Fall Table Plus Booth Update

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I set another fall table after the kids left. I used the same basic white tablecloth plus brown open weave cloth on top. I love this look for fall and will probably leave it out a while longer. I switched out the table runner from last week to this one in fall colors, a Dollar General purchase from a few years back.

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Then I used my Dollar Tree plates for the base. I like these colors for fall as well as other seasons.

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For the next layer, I wanted to use my Wal Mart Better Homes & Gardens fall plates purchased a couple of years ago.

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Don’t you think they look great framed by the larger plate? However, in order to use these plates, I had to move them from my mantel décor.

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I replaced them with these harvest plates, an early tablescaping purchase from Cracker Barrel.  Not having been doing this hobby very long, I made the mistake of only purchasing 2 of these. I wish I had bought at least 2 more.

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Anyway, I then decided to use the Family Dollar acorn plates for the top layer. I put them on top of the falling leaf plates since there are acorns in the pattern.

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The Family Dollar pumpkin plates went on top of the plate with the pumpkin in the pattern.

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Taupe napkins set off these cute acorn and leaf napkin rings. I used my Dollar General green flatware.

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For the stemware, Dollar Tree won out again! Both the fall leaves goblet and the striped wine glass came from Dollar Tree.

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Instead of spreading out salt and pepper shakers all over the table, I just put one pair at each place setting.

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That way everyone has his or her own set of shakers.

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I had a hard time deciding on what to use for a centerpiece. Then I remembered that my spider lilies were blooming. When I went outside to pick, there were even more blooming than I realized!

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I chose a vintage Camark Pottery vase and my Gail Pittman flame vase.

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I decided to put some autumn gold tapers in my matching candlesticks.

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I added my autumn leaf votive holders as a finishing touch.

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I was pleased with the final look and that I had managed to set yet another fall table without any new purchases.

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I have not given you an update on my booth lately. There has not been a lot to update, frankly. The economy is not good here, and the flea market business certainly reflects that. After a slow summer, August was good.

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However, September started out shaping up to be my slowest month ever, quite unusual, since historically September is a good month for the flea market. It was the third weekend in September before I even made my booth rent…the longest that I can ever remember that it has taken to earn my rent.

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David got a small table ready Saturday morning, so I decided to take it on up there. Do you remember this gorgeous vintage lusterware tea set that I got at an auction? I put it out in August when I set up my fall table. It had sold! I was happy and ran back home to get some more things to put out.

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OK, don’t get mad when I tell you that I had already put a few Christmas things out. I am not in favor of shops putting out Christmas things early, but I have had to back down on my stance about that since becoming a booth owner. People do purchase Christmas items early, plus I have so many Christmas items stored that I really need to start selling them now if I can. I tested with a few holiday items a couple of weeks ago, and a couple of them sold. Therefore, I decide to put out more Christmas things. While I was putting out the things that I had brought back with me, these plates sold. Love it!

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I went home to get some more things. I decided to put out this set because I figured it would be the hardest to sell out of all of my Christmas dishes. Not too many people want pink Christmas dishes with hearts, I thought. So I set everything up and went back home to prepare lunch.

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Later that afternoon, David got a vintage stool ready, and I decided to take it up to the booth. When I walked back to the booth, the pink Christmas dishes were gone! Beth, my friend who was working that day, said that they had sold pretty quickly after I left, and so did this cute little Halloween teapot. Score!

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While I was there, a couple who collects Gail Pittman was checking out with some pieces. I pointed out my platter to them, and he made me an offer a little lower than I had it marked. I took it and was glad to because this large platter took up a lot of merchandise space.

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So in this last weekend in September, I made more than I had made in all of the other weekends put together. I didn’t bother me at all that I made five, yes,  five trips to the flea market that day. While my September sales won’t be phenomenal, they will be so much better than I had thought, and I am thrilled. It just goes to show that retail just can never be predicted.

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Hope all of you have a great fall and enjoy the fall décor in blogland. I know that I am!

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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Fall Table, Three Ways

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It’s been pretty hot here in central MS, typical for this time of the year, but we have finally had a little cool air come in the last few days. The mornings are very pleasantly cool–close to long sleeve weather–, and the evenings feel pleasant after 80-85 degree days. Finally, fall seems to be arriving, so I jumped on the fall décor bandwagon a little earlier than I normally do.   I started with the mantel.

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Normally I am not one to change my mantel very often, but I do like putting out some autumnal colors at this time of the year. I chose my lovely vintage orange pitcher for some fall blooms, and I flanked it with the fall leaf Better Homes & Gardens plates, a Wal Mart purchase from a few years back.

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On one end, I put my Watt 2-leaf apple pitcher and my vintage small green Camark pitcher, also with some fall blooms. My variegated orange candle is always a good choice for this time of the year.

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The other end of the mantel displays more vintage pottery with fall blooms and rustic candlesticks with the green pillars which my son made for me a few years back.

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I filled in the spaces with vintage Hull vases, ceramic pumpkins, and fall foliage.

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We were so excited that our son and his wife decided to visit for a few days. We see them so seldom that I really wanted to make the table very “fallish” and welcoming. I used the open weave brown cloth over my standard white tablecloth. The square taupe Wal Mart plates are the first layer.

