Sunday, April 11, 2021

Spring Break Tea Party

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This Grandmother enjoyed having all her grandchildren but one for a tea party. It has become a tradition to have a tea party when we visit. I always think I will plan ahead and have really nice food.

But that doesn't happen because there is always so much to do.

I had made chocolate chip cookies ahead of time and the kids helped make a pound cake. And we had leftover Valentine candy. 

Ice cream is not your typical tea party food but it was requested.
Texas grandchildren, Will and Elise.
We had a great time and that is what is important, making memories.
Alabama granddaughter, Sophie.

Jean Pièrre enjoyed the tea party, too. 

I wish I had made a picture of my daughter. She made the pictures and we were having such a good time I did not think to make one of her.

Texas grandson, Will, and my daughter-in-law, Sarah.
 I would not take anything for these tea parties with family. So glad to have it recorded with pictures. Thanks, Amy.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Blue and White Love


Spring has arrived in South Alabama! My azaleas have been blooming for two weeks and they have been enjoyable. I hope to do a post soon about my garden.

Fresh spring flowers growing in your garden  and beautiful weather inspires you to set a table outdoors. I also wanted to use several new gift items. I was thrilled to receive a number of milk glass pieces that my daughter-in-law brought me recently that she found at an estate sale. It was perfect for this table. I will use the compote for flower arrangements often. 

The raised grape clusters are different on each piece. I googled names of milk glass patterns and found out there is a world of information out there. That research will have to wait for another day but my interest is piqued. There are no markings on my pieces.
 Everything you see in the centerpiece arrangement is from my garden. I started with pittosporum, dusty miller, and a perennial fern for greenery. Then added white azaleas and bridal wreath. Simple and easy. 
I used my Horchow blue and white plates and each plate has a different pattern. Last week was my birthday so I received these budding leaf napkin rings in the mail from my son and family and I absolutely love them. The gold popped on the navy napkins.

The tablecloth I ordered from Pier 1. I'm still mourning the loss of their store closing in a nearby town.

It was a nice surprise to learn how cold milk glass keeps iced tea.  
My birthday felt like Christmas this year. The sweet tea towel on the tray was also a gift from my daughter. 

When I bought the wrought iron console table years ago I pictured using it for food when entertaining but I have not done that much since it was always full of plants. 
However, I wanted to show you the beverage set as well as the flowers I found on the way home from my birthday celebration at my daughter's home. 
Costco has the very best quality roses and good prices. They also had two bunches of larkspur. Three bunches would have been perfect but I was happy to find any.

I have had larkspur growing in my garden in years past and am planting some more this year. It has held up nicely for over a week in this arrangement.

It was fun to set a spring table using my new gifts and play with flowers. 

" I must have flowers always and always."Claude Monet.

 I feel the same way!! 

Blessings to all today! 

Monday, March 15, 2021

Easter Joy


The sun is shining and the birds are singing. Ah...spring is so beautiful!  What a delightful day to set a table in my garden. I know many of you are still in winter but spring is coming.
 Welcome to an Easter blog hop sponsored by Chloe Crabtree of Celebrate and Decorate. Chloe has been our leader for four years. Thank you Chloe for making these hops possible. I was so excited when Chloe asked me to join but at the same time, I was nervous. I am glad I joined and it has been rewarding to meet other bloggers and table stylists. You can find the other stylist's tables at the end of this post and can view them by clicking on the links.

Hobby Lobby had the cutest bunny plates. I bought four and went back for more weeks ago and they were all gone. I really needed them because my Texas grands surprised me with a visit this week. I checked another nearby town and they were sold out too.
 I loved all the colors on the plate and this little girl bunny had a pretty flower crown.

It was fun to have so many colors and textures to work with starting with a woven placemat, Bordello Pinheiro cabbage chargers, pink transferware plates in four patterns and three different bunny patterns in salad plates.

After the plate stack was decided on I remembered a king-size sheet from my mother-in-law's beach house from the '70s to use for a tablecloth. I was so pleased it worked and the floral napkins that I had even had tulips on them. The wooden green beaded napkin rings made me happy too.  I'm always looking for napkin rings but are an area I could improve on. I am so sorry Pier I and World Markets closed in our area.

A white wicker basket holds pink and white hydrangeas, pink tulips, and daisies. It just looked like Easter to me. 
All this week with the pretty spring weather I have been thinking about the Monet quote, " I must have flowers always and always." Claude Monet.
 The pink vintage-inspired embossed glassware by Pioneer woman has such a lovely shape with 
the fluted foot.

The rabbit salt and pepper shakers I have had since my kids were little. I was so glad to have my grandchildren from Texas and north Alabama visit. I loved having children here to use my Easter things and the kids enjoyed them.

To view other Easter tablescapes click here and here.

Bunnies, eggs, and spring flowers are fun and we all have fond memories from past Easter seasons but Easter is really about the celebration of the resurrection of our Savior who gave himself as a sacrifice for our sins. This old hymn says what I feel in my heart.

Be sure and visit the other table stylists below:

Celebrate & Decorate
Design Morsels
Home is Where the Boat Is
Living With Thanksgiving
The Little Yellow Corner Store
My Hubbard Home
Everyday Living
Corner of Plaid and Paisley
The Sweet Sensations
Belle Blue Interiors
Red Cottage Chronicles
Zucchini Sisters
Life and Linda
Mantle and Table
Life at Bella Terra
Bluesky at Home
Calypso in the Country
The Painted Apron
Me and My Caption
My Thrift Store Addiction

Happy Easter!

Tuesday, February 2, 2021



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.


Friday, January 22, 2021

A Year in Review

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.


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

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