Soup’s On!

I’ve written many times of my family’s love of taco soup as soon as the weather turns the slightest bit chilly (which we have to wait quite a while for here in central MS). To celebrate how much we have been looking forward to taco soup weather, I have set both the kitchen and dining room tables for soup.

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For the dining room, I started with my April Cornell sunflowers runner. I love this runner at any time of the year, but it especially seems to go with autumn.

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My square taupe plates from Wal Mart for the base of the place setting.

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I decided on my Better Homes & Gardens fall plates for the next layer.

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I placed the matching napkins between the two plates. I have made several trips to Wal Mart looking for this year’s fall dishes by Better Homes and Gardens. I had seen some fox and owl salt and pepper shakers and a couple of other things. Finally, they put out what must be this year’s dishes…owl and fox bowls which I really don’t like enough to purchase. They are ok, but if I buy something brand new, especially at a time in which I am stretched with my medical bills, I really need to love it. I guess that it’s a good thing that I don’t like them that much since I have sworn off spending until my bills are under control! No temptation is the best deterrent to spending on things I don’t need! I did not care for last year’s plates very much, so I did not buy them. I truly love these plates and wish they would come out with them again.

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OK, back to the soup…the top layer is my Dollar General mini soup pots. I love these pots and use them often during the chilly soup months. I put the green on top of the pumpkin plates.

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The red ones are on top of the autumn leaf plates. The little pots are wonderful; I don’t think I will ever get tired of them.

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For our soup, I put out my San Remo soup spoons. Dollar Tree glasses complete the setting.

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Looking through my harvest salt and pepper shakers, I tried to choose sets that color-coordinated with the table. This set of pears on a tray are the perfect colors for this table.

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Corn has both yellow and green colors. I used both sets of corn, the same ones that I used a couple of weeks ago in the kitchen.

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My little character squash also have great fall colors in them that go with the runner and the plates. These are a wonderful antique pair that I just love. My great-aunt Nannie gave them to me when I was in high school.

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For a simple centerpiece, I chose a variegated green pillar candle on a simple base, a wonderful green mercury glass piece that my husband gave me a few years ago, and one of my Dollar Tree votive holders. All of these colors look great on the runner.

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I love this table, and decided to do a soup table in the kitchen as well. In case you are wondering if taco soup is the only soup we eat all winter, it is not. We do eat it an awful lot, I’ll admit; it is quick, easy, and nutritious.

However, a few other cool weather soups and stews that we like are jambalaya, chili (I have 2 favorite recipes…one is Weight Watchers and one is vegetarian), broccoli cheese, red beans and rice, and, of course, Campbell’s chicken noodle and Campbell’s tomato. I’m usually all about generic, but those two soups have to be Campbell’s!

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My brown placemats and red Wal Mart plates formed the base of the kitchen table setting.

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I put the Friendly Village plates on top of the red plate and the large soup bowl on top of that. I love this china pattern and never get tired of it!

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I put my fall leaf napkin rings on some brown napkins to continue the fall theme.

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For the stemware, I used my ruby red goblets and Dollar Tree fall leaf glasses. I put my fall wine charms on both types of glasses. I used my everyday Chateau soup spoons.

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Fall leaves seemed the perfect choice for the salt and pepper shakers since I had fall leaves elsewhere in the table elements.

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I decided on candles for my simple vignette. My other two autumn leaf votives and my Wal Mart candle holder with a dark red candle continues the colors and theme of the table.

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I love this table, as I love anything with Friendly Village china.

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Sorry that my pictures are so dark. Cloudy day, dark table, and dark table elements don’t produce very light photos.

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I smell my taco soup in the crock pot as I am typing and am looking forward to dishing it up in my Friendly Village soup bowls soon! Hope everyone has a great week and enjoys their decorating and tablescaping!

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Halloween Table, Harvest Red, and The Antiques Roadshow

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I decided to set a Halloween table in the kitchen since I had not done that yet this season.

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I started with my placemats, of course. I know you’ve seen them a lot, but they are the only ones that I have. There are some others at the flea market that I like a lot, but I am trying not to spend. [I am trying not to spend....I am trying not to spend...I am trying not to spend.] Hey, a mantra can’t hurt, can it?

