Summer Tables and Recovery Update

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I received a lovely mixed bouquet from my coworkers after my surgery, and my idea was to create a table around it. Of course, I really didn’t feel much like tablescaping for a few days so by the time I got around to it, the flowers were on their last leg. Since I did not take any good close-ups of the bouquet for that reason, you may have a little trouble seeing the relation of the elements of the table.

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I chose the burgundy runner for two reasons. First, there were some burgundy flowers in the bouquet. Second, I wanted to play up the burgundy tones in my wine-themed plates.

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I used the wicker chargers and white plates as the base. The plaid April Cornell napkins contain the burgundy color as well as the soft greens and yellow found in my bouquet.

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I used the Dollar Tree green stemware and the Dollar General green flatware to continue the green colors in the place setting.

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I guess I was still not feeling 100% since the tablescape ended there.

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No candles, no cutesy details…just a simple table, but I still liked it and was satisfied that I did what I set out to accomplish…showcase a pretty bouquet.

So many have wished me well since my last post, and I thank you all so much. I had my post-op check this week, and it went well. I should be starting therapy in a few weeks. I am feeling much stronger. Yesterday was my first day to try some light housework, and today was my first day to drive. I divided my errands into a couple of short trips so that I could rest in between.

After the first trip (bank, drugstore, flea market), I came in and sat in the recliner to watch a little tv and rest a little before I went out again. I woke up an hour later! I guess I needed that rest; it often takes longer than one would think to rebuild strength. Even though I am feeling fine, I obviously need to take it slowly and not do too much at once. My husband has been wonderful, adding my household chores and my caregiving to his already full agenda. Not trying to be too personal, but I will just add that although I have never doubted his love for me, the man who willingly and unquestionably helps me to shave is obviously the man who has my heart. As I type these words, he is willingly ironing napkins for tablescapes…I love him so much.

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My next errand run included a Dollar General trip, and   I immediately focused on the 50% off aisle. This pillar candlestick was a great buy, and I snatched it up. I see that it will be a great tablescape workhorse in days to come, and it was the starting point of the next tablescape.

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I decided to begin with my April Cornell sunflower table runner.

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The sage green placemats and yellow plates always look great with this runner. I purchased these placemats at Fred’s back when I first began tablescaping, and I really like how versatile they are.

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After some trial and error, I decided to use my vintage Salem fruit plates for the top layer. I put the matching April Cornell napkins in between the 2 plates for emphasis.

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Even though I had just used the Dollar Tree glasses and Dollar General flatware, they were the best choices for this table, so I used them again.

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Then I started thinking about the centerpiece. I picked up this cute bird house when I bought the candle holder. Although not on sale, it was inexpensive and really cute. I can see it being really useful in a lot of décor.

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I put a pillar candle in shades of green of green on the candle holder and added some cute decorative flowerpots [Dollar General, a while back].

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I love the final look. The centerpiece is cute, eclectic, and summery.

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Please remember that I am still typing {badly} with one left hand. If I don’t respond to your email or comment on your blog, please forgive me. I will be very glad when I become 2-handed once more!

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I am pleased with the table. Hope that you like it as well, and wishing you a great time with your summer decorating!

 

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Vintage Thingie Thursday at Colorado Lady,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage ,  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Brown Gingham Creations for Rednesday,  Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much,  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage , The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design
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Nothing Stops aTablescaper

I mentioned in a recent post that I had some medical issues to take care of. I went to the doc with right shoulder pain, suspecting that rotator might be the culprit. To cut to the chase, the MRI showed a small tear in the rotator and severe inflammation. Surgery was my best option, and I was actually able to have it the next day due to a cancellation.

With less than 24 hours notice, I had an untold amount of things to do to prepare for being out of commission for a while, including, of course, a tablescape. I did this one the day before surgery and have had the pics uploaded and ready to go since then.

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I wanted to use my summery striped tablecloth again. As a matter of fact, most of the elements that you see here, you have seen in previous tablescapes. Hopefully, I have just used them in a slightly different way.

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My colorful polka dots dinner and salad plates came next. Their bright pattern is perfect with the colors in the cloth.

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For the top plate, I used Pfaltzgraff Seaside. I decided to go with more of a shell theme for this table, taking my inspiration from these plates.

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The aqua napkins from The Napkin Lady were the perfect color palette for this table. Of course, the shell napkin rings were the only choice for this table.

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I used the matching tumblers as well as the blue flatware.

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The Dollar Tree shell plates were a must, of course! After trying them a few ways, I finally decided on topping off the plate stack with them and adding a votive candle. I liked the look and started to consider how to do my shell motif in the centerpiece.

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I started with the pink flamingo for height, as well as humor. The starfish vase holds a couple of butterflies which I chose for the pink and blue colors. You may remember that the flamingo and butterflies are actually garden art I purchased at Dollar General.

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The shell-themed items in the centerpiece all came from Dollar General at different times. The two candleholders and beach chairs each contain ocean-blue votives which match the ones in the shell plates.

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I added a citronella candle leftover from our camping days. I chose it because I knew the color would be perfect. The beach chair votive holders add some whimsy and cleverness.

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I just love this watery blue candle holder encircled with shells.

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I found these cute little tubs at Dollar General and thought that they could be used in a variety of ways for tablescapes. Today I chose to put river rock in the blue ones to make me think of the outdoors.

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I put blue beads in the pink ones to symbolize ocean waves…oh, how I wish I was in them right now! I finished off the centerpiece with some river rock because I wanted a natural element.

