Blooming Thursday: Books and Flowers


My book club meets once a month with each of us taking turns as host.  Tonight was my turn, and the first time in a few years that it landed on a warm, August night.  Awesome!  I couldn’t wait to play host in the garden.

I spent part of the morning shopping for food, sweeping and washing the patio and then I went really crazy and took out the iron!  I don’t know what came over me.  Probably that ironing post on Boomdeeada. I ironed the cloth napkins, a fabric remnant for the sideboard, and the tablecloth.

Tie-dyed tablecloth and garden flowers

Tie-dyed tablecloth compliments the garden flowers

The tablecloth wasn’t a tablecloth at all before today, but a piece of muslin, recently tie-dyed purple and originally intended to re-cover a folding screen. That’s a long story for another post, but now it’s a tablecloth. As my head filled with details of candles, flowers and other little niceties that make hosting fun, it occurred to me that I might have enough fabric left over from recovering my swing in early May to repair the screen.  The remnants were for making swing cushion covers, but covering the screen would be more interesting.  Would I have enough?

Amazingly, I had exactly what I needed with just a small square of fabric left over.  I used fabric trim to cover the side board, a splashy pink against the subtle green.  Really, I should have my head examined for tackling this project today. What was the rush?

Candles on Sideboard

Leftover pink trim makes the perfect sideboard cover

Three smashed bottles of tacky-glue later, the screen was 90% complete.  I’ll post pictures tomorrow.

I rolled up the used newspaper, put away my tools, vacuumed the rug and jumped into the shower with 40 minutes to spare.

The evening came together nicely.  It’s great seeing friends and discussing books. Our pick this month was The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver, described as

  “a story about love and friendship, abandonment and belonging, and the discovery of surprising resources in apparently empty places.”

Thumbs up for the book! Thumbs up for the Bookettes, too. Thumbs down for the crazy gardener who still thinks she can do it all.

Book Club Friends

The Bookettes


17 thoughts on “Blooming Thursday: Books and Flowers

  1. Books, flowers and friendship .. a perfect combination. Our bookclub recently read ‘Small Wonder’ by Barbara Kingsolver. It is a collection of short stories written in the wake of September 11, 20 1. Hope you get an much enjoyment out of your bookclub as I certainly do from the lovely people I share with each month! 🙂


  2. O, I guess I left a message on the photo. How did that happen? Well I was just going to say “thanks for the Pingback” not the “Pinkback” ha, I guess I was dazzled by your side table.


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