Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Tablescape Thursday - Early Signs of Spring

It's time for another day of dish drooling over at "Between Naps On The Porch" with Tablescape Thursday. I missed playing with the dishes last week because of my Dad's surgery and rocky recovery. Although, he's still having some issues, I think he's finally making some improvement. This week I found the return to playing with my dishes quite therapeutic (for me!)

Welcome to my "Early Signs of Spring" tablescape.

Here's a place set just for you!

This crocheted cloth and pillar candle and globe is what you would usually find on this table when it's not "tablescaped".

I've put a little faux greenery and tiny flowers around the base to remind me of the first little flowerings of Spring.

The soft colors of Spring are found in these plates I found last year at a local thrift/antique store. Perfect for a Spring brunch don't you think? I loved the octagonal shape of the plates.

The tiny little flowers make me think of the flowers that will soon be appearing on the flowering trees and in the early flower beds. I'm so looking forward to their appearance.

The sweet cups and saucers to match were just recently purchased at the same store, months after the plate purchase ....I kept hesitating to get them, but finally caved. I'm really glad I did now!

Sweet little flowers look cheerful as we anticipate a pretty spring.

A layering of plates and my shell patterned flatware set upon the crocheted cloth. (A gift from a friend years ago)

Some of you may remember that I had found some pink stemware on eBay right before Valentine's Day and I was hoping that they would arrive in time for that tablescape. They were slow coming, but all eight arrived safely! The soft peachy pink carries the blush of Spring.

I didn't even notice until I was setting them on the table that they too, have the octagonal base. What a delightful surprise!

Plain white napkins with my new pink napkin rings from "The Style Sisters". She carries them in pink, blue, white and red. $1.50 each.

These remind me of tiny pink buds ready to burst open as the Spring sunshine warms them.

An overview of the Spring tablescape showcasing the dishes of Springness.

An overview of the same tablescape as I would probably set it with the napkins on top of the plates. This is a small table and can easily look crowded.

Shall we "undress" the place settings?

A backside view of my thrifty Spring dishes and their markings.

This dinner/charger plate is our everyday dishes. I found these several years ago at Goodwill.

I love the sculpted texture of these dishes. I found 10 plates, 6 bowls and 8 mugs for very little.

A backside view of the dish markings.

While this cloth is not octagonal, I thought the straight angles complimented the shape of the dishes well.

A last look at my "longing for Spring" tablescape.

My sideboard is still dressed in Winter Whites. That's pretty appropriate since we're forcasted to have snow tonight.

This pretty platter was another thrifty Goodwill find recently. I think it was around $3. I don't know exactly how old it is, but no chips or cracks. It makes a pretty underplate for my ironstone soup tureen that I found last Summer on eBay.

I think my usually vigilant tablescaping assistant must have found this tablescape sort of boring....oh well. I hope you'll find some pretty tablescapes that don't put you to sleep over at the dish party that Susan hosts every week at "Between Naps On The Porch".
Please forgive me for not being able to comment as much as usual, as Dad's recovery really has me on the run -- things will hopefully get back to normal soon.

See ya!


  1. Your tablescape is gorgeous and such a breath of spring. I just adore your beautiful tablecloth. It is stunning. Your dishes are just beautiful. Such a pretty table. Hugs, Marty

  2. Oh your tablescape is absolutely beautiful!!!
    Your silverware is one of my favorite patterns.
    Love the octagonal dishes and the crystal with the octagonal is perfect. Everything is just perfect!!!

  3. I love your dishes. The colors are so soothing and the octagonal shape is so pretty. I also love the tablecloth and the pretty pink stemware....Christine

  4. This is really pretty...soft and springy. I love your white plates and your new stemware. I'm glad your Dad is doing better.


  5. Hi Martha,
    those PINK !glasses...OMG, love them... your tablecloth, I would use that all year too...it's so lovely.
    Come on SPRING!!!
    xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

  6. Hi Martha, Your dishes are indeed a breath of early spring. You did great finding those while thrifting. I have my eye out for some pink depression glass now. Your table is just right for early March. It gives us hope!
    Glad to hear your dad is making progress.

  7. This is a gorgeous SPring tablescape. Your flowered dishes are so delicate and I must tell you, I'm in love with those white "charger" plates. Wow, quite a find at GW!

  8. Hi Martha...Glad to hear that your dad is beginning to do better! What a beautiful tablescape with such wonderful spring colors! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

  9. Wow! You sure do know how to set a beautiful table! I love the white charger plates. What a find!

  10. Definitely put this chick in the mood for spring. It is simply beautiful sweetie. Great job!

    You have yourself on fantastically blessed day!!!

  11. That is beautiful, Martha..I love the shape of those plates!

  12. Your tablescape is really pretty and so delicate and spring like! And how funny that we both used crocheted tablecloths! Mine is actually a bedspread that my grandmother crocheted many years ago! I love your pink stemware and how lucky that those cups and saucers were still waiting for you, glad you bought them!

