Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Spring Luncheon with Girlfriends

This week I am again participating once again in Susan's Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.   Thank you so much for hosting this wonderful event.  It inspires me every week so make sure you check out all the beautiful tablescapes that are there. 

I am going to do an Easter table, of course, but I'm just not ready yet.  I mean I have until Sunday, right?

I created this table setting for a luncheon with girlfriends on Tuesday afternoon.  A simple chicken salad in tomatoes, rolls and fruit with tea and coffee was on the menu.

I have had the dishes and the quilt for a long time and have always wanted to put them together for something.  I no longer have a magnolia tree in my yard, but I think some of the leaves from that tree would be just perfect don't you?

I noticed that after I took half the photos, I'd forgotten the knives.  Whew, I wonder about myself sometimes.

A friend of mine made this quilt for me about 13 year ago as a housewarming gift.  Oh, those lime green buckets in the window again and the granddaughter's box of toys in the corner.  Oh well.

I've been collecting this pattern for years.  It's Lifetime China Co., Turquoise Magnolia and was manufactured in the 50's I believe.  I adore the square luncheon plates.

It makes such a pretty place setting. 

I think the cup is just adorable.

And the cream and sugar.

Closeup of the quilt panel.  The reverse side is different so I may use it at another time.
Another view showing the lusterware tea/coffee pot.  Works well with these I think.

This is a butter dish I got years ago.  I use it all the time.  I think the pattern is called "teardrop" but everyone calls it the 'toes'.  I haven't a clue what the pattern on the top is.  I also have a relish dish in this pattern that's on the other side of the table.

One last view. (without the knives I may add)

The napkins are from Pier One
I have no clue where the water glasses came from
The silver is Francis 1 from Reed and Barton that I have collected for a long time
The center dish was a flea market find
The lusterware tea/coffee pot (I think it's actually a coffee pot) was an eBay find

Thanks to all of you for visiting and to all those tablescapers out there who are such an inspiration.

Friday, March 26, 2010

A Manly Dinner

One of my hubby's favorite golf buddies came over so, of course, it was necessary to change the cutesy pastel table to something a little more appropriate (and it was a good excuse to reset the table).  Since March has been packed away and I didn't really want to go green; just a little more manly.  Here is what I chose.
It is a little plain, but I like the combination
(I forgot about the lime green candle buckets in the window until I saw this photo)

I really like the smokey glass

Dessert plates all ready for a little chocolate mouse

Thyme was one of the main ingredients in the salmon dish, so what better for a table bouquet

Oops, forgot to turn the flash off

I don't use these square plates much, but I think I like them better the more I use them.

The Tablecloth is an old beige one I've had for a while-it's got a suit like texture that I really like
Plates and bowls are"Simple Dining" from Ross. 
Black napkins came from Bed Bath & Beyond
Flatware is called Tadpole from Pier One from a long time ago
Water Glasses came from Ross and are Karen Neurenburger (I've never found any more of them)
Wine goblets are old Celebrity glass from many years ago
The little grey glass vase I found at a thrift store for less than $2.
Candlestick was a gift several years ago

Thanks for looking and to all those dish and tablecape bloggers who are such an inspration to me on a continuing basis.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Ok, ok, OK, Spring it is!

I'm not ready for Easter yet, I don't care how early in April it is.  Easter should be in the middle of April, not the first weekend.  OK, now that I have that off my chest I feel better.

I must say the postings for Easter tables are just amazing.  I love to comment, (I never have been one to keep an opinion to myself) but I am running out of adjectives.  They are all so beautiful and elegant and special.   I am just in awe of what bloggerland folks can do.

So I opened my "April" box, got out whatever I could find that looked like spring and started setting the table.  After a couple of not so successful attempts I settled on a few of my favorite things.

I sort of went with a yellow theme since it started out a bright, sunny day this morning.

I changed the wine glasses before dinner.  I only have two of these, one green and one yellow so it seemed just perfect.

Placemats and napkins from Marshalls last year;
Yellow octagon dishes are Independence Ironstone I've had since 1972 or so and just unpacked recently;
Plates are Mikasa Intaglio Country Garden (I really like these and use them alot in spring and summer);
Little square plates, can't remember but they are perfectly pastel for spring;
Candle holders are from the dollar store;
Smaller glasses are Lenox Tuscany Seasons from a few years ago (I found some wine glasses to match on Ebay);
Yellow tulip goblets came from a dish exchange long ago;
the cylamen came from my mother-in-law and I could not resist using it for a little pop; and,
the bowl is a piece of depression glass I've had a long time.

