The weather here is still very cold, and today we are under a winter storm warning and advisory. I know that doesn’t seem like much to the rest of the country, but it is a big deal here in the deep South. Lots of schools and businesses are closed, and I am comfortable staying home and doing nothing today!
When I was growing up, we loved having snow days. Snow days were those one or two days a year that ice or snow would actually be bad enough to close schools and we could stay home and play in the snow. We didn’t get those days every year…usually only every two or three years would the weather be bad enough to declare a snow day.
Occasionally the weather would be bad enough to miss more than 1 day, and we thought that was wonderful. Even as an adult, I always liked those snow days. Curling up on the sofa with a warm throw and watching mindless tv or reading a good book while the weather is raging outside is still an activity that I love.
Recently I decided that I could have a snow day whenever I want…why wait for snow? From now on, when I am feeling burned out and need a reboot, I am going to declare a snow day! After a day inside of doing nothing, I am ready to get back to life as we know it and feel refreshed from my temporary escape.
OK, that’s enough of my soapbox…on to the table. I know that all of my blue and white tables tend to look similar due to the fact that I use the same china and often the same accessories. However, I don’t really get tired of the look, and I love blue and silver at this time of the year. I think that the cool palette really evokes a wintry feel. Today I chose my silver chargers underneath my vintage Salem English Village dinner plates.
I used my blue and white napkins in sparkly silver napkin rings to go with my color scheme. Of course, the Grosvenor silver is perfect for this table.
For stemware, blue Dollar Tree goblets and silver eBay stems complement my place setting perfectly. I love the Dollar Tree glassware. Where would we tablescapers be without it?
I have what seems like a plethora of table runners, and several of them have blue in the pattern. However, I do not have a runner in just blue and white. Note to self: Look for a blue and white table runner. Anyway, I decided to use one of my blue and white placemats as the runner for this table. It will do until I can find one to purchase.
For the centerpiece I chose a silver compote from my wedding gifts.
I also found another silver dish in the wedding gifts. I tossed a few blue stones in both to give them some sparkle.
I found a set of 3 silver candlesticks a few years ago at a flea market for a great price when I first began tablescaping. Note to self: purchase blue tapers.
I finished off the table with my favorite blue pitchers.
All four are Spode reproductions…made from the original molds. Over the weekend, I discovered to my dismay that my internet had stopped working. After doing everything that I knew to do with no success, I called the AT&T tech support. We determined that my modem had gone bad. It was over 10 years old, after all, and the life of a modem is supposed to be 3-4 years. Anyway, I ordered the U-Verse, and only had to wait a couple of days for installation.
It’s really kind of weird to be offline, isn’t it? I did the basic things that I needed to do on my phone, but I really missed the surfing, looking at blogs, posting pics of a new tablescape, and the other things that you don’t really realize how much time you spend doing it until it’s gone!
I was promised wonderful things with the U-Verse, and I anxiously awaited this miraculous internet with great expectations.
To my surprise and chagrin, I saw virtually no difference in my internet before and after U-Verse. What happened to those miraculous speeds I had been promised? I was underwhelmed, but just glad to be back online, so it really didn’t matter that it was no different from before.
Then this morning I photographed the first table that I had done since the new internet. The pictures uploaded in literally moments of time compared to before! It used to take so much longer to upload pics and even then would sometimes skip one. OK, I am now officially happy with the U-Verse and just glad to be connected with the world again. So for everyone out there, stay safe and warm, and have a happy Snow Day!