I decided to repost this cheerful Winter's table....we haven't had any snow around here.....what a difference a year makes! Anyway....the winter is still young and we have lot's of snow opportunities still to come. I do love cardinals in winter....don't you?
It's time to play with our dishes again! I love Tablescape Thursday and who knew how many of us there were -- until Susan invited us all to come out of the dish closet and play along. So here we are -- back for another week of dish delights -- and I'm amazed week after week at what everyone displays -- those decorating books and magazines have nothing on many of you tabletop designers!
Here in Virginia, we have snow once again -- and so I've set my kitchen table with a look at "Red Birds in the Snow". Our state bird is the Cardinal....so it just seems fitting. I love red in the kitchen. My grandmother's kitchen was red long before red was popular. I mean back in the 60s! She painted her ceiling red and had red countertops. Her kitchen was always open for morning coffee and conversation with her neighborhood friends - so I always think of her when I see red tablescapes.
Here's a place set just for you!
Usually my two napkin rule is paper for the mouth and cloth for the lap, but today I didn't have any paper napkins that matched ....so I put out two cloth ones. Actually the bigger ones are dish towels from Target ... they were 1/2 price after Christmas and since they matched the tablecloth (also Target 1/2 price), I'm using them today for extra large napkins. The red napkins are ones I got when my dad downsized a few years ago.
Here's a look at a little different style dish cloth. Perfect for our snowy weather!
Here are our red birds on the centerpiece. Actually all those candles were the same color when I purchased them back in the Fall. Don't know why they're changing colors.
They take on a different hue when they're glowing.
Some of you may remember when I got this iron candleholder a few months back from the thriftstore -- it had started out black and had been painted white -- after going back and forth.....I finally decided to return it to black.
Let's do the tabletop strip tease. The napkin rings were purchased from an antique store a few months ago.
Red salad plates came from Marshall's after Christmas sale 2008.
You know about the dish cloth .... the flatware is from Target closeout last Summer.
These white dishes are really more cream colored -- They're orig. from JCPenney's -- but I got them from GoodWill about three years ago -- I had been wanting some white plates for a long time and I was able to get 10 plates, 8 bowls and 8 coffee mugs all matching for less than $20.
A view of all the layers.
I loved finding these red goblets at a Pre-Christmas open house at one of my favorite antique stores. I was able to get 6 for a good price. I've been on a kick with colored glasses lately -- I found these first, then four green ones at GoodWill, then four that were hand painted with flowers on them at GW(I haven't shown you those yet), then I found 6 blue water goblets at GW, then I picked up 6 blue wine stems from Dollar Tree and today I purchased 8 pink Fostoria goblets from e-Bay! Ok...I think I'm over the glasses now. Anybody thirsty? Really, REALLY thirsty?
Did you see this tablecloth at Target around Christmas --- the one close to me had lots of them left after Christmas and I was pleased to find them on sale -- I guess they didn't look Christmasy enough -- but perfect for Winter, I thought!
The only problem was...they only had the larger sized cloths......shhhhhh, don't tell anybody else, but I'm going to let you in on a little secret....
Do you see how I folded the end underneath to make the cloth the right size for my table?
Unless you really look closely it's not terribly obvious.....and you know how the camera makes every wrinkle and bump glaringly apparent. All the things you didn't mean to catch on camera for everyone to see.....
....like the furry leg poking out from under the table.....
.... of my camera shy assistant.
Late afternoon shadows on my table. Soon the sun will set and it will be time.....
....to light the candles.
Cardinals in the pines.
Warming themselves in the glow.
I'm so glad that you visited me today and I hope you'll get the chance to make all the rounds to see what everyone's set on their tables over at "Between Naps On The Porch". You'll find a place set just for you.
I am a wife of 35 years, mother of two grown children. and grandmother to 4 adorable grandgirls. I love crafting, tablescaping, decorating -- but am probably not terribly talented at any of these. That doesn't stop me however. I'm so honored that anyone chooses to visit me -- I hope you find this blogspot to be a welcoming spot to visit -- come on in and stay awhile -- let's have a nice chat.