Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Easter Tea in the Garden


Join me in the garden for an Easter tea. There is birdsong, a slight breeze, and beautiful sunshine. I just received a surprise gift of the beautiful flowers you see. They were perfect for the Easter Tablescape Blog Hop today sponsored by Chloe @Celebrate and Decorate. 

I had planned all along to use this tea set for my Easter tablescape. My husband's aunt passed this tea set down to me several years ago.(See former post with this tea set here) I dearly love to use it. However, I had no idea what flowers I could use.

Then voila! A friend offered me a bucket of flowers she rescued from being thrown away from an antique show. Check out my friend Sarah, on Instagram@ Spencecollection and show her some love there. She sells lovely antiques.

There were two shades of long stem roses and white hydrangeas. The bridal wreath is from my garden. I had a great time deciding on a container and setting the table. I've never had the luxury of arranging that many flowers!

"But indeed I would rather have nothing but tea." Jane Austin

The little white basket is my childhood Easter basket. My sister and I had matching baskets. I wouldn't take anything for this little basket. So many precious memories.

Please serve yourself a meringue. I'll pour you a cup of tea and we can have a nice chat!

The weather is so pleasant!
Imagine the lovely fragrance of these flowers. Pretty fragrances feed my soul!

But wait, there is more. Remember me telling you I'd never had the luxury of arranging so many roses. I was able to fill another watering can full of those gorgeous roses.

I've had a delightful morning in the garden. 

The birds were delightfully singing and I saw a couple of early butterflies gliding by. So, I decided to capture the scene on video. For me, it is always intimidating to talk on a video. It will be on my Instagram story if it doesn't load here properly. 

Amid the turmoil and fear with the effects of the Corona Virus, we all need assurance and trust. As I spent a pleasant morning in my garden styling this table I was not alone. This table was done weeks ago just as news of the virus spreading to New York was released. The words to this dear old hymn comforted me. 

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

Stay safe and healthy. Prayers for those affected by the virus, our government leaders and first responders. May God heal, protect, comfort us and give us great wisdom.
The links to participating blogs are listed below. 
Stop by and leave them a comment.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Bloghop Tuesday

You are invited Tuesday, March 31, 2020 to a Easter Tablescape Blog Hop. Hope to see you Tuesday.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Spring is Coming!

We have signs of spring everywhere! Daffodils, snowdrops, and tulips are blooming, and robins are everywhere! Our azaleas are even blooming early! However,  because of our cold and rainy days recently, spring seems far away. So we will just have to make springtime on our tables for now. 
Please join me today as I participate with a group of tablescapers for a blog hop sponsored by Chloe Crabtree @Celebrate and Decorate. If you are coming over from Harbor Breeze welcome. The links for each blog participating are available at the end of the post. Spring decorating inspiration abounds.

"The trees began to whisper and the wind began to roll and in the wild March morning, I heard them call my soul. "Alfred Lord Tennyson
I snapped this quick picture after I conditioned my flowers. Normally, I am in a hurry and I don't take the time to condition flowers overnight but I did this time. 
It has either been cloudy or raining almost every day since I bought my flowers for the spring tablescape hop. I made this picture one evening just to remember I did have fresh flowers because I was afraid I wasn't going to get to photograph my table with these flowers because there was no light. To complicate the matter I live on a very wooded lot so my home is dark on a normal day.
I haven't personally had any stock before so it was a treat for me. They have the sweetest fragrance. I found two shades of pink stock, purple alstroemeria, and white hydrangeas at Trader Joes on my way home from my daughter's home. It is incredible how reasonably priced their flowers are. The stock was $2.99 a bunch.
I love the gold stand for this urn but it makes the arrangement much taller and harder to photograph. In the room, it looks nice to be large. My ceilings are high so something taller looks better.
I found this sweet pink votive recently while visiting my daughter in a decorating shop. It made a perfect vase for some spring bouquet flowers. 

The spring bouquet flowers grow as if they were ready to make an instant bouquet. Maybe that is how it got its name. My friend, Charlotte, has a large tree-like bush of spring bouquet and offered it for cutting. It also has a sweet fragrance. This is a great scrub for your garden and she says it has pretty berries around Christmas.
I also bought myself some beautiful Lenton Roses. I have enjoyed them on my dining room buffet. They came in three colors. I bought the Helleborus Ice N' Red and Helleborus Ice Rose. It also came in a white. They grow 12-24 inches high in Zones 5-9. It is a free-flowering perennial. Rose flowers stay dark rose as they age and they last until late spring. I will be planting mine in my woodlawn garden and hoping they will rebloom next year.
'I shopped the house' for dishes to use for this table and literally took the rose medallion plates off my wall. Years ago, I started collecting rose medallion because I liked it. I didn't realize how many I had and six was definitely enough to set a table. The price tags are still on the back of the plates because I don't want my children tossing these antique plates away.  Three of them are unmarked. That means they date earlier than 1890 when the U.S. required the date. 
Rose medallion is a 19th and 20th-century Chinese export porcelain. Rose medallion has a central medallion of a rose, peony, or even birds. The dominant colors are usually pastel pinks and greens and can include red, blue, orange, yellow or gold.
The rose medallion vase used for the flowers and ginger jars and footbath on the buffet is not antique rose medallion. They are reproductions and are around 25-30 years old.
I switched out the mirrored runner for the round mirrored tray shown here. Which do you like best?

I normally use this tray on my coffee table.

I normally use a tablecloth mostly because it does help lighten up my room.

Would you believe I just took all the dishes off the table and put on a tablecloth? It is still so dark outside it really didn't help much.  I snapped a quick cell phone pic.

"No winter lasts forever: no spring skips its turn." Hal Borland

Spring is coming! It really is! I can't wait!🌺💐🌼
If you are coming over from Harbor Breeze welcome. Check out all the links below for Spring Tablescape Inspiration.

