Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Blue Plate Special

Many, many thanks to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch and her weekly Tablescape Thursday.  It has been such an inspiration to me and has, truly, made a change in my life. 

OK, here we go.

Weeks ago I posted a tablecloth that I found at a thrift store.  I've been trying to decide how to use it, so while we had some company recently I made my first attempt.

The next picture is out of order since it has a little glow of the candle going. 

Perfect husband worked for a bank for years and years and has a set of these pewter wine goblets.  I though the silver would go perfectly with the trim on the dishes.

And, of course, I had to get out my favorite Fostoria given to me by my wonderful Mother-in-Law.
I pulled out my only silver candelabra and little silver butter dish.

You can see a little to the tablecloth and napkin detail above.
We ate pretty early, but I couldn't resist lighting the candles anyway.
I love to use a tea light in these little Klondyke dishes because of the way the light shines on the table from them.

I started out wanting to showcase the tablecloth, but it ended up closer to a silver fest!!

The tablecloth and napkins were a thrift store purchase;
the silverware is Francis 1 from Reed and Barton;
the pewter goblets are from Sheffield and are many years old;
the glassware is Fostoria Mulberry pattern;
the dishes are Ashford and were purchased from Horchow a couple of years ago, but I don't know the pattern;
the other pieces of silverplate on the table are all from thrift stores, restored by polishing, and;
the aqua blue depression is the Klondyke pattern that I have collected over the years.

Thank you so much for visiting. 

 I truly hope you enjoyed my post, and hope you won't hesitate to offer comments and suggestions.

Thrifty Finds and Silver Liners

I am joining Leigh over at Bloggeritaville (love that name) for Thrifty Thursday.

I recently came upon a bonanza of silverplate items at Goodwill.    It's a little sad, because someone went to the trouble of etching their driver's license number on each piece.  On the other hand, at least they have a new home where they will be used.

They were in pretty bad shape when I got them as far as tarnish but I didn't think to take photos as I had the time to polish them that day.  And the most expensive one was $5.25.  Woooohooooo.

Fortunately, I have a pyrex dish that will fit perfect into this server.

This is a three piece chaffing dish that is really nice.  Doesn't have the glass insert, however.

Although this piece has some pitting at the bottom, I loved the open edges.

I searched the Goodwill store, and am always on the lookout for the glass liner dishes that protect the serving piece.  Unfortunately, I have not had much luck finding them.   I am always purchasing glass pieces and then re-donating them because they don't fit.  Does anyone have the 'secret' to finding these liner pieces?  I only assume they are not marked (like with Pyrex or Anchor Hocking) becaused I don't remember any markings on the ones I have washed throughout the years.  I suppose it's possible that they have all been broken along the way.  I have used various things in the past, but they aren't ideal.  It's too bad someone doesn't invent some biodegradable thing that could be used. 

At any rate, I am thrilled with them and can't wait for an excuse to use them.  In the meantime, I just have to find a place to store them!

Make sure to check out Bloggeritaville for some great posts.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Daisy Tea

This week I was surprised by these beautiful daisies blooming in the yard, so I decided it was a good excuse to have some tea.

I will be joining these great blog parties:
Tea Time Tuesday with Katherine at Lady Catherine's Tea Parlor;
Tuesday Tea for Two, Wednesday Tea for Thee and Me with Wanda Lee at the Plumed Pen
Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday at Breath of Fresh Air
All thse signs are inspirations for this post. Visit them and you will be pleasantly suprised and entertained by all the lovely posts.

After a very busy week it was nice to sit down with a cup of tea and just enjoy the sunshine.
Oops, don't pay any attention to those teabags on the window sill.
The cups, saucers and plate are unmarked except for "Italy" stamped on the back;
the cream pitcher, sugarbowl and jam jar with spoon are from Lefton China;
the spoons are some monogrammed silverplate flatware from a thrift store;
the tablecloth and doily on the pate were given to me by my mother in law;
the napkins are some vintage linen that I've had a long time;
the teapot is Kent Pottery and came from Marshalls, and;
the daisies from my yard are in a glass candle holder that I repurposed.

