Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Spring Blooms

Welcome to Living with Thanksgiving. You are invited to step into spring today with fresh flowers, flowering dishes, and a spring garden salad. 

I'm joining a group of bloggers for a spring blog hop sponsored by Chloe Crabtree from the blog, Celebrate and Decorate. Chloe began a series of blog hops for each season in 2016 and it is still going strong. 
You can view my two previous spring tablescapes below with the following links: Spring is in the Air and Spring Girlfriend Luncheon.

Thank you, Chloe, for all your hard work organizing these fun blog hops. A schedule is listed at the bottom of this post with links to numerous tablescapers with spring in mind.

Now with spring in mind, my tablescape features Botanic Garden Portmeirion plates with flowers and butterflies. 

I don't know which plate is my favorite because I have never met a flower I didn't like.  Sweet peas remind me of my daughter-in-love's bridesmaid's bouquets. 
Green cabbage Bordallo Pinheiro chargers, white Ikea chargers and rattan chargers make up the plate stack.

The napkins were a gift from my daughter-in-love. I was touched that she went to the trouble to search on Etsy for vintage napkins that matched my purple stemware. It was also fun to use my butterfly napkin rings again since all the plates have butterflies. It won't be long before butterflies are fluttering through our gardens. 
At first glance, I thought the flower on this plate was a lily but it is an azalea.
The azaleas in my garden are a little early this spring. I believe we are about two weeks ahead of our usual flowers.

Portmeirion is made in England and is dishwasher, microwave, freezer, and oven to table safe.
It pairs well with the Bordallo Pinheiro cabbage dishes I think.
Foxgloves are high up on my favorite flower list. I haven't grown any in a number of years and have missed them.
Primroses which are harbingers of spring seemed to fit my table as a choice for a centerpiece. I was fortunate to find some on a trip out of town last week. 
I love the variety of primrose colors. 
Primroses are hardy in zones 3-8 and perform best in humus-rich soil in partial shade. I plan to plant them in my garden with hopes they will survive our hot summer weather. 

My spring salad was picked partially from garden flowers with violas, marigolds, and sprigs of fennel. Butterhead lettuce and grapefruit slices combine with the edible flowers for a light spring salad. 

 An article in a recent issue of Traditional Home magazine was my inspiration for my salad as well as this salad with edible flowers I enjoyed in Amboise, France, last May.

I have to confess I forgot that Chloe had planned an Easter tablescape blog hop, for April 1- 5, when I added the bunnies to my table. Since I will be out of town for the blog hop at least I got to use my new bunnies from Home Goods. We have a new store in a nearby town and I am a happy camper.
And... since I am confessing. I broke my rule not to buy any more dishes! The Portmeirion plates showed up at our TJMax store last fall and I succumbed to temptation.

In my neck of the woods we have been enjoying spring flowers and temperatures complete with pollen but it is in the forties today with a forecast of 33 tonight and 28 tomorrow night.

 Yesterday, I was attending a funeral very near the area in Alabama hard hit by the tornadoes so I am not complaining about a little cold weather. My heart hurts for the loss of lives and property of the people in areas of Alabama, Georgia, and Florida on Sunday. 
 I am also well aware that many of you reading this have been dealing with record snowfall and harsh cold weather for a long time this winter and others have suffered from severe flooding. It does seem as if the weather has been severe this past year with fires, hurricanes, and storms.  

I am so glad you joined me today. The friendships I have made blogging have been very rewarding. 

Please enjoy visiting the blogs below and leave them a comment so they will know you enjoyed their tablescapes. 


Living Thankfully,
Joining: Celebrate and Decorate, Tablescape Thursday, and Dishing it and Digging It.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Catching Up

Hello friends! I have missed you. I have been sick so long and January was a hard month losing both my brother-in-law and a dear friend. 
I have missed commenting on your blogs since before Christmas. 
Finally, I am feeling better and this is a catch-up post. 
My camellias have been pretty and there are so many buds yet to open. Today, the high is 72 so they will be opening fairly quickly. We have had several consecutive nights below freezing so that is good. In south Alabama, you can have summer one day and winter the next. 

