Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

July 29, 2010

If Our Table Could Talk


If our table could talk it would have so many tales to tell.

Stories when it's been just the four of us, or when we've been visited by friends, first bites, tantrums and exasperation and trial & error, taxes all laid out, morning newspapers, weekend waffles, so many cups of coffee & OJ.

If our table could talk yesterday's story would be one of creation & friendship.



My friend Paolo came down for the day as he sometimes does and I decided we were going to have an art day. I'm still riding a wave of inspiration from a couple weekend's ago at the beach.

I've known Paolo now for over 20 years. I consider him a part of my family. You might have seen him in some of my scrapbook pages:


He's come down for the Coburg Antique Fair.


He's come down for the day and we took Polaroids.


He's traveled with me to events in the US.


He's traveled with me to events abroad (he works for an airline which makes this sort of travel possible).


Most of the time when we get together these days we do something creative whether it's taking photos or making collages or just talking about living lives infused with creativity.

If our table could talk it would tell you that yesterday we painted with wax (following a bunch of Claudine's tips from her Beeswaz Collage DVD), adhered old patterns picked up from Goodwill with gel medium, painted over the top, etc.


If our table could talk it would tell you how excited we were to have Anna come home from the beach and join us at the table.

She began with crayons, moved on to water painting with a foam brush, and then on to some of Tim's paint dabbers. Katie made up some brightly colored finger paints but really she only wanted whatever it was that was in my hand at the moment (and she really wanted to squeeze the paint onto her paper).

If our table could talk it would tell you just how excited I was that she might have an interest in this sort of play.


If our table could talk I think it would say that good stuff happened here yesterday. A friendship was nurtured and cherished. Canvases were created. Little kids made messes and giggled and chased Paolo around with swords.

If our table could talk I think it would say, "Again, please."


  • 1.
    pidgen said…

    When I have my own home, THAT’s the kind of table I’m wanting to have! Loved this post! :)

  • 2.

    What a beautiful post. I love that you have friendships that foster creativity.

  • 3.
    Jenell said…

    Ali, you have such a way with words . . . simple thoughts that develop into a story where I want to read more and more. Just thinking about our kitchen table and what has occurred there for 34 years now, 3 kids and now a grandchild later. If my kitchen table could talk . . . love the idea!

  • 4.
    Suzette said…

    love this post, Ali! You are pure inspiration.

  • 5.
    Paulette said…

    I love that you have such a friend Ali…my wish is for everyone to experience at least one of those very special relationships :o ) Thanks for sharing xo

  • 6.
    Barb M. said…

    Thank you for such great example of story. This was a pleasure to read. The canvases are amazing and so is your friendship. Anna is beyond sweet.

  • 7.
    Carolyn E said…

    If my table could talk right now, it’s saying that we need to sit more at it instead of using it as a landing strip for stuff. To get back to what we used to do, eating, crafting, playing cards and more there.
    …thank you for this post Ali, going to clean it off.

  • 8.
    Jill D said…

    My mom gave me the 100+ year old table that was in her family farmhouse. We craft on it every other Friday night. We eat on it. We use it for cooking overflow. We pile things on it, take stuff off, and start again. It needs to be refinished and fixed because it’s really wiggly but it has 100 years of stories that it could tell, 100 years. That AMAZES me!

  • 9.
    Sue P. said…

    Ali, thank you for making the everyday profound. i so appreciate your prespective and the way your thoughts touch my soul! Thanks again

  • 10.
    Heather I said…

    This is a beautiful post – and a scrapbook page (maybe a mini??) in the future!! God Bless.

  • 11.
    deb said…

    I love that. Anna’s gotten so big. She’s darling.

  • 12.
    Peg said…

    How wild…I was digging through older stuff on your blog not long ago (can’t even remember what I was doing honestly) and had thought “I wonder where her friend Paolo has been” and boom, here’s a lovely, lovely post all about a day with Paulo. So glad you had a wonderful day worth repeating over and over. How fun will it be if Anna has a passion for all this arty goodness??

  • 13.
    tara pakosta said…

    so sweet!!!
    I hope anna loves art just like you
    so you can create TOGETHER!!!
    Anna reminds me so MUCH of my daughter Ava when she was that age! it’s uncanny reallY!

  • 14.

    Love this. Creating in community is always wonderful…and so many good things happen around the table.
    I’ll have to think about what my table would say!

  • 15.
    Steff said…

    You could be writing about/showing MY table! Love it. I think it’s so hard sometimes in our present to remember we are creating memories for our future. Time is really a strange thing…

  • 16.
    karlalala said…

    Hi Paolo!!

  • 17.
    Amanda C said…

    Ahh, so fun to have creative friends and kids to share with! Love the story of your yesterday. Awesomeness!

  • 18.
    WEndy High said…

    So awesome and inspiring Ali! I love reading your posts and thinking about how easy it is for you to blog with such great ideas and flow! I hope one day I can do that! Thanks!

  • 19.
    Karen G said…

    I LOVE this idea! Love the idea of telling family stories by way of a much loved and/or used piece of furniture or other inanimate object. So many ‘things’ are more than just ‘things’ (and one reason why we hold on to them for long periods of time) and they do indeed have stories to share! :>
    (Anna looks adorable getting her creativity on! My heart smiles when I see my kidlets spark their own create love! :>)

  • 20.
    heidig said…

    Great post! Would love to see the finished version of those canvases. They look really cool!

