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

36 comments:

  1. You know I am loving your summer fling! BEAUTIFUL! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  2. You've set a pretty table Bonnie and really found some nice faux zinnias! While I don't remember those exact plates I sure do remember olive green, harvest gold and brown:@)

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  3. Oh Bonnie my MIL had those dishes! Brings back memories! Your table is adorable with those bright blooms and the corn accessories! I'll be over for dinner! We are lucky here in Alabama, our winter won't start for quite a while yet! Happy Labor Day~
    Jenna

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  4. Bonnie, your table theme is quite fun! I love the corn dishes, simply precious. :)
    You have such a talent in this area and I enjoy my visits here. Though I have been rather busy and away from the blogging community some and have not been visiting much, I hope to be back at it on a regular basis soon.
    Enjoy your time away, and I look forward to your return.
    Blessings to you! Debbie

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  5. Beautiful table, Bonnie! The colors are perfect for a late summer meal! And the meal looks delicious!

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  6. I love the corn pieces!! The table looks beautiful, it would be lovely to sit there and have a meal with you. I hope that you can find some time to enjoy yourself in your blogging break and that it is not all work. Looking forward to your return as and when. xx

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  7. I so enjoyed visiting memory lane with you, Bonnie. How wonderful that you kept those 70's dishes. The Shawnee corn pieces add such a touch of fun to your table. I especially love your Mom's corn casserole. I was surprised to find out that your zinnias were faux. They add such a happy, cheerful centerpiece to your fun table.
    p.s. Your table and chairs look so pretty. I haven't tried chalk paint yet. Did you enjoy using it and did it cover well?

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  8. I've been learning more about Shawnee because I have a few pieces I've placed in my antiques booth in Mobile. It's addicting once you find a pattern you like!

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  9. Hi Bonnie, Your table is so colorful and fresh and perfect for summer! I love your corn pieces! My MIL has some reproduction corn pieces I have borrowed but I love the real McCoy and your vase too! Your zinnias look real, I wouldn't have known they weren't if you hadn't told us. We have two months of summer left for us in NC but overall it's been a mild one compared to previous years. I would be happy with an early fall :)

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  10. I love all your photos but the last with the delicious food is the best! Your plates from the 70's go perfectly with the green glassware. I have the glassware in blue and have enjoyed their shape all these years. Your collection of of corn china is lovely with their colors as part of the centerpiece. Have a great week!

    Pam

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  11. Your zinnias are very beautiful. I don't remember the plates but they look so pretty....Christine

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  12. If those zinnias were out of your garden, I was going to be very jealous. They do add energy and color to your table. I have dishes from the 70's too that always come out at Thanksgiving. Hope all is well in your neck of the woods.

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  13. Awesome tablescape! Yes, I remember the seventies very well, as I married in 1975. Your tablescape almost makes me want to pull out my 1970's pink and green dishes out of storage - almost. I love the colors used in this tablescape and your photos really do the colors justice.

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  14. Yes I remember those dishes! I have seen them in recent years in the thrift stores and antique malls, too. In fact, when I was looking for some seventies dishes to do my table last week, I had those exact dishes in my head. Do you think I could find them then? Nooooooo.

    I love this table in about a dozen different ways, maybe because I really do love those dishes. The stemware is perfect with them, and I wouldn't have known that the flowers weren't real if you hadn't told me. I've also seen those corn themed dishes in the antique malls and keep wanting some of them, too. Nothing could be more perfect for a summer table than corn on the cob. Loved it all!!

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  15. Lovely table...love those dishes; I assume they are Metlox? The Shawnee pieces work beautifully with the rest of the table. Score!

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  17. Yum! That's all I can say about those corn serving pieces! Made my mouth water for corn and then you served some up! Perfect.

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  18. Everything is charming. Zinnias were my Mom's favorite garden flowers. I always love to see them used in a tablescape centerpiece. Your corn casserole is a wonderful piece and love that you have the pieces to match. Great job! Have a lovely Labor Day weekend.