This vase is a favorite because it is so easy to cut blooms and drop them in the vase in a few minutes. There are four varieties pictured here. From left to right the first variety is called Romany. Second from the left is 'La Peppermint'. It produces white flowers that are randomly striped with streaks of red. Occasionally, I see an all dark pink blossom on the bush. The third camellia is a small pink variety called 'pink perfection' which was one of the most popular camellias in Victorian days. In the center is a' Professor Sargent'. It's rich red color and peony type blossom start blooming for me in December.

I shared this pic of another arrangement of my camellias recently on Instagram. It was fun to use the milk glass vases I bought at the Country Living Fair back in October in Atlanta.
I think 'Pink Perfection' is so sweet.
Since it is close to Valentine's Day I wanted to show you an arrangement I did several years ago using 'Professor Sargent' camellias and succulents. The container is a copper heart from Martha Stewart from the late 80's.

This was one inspiration photo from Southern Lady 2015.  I find so much inspiration from Southern Lady.
This is another inspiration photo from Southern Lady January/February 2018.

This is my Valentine blog post from last year that the picture above from Southern Lady inspired. You can view that post which is one of my favorites here.

I had a delightful time recently at the Nashville Antique and Garden Show with my daughter. We signed up to hear Bunny Williams speak and was glad we did. She is a talented designer and a great speaker. My daughter especially enjoyed viewing all the artwork and was greatly moved by a painting that she ended up purchasing. She is quite the artist herself. You can view her work at amschnorrenberg_art on Instagram or google it. For some reason, I can't get it to link on Blogger. I have a new painting she did for me that I'll show you later. I am changing some things in the room right now.

I've been busy as well in sharing my passions for butterflies and tablescapes in programs I presented to two of the clubs I belong to.
A friend gave me the butterfly scarf I am wearing and it was perfect for the butterfly program.🦋

We have had spring-like weather for the last few days. I worked in my garden all morning yesterday and it was wonderful to be outside. It felt good to tidy up from several storms picking up limbs.  It was fun discovering daffodils and new growth on my bridal wreath bushes. Hopefully, spring is near! 💐

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

A Candlelight Christmas Dinner


It's Christmastime, the wreaths are hung, the tree is decorated, the table is set for a special dinner and you are invited.
Welcome to a Christmas Tablescape blog hop sponsored by Chloe Crabtree@celebrateanddecorate. There are many talented tablescapers participating in this blog hop. For your inspiration, the blog hop  schedule is listed at the bottom of this post.  

My color scheme is red, white and gold. I've selected a family china pattern placed on gold chargers, crystal goblets, gold flatware, and crystal candlesticks.  A crystal etched bowl holds white hydrangeas for the centerpiece. 
Hopefully, the soothing colors, the simplicity of the dishes,  and the warmth of the candlelight will not distract from the beautiful faces sitting around the table.

Are you excited when you receive an invitation to a Christmas dinner party?  I certainly am.

I love having small dinner parties with friends. Getting dressed up and anticipating a lovely evening with good food and being with friends is my kind of evening. 

My table seats 12-14 but I prefer intimate dinner parties where you can really visit and have time for everyone to share.

Table elements include:
 Eschenbach China-Bavaria, Tablecloth and Napkins-Waterford Linens- Home Goods, Crystal Goblets-Gorham, Gold flatware-Hobby Lobby

The warmth of candlelight, pretty Christmas music in the background, laughter from friends, and memories shared can't be beaten.  
I hope the Christmas tablescapes from this blog hop (Schedule is listed below)will inspire you to host a Christmas event and enjoy your friends or family.

Thank you, dear readers, for your friendship. Thank you for your encouragement and inspiration.
May the joy of Christmas fill your heart. ❤️

⭐️ For God so loved the world, that He gave his only 
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Merry Christmas🎄

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Merry Christmas Tablescape

Merry Christmas everyone! It's beginning to feel like Christmas even in the deep south. It's cold enough to light a fire in the fireplace and roast marshmallows in the fire pit. We can wear our sweaters and coats today but it may be 70 degrees next week. 
But we can get out our Christmas dishes and set a Christmas table. Today, I am using my Spode Christmas china in my kitchen with a table set for four.
I don't know about you but setting my tables with my Christmas china jump starts all my decorating.

