Sunday, April 25, 2010

Always Organizing and Reorganizing

I am participating in Metamorphasis Monday with Susan at Between Naps on the Porch.   There are some amazing things on this blog party so check them out. 

I would guess that everyone has storage and organization issues.  I would also guess that those of us with dish, table linen, and glassware collections are especially challenged.  I am constantly reorganizing my collections so that I make sure they are available for use. 

One of my challenges has been cloth napkins.  Especially the ones that don't 'match' a placemat for tablecloth (those are stored together).   Plastic boxes are nice, but I still forget about them even though I have tried to label everything.   I'm also not very tall and if the boxes get shuffled too high, they stay in limbo.  As I was working on my closet the other day I ran across one of those things that hangs in the closet and is supposed to be for shoes and I thought - how perfect.  So here it is on the left side of this photo.

I can't think of the last time I had room on the table for a charger.  I'll have to work on that as I have several of them.
And there was just no room anywhere else for these two sets of dishes. 

These are tablecloths and napkins that match them.  I'm not sure if I like this, but for now it seems to be working and this is one of those low rods.

I don't use cups and saucers all that often, so I put them in plastic bins at the top of the closet and get them out as I need them.  (Oh, if you look to the right you will see I'm not finished with this whole closet yet)

I have other pieces of china that I don't use often (or have room for) as well as some crystal that I got a deal on and haven't even used.

And where to put those votives and tapers for the table.  They are in the plastic boxes right above the rod that is not holding the napkins.
And I thought you might get a kick out of perfect hubby's side. 

He is obviously much taller and much more organized that his short, dish addicted spouse.

Yes, this is a sizeable closet, but I do tend to make it smaller and smaller almost every day!  I have alot more work to do on it.  I found another set of china that is a service for 12 that is really a bargain that I'm considering.  

Thank you for visiting.  And don't forget to check out Between Naps on the Porch for some truly amazing posts.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Brightening a gloomy day

Another gloomy and overcast day here.  So, what could perk me up more than playing with the dishes.  Many, many thanks to Susan Between Naps on the Porch for her wonderful Tablescape Thursday party that is always such a wonderful inspiration.  If you haven't already checked them out you will be amazed by the creations.

(Susan, I sure wish I could get that little button on my post, but I haven't figured that out yet)

I'm sure most of you will recognize the dishes from Marshall's.   I really like the aqua blue and brown.  It's not too prissy for an evening dinner with enough color to keep me interested.  I just found the taupe/brown colored flatware at Ross last week and thought they'd be perfect for my blue and green plaid tablecloth from a prior setting.

As I was setting the table I looked out at the misty rain and low and behold here were some perfect flowers for the table.

They bring out the orange in the Lenox  dishes just perfectly.

The 'candle holders' are just round glass globes turned upside down since I wanted to raise the candles a bit.
The placemats and napkins I've had for years and I'm sure were a Ross purchase. 
The glasses are also very old. 
The little dessert dishes came from Ross but I don't remember the brand.  They come in a set of 6 colors so naturally, I had to get two sets.

Thanks so much for stopping by and for your patience while I learn all about this blogging.  I am having a great time and I hope you are also.

Don't forget to check out Tablescape Thursday.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Rainy Morning Tea

We have a lovely rainy Tuesday morning.  Since our house is still a mess until the carpet is put into our bedroom, it just seem logical to make up a tea tray to sit and enjoy the morning rain.

Grab yourself some tea, and water and lets chat while it steeps.

I really like this pattern from Crown Imperial but I have no idea what the name of it is.  I only have six pieces of it so I use it mostly for tea for two.  I should bite the bullet and have some search company find it for me, then I'd have another set to work on completing.

Nothing fancy in the tea area.  This is a great little tray I got from a thirft store and found, when I shined it up, it is by Reed and Barton.  Don't know the pattern or it it has one, but it's perfect for this.

Again I use the Christopher Stuart, “Empire House” teapot from my mother in law

Just a closeup of the napkins.  I've had then so long I don't remember where they originated.