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Because I did not have much time to prepare for surgery, I did not get a lot of calls made. In addition to being short on time, I did not want to make a huge production out of my surgery.

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It went well, and I am pretty sure that I am recuperating on schedule. At the end of the week, I was able to remove bandages and shower; those two things really made a marked difference in how I feel.

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The biggest drawback is being one-handed and needing help with almost everything, especially for this right-handed person. My husband and my mother have jumped in and done everything for me, which has been wonderful.

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Today I am coming to you by typing with one left hand, so overlook the mistakes. If I don’t comment on your blog or reply to an email, you know why. Tablescapes will continue, however, as much as I am able!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Vintage Thingie Thursday at Colorado Lady,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage ,  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Brown Gingham Creations for Rednesday,  Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much,  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage , The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design

 

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Hoarding Heaven

Even before we became dealers, we loved antiques, collectibles, and junk and have always enjoyed stopping at antique malls, garage sales, and the like. In a town about an hour away, my husband and I ended up downtown at an antique “store” a few years ago. I really just cannot adequately describe the place. First of all, it was huge…probably as big as any Wal Mart or other really large store that I’ve ever been in…ok, you need to remember this is a store, not a mall with different booths. Second, it was jam-packed full of stuff. What kind of stuff?  Good stuff, bad stuff, all kinds. The front part of the store was nothing but dishes; yes,  it was the dream of a dishoholic like me. What kind of dishes? Hmmm, how do I put it? Everything you could ever imagine. Homer Laughlin, Blue Willow, Flow Blue, Corningware, Pyrex, Fostoria, Imperial, Whitehall, Lenox, Cambridge, Noritake, Heisey, Salem, Limoges, Blue Ridge, Fiesta, Frankoma, Franciscan, Haviland, Johnson Brothers, Nippon, Shawnee, McCoy, Hull…ok, I sound like the Bubba Gump of dishes, but hope you get the idea.

Once I even saw the Hull Red Riding Hood cookie jar in a glass case…with a pretty price. As you can probably imagine, one could barely turn in there; it was one of those places where you had to turn sideways to walk down the very crowded aisles. But here is what is weird: it was organized. All the Pyrex was in one place; all the blue glasses were in one place; all the McCoy pottery was in one place, etc. If you knew what you were looking for, you could probably go right to it and find it. It was all very dirty, too…don’t know if I would dust either if I had thousands of dishes. I never found a bargain there…all the prices were pretty much book. My friend and I used to go there some, and once she bought a Corningware piece and I bought some iced tea glasses. They were for our own use, so we didn’t mind paying full price.

That was just the front of the store; in the rear…sort of like a large warehouse…were books, albums, pillows, linens, chairs, dressers, silver, brass, sofas, chests, Mason jars, and literally thousands of other items. I am seriously not exaggerating. The back part had no heat or air and was soooo dirty…but it was all organized. It was such a contradiction to go in this vast, filthy place, yet see all 2000 record albums in one place and all 5000 45’s stacked in another; I’ve seen chairs all lined up as far as I could see and silverplate all heaped in one large bin. A real enigma if there ever was one!

David and I went back there after we decided to open up our booth. He had never been all the way in the back before, and I had told him that I thought there would be some pretty good furniture there. Of course, way in the back were also several places where the ceiling had leaked and boxes of paper and stuff were lying around. I was too scared of rats to venture back there, but he did. He found several really good pieces of furniture…true antiques like he and I rarely see. He picked out a couple that needed gobs of work (which he is good at and can usually get cheap) and went to ask the lady if she would deal. She would not, and she was rude. Basically, they let the furniture sit there and ruin rather that sell it to someone for a decent price….the whole place was like that. We later realized that it was a classic hoarding situation. You know, that “All-my-stuff-is-valuable-and-worth-full-price-even-if-the-legs-are-rotting-or-some-dishes-are-chipped” syndrome.

Therefore, last Friday when I got an email message that this store was having a “liquidation auction,” I was intrigued. I texted David at work, and we decided to give it a try. So we left early Saturday morning wondering what in the world our day would be like.

The minute we opened the door, the first thing that struck us is how clean it was. Probably 30-35% of the dishes and glassware were gone and room had been made to set up the registration tables. The rest of the things were still in that front room, and I walked around and looked at dishes trying to spy what I might want to bid on. David walked on through the back and was amazed at the transformation. The center part of the back room and been cleaned and set up with the podium and chairs for the auction. When they ran out of room for stuff, they moved the merchandise up. There were literally hundreds of baskets of every shape and size hanging from the rafters, as well as a lot of chairs and other items. The furniture had been really weeded out…all the “good” stuff was gone, but there were literally several hundred pieces left to look at. The left side of the room was milk glass, table linens, albums, and a few hundred other things. The right side of the room was mainly lamps…table lamps, floor lamps, every type of lamp you could possible imagine…a hundred of them maybe. The rear of the room held thousands of books. Anyway, David wrote down some lot numbers that he thought he might bid on. For me, the dishes and glassware were going to come in box deals with no lot numbers, so I just thought that I would take my chances when I saw something interesting.

It took a little while before I bid on anything, but we enjoyed seeing what others bought and what kind of prices things were bringing. David and I both perked up when we saw a horse and mule feed sack go up for auction because our friend owned the company until it went out of business a few years ago. It went for $37.50, and I texted my friend to tell her. She said that they get emails about their feed sacks all the time; someone even has one on display in a casino in Las Vegas.

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I bid on a few things that I did not get, and, truthfully, I was pretty proud of myself for not getting caught up in bidding fever. I kept reminding myself that I was buying for resale, so I never went very high. Finally, I won the bid for a mixed lot of amber glassware from the 60s and 70s, 6 pieces total.