I had a vision for the flowers I wanted to use but could not be satisfied with any of my vases. Then I remembered my Christmas card basket and decided that could be my flower container. And... it said just what I wanted to say to you....Merry Christmas!

The rattan basket repeated the rattan on the chargers.

The flour sack runner was purchased this fall at the Country Living Fair in Atlanta. I like the color and texture it adds.
My Christmas tree cookies are a family tradition and the one year I didn't make them I got in trouble. My original thought after putting the cookies on a Fitz and Floyd plate was I needed a candy cane vase but did not have any luck finding one. 

Needlepoint napkin rings with Christmas trees and Christmas wreaths were made by my husband's mother. Plaid napkins show them off I think.

The fragrance from the lilies about to open will be nice in a few days.
I am doing a program at my Garden Club next week on tablescapes. I will also be sharing another Christmas tablescape next Wednesday as I participate in a tablescape blog hop.

Lenox green goblets were found at an estate sale. This is the first time I've used them. 

Honestly, the container I needed for the flowers was right under my nose.... and it repeated the needlepoint theme as well as the rattan pieces. 
I always enjoy using my theme salt and pepper shakers if you remember the pilgrim ones I used at Thanksgiving. The kissing Mr. and Mrs. Claus salt and pepper shakers have been around since our children were small. The grandchildren like them now. 

🎄Merry Christmas from my kitchen to yours. 

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving

I am glad you have joined me and a myriad of other talented tablescapers for a Thanksgiving blog hop sponsored by Chloe Crabtree from Celebrate and Decorate. A complete list of posts you will want to visit can be found at the end of this post.

Welcome to our home for a simple, almost plain family Thanksgiving dinner tablescape. The dishes and cutlery I chose all go in the dishwasher for ease and more family time. There are ten of us so that's important and they will be here for several days. I usually fuss with fresh flowers, which I love, but this time a fresh real pumpkin graces our table for a centerpiece with a touch of southern cotton, faux bittersweet and fall leaves with a few smaller pumpkins added in.
This year, I chose to use a simple burlap runner and let the burled grain of my table show. I usually use a tablecloth which does photograph better but decided to change it up this time.  Rattan chargers add an organic feel juxtaposed with the crystal goblets and crystal candle holders that add a touch of glam. The candle holders are special to me as they graced my beloved mother-in-law's table for years. I get emotional just thinking of the many family dinners at her home.

Now, the scripture on this paper napkin sums it all up to me. Thanksgiving is about being thankful to our Creator for all our blessings. 

You can view last year's Thanksgiving blog hop table here. It was more dramatic and also included a family tradition of using a set of Pilgrim salt and pepper shakers.  I forgot them this time. A prior typical Thanksgiving breakfast can be viewed here. I usually do a full breakfast in the kitchen and then a late lunch in the dining room. We are all ready for a long walk after the big meal. 

Here's my casual table for ten and you can see my little nest where I blog in the other room complete with clutter and the lamp on, that I didn't notice until now. 
I couldn't resist including some shots of our food from last year. That is my son, a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force. Now, how did I get that old? Where did the years go?

Well now you know, I have been preparing this tablescape all year for viewing in 2018. This a real Thanksgiving table that was curated and photographed for you in 2017. As you can see we had finished eating when I realized I didn't get a picture of the food. So, I quickly served another plate just for you! (No time for styling!)

Turkey and cornbread dressing with gravy
Green beans
Roasted Butternut squash
Fresh Cranberry sauce
Lady Finger Peas
Pumpkin pie with whipped cream

It is so much fun to see all the different tablescapes for an occasion like Thanksgiving. Thank you, Chloe, for organizing the blog hops.
They can be formal or casual, simple or elaborate but they reflect the personality and mood of the designer on a given day. That's why I like blogging and tablescaping and blog-hopping.
 I enjoy the challenge of using what I have in a different way and seeing my other blogging friends doing the same thing with their creations.

Speaking of blogging friends- Do you ever reread your comments from old posts? They grab my heart. Bloggers are so encouraging and kind. I'd like the world to be so kind.

Have a wonderful day. If it is your first time reading Living With Thanksgiving I hope you will come again. Please enjoy reading the other bloggers posts listed below.

Living Thankfully,