Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day Table

A very quiet Memorial Day compared to some in the past.  I still tear up during the Star Spangled Banner, and appreciate those who keep this country free.  It's humbling to consider all those who give of themselves and I really thought about that as I was setting this table.

So, here's my table for Memorial Day.  Since it's a quiet weekend and no huge outdoor event so there will be no paper plates. 

A while back I found some plates at Goodwill that I thought would be great for a patriotic table setting.  Unfortunately, I couldn't make them work.  Although I love the little flags on them, I just wasn't happy with the aqua with the red, white and blue.

So I went with the checkered.

The checkered plates are from Sakura, Farmstand Fruit by David Carter Brown;
the placemats and dishtowel napkins came from the Dollar Tree as did the candle holders and the goblets;
I can't remember where I got the white and red plate star plates,
the 'chargers' are a couple of Mikasa Maxima Coronet Blue (they are pale blue in the center) that came from a thrift store, and;
the flatware is my everyday rusty stainlesss.

Thanks for visiting.  I hope you had a wonderful weekend and a meaningful Memorial Day.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Summer Reading Challenge 2010

I am joining the Summer Reading Challenge 2010 at A Southern Daydreamer Reads.  I think it's a wonderful idea and thank Susan for hosting it. 

I'm not very tech-saavy so I'm not sure I'm doing this right but if you click on the link it should take you to the right place. 

Here is my current list.

Summer 2010 reading list

Grange House by Sarah Blake
The Postmistress by Sarah Blake
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
Don’t Let’s Go To The Dogs Tonight by Aexandra Fuller
The Yellow House by Patricia Falvey
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent
The Crossroads Café by Deborah Smith
Under the Banner of Heaven by John Krakauer
Men and Dogs by Katie Crouch
The Teahouse on Mulberry Street by Sharon Owens
Spoken from the Heart by Laura Bush
Blacklisted by History by M. Stanton Evans
A World Undone by G.J.Meyer

I guess I should add a classic and perhaps a history.  I'm sure it will change over the weeks and months to come.

Some of these I already have and some I don't, so I may finish a couple before the challenge actually begins on the 21st of June. 

Thanks for checking this out.  I'd love to hear what you're reading and any suggestions or recommendations.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Springy April Cornell

I am joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday so make sure to check out all the beautiful things posted there.

Several weeks ago I ran across these April Cornell placements and napkins at my favorite thrift store.  All four pieces cost me $4.00 which was more than I thought I should pay and at the time I wasn't sure about the color and what I would do with them.  Now I wish I had more than two sets.

If you have never seen April Cornell linens in person the quality is amazing.  The seams are beautiful and the tags (on this set anyway) are actually attached to the placemats and napkins so you don't have to cut them off (great for marketing).   

I thought they were a little too flowery for my taste, but once I got them ironed and got the table set I like them better and better.

So, here they are.

And of course I had to use them for dinner.

And I remember when I found these square reddish plates on sale I wasn't sure I liked them after I got them home and have never used them.  Funny how things work out isn't it.

Oops, forgot the water glasses

The redish plates are 222 Fifth Fleur Rouge from Marshall's; 
the napkin rings came from KMart;
the light green plates are from portugal and are also from Marshall's;
the flatware is my everyday old rusty stainless,
water glasses are from the Dollar Tree, and;
the wine goblets are my favorites off Ebay some time ago.

For dinner we will have salmon, salad, and vegetables.  Trying to be health ya know.

Be sure to check out Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday hosted by Susan.  I know you will be amazed at the tablescapes that are there.

Thanks so much for stopping by. 

Monday, May 24, 2010

Vintage Linen Find

I thought I'd join Tam over at The Gypsy's Corner for  Three or More Tuesday.  Since the total number of pieces is 9 I guess it's three times three which is more!

I found this linen table cloth and 8 napkins this past weekend.  It's not like I need another tablecloth and napkin set, but I just couldn't resist this one since I thought it was beautiful and it had more than 6 napkins.  I can't wait to do a tablesetting with it.

It had one little stain and is currently soaking, but I couldn't wait to take the photos.