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This may seem weird to many of you, but, truthfully, this type of item usually sells better than true antiques.

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Go figure. Sorry my pics aren’t too great. I was in a hurry.

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Yesterday, I ran everything through the dishwasher, and I am pretty pleased with it. Although you never really know, I should be able to ask what I spent on the box for the large bowl, then the other pieces will be profit.

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The next item I won was a mixed lot of Floragold, 10 pieces in all. I had heard of Floragold and I sort of knew what it was, but wasn’t sure. I was the only bidder, so I got it cheap and decided it was worth the risk.

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I washed it all yesterday, and I’m still not sure exactly what I have. A couple of pieces look like Carnival glass to me, like this gorgeous bowl, my favorite piece of the lot. My preliminary research does say that Floragold was meant to imitate Carnival glass, but I have not gotten much further than that.

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I really thought that this pretty piece was a parfait or ice cream glass. Apparently, it is actually a tumbler.

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The pretty miniature pitcher looks like neither Floragold nor Carnival Glass to me. It looks like Amberina crackle glass…an old pitcher because of the applied handle and pontil mark, I think.

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The last lot that I bought was another surprise to me…no one bid on this lovely lusterware tea set. I felt sure that people did not know what it was.

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It has 6 cups & saucers, and 6 dessert plates. I have never really cared for a lot of the lusterware colors, but I love this one. It is so delicate and not garish like some of the bright orange lusterware I have seen. Anyway, I was quite surprised when I bought it and saw Bavaria on the bottom rather than Japan. I will be doing more research in the future and letting you know what I find…on both this set and the Floragold.

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In talking to people, we discovered that the older couple who owned the store died. I guess family had gotten what they wanted (which is why a lot of the more expensive dishware, furniture-that which hadn’t ruined at least-, and other items were gone); I don’t blame them at all, for I would certainly do the same.

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Then the entire building with its contents was sold, and this new owner had done the cleaning up and was holding the auction. We found out that he had spent about 3 months cleaning to get ready for the auction, no surprise there.

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A young man who helped us load (David did buy a dining table, by the way) told us that three of the large dumpsters that fit on 18 wheelers had been filled to the brim and hauled away during the clean up. No surprise there, either.

We enjoyed our day and would have liked to stay until the end. But we were tired, hot, and hungry, and when we left after about 4 hours of auction, the room wasn’t even half empty. As much as we would have liked to see how it all came out, we just didn’t have the fortitude. So that is the end of my story, which has gotten so long that I did not even show you my latest tablescape. I will do that later as well as keep you informed of any info I find out on my purchases. Happy bargain hunting to all!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Vintage Thingie Thursday at Colorado Lady,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage ,  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Brown Gingham Creations for Rednesday,  Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much,  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage , The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design
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Black and White and Bargains

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Last weekend David and I decided to go to an estate sale in a nearby town. Lately it seems like most of the estate sales that we frequent are priced way too high. As a matter of fact, most of them seem to be not only priced to high for resale, but also often priced too high to even buy for yourself. But we decided to go anyway.

The sale was not extremely organized. It looked like they had just put prices on things wherever they were; no effort had been made to group like things together or display anything attractively. In the kitchen, the dishes had not even been taken out of the cabinet. There was a price put on each cabinet, so I purchased all 3 cabinets. I was glad I did because dishes that belonged in sets were spread out in every cabinet. I even found plates that matched one of the sets in the dish drainer (I found out from a lady who came through the sale that she was the kind neighbor who had washed them and put them there before the man died) and I had to purchase the dish drainer full of dishes in order to complete the set.

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But it was all still a good price, and I got some nice things. None of the sets of dishes that I somehow managed to put together from the 3 cabinets and sink are complete. Of course there is no way to know, but I still think that I can make a profit even after discounting for incomplete sets. I love this set. It is called Cade’s Cove (a place we love in the Great Smoky Mountains) and the theme is apples. This is the most complete set that I have; it only lacks one dinner plate being an 8-place setting of dinner plates, salad plates, bowls, and cups & saucers.

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This set is from the seventies and by Noritake. It is a stoneware pattern called Bay Roc, a very dark blue that looks almost black with an abstract blue and green design. This set is also almost complete plus it has a small serving dish and a sugar bowl. When I looked it up on Replacements, there was not even a photo of the dinner plate, pretty unusual for Replacements. I’m hoping that means that this set is rare. It was discontinued in 1978; I never even knew that Noritake made stoneware.

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This was probably the lady’s formal china. It is called Florateen Fantasia. I love the delicate pink and blue flowers in it. This is one of those sets that I would be tempted to keep; however, there are only 2 salad plates with the set and it has several coffee cups and saucers, which I don’t use.

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Despite the fact that I don’t have room for it, I will keep it if it doesn’t sell and try to find the room. But I need to make the money back that I spent and will try to sell it first.

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This pattern is also Noritake; it is called Ivy Lane and was discontinued in 1998. According to Replacements, it is the most monetarily valuable of all that I purchased. Herein lies another reason that I did not like the way the sale was (dis)organized. There were some more pieces of this china scattered around that I did not get because they were not placed in the places that I had paid for. I also got to this pattern last (it took us a long time to pack up all of these dishes), and when I realized that I had some pieces of it, the other pieces that I had seen earlier had been purchased. I only have 2 dinner plates, 3 cups, and 2 bowls. I will try to sell them for less than what 1 plate costs on Replacements ($27.99). I am hoping that someone who has this pattern knows how expensive it is and will jump on the opportunity to add to their collection.

