Wednesday, July 8, 2020

A Sweet, Special Surprise

A few weeks ago, my stepdaughter and two of my granddaughters stopped by for a visit.  We hadn't seen each other since March because of our quarantining.  While visiting, Leah presented me with four adorable napkins that she had made as part of her quarantine activities!  I was so pleased by their happy colors and patterns. They reminded of a page in one of my coloring books (while staying at home, I've tried my hand at "adult" coloring pages, and find it a very calming and gratifying activity). I knew I had to produce a tablescape to highlight my new napkins whose colors simply popped off the material when I first saw them!

Here is the napkin that inspired my table:





I  started my table setting with a multi-colored woven placemat that mirrored the colors in my new napkins:



To start my dish stack I began with my open scrollwork chargers from Maryland China Company (check their website for some wonderful unique tableware components!)



Next, as part of my desire to highlight the colors in the napkins,  I added a purple ceramic plate I found when Anna's Linens was liquidating its inventory. ( I truly miss that store!)


For the next component I added a colorful floral-shaped accent plate that I purchased at the Dollar Tree store. I found them in bright orange and bright yellow.



I added a sweet ceramic bowl to use as a salad dish. I found a whole set of these while antiquing.They are marked only "Italy" and a small flower is painted inside them.



I completed my placesetting with a set of orange- handled cutlery I found at Tuesday Morning, and some purple embossed glassware I also found at Tuesday Morning. I almost always have tablescaping luck when I walk through that store!





I started my centerpiece with a yellow and white lattice-patterned runner I bought at Bed, Bath and Beyond.  My white ceramic pitcher filled with daffodils has been on my table since we were in lockdown and I needed a bright spot to see each day!



I flanked my pitcher with a colorful sunflower plate (no markings as far as origin) that I located at a SwapMeet when I first started tablescaping.



I also added a banana-shaped salt and pepper shaker. This is part of a collection of unique salt and pepper shakers my stepdaughter gave me one Christmas. They are each adorable and bring a smile to my face whenever I take them out. I took two pictures so you can see how the banana pieces fit together. Isn't it clever?





I hope everyone is finding their way to a place of comfort during this time of stress.  Please take care and stay healthy. I so look forward to the time when we can resume our normal activities. I have truly learned the meaning of "grateful" and hope to do my best not to take for granted those things I have treasured, and know now could be taken away in a most unexpected way.  My best wishes are with you all.




I'll be joining Susan at www.betweennapsontheporch.net for Tablescape Thursday. Please stop by and enjoy all the wonderful tables that other tablescapers have produced! Thank you, Susan, for giving us a chance to share our love of dishes!

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

"March Madness"

Hello, Everyone! I haven't posted since October, and was actually contemplating "hanging up" my tablescaping hobby. I have not lost my love for my treasured china, crystal, linens, etc. , and I still have a wonderful collection that I'm not yet ready to part with. But, I just felt that I had lost my "mojo", if you know what I mean.  Then March, 2020 came around and suddenly NOTHING was the same anymore. Now anxiety and sequestration, and words like pandemic and Covid-19 fill the airways 24-7.  I see my grandchildren via FaceTime and Zoom; even my Chorale Group on Mondays and my Book Club Group have gone High-Tech, and I'm attending Mass online!  I woke up today and decided I had to redirect my attention to something I could understand, and find concrete joy in. And that's when I went to my china closet and found a sense of familiarity and calm.  So, here is a Spring Table for Easter that I hope will find you in safe surroundings and remind us that we are all in this "March Madness" together and we will eventually have our days in the sun and fresh air once again.

Here is the table I created:




Here is how I created it:

I started it with a pink tablecloth I had purchased at Bed, Bath and Beyond last year for our Easter celebration.

My dish stack started with some jadeite chargers I found it in an antique store on one of my first treasure hunts when I first started tablescaping. I LOVE their color and sheen.



Next, I brought out my Butterfly Meadow dinner plates by Lenox. They sing spring and there are three different patterns in the set. They grace my Easter Dinner table each year.






I topped them with an appetizer plate that is also part of the Butterfly Meadow pattern and coordinates with the set.



On the top of these plates is a pink napkin that matches my tablecloth. I have snuggled it in a silver organza napkin to accent my silverplated flatware.  One of my favorite napkin rings for Spring and Summer is my green beaded butterfly! I thought it would accent my green charger. It also was a good choice because of the butterflies that grace my dishes!



The flatware is part of my International Silver set. The Pattern is Heritage and was passed on to me from my dear mother-in-law.




I completed my place setting with my Rogeska goblet and cordial glass. The pattern is called Gallia. I wanted a formal look for my table.




My centerpiece started with a crocheted doily that I found in an antique shop on a recent trip to Palm Spring, CA.  I bought my ceramic bunny last year. I felt his sweet face and pink gingham tie was just what my table needed as part of this Spring table!  He is flanked by some glass taper holders I found in Ventura, CA. When we go there I love to go to this shop whose proceeds go the Animal Rescue in the area. I ALWAYS make a purchase there for such a good cause. The salt and pepper shakers next to the bunny are Butterfly Meadow accent pieces.




As accents on my table, I added the creamer and sugar set that is part of my Butterfly Meadow collection, a glass bowl that was gifted to me by my Aunt, and a new glass divided platter that I had also found in Palm Springs. I plan to use it for a relish tray at family dinners.




I so enjoyed putting this tablescape together. It provided a diversion for me, and a sense that although our lives are disrupted right now,  we do have some control over our surroundings.  Please take care of yourselves and look forward to the near future when these days will just be in a history book somewhere. WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER.




I will be joining Susan at www.betweennapsontheporch.net for Tablescape Thursday. Please go to her site and enjoy all the tables!

