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Start with everyday white dishes, and then layer on these temporary designs inspired by Blue Willow, a centuries-old Oriental dishware pattern. Traditionally executed in cobalt blue, red, or brown, transferware takes a modern spin with updated silhouettes and bold color combinations.
Temporary vinyl cutouts add a stylish twist to this classic teapot. The trick is to use peel-and-stick signmaking vinyl. When picking which pieces to embellish, look for elegant shapes in solid colors.
Start with a basic white linen runner, and jazz it up with designs made from signmaking vinyl. (The designs will last through the party but not through the wash.) Measure four equidistant points on each end of the runner, and insert white grommets according to the manufacturer's instructions. Hang prisms from the eyelets.
This no-sew project takes about 15 minutes to make.
-- Begin with a purchased pillow and place mat, two frog closures, assorted beads, crafts glue, scissors, straight pins, and thread to match the place mat.
-- Cut the place mat in half, and position the uncut edge 1 inch from the right center-front of the pillow, pinning to hold in place.
-- Wrap the place mat to the back, and fold under the cut edge.
-- Stitch or glue along the front and back edges to secure.
--Repeat with the other half of the place mat, placing it 1 inch from the left center-front of the pillow.
-- Position the frog closures, close them, and glue in place.
-- Glue decorative beads to the closures as shown.
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