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!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Tea for Me!

I have been caught up this morning and was unable to post sooner for Tablescape Thursday.

I love what Susan does at Between Naps on the Porch, it is always inspirational to me.  Today instead of a full table, I decided to treat myself to a special tea for me. 

I spend time in this chaise reading and meditating.  I do my daily Bible reading here, and it is a comfortable place to relax with a good book.

It is kind of dreary here today, so I thought I would make some hot tea and have a muffin.

The tea cup and saucer are Royal Dover.
 The bud vase is actually a pink sandwich glass salt shaker!  Just the right size.

The tea pot I picked up at Ross.  I loved the dragonfly!

The plate is pink depression era glass, and the muffin is lemon poppyseed.

Have a peaceful and restful day.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Fall is Here!

I have seriously been ready for fall since mid-August.  I have put together this table to celebrate my love of this time of year!

I found these adorable fall cup and saucers at a little antique shop near home.

Which is the same place I found these sunflower glasses.

The salt and pepper shakers went perfectly with the fall table.  I believe I found them at Ross.  The arrangement was pre-made, but I loved the simplicity of it.
Rather than conventional napkins I used these mustard and red dish towels.
The leaf salad plates and faux antique copper chargers are from the Better Homes and Gardens collection at Wal-Mart and the red dinner plates are from Wal-Mart's canopy collection.
The bowls were found at Ross.  They are simply called "orange rooster."

This is the finished setting.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

A Coffee Themed Table

It's Tablescape Thursday!  I am excited to post this.  I have been viewing many beautiful tablescapes over the past several weeks which are linked to "Between Naps on the Porch."  I have decided to participate this week.  Enjoy!

I found these great plates at Hobby Lobby; each with a different design of a coffee house.

I also ran across these place mats with a coffee house theme.

I added a pretty butter yellow plate and red serving plate to accent the yellows and reds found in the plates and placemats.

I tucked the flatware into the folded napkins in the goblets.

And a white cup and saucer.  You must have coffee!

And added cute red vintage coffee pot salt and pepper shakers, a crystal sugar dish, and a creamer with stir straws.

The centerpiece is a candle tucked in a hurricane surrounded by coffee beans.

Along the server, I set out a vintage coffee set, coffee syrup bottles, and a fall arrangement.

This is the finished setting. 


Sunday, September 6, 2009

Western Themed Table

For the Grant County Fair this year, I have decided to enter the Tablescaping Contest. I love to tablescape, but I have never done anything like this before, but I thought I would give it a try. The theme this year is "Western" which is not exactly something I would have done if it were not the theme. I wondered what I should do. It only had to be a place setting for one, therefore, I didn't need to have a full set of dishes, just enough for one.

I immediately thought of a pair of my father's cowboy boots that I have kept. I decided it would be a nice touch to use one as the centerpiece with an arrangement of flowers.

I then looked around and found a plate with a pair of cowboy boots on it at an antique store. This I placed on a silver service plate (I thought the trim looked like rope), and added a square rust-red plate. The plate was the same color as the napkins.

The colors matched a quilted place mat with chickens that I already had.

I placed an iron cross and a small old lantern that we had. I picked up the branded salt and pepper set at the antique store where I bought the plate.

I tied in the yellow in the place mat with these pretty sunflower glasses, and a yellow Fiesta mug.

This is the finished product.

I don't know if I will win any contest, but I am pleased with the final result.