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These cream Wedgwood plates are always good to use as a base.

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I chose my Pfaltzgraff Halloween plates for the top layer. I love these plates…purchased when I began tablescaping.

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Napkins from the Napkin Lady in my old jack-o-lantern napkin rings are a great addition.

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I chose my Dollar Tree goblets and black stemware for the glasses.

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For a simple vignette, I found a black votive to put in my black candle holder. A witch shoe and the witch herself finish off the little scene.

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I love the San Remo flatware with this setting, and I liked the finished look of my Halloween table. For lunch we had pasta with Italian sausage, peppers, and onions on the cream-colored plates and salad on the Halloween plates, so I can now do another table. I will have to think about that awhile.

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I wanted to do another harvest table, this time in the dining room, using these placemats. I was looking at some red goblets that I have had for a while and haven’t used. Then I thought, “Why not red for harvest instead of orange?”

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I started with cream-colored plates again; these are Mikasa.

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I topped them with my favorite vintage fruit plates by Salem.

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Looking for something red, I spied my 22 Fifth appetizer plates and thought that they would be perfect. Even though the fruit design on the middle plate is covered, I like the red and gold in this plate and how the gold edging from the Salem plate outlines it.

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I decided on brown napkins with acorn napkin rings to continue the fall theme.

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Then I brought out the red goblets. The color is ruby red, although I am not sure if they are old or not. It doesn’t matter; I still like them. The Dollar Tree fall leaf glasses are a good complement.

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So what do I have red for a centerpiece that continues the fall theme? I looked through my harvest salt and pepper shakers and spied them: tomatoes!

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I added in my fall squirrel sets to break up the red. Before you say anything, I do have a few sets with apples, but none of them were the right shade of red.

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I love using my salt and pepper shakers to decorate. Most of my 250+ sets have never held salt and pepper, in case you are wondering.

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To continue the fall theme, I used my leaf and acorn plates at the corners of the table.

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Then I decided to add a red candle on my white Dollar General candlestick (probably the best $1.50 I’ve ever spent on my tablescaping disease hobby).

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Present Time flatware finished off the setting, and I was done!

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I really like my harvest table featuring red, and I am always glad when I can do something a little different with the same theme.

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PBS is finally broadcasting The Antiques Roadshow taped in Jacksonville which we attended last year. This silver case contains Marilyn Monroe Playboys…I think that this show will be on tomorrow night. We can’t wait to see what they are worth. We watched last week’s episode and did not recognize any of the appraisals. I spent a lot of time looking for us in the background shots, but did not ever see us.

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I had on a pink shirt, so I thought that I might be easy to spot in the background shots. Well, seems like everybody else wore pink that day! Anyway, the next 2 episodes should be really good, so I hope you get a chance to watch them. We are anxious to see the items that we saw being appraised.

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Harvest Table, Football, This-N-That

It rained yesterday, and we finally got a little cool snap here. You know what that means at our house: taco soup!

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I decided to set a simple soup table in the kitchen, beginning with these cute placemats. My mother-in-law picked them up at a yard sale for me. They are perfect for this time of year.

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I used my solid black plates for the base and my Fire King peach lustre plates on top of them. I like the way these two plates work together to bring out fall colors.

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I used my black bowls as the top layer, ready for our taco soup.

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Although I like this place setting, it is very dark. The placemats have a dark blue or black background, depending on how you look at  it at any given moment. The black plates and bowls add even more darkness to the setting. Although the Fire King plate helps to keep the top and bottom layers separated, it doesn not really help to lighten up the darkness of the entire place setting. I decided on yellow napkins. Although there really are no bright colors in the placemats, the yellow does reflect some of the lighter hues in the pattern and helps to lighten up the place setting. The black napkin rings look a little like basket weave and came with the placemats.

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I chose goblets with black stems and the San Remo flatware to finish off the setting.

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I like this simple setting and will certainly be using it again.

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I decided to use my corn salt and pepper shakers. The corn both continues the yellow color palette and the harvest theme. The yellow also brings a little more color to the table.