This was a recent clearance at Marshall's that I thought I couldn't live without.  If you look in the background you can see the Agave juice that we tend to prefer for sweetner.  Perhaps I'll have to start looking for a cute little honey thing.  Hmmmmm,,, think I saw one recently.

The tray came years ago from Costco and was in a set of two or three.  This one is the middle size and I use it a lot of my ottoman for drinks and snacks and, of course, tea.

Many, many thanks to all of you how are visiting. 

Please be sure to check out  Tuesday Tea for Two  at http://theplumedpen.blogspot.com/ and Tea Time Tuesday at http://ladykatherineteaparlor.blogspot.com/ for all the wonderful and inspiring posts that are there.

There are so many wonder posts in blogland and I really wish I could figure out how to get all those buttons and pictures and the like put on my blog page and I really hope that no one is offended or I do anything that is not polite in blogland.  So far, I'm have a great time playing with my dishes and soaking up all the beauty and inspiration. 

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Simple Dinner

A little late, I am participating in Tablescape Thursday at http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/2010/04/welcome-to-86th-tablescape-thursday.html  but I must warn you, my simple table setting cannot come close to what is posted on this website. 

My family was here last week for our Easter celebration so I made a very simple stuffed chicken dinner for Saturday night to tide us over.

I was so inspired by the Plaid at http://www.cuisinekathleen.com/2010/04/were-getting-there-i-am-plaid-you-came.html I decided to post this table.  I've had the cloth and napkins for a long time and although I really like the colors, especially the taupe color, I don't use it very often.  I have trouble putting things together with it for some reason.  But, since I had some pretty girly tables for Easter I thought I'd give a nod to the guys.

No chargers, no candles, nothing fancy.  Just an early dinner. 

The tablecloth and napkins are from Marshall's several years ago;
The napkin rings I just found at the Dollar Tree;
Flatware is my everyday stainless that came from Ross 10 years ago or so;
The wine glasses were on sale at Pier One this year for about $2.00;
The water glasses areCircleware, I think they are called, and are pretty old;
And the dishes are Mikasa Intaglio Country Garden.

 Oh crud, how long have I been putting the wine glasses on the wrong side of the water glasses.  Oops.
 I can look at old posts, I bet I've done it every time.

Thanks so much for looking.  I figure since I have to set the table almost every day anyway why not do it up right!  Or at least close.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

One Last Easter Hurrah!

Sheesh, Thursday already!   There are some incredible tablescapes posted at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, so click on the box on the right to check them out if you haven't already.

I have reworked my Easter table so I'm a little happier with it.  I am looking forward to Sunday and having everyone here.

Yes, this is much better.

Amazing how the adding glasses and utensils makes such a difference.

Not to mention clearing off the table to make room for the food

I love these litte hen dishes and the little salt cellars.  I'm sure they will come off the table for dinner service.

The glasses wine and water glasses are Lenox Tuscany Seasons; the egg plates came from probably Ross or Marshalls; the dinnerware is Independence Ironstone; napkins and tablecloth came from a discount store a couple of years ago; napkins are from Kohls this year (I commented on that a few days ago)

And what, you ask, happened to the bunny plates, the tall candles and the bunny?  Well, I created a dessert table.  I am determined to use my living room - you know that room in the house that no one ever goes into except for Christmas.  Well, I decided to make mine a parlor, so we are going to start eating our dessert in here.
Since I have a round table cloth that matches the one in the dining room, I opened up the drop-leaf and used it. I sure am glad I got all those extra napkins when they were available.

And there is the bunny and the candlesticks that cluttered up the dining table.  And what's for dessert?  Carrot cake, of course.

I think this cake plate came from Target a few years ago.  You can turn it over and use it for chips and dip, but I never do.

I pulled out the pressed glass cream and sugar along with the Mikasa coffee cups and saucers.

I don't remember where this little thing came from, probably a thrift store, but it makes a really nice spooner.

