Memorial Day 2015

 

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I guess I’ve been in some kind of fog, but Memorial Day really did slip up on me. I don’t know why; it’s at the same time every year!

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So I finally did a Memorial Day table since I will be pretty busy the next few days. I found this table runner on eBay a few months ago.

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My mother-in-law gave me these cute placemats a while back, and this is the first occasion I have had to use them. They are perfect for the holiday.

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I like the way that the placemats are supposed to look like a pieced quilt, and my junk shop dishes from last year are called “American Quilt.”

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I used my Dollar General napkins from last year and topped the dinner plate with the small plate.

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I love these Target bowls and see a lot of tablescapers pull them out every year just like I do!

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For glassware, I chose my vintage Ruby Red iced teas and my Dollar Tree blue flutes. Where would we tablescapers be without Dollar Tree?

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I wanted to keep with the casual, playful vibe, so I chose my Present Time flatware. I do have some blue flatware, but I didn’t like the shade of it with these placemats and plates. It was a little off.

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For the centerpiece, I started with one of my Spode reproduction pitchers. I stuck in some of the Dollar Tree flags and beads that I purchased a couple of years ago.

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Then I found my blue pillar candle and used one of my workhorse candlesticks for it.

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Aren’t these salt and pepper shakers cute? I actually got these at an after Fourth of July sale at Hobby Lobby last year, so this table is the first time that I have used them.

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I enjoyed doing my quick and easy Memorial Day table. Why did I need to do something quick and easy? Why are the next few days going to be terribly busy for me?

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Regular readers know that my husband has been down with back problems since Easter, and we think that we are finally getting somewhere working toward a definite diagnosis.

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We leave early Friday morning; I will be taking him to have a myelogram. It is a diagnostic x-ray that will involve anesthesia and injecting dye into the spinal cord.

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The neurosurgeon feels confident that this test will show him what procedure David needs to have to solve his problem. This neurosurgeon has done David’s other two back surgeries, and we have complete confidence in him.

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Even though we know that it will not be pleasant, we are just so glad that the means to an end has finally begun.

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Therefore, I don’t know when I will post again. I know that I will be swamped at least through Saturday, but I hope I can do a new table Sunday or Monday.

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We’ve already had a lot of prayers and best wishes through this blog, and we covet your continued prayers for both answers and restored health for my husband.

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Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday weekend and stays safe!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Tablescape Tuesday at Every Day Living,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday,   Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Homemaking Party at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now,   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, The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design

 

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Noritake Pink Plus Purging Updates

I mentioned in my last post that one of the many reasons that I love my Noritake Reverie is that I can use it with so many different colors. Because I focused on green earlier, I decided to focus on pink for this table. Because I normally use my Noritake in sort of formal or semi-formal situations, I also had the goal of trying to make it look a little more casual and playful.

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I chose this pink table runner because…it is the only table runner that I have with pink in it. Good reason, right? I found it on eBay a while back.

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Of course, here are my favorite Noritake Reverie plates.

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Love the light pink napkins…an old Bed, Bath, & Beyond purchase. Love the tone-on-tone pattern, and, yes, there are butterflies in the pattern!

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I decided to fold the napkin and put it between the dinner plate and the small plate for a little more depth and interest.

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Of course, I had to pull out my pink tulip goblets. Love them!

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Now for adding the more casual, playful elements…I started with my Dollar General bright pink flatware. Love this stuff!

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I really wanted to add a little colorful, playful something on top of the plates. I looked through my stash and finally decided to use these little flower cups that are part of a condiment tray set.

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This isn’t exactly the look that I really wanted since each flower is a different color. But I decided to go with it more for the fun element than the color element.

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What is more playful than a pink flamingo? I love this little guy and use him a lot on tables at this time of the year.

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For the candle, I went back to the pastels with my pillar candle. The bright pink pillar that I have was just all wrong with the flamingo. I really didn’t want to introduce yet another shade of pink.

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I wanted one more bright pink element, so I went back to my Dollar General wire basket. I chose the lighter color of river rocks to give it a little more substance.

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Love this fun table and my Noritake china!

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A few months ago I had a little breakdown over the size of my collection and did several posts of items that I might or might not purge and how I decided what to let go.

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So here is the update! The Meadow Visitors and Theodore Haviland small plate sets have sold.

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The red polka dots has not sold yet, but I keep hoping!

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Striped plates and rattan chargers…sold. I recently posted that my mother-in-law gave me some new wicker chargers much cuter than these, so I sold the old ones.