Candy Stripe pattern by Gibson Designs

I also purchased a set of Gibson dishes which I did not photograph (this pic is from Replacements). I already put that set at the booth along with almost all of the individual items which were in the cabinets, such as mugs, bowls, and a large variety of dishware. I worked at the flea market yesterday and have already sold a set of stainless (yes, it was in one of the cabinets) and a vintage ironstone butter dish. Although business at the flea market has been pretty slow, we are beginning to get folks who are hunting for inexpensive items for their kids’ college apartments…which is why the lady bought the stainless.

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After the estate sale, we went on to a nearby city to do some shopping and eat a late lunch. At Hobby Lobby, I went to the clearance aisle and found these wonderful black and white plates…4 of them, no chips, for 90 percent off. Yes, you read that right; I purchased 4 plates for $1.80 each that were originally marked $17.99. These plates are the basis of today’s tablescape.

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I decided to stick to the black and white theme today, but I have several pictures in my mind of using these plates with some different colors. I decided to top the dinner plate with my black salad plates…love the way the pattern on the dinner plate framed the solid black plate. I topped the salad plate with a white napkin in the fan fold held by a clear napkin ring.

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Of course, San Remo flatware was the best choice for this table.

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I used my everyday wine glasses and my grandmother’s Depression glass sherbet dishes to complete the table.

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I did not have a hard time deciding on a centerpiece. I used my black platter and topped it with my vintage Fenton silver crest candy dish.

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I love my simple black and white table and am so excited about my bargain plates!

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I had some medical appointments last week and more coming this week. I am embarrassed to admit that I have been somewhat remiss about my regular physicals–other than the yearly mammogram– (except they are now called “wellness checks”) since I retired. As a ten-year-plus cancer survivor, I know better.

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Anyway, I am doing it now…I’ve had all the regular stuff done, and it’s all good.

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I do have a few issues now that I need to take care of, and I am working on that. If I don’t post much in the next week or two, it is because I am working on getting all of these things done. This week I worked 2 days at the paper, 1 day at the flea market, and spent an entire day out of town at medical appointments. Basically that only left me today to run all of my errands, do housework, and take some things to the flea market. Plus it had been over a week between blog posts, and I don’t like to go that long without posting. So now I am finishing up my post and will be getting back to the laundry. Believe me, retirement is not all relaxation and doing nothing! However, it is still great and very worth while…I recommend it to everyone! Have a great weekend.

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Vintage Thingie Thursday at Colorado Lady,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage ,  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Brown Gingham Creations for Rednesday,  Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much,  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage , The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design

 

 

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Life’s a Beach

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Since I can’t go to the beach, I decided to do a beach-themed tablescape instead. Believe me, the beachy table is not the next best to being there! But I did have fun doing it and used a couple of new purchases as well as some old ones.

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I started with this colorful tablecloth. I purchased it at Dollar General last year, and I love the bright blues and pinks in the stripes.

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I chose the wicker chargers topped with the polka dot melamine plates from last year. These polka dots and stripes both lend themselves to a few different color schemes.

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I tried out a few things and finally settled on these salad plates. I love the peaceful seaside scenes on them; they are appropriately called “Ocean View.”

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I found these great small plates with a summer theme on them last week. They were in one of our local antique malls; all 4 were $2.

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When I got them home and washed them, the original price tag from one of our local gift shops was still on them. Someone paid $22 for all 4 of them at one point, so I got quite the deal!

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For our glassware, I decided to pair my pink goblets with the polka dot tumblers.

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I have several different napkin colors that will work with this table. I finally decided on these from April Cornell. The light blue background with pink, red, yellow, and green colors complement the tablecloth.

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Last week when I was in Dollar General, I had a great time looking at the summer time décor. I usually like to wait until it goes on sale before I buy anything, but there was so little of it left that I decided to purchase a few things to add to my purchases of previous years. The pink flatware caddy holds blue flatware; last year I purchased the pink flatware and blue caddy.

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For the centerpiece, I found these great torches at Fred’s and purchased them on a whim. I think they were $1.50 each and came in several colors. I purchased the pink and blue because I knew that I would be getting out this tablecloth at some point. Beware: they are for outdoor use! I will not use them inside other than for looks. If you are planning an outdoor gathering, I think they would look great on your picnic table. They also have the tall ones that stand up in the ground if you’re interested.

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The other elements of the centerpiece were previous Dollar General purchases from years past. I love these beach chair votive holders. The seashell lantern also holds a small votive.

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On one corner of the table, I placed the flip flop dishes with their spreaders, also from Dollar General a few years back.

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I found this starfish vase on for half price at the end of last summer at…big surprise…Dollar General (really should get a kickback from them, shouldn’t I?). The blue beads were from Dollar Tree a while back and the cylinder…you guessed it, Dollar General.

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Last Saturday I worked in our flea market and found this cute little teapot in one of the booths. I have a rule that I don’t tell you what I paid for things that I buy for resale ( I will resell it at some point, just no time soon). Let me just say that it was really, really inexpensive. Really.

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I used it on the remaining corner of the table and surrounded it with the Dollar Tree shell plates that I have had for a few years.

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I know the table didn’t really need that teapot, but I thought it was co cute and really wanted to use it. I’ll do a different table sometime to showcase it better.

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Believe it or not, I still have a few beachy items left that I did not use. I will definitely be doing another beach theme (or 2) at some point in the future.

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In the meantime, I will continue to wish that I am on the beach.

