Tuesday, February 2, 2021

BE MY VALENTINE

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Welcome, to a Valentine's Tablescape Blog Hop with 21 table stylists sponsored by Chloe Crabtree @Celebrate and Decorate. You will enjoy a variety of styles so be sure to click on the links provided at the end of this post. Show them some love and leave a comment.
For me, blog hops have given me an outlet to get to know other bloggers with similar interests and learn from them. Thank you Chloe, for keeping this going for the last four years. We appreciate you!






I am so glad you joined me today. Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays. In today's world we need a little respite from the world's woes, so escape with me today and enjoy all the beauty and creativity found in all the tablescapes.
My table began with some mercury glass hearts from a friend and I found this etched heart you see in this picture in Texas. I placed them in sherbert glasses nestled in pink and red M&M's.
 The ruffled velvet placemats I recently bought from Crown Linen Designs. The monogrammed napkins and table runner are also by Crown Linen Designs. I was so blessed to win them in the Monday Morning Blooms Holiday giveaway sponsored by Crown Linen Designs and Arte Italica. If you missed that post you can find out all about it here. I love their linens and their service is first-rate. 




The centerpiece of camellias is from my garden. It includes about six varieties. I placed the flowers in an oasis that had previously been soaked in water. If you have a question about the different varieties please ask in the comments. I would love to share that information with you.
 My Valentine table last year also included camellias and red transferware. It was titled Love Letters~Air Mail. You can view it here.


This layering of plates includes a base plate of Johnson Brothers 'Historic America of Boston' transferware, made in England. The salad plate is my wedding china, 'Platinum Renaissance' by Franciscan, and the top plate a bread and butter size is a Currier and Ives print of 'Hudson River -Crow Nest' made in the USA by Homer Laughlin.
The etched crystal sherbert glass holding the heart and candy was my mother's and I cherish it. The Lindor strawberries and cream truffles are melt in your mouth delicious.

I placed the silverware in the french style.  Betty Lou Phillips, the author of many french design books explained it this way, " Unlike other cultures, the tines of forks face down- resting on the table cloth- a custom some say developed to undercut the fork's ability to snag ruffled lace sleeves." 

The etched crystal is Meadow Rose by Fostoria. I always loved it growing up when my mother used it for special occasions. She married in 1945 so it is an old pattern. 
I love the pattern on the heart and you can see it in this photo well.


At this place setting, there are a few differences. The bottom plate is 'Home Sweet Home' from Currier and Ives prints made in the U.S.A. by Homer Laughlin. The top plate is made by TST Co in the U.S.A. I had four of these small plates and luckily had two of the Currier and Ives transferware bread and butter plates to make six place settings. 
The etched sherbert glass with candle wicking around the bottom is  'Boopie' by Anchor Hocking and I was lucky to find it among my dishes. I had five of my mother's Meadow Rose and  I needed six for this table. I like mixing patterns because it adds needed texture and variety and it all worked out. 


The container for the flowers was a wedding present that was fun to use since I had enough camellias. It takes a lot of blossoms for a bowl this size.  I counted twenty-five blossoms.
I also realize it is not advised to have an overhead light on when taking photos but it was a cloudy day and my house is on a wooded lot so it was necessary.


You may remember the red wine glasses from my last post. I tried using other glasses and the red ones still look the best. See that post here.

In this place setting, there is one pink and one silver mercury glass heart in the sherbert glass that a friend brought me from the Nashville Antique and Garden Show. I was delighted to use them in the other four sherbert glasses too. I think mercury glass is so pretty.

I used different plate patterns but all had the same color red that coordinates or do you call it pink? It is fun to start designing a table and have enough dishes that work. I have had these dishes for years and haven't used them since my last house. They were in a plate grouping around a painting in my previous kitchen.  I collected enough for that area never knowing that in another ten years I would be designing tablescapes for a blog and would use them in another way.


 


I love the ambiance of candlelight and used assorted sizes of votives and silver and crystal candlesticks on top of a mirrored table runner. 
I don't know if you have noticed or not but I layered greenery on the runner in a number of the pictures.  Then, the light ran out on me and I wasn't able to finish photographing the table. The next day I decided I liked the table better without the greenery. 
In this picture, you can see I used a floral plate instead of transferware. 