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Striped goblets (the taller ones)…not yet.

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A few random goblets have sold. Some small black plates sold; the medallion and wine plates, not yet.

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I am feeling so much better about what is in my tablescaping stash (and what’s not!). Thanks to all my readers for hanging in there with me and keep praying that all of these other things will sell…I don’t want to be tempted to bring them back into the house.

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While I’m on the subject of how I feel, I’ll go ahead and admit that David’s current physical problems plus some other random things in my life have had me kind of down lately. To give you just a couple of small examples, we’ve not been able to visit our son or attend a family wedding; I’ve worked every weekend recently and will continue to as much as I can.

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This afternoon I got the word that some local students from a couple of different schools in our area were both injured and fatally injured in an MVA. Wow, does that put my life into perspective! What does it matter if we can’t do some things that we would like or see our family? We have our lives and our families, and that is what matters.

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So I am trying to close with a bright thought and think that my beautiful lilies in full bloom are the perfect things to exemplify that. Aren’t they gorgeous?

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The Lord is faithful in both good and bad times, and I had a reminder to look to Him and not get too wrapped up in myself! The scripture about the lilies of the field, or in my case, the lilies of the front yard, is very applicable here!

 Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Matt. 6:25-29
I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Tablescape Tuesday at Every Day Living,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday,   Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Homemaking Party at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now,   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, The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design
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Fresh Spring Green Plus Questions

I love to use my Noritake Reverie china any time of the year, but it especially seems appropriate in the spring and summer.

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I started with my vintage April Cornell table runner, an old eBay purchase. The yellows, blues and greens in this runner look beautiful with my wedding china.

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One of the many things that I love about my Noritake china is that I can use it with many different colors. Do you see all the lovely pastels in this china? The colors are gorgeous, and I can bring out any of them that I choose.

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Today I decided to go with green. These light green napkins were handmade for me by The Napkin Lady, and I just love them.

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I tried to get a good close up of these great napkin rings. My mother-in-law recently gave them to me (she rescued them from the hoarded house). They have the sweetest springtime floral, strawberries, ladybugs, and dragonflies on them. There is even a slit on them for a placecard if you would like to use one. I thought that these napkin rings are perfect for this time of the year.

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Since I am bringing out the green today, I also used my Dollar General flatware in green. It’s hard to tell from my photo, but they really are a perfect match for the other greens even though the lighting makes them look a little more neon.

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Of course, Dollar Tree green goblets are what this table calls for.

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For the centerpiece, I started with my Dollar General butterfly pot. It has the perfect shade of green rim, plus the butterflies go with the plates and the napkin rings.

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I chose my variegated green candle on my Dollar General candlestick. Both this candle and this candlestick have been real tablescaping workhorses for me!

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I thought I needed one more touch of green on the table, so I chose my Dollar General basket in the perfect shade of green and filled it with my Wal Mart rattan balls.

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To add a touch of humor and whimsy to the otherwise slightly formal table, I put a Dollar General flowerpot at each place. I have used these cute little pots a good bit on tables; they can hold flatware, napkins, candy, nuts, or anything else that I have a mind to put in them. If you want to freshen up your tablescaping stash for not much money, go by Dollar General and look in the gardening section at this time of the year. I have gotten lots of my cute things there.

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Voila! I love my fresh, spring table…perfect for a springtime luncheon. That statement brings me to a question that I am sometimes asked. Do I use my tablescapes, or are they just for show? Well, the answer is yes…and no.

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Unless I mention a specific event that I am preparing for, such as my son and his wife visiting, the dining room tables are just for show. Occasionally when I am ready to take the dining room table down, I will take a couple of the place settings and move them to the kitchen table for our meal.

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When I show you a tablescape on our kitchen table, we do use that one. Regular readers know that we are empty nesters and it is just the two of us at mealtime, so we eat in the kitchen. I do like to fix us pretty table settings in there, but I realized as I was thinking about answering this question that I don’t make pretty tables in there as much as I used to.

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I’m not sure why I’ve gotten out of the habit of doing the kitchen table. I think that it is mainly due to increased work schedule; I really just don’t take the time to set a table in there any more. I am going to make a goal of trying to set tables in the kitchen again…not as much as I used to, of course, but more than I have done in the past year or so.

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The last question is one that I have for readers. What do you do about negative comments? I rarely get them…tablescaping is not really a hot-button, controversial topic, after all! Usually I just hit delete! Any feedback to this issue would be appreciated.