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Happy Halloween from The Magic Hutch

It's hard to imagine that September has ended and fall has arrived. The only concrete proof I have of this is that by 5 P.M. , dusk is appearing, shadows are shorter and the air has a different feel and smell to it.  Also, decorating has begun with oodles of pumpkins on steps, and pretty wreaths of leaves, pine cones and dried wheat adorn houses. Cut-outs of black cats, ghosts and witches abound and blown-up dragons on lawns even make an appearance. That's when I know it's time to think about Halloween.

So, here is my Halloween Tablescape:






Here is how it was created:

I started with my trusty orange, black and white tablecloth that I found at Anna's Linens ( a wonderful store that has now sadly disappeared).




My dish stack starts with a black porcelain plate with pebbled border that I found at Target many years ago.



Next, I added an orange plate I found at Tuesday Morning. I hope you have this chain of stores in your area.  A visit there turns into hours of perusing aisles over and over, and never being disappointed with your "finds"!



I then added a Martha Stewart plate I found on a discount table at Macy's.  It just reminds me of mirrors  from a haunted house! I think it's the lacy borders that make me feel this way. If the plates were in a different color, they would probably make a different impression.




The top dish is from Pier 1, and is part of their Sul collection.




My flatware was purchased at Tuesday Morning many years ago when I first started Tablescaping.




To top my dish stack, I added yellow napkins from my Tablescaping stash and used my wrought iron napkin rings. I topped them with some pumpkin stickers I had left over from a Halloween craft session with some of my granddaughters the other day.




Probably my favorite part of my place setting is the drinking glass festooned with happy little witches. I won it in a raffle over at one of my very favorite blogs, https://thepaintedapron.com .  Many thanks, Jenna, for these happy glasses that are always a part of my Halloween decorations!




My centerpiece started with the candy corn bowl I found many  years ago at Home Goods. I usually use it for holding my Halloween candy, but this year a very cute witch that I found at the Dollar Tree store just happened to land in it before I purchased my candy!!



She is sitting on some black gauze cloth and is flanked by my gold candle holders from Home Goods and some Witch Hat tealight holders I found at CVS Pharmacy (yes, they have terrific seasonal decorations!)



So, this is my table for the Halloween Season of 2019.  I'll be sharing it for Tablescape Thursday over at www.betweennapsontheporch.net.  Thank you, Susan, for hosting this fun party.  Be sure and visit Susan's wonderful blog. You won't be disappointed!

Oh, and have a HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!


Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Blissful Beautiful Butterflies!



During the last couple of weeks Southern CA was invaded!  But, it's been a wonderful invasion. Over a million Painted Lady butterflies had left the deserts of Mexico and were flying to Oregon where their breeding grounds are located.  It was an amazing sight to see: swarms of butterflies were EVERYWHERE!  They were somewhat difficult to see individually because they were the size of a silver dollar and moving VERY fast. I was driving along Pacific Coast Highway right along the beach and had to slow down because I didn't want to hit any of them. I would have been sad if one had gotten killed on my windshield! Imagine all their work to fly up from Mexico only to land on the windshield of a car in Southern CA!  Mother Nature can certainly put on some beautiful shows, and this was indeed one of them.

I decided to honor this magical influx by creating a table filled with whatever butterflies I had in my dish collection.

This Is The Table I Created:




I started with brightly colored placemats I found at Pier One.  They sing "spring" to me and  I thought they were a good way to anchor my settings. I could see butterflies being attracted to the color and patterns!



I thought my burlap chargers would be a good way to start my dish stack. It's a natural fiber and works well with a nature theme.



I had trouble choosing whether to use a purple dinner plate or my favorite chartreuse green dinner plate, so I decided to use both! I'll let you decide which one works better with my salad plates that I'll be showing you next.





Here is a salad plate I found at Pier One a long time ago. I've been waiting to find the right time to use it. Turns out it is perfect for a post celebrating the Blissful Beautiful Butterflies that swarmed around So. CA this week.



Here's how it looks with the two different dinner plates:





I then chose the napkins that match the placemats. My favorite accent for this place setting is the butterfly napkin ring I found at Pier One when I first started tablescaping. I love its size, its colors and bling that it brings to a spring table! It's perfect for today's table!




I completed the place setting with gold-plated flatware on loan from my cousin. I felt the gold would highlight the yellows in the setting. I added purple goblets that I found at Old World Market.  They also complement the purple in the salad plates.




I decided to keep my centerpiece fairly simple.  I discovered I had two teapots that highlighted butterflies, along with matching teacups.  I also chose to use the beautiful vase of faux flowers that my cousin kindly made for me to use on my spring tables. Thank you, Karen! I added some porcelain birds to enhance the springtime theme and let the elements rest on a burlap banner. It adds some natural texture and also matches the chargers I'm using.


This particular teapot and cup and saucer is by Burton + Burton and its pattern is called Morning Meadow.


This teapot and cup and saucer  are from my collection of Lenox china and the pattern is Butterfly Meadow.  It's a popular pattern and graces my table as soon as spring arrives! Please note the butterfly handle on the teacup! I must add that both these teapots and cups and saucers were given to me by my Hubby! He certainly knows how to make my day!



I enjoyed putting this table together.  When I revisit this post, I'll remember how special it was to be a witness to the " Painted Ladies Migration".  I hope they had a safe time on their journey and have made their way to Oregon!



Happy Spring!!




I'll be linking up to Susan's Tablescape Thursday at www.betweennapsontheporch.net and Christine's Dishing It! and Digging It! at www.rustic-refined.com.

It's always fun to check out these sites and see all the creativity out there!

I thank you for your comments and appreciate them all!!