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The next plate had to be the Friendly Village, of course. Although I love this brown transferware at all times of the year, it seems the best choice for a fall table.

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The top plates, which we used for our salads, were fall leaves at 2 of the settings.

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The other 2 hold pumpkin plates. I purchased both of these styles of plates at Family Dollar a year or 2 ago.

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My mother-in-law gave me these neat fall leaf and acorn napkin rings a while back that she had picked up at a yard sale. The napkins are an early eBay find from The Napkin Lady. I am using my Grosvenor silver plate.

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The green Dollar Tree glasses were the perfect choice for this table setting.

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I also used fall wine charms on the stemware.

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For the centerpiece, I chose a harvest table runner and green candle holder. Then, for a little extra touch,  I decided to place fall/harvest themed salt and pepper shakers around the table in different spots.

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I enjoyed getting out the different sets, but it did take me quite some time.

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I have about 260+ sets and a great storage system for them. However, it takes awhile to find what I want, so that it why you don’t see salt and pepper shakers on my tables very often. I usually just don’t feel like getting them out, especially when recovering from rotator surgery.

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I had to work Monday afternoon and most of Tuesday, so I left Russell and Callie in charge of supper on those nights. We had Tuscan Grilled Chicken, roasted vegetables, and salad Monday night. It was superb, and we ended the meal with banana pudding, which I had made the day before. It is one of Russell’s favorites, and he was so glad that I had made it.

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I wanted to leave the basic tablescape and just change out the china and some accessories for the next few meals. I think that purple can be a good fall color, so Thomas Kinkade it was! I love these plates by Spode…very beautiful.

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I chose my purple stemware, which you have seen before, and purple martini glasses, which you have not.

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OK, I confess that I broke my “no-spending” rule here. I found 7 of these martini glasses at a local flea market for an incredible price…one so good that I knew they would not be there if I waited until I got all of the medical bills paid. I will keep 4 of them for tablescaping and sell the other 3 for the price I paid for them. I tried to get a closeup so that you could see the white polka dots on them…really cute.

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Purple napkins with acorn napkin rings match the color scheme while still keeping the fall theme.

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I love this color for fall, and the table looked great. Russell and Callie shredded the leftover chicken from the night before and added tortilla shells, salad fixings, black beans, and cheese for chicken tacos. It was a very creative and delicious meal, and we finished off with more banana pudding, of course.

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For the last table using this base, I decided to go Halloween. I know it is a little early for that, but I wanted to do it while they were still here. I layered my spooky placemats over the tablecloth.

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Plain black plates were the base of the setting, and Pfaltzgraff Halloween plates are the top plate.

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I love these plates and always enjoy using them at this time of the year.

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More napkins from the Napkin Lady, ghost and pumpkin napkin rings, and San Remo flatware finish off the place setting.

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I chose a slightly different goblet of a lighter green but used the same wine glass charms.

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For the centerpiece and table accoutrements, I basically pulled out every Halloween accessory that I had. My witch hat dish towel (Napkin Lady) serves as a base for the brass candelabra (yard sale) with black candles and witch boot candy dishes (thrift store).

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I’ve had the 2 ceramic pumpkins for many years. This one was a gift from a student.

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These miniature candleholders were also a very old purchase…maybe not 30 years, but 25 anyway. The ghost is a more recent addition in the past few years.

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Another old purchase is the skinny witch.

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I found these cute dishes at Cracker Barrel when I first started tablescaping and have always wished that I bought more than 2 of them.

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Now that I have been tablescaping for a while, I know not to pass up things like that any more.

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The autumn leaf votive holders came from Dollar Tree a few years ago, and I have since seen them at Dollar General as well.

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Pumpkin salt and pepper shakers pair with a pumpkin plate.

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I only purchased one new thing for all 3 of these tables, candy corn…a must have for fall tables, if you ask me.

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I love my Halloween look, even if it is September and 81 degrees outside.

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Tonight we will enjoy pork chops and baked potatoes and finish off the banana pudding.

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They will be leaving tomorrow, and we have certainly more than enjoyed their visit. Our time has been brief due to all of our varying schedules, but we are thankful for what we can get.

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Russell has even had to work remotely while he has been here. As a matter of fact, he is on a conference call right now (hopefully) finalizing the plans for the new camp director’s house to be built on the grounds in the next few months.

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Needless to say, they are very excited about the prospect of the new house. Wendell, however, could care less. He is just glad to be near everyone.

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David and I are just glad to have them here and, like Wendell, glad to be near them.

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Hope everyone has a great week and enjoys their families as much as we have enjoyed ours!

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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Pretty Pink Plus More Recovery Updates

I’ve had these pics uploaded and ready to post for awhile…as a matter of fact, I have a totally different table up now. My week has been busy with medical stuff, so I’ve not had time to post.

Are you tired of my recovery updates? Well, believe me, I am, too! I had my checkup after  6 weeks of therapy this week. The doctor was pleased with my progress and wants me to continue for another month. Although I can do a lot more than I could a few weeks ago, there are still some things that I cannot do. He wants me to be able to put my hand completely around to the middle of the back. I hope another month of therapy will get me there!