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Have a great week of decorating and tablescaping!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Tablescape Tuesday at Every Day Living,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday,   Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Homemaking Party at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now,   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, The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design
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Mother’s Day, Bargains, Business Update

Wow! Almost 2 weeks without posting…it’s amazing how quickly the time goes by. What has been happening here? Well, it might take me a little bit of time and space to explain, so if you just want to look at the tablescape, scroll on down through my ramblings.

100_9545I’ve written a couple of times recently that I am in need of new merchandise for my booth at the flea market, so I have hit a couple of yard sales and such lately. I love the aquamarine color of this Pyrex bowl. Unfortunately, my poor photography skills make it look green, but I assure you it is the lovely color of the ocean.

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Another beautiful Pyrex color is this cobalt blue. I have truly never seen either of these Pyrex colors before and hope that they will sell quickly.

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Milk glass usually sells for me, although there have been times that it hasn’t. I love this ribbed vase.100_9551This pedestal bowl is quite unusual. In general, the larger pieces of milk glass seem to sell better than others. Of course, I can never tell, and there have been times that large pieces sit while small candy dishes sell. It’s worth repeating that one can never predict about the antiques and collectibles business.

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I thought that this green bowl with its polka dot or bubble design was really cute and I hate that I am not a more skilled photographer.

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This vintage Fire King swirl bowl sold the first day that I put it out.

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Amber is another hard-to-predict seller. I have sold some pieces quickly while others have sat for months. I think I have about $1 tied up in this cute little pickle or relish dish, so I can afford for it to sit if it has to.

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The best find in the bowl category: this lovely, very old Federal milk glass bowl with an unusual gold floral design. I got a great deal on it; therefore, I was able to put a reasonable price on it and still make a good profit.

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I got a box deal on dishes, breaking a cardinal rule for yard sales and not checking every piece before I bought it. I was in a hurry and just bought them so that I could be on my way. I was thrilled at what I found when I got the boxes home. This pattern is called Golden Rapture by Gibson. It is an 8-place setting of plates, salads, and cups & saucers, nothing missing, no chips. This set alone will bring me the price of the box deal and everything else I sell from the box will be profit.

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Also in the box is another Gibson set called Golden Moon. It is a set for 4 people, dinner plates, salads, and soup bowls with the large platter and serving bowl. No chips or cracks; it is also in great condition.

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Also in the box was a partial set of a really old Noritake pattern called Buckingham. Once again, my photography skills do not do this lovely pattern justice. It is just gorgeous and consists of 5 dinner plates, 2 salads, 2 soup bowls, 1 bread & butter, 1 cup & saucer, creamer & sugar, and the vegetable bowl. I love this set and it is the most valuable of what I got in the box deal.

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Also in the box was a pretty round platter. It is very large and has a nice raised design on the rim.

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What a surprise when I got to the bottom of the box and found this complete 8-place setting of white flatware (24 pieces), which looks like it’s never been used! Score!

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As for my business update, I was pleased with both my March and April sales, and so far May is going well. We usually experience a summer slow down starting about now until around August or even September, so I am bracing myself for that. We also recently got paid for some furniture repair and refinish work that David did, so that is always good.

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My sales have been steady at the consignment shop. In fact, the test lot of Avon Cape Cod that I had sold so quickly and for such a high price there that I recently bought some more of it. Can you tell?

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Would you say that is an understatement? Two of the vendors at our flea market gave me great deals on Avon Cape Cod.

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One vendor is getting out of the business entirely and she is cleaning out everything. She really gave me a great deal plus I purchased some at half off from her going-out-of-business sale at her booth. The other vendor that I purchased from is depleting his stock of it and gave me a box deal on a large lot of it and half off on a few extra pieces that I wanted. I was stoked!

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I boxed up about 8 or 10 pieces to take to the shop a few days ago, plus I had some money to pick up. As I was getting ready to leave, I got a text from the guy who owns the consignment store. He has to move his business and told me not to bring any more items right now.  I decided to go ahead and visit him to find out some more details, plus I did want to get my money, of course. Well, it turns out that if you don’t keep your bills current, you lose your lease. Because the shop owner had such a short amount of time to get out, David (who is still suffering very much from his bulging discs) had to make a special trip over there when he was not feeling his best to box up the rest of our things to bring home. Needless to say, he is in bed today.

