Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Easter Fun


Today, I am joining twenty other bloggers for a Spring/Easter Tablescape Blog Hop sponsored by Rita@Panoply.
Our weather has been beautiful, so I set the table in my garden for the blog hop. Join me as we celebrate spring and Easter.

Thank you, Rita, for all you do organizing the tablescape hops! You do a fabulous job. 
White hydrangeas accented with pink carnations were arranged in a vintage basket borrowed from a dear friend and placed on a pastel stripe napkin for the centerpiece.

Spring has arrived in south Alabama. The azaleas, dogwoods, spirea, flowering trees, and  Lady Banks roses are all blooming.
I wish you could all be here and enjoy the beautiful weather in my garden.
Can you see my Pink Ruffle azalea behind the table?
Grace Tea Ware scalloped bunny plates with pretty pastel colors was found at Home Goods. I knew when I saw the bunny plates they would match my Paula Deen aqua plates. I was thankful to find floral napkins at Home Goods too, that brought out all the colors in the plates. 

This is a close-up of the Nicole Miller floral napkin with a rattan napkin ring. The napkin ring found at a local gift shop tied all the natural elements of rattan, bamboo, and water hyacinth together. 

The sweet pastel hand-tooled real eggs carved with beautiful designs were a birthday gift last year. They are so delicate.

Here is a close-up of the intricately designed eggs. They were such a sweet gift. I placed them in egg cups in several photos.

Natural elements are a major theme unifying this tablescape. Water hyacinth placemats, rattan centerpiece basket, napkin rings, rattan liners for the glasses, and bamboo cutlery are all-natural elements that give great texture to this spring table.

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After several days, some of the flowers began to wane. I broke down the centerpiece arrangement and placed it in smaller vases on my kitchen table to enjoy it longer.

"Our Lord has written the promise of Resurrection, not in books alone but in every leaf of springtime." Martin Luther.

It was the blue hour outside when I took this picture. I know you are wondering where I live because all our spring flowers arrived about two weeks early this year. Usually, in south Alabama, the azaleas open now and last until the end of the month. We had two weeks in late February and early March with highs in the 80s during the day, so everything bloomed earlier. The blooms are all gone now, and it has turned cooler. Monday night, it is forecast to be a low of 28. I guess this is the cool spell before Easter. Did you know the farmers say if the pecan trees have leafed out, there will not be any more cold weather? They have not leafed out yet. All my hydrangeas are full of leaves which is a concern. But, by Thursday, it is forecast to be a high of 80. 

Below, you will find the blogger's links to view their creative tablescapes. 
Home is Where the Boat Is - Cottontail Farms
Everyday Living - The Blessing of Easter
Corner of Plaid and Paisley - One Happy Bunny
Bleu Belle Interiors - Spring Brings Joy
Living With Thanksgiving - Easter Fun
Hyacinths for the Soul - Springtime Pleasures
Celebrating Everyday Life - How to Style an Elegant Easter Brunch Table
The Painted Apron - Carrots and Cottontails
My Thrift Store Addiction - Egg-cited for Spring Breakfast Table
Celebrate and Decorate - Spring Table Decor
Red Cottage Chronicles - Blue and White Tablescape for Spring
Thrifting Wonderland - Spring Forward Tablescape
Thank you for viewing my post today. I am grateful for your friendship and support. Reflecting on life's blessings, you are a great blessing to me. 
                                  Living thankfully,

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Let Me Call You Sweetheart


Valentine's Day is fast approaching. In thinking about Valentine's Day, I remembered a song my parents were fond of named,  Let Me Call You Sweetheart. The song was written in 1910 and Bing Crosby made the song very popular in 1945, the year my parents married. 

Let me call you sweetheart
I'm in love with you
Let me hear you whisper
That you love me too
Keep the love light glowing 
In your eyes so blue
Let me call you Sweetheart
I'm in love with you

Beth Slater Whitson- Lyrics
Leo Freedman- Music

Welcome to a Valentine Tablescape blog hop sponsored by Rita @Panoply. We thank Rita for her excellent organizational skills in keeping these events happening. You will find many creative ideas from 21 table stylists to inspire your Valentine decorating and  their links are at the end of this post.

 I've set the table for a valentine's celebration with non-traditional colors. 
Multi-colored roses dress up a lady head vase as a centerpiece for my Valentine tablescape. Hellebores, a
lso called Lenton Roses, accent the mirrored tile, and several added to the arrangement add additional texture.
The back view shows her pearls and pink and red glass heart accents.

The mirrored tile table runner holds jasperware vases containing lavender, fuchsia, and light pink roses. And if you look closely, there is a blue and white ceramic heart box.

The place setting begins with ruffled velvet Crown Linen placemats. Horchow blue and white plates sit atop pink chargers. A Bavarian cream salad plate with gold trim holds different Wedgewood trinket dishes. Several of the small dishes have embossed greek mythology figures. The heart-shaped Wedgwood trinket dishes give a nod to Valentine's Day.

This is a close-up of one of the jasperware vases. Jasperware or jasper ware, is a type of pottery first developed by potter Josiah Wedgwood in the 1770s.
Usually described as stoneware, it has an unglazed matte "biscuit" finish and is produced in a number of different colors, of which the most common and best known is a pale blue that has become known as Wedgwood blue. The unglazed stoneware, decorated with cameo-like motifs, can be found in 18th, 19th, and 20th century versions of the original blues, as well as lilacs, greens, and whites." Wikipedia"

 Wedgwood china is made in Staffordshire, England. I love mixing Wedgwood with blue and white china.

I want to learn more about the embossed figures on the jasperware pieces, but so far, I have yet to have any luck. 

Pink napkins repeat the pink color in the chargers and roses. The napkin rings repeat the gold in the gold cutlery, gold rim goblets, and gold-rimmed china.  

The lovely vintage goblets were a Christmas present from my son's family. I love the beautiful etching. They also gave me the gold budding leaf napkin rings for my birthday last year.

This trinket dish is from Munich. This piece belongs to a friend. 

Valentine's Day celebrates romantic love. My favorite quote about love does not come from a poet but from the bible. 1 Corinthians 13 is called the love chapter and is often read at weddings.
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth, It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres." 1Corinthians 13:4-7

 We have had so many cloudy and rainy days it was hard to take good pictures. After a few days of sunshine, the roses opened more, and I added greenery. I really like the arrangement better now.

Click on the post title to view the blog posts.

Home is Where the Boat Is - Love Birds' Bed & Breakfast
My Hubbard Home - Vintage Inspired Rose and Gold Valentine's Table
Everyday Living - Colors of Love
Pandora's Box - A Galentine's Table
Living With Thanksgiving - Let Me Call You Sweetheart
The Little Yellow Corner Store - A Glamorous Winter Snowman for Valentine's Day
The Painted Apron - Hearts and Flowers
My Thrift Store Addiction - Cupid's Valentine Dessert Buffet
Belle Bleu Interiors - A Day for Love
Red Cottage Chronicles - Fire and Ice Valentine's Tablescape
Hyacinths for the Soul - Where You Go, My Heart Follows
Thrifting Wonderland - Start With Flowers Tablescape
Corner of Plaid and Paisley - Sweet Valentine Tablescape

Wishing you and yours a Happy Valentine's Day on February 14th!