I also had my regular colonoscopy this week. As a colon cancer survivor, it is important for me to have these done regularly, and I am embarrassed to say that I had put it off. Anyway, it is done now, and I am back on schedule.When I told the doc that my therapist had said to be careful shifting me because I am recovering from rotator surgery, he assured me that he had not yet had an orthopedic injury during a colonoscopy. This was a new doc for me, and I liked the humor, plus he was familiar with my chart and explained things well. I know that may sound like a no-brainer, but I’ve had some recent bad experiences with medical personnel who obviously had not read my chart even when it was right in front of them. Anyway, my results were good, back in 3 years, and I was glad to have that done.

My last medical update is actually not on me, but my husband. He has been suffering with an abscessed tooth for a couple of weeks and finally was able to have a root canal a few days ago. His dentist said that the infection around the tooth was probably the worst he had ever seen. One little fact that I need to mention is that about 2-3 weeks before the abscess, he had his first cavity ever. He will be 57 next month, by the way. What a way to begin having dental problems…wasn’t he the lucky one (insert sarcasm here)?

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So we are checked up and checked out, and I have used one of my favorite colors in my tablescape today. I started with my pink table linens and added these Homer Laughlin Sunrise plates.

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For the next layer, I chose my small Haviland Limoges plates. I love the way these two look together.

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I decided to use the berry bowls and small plates in this setting also.

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I used my beaded napkin rings and Chateau stainless for the place setting. I love these napkin rings, and you see them a lot on my tables.

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Of course, you knew you were going to see my pink tulip-shaped goblets, didn’t you?

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For the centerpiece, I chose the matching platter, a recent eBay purchase (before medical bills, in case you are wondering about my vow not to spend until medical bills are paid).

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One of my vintage Hull pieces in pink seemed the perfect choice to add to the centerpiece.

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I used my vintage Fenton Silvercrest and added some sparkly stones around to give the table a little glitz.

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It is hot here, and pink seemed a much better choice than fall colors for this table.

However, we’ve had a cold front this week, with highs only in the high 80s. Therefore, I guess I will be jumping on the fall colors bandwagon sometime this week and hope to show them off in the next tablescape!

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Until then, enjoy my pink and keep cool!

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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Red, Purple, and Recovery Update

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For those of you who thought I was MIA due to a long time between posts, I am still around! I guess my week has just been crazy…I’ll start with the recovery update since it sort of leads in to the tablescape.

My therapy is going well, and I am progressing. Don’t get me wrong; therapy is far from fun, and it really hurts. However, I can tell that I am doing more than I was a few weeks ago. Each week he adds more weight to the exercises that I am doing, as well as more exercises…all more difficult. So far, I have adjusted fairly well, but this week was tough. I went up to 5 lbs. on the bar that I lift straight up and then from side to side over my head and 2 lbs. on the weight that I lift straight up over my head using only the injured arm. Ouch! He also added something new that is killing me. I have a 3 lb. weight that I lift with the arm bent. That alone is tough, but the therapist also presses to make sure that I go all the way down, then all the way back. OK, I haven’t cried yet, but I will any day now. Rotator surgery recovery is a real blast (read sarcasm into that sentence please).

So every day this week I have been terribly sore and in pain, even on the non-therapy days. Getting out dishes is not totally out of the picture once I have rested, but it takes me quite some time. However, what hurts more than lifting the dishes is sitting at the computer for any length of time. If I work on the computer a while, then rest and ice for a while, and repeat this cycle until I finish my task, I am fine. Well, maybe not fine, but I don’t feel too terrible. If I have a lot to do, however, such as type a post, the pain afterward is pretty bad.

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As a matter of fact, I had this tablescape done and the photos taken and uploaded for almost a week before sitting down to type today. I don’t normally use the same major elements two tables in row, but I really wanted to do something completely different to show how versatile this tapestry set is.

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To bring out the red in the pattern, I used the square Wal Mart plates. I topped them with the Friendly Village small square salad plates and used the San Remo flatware.

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Then I began the almost impossible task of selecting a napkin. It was impossible to me because none of the ones that I have in shades of red looked right. They were just wrong with the plates and/or placemats. I have a couple of different shades of neutrals, but I had just used those last week.

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I kept looking at the purple flower in the pattern, but I just could not put purple napkins next to red plates. Finally in desperation, I did it anyway. I added a chunky wooden napkin ring (wedding gifts), and I actually ended up liking it. I don’t think that the purple and red look too bad together, but am anxious to know what you think.

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For the glasses, I chose my vintage ruby red and the Friendly Village mugs.

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For the centerpiece, I wanted to use some of my Gail Pittman pieces. I haven’t used them lately, and the colors will blend well with the linens. I did not have any floral items to use in the vase that worked with the colors, so I just left it empty. I prefer my vases, pitchers, and the like empty anyway to better show off their forms and shapes.

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I decided to put the tray in the middle. Although I normally use the tray alone, I wanted to put something on it this week.

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I decided to shop the house. I chose my 2 Willow Tree angels and put my Peter’s Pottery angel in between them. I really like how they look, plus they are neutral and don’t really distract from my already questionable color scheme!