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Anyway, I picked up my check, and I am pleased with the money that I made from the last weekend in January until the second weekend in May. I would like to think that I will put some items with him again if and when he gets his business all straightened out, but it is just too soon to say right now. In the meantime, I have 135 pieces of Cape Cod to sell plus the other things that David brought home. I know that it sounds like I should be really stressed right now, but I am not. I’ll deal with it as it comes, and my husband’s health is at the top of the list right now; I can’t be worried about some dishes.

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So that brings me to Mother’s Day. David brought me this beautiful rose this morning. He picked some spiderwort from the yard and put in this vase. I love it!

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However, for my tablescape, I wanted to emphasize the purple color, so I moved it to this old vase that was my grandmother’s.

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I started the table with my wicker chargers that my mother-in-law gave me.

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I love my Thomas Kinkade dishes any time that I use purple.

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I never get tired of this lovely pattern.

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Of course, I had to find my purple goblets to go on this table.

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Purple napkins, gold tassel napkin rings, and Chateau flatware finish out the place setting.

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The vignette on the table features my Mother’s Day flowers, a pretty pierced dish with purple violets, and a purple variegated candle.

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I love my simple table and I am sure that we will enjoy our Mother’s Day lunch at it. Have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Tablescape Tuesday at Every Day Living,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday,   Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Homemaking Party at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now,   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, The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design
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Cinco de Mayo with the Girls

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Kathleen has asked us to set a table for Girl’s Night Out, and I thought it might be fun to combine that with Cinco de Mayo.

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I started with my colorful beach towel as a table covering and it also set my color scheme of orange and pink with touches of aqua.

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I used my rattan chargers and off white plates as the backdrop for all of the different colors.

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I used a small plate with an aqua rim topped off with a hot pink napkin to go with my color scheme. The floral napkin rings are some I have had for many years…probably 35 anyway.

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Of course, Cinco de Mayo calls for margaritas. Those must be required, right?

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My cute chili pepper bowls are perfect for salad, salsa, or anything that I might serve on the side.

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Almost all of my table accessories are old Dollar General purchases. However, I ran by Dollar General today to see if anything caught my attention that would go on this colorful table. I was pleased to find another flatware caddy in a new color-orange. Perfect for the color scheme that I have, especially filled with the pink flatware! I did notice that this year’s caddy is a good bit smaller than the blue and pink ones I picked up a few years back. Of course, the cost was the same as the old ones!

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I put colorful candles in pink and orange in my tall candlesticks.

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The rest of the centerpiece is made up of more colorful pieces, such as the flip flop dip bowl with spreaders.

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I had to bring back the flamingo from last week. He it too cute and colorful not to use on this table.

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Sparkly blue stones in my hot pink basket just added another pop of color to the table.

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I love my bright and cheerful Cinco de Mayo table!

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It would be perfect for a girl’s night of margaritas, chips, salsa, and other Tex-Mex snacks.

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Hope everyone has a great Cinco de Mayo! Also, enjoy your girlfriends and cherish the memories that you make.

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Tablescape Tuesday at Every Day Living,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday,   Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Homemaking Party at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now,   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, The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design
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A Picnic and Some Bargains

I’ve had this table set and the pictures uploaded for several days now and just haven’t made the time to do a blog post. No excuses…just haven’t done it. I’m calling this table a picnic; although it is an indoor table, it would be great at a picnic.

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Almost all of these purchases came from Dollar General a while back. I started with my colorful tablecloth that I love. I used my wicker chargers for a picnic look and topped them with my colorful polka dot melamine plates.

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My April Cornell napkins, a long-ago eBay purchase, have colors that echo the colors in the plates. In the words of Clinton and Stacy, “They don’t match; they go.” I placed the salad plate on top of the napkin to more clearly define the two plates.

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I used the matching cups, of course.

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For table decor, I went crazy with the accessories that go with this tablecloth. A large butterfly sits in a pink basket on one corner of the table.

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I decided to put the pink flatware in the blue holder rather than place them at the plates. I can’t wait to see what color of flatware Dollar General puts out this year. I got the green last year and the blue and the pink the year before that.

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Another basket holds some river rock. I thought the basket needed a little something to make it show up.

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The blue basket holds my rattan balls, an early Wal Mart purchase when I first began tablescaping. Once again, I thought the basket needed a little interest.

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Now for the centerpiece. I think that the tiki torches came from Fred’s, but the other elements are all Dollar General. The butterflies in the vase, the butterfly above in the basket, and the flamingo are all meant to be yard art. I like the whimsical look that they present on the table.