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But since I don’t believe in wishing my life away, I will be happy and content where I am.

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Here’s is wishing happiness and contentment to all of you as well!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Vintage Thingie Thursday at Colorado Lady,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage ,  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Brown Gingham Creations for Rednesday,  Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much,  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage , The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design
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Happy Fourth of July, a Craft Project, and a Snake Update

I’m putting up the Fourth of July post a little early since my upcoming week looks crazy. I had to do the table this weekend when I had the time.

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I started with an old quilt that I inherited. I think that it was probably made by my great grandmother. I’m going to guess that it is around 100 years old, give or take a decade or two. I topped the quilt with my red Wal Mart plates.

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As some dish hoarders collectors may tell you, sometimes we might forget about something that we purchased for our hoard collection, especially if it was purchased for a specific holiday and therefore only used once a year. That happened to me as I was putting this table together. I had a completely different plate stack laid out. When I opened the cabinet to get some bowls, there were these plates! I had completely forgotten that I had purchased them with the Fourth of July in mind. They are from Oneida (didn’t know they even made plates) and are called “American Quilt.” How appropriate!

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I put the dinner plate on top of the square plate and then topped it with the salad. I like the way those two rims looked together. The San Remo flatware seemed like a good choice for this table.

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I know a lot of tablescapers have these Target $1 bowls. I love to use them at this time of year and like the way they look on top of these plates.

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OK, here is my little craft project. I wanted to do something a little different for a holiday napkin ring and walked around Dollar Tree looking for inspiration. I purchased the Fourth of July pinwheels with a vague idea of somehow turning them into napkin rings. I am really not very crafty, but luckily, I was meeting a friend for lunch that day and told her kind of what I wanted to do. She gave me some ideas, and I ended up cutting off the long plastic stick (regular scissors worked). I left the small part of the stick that was perpendicular to the long stick because it holds the pinwheel together, but I did have to trim it a bit. Then I cut an empty paper towel roll into fourths and made a very small slit in the middle of each piece. I slipped in the small end of the stick that I had left, and I thought it looked pretty cute. However, when I started putting in the napkins, some of the pinwheels came apart. Solution: Scotch tape; I put a little bit on the bottom layer of the pinwheel and taped it to the roll. Voila! I was quite pleased with my efforts…cute, easy, and CHEAP.

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I purchased these napkins at Dollar General earlier in the summer with patriotic tables in mind, although they will also go well in other types of décor.

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For the glasses, I chose the ruby red tumblers and the Dollar Tree flutes. Where would we tablescapers be without the Dollar Tree stemware?

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My Masons Vista pitcher seemed like a good choice for my centerpiece container.

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To put in the pitcher, I looked through my patriotic items and found this wooden star that I purchased at Family Dollar for half price at the end of the summer last year. The flags were from the Dollar Tree last year, and the beads were from Dollar Tree this year.

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I really liked how the centerpiece ended up, but I wanted to do a little more to it. I found this patriotic light strand at Dollar General and thought that it was the perfect thing to complete the Fourth of July theme. I love these lights and will be able to use them in a lot of ways, I think.

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For the final part of the title, I actually do not have a snake update…not sure if that is good or bad. We think that the snake lives around the lantana bed next to the garage, although we can’t be sure.

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If you remember from my last post, my bug kid recommended putting out moth balls as a snake deterrent. I tried to get  a close up of the moth balls in the lantana bed, but my photo is not too great.

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The bug kid recommended putting the moth balls all around the perimeter (30 x 40) of the garage. These muscadine vines are at the rear of the garage.

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The moth balls just don’t seem to like their picture taken. We also put a few around the rear of the house. All I can say is that we will just have to see if it works.

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Several people have told me since the bug kid came by that they have either heard of it or used the mothball method themselves. Everyone says it works.

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I hope that they are right. I will tell you that if I do not write any more posts on this blog, there is a reason for it.

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It probably means that I died of a heart attack when I stepped on a snake. Hope you all have a wonderful holiday and stay safe!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Vintage Thingie Thursday at Colorado Lady,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage ,  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Brown Gingham Creations for Rednesday,  Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much,  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage , The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design

 

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More Pink and New “Pet”

And I will put enmity
    between you and the woman… Genesis 3:15

I hope you realize that I am being sarcastic in the title. I love to work in my yard, and I have been behind in my yard work due to rain, my work schedule, doctor appointments, and other bits of real life that happen. So one day last week, I headed outside to get the sticks picked up (never-ending job at my house; lots of trees; big yard; lots of recent thunderstorms) and what did I almost step on?

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Yep, I was totally not suspecting to see a snake in my yard at all. I don’t know why; I live in Mississippi, and I should never be surprised about any wildlife that I see.  It was coiled up and just looked at me like, “What are you doing in my yard?” It just stayed where it was, never moved; I never saw it uncoiled because I decided to go back in the house at that time.

I told my husband about it that night and that I was almost sure that it was a garter snake. As a matter of fact, I had enough sense before I escaped the yard for my own home to look at the snake’s head….not triangular, so I was “safe.” By the way, I use “safe” loosely, because it does not matter to me if the snake is poisonous or not; I don’t want it in my yard! I was a little thrown off calling it a garter snake because it was kind of big, and I tend to think of garter snakes as little. We looked it up on the internet, and, yes, garter snakes can get big. I told David that his job was just to keep an eye out for it and relocate it when he sees it. Garter snakes, while beneficial for the yard because they eat insects, frogs, and small mice, also eat small fish, and I do not want to lose the goldfish in my pond. However, over a week went by and we didn’t see it. We thought it had moved on. I finally got comfortable enough to get back in the yard and do some work earlier this week. Late yesterday afternoon I walked down the driveway to the garage where David was working. Ever since I saw the snake, I always look toward the spot where I had seen it earlier. I caught a glimmer of something and knew immediately what it was. I hollered for David to come look at something, and he rolled his eyes and trudged my way…I’m sure wondering what in the world I had seen this time.