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The remaining element is the Mason’s Crest pitcher. Love it! The color in it blends well with the other reds, and I liked the way it balances out the center.

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I am really grateful for the good medical care that I have had and don’t really mean for this post to sound like a pity party. I have a lot to be thankful for. Even though I have a long way to go, I have definitely come a very long way from where I was.

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I can dress myself, bathe or shower with no assistance. I can do some housework, and I can shave my underarms and put on deodorant without help. I even did some very light yard work a couple of times recently…nothing very strenuous. It felt good to do even that little bit since I really like to work in the yard and have missed it so much.

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I can’t wait to see all of the projects and tables from the last couple of weeks; I can’t sit at the computer for very long period, so I have not done the blog reading that I normally do. Hope all of you have a super 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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Tapestry Tabletop plus more Deep Thoughts

 

Thanks for the great response to my last post of deep thoughts. So many of you understood how I felt about the hoarded house, and it is nice to know that I am not the only one to affected by the sadness of the hoard. Today I have a few more deep thoughts which I hope will be more positive than the last ones. Like last time, I will begin with the tablescape so that you can move on if you don’t want to read them.

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On a good note, I love the new table linens that came from the hoarded house and decided to create a tablescape using them as the base. This table runner is great; I love all the different colors in it and the fact that it will go with any season of the year.

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Normally, I apologize for my dark photos in the dining room, but not today. We have had a couple of days of badly needed rain, so the cloudy day is not bothering me at all! We may not get any more rain, but the cloud cover is nice after 100-degree heat indexes lately.

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One of the things that I like about the colors of the set is that I will be able to use them with so many different colors of dishes. There are several shades of green, a couple of shades of both red and blue, some orange, some purple, and some amber…all on a cream background. Very versatile! I started with my square taupe Wal Mart plates.

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Today I decided on my Dollar Tree plates with yellow, blue, and an orangey-red color.  These colors blend in well with the placemat colors.

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For the top layer, I chose my 222 Fifth medallion plates. I have found that the red, gold, and cream colors in these plates go with a variety of china colors; they can be casual or formal; they are a convenient size when I want a small top plate.

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I also wanted to use green, so I chose my Dollar General green goblets.

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For the centerpiece , I continued to want to bring out the green. The green candle holder was a gift from my hubby a few years back, and I just love it. It kind of looks like an upscale bucket with mercury glass inside. The candlelight reflects really beautifully inside. My recent Dollar Tree pillar holder holds a variegated green candle, and my glass compote holds some natural wicker orbs. I love the simplicity and the way all the elements work together.

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You probably remember that I have vowed not to spend any money on tablescapes until I get my medical bills paid. Don’t worry; I did not break my vow! This lovely dish was purchased for my booth from the hoard…it was brand new in the box…never been opened.

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I think it is lovely, but don’t have room in my booth just yet. So I pulled off the price tag and put it on this table. Hey, I’m the boss, so I can do that!

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I like the simplicity of the table as well as the colors.

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I also like that I got new elements to use for tablescaping without spending any money! That is always a plus in my book.

Now for some deep thoughts…which actually aren’t mine…I stole them from my bishop. Yesterday morning I was watching him on tv and his message struck me so profoundly that I actually backed it up and wrote down a lot of what he said.

He talked about two important characteristics of a Christian, personal piety (faith) and social holiness (good works). He reminded us that John Wesley did not see these two things as competing; instead, the two must work together and a Christian must have both to experience all of the richness of holiness and salvation.

Do good works get us to Heaven? No, of course not.  But Christian doctrine and Christian ethics are inseparable. What we believe must be confirmed by what we do.

The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
    because he has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
    and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free. Luke 4:18

Faith should inspire service. In other words, faith and good works belong together. An integration of personal piety and social holiness is the hallmark of the church.  Jesus modeled social holiness by proclaiming good news to society outcasts, whether tax collectors, prostitutes, prisoners, or those otherwise not accepted in his day.

Wonderful words for any Christian! We all need reminding to look outside ourselves and to reach out to others. I needed that reminder rather badly yesterday, and that is the reason that I am sharing it on this platform.

What we believe must be confirmed by what we do.

How powerful is that!

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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Farewell to Summer, plus Some Deep Thoughts

I have some pretty heavy stuff on my mind and heart, but I will start with the tablescape so that you can quit reading after that if you are not interested in those types of things.

Kathleen is once again hosting one of her famous challenges. This time she wants us to set a table that says, “Farewell to Summer.” I am not really sure if my table qualifies…it may say hello rather than goodbye. I live in central MS; the temps here are in the nineties with the heat indexes in the 100s. We will have summer for a good while yet. Football has started, and it is very hot and sometimes dangerous to be on the field. A tragedy at a metro school game last week sobered up everyone to the dangers of dehydration, sodium loss, and heat exhaustion. While coaches and school administration take great care of their players, not everything can be predicted. Pray for the family of a young man who lost his life tragically after a seizure and brain swelling last weekend during and after the game. I will not give any identifying details, as it could be any young person out there on any field here in the sweltering Southeast. And to all of you, be careful!