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I was pleasantly surprised to find my hot pink pillar candle since I had forgotten about it. I just happened upon it on clearance at a Hallmark store last year and grabbed it since I use this color a lot.

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I love my whimsical, colorful outdoor look table. Regular readers remember that I had rotator surgery in July of last year and have had a mountain of medical bills ever since.

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I am pleased to say that several of those bills have been paid out and/or down. However, I am still not finished paying them out and we recently added some more bills to them due to my husband’s pinched nerve.

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I have written several times over the past few months of the wonderful generosity of family and friends who gave me items to use for merchandise in my booth since I really can’t afford to spend anything extra right now. My sister, mother, mother-in-law, and a couple of friends have been wonderfully generous and I can never tell them enough how much it means to me.

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However, I am now at a crucial point. For the first time since opening my booth at the flea market almost 3 years ago, I now have no stored merchandise at home, other than holiday items. Almost a month ago, I made a few purchases from a couple of my favorite places to stop when I go to visit my husband’s parents. I did not take the time to photograph them, as I needed to get them in the booth quickly. I put them all out, and several of the things have already sold. A couple of weeks before that, my friend and I hit a few places. I did get a couple of things which I have put out, but the majority of what I bought was holiday items.

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Last week, I went to a neighboring town to visit a couple of my favorite stops there. Of course, going to thrift shops and junk stores is always a gamble, but I really had a bad run since 2 of the 3 places were closed. The last store that I hit is one where I don’t often shop. The prices there are a little higher than some other stores, and I have trouble finding anything that I can make a profit on. But I felt desperate! I need some merchandise!

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Being desperate for merchandise and low on funds are two things that don’t go together well! I decided to take my chances on a few things and just make a lower profit. I think that this opaque pedestal bowl is beautiful! It is quite unusual and I am just hoping that it will appeal to someone.

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This vintage pitcher is in good shape and it is a very generous size. Although I am sure that not everyone will like something like this, I have hopes that at least one person will like it…enough to take it home, anyway!

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This set of 6 amber glasses will look good with the pitcher or alone. I will sell them separately from the pitcher.

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I like this set of 4 Gibson white plates. These were the best buy of the day.

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I tried very hard to get a close up of the fruit and leaves around the rim with little success. I think these plates could be used in a variety of ways.

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The final purchase I made is really a lot more risky than the previous ones. Isn’t this platter gorgeous? It is called Golden Rose by Lynwood Fine china. It is in perfect condition and so lovely.

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I even found the matching serving bowl. I think these pieces are lovely. However, they are risky purchases because I paid a little bit more for them than I like to pay. I do have room for profit, so I am just hoping that someone will love them as much as I do and want to give them a good home!

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So that’s it for my bargain hunting. It’s not much, I know, but my funds are extremely limited. I will keep you posted as I find more items. Happy bargain hunting to all!

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Butterflies, a Recipe, and a Decision

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Thanks to those of you who weighed in on whether or not to purge the polka dot set from my last post! The best advice I got was to keep the plates since they don’t take up as much storage room as the bowls and cups, which I don’t really like anyway. Duh! I don’t know why I didn’t think of it like that. However, that is not the decision I ended up making. Are you ready? OK, wait for it….the decision is… drum roll, please…

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PURGE! Why? Remember storage space is not the only factor in my decision…how much I use them is also important. I actually don’t even remember ever using this set on a table, and if I did, I did not use all of it. I can’t justify keeping something that I never use. The final factor in my decision was a business one. Although selling the bowls and cups made sense, I also have to look at how well they will sell at my booth. I think that this set will sell better if it is complete. Of course, I am not always correct in what I think will sell at the flea market, so time will tell if I am right. Therefore, the set is there in its entirety and I put a reasonable price on it. Also, a few of the plastic items that I told you about last week have sold and I am hoping that the rest go quickly.

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On to the tablescape. I started with a couple of things in mind: first, to use my wedding china since I haven’t used it lately; second, butterflies as a recurring theme to play up the butterfly in the pattern of the china.

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I have several soft colors of napkins that look good with these plates. Today I chose these pastel yellow ones and placed them in between the dinner and the salad plate. My Dollar General flatware in green echos the color in the plate design.

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I tried a couple of different glasses and finally settled on the Dollar Tree stemware. Of course, my Dollar General butterfly planter with its green edge was the first thing I thought of when I decided on butterflies.