Don't, worry I'll celebrate Easter on the right weekend - I'm not a total heathen!!

Thanks to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for hosting Tablescape Thursday. and to everyone out there in blogland who so generously share their talents and photos.

Oh, can anyone tell me that the 'labels' at the bottom of the screen you post on is for?  I can't figure it out!!

Thanks for looking and happy spring/Easter.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Tuesday Table for Two

This is my participation in Tabletop Tuesday.

 I adore these goblets, a recent find.  They have an amber bowl that is lustery (is that a word) and a green stem.  Because I only have three I wanted to use them for a dinner for two.  But creating a table setting that I'm happy with has been a little difficult. 

I have always loved clear glass, but lately have developed an afinity for tinted glassware, especially in shades of amber and yellow.  Not sure why, perhaps its spring coming around and thoughts of Easter dinner that has done it.  Anyway, here are the goblets that hold my eye at the moment.

Since it is still March, my house is still decorated with a lot of green, so green it is.
I tried a dark green water glass because I only have three of them also.
But I didn't like that at all.  The green just off enough to make me uncomfortable. 

Next I tried a little lime green glass thinking perhaps that would go.  Well, as you can see it was awful. 

So I decided to use a recent Pier One find that I couldn't resist.  On sale, of course, so I only have 5 of them.   They are really pretty and are somewhat better. 

So, for a quiet and informal dinner for two, this is how it ended.  I will be on careful look-out for more coordinating glassware (gee how odd for me) and oh, I do like to be on a quest.

So now it's time to move into Spring.  A little early at my house, but all the posts are so inspiring I can't wait another week. 
I want to thank all those tablescape bloggers for all their inspiration.

Between Naps on the Porch
Sweet Nothings
Affordable Accoutraments
The Plumed Pen
A Stroll Through Life
Around the House
and many, many others

Thanks for looking.

I am also joining Tabletop Tues at Marty’s http://astrollthrulife.blogspot.com/2010/03/5th-table-top-tuesday-more-spring.htmland apologize that I can't seem to get the appropriate links yet. That's the most frustrating about blogging for me.  I can't seem to get some things to work.  But, I'm studying on it and will figure it out I'm sure.  Please bear with me.

Monday, March 22, 2010

My New Dishwasher

Our 15 year old dishwasher finally breathed its last.  Naturally, hubby spent hours on the floor trying to pull it apart and make it run.  He though it was briefly brought back to life.  It had given up and I had already started looking for another.   Now granted, I could have gone to one of those home stores and had it delivered and installed in a matter of days and been done with it.  But not at this point in my life. 

As you have probably discovered, I love dishes and glassware.  So, when I saw an add for a dishwasher that could handle 'fine china and crystal' I was definintely interested.  Of course I will probably never put my older stuff in it, but it does have the cycle.  It also has a "starch and cheese" cycle -- I'm not sure, but I don't think I'll ever use that one!

What brand is it?  It's a Miele (pronounced Meela).  Yes, it cost me my entire household budget for the next six months or so; yes, it took about a month to get it delivered, installed and the front panel made to go with the kitchen cabinets; but, so far it was worth the wait.  I LOVE THIS THING.  I'm still learning how to load it, and it has more 'options' than I'll ever use (and in about 30 languages) but I'm hooked.   

It's crazy, I know to being this wierd about a dishwasher for cryin' out loud, but at my age, anything that tickles me this way has to a good thing.  I felt the same way about the Oreck I got many years ago, the standing mixer I finally treated myself to about five years ago, and although I'm still not totally sold on the new food processor I got year before last, I think it will eventually rank right up there once I get used to it.

There is always something fun about a new appliance.  But I confess, I'm still hand-washing what I have always hand washed.  Oh, here it is.  (now I ask you, have you EVER taken a picture of a dishwasher????  I think I've gone over the edge)

I almost forgot one of the most important things about why I was looking at this brand -- it is quiet, quiet, quiet.  We can actually watch TV and even talk while it's running.  Amazing.

Sunday, March 21, 2010


It's a funny thing; I have just come to the realization that I don't have a knack for centerpieces.  I see all these beautiful centerpieces on various blogs that seem to pull the table together and look wonderful.  It dawns on me that I've never really done anything but put food and perhaps a couple of candles on the table.  Just an old school southern gal I suppose and always focused on the food.