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Sorry, I did not mean to get so preachy and serious…let’s visit the beach! I purchased these beachy napkin rings quite some time ago and am just now using them. I love this great sand dollar.

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The sea horse looks great on the aqua napkin which match my placemats with the same delicate watery colors.

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The sea turtle is an endangered marine animal, I think. I learned a lot about these turtles and the lengths that people go to in order to protect their nests of eggs by reading Pat Conroy, one of my favorite authors. Hopefully, these animals will eventually be taken off the endangered species list.

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Of course, what would the beach be without starfish? Love this napkin ring set! I see a lot of using it in summer tables of the future.

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I placed my Pfaltzgraff Seaside plates on top of a plain white Nikko plate for emphasis. I love how the colors of the plate blend with the placemat colors. That is why I put the white plate first, so that it will stand out and not be lost on the placemat. I still enjoy my Dollar Tree shell plates from a few years ago. They are perfect for this last table of summer.

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You may remember earlier in the summer that I found these cute beach-themed plates at a local flea market (not mine). I know that I will really enjoy using them for years to come.

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You don’t see flatware at the place settings? I decided to put my aqua flatware in a chrome caddy that my mother gave me recently. I like using a flatware caddy sometimes, especially when I want to evoke a casual attitude.

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These goblets were finds at our flea market. It was hard to find a true aqua goblet. The way that the soft green stem is gradually variegated from the clear bowl part of the glass gives the illusion of the varying shades of blue and green found in water. I really like the way they look. I think that they add to the theme without being too over the top.

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You have seen all of my centerpiece elements before. Most came from Dollar General. I love the beach chair votive holders…probably among my favorite pieces. The vase, shell votive holder, and shells were all purchased at Dollar General on clearance last year. They are great tablescaping items to pull out for summer tables.

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The seashell teapot also came from our flea market a while back. I love the way that it helps to carry out the theme, and I loved the price. Suffice it to say that it was very, very cheap. Very. I should be able to resell it at a profit if I ever get tired of using it.

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The shells and blue bead to symbolize water scattered on beach towel runner finish off the look. Farewell, summer…we’ll miss ya!

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19-21

So now for the heavy part….David and I recently went into a hoarded house. The neighbor of our relatives had been hoarding for many years. She died a few months ago, and her family is finally ready to start dealing with the house. Our kinfolks are friends and are helping where they can. We were offered a look at some of the things that have been found so far to purchase for our booth at the flea market.

We knew it was bad, but had no idea how bad until we walked in the door. I watch a lot of the hoarding shows, so I thought I was prepared. I was not. Pathways had been cleared so that we could get to each room. The main rooms had fairly clear spots so that we could look at some things. I don’t even want to think about what it all looked at before these spaces had been somewhat cleared.

All of the other rooms were hoarded out. We literally could only stand in the doorways and stare, openmouthed. All we could see were boxes, sacks, stacks of stuff, too much to name.

I was there to look at Christmas items, and look I did. I liked some table runners and placemats. As I began going through them, I was amazed. All were still in their store packaging, never used, and there were multiples of every item. For every table runner that I liked and kept for myself, I took 2 or 3 more just like it to sell.

I spied a nativity scene, brand new in the box, sticking out of a box on top of the hoard in one room (there was no way that I could go through boxes on the bottom of the hoard). I tilted the box a little so that I could pick up the Nativity. I did not know whether to laugh or cry. There were at least 10, maybe more, identical nativity scenes… brand new, in the box, never used… in that box.  One of our group mentioned that we could open a Fred’s with this hoard, and they were so right.

I picked out a few other items, but could not look at things like I normally would at an estate or garage sale. Not just because I could not get to them, but also because I just felt so sad. I kept walking from room to room saying, “This just breaks my heart.”

David and I talked a lot about it later. Shouldn’t someone’s possessions give them pleasure? We recalled a time many years ago when we were visiting David’s grandmother in her apartment at her retirement home. She had her family pictures, her blue bird collection, and her miniature colored bottles, among other things, showcased around her home. Once she said, “David, I enjoy my things.”

Shouldn’t that be the way it is? Shouldn’t we “enjoy our things” and not be weighed down by them?

Most of you know that I am a Dave Ramsey fan, and he talks a lot about “stuffitis.” Dave says that “stuffitis” inhibits our financial freedom and keeps us from fully living the way we should. One of the first things that he tells people to do is to purge the “stuff.” Get rid of the boats, the 4-wheelers, all the extra things that we don’t need and that are tying up our money and keeping us broke.

He is right, but this weekend’s experience hit me in the face that there is so much more to “stuffitis” than its contributing to our financial bondage.

This woman’s “stuff” was inhibiting not only her financial health, but her physical and mental health as well. I can assure you that nothing was clean in that home and that there was no way anything in there was healthy…well, I guess it was to the roaches and termites.

Every single part of her life was negatively affected by the importance she put on the hoard…relationships, money, health, time…I could go on and on.

Most of you know that when I purchase items at an estate sale or thrift store, that I love going through them… cleaning, sorting, identifying, pricing, and usually even photographing for the blog. As I washed and sorted the items that I brought home this weekend, I took no pleasure in the task. All I could feel was that overwhelming sense of sadness washing over me. Sometimes I even felt myself close to tears.