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Then I thought of something. Last winter I bought a few things from a booth that was going out of business that I thought may be cute in tablescapes, one of them being this string of butterfly lights.Well, they don’t look like much in my photo, but they are much cuter in person. I also got a string of dragonfly lights. I can’t remember if I paid $2 each or $2 for both; either way, I was pleased with the deal. The box said that this strand was originally $7.

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To further the butterfly theme, I went through all of my spring and summer décor and pulled out butterfly items. I’m pretty sure that all of these things came from Dollar General. I have several of these cute buckets but am only using the butterfly ones today, obviously.

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I only purchased 2 of these for some odd reason, one butterfly and one dragonfly. Hope I can find a couple of more this season.

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I decided to use my striped green candle to go with the greens on my Dollar General candlestick.

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I was left with one pesky problem…what to do with that battery pack on the lights.

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The answer: more butterflies, of course! I had one more butterfly item left, and the pack fit perfectly in that little flower pot.

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So that the pot won’t look too awkward, I pulled out the other flower pots and put them on the other corners of the table.

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I thought that all of these items needed to be elevated, so I used various candleholders to do the job. I am pleased with the final look and plan to take a photo of it after dark. Hopefully, the lights will show up better and you can get a better idea.

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Since I retired a few years ago, I have enjoyed occasionally trying new recipes that I find in magazines or on the internet. A few months ago, I tried a recipe that I found online for something called baked spaghetti cream cheese casserole. If you google it, you will find a million different variations of it. I like it because it uses jarred pasta sauce and spaghetti, two items that I almost always have on hand.

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Even though we liked it, I decided that I wanted to elevate it a little bit and make it a bit more adult for us. Therefore, I replaced the ground beef with 1 pound of Italian sausage.

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I also replaced the spaghetti with a 12-ounce box of vegetable rotini. Supposedly, the pasta is made from 2 servings of vegetables. Whatever the case, it does make us feel like we’re eating a little better, even if we’re not!

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I always use whatever jarred sauce I have on hand. Today it was Ragu.

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I also simplified the instructions a little bit. I put out the cream cheese in a large bowl to soften a little while before I started the recipe. Then I browned the Italian sausage while I boiled the pasta according to the package instructions. I dumped the sausage on top of the cream cheese and let it sit a few minutes while I measured the pasta sauce into a large measuring cup.

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Then I put the cup into the microwave and heated it for a minute or two. Then I dumped it on top of the other ingredients. By then my pasta was ready, and I drained it and added it to the large bowl. I stirred and stirred for several minutes until the cream cheese softened completely and blended into the other ingredients. Then I added a few extra spices; I like to do this when I serve jarred sauce to pep it up a bit. Today I added some garlic, some basil, and a little Italian seasoning. Really, any Italian spice you have works.

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Then I dumped it all into the large casserole dish and spread it all out evenly. I topped the casserole with Italian cheese and baked it for about 30-35 minutes at 350. I added a small salad, and we had a delicious lunch! I like the casserole better with my substitutions and it better suits the two of us. While we are on the subject of cooking, groceries in my part of the world have gone out of sight lately. It is getting harder and harder to serve the two of us on a budget. I actually don’t mind using store brand on most items, but I had purchased the Ragu sauce when it was on sale which is why I used it today.

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By the way, the first time that I tweaked this recipe, I used Publix brand pasta sauce and it was really good. However, I don’t have a Publix near me (I had gotten it when I was visiting my son), so that is the reason for the name brand. I actually do like the store brand of pasta, but I have only found the veggie kind in the Barilla brand, so I spent a little extra on it. Hopefully, some of the store brands will start making this same type of pasta.

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I do occasionally purchase the good Parmesan cheese, but today I did not have it and did not see the need in purchasing it for this dish. The store brand of Italian cheese was what I had on hand, and it was great on this casserole. I used it liberally, and we loved it. I spent a little extra on a couple of items for our salad. After eating tomatoes from the grocery store the last few months, I was so glad when the produce market reopened after the winter a couple of weeks ago. The extra $ spent on farm-fresh tomatoes is well worth it, in my opinion. I will eat grape or cherry tomatoes from the grocery store, but I won’t touch a regular tomato. I also absolutely refuse to purchase a cucumber from the grocery store…watery, tasteless, yuck! Today we had an absolutely delicious salad with the fresh tomatoes and cucumbers…I was in heaven.

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I covered a lot of territory today…cooking, grocery shopping, tablescaping, and purging. Hope your week is great as you tackle whatever projects you have going on in your home!