It has fruit;

It has flowers

It has eight totally clean, stainless napkins;

And it is that fabric that I love that is somewhat shiney and has the white on white pattern.   I don't know what it's called so if you know what it is please let me know.

Thanks for taking a look.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Pink Tea Set and What IS the stuff?

Those of you with infants and toddlers may be able to relate.  What IS the stuff in kid's food that makes it stain everything orange?  Is it carrots, sweet potatoes, tomato sauce,what????  And getting it out of clothes, forget it.  I'm wondering if the oil spill isn't part of the answer.  It looks orange on TV.  I can even get beet juice out, but not this stuff.

And speaking of the oil spill, you know there are seemingly endless ideas on how to clean it up.  I say, TRY THEM ALL.  Do all of 'em.  What can it hurt.  I'm trying everything to get the orange stains out of bibs and the like.  Don't we try everything until we finally find something that works. 

Today is beautiful so I think I'll play in the yard a while.

But before I go I want to show you a little teaset I got for my sweet Granddaughter.  She's only 14 months old so she's really not into yet, but of course she carries the pieces around and has a great time.  Never to young to start 'em I say.  It arrived while I was have her over for an afternoon, so naturally it had to come out of the box.
Isn't this the cutest little thing.  Yes, a spoon is missing, she's running around with it at the moment.  And the cups change color when you pour ice water into them. 

When I first unpacked it for her an put it on the ottoman in the den, naturally my rescue whippet, Ty, had to check it out. 

I really like that it has handles that are solid to little fingers can't get stuck. 

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

To Cloth or Not to Cloth

I am joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for her wonderful Tablescape Thursday party.  She is ever so gracious and kind to be the hostess.  There are some just incredible settings that are posted through this party so be sure you check it out.

As I was reorganizing I was reminded of some chargers I got at Pier One a while back.  Even on sale, they were more than I wanted to pay, but at the time I just had to have them.  And, this is the first time I've used them.  They a very large and are heavy glass. 

A already had the white tablecloth on, but I think they might look better on just the bare wood.  (makes me shutter to think of it though!)

After I saw the photos I definitely decided I didn't really like the look of the cloth, so this week I redid the setting without a cloth or placemat (GASP).  I also changed the flatware from the above (which is Pier one Tadpole long since discontinued)

I like the look better, but I'm not wild about not even having placemats (that Southern upbringing never quite leaves me).  I haven't found a placemat I'm happy using.  Hmmmmm sounds like time for a shopping spree.

Oh my, I just noticed I hadn't put water glasses on before I took photos.  Busy getting dinner ready!

Yep, I think the brown of the table helped bring out the detail in the plate and the charger. 

Added some beautiful Peruvian lilies from the yard.

The green dinner plates are from Marshall's and are from Portugal.  On sale some months ago.  The salad bowls are Yedi that I found on Amazon and just had to have.

Plaid napkins came from Ross.  I thought I'd probably use them in the fall, but they work with the green in this setting.

The water glasses are from Dollar Tree, and the wine goblets are one of my favorites that I found on Ebay practically for only the shipping and I just love 'em.

And I do like the shell/mother of pearly chargers from Pier One.

I'd love to hear your opinions about tablecloth, placement and the like.  With me there is just something neked about a table without a cloth or placemat.  Old fashioned I know.   You know what they say, "You can take the girl out of the South, but.............."

Be sure to check out Tablescape Thursday.
Thanks for visiting me today.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Simple Lunch with Tea

There are so many wonderful places to visit on Tuesday so I'm linking to a couple that I hope you will check out.  Sometimes I have trouble keeping them straight, so check out my sidebar where their are photos with links. 

Lady Katherine's Tea Parlor for Tea TimeTuesday
The Plumed Pen with Wanda Lee for Tuesday Tea for Two and Wednesday Tea for me and Thee

Nothing fancy with this tea.  I'm basically showing off my silver plated cream and sugar I got from Goodwill a while ago and finally polished.  The only real "flaw" is that someone obviously used the creamer for an ashtray -- don't you just hate that.  I haven't worked too hard yet to get the staining out of the bottom, but they sure polished up nice. 

