Friday, August 26, 2011

Here we go!

Looks like we're in for some wild weather here in the Mid-Atlantic. Hoping everyone stays safe as Irene blows through. We're expecting the worst here in Virginia tomorrow evening. Hopefully by then Irene will have downgraded a bit. We're about two hours inland so we won't get the worst.....Prayers for all our coastal friends and family.

See ya! Be safe everybody!

Update Saturday morning: so far, so good. We are experiencing a rather gentle rain this morning. A little windy. Took our two very reluctant dogs for a walk this morning while it wasn't too bad -- knowing that there will be no walking this afternoon! We're predicted to get our worst here around 4 this afternoon. If we can keep our electricity I will be quite happy and grateful --- no "Pioneer Woman" here.

Update Sunday afternoon: We did ok. Never lost electricity more than a few minutes -- lucky us! Most people did. We did lose cable last night and it just came back up. Beautiful day today. Poor S-I-L works for the power company....he's very tired -- came in at 6 a.m. and had to back out at 2 p.m. It will be like this for a few days I guess.

Hope all my blogging friends from the east coast are doing well.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Flower Garden Tablescape

It's time to set the table again. This week I've picked a flower garden setting for my tabletop.

Welcome to the garden.

A place for you.

A closer look at the centerpiece. I know that I gasped when I found this flower ring at an antique store back in June. I had been looking for one for the past couple of years in some of the local shops and had not been able to find anything and the ones I did find on ebay were not within my budget. I had about given up and there this was! Meant to go home with me.

The ring part that hold the flowers is frosted glass and the candle holders are clear. This was in perfect condition without a chip or crack anywhere. I am delighted! It's odd that some of the flowers look yellow in these pictures ....actually they're a creamy white.

In the very center I've set my ceramic pineapple from Bath and Body Works. The colonial sign of welcome.

Pink stemware.

Even the dragonfly napkin rings are a pinkish purple shade. These came from Pier 1 when I got my white chargers a couple of weeks ago. Even as I purchased them, I was setting this table in my mind.

These berry bowls were purchesed this summer from ebay especially to go with this mismatched china set. The salad bowls actually had three berry bowls to match, I purchased these 4 to mix with them for a setting of 6 (and one spare). This set is my "birthday china" since all of it was purchased during June right around my birthday.

This is the marking on the back. I have no idea how old they may be.

One Saturday morning in June Mr. Mid-Atlantic handed me some cash and set me loose in the antique store while he went to another establishment in the same shopping center. One of the treasures I found were these salad bowls and three berry bowls to match.

This the the marking on the back.

These dinner plates were another ebay purchase from a gift card I got for my birthday.

And their marking. I loved the way these all mixed together. None are the same patterns, but they seem to blend together nicely. If anyone knows anything about these patterns I would love to have some history.

These pink glass plates I've had for sometime and the chargers are the ones I purchased a few weeks ago at Pier 1. I became a little obsessed with them when I kept seeing them on tablescape posts. I resisted as long as I could!

The tablecloth is vintage with pink roses stenciled on them.

A couple of overhead photos of the table. Why is it that there always seems to be one "bow legged" candle in the batch?

As evening falls the candles are lit.....

....and the "blue hour" begins in the garden.

For more tablesettings to enchant you, be sure to stop by "Between Naps on the Porch" where Tablescape Thursday is hosted by Susan each week.

In this busy week be sure to take time to "smell the roses"....mine will be pink!

See ya!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Sand, Sea and Shore Tablescape

It's time to set the table again and this week I've set a table by the sea! Well, not really, just wishful thinking....but we love the water, ocean, river, lake....whatever. It's time to grab a few relaxing days as summer wanes. So here we go......

Welcome to the table.....

.....a place set for you!

....I'll take a seat right over here. The "napkins" are kitchen towels found at the grocery store for $1 each.

Things are busy on the beach today....

....This little guy is happy to join us, as long as he isn't dinner!

....sand castles.....

....sand pipers....

....and a comfy sea side seat.

Blue stemware from the Dollar Tree.

Layers of dishes and shell flatware.

I found four fish dishes at Goodwill last week. The little cups for cocktail sauce are votive candle holders. Whatever works...right?

The blue salad plates are from Walmart.

White ruffled plates from Tuesday Morning.

Green dinner plates from Kroger.....I can find dishes just about anywhere!

My new chargers from Pier One. Love these!

A couple of table overviews.

Hope you're enjoying these last days of Summer. Be sure to visit Susan at "Between Naps on the Porch" this week to see tables set from sea to shining sea!

See ya!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Tablescape Thursday at McDonald's

I love Tablescape Thursday -- This week I think I will repost a table from last year. Since we've all been in the "rooster" mode this week thanks to Shelia's Rooster & Hen party, I thought it was only fair to let the other barnyard friends in on the fun so...let's take a trip to McDonald's....No No! Not the golden arches....I mean McDonald's farm!

Ready for a country breakfast?

Old McDonald had a farm...E-I-E-I-O......

....and on his farm he has some roosters -- E-I-E-I-O....With a rooster here and a rooster there....

....roosters, roosters everywhere! Old McDonald had a farm E-I-E-I-O...

...and on his farm he had some hens -- E-I-E-I-O... with eggs over here and chicks over there... scrambled eggs....poached eggs....eggs just everywhere! Old McDonald had a farm E-I-E-I-O...

...and on his farm he had some pigs...E-I-E-I-O! With some big hogs here....

.... and some piglets there....bacon and sausage everywhere! Old McDonald had a farm ...E-I-E-I-O!

....and on his farm he had a cow...E-I-E-I-O...

...and the milk goes here....

....and the cream goes there....

...milk in old milk bottles everywhere! Old McDonald had a farm ...E-I-E-I-O!

....and in his garden he had some strawberries....E-I-E-I-O....

....with a cobbler here and jam over there...strawberries, strawberries everywhere! Old McDonald had a garden E-I-E-I-O!

It's always fun to have good friends like you at my table! would you like those eggs today?

An overview of our country breakfast table.

Overview of the barnyard.

Old McDonald had a dog and Bingo was his name-o....B-I-N-G....oh....that's another song isn't it?

Hope you'll visit our hostess Susan at "Between Naps On The Porch" where you'll find lots of fun tablescapes this week...whether you're a city girl or a country gal --- you're sure to find one that suits your fancy. Hope you didn't mind a "second" trip to the farm!

See ya!