It's the wierdest thing, I grow flowers just so I can cut them and bring them inside so they always look like I plunked them in the vase just as I cut them around the yard.   You'd thing someone who loves to grow flowers and lives to set the table would have somehow managed to put the two together, but no.  Somehow I missed that life lesson. 

And one last thing, I noticed when I take photos of a tablescape I've done I haven't lined up the silverware and it's all catty whompus.  It's in the right place, but it's just a little out of kilter.  Funny, I never noticed that before - cracks me up when I think about it.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

A Lucky Find

A couple of years ago I purchased a set of four cloth napkins for everyday use.  (I just hate paper napkins)  They are kind of an odd green color.  Low and behold, yesterday I took a quick run into Ross since I was in the neighborhood and found placemats that matched them.  Talk about luck of the Irish.  Might not seem like much to most people, but I love it when I find a match!!!

The photo lighting makes it look like they don't match, but they are exact. 

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Tea for St. Patrick's Day Afternoon

I wasn't going to post anything, but I found some wonderful tea ideas at Lady Katherine Tea Parlor, http://ladykatherineteaparlor.blogspot.com/  that I just had to participate.  I wish I was a better blogger, I hope I'm not offending anyone by not linking correctly, or referring back to the correct place or whatever it is you do when you try to participate in something.  I'm sure I'll eventually get it. 

Here are some photos of my tea table I just set up in my living room.  The table is a smallish drop-leaf that I use quite a bit for tea  and visiting.  I've had it for years and just recently put it in front of the window.

I couldn't resist this photo of the beautiful day we had today.

The view from the top isn't that great, but I do love this green cake plate which is unmarked. 

This photo came out better with the flash on which is a little unusual.
The teacups are a Royal Grafton and an Aynsley, both with shamrocks.  The Sugar Bowl is Phoenix China.  The teapot is McCormick (interestingly enough I've seen it at a local antique store).  The creamer is unmarked but I just adore it, and the little spoon is an Oneida I got for 50cents somewhere. 

I had to include the detail from the tablecloth.  I can't remember where I got it now, but it's pretty amazing, not hand-done, but still amazing.

Thanks for looking and have a wonderful week.

Monday, March 15, 2010

And into the shelves they go

I have to clean out more shelves in my utility room to handle some of the stuff I've unpacked.
I am such a blogging newbie I can't figure out how to get the pictures to be where I want them. Live and learn, and learn, and learn I suppose.
I still have to store the chargers in the bedroom closet because the cabinets aren't wide enough to accomodate them. I'm pretty happy with the way things turned out so far.
And thanks so much to Susan at Metmamorphasis Monday who is always so inspiring.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Too many dishes? I don't think so!

This is not a local thrift store. I've been unpacking since our move and trying to get organized. I love every piece, and some of them have been packed away for 10-15 years or more so it was quite exciting to get them all out. I must admit and having a lot of it in one place is a little frightening. And these are just the pieces that aren't already in a cabinet or hutch. Please tell me I'm not the only one with this 'affliction'.

I will be posting the cabinets (maybe) but I sure am making a mess trying to find a place for all this stuff.
I huge Thank You to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for her Metamorphosis Monday which was the impetus for me to get in gear and get these things organized so I can use them more often.

Friday, March 12, 2010

I had no idea

I had no idea how pleasant and uplifting this whole blogging thing would be. I have thoroughly enjoyed my niece's blog but didn't really get the whole blogging thing very recently.

In these days where all the 'news' is between awful and awful'er' I have found this so refreshing. I know it probably sounds nuts to anyone reading this, but as I age I want a more graciousness (is that a word?) in my life. I always thought I was the only dish freak out there, now I realize I've got lots of company and lots of fun and info is out there to share. I am have a grateful attack this evening!!!!

Thanks to all of you who blog and are so wonderful to share you thoughts, creative ideas, talents and add beauty without reservation.

A new treasure

I found this plate at a local 'antique' store. This is the shop that also has the beautiful clear, lemon yellow goblets I'd love to have. Anyway. I simply couldn't resist this dish. It's stamped Wedgwood England on the back so it may be from the turn of the century (19th - 20th, not 2001 for you yungings). I just adore it crazing and all.

I have no clue about the pattern if there is one.  It's got an ironstone or pottery feel rather than a china procelain.  I can't wait to use it for something. Perhaps for a tea.