    I hope your father is feeling better very soon!

    Kat :)

  13. All of your plates are such wonderful finds ... they're gorgeous! So glad to hear your father is doing better. I'm wishing for the very best for your family!

  14. Beautiful! I love the dishes and that pretty tablecloth! I have been meaning to order some of those pretty napkin rings from the Style Sisters, too.


  15. Lovely crocheted tablecovering, napkin rings, and dishes. All so pretty!

  16. Martha, What a beautiful table you set here girl...love those dishes and the cups and saucers WOW!! that table cloth is to die 4 girl...and that platter is so pretty...Loved seeing it all...Hope you have a GREAT day my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  17. Martha, This is such a pretty soft table. The dishes are very unique. Both plates being octagonal is so becomming! This is a prim and proper beauty!

  18. Martha!! I am so excited to see that you used the napkin rings in your tablescape!! They look gorgeous with your beautiful plates. Wow everything is just so pretty. I love the crochet tablecloth too. You did such a beautiful job. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

  19. What a beautiful and serene tablescape! I love the soft colors, and the pink stemware is just perfect! Wonderful with all the octagonal shapes, and the tablecloth is very unique with the points at each place setting! I really like all of this!

    I hope your father is better, he has really had a rough time lately. I know it's hard on the caregivers as well.


  20. What a sweet, springtime table. Your dishes are so soft and feminine. The pink glasses are so pretty too. Thanks for sharing and happy TT to you!

  21. Beautiful spring table...and that Stemware looks like Fostoria "Heritage" which I love!! Love the chargers also! Glad to hear your dad is doing better!

  22. Very beautiful springy table! I love all the soft pinks paired with those great pink blush glasses! Lovely!

  23. Oh, those dishes are just beautiful. I love the colors and shape and the little flowers.


  24. Hi Martha!

    This table is so pretty! Your dishes are just the sweetest! And that tablecloth is wonderful. I just love the softness of this table!

  25. I'm gonna call this pretty in pink, those dishes are beautiful and those stunning glasses, what a wonderful find, the flutted sides are so lovely and the reflections from the light is great, love all the pink, soft and pretty and springie....Phyllis

  26. Dear sweet Martha...it really IS therapeutic isn't it? I am finding that out.
    That is just the sweetest tablescape. So dainty and precious! I love crocheted things and your topper is wonderful! Just wonderful!
    I NEED some chargers though and so far only have red ones I bought for Christmas a while back...now..I am thinking it would be lovely to have some other ones. So far I missed out on buying the ones I wanted because I waited too long. Yours are beautiful!
    This is one of the best tablescapes..ever. MY style. I love it. I am always torn between the very delicate like this and the deep reds of the Tuscan style.

  27. Darn! I wanted to tell you that I am so happy that your father is doing better! It has to be such a relief for you... :)

  28. Martha, Not boring at all! I love the repeating shape of your stemware, both plates, cups and saucers! The colors are soft and inviting! Love it!
    Dee Dee

  29. These dishes are gorgeous! You did such a great job of mixing and matching! Love the crochet table topper too.


  30. What a pretty table setting - looks like Spring. Really like the crochet cloth.

  31. Martha, what a beautiful table. I love the octagonal plates, the soft pink stemware is perfect with them. Lovely tablecloth, too!

  32. Hi Martha! Oh, I'm so glad to hear your Daddy is recovery!
    Now your table is beautiful as always! I have something to tell you. Last spring I went to the Thrift Store and found these same dishes - just the plates! I held on to them for some time and then sold them in a garage sale! If I'd had other pieces like yours I would still have them. The cups are so pretty.
    BE a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

  33. Love the shape of those dishes! And the large doilie is fantastic!!

  34. So elegant, love the plates, the pink stem wear, the table cloth! Well put together, lovely.

  35. Lovely table! Love the plates, such a unique shape. Have a great evening!

  36. envious of your fabulous thrift store bargains-lovely octagonal plates and pink stemware- glad they arrived safely!!!

  37. What sweet plates. I love the soft colors and patterns. The shape is perfect! The stemware is beautiful as well.

  38. Oh so pretty. I love the crocheted cloth.

    - The Tablescaper

  39. Oh those dishes are so pretty, and how fun that you found the cups and saucers at a different time. They make a beautiful tablescape, especially with that gorgeous crocheted cloth. The pink stemware looks so pretty with this china. Your new platter is so pretty too. You've really found some great bargains! Glad your dad is doing better. I'll keep y'all in my prayers. laurie

  40. Love your table! The dishes and the tablecloth are gorgeous!
    Thank you for the sweet comment you left me :)
    It means so much to me to comment about Amber and trying to move on with life. It is very difficult.

  41. Hi Martha! Well, I'm washing the dirty clothes every day and we're just waiting!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia and thanks for popping in. I love your visits.