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Sorry my pics just don’t do it justice!

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Seeing Red Plus More Decisions

Regular readers know that I had a sort of mini-breakdown back in January over the number of items in my tablescaping hoard collection. I did several posts on my struggles with what to keep and what to purge, and I was finally able to make some sensible decisions.

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That was a few months ago, and now I am at it again. After finally getting my energy back and starting some serious housecleaning, I decide to do a small kitchen cabinet cleaning. I have a hard time reaching everything in my lower cabinets (they are very deep) and am guilty of just stuffing things in there, especially if I am in a hurry. A few days ago, I grabbed a stool and a flashlight and went to work.

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I was not expecting to find a whole lot to purge; I was mainly just straightening and stacking neatly. In 2011 right after I retired, the first thing that I did was clean the entire house. I did a huge purge at that time, cleaning out every closet, cabinet, drawer, etc. You can imagine my surprise when I started pulling out plastic after plastic after plastic. I found Tupperware, Rubbermaid, Sterilite…. Yes, I knew it was all there, but I guess I had not realized how much all of that stuff piles up. I went through it piece by piece, keeping what I know I will use and purging the rest. I also found some old cookbooks under there…well, if they have been in the cabinet for years, I don’t use them, right?

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I have also been watching some interesting videos on YouTube about purging and organizing. I do like the ones using what is called the KonMari method, but there are other good ones as well. I have really gotten to like Alejandra. It is amazing all of the great ideas that she has. Even if you never plan to organize anything the rest of your life, her videos are well worth watching.

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Now I am thinking about going through the dining room storage again, even though it doesn’t seem like that long since I did that. The first cabinet that I opened contained a set of dishes that I rarely use for tablescaping, so the obvious thing to me was to set a table with them. That will help me decide if I want to continue keeping these dishes or not. I started with my Dollar General placemats.

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I am using every single piece of this set today since the reason behind the tablescape is to make a decision. Although I have confessed to being a dish snob, I purchased this unbreakable set a few years ago with the intention of using them at picnics and so forth. I actually purchased this red and white set as well as a multicolored set, and I find that these are the ones that I use the least.

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I topped the dinner plate with the salad plate.

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Because I want to use every piece of the set, I used the bowl on top of the stack, even though I really don’t like it. Don’t get me wrong; I do think that the bowl is cute, but it is just too big for a nice salad or dessert bowl. It looks more like a serving bowl to me.

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This set also came with matching cups. Once again, I am not crazy about the size…too small instead of too big. We like our beverages, especially when it is hot outside, in a little bit larger glass than this one. But it is cute and it does match.

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I chose the Present Time flatware and the matching napkin to complete this place setting.

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I kept the centerpiece simple, since my goal is to spend a day or two with the dishes. I chose my red platter.

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I love this cute little jar that Santa put in my stocking. Right now I have salt in it, but it could be used for anything.

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My Dollar General candle holder with a red pillar completes the centerpiece.

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Now I just have to make the decision. I do like the dishes…of course I do, or I would not have purchased them.

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But the deciding factor here is not whether or not I like the dishes.

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The deciding factors are a combination of the following:

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How much do I use them? Do I love them enough to take up precious storage space? Will I use them much in the forseeable future?

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OK, chime in below with your comments. All suggestions are welcome and I will be keeping you informed on what my decision is.