Most of you know that I have a rule when it comes to shopping for my tablescaping and decorating items….something comes in; something else goes out. I have firmly stuck to this rule in the past almost 3 years since I began the tablescaping hobby. I now have an even firmer resolve to not waiver from my determination.

Thanks for sticking it out and reading all of my ramblings. If you get nothing else from reading this post, please understand that treasures are to be stored up in heaven, nowhere else.

I leave you with a paraphrase of my late grandmother-in-law, who was very wise.

Enjoy your things!

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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Blue and Silver

I love blue and silver as a color combination for tablescaping and started thinking that I have not used it in a while. Even though you have seen most of these elements before, I have tried to use them a little differently so that the table won’t just be a repeat of other blue and silver tables. It is really hard to do, especially when I have put myself on a “no-spending” diet.

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I started with my lovely blue and white placemats. I love the pattern as well as the classic blue and white colors.

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My silver chargers came next.

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I need something solid between the print  of the placemat and the pattern of the English Village plate. I think that the silver is the perfect choice.

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I have several different silver napkin rings to choose from and decided on these sparkly ones. My son and daughter-in-law gave me this pretty placemat and napkin set for Christmas the first year that I began my tablescaping addiction hobby. Of course, I had to use my Grosvenor silver.

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Blue Dollar Tree flutes paired with silver eBay goblets make up the stemware for this table. I wanted to use my tall silver candlesticks since I haven’t used them lately.

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I tried several placements and finally decided on moving them off-center.

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Blue, silver, and white are actually colors that I happen to have a number of accessories from which to choose for this table. Since I was thinking of my son and daughter-in-law as I was creating this table, I chose the lovely white bird bowl that they gave me this past Christmas. I dropped in some colored stones to make the detail in the bowl more noticeable.

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Looking at a few of my other décor items in these colors, I decided on a small teapot ornament with blue flowers and some cute bluebirds that once belonged to David’s grandmother.

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I liked the final look and love my blue and silver color scheme.

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I also realized last week that I have not given a booth update in a while, probably because there has not been much of one to give. We experienced our typical summer slowdown, and it seemed a little worse this year than normal. There was even one month, I don’t remember if it was June or July, that our flea market manager said that a few booths did not make their booth rent…highly unusual.

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Luckily, our booth, while slow in June and July, did do ok, and I cannot complain. So far, August has picked up a good bit. I have already sold 4 sets of dishes, a punch bowl set, and a washstand, along with a few other things.

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Do you remember that I had to put together from different sales the cups to go with this Early American Prescut punch bowl? Punch bowls are slow sellers that take up a lot of merchandise space. It finally sold, and I was able to utilize that shelf space so much better.

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Less than 2 weeks ago, I turned that table into the pink table. I went through every bit of inventory that I had at home and put it on the pink table.

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I used my 2 sets of pink dishes as the jumping-off point for the pink table. This set sold 2 days after I set up the pink table.

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This set sold about 3 days after that.

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I have sold one of the Homer Laughlin bowls, but everything else on the pink table is still there. I’m not worried; it make take a while, but it will sell. Selling the 2 sets of dishes is the big thing, both in taking up shelf space and in price.

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Do you remember the box deal of floragold that I got at an auction a few weeks ago? I told you that I am not familiar with it and would have to do some research before pricing it.

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After some pretty extensive research, I have finally gotten my answers.

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Nothing in the box was floragold. The sugar and creamer above are Anniversary pattern by Jeannette Glass Co. in iridescent.

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This lovely little pitcher is crackle glass in amberina. It has both a pontil mark and an applied handle…probably the oldest piece and only true antique in the box deal.

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Everything else in the box was carnival glass. I am thrilled since it is older and more pricey than floragold. I have it all priced and will put in the booth when I have room. I’ll let you know how it goes.

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However, I am most excited about this piece of furniture. Do you remember this washstand that was in such bad shape when we purchased it at an estate sale almost a year ago?

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It had been stored in a barn for a number of years.

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We knew that it had possibilities and decided to purchase it.

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David put the finishing touches on it about the time that I had my rotator surgery.

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What do you think? Do you remember what that top once looked like?

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It turned out even more beautiful than we had envisioned. This washstand also turned out to be my first official appraisal piece. It was manufactured between 1860-1880 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It has pin and cove dovetailing (sorry, did not remember to get a photo of that) on the drawers. Once age and condition is determined, price is set accordingly, factoring in the setting that the piece is sold in.

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I sold it for the full price that I asked one week after I put it in the booth. The antiques and collectibles is always educated guesswork, and we are thrilled about the washstand. On to the next challenge!

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Ya Know How to Whistle?

I was saddened to hear of Lauren Bacall’s death. A classic American beauty, she is probably most remembered for that husky voice, “You know how to whistle?….Put your lips together and blow….”

