It’s time for the May edition of the Saturday Showcase – a once a month stop for all things home decor, crafts, DIY, and recipe inspiration from some of your (and my) favorite bloggers.
May was a busy, busy month for all of us, what with the end of the One Room Challenge and in our home, three (?!) birthdays, with subsequent parties that I still haven’t even had time to recover from not alone blog about! Busy months, however, mean lots and lots of inspiration for you. Scroll down for just a sample of all that we shared this month!
Come along as I take my mantel decor from Spring to Summer!
“I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.” —L.M. Montgomery, Anne of the Island
Anne Shirley Knows Everything
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been thinking along the same lines as Anne Shirley of late, wondering what it would be like to always be June. I’m ready for summer to arrive with it’s long, lazy, sultry days. I long for mornings with nowhere, in particular, to get to, and late dinners on the porch, listening to the cicadas chirp. I’m eager to sample fruity, dripping popsicles, to visit county fairs, and enjoy days swimming at the lake, basking in the sun.
I’m ready for summer to arrive with it’s long, lazy, sultry days. I long for mornings with nowhere, in particular, to get to, and late dinners on the porch, listening to the cicadas chirp. I’m eager to sample fruity, dripping popsicles, to visit county fairs, and enjoy days swimming at the lake, basking in the sun. I wish it were here.
It’s not time yet
We have a few more weeks before we get to June – it’s a busy time filled with more activities than I can count. I know it’s still May, and I see the date on the calendar, but try as I might keep my head in the here and now, my mind is firmly in June. The one bright spot to this? It may still technically be spring for a few more weeks, but that doesn’t mean my mantel has to say “spring”!
Lucky me, I’m teaming up with several of my blogging friends to bring you our Summer Mantel Decor. Lucky you, you’ll get oodles and oodles of mantel inspiration! Let’s get started.
I kept things super simple, adding pops of color and some of my favorite things.
In all truthfulness, I wouldn’t love an endless summer vacation – there will come a day in the next few months when I will be yearning for boots and sweaters. But that day isn’t today. Today, I’m with Anne.
“All in all, it was a never to be forgotten summer — one of those summers which come seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going — one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends and delightful doing, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.” —L.M. Montgomery, Anne’s House of Dreams
I’m looking forward to a fabulous memory- making summer! In the meantime, be sure to visit my friends for more inspiration!
This tropical table setting brings to life the exotic and favorite characters, the feelings of excitement, danger, romance and love conquering all that is Broadway’s, South Pacific. Transport your guests to another era and another place!
Here’s another bit of Knockitoffkim trivia – I’m a one-time stage actor. Yes, friends, I once held the lead role of “Snow White.” For weeks on end, rehearsed the perfect sob, for hours and hours at a time. Believe it when I say I nailed the forest scene where the flawed but kind Woodcutter leaves Snow White in the woods. But, the pivotal moment of my performance came when I, as Snow White, returned from the dead briefly to help my beloved dwarfs, raising my arms so they could carry me off the stage. #whosaysdeadgirlsdontdance.
All about the Show Tunes
These days, I spend a lot more time watching live theater than participating in it and have seen several productions, much more than once. My favorites include Cats, Wicked, Les Miserable, and Phantom of the Opera. I also have a bucket list of those I will see someday. On it? Hamilton. Duh. Also on that list, “South Pacific.” I’ve seen “South Pacific” in every digital way possible and almost every version made, but I’ve never seen it live. Some day, I will change that, and I will experience all of the romance, danger, and excitement first hand. I’ll be front and center, belting out “Wash that Man right outta my hair” and “Some Enchanted Evening”! As for today, I’ll have to settle for bringing the Broadway production to life through this fun tablescape. I created this table setting for the Broadway Tablescape Blog Hop, hosted by the dear Chloe at Celebrate & Decorate.
If you’ve never seen the play or the movie(s), first, fix that right now. Go on – watch it and come back.
Next, know it is the most romantic of love stories set in the South Pacific during World War II. Nellie, a self-proclaimed Cockeyed Optimist and Navy nurse, falls in love with a French Plantation owner with a shady past. “South Pacific” has it all – Excitement, glamor, palm trees, racism, and a passionate love. So, so much love. If that isn’t enough, “South Pacific” has Bloody Mary. Bloody Mary is a feisty Vietnamese woman, who’s broken English is made up entirely of dialogue she’s learned from the GI’s stationed there. You can imagine how colorful and expletive her language might be automatically making her one of my favorite characters. #Iloveagoodcussword.
She’s represented in this tablescape with her namesake cocktail – the Bloody Mary and the grass skirts she sells.
Based on a Book
“South Pacific” is based on James Michener’s 1946 Tales of the South Pacific. A quote from Tales of the South Pacific reads “I wish I could tell you about the South Pacific. The way it actually was. The endless ocean. The infinite specks of coral we called islands. Coconut palms nodding gracefully toward the ocean. Reefs upon which waves broke into spray, and inner lagoons, lovely beyond description. I wish I could tell you about the sweating jungle, the full moon rising behind the volcanoes, and the waiting. The waiting, the timeless, repetitive waiting.”
This “crate” started out life as an Amazon box. With a little added trim and a stencil a perfect prop for this tablescape is born!
Women in the 40s had the best hair accessories
“South Pacific” takes place in the 40s. Polka dots are always in style, but for some reason, the polka dot hair scarf reminds me of that era, hence the reason I added a polka dot scarf to my napkins.
A Much-loved Play that Transcends Time and Eras
“South Pacific” won 10 Tony Awards during its initial run in 1950 and another 7 for its first revival in 2008. It closed on August 22, 2010 – I’m waiting patiently for its return!
Although I won’t be crossing “South Pacific” off my bucket list anytime soon, I’ll hold out hope that someday there will be another revival. In the meantime, there’s always Hamilton.. and my acting career!