Thanks so much for visiting.  Don't forget the check out all the Tuesday parties with tea at the center of them. 

Friday, June 25, 2010

First Furniture Friday

I just discovered this blog party thanks to The Little Round Table.   It Furniture Feature Friday over at Mustard Seed Creations.  What a fun party! 

I am not good at refinishing or restoring and the things on this blog are amazing.

So, I'm posting my current favorite piece of furniture.  It also happens to be my newest piece and I just love it.  It sits in my entryway and although I paid too much for it and it's a little taller than I thought I wanted, I just couldn't resist it.  I'm still working on what to put on and around it.  But here it is

I absolutely could not resist the woodword on this piece. 

This piece is not only beautiful to me, but it has lots of storage for, you guessed it, dishes.  Both the narrow sides doors open as well as the center, and it has a drawer. 

And here it is as it sits today.

Thanks so much for visiting.  And thanks to Miss Mustard Seed for a great blog party!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Aqua Blue Dinner

I am joining Susan over at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday this week.   There are some just incredible tablescapes over there so be sure to check them out.   Thank you Susan, not for just this weeks post, but for hosting this wonderful party every week.

While we had family here visiting we had a very casual early dinner.   Simple menu of grilled meat, cole slaw, and roasted potatoes called for a simple setting.  Too windy to eat on the porch.  No fancy layering of dishes.  We had a wonderful meal, lots of laughing and sharing.  What could be better than that!

The precious 15 month old joined us, so of course I had to set up the highchair!

The dishes are Mikasa Intaglio, Country Garden is the pattern;
wine goblets and blue water glasses I have had for years and years;
tablecloth and napkins came from Ross many years ago, and;
the silver is my favorite Francis 1 from Reed and Barton.
Oh, I think the sippy cup is from Nuk.

Thanks so much for visiting.  I hope in some small way you are inspired, entertained, encouraged.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Pet Health and Flea Protection

This post has nothing to do with dishes, but everything to do with pets.  We recently moved and changed vets.  As a result my dogs were put on Comfortis for fleas.  They have been on Sentinel for years with no problems and no fleas.

My 3.5 year old got very, very sick.  $400.00 and a sleepless night later it appears it was the Comfortis that made her sick.  She got fluids, an Xray and stomach medication and will be OK.  Not the way I wanted to spend one of my rare free days!

Be very careful with this medication.  It is relatively new I understand and it touted as a miracle drug.

My other two did not appear to have any issues with it.  But, I won't use it.  I have been attempting to locate the company to report the problem.

A Table for Company

It was time to have dinner for five of us.  We had a scallop and spinach dish with a green salad, and a very casual, lovely evening finished off with some red wine a truffles we picked up during our sight-seeing tour . 
I put the serving pieces and dessert plates on the table before I decided what the menu would be.  As it turned out I didn't use them after all.
I wanted a nice look, but nothing too formal.  I had a lot of trouble deciding what to do with the napkins so they just ended up in little squares.  Not sure how that happened.

And of course any opportunity to use my five amber etched glasses and goblets is welcomed!

I used a white tablecloth and napkins with a fish net looking overlay for some texture and color and give the table some softness and warmth.

Kind of funny, but we opted out of bread even though the setting included a bread plate and knife.  I usually put on more silverware than we use so that I wash it to keep from having to polish it.

We had a terrific meal and a great evening.

The charger came from Big Lots several years ago (they are a little orangey rather than golden, but they match the gold color on these plates patricularly well);
the etched amber wine and water glasses were on sale at Pier One about a year ago;
the tablecloth came from a discount store a long time ago and the overlay is just a piece of fabric that I hemmed;
the silver is Francis 1 from Reed and Barton;
the dishes are Sango "Chateau Pattern".
Thanks so much for visiting me.   I am joining Susan over at Between Naps on the Porch for her Tablescape Thursday Party.  Check on my sideboard for this button and you will be in awe of the postings there.