Thanks so much for visiting.  And thank you to all those bloggers out there who never cease to amaze, awe and inspire me.  I wish I had time to comment on every one I visit so you will know I've visited.  And to all those who put together the blog parties!  They keep me on my toes and constantly trying harder.  That is a positive thing.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Morning Tea Tray

I got a new tray for my 'parlor' and decided today would be a great morning for a little tea and to participate in Tea Time Tuesday with Lady Katherine at http://ladykatherineteaparlor.blogspot.com/ and Wanda Lee for Tuesday Tea for Two at http://theplumedpen.blogspot.com/.   Thanks to both of these wonderful hostesses.

The sweet peas were in full bloom this morning and are a great shade of purple.

My dear mother-in-law gave me this tea pot for Christmas a few years back.  I really like it.  It seems to go with just about anything and I like the little topnot thing.  I'm not sure what it is supposed to be, but I like it.

The bird in the middle of these plates is what sold me on them originally.  They are pretty floral for me, but the bird is what I like and they are perfect for a little tea. (and I do mean little, the cups are smaller than they look!  Won't they be the perfect set for granddaughter)

This is probably my favorite cream and sugar (for today anyway).  I realized I don't have any sugar cubes and the packets of Splenda and Sweet N Low just looked tacky.

I am seriously considering getting some fake food to add to my tablescapes (you'd thinkg I never had food or something).  Or maybe I shouldn't be in such a hurry to take the photos.

The tray came from Lillian Vernon.
The china cups, saucers and plates are Paragon China, the pattern is Rockingham Green.
The teapot is Christopher Stuart, the pattern is Empire House.
The spoons are Reed and Barton's Francis 1.
The cream and sugar are from Royal Albert of England, the pattern is Silver Birch

Thanks for looking.  Don't forget to check out Lady Katherine's link and Wanda Lee's link for some really incredible settings.  Have a wonderful week.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Easter Goes On and On

If you asked me about my favorite colors, yellow would definitely not be one of them.  If you look at my tablesettings lately, you'd think yellow was my favorite.  I guess over the years I have collected many things in yellow for springtime and Easter.  Putting them all together in one table makes for a lot of yellow in one place.....  I thought I could put together something whimsical for this year but it isn't working out too well.

I'm only having a total of 8 for Easter this year and it will be on the 11th.  I don't know how all of you do such beautiful tables and fit the food on them.  I never seem to get photos of the food because I'm busy cooking and getting everything ready.   So I set the table early and put alot of 'doo dads' on it that I wouldn't usually add, and that I will probably remove.  It looks really funny to me with all the stuff on it.  But it is Eastery!!!  I can't get too fired up about photos as I don't have the glasses or silverware set yet, but here are a few. 

The egg cups will hold place cards which will probably be a dyed egg with names in crayon.
I really like the little bunny plates.  They are called "Peas and Carrots" and I got them from Marshall's last year right after Easter so it was a thrill to unpack them this year.  I am, however, not so fond of them in this setting, and will probably pick them up and serve dessert on them.
And, of course, all the plastic eggs will go and the dishes filled with something you can actually eat.
I was getting desperate as Easter approached and I didn't have what I thought were suitable napkin rings (I have, indeed, lost my mind).  So, a very, very unusual trip to a Kohls happened and that's where I found these.  They will have to do. 

I must interject something there.  Now, I don't know if it's just me, but I found shopping at Kohls a relatively unpleasant experience because of their so-called shopping carts.  I really didn't appreciate having to stand on my head to get things out of it when I got to the cash register.  I'm sure those behind me in line didn't appreciate the view of me emptying my cart either.  Thankfully, I don't shop at Kohls regularly -  wonder if that's why!?

At any rate, this is as close to the actual finished table as I will probably photo.  I'm not too fond of it for some reason.  Perhaps if I clean it up some........... And I'm not linking it to anything because  it isn't one of my best.

Thanks for looking.  If you really want info on anything you see, don't hesitate to ask.  Perhaps I'll redo it and post that on Thursday.