I also washed and ironed a new cutwork cloth that I put on the table.  Here is a closeup of the cutwork.

I also used a couple of little tea napkins I picked up from a thrift store.

After cleaning up the roses from two days ago I moved them onto the table.

And, yes, they do smell wonderful.

Since the creamer is stained I used it for a couple of pieces of plated flatware from my collection.  One of my favorites is the fork that is monogrammed "Birdie".  

I like thinking about who she was and how much fun she must have been to have this pattern with her name on it.

And  a couple of cups in the same pattern, different color from Marshall's.  I didn't feel like hand-washing anything today.

And there you have it.  A few moments of quiet before my favorite little toddler shows up to spend the afternoon with me. 

Thanks so much for dropping by.  Maybe next time I'll be inspired to back something yummy, although I can't count on it 'cause I've been told my cholesterol is too high and my Dr. is sending me a pamphlet.  Guess if I eat the pamphlet it will lower my cholesterol.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Floral Teacup for Tuesday

This week I'm participating in Teacup Tuesday hosted this week by Martha at Martha's Favorites  . with the cute little floral that I just adore.

I like the way it seems to have blues on one side and the yellows on the other.

It's from Crown Essex and I have not clue what the pattern is.  The flowers are so bright and clear and colorful.

And it has a gold edge that is just every so slightly scalloped.

Thanks for visiting.  Don't forget to check out all the wonderful things at Artful Afirmations.

Have a great week.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Latest Thrift Store Treasures

Don't you love recycling!  I had to deliver some things to the Goodwill store and one of my favorite thrift stores last week and, of course, picked up some things needing a home.

The is James Sadler, Thameside.  A cute little tea bag holder thing.  Gotta love it for a quarter.

This is Warren Kimble, Coastal Breeze Lighthouse.  I'm not that crazy about the lighthouse theme, but I thought with the flag they would be perfect for July.  They only had two for $1.00 for the set!

 7 of these salad plates for $2.25. 

These are Mikasa Renaissance L2019 from the 70's.  I've been drawn to brownish dishware lately so for about $.30 I'm sure I'll be able to use them.

And last but not least in the dish arena, was this little white and gold leaf shape from Occupied Japan. 

I also picked up a few linens that are soaking. Ya just can't have too many white table cloths. They are that white on white slick kind of fabric that irons up so crisp and nice. I don't know what it's called, but it's got that really soft feel. Love it.  Picked up a couple of tablecloths and some little luncheon/tea napkins.

That's it for this week's thrift store trip.  Thanks for visiting.  Have a great weekend.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Black and White setting

I am linking to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.   I haven't finished looking at all the posts yet, but they are always wonderful and a great way to spend an evening.  The pink Tablescape Thursday button is on my side bar.

Since perfect husband is so patient and tolerant of my fettish for dishes and glassware, and has only asked me where I'm going to put something one time, I try to set week night tables for the two of us that aren't too over the top or too frilly.  After all, he has to be comfortable, right.  Compared to many of the settings  you will see on Tablescape Thursday, mine are pretty plain.  But they work for us and I like sharing them.

So, tonight it is black and white since I'm not much into the beach feeling yet.

The purple cast on the greyish glasses is interesting!

The placemats are a simple black (fake or plastic straw thing) with white trim and came from a discount store a couple of years ago.  I'm not too big on round placemats, but I use them sometimes in lieu of a charger;
The plates are from Dutch Design Collections "Solids" and I got them at Marshall's a few years ago  I only have four of the plates and haven't been able to find anymore;
The black bowl is my everyday Pfaltzgraff; the flatware is my stainful stainless; the back wine glasses came from Big Lots many years ago; the smoke colored glass if probably circleware from years ago.

The setting is a little stark (I think in this day and age it's called minimalist) and I notice I have developed the bad habit of putting the fork on the napkin.  My Grandma would be appalled.  Wonder when and why I picked that up!  (I think I can't bear to set the fork on a table without a cloth?)

Thanks for visiting.  Don't forget to click over to Between Naps on the Porch for the incredible settings that you'll find there.  Thanks again, Susan, for being such a cheerful and gracious hostess.