Lauren Bacall’s famous line came from the movie version of Hemingway’s To Have and to Have Not, her first film and the first pairing of her with future husband Humphry Bogart. Ironically, I had just watched the rebroadcast of Mariel Hemingway’s Running from Crazy less than a week before I heard of the deaths of Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall. Mariel talks frankly of the mental illness that ran through her family and the suicides of her famous grandfather Ernest and beautiful model/actress sister Margaux. Mariel has spent her lifetime aware of the tendency in her family to lapse into depression and hopelessness and trying not to fall into the same trap.

From all news accounts, Robin Williams did also. Battling problems with addiction and depression for a good bit of his adult life, he apparently finally got tired of fighting those battles. I could go on forever about his comic genius and the sadness of his death, but I won’t. I will only say that I will try to remember only the best of Robin and his many talents…I can only hope that his family and friends will seek comfort in the God of All Comfort and learn the lesson of how not to handle life’s problems.

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Enough seriousness…on to today’s table. As I was taking down the last table, I started thinking about Noritake Reverie and realized that I have not used it lately. This was my wedding china, and I am guilty of not using it as often as I could. I love it and enjoy using it in different place settings.

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I started with this vintage April Cornell runner, an eBay purchase from a few months ago. The colors in it are bright and summery and perfect to go with my Reverie china.

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I decided to use my wicker chargers to keep the table summery. The light green napkins from The Napkin Lady are a good color to go with this china. I used  simple clear napkin rings to enhance the napkin.

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For the flatware, I used my Dollar General green flatware to keep the with the color scheme.

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The salad plates were my choice for the next layer.  I like the way these two rims look together.

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I chose dessert dishes that I believe must have belonged to my grandmother for the top layer. I think that I can remember having ice cream in them at her house.

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I kept the glasses simple, with my everyday stemware and the matching coffee cups.

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I love the shape of these cups and I really don’t use them enough. Does anyone use their coffee cups much any more? Most people use mugs nowadays, I think.

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Since I decided to use the coffee cups, the coffee pot and cream and sugar were necessary choices for the centerpiece. I love these pretty pieces!

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I spied the salt and pepper shakers when I was grabbing the cream and sugar, so I had to use them also.

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To give the centerpiece a little more color and whimsy, I chose the bird house again.

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Also, the butterfly which I purchased at Family Dollar has ended up being a great tablescaping piece this spring and summer! I read recently that Dollar Tree purchased Family Dollar…I will be interested to see how that all turns out.

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My little bees were the final touch, and the centerpiece was done.

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I love the bright, summery look. It is always fun to add a surprising element or two to a traditional setting.

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I really like the colors of this table, and it may turn out to be one of my favorites.

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As for my rotator surgery and recovery, therapy is going well, and I am hoping to be able to dress myself soon.

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I have gotten a little more movement, and my therapist has encouraged me to try shaving before I see her next.

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She has been quite helpful and encouraging, and I am looking forward to regaining even more movement.

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Until next time, happy tablescaping and decorating…and, above all,

Nanu! Nanu!

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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Danube Variation and Recovery Update

So far, I have had 2 days of therapy for my rotator injury. The second day of therapy was much worse than the first. In addition, I worked at the flea market this weekend, and my shoulder felt like it really stiffened up. I have spent today in the recliner with the ice pack, and I am hoping that it will feel better after today. I will have therapy 3 mornings a week starting next week, and I am really hoping that I will start feeling better and regain some movement. I did take a few minutes to take down the pink table and work on another one that I had been planning.

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I had in mind that I wanted to use the Danube china again, this time bringing out the yellow instead of the pink as accents. I started with my yellow gingham table runner.

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I used the dinner plates in the Danube. The yellow flowers in the pattern provided my inspiration for the table.

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I decided to use the soup bowls since I have not used them lately. I added yellow napkins that came from The Napkin Lady and floral napkin rings. The napkin rings echoed the yellow flowers in the plate.

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I have not used the Grosvenor silver in a while, so I chose it. I think the silver adds a light touch to the place setting.

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Since I was using silver, I decided to get out the silver goblets. I am guilty of forgetting that I have these. I purchased them from eBay a long time ago with the specific purpose of using them for tablescaping, so I really need to use them more often. My everyday wine glasses completed my stemware.

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I looked around for yellow elements for the centerpiece. I love my small vintage pitcher with yellow roses, so it was an obvious choice.

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Likewise, another vintage miniature pitcher with yellow flowers was a good choice.

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The Danube pitcher finished off the pitchers in the centerpiece.

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My recent Dollar General bird house has a light yellow background as well as solid blue sides which match the Danube rims almost perfectly.

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I filled my Dollar General flower pot with the yellow rim with yellow flowers from my silk flower stash.

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Overall, I was pleased with the final effect. I like using elements that you have seen before in different ways. There is nothing new in today’s tablescape.

Remember, I have sworn off buying new tablescape elements until certain medical bills are paid. You will be seeing tablescape re-runs a lot!

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However, I hope to continue to use my same old stuff in new and different ways.

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I love the bringing out the yellow to go with the aqua. These colors are so bright and summery that they just say “cheerful” when I look at them.

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I hope that all of you enjoy your tablescaping and decorating projects as much as I do! I can’t wait to see the new and different ways that you all use your “old” stuff also.

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I need lots of inspiration  and am looking forward to your great tables. Happy tablescaping to all!

