Feeling Crabby

We were Feeling Crabby :)

over Labor Day weekend~

I cast my net and reeled in stoneware

courtesy of Blue Crab Bay~

Buoys mark where we

place our crab traps~

And a galvanized bucket serves as our catch~

filled with a net, glass fishing floats,

rope and shells as a centerpiece.

Instead holding napkins, crab napkin rings

(Williams-Sonoma) are climbing

 buoys, glasses, and clinging to the net~

Glasses are fitted with woven

sea grass sleeves (HomeGoods)

and molt like crabs~

shedding their sleeves for washing :)

Rattan chargers have a gray wash (Target),

appearing sun-faded like dock boards,

adding texture and a nautical feeling~  

 Flatware, resembling rope (World Market)

is paired with soft beige

nautical striped napkins (Pottery Barn)~

I’ve been familiar with Blue Crab Bay products since my retail days, and was reacquainted with them through Claire Murray’s book, Women and the Sea, and the story of Blue Crab Bay founder, Pamela Barefoot~ yes, her real name :)

We caught seafood appetizer kits

from Blue Crab Bay~

making entertaining easy and delicious to hoist ashore!

Crab, clam, and shrimp dip kits come with a can of seafood, seasoning mix, and directions for adding cream cheese, sour cream or mayonnaise for a quick, flavorful, and crowd-pleasing appetizer!

 Tablescaping Tip #1~

If you don’t want to pull out the ironing board, or like me, hate to iron~ use Downy Wrinkle Releaser on your tablecloth, runner, or napkins.

Catch & Release the wrinkles by just spraying and smoothing the wrinkles with your hands!

Heavy wrinkles or creases may need a couple of applications~ quick & easy and no iron required!

Tip #2~

If you haven’t peeked in Kohl’s, they are a great source for dinnerware, flatware, and linens and brands like Mikasa, Fiestaware, Oneida, and Food Network brand! I usually stroll through once a week and found this tablecloth reduced from $34.99 to $6.99.

I had an additional 30 % off coupon

and Kohl’s Cash so it was free~

Free is always good if you’re Feeling Crabby :)

Thank you for your visit, I’m joining:

Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish!~

StoneGable for Tutorials Tips and Tidbits~

Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday~

2805 for Potpourri Friday~

Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday~

The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays~

  42 comments for “Feeling Crabby

  1. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    September 5, 2012 at 6:40 am

    Such a fun table Mary, I always love a nautical theme! Pretty napkin rings and I noticed the great tablecloth right away-super price!
    PS-I might just take you up on your Pimento Cheese dare:@)

  2. September 5, 2012 at 7:24 am

    oh, my gosh…..this could be the cutest post I’ve seen all summer. I love the product and these dishes are so unique and charming!
    Linda @ A Toile Tale

  3. September 5, 2012 at 7:36 am

    I love Kohl’s, but I do not get in there nearly as often as I should! I think your Feeling Crabby tablescape is too cute, Mary! LOVE the plates!

  4. September 5, 2012 at 7:37 am

    When it comes to your tables, it’s hard to pick a favorite, however, this one ranks high on my list and it doesn’t even have a quilt!

  5. September 5, 2012 at 7:37 am

    What a gorgeous table setting. I’ve long been a fan of Blue Crab Bay, my mother-in-law’s momma works for the company, actually! Am totally loving this new stoneware they’re offering too, have seen it at my local restaurant supply and have been eying it. Glad I found ya, will definitely be back!

  6. Deb In Georgia
    September 5, 2012 at 8:29 am

    So pretty…as they always are! I would love to see a pic of your storage where you keep all these dishes and accents. Must be a warehouse! ;-)

  7. September 5, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Love this! I live on Mobile Bay, where blue crabs are an everyday part of life.

  8. September 5, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Another awesome table of course, but I was jumping up and down when I read your tip about using Catch & Release for wrinkles ! When I iron things generally look worse, so can’t wait to try this!

  9. Linda Kemp
    September 5, 2012 at 9:52 am

    You are such a creative person and I love that you share all your tips with us. We are lucky.

  10. September 5, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Your Blue Crab tablescape brings back wonderful childhood memories of my sister, brother and I catching blue crabs off the jetty in the Florida Keys, where my aunt and uncle lived..we could catch buckets of them..so much fun and fond memories….so thanks Mary, for reminding me of those wonderful days in the Florida Keys with your gorgeous tablescape. Not only do you present us always with spectacular, creative tablescapes, but so many great recipes and tips for us to enjoy. I have a Kohl’s near me, but rarely go there…I need to do that upon your recommendation….and thanks for the heads up on the Downy wrinkle remover spray!!…great product. Have a wonderful day Mary!

  11. September 5, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Mary I love this table! You have the prettiest dishes and linens. I too have found some awesome markdowns at Kohl’s! Love the idea of the Downy wrinkle releaser! Hugs, Linda

  12. September 5, 2012 at 11:15 am

    What a great table, and thanks for the hint about the wrinkle release, I will definitely pick a bottle up next time I am shopping. xo

  13. September 5, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Mary, the Blue Crab stoneware is charming with its rope border and beautiful blues. The crabs and nautical details make a perfect centerpiece. Thanks for the tips. I’ll have to stop in Kohls and also pick up a bottle of the Downy. I’ve already put it on the shopping list! ;-)
    Fun table, Mary. Glad you were feeling crabby. LOL

  14. September 5, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Nothing wrong with feeling crabby when the result is this fun table! Love the centerpiece – and everything else! I love the way you tie everything together…

  15. September 5, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    I use the Downy Wrinkle release ALL the time, it is fabulous. I also take a small travel bottle when I go somewhere. It sure doesn’t LOOK like you were crabby, the table is beautiful as always. Your narrative is always so imaginative, you could have a second career as a writer! I love that FREE tablecloth but never seem to have good luck at Kohl’s for some reason. Maybe I don’t go often enough. Is there a better day to go by any chance do you know? Thanks for another inspiring table. XO, Pinky

  16. September 5, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    You create like you breathe all the time in such a delightful way. You really have an eye to catch the bargains, put them all together in a pretty, fun and interesting way. Also, to pass on those great tips like the Downy Wrinkle release spray. I must look for that.