I'm going to give you something to chuckle about! I wonder if you would notice if I didn't point it out. Camellias don't last very long and some of the blossoms were older than others so I put the arrangement in the refrigerator overnight. I should have taken it out several hours before photographing.


Can you see the bowl is a little frosty? I was disappointed and time ran out again so I am admitting my mistake and here is the photo to learn from.  It would have been a much prettier photo with a shiny bright silver bowl!


Thank you for joining me today. I will answer your comment in the comment section below so please check back.

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!❤️❤️❤️ FEBRUARY 14TH!

Friday, January 22, 2021

A Year in Review

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2020 Tablescapes

It's fun to look back and see your year of tablescapes. It's funny that you forget your own tables. Blogging is a wonderful way of journaling your life activities. At the bottom of my blog header, there are categories that take you directly to blogs pertaining to various topics. 


To review my tablescapes click on tablescapes and scroll through the pictures. You can see the entire blog post by clicking on the name of each post. 

I'm also looking back on my participation in #underthisclochetuesday on Instagram. Here is the year in pictures.


Vignettes are fun to create with what you have to tell a story under your cloche.

There are two cloches in this vignette. Can you find them?
The demitasse china cups came from Switzerland except for the one on the bottom. It was bought at an antique shop in Florida.

This little blue and white vase spoke to me and I had to buy it. It was perfect for Under this cloche Tuesday.
You have to look closely for the small cloche in front of the gardenias. Can you tell what is under the cloche?
Flags are in a blue and white vase under a tall cloche for the Fourth of July.

Aren't sunflowers happy? Under the bell-shaped cloche is a small vase with one single sunflower in a small blue vase.
Toleware pitchers and watering cans come together in this vignette as vases for flowers, and one is featured under the cloche.
This chalkware vase is a recent purchase that tempts me to start a collection of chalkware.

The vintage turquoise vignette is part of a larger collection of turquoise.

This stack of teacups is part of an heirloom set passed down three generations.

This is a special little teapot given to me by my grandmother.


It's time for breakfast and there are butter and jam under the cloche to enjoy with a croissant.


We are all ready to make a BLT sandwich and eat lunch on the porch. I used to bake bread. A straw cloche tops a 70's tray.

It's December and a festive  German skier incense burner is under my cloche.
A velvet pumpkin that I actually made is under my cloche for this post.

Under the cloche is a real eastern tiger swallowtail that sadly I found dead. The items to display under cloches are endless and it is fun to learn more about the item to include in the post. Do you like to play with cloches?

These pictures do not include all the cloches I did this year but almost all. Photographing cloches sometimes is a challenge because the glass reflects. 

It is a rainy winter day in south Alabama. Have a lovely day. I don't know about you but I am ready for spring flowers. But, here is a Lenton rose from my garden about to open.

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I can't wait for it to open! Happy Friday!

If you leave a comment I will answer you below your comment. Thanks for your visit. 


Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Candlelight and Roses

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I am so glad you stopped by because I am happy to share some good news. I was very blessed recently! I won the Monday Morning Blooms Holiday Giveaway sponsored by Crown Linen Designs and Arte Italica. 


The gorgeous monogrammed runner and napkins are from Crown Linen Designs. 
Monday Morning Blooms includes four bloggers that share their floral creations on the first and third Mondays of each month. The four bloggers are Lidy@French Garden House, Pam@ Everyday Living, Mary@Home Is Where the Boat Is, and Shirley@Housepitality Designs.

 I look forward to each Monday Morning Blooms.



Isn't the runner exquisite? I moved the chair so as not to block your view.


The napkins are so lovely and I still can't believe I won! 


Hurricane globes and brass candlesticks flank the floral centerpiece of white and red roses. They are surrounded by votives interspersed among branches of greenery. I love the ambience of candlelight.


The roses I found were so fresh and were a delight to arrange. I must admit I was in hurry mode because the light was fading. Does that happen to you?


You can see them better in this overhead shot. There are two dozen roses. I couldn't decide whether to mix the colors or have a border of one color. The border won out.


The Arte Italica rectangular tray is beautiful. The size of the Natale tray and the nice handles make it perfect for entertaining. I will use this piece so much. 



