Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Summer's Last Fling


 Raise your hand if you remember these dishes from the seventies!  I know many of you were not born then but I bet you have seen them in antique shops. Well, I still have these and it was fun to use them again saying farewell to summer for Kathleen's Dish Challenge.

 My mother always grew zinnias. I love how happy they are. When we lived in Alaska, I kid you not the zinnias I grew were as big as bread and butter plates with the 24 hour sunlight in the summer. Wish I had made a picture.
 Ok, I didn't grow these zinnias since they are faux but the coleus I added are real. The peaches are about gone now but were delicious this year.
Are you noticing the corn pieces? They are 40's Shawnee I have been collecting.
I didn't use a tablecloth because I liked the airy plain look and I wanted to show you my oak table that has been painted with chalk paint. My chairs were originally black and are now painted white also.
Is anyone noticing something missing yet?

 Keep looking. Do you see that two chargers are missing? Lol!

In the seventies, it was stylish that all the accessory pieces matched. Here you see the salt and pepper shakers and in a previous pic you can see the  matching butter dish. I have the cream and sugar, casserole dishes and salad plates that all match too. Now, I like to mix patterns using older collectibles like the corn pieces instead of all the pieces matching.
The green vase is a vintage McCoy piece and the orange and yellow napkin used as a anchor for the centerpiece is also from the seventies. The corn casserole was my mothers and was the piece that inspired me to buy a few more Shawnee pieces. You can see the casserole dish better in an upcoming pic.

I remember fondly her serving sweet potato souffle in this dish. It has personality doesn't it?

The Shawnee pitcher and cream and sugar pieces were fun to find along the way at antique shops. I have overused these glasses in many tablescapes. They were wedding presents too, but I don't know their name.

Summer foods like homegrown sliced tomatoes, grilled corn on the cob, and fresh peaches have been great. Grilled salmon and green beans are nice all year. I would love to serve a plate for you.
 Summer temperatures are soaring here in the south and it will still be summer for a while. It is strange, however, we have falling leaves already. Will it be an early fall?  And....when will orange, yellow and green be back in style? LOL!!!

Linking to Let's Dish Wednesday and Tablescape Thursday.

Wanted to let everyone know things have been hectic at my house with long overdue home projects, company coming, etc. I will be taking a blogging break for a time. Please don't think I am ignoring you, just busy with life. I will be back but will miss all the blogland fun. Bonnie