  17. September 5, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Your crabby table is fabulous Mary!

    I use wrinkle release whenever possible.:-)

  18. September 5, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Great table, so nautical. Amazing plates, just beautiful.

    – The Tablescaper

  19. September 5, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    What a pretty, nautical table, Mary! The dips sound delish. I love your tips, too. I need to get some of that wrinkle release as I’m an iron hater, too.

  20. September 5, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Mary, this tablescape is just fantastic. Love the crab dinnerware, the tablecloth, the floats, everything! Since we moved inland, I’m really missing my crab. And one of my favorite things to eat is soft shell crab. Thanks for sharing your tip about the Downy product. I had not seen it, but I will be on a mission to find some. I don’t iron much since I retired!

  21. Debbie@Mountain Breaths
    September 5, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Such a great table Mary. I am very fond of the nautical theme! Twenty years ago, I bought a t-shirt at a crab shack in Florida that said “Don’t Worry….Be Crabby”. Love the crab plates and napkin rings! Your tablecloth was a real bargain ;o)

  22. September 5, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Get outta here! This is great!!! Perfectly balanced! I have never been crabbing before (is that even the correct term?), but this would be a great enticement! Since that is stoneware, does that automatically make those blue stone crabs? :-) I love the design, and I love the little matching bowls for the dips! I have heard about that Downy wrinkle releasing formula, but I have never tried it. I think I’ll pick up a bottle to try out just for kicks. I don’t mind ironing when I’m at home with lots of good stuff on the DVR to catch up on, but I can still think of several instances where it would come in very handy! I haven’t ever really shopped much at Kohl’s except for Ramon’s work clothes. (Such good prices that I don’t freak out so much when he comes home with blood or Betadine on them!) Every time I peeked in the home department, the prices seemed exorbitant to me. With all the discounts and coupons, though, it’s definitely worth it!!!!!!! Thanks for that tip!

  23. September 6, 2012 at 7:53 am

    I did a crab table this week too… and yours is beautiful. I never thought about the Downy wrinkle bottle but will definately try it out.

    You have inspired me to go to Kohl’s and look for some bargains.


  24. September 6, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Just gorgeous!

  25. September 6, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    That’s a pretty darn cute way to be crabby! Thanks so much for the tip on the wrinkle release. Wish I would have know about it before ironing my tablecloth for last weekend’s birthday party! Gotta get some!

    Love your new potting shed below!!!

  26. FABBY
    September 6, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    This is awesome!! Your table is perfect for “crabbing”, lol..if it is a word indeed, otherwise it’s funny, heheheheeehhiii I’m swooning with those dishes, all the pieces are adorable and very pretty too. Wow, such a well balanced sea side tablescape.Tks. for the tip on the wrinkle release, I’ll have to get one. Happy weekend and happy TT.

  27. September 7, 2012 at 3:53 am

    Your feeling crabby tablescape is a delight for your readers! It’s gorgeous!
    I’ve heard of the sir name “Barefoot”. I went to school with the Barefoot sisters (in Texas). I think it is an American Indian name, and they were Indian decent.

  28. September 7, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Love the tablescape and the tip! beautiful photos!

  29. September 8, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    Fabulous, I love those plates! I have never seen that china. What a great table and the food looks delicious!
    I don’t have a Kohls near,it is an hour away. I have ordered off their web site when they have good sales!
    Great job, Mary!

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  31. Peggy Thal
    July 12, 2013 at 6:34 am

    Your crabby table is just gorgeous! Love the great dishes in a beautiful blue and the silver crabs. Just a perfect and fun table. Thank you.

  32. Tami Koury
    July 12, 2013 at 6:56 am

    Looking at your photos are just beautiful…my crabby addiction started with the pontoon setting….love blues and whites with a touch of red!! You have a beautiful blog and I enjoying getting the updates weekly.

  33. Tami Koury
    July 12, 2013 at 6:57 am

    I posted your site on my Facebook, I’m sure lots of my friends will love it too!

  34. Marilyn
    July 12, 2013 at 7:18 am

    I feel crabby!

  35. Marilyn
    July 12, 2013 at 7:20 am

    I follow your bolg and love it…especially your tablescapes!

  36. July 12, 2013 at 9:48 am

    OMG, I love the textures and colors of this table–not to mention the design. Love it! Feeling VERY crabby!! :) ~Zuni

  37. Brenda
    July 12, 2013 at 11:16 am

    What a lovely website! I’m so glad a friend shared it with me!

  38. judi
    July 12, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Judi, Love the website. Your crab table scape is great. Makes me feel ESPECIALLY CRABBY.

  39. July 13, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    I love your table settings and the Blue Crab Bay products they all make me feel Especially Crabby! Love your website and look forward to your posts.

  40. Sue
    July 17, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    This is my idea of the perfect tablescape! I love everything about it. I have been taking a break from doing table settings and you inspire me to dig out my seashell dishes, add my turquoise floats and some beach glass and make my table look pretty again. I would love to have been a guest at this table. You have a great eye for detail.

  41. Denise
    July 18, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    I feel especially crabby this week, and maybe Kohl’s (and some sleep) will help me feel better – a little retail therapy – and a sunset cocktail on a beautiful boat wouldn’t hurt either!

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