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A Lovely Sound, Recovery Update, and More Pink

I have written about this topic in the past, but it surely bears repeating. When I retired in 2011 from a 30-year teaching career, I certainly knew that I would like being retired. However, I never dreamed that I would enjoy it as much as I have. Yesterday was the first day of school here, and I was able to sit in my recliner, watch 19 Kids reruns, and enjoy one of the loveliest sounds that I know: the sound of school buses going up and down my street. I live a short distance from an elementary school, and for about 30-40 minutes every weekday morning, the school buses are whizzing by, dropping their precious cargo off at their respective destinations. Love it! I love, love, love, hearing those buses and being reminded that I don’t have to be at school and that my life no longer revolves around the school calendar. Heaven!

However, I did have to get up and go somewhere yesterday. It was time for my second post op check following my rotator surgery. I got the news that I had been wanting to hear: no more sling! Boy, was I happy to discard that cumbersome thing that had been my best friend for 3 weeks. I also got the orders for therapy to start. This morning I reported to rehab and had my evaluation and first therapy session. Tough! It was very hard, which I expected. I was able to get a good bit of range of motion on most of the exercises, which I did not expect. The therapist was very optimistic and thinks I will get back to 100% by the end of the 6 weeks that my doctor advised. Then I had to go pick up a prescription and run a couple of other errands. When I got home, I took a pain pill and sank into the recliner, not budging for a couple of hours. I have to keep reminding myself that it will be worth it in the long run. In this case, the phrase “no pain, no gain” is very fitting, and I will have to keep motivated.

Unfortunately, I am now having to deal with the down side of having surgery: the bills are beginning to arrive. If I look at the grand total (and they have not all arrived yet), I feel overwhelmed, but if I break them up into smaller chunks, I realize that I can handle them and will just have to tighten my belt a little until I get them all paid.

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Therefore, when I run into great bargains like these April Cornell napkins, I will have to pass them up. No more tablescaping purchases for me for a very long time! When I recently found these great napkins at a bargain price, I knew that I had to have them. The colors are perfect to go with my vintage pink and aqua dishes. I was surely glad that I had purchased them before I put myself on a tablescaping purchase diet…I’m just sayin’.

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Of course, my pink tablecloth was the perfect base for this tablescape, and I used my HL Sunrise dinner plates.

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I love the way the Danube salad plates look on top of the dinner plates…perfectly framed by the pink rim of the china.

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I chose my aqua flatware to complement the table setting  and put the napkins in simple silver napkin rings. Don’t you agree that the stripes in the napkins are perfect with these dishes? It’s almost like they were made to go together.

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I pulled out my pink tulip goblets, of course. For the glasses, I wanted to bring in more aqua.

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I don’t have enough aqua glasses that match, and I only have 4 aqua glasses. I decided to use what I have. I like to mix it up, and they all look great with the colors of the table.

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Of the 3 types of aqua glasses that I have, this one is my favorite. I also have the tea pitcher and one juice glass in this pattern. My plan is to find more of this pattern and to get rid of the others after I do. I am always looking in antique malls and on eBay for more of these. An entire set of them actually did come up on eBay once, and I was so excited. However, when I looked more closely at the listing, they were all juice glasses, no tumblers at all. So I keep on looking!

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For the centerpiece, I wanted to use my pillar candle holder that I found on sale at Dollar General a couple of weeks ago. However, I did not have a pink pillar candle. A pink pillar candle is something that I have been needed for tablescapes for awhile, but it is one of those things that I tend to forget to look for when I am shopping. When I do think about it, I haven’t found one. I decided to head out to my doctor appointment a little early to give me time to stop in a couple of stores. I started at Home Goods, but found nothing. On a whim, I went into a Hallmark store. There were about 4 or 5 pillar candles on the sale table, and 3 of them were pink.

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Then I faced my next dilemma…I really wanted a pale pink, not a hot pink. I stewed about it for a little bit, then decided to go ahead and purchase it. I figured that it wouldn’t look terrible, and since I had really been needing a pink pillar for a long time, I had better go ahead and get it. For my last plight, see the paragraph about my medical bills above. How can I justify spending money on a candle when I had just promised myself that I would make no more purchases until all of my medical bills are paid? Well, justify it, I did. The sale price was $3.24; I’ve needed a pink pillar to add to my tablescaping supplies for a long time; it might be a long time before I ever find another one.

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I looked through my vintage pottery collection to find the other elements for the centerpiece. This lovely Rumrill vase is one of my favorites, and, while not an exact match, the soft greenish hue looks great with the aqua colors of the table.

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I think I remember that this vase is Shawnee. The pink flower is perfect with the pink flowers of the Danube plates.

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Overall, I was quite pleased with the centerpiece.

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The pottery pieces are perfect, and the hot pink candle really does not look bad at all.

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Although I am typing with 2 hands now and typing a little better, I still cannot type much and for long. As I get to the end of this post, my shoulder is starting to throb a little more, and I know it is time to get away from the computer.

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I am enjoying reading your blogs and looking at your tablescapes and home decor.

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If I don’t comment, you know why. I will be glad when I am back to 100% with my computer use.

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Happy tablescaping and decorating to everyone!

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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