Home is Where the Boat Is
My Family Thyme
Red Cottage Chronicles
The Painted Apron
Everyday Living
Debbee's Buzz
From My Carolina Home
Home and Gardening with Liz
Create With Cynthia
Bluesky at Home
Harbour Breeze
Living With Thanksgiving
Katherine's Corner
My Thrift Store Addiction
The Little Yellow Corner Store
Sweet Sensations
Belle Blue Interiors
Corner of Plaid and Paisley
Zucchini Sisters
Life and Linda
Intelligent Domestications
First Day of Home
White Arrows Home
Calypso in the Country
Celebrate & Decorate

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Love Letters ~ Air Mail


Valentine's Day is just around the corner and love is in the air! I set a table for two on my dining room table to have lots of room to spread out and read my Daddy's letters to my mother written from Italy, Africa, and England from 1942-1945. I get chill bumps just thinking of how hard it must have been for them during the war. 
I'm joining a group of tablescapers for another great blog hop sponsored by Chloe Crabtree@ Celebrate and Decorate. The blog links to other Valentine table inspiration are at the bottom of this post. Be sure to visit them and leave a comment letting them know you enjoyed their post.

This tiered tray was my mother's. The dainty roses on the tiered tray were perfect to display some cameos Daddy brought back from Italy. I'm sure they were not expensive since he was a sergeant but they are almost antique now and are meaningful to me.

The letters are also special and I think of more questions every time I read them. My mother saved all the ones he wrote her. I only can find a few that my mother wrote my daddy. Maybe something happened to them in all the moving around he did. 


This was a pretty birthday card to her. 

It is dated July 1945, so it was sent after the war was over when he was back in the states but not released yet. 

I had envisioned a lush garland of assorted colors and varieties of camellias as a centerpiece but the weather did not cooperate. There were only a few and mostly  one variety. It was disappointing but could not be helped. 
Since my flowers did not work out as planned I went all out with a silver tray full of crystal candlesticks collected through the years. Candlelight always evokes romance and is perfect for a valentine celebration.

This pink transferware plate is an English pattern called Royal Vitreous Bombay by John Maddock and Sons. I happened to have two just alike which was just what I needed for a Valentine tablescape. They were bought at separate places from antique shops years ago.   
The etched crystal goblets were my mother's and it is a  Fostoria pattern from the 1940's called Meadow Rose. I've always adored them and never tire of using them. They are quite delicate and must be hand-washed but I don't mind. Something else I never tire of is my wedding flatware by Gorham named Buttercup and I use it often.
The silver plate champagne flutes have a lovely grape pattern.
I topped a napkin ring with this larger cameo.  It suffered a crack somewhere over the years but it is still pretty. I love the size of it and  wish I knew where in Italy Daddy purchased it.

For the second napkin I embellished a filigree napkin ring with a costume jewelry vintage pin.

And here is my mother's handwriting I would recognize anywhere on the few letters that survived from her to Daddy overseas during the war. 
Be sure to visit the blogs below for more Valentine inspiration. 
                     Happy Valentine's Day🌹
Click on the links below to visit each blog hop participant.
Thank you Chloe, for all the work you do to organize these blog hops.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Valentine's Tablescape Blog Hop


You are invited to a Valentine's Tablescape Blog Hop this Tuesday, February 4, 2020.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Veranda Copycat

Today, I am joining a group of bloggers that are showcasing Christmas tablescapes. This blog hop is sponsored by Chloe Crabtree@Celebrate and Decorate. At the end of this post, you will find links to other blogs participating in the blog hop. 

 Years ago, I remember a few linky parties that featured sharing copy cat tablescapes and it was a lot of fun. For my tablescape today, I decided to copy a Veranda tablescape from 2017, that I could not get out of my mind. I saved the magazine because of the beautiful cover photo.
 Do any of you remember this issue? The room is gorgeous as is the elegant tablescape.
How did I do copying the Veranda cover with items I already had?
The Bavarian crystal pattern has so many sizes. I also have tiny liquor glasses that I did not use. All of these belonged to my husband's aunt. I need to do some research and find out the pattern name and when they were made.
The decanter and votive are Victorian cranberry glass overlaid with milk glass.
I love the large lush blooms of amaryllis. I taped the crystal bowl with a grid to hold the heavy blooms. 
I love any excuse to use my Lenox Holiday Christmas china and it is perfect for a formal table. I also used the first formal table cloth I owned that was given to me by my mother-in-law. She did really well with that gift because I have used it for so many years.
Fresh fruit in a pressed glass compote with a natural runner of ivy amid assorted fruit trail under the crystal bowl full of red amaryllis. 
Do you see the little candlewick salt-cellars? You can't see the tiny silver spoons very well that I have enjoyed collecting over the years. Each salt cellar spoon has a different silver pattern.

I placed the silver on the table set in the French style. The back of Buttercup by Gorham is just as lovely as the front. If you want to know more about why the French style of turning the fork tines down evolved in history link here.

Candlelight always adds a festive ambience to any table.
I liked mixing crystal candlesticks with brass candlesticks like Veranda did. The brass added weight to the table and a pretty contrast that also repeated the gold in the chargers. 

I wanted to have my napkins monogrammed but it did not get done. Wouldn't they be beautiful though?  Oh well, maybe next year!

Table Details:

Lenox Holiday China
Gold Chargers- Wal Mart
Bavarian crystal- Family pieces
Napkins- Waterford linens- Home Goods
Sterling flatware- Buttercup by Gorham
Salt Cellars- Antique shops collected over the years
Pressed glass compotes- vintage family pieces
Crystal Bowl for centerpiece-Waterford
Red Amarylis- Grown by me






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
Merry Christmas,