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  19. Hi Bonnie,

    Your table and chairs look beautiful; you did a great job painting them!! You've set such a pretty tablescape, Bonnie. My MIL has these Zinnia dishes at their beach house, so I get to use them about every summer. They really are fun and cheerful! They're made by Metlox aren't they? Anyway, she has a lot of pieces because we used to have pretty big crowds at the beach house. She has that very same butter dish, which I think is so cute, and the salt and pepper shakers too. :)

    I love the Shawnee corn pieces you have!! I'm not sure if I've seen those before, but I love to eat corn, so I should probably look into finding some of these. ;) They coordinate perfectly with the Zinnia dishes and your green goblets. This really is a pretty and cheerful farewell to summer table, my friend. Those faux zinnias are just gorgeous!! I used to have some for years that remind me of yours; mine were made of wood, and they were a gift from my MIL. They finally got messed up and I had to get rid of them; your pictures make me wish I still had them.

    Thanks so much for your visit, Bonnie, and have a wonderful weekend!

    Hugs,

    Denise

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  20. Bonnie, what a great table for the end of summer. I love the vase of zinnias. You can never over use the glassware...they are such a pretty shade of green...they look like the Independence Octagonal pattern. Your corn dishes are fabulous...I did a whole fun table with corn dishes last November.
    Have a wonderful weekend...can't believe August is about over!

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  21. Beautiful table!! Love your corn pieces especially your Mom's covered dish. You've accented everything so well. It is a warm and welcoming table. Bravo! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

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  22. Popped over here for the first time from BNOTP and I love your tablescape! My hubby and I married in 1974 so I still have things in these colors including an avocado green hand mixer, heh! I have noticed orange, yellow & green back but in different tones. And I still like those colors even though my house is basically blue & white with red accents.

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  23. Love your dishes! I'm a big fan of Metlox dishes and have a set with strawberries that I love! Fun table with the Shawnee pieces mixed in.

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  24. Raising my hand! Yes, a lot about this table reminds me of days past. Love the zinnias too! The bright colors that zinnias bring to the table really make me smile. Happy Weekend!

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  25. I loved seeing your tables cape; I guess I haven't read a blog with one for awhile. I love your old dishes and they look great; yes I remember them, and the corn covered dish--wow, it really does "make a statement!" And your centerpiece is gorgeous. It seems like there are a lot of bloggers that are finding their lives very busy lately. Seasons of life!

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  26. I do rememebr these dishes! They ser a lovely end of summer tablescape. Your zinnias are so colorful and vibrant--they make a wonderful centerpiece, Bonnie.

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  27. Yes, I remember those dishes, Bonnie. =) And, I love your collection of Shawnee corn pieces. It would sure be a pleasure to sit at your table. blessings ~ tanna

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  28. The first thing I noticed was the corn dishes. They are lovely. I was a teen in the 70's so I do remember some of these. Beautiful tablescape!

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  29. Hello Bonnie, your table is beautiful, as always. The verdant green is so fresh and inviting. I don't remember those dishes, but perhaps we never had them in the UK. Wishing you a wonderfully relaxing Sunday, with much love, Linda x

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  30. Hi Bonnie! Sorry I have been a stranger! I've missed chatting with you. I thought about you when I was at Kirklands. They had branches of cotton. I could help but think of you! Things are okay. Just a lot of bumps in the road.
    Your table is beautiful. I do remember those dishes. I think my aunt had them. I love the Shawnee pieces. Two of my Fiesta friends collect that as well.
    Miss you!

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  31. I am raising my hand, love the dishes! And I love the zinnias. I wouldn't have guessed that they aren't real. Your table is so pretty, Bonnie, such lovely colors!...Christine

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  32. Hi Bonnie, I raised my hand, yes I remember those. I love the pitcher and the serving pieces are divine! I have a few special pieces that were my mom’s so I know how special your casserole is and I love how your glasses look here too. Zinnias are so pretty and one of my favorite flowers. The bouquet looks so perfect, colors are gorgeous. Beautiful table Bonnie.
    Happy autumn...........

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  33. Oh, Bonnie, how gorgeous. Your photos just pull me in and I want to visit a long while. The zinnias are so pretty and they look spectacular with their namesake dishes. Al of the details and hues are beautiful. Love this!!

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