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Lazy Purple Sunday

100_9407 I started today’s table with one thing in mind: I wanted to use this sweet little pierced porcelain dish with violets as my inspiration. I found it at my flea market a few weeks ago with the intention of using it in an Easter tablescape, but you know how my Easter went…I get tired just thinking about it. 100_9394 When I was putting up the pink tablecloth from last week, I saw this taupe one and realized that I had not used it in a while. It looks sort of gold and I like it as the base for my Thomas Kinkade Spode china, but the drawback is that it makes the table look a little dark. 100_9395 I decided to go with it anyway. I found this china on eBay several years ago and love it. I like to use this set when I use anything purple because the cottages are all done at nighttime (I’m guessing the painter of light didn’t do many daytime pics…I’m just sayin’) and varying shades of purple accent the lights in the cottages. 100_9398 I also used the salad plates as the top layer. I love these dishes and don’t think I will ever get tired of them. 100_9402 I pulled out my purple napkins and beaded napkin rings. I always love this look with these dishes, so that is why you see it a lot. 100_9404 I debated about flatware and finally pulled out the Present Time. It is whimsical and keeps the look from being a little too formal. 100_9405 Of course, I had to use my purple goblets. I debated about a second glass but decided against it. 100_9407 OK, on to the centerpiece…my sweet little dish actually has violets on it in the shape of the cross, which I did not notice until today. Too bad I was in such a fog around Easter time…it would have been perfect. 100_9406 Oh, well, maybe I’ll remember next Easter, but I wouldn’t count on it.  I still am not happy that the table is kind of dark, so I chose my large white bird dish to lighten things up a bit. 100_9408 I decided on my large purple pillar candle. It has a gold glitter stripe and my dish is edged in gold, plus the tablecloth looks sort of gold. I tossed a few natural colored wicker ball thingies into the dish, and I was done. Love these dishes and the look! 100_9396 Why are we having a lazy Sunday when we are normally faithful churchgoers? David began with some pain and soreness late last week and went to the dr. on Friday. He has severe inflammation from overuse which has led to a pinched nerve. He got a shot and meds and has rested all weekend. 100_9411 Why the overuse, you wonder? Well, it goes back to the Passion Play put on by our church each year. Setting it all up is a very physically demanding task. He begins about 2 weeks beforehand, continues the physical work the entire week of, then it takes almost the entire week after to get it all taken down and stored. Yes, he does have some help; as a matter of fact, it has taken us years to finally get a good crew to show up the week of the play, but very few help the weeks before and after. So the majority falls on him. 100_9410 We are trying not to borrow trouble, but he may have just completed his last year of doing this task. We won’t worry about that prematurely, but we have to be practical as well. 100_9401 He cannot be the primary workhorse behind the scenes if his well-being is jeopardized. Of course, no one is exactly chomping at the bit to step up to the plate either! 100_9400 Oh well, I’ll be like Scarlet and think about that tomorrow. In the meantime, have a great week of tablescaping and decorating!

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Spring Magnolias and Catching Up

 

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Long time, no see (or no read)! The Passion Play took so much out of me this year. I probably could have made time for another table last week, but just did not find the energy. Have not had any energy this week, either, but finally just made myself do a few things last night. I am absolutely embarrassed at how dirty my house is and I finally looked at my Easter table this afternoon and said it’s got to go. But the good news is that our Passion Play was wonderful, 3 good nights, no rain-outs, and great attendance. He is risen indeed!

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I was ready to take the pink tablecloth off and put it away, but I really wanted to do one more spring table with it first. How about my magnolia dishes? I have always liked burgundy with pink, so I decided to go for it.

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I decided to layer the pink napkin between the dinner and dessert plates. I like the way the pink brings out the burgundy in the plates.

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For stemware, I used both the matching magnolia glasses and the pink tulip goblets.

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San Remo flatware finishes off the place setting.

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For the centerpiece, I layered my burgundy runner over the pink tablecloth. The green variegated candle on the black stand seemed a good choice to bring out the green in the dishes. I like to accent with green since there is so much of it in these dishes.

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I chose a vintage Salem china platter. I love the burgundy edge around the pastel flowers. As I looked at the platter, which I have had for many, many years, I realized that this platter may have started my love of using burgundy and pink together.

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I needed one other element for the centerpiece. I looked through my pottery collection and chose this small Camark pottery pitcher. I love this pitcher and it is a good “workhorse” type of décor that I can use in many places.

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Well, I didn’t spend as much time on my table as I would have liked, but at least it is different. The important thing is that I have made a start! Last night I started a little sweeping and dusting and I will continue with some more after I finish this blog post (I told you…my house is really bad right now). I also caught up with the piles of mail and laundry.

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This morning I caught up in my booth at the flea market…I’ve only done a bare minimum there as well. The good news is that March, while still slow, was a good bit better than February. I sold a nice set of dishes, some sets of glasses, and other odds and ends.

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In the last 2 weeks, I have been able to work into my schedule a couple of small buying trips which I did not even take the time to photograph and show you. I got those things washed and priced and put out this morning and rearranged the booth somewhat.

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I ran out of steam and would like to do some more, but just can’t manage it right now. So that is my catching up for right now…lots to do and no energy to do it!

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Added 4/9:

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Rain is moving in, so I had to snap some pics of my azaleas before all the blooms get beaten off the bushes.

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The photos are dark because it is early morning plus very cloudy.

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I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Tablescape Tuesday at Every Day Living,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday,   Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Homemaking Party at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now,   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, The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design

 

 

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