This photo and the next one had the best light in the group but there is a blooper. I'm sure you see it.


I was in such a hurry because of the light, I failed to put one of the hurricane globes back on. Did you notice?


Crossing my fingers this video works!!!!!
 Click on the box in the right-hand corner to make it full screen.

I am so excited to have these lovely pieces I have shown you today. 
Thank you Crown Linen Designs, Arte Italica, and Monday Morning Bloom girls! I am over the moon!

From my home to yours, I wish you a very blessed Christmas. ✨ 🎄 ✨







Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Christmas Delights

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at my home at least on my table. I'm a traditionalist about waiting until after Thanksgiving to decorate.  
Today, I'm joining a group of tablescapers for a Christmas Tablescape Blog Hop. This group is still going strong after five years. Chloe Crabtree @Celebrate and Decorate has been our tireless leader. I want to thank Chloe for her leadership but I also want to thank those in this group for your friendship and inspiration. The creativity through the years continues to inspire me. A  list of all the participants is listed at the bottom of this post. You will love visiting each one and let them know you were there with a comment.






Three different cloches with jeweled Christmas trees were my centerpiece. For me, it was a first not to have fresh flowers as a centerpiece since I love them so much. The cloches were placed over a vintage runner atop a white tablecloth also vintage.


It was fun to place Christmas crackers above the plates to add a little whimsy to the table. 
Christmas crackers are a traditional Christmas favorite in the UK. Christmas crackers traditionally contain a tissue crown( paper party hat), a motto (joke, riddle, or trivia question), and a small gift item. The gift contents are usually fairly inexpensive and range from plastic toys and noisemakers to magic tricks and edible treats.
I bought these crackers from T.J. Maxx and they include a musical whistle, hat, motto and snap. 
You can look up the history of Christmas crackers @WhyChristmas.com





New to me this year is the Bordallo Pinheiro cabbage chargers. I'm so glad I shopped Nancy's Daily Dish sale on Labor Day weekend via Suzanne Zingg's Instagram account for the cabbage chargers. I rather like the plate stack with the cabbage chargers, Christmas tree Spode plates, another larger white charger, and a red placemat. I tucked in a tartan plaid napkin and placing the napkin this way saves space if space is an issue.



My favorite thing on the table is these vintage Christmas tree glasses. I remember so well buying them as a gift for my mother-in- law many years ago. She is gone now so it is special that I can use them and remember her.
The emerald green goblets which I think are Lenox were bought at an estate sale.
 

Since I didn't have fresh flowers for a centerpiece the tablescape seemed to lack life so I decided we needed something organic on the table. And .... a red velvet cake came to my mind.
I intended on buying one but couldn't find one so I ended up baking one. I haven't made a red velvet in many years! 

Now, let's leave the dining room and see another table in the kitchen with the same centerpiece with a few subtle changes.

I did this table in the kitchen last year when both our children and their families came to our house for Christmas. This table I set ahead of time because when you have ten people to eat doing everything you can ahead of time is a necessity. We used this table for breakfast, lunch, and a few dinners. I was able to fit seven at this table and three younger children at the bar not shown. Our Christmas Day meal was in the dining room with my formal Christmas china and fresh flowers.

This is the formal table in the dining room. Do you remember it from last year?



On this table, I used dishwasher safe glasses and cutlery. The plate stack was also simpler. The plaid cloth changes the look, doesn't it? It is more casual. 


I remember fondly my house full of my family last year and having us all together for the first time in about five years was a great blessing. 
We are hoping to be able to travel to our daughter's for Christmas this year but don't know what the next few weeks will bring. 
I'm glad we can escape the world's woes with pretty tables and enjoy each other's traditions. 

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✨Blessings to you and your families this Christmas season.🎄
For to us, a child is born, to us, a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

Click on the links below to view all the tables.


Celebrate and Decorate
Blue Interiors
Home is Where the Boat Is
Corner of Plaid and Paisley
Me and My Captain
The Zucchini Sisters
Calypso in the Country
Everyday Living
My Hubbard Home
Debbee’s Buzz
Mantel and Table
Panoply
Living With Thanksgiving
The Little Yellow Corner Store
Life and Linda
Design Morsels
White Arrows Home
The Sweet Sensations