  • 21.
    Bonnie said…

    I love reading your posts!

  • 22.
    amy tangerine said…

    mmm, warms my heart to get creative with a friend. and absolutely loving the pattern paper on the canvases. swoon

  • 23.
    ale said…

    love this post, ali. love the way you tell your stories.
    thank you for sharing them with us.

  • 24.
    Tania said…

    Oh, that’s the best post I’ve read in weeks, anywhere. Thank you for sharing your incredible spirit with people Ali, it is appreciated!

  • 25.
    Kaly said…

    Love this beautiful story! I always enjoy your posts and stories. Thank you!

  • 26.
    Katie Pegher said…

    Ali my dear. What a way with words you have. One of the main reasons I read daily is the “love” I feel reading. You may not realize it. But you are one of my “cyber BFF’s!” You, Cathy Z., Pioneer Woman, and Jasmine Star. Keep it up girls.

  • 27.
    Mary Rogers said…

    LOVE THIS!!! so fabulous ali!

  • 28.
    Jeanne M said…

    My grandmother has moved to a nursing home, but we’ve kept her home as well. (Her father built it and she was born there.) When she visits the house, she likes to sweep the front step, shuffle papers, look at pictures. She always stops at the dining room table and says, “oh, if this table could talk, the stories it would tell.” Thanks for reminding me of all the good memories around Grandma’s table – and inspiring me to make new ones around my table as well.

  • 29.
    Linda Lynch said…

    Awwwwe. too cute is that baby. Wondering where you got the stamps of pattern prints?

  • 30.
    Lisa said…

    Awesome that Anna enjoyed ‘art day’ with you and Paolo, as well! Would love to see a photo of Paolo & Simon at ‘sword play’! Looks like you had an inspired, wonderful, creative day. Can’t wait to see the finished products!!

  • 31.
    Heather said…

    I love love LOVE this post! Had to share it on FB and Twitter too because it really has inspired me. I need to go create something NOW!!

  • 32.
    Melissa said…

    What a great post and beautifully written. We often have some project going on our big table – puzzles, games, research for a paper, photo organization, gifts to wrap, etc. I just might have to do a blog post or scrapbook page about our table soon!

  • 33.
    Helen said…

    Oh, wow, I wish I could write like you!
    I met Paolo at an event an he is a great guy. How wonderful that you two are friends!

  • 34.
    Diana said…

    I love the whole “If our table could talk” concept!

  • 35.
    nerdgrl said…

    Oh, Lordy, would I love to have your journaling prowess. What a great post!

  • 36.

    Hey there! I am somewhat new to your website. I am a traditional scrapbooker and don’t plan to transfer to the digital format anytime soon. With that being said, do you have a layout sketch book that you provide or sale online? I think your layouts are beautiful, creative and simple…just my style. Please advise :-)

  • 37.
    Debbie said…

    Hi Ali, this post is very touching. I love the concept of the story. You are brilliant with words. Anna is adorable.

  • 38.
    Tina said…

    What a sweet post Ali! Loved it! And loved the sentiment of hoping Anna will share some of your interests; hope the same of my Ella.

  • 39.
    yngla said…

    Love the pattern art! I will so make this for my sewing room!

  • 40.
    Rebecca said…

    This post brings tears to my eyes – so sweet. And it inspires me to write a similar story of the things done on my table!

  • 41.
    Carla said…

    This post is pure art. Poem.
    And you both are very lucky to have each other as friend.
    Paolo is great (Inspired 2010 showed me)

  • 42.
    Lisa said…

    Ali, this post is so inspiring! I can’t wait until the end of the day when there are baby dolls on the sofa, books on the footstool, and toys everywhere. I am going to borrow this idea and take a picture of the room and write about “If this room could talk”. You are amazing! Thanks!

  • 43.
    Susan said…

    How wonderful that Anna is already showing an interest! My great-niece (age 4) was with me for Camp Sue-Sue, and every morning after breakfast (and Dora) she announced that it was “time to do art”…and we did!

  • 44.
    dawn said…

    This is so sweet Ali!! Love seeing Anna and bright eyes and smile so happy to be with her mama!! I love that you are always creating and inpspiring everyone. How do you ever find the time though?? I just got back from a week vacation and loved checking your blog for your new posts. They were all so fun and sweet especially the weekend with Simon. Love the way you journal how you feel for everything.

  • 45.
    kirsten said…

    oh how i love this post – you have inspired me!!

  • 46.
    Jane said…

    What a lovely story. I’m so glad Anna came to your family. The four of you are such a great mix!

  • 47.
    anna said…

    isn’t Paolo GREAT!!! such a genuine, sincere and encouraging person. i only met him at inspired in 2009, but a year later he sees me, knows my name and has a big hug ready. he is good people.

  • 48.
    Marilyn623 said…

    Not an original comment, but from my heart: I wish I could think and express myself the way you do! Thanks for the inspiration to be creative!

  • 49.
    Andrea said…

    Always inspired by you and your work! Thank you so much!

  • 50.
    Lisa said…

    I love this! It’s wonderful to hear about your special friendship, but the picture and story of Anna just knocks my socks off. I love to give Colin crayons and chalk, but I thought he was maybe too young for paint. I bought a package of finger paints but haven’t tried it yet. Tonight I am going to dig out my paper and we are going to have art night!

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