Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Sliver and Gold

This is the first of four Christmas tables I have planned.  I love the song "Silver and Gold," especially when sung by Burl Ives in Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.
Silver and gold, silver and gold
Ev'ryone wishes for silver and gold
How do you measure its worth?
Just by the pleasure it gives here on earth.
Silver and gold, silver and gold
Mean so much more when I see
Silver and gold decorations
On ev'ry Christmas tree.

That was the inspiration for this table.

The items used in this tablesetting:
Crystal Water Goblets, Raphael by Gorham
Salad Plates, Pure Gold by Centurion
Dinner Plates, WalMart
Chargers, Hobby Lobby
Salt and Pepper Shakers, Solitaire by Lenox
Coffee Service, unknown, from Ross

Thanks to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch, who hosts Tablescape Thursday.

Thanksgiving Table.

I have been slacking on posting.  My table would be ready to go. Pictures were taken, I simply haven't had the time to sit and post them.  We are coming into Christmas and I have four tables planned.  I hope I can get it together soon.  I planned to post the first one Thursday.  Didn't happen.  What can I say?

This is my 'busy season' or one of them.  I tend to not be able to devote as much time to hobbies this time of year as I would like.  For me tablescaping is relaxing and creative.  This is the artistic hobby that I can see take shape quickly so I have some concept of immediate satisfaction of a job accomplished.  Something I don't get in my "day job."  I can put together a table in an hour, or I can work on it for weeks.  Whatever.  I thought I would be able to keep up with a "Tablescape Thursday," once a week, but it hasn't worked out very well.  It seems Thursday follows Wednesday, the second busiest day of my week.  I really need to do these posts up early and just link them on Thursdays to Susan's blog at Between Naps on the Porch.  Maybe it will happen someday.

In any event, this is my Thanksgiving table, now that everyone is in the Christmas Spirit.

Since the centerpiece was the soup tureen, I put individual flower arrangements at each persons place setting.

The pieces used are:

Fall Chargers and Leaf Salad Plates from the WalMart Fall Collection
Green Sandwich Glass Bread Plates, unknown pattern and manufacturer, from a local antique store
Salt and Pepper Shakers, unknown pattern and manufacturer, I picked up at Ross
Bowls, unknown pattern and manufacturer, purchased at Ross
Gravy Boat, Style Eyes "Harvest Leaves", purchased at Ross
Fall Cups and Saucers, unknown pattern and manufacturer, bought at a local antique store
Amber Glasses, unknown pattern and manufacturer, from local antique store
Soup Tureen was a gift, unknown pattern and manufacturer
Dinner Plates, Creation Green by Block Spal

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Spooky Halloween Table

Sorry I missed last week, but life is crazy here.  It seemed that Thursday was gone before I knew it.  I am trying to get a jump on it by getting this ready Wednesday evening.  Maybe one day I will figure it out.  I look forward to Susan's Tablescape Thursday at "Between Naps on the Porch.," so I am sorry I missed out last week.

This Halloween table has been "brewing" for some time now.  I am excited that I finally get to show it to you.  I found this spooky plates by Fitz and Floyd at Dillards and wrestled with whether or not I wanted to buy them.  Halloween is after all only once a year, but then I would buy Christmas plates, and Christmas is only once a year.

The plates were in four spooky designs.  Witches, and bats, and ghosts and skeletons - oh my!

I really didn't have any appropriate glasses for such spooky plates, so I found these horn shaped mugs at a local antique shop. 

And paired them with black flutes found at Hobby Lobby.
The brass candle holders are part of a set I picked up at a garage sale.

I wanted appropriately scary napkin rings, but after the other purchases, decided to "make" napkin rings.

 I found some sparkly spiders that were stickers and put them on  my silver napkin rings.

And a cute cauldron filled with candy corn.

The centerpiece was tricky...I wanted something spooky.

So I put black silk roses in a vase with black and clear rocks.  It is sparse but I think more would look less spooky.  The candlesticks are from Hobby Lobby.  I wanted to use really tall tapers, but the candlesticks hold a larger candle.  A very helpful clerk suggested I use the black rocks to hold the candle in.

I had Fire King Peach Lustre plates and dessert bowls, so I used them.  They are kind of light for orange, but it still looks pretty good.

I found these black plates with a pebbling effect on the rim at KMart a while back, and of course my silver chargers.
The finished project.

But a spooky table isn't as much fun with the lights on, so...

Happy Halloween!

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Just a Quiet Interlude

I received a set of china as a wedding present over 20 years ago.  It was a discontinued pattern then.  I loved it, all the deep, rich colors.  I hardly ever bring it out of its safe little place.  I think that is sad, not to use something beautiful, because it is beautiful.  So, I decided for this Tablescape Thursday, I would bring them out.

As I said it was the rich colors that drew  me to this pattern.  Rust, dark and light blue.
This pattern is called "Interlude" by Lenox.

The cup and saucer waiting for after dinner coffee.

The goblets are Galway Irish Crystal, but I cannot remember the pattern name.  I need to check this out.

The salt and pepper shakers are by Lenox as well.  The pattern is "Solitaire."
By the way, just a side note, the little black specks on the table cloth are ashes from where I set the centerpiece on fire with the candle.  Fortunately, no big disaster, just a few ashes.

I decided to keep the table simple considering the intricate patterns on the plates.

The sugar dish is by Waterford Crystal.

Tablescape Thursday is a great excuse to bring out the best.  Thanks Susan!