His tune changed when he saw it….a snakeskin. It was lying almost exactly on the spot where I had seen the snake a few days earlier. He picked it up and examined it closely and decided that it had probably come from the snake that I had seen. He stretched it out and said, “Well, you said it seemed kind of big for a garter snake, and it is. This skin is about 36 inches long.” My internet research tells me that snakes can be caught on glue traps, so I was planning on getting one.

Earlier this afternoon, my doorbell rang unexpectedly. It was my bug man (a former student, so I will always think of him as the bug kid rather than the bug man) on his quarterly termite check. We talked at length about the snake, and he recommended moth balls. He said that the repellent that he had on the truck was nothing but crushed up moth balls. He said that glue traps are used for snakes when they are in the house, not outside. He told me about using glue traps to catch 3 snakes in a nearby school…glad I’m a retired teacher…I’m just sayin’. However, I will tell you that if there is ever one in the house, you can just go ahead and bury me.

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I guess you know what my first stop will be in the morning!  Don’t criticize…I am a typical girl and don’t mind admitting it…NO SNAKES ALLOWED. I will keep posting snake updates; hopefully, there will be nothing to report. On to the tablescape….

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I had in mind to do some more mixing and matching with my pink dishes. I also had purchased a cute flamingo at Family Dollar and wanted to use it this week. I set a goal to have fun mixing and matching china that is normally thought of as formal with casual, whimsical elements, such as the flamingo above.

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I kept the taupe tablecloth on from last week and used my vintage KPM dinner plates from Germany as the base. I love this delicate pattern, and the story of how I purchased them is here.

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For the next layer, I chose the HL Sunrise salad plate.  I love to mix and match china patterns with a similar theme, in this case, pink. I like the way the dinner plate border frames the salad plate.

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For the next plate, I pulled out the Haviland Limoges small plates. I wasn’t sure if I would like it at first, but I do. I love the sweet floral pattern on these plates.

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I finished off the stack with the HL berry bowl. My soft pink napkins and Present Time flatware are perfect for this place setting; they continue the mixing and matching of playful elements with the more formal ones.

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For the stemware, I chose my pink tulip-shaped goblets. To continue mixing the casual with the formal, I chose 2 goblets with green stems. Both the KPM and the Haviland plates have green in them, and these really look good all together; it is just hard to tell from my photo.

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I only have two of these goblets, so I put the ones with black stems at the other two places. The black goes with the flatware, plus, as you know, they continue the mix-n-match theme of the table.

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Turning my attention to the centerpiece, I again wanted to mix casual and formal as well as shades of pink. I mentioned earlier that the vintage HL bowl on the right matches one that I inherited from my grandmother.

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Because both of these bowls (Homer Laughlin Republic) have the same pattern on them as the Haviland plates, I knew that I wanted to use them for the formal part of the centerpiece. Vintage china made by different companies often used the same patterns, especially if it is very popular, like the one above. Haviland called it Apple Blossom, while HL called it Jean.

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For the casual, and I hope unexpected, part of the centerpiece, I stuck 2 pink butterflies (which are actually supposed to be garden stakes) in my little flowerpot with butterflies on it. I anchored them in some Styrofoam and covered it up with sparkly stones, which also helped to weigh it down and keep them from toppling over. Of course, the flamingo made its appearance on the table.

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As a finishing touch, I added the pink blossom bowl from my condiment set and some pink Easter grass.

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When I started this table, I wasn’t sure exactly where I wanted to go with it. I wasn’t even sure how mixing the formal and the casual would end up looking.

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However, the table ended up coming together beautifully and looks even better than I had hoped.

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Have a great week…and stay away from snakes. I know I will.

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Vintage Thingie Thursday at Colorado Lady,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage ,  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Brown Gingham Creations for Rednesday,  Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much,  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage , The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design
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Simple, Summer Table

I have loved looking at my pink table all week! But, alas, it was time for a change, and I had in mind that my Dollar Tree plates would look good on my wicker chargers. With only that in mind, I looked through my tablecloths and table runners.

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I decided on this taupe cloth. I really wanted to do something casual with the wicker chargers, and this tablecloth would make a good backdrop for something less formal.

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The Dollar Tree plates came next. Just like I had envisioned, the casual stripes looked good on the wicker.

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I had a hard time deciding on the top layer and changed my mind a few times. I finally settled on these Salem plates. Previously, you have only seen me use these in the fall.

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Why? Aren’t most of the fruits pictured summer crops? I guess that there is just something about equating a bountiful harvest with fall, but the harvest is just as bountiful, if not more so, in the summer–where I live, anyway.

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I chose Dollar Tree goblets that were made to echo the stripes in the plates. Also, my vintage striped tumblers look good with both the color scheme and casualness of the table.

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Present Time flatware and plaid April Cornell napkins continue the casual vibe that I was going for. I love these napkins, and the colors were great on this table. The flower napkin rings are oh, maybe 35 years old, but perfect for this look.

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I wanted a centerpiece, but I wanted to make it very simple. My idea was to make this a simple summer table that would be great for a summery brunch or lunch. An elaborate centerpiece would not continue the theme. I chose the ice bowl that matches the pitcher and glasses and filled it with the wicker balls that echo the chargers.

