I had a little Friendly Village table top inspiration
in December while shopping at T.J. Maxx.
These little houses and churches with their stone exteriors and snowy rooftops,
were two aisles over from Johnson Brothers Friendly Village School House plates.
I’ve always been drawn to the pattern’s English engravings of the snow-covered village and old school-house.
The pastoral scenes are framed with a leaf-and-branch pattern around the ironstone rims.
Sensing T.J. Maxx would frown upon a disruption in the bustling Christmas shopping
going on around me, my ‘inner merchandiser’ resisted the urge to rearrange
four shelves to move the little stone houses two aisles over,
and next to the dishes to become a complete snowy village.
I had a friend tell me,
‘You can take the girl out of retail,
but not the retail out of the girl’ :)
So I did the next best thing, I brought them home so they
could form a friendly village together on a table.
Glass blocks from Lowe’s give the houses a little elevation and
provide a surface for sprinkling rock salt for a snowy landscape.
A brown matelasse coverlet is layered with a jute runner for additional texture
and in an effort to make the rock salt/ice removal a little easier. :)
Woven grapevine chargers are layered with wreaths with icy branches,
found at Hobby Lobby on clearance in December. . .
adding some rustic and woodland countryside charm and texture.
And snowy goblets were purchased during a flurry of shopping from Kohl’s in December.
Friendly Village Details:
Johnson Brothers Friendly Village Dishes & Village houses/ T.J. Maxx
Jute runner, napkins, & woven chargers/ Pottery Barn
Icy wreath chargers/ Hobby Lobby
Brown matelasse coverlet/ Bed, Bath & Beyond
Snow is a rare occurrence in the Southern Piedmont of North Carolina,
but I’m keeping my fingers crossed for
a few real snowflakes this winter!