in midair,

Jack-o-lanterns glow and glare, and

Black cauldrons hold a lion's share.

"Come sit," said the spider,

"I'll weave you a web .   .   .

Of fine silky threads,

And set you a table uniquely spread!"

I often find store displays to be a good source for inspiration.

I snapped photos of this charming table last year.

It enticed me to go home with my own 

set of the spider web tidbit plates by Tag.

(Out of courtesy, always ask permission to take photos of store displays.)

Look for an upcoming post 

that will feature these arachnid plates. 



The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. Aha! I adore your arachnid plates. They are spooky, but classy! How fun. Those witches are great and I love the hats floating over the table! What a great display. Can't wait to see your fun plates in use!
    Thanks for the fun mention! I finally got a tablescape done. It has been tooo long!

  2. Really cute Sarah! I love that fun setting, the spiders are neat and the little present is wrapped so beautifully! Looking forward to seeing your web plates:@)

  3. Sarah~ I'm Bewitched! I love stores and catalogs for merchandising and inspiration! The hanging witch hats are such a fun touch~ especially the one upside down. I spent alot of my retail career balancing on ladders and tying monofilament :) Looking forward to your spinning a tablescape with your arachnid plates!


  4. you are very innovative in creating tables capes.yet an another one.very nice...:):)

  5. Sarah, what a fun tablescape you have found. The Kitchen Witches are great! Zoulah and Beaulah would love to sit at this table. I love those spiderweb plates, I would have been sorely tempted to buy them too. I have never thought of witch hats used in that way. Thank you for your mention of Zoulah. Joni

  6. You've reminded me that I need to let my witches out of the cabinet where they are probably getting good and moldy. What fun it is to come across a clever table that stimulates our thinking!

  7. Such a cute store display. I love the hats!

  8. What a fun display, Sarah! Great photos...Christine

  9. That spider plate really caught my eye! He is so cute, and I'm scared of spiders. LOL



  10. Those spider plates are fabulous! Wonderful post!

  11. I think I should snap some photos of tables I see while out shopping! Great inspiration! Love those plates and look forward to that table!
    hugs, Linda

  12. Now that will be something to look forward to!

  13. Oh my 4 little witches are going to be unable to fit their hats on, they will get big heads!
    I love those plates, I would have snatched them up too!
    Love the setting!
    Your poem was wonderful!
    Thanks so much for linking to Let's Dish, and featuring my little witches. They said to tell you the other witches need to get some dental implants or something. Talk about a bad mouth!
    They said it, not me! :)

  14. How fun! I love those witches! Store displays always put me into a trance...I'm so glad you were able to get some great pics! I'm looking forward to seeing your tablescape!


  15. Beautiful post Sarah! Love the witches and the tablescape with the witches hat is so fun! I just love fall...hope you are enjoying this lovely weather!
    Miss Bloomers

  16. Gotta love those plates! What delightful additions to the October decor. How clever to hang the hats.. Such a cute table, i am so glad you shared.. xo marlis

  17. How much fun! Love the witches,especially the one on the right. Great expression on her face. Looking forward to your post with the arachnid plates.

  18. Sarah,
    What a whimsical delight!!! Uniquely displayed witches hats!!! The tablescape is bewitching, as well! Thanks for sharing the SPOOKY side of Autumn!

  19. OMG, Sarah!! This is a fabulous and amazing tablescape with all those creepy people, lol!! The dishes are to die for! The presents are adorable, wow, fit for a magazine, someone should see this in the USA! The buckets are awesome too! Thank you for visiting my tablescape from last year. Big hugs,

  20. Ooh Sarah, I look forward to seeing your table setting with your spider web plates. Aren't they so cute??!!

  21. Hi Sarah!

    Love the poem! That store display is certainly an inspiration. Those dishes are delightful! They have inspired me to transform some black dishes I picked up at the GW.

    xoxo Bunny Jean

  22. This is just a fabulous table - I adore the spider web dishes!

  23. I love those floating hats! I would give my right arm to be a merchandiser at one of the major stores!!! No...wait! If I gave my right arm, I couldn't do the work. I take that back! :-) Beautiful display. I, too, look to store displays for inspiration. Sometimes I don't really want to go "shopping" per se, but just want to go out on an "inspiration run." It does a mind good! :-)

  24. Love those hats, up and down and every witch (um, which) way. So lucky for you to have stores with such amazing displays to close!

    - The Tablescaper

  25. O, I adore cute witches...the table is so fun and so cute. Love it all..

    Now...get your cute self in the kitchen and make that man of yours a Coconut Pie. :))

  26. I don't like spider webs, but those plates are very pretty!

    Are you going to do a tablescape with your little plates (like mine) from Home Goods? I hope I don't miss it, we are leaving Tuesday, be gone two weeks.

    Thanks for your visit!


  27. Oh I love the three witches Sarah, such inspiration for a Halloween post. I can't wait to see what you do with those spider web plates! Those hats are awesome......

    The French Hutch

  28. What a fun post, Sarah. I had to read your cute poem, and then go back through to look at the pictures. Now I want some witch hats to hang from the ceiling. And aren't those witches great! Can't wait to see your scape with the spider plates. You commented that I should save my stems for velvet pumpkins. (Yes, those are real pumpkins. I bought them at a roadside stand. The seller said that they were from an Amish farm, where the farmer goes out and twists the stems during the growing season, to give them strength and length. Our friend, Susie, makes my velvet pumpkins, and I've already told her that she will get these after T'giving. Hope I get another velvet pumpkin from her. laurie

  29. Bwa ha ha ha! How cute, Sarah! Now that store went all out on their decorating, didn't they? Cute little witches!
    Be a sweetie and have a great weekend,
    Shelia ;)

  30. So cute Sarah, glad you went shopping to share this Halloween decor with us.

  31. Looks great Sarah, store displays can be quite inspiring - the dishes are great! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  32. Nice post. I went through the post I found it very informative and useful. Thanks for sharing.

  33. Hi Sarah, I can see why you "had" to go home with those cute plates! And I can't wait to see what kind of magic you conjure up with them. I was recently snapping a photo in Pottery Barn of a table (with permission) and the sales clerk said "aren't these table silly? No one actually sets the table anymore." I don't think she was a blogger! :) I haven't been over to see Beulah and Zoulah yet but they are next on my list! Linda

  34. Sarah,
    I love the hats floating! How cute! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!


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