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A variegated orange candle and last year’s striped Dollar General vase were all I needed to complete the centerpiece.

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I think that I achieved my goal: a simple, summery table that will be a good base for any number of casual meals that are indicative of summer dining.

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I have finished washing, sorting, and storing my estate sale buys from last week. I did take a couple of things up to the flea market, but most it got stored away for either the holidays or when I have more room.

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For my booth update, things are still very slow, but I have sold a dining table, a set of small Pfaltzgraff plates, one Fiesta plate, some tumblers, and some Pyrex and Corningware.

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I really need to sell more dishes and glassware so that I will have room to take some of the other things that I have purchased to the flea market. Even though I was low on merchandise for a long time, I have now hit several sales and need to start selling some of the things that I have found. Hope everyone has a good week of bargain hunting and tablescaping!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Vintage Thingie Thursday at Colorado Lady,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage ,  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Brown Gingham Creations for Rednesday,  Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much,  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage , The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design 
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Estate Sale Plus More Pink

A friend dropped by Friday to tell me that there would be an estate sale down the street from us Saturday morning and knew I would want to go. I had to work at the flea market Saturday, but had plenty of time to walk down there and look around. I did get a few things that I think I can sell at my booth.

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As you know, I love vintage Homer Laughlin dishes, and these oval serving bowls were a no-brainer. I have had a lot of vintage HL over the years (some I kept and some I sold), and I have never seen these bowls, except in photos, of course. Anyway, the one on the right is the Republic shape and the pattern is Jean. I have always liked the pattern, and I have another bowl in this pattern that belonged to my grandmother. The mark indicates it was made in 1950. The one on the left is Virginia Rose, and this pattern does not have a name, only a number. The pink and white floral pattern is one of the most common patterns seen on the Virgina Rose  shape, which causes many people to make the mistake of calling the pattern Virginia Rose instead of the shape. The mark indicates that it was made in 1951.

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I also found this lovely vintage tureen. It is 100% complete {tureen, underplate, ladle, lid} with no chips or other flaws at all. I had one of these a few months ago that sold pretty quickly, and I should be able to do the same with this one. It has an old mark and is probably from the 40s or 50s. I was unable to find the exact manufacturer name when I researched the mark before; I only know that it was made in California.

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I have never tried to sell any vintage celluloid, commonly called “French Ivory.” When I saw this little box, I knew immediately that it was French Ivory and very collectible. However, what I always have to consider is if it would sell in my market. I really just don’t foresee French Ivory collectors coming in to my small town flea market. However, I am willing to take a chance on it. Because I wasn’t sure about it, I asked if I could have it a little lower than marked, and the lady took a little bit off the price. This was probably a dresser or jewelry box; most dresser sets were made of French Ivory. My preliminary research does not show this box as part of a set, which is why I also think it could have been for jewelry instead of a dresser box. It is pretty dirty, the reason that I do not have a close up pic of it. I will try to take one after we finish cleaning it. It has Asian motifs on it, dragons and the bird may be a pheasant or even a phoenix. French Ivory cannot be immersed in hot water, so it will take me a while to get it clean.

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This small black vintage pitcher looks an awful lot like Camark to me. There was no mark; however, remnants of the original price sticker were still on the bottom. I can’t be sure, but it surely looks like it could have been the Arkansas shaped sticker that Camark used.

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I went on to work at the flea market and gave David instructions to go back at 12 when everything would be put on half price. Normally, we don’t leave at lunch, but Saturday was slow, so I ran home for a few minutes. Just as I was pulling into the driveway, David called and asked I wanted him to buy the Christmas plates. I told him that I would come on down, so just drove down there. I had spied the Christmas plates earlier but did not purchase them because I didn’t think I could make much. However, at half price, I should be able to make a profit. There are 10 of them in perfect condition.

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I had seen a box full of Christmas glasses earlier, but like the plates, did not think that I could make any money off them. At half price, I snapped them up. This nice serving bowl was in the box, and I sold one like it last year, so hopefully it will sell.

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Two different sets of mugs were also in the box. Last year my mug sets sold well, although individual mugs did not.

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Both sets have 4 mugs in them.

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I did not realize until I got to the bottom that this sugar and creamer were in the box as well as some matching salt and pepper shakers, which I did not photograph. I am working on dumping out the old salt and pepper and cleaning them up. I think that I can sell this set for what I paid for the entire box; everything else will be profit.

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OK, here is what I saw in the box and the reason that I purchased it. I could tell that there were a good many of them in the box.  The down side was that nothing in this box was stored well–just sort of laid in the box with no packing as all, so I was not sure about breakage. When I was checking out, we tried to carefully unload and pack things a little better so that I could make it up the street. I am not sure, but I think we found either 3 or 4 broken ones. When I got home, I unloaded the glasses straight to the dishwasher, and I had 22 of them. I am thrilled and will have to decide if I am going to sell them as 1, 2, or 3 sets or individually.

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I had spied a table full of Christmas items when I was there earlier. Although none of them were priced very high, I did not want to take the chance on purchasing any of them. Sometimes holiday items sell well; sometimes they don’t. When we went back at 12, very few of the things on that table had been sold. I asked the lady if she would make me a price on the entire table, and she did.  I am hoping that I can sell this cute snowman cookie jar with the Cracker Barrel logo on the bottom for what I paid for the entire table and everything else will be profit.

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Some of the things on the table had never been used, like this votive holder. The candle goes in the base of the tree.

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Then top the base with the tree, and the flame flickers through the holes in the tree (which really don’t show up in my photo).

