Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Autumn Fancy


Hello friends and welcome to a Fall Tablescape Blog Hop sponsored by Chloe Crabtree@Celebrate and Decorate and Andrea Hundley@ Design Morsels.
 Join me in the garden for a touch of fall this September. Our temperatures here in my garden do not feel like fall but there is cold ice tea to help you cool off while you scroll.

I'm mixing vintage and new with 70's or 80's placemats, 40's goblets, vintage napkins, and new cheetah dishes. My tablecloth is a painters cloth.

My centerpiece is a mixture of grocery store flowers with some pods and feathers added placed in a copper pitcher with a gold handle. The gold handle ties in the gold cutlery.

I loved the mixture of pinks, yellows, and oranges with a little green for the flowers.

The goblets are from the 1940s. I found these glasses at Scott's Antique Market in Atlanta for my mother-in-law a long time ago. She had a few pieces and talked about hoping to find more. At that time, I went to Scott's fairly often and was so excited to find several sizes in a set of eight. I could not wait to give them to her for Christmas because I knew it would be a wonderful surprise. I wish I knew the name of the pattern and if anyone knows please let me know.

I did a summer tablescape with these same dishes in July. It looks so different using other colors and flowers.

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Surprise. Fast forward a few days and I found this tablecloth and wanted to give it a whirl. 
My wilted coleus in the background look just like I did setting this alfresco table. Ladies, it is hot in Alabama!

After four days some of the flowers were spent so to fill in I added limelights and pittosporum from my garden.

Which look suits your Autumn fancy? Floral or solid cloth?

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Table Elements

Cheetah plates-Hobby Lobby
Burlap Chargers-Hobby Lobby
Gold flatware-Hobby Lobby
Orange napkins- Vintage
Goblets- Vintage
Copper pitcher-T.J.Maxx
Floral cloth-Home Goods
Wood Slice-Bed Bath and Beyond

I have enjoyed the friendships made during the last four years of these blog hops. It has been so much fun because inspiration and creativity abound. Thank you, Chloe Crabtree, for being our leader and we are glad Andrea is helping now as well. 
 Please visit each blogger listed below and leave them a comment so they will know you have visited them. I love comments because they are so encouraging.
 Happy Fall!🍁🍁🍁

Celebrate & Decorate |  Design Morsels | Mantel and Table 
Corner of Plaid and Paisley | Home is Where the Boat Is | Belle Blue Interiors
Calypso in the Country | Our Crafty Mom | My Thrift Store Addiction 
The Painted Apron | The Little Yellow Corner Store | Sweet Sensations 
Living With Thanksgiving | Panoply
Life and Linda | Everyday Living | Bluesky at Home
Life at Bella Terra | Red Cottage Chronicles | 

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Circa 1971 with a new twist


It has been a hot August day but has cooled off and has been pleasant this evening setting a table with my wedding dishes. It is appropriate for August since Friday is our wedding anniversary. How many of you remember this zinnia Poppytrail pattern from the early seventies?
I found the zinnia flowers for the centerpiece at our Farmer's Market and added a few of my limelights.

The Shawnee corn casserole dish was my mother's from the early 1950's. I fondly remember her cooking sweet potato souffle in it. The sugar and creamer and pitcher were collected from antique stores many years ago. They seem to go with the Poppy Trail zinnia pattern.

I'm using lots of vintage things today. The napkins and tablecloth have been well-loved. I just realized I should have used my wedding stainless cutlery but too late now.

The Circa 1971green glasses are called Independence. They still look brand new.

Back in the day there wasn't a plate stack like we see today. And wonder if orange, yellow, and green will ever make a come back?

Blogger has a new interface and this is the first post I have done on it. 

This pic is from another tablescape I did with my zinnia dishes in 2014. You can view that post here. I'm sure some people would have gotten rid of dishes this old and out of style but they are sentimental to me. I also got an all-white set of wedding everyday dishes and I used them more than the zinnia pattern because they were so versatile. Do you still have your wedding dishes? 
I'm glad you visited today. I will comment back to you on this post. Please check back to read it. 
I also have something funny at least to me to say. I did not realize you could click on each picture on my Instagram grid on my right sidebar and view the actual Instagram post. So if you are not on Instagram you still can see my posts from here. But... if you are on Instagram please follow my account, Livingwiththanksgiving. I post on there more often than blogging these days!
Have a great week. Hope everyone is well and safe. 

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Cheetah Inspired Tablescape

My daughter tipped me off that these dishes were half-price at Hobby Lobby so they are guilt-free.

I liked them immediately.

I loved all the shades of pink I found in the flowers.

The strawberry vanilla ice cream cake was delicious.

I wish you could all have a seat at my table!
Wishing you a lovely day!

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

God Bless America


Welcome to a Patriotic Tablescape Blog Hop sponsored by Chloe Crabtree @Celebrate and Decorate and Andrea@ Design Morsels.

 As we celebrate the birthday of our country this year our nation has suffered some major catastrophic events beyond our control. It has been a difficult time in our country for the past four months.  

Welcome to a Patriotic Tablescape. I dedicate this post to the principles our country was founded on. May we remember them and strive to live our lives reflecting them.
In 1938, as fascism and war threatened Europe, Irving Berlin wrote these words...

While the storm clouds gather, far across the sea, Let us swear allegiance 

To a land that's free;

 Let us all be grateful,
For a land so fair,

As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer.

God bless America, Land that I love,

Stand beside her and guide her
Thru the night with a light from above;

From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans white with foam,
God Bless America
My home sweet home.

Chloe Crabtree has sponsored these blog hops since 2017. Thank you, Chloe, for your dedication and hard work keeping our group together and running smoothly. 
We welcome Andrea @Design Morsels to the blog hop group and for organizing us for this particular hop. 

The links to those participating can be found at the bottom of this post. Please visit each participant and leave them a comment so they will know you have visited them.

Place mats-Dollar Tree
Tablecloth- Pioneer Woman- Wal Mart
White plates, Mansard by Spode
Red glasses- Bought at a local gift shop
Flatware- Williams Sonoma
Napkins- Ralph Lauren/Home Goods
Blue and White platter, Urn and vases collected over the years

As we raise our voices in this solemn prayer, I am reminded of the inspired words of Jeremiah in 2 Chronicles 7:13-14

When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague, among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

May God Bless America!

Click on the links below to view each blogger's tablescape.

Living Thankfully, 

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Scents in the Garden

Gardenias are blooming in my garden and the fragrance is heavenly. I have two varieties in my garden and I like this old variety best because the blooms are large. I have enjoyed doing several arrangements. This one is in an old tarnished bridal basket with added pittosporum greenery. 

Gardenias are easy to arrange and in this vase, I used an oasis. When I saw this art deco glass swan vase from the Spence Collection I couldn't wait to cut some gardenias and make an arrangement.
The vase makes a statement all on its own.

I styled it in several spots in my house.

The swan theme got going here.
Do you like gardenias as much as I do? My bridal bouquet was gardenias, as was my mother's and my daughter's bridal bouquets.
Another scent in my garden is a magnolia tree. The blossoms close up at night but in the right light will reopen. They don't last but a couple of days but the fragrance is lovely.
I love to find interesting vases and make arrangements and the best thing is to have flowers to cut right from my garden.
What flowers do you have blooming right now?