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This little plate should appeal to snowman collectors.

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One of these candy jars was in the glassware box and one of them was on the Christmas table.

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Most of the Christmas items, both the ones that had been used and the ones that had not, were still in their original boxes. The votive is on the back of this piece and will illuminate the scene.

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I am glad to have the boxes for packing and storage.

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I won’t use them in my booth, however.

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They take up too much room, plus the items will sell better if they are visible.

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I will admit to being a little nervous about this purchase.

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Last year, my Christmas items just did not sell as well as I would have liked.

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I had actually made up my mind when I started back at sales this spring that I would not buy a lot of Christmas things.

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Well, that resolution just flew out the window when I saw the table and negotiated a good price for it.

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Of course, anything we purchase for resell is always a risk. There is no way to ever really know what will sell and what won’t.

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We decided to go for it.

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Hopefully, the booth updates that I give you in December will report a lot of sales!

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Speaking of booth updates, May was really slow. I did make a profit, but it was still down.

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Our flea market owner even said that May was unusually slow for everyone.

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So far, June has been a little better for me, but not much. We expected a summer slow down, but not quite this much or this early. I hope that June will improve over the next couple of weekends.

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I could not photograph this peace  and do it justice. First light the candle that is in the votive holder.

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Then place the holder inside the frosted glass. The flickering of the candle almost makes it look as if the design moves. It is really neat.

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This is a 3 piece teapot.

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It comes apart to show the teacup, pot and lid. Really cute!

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OK, I have saved what I think is the best for last. I came really close to purchasing this pink tablecloth and 10 matching napkins when I went the first time, but didn’t. When I saw them still there and that I could get them for half price, I snapped them up. I started my tablescape with gold chargers.

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Of course, you know what dishes I had in mind when I bought the linens, don’t you? I used the gold chargers to give a little separation between the solid tablecloth and the HL Sunrise plates.

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For the top plate, I went back to the Danube. Love the way this stack looks together.

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I decided to put the napkins in a simple gold napkin ring since chargers and plate rims are gold. The aqua flatware give a little unexpected surprise color to the setting.

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Of course, my pink glasses and my  clear goblets were perfect with this setting. Are you ready for the piece de resistance?

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Isn’t this soup tureen gorgeous! I fell in love with it when I first saw it at the sale, but didn’t get it.

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When I went back at 12, I snapped it up at half price. The mark is Taylor, Smith, Taylor, an old company. I’m not sure if I am reading the mark correctly, but I think it was made in 1949. My preliminary research hasn’t turned up much, but I will continue and keep you posted.

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Although I had planned to leave the table as is, I thought that I might as well used the HL bowls since they continue both the pink color and the vintage dish theme.

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I plan to keep the table linens, at least for a while.

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I plan to sell the tureen, but I will go ahead and admit to falling in love. I have to be realistic about my storage space, but I will keep it for a little while, anyway. I’ll keep you posted on what I do with it.

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As you can tell, I had a great weekend of both tablescaping and merchandise purchasing. I wish you as much as I had in your bargain shopping and decorating this week!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Vintage Thingie Thursday at Colorado Lady,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage ,  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Brown Gingham Creations for Rednesday,  Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much,  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage , The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design 

 

 

 

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Yellow and Blue, Part Two

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I don’t usually do two very similar tables right in a row; however, I won a bid on eBay for this lovely April Cornell table runner and it arrived this afternoon. I just could not put it away and wait til later to use it!

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Isn’t the pattern gorgeous? I especially love the border in a smaller print that echoes the large print. The seller said that it came from her mother-in-law’s estate; she had given it to her as a gift. The mother-in-law had folded it up, stuck it in a drawer, and apparently forgotten that she had it. Now the mother-in-law is deceased, so the family is cleaning out and selling what they don’t want. Even though it is a long-discontinued pattern, it was never used. My winning bid was really low, and I fell so fortunate to have it.

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Anyway, I love the colorful pattern, and my first thought went to my Fancy Free in Temperware by Lenox. It is hard to tell from my photo, but the green, yellow, and blue on the plate are perfect matches for the colors in the runner.

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I used the same yellow napkins that I used last week. I could have chosen a different color, but I love the soft shade of yellow with both the runner and the plate. A simple brass napkin ring was all it needed.

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I chose the Present Time flatware. I wanted something a little lighter than the black San Remo from last week, plus I like the playfulness of this flatware in a casual setting.

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I am sure that you already guessed that I would be using the Dollar Tree goblets again!

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On the last table that I did with Fancy Free, I had fun using my cute little flower pots, and it was tempting to use them  again. However, I really wanted the focus to be on the runner. Trying not to cover up too much of its pattern, I found two porcelain pots with butterflies on them to use. I love this one; it is a recent Dollar General purchase.

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I wanted to play up the butterfly in the plate since that is where the yellow is. I did not want to add any other elements such as birds or dragonflies. I got this little butterfly pot last year at Dollar General.

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I got this butterfly a while back. Although it is supposed to be an outdoor ornament, I like it for table décor. The simplicity of it was just what I needed to complete the centerpiece.

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Basically, I just did another simple spring/summer table this week…nothing novel or exciting.

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But it came out exactly like I wanted, and that is all that matters. My table runner is the star of the show, so I have excused myself from using the same color scheme 2 weeks in row!

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Have a great week of tablescaping and decorating…can’t wait to see what everyone creates.

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Vintage Thingie Thursday at Colorado Lady,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage ,  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Brown Gingham Creations for Rednesday,  Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much,  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage , The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design 

 

 

 

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