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I used my Dollar Tree fall leaf votives at one end of the table, and I was done.

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While not exactly a tablescape, I do like this simple table and the fact that it is ready and waiting for our taco soup.

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David’s birthday was this weekend (57 born in 1957), and I decided that we need to look into getting new phones. We’ve been talking about it for quite some time, so when his birthday rolled around, it seemed like a good time to bite the bullet and do it.

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So we shopped around and ended up getting the best buy at the AT&T store. I got an LG; he got a Motorola; our monthly bill will now be a little less than it had been.

We also visited his parents this weekend and went to the hoarded house once more. I won’t go into more detail; you can read that here if you are interested. Although I really do not need to spend money and I have plenty of Christmas items, I cannot pass up Christmas dishes. Once again, I did not take any photographs and went through everything as quickly as I could. I lifted the above photo off the internet; it is a set by Gibson, never used, still in the boxes, an 8-place setting, 40 pieces. It is really pretty and this photo does not do it justice.

I could not find an internet photograph of the other set that I got. It is by Today’s Home and also has holly and berries, but it is intertwined with a burgundy ribbon and is quite attractive. I have a 10-place setting of it with a couple of extra pieces, 44 pieces in all. The set above is Christmas Treasures by Jamestown, and I have an 8-place setting of it for sale also. This set I got a while back and have had it stored until now.

In other news…last by certainly not least….MS State beat Auburn! Wow, what a game, and now we are #1 for perhaps the first time ever.

Our arch rival, Ole Miss, is #2, and ESPN Game Day was actually broadcast two Saturdays in row from Mississippi. The Ole Miss/Alabama game was broadcast from Oxford on Oct. 4, and the State/Auburn game from Starkville on Oct. 11.

So lots of football history is being made in our state this season. Sports commentators state-wide are predicting that the Egg Bowl, rather than the Iron Bowl, will be pivotal in determining the SEC championship this year. Of course, there is still a lot of football to play between now and then, and both teams have some rough matchups ahead. State still has to play Alabama, while Ole Miss still has to face Auburn. Of course, Florida State is waiting in the wings for both teams. But no matter what happens down the road, this football season has already been a memorable one for Mississippians far and wide.

As a side note, I absolutely loved that State was participating in Breast Cancer Awareness month. From Coach Mullen’s pink visor, to the cheerleaders’ pink pom-poms, to the players who wore touches of pink on their uniforms, MS State went all out for October, and I was surely proud of my alma mater.

CNN had a good article about Glen Campbell, and no matter if you are a fan or not, it is well worth reading. While you are there, be sure to play the video of his new (and final) song. I’ll go ahead and warn you: have the Kleenex ready! If you were, like I was when I was a kid, upset when he died in True Grit, that is a walk in the park compared to this. However, it is still important to watch, as is the video of his daughter asking legislators for more funds to be appropriated to use for Alzheimer’s research.

That is about it for my this-n-that report. My booth sales are still slow, but steadier than they were in September. I am hoping that this trend will continue and get stronger, or, at the very least, not slow up any. Have a great fall of tables, decorating ,and football!

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Halloween and True Confessions

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The last Halloween table that I showed you used these cute Cracker Barrel plates, and I mentioned that I had always regretted that I did not purchase more of them. After writing that post, I had a sudden thought: eBay! Why I had never thought of searching eBay for more of these plates is beyond me, especially when I use eBay all the time to hunt for tablescaping bargains. Well, I found them, so this Halloween table features my recent finds.

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As usual, I started with my Halloween placemats. I love these placemats and actually purchased them on eBay many years ago.

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I decided to layer 2 solid color plates, my square taupe Wal Mart plates and the black ones that my mother-in-law gave me last year. The solid colors were a good backdrop to show off my cute plates.

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For the napkins, I went back to my 2 sets of Halloween napkins which I purchased from The Napkin Lady a few years back. This time I mixed and matched the 2 sets. I wish you could tell from my pics that the eyes of the spiders on these napkins are actually sparkly.

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The green napkins went on the plate with the green background, and the orange ones were next to the plate with the orange background. I placed the napkins in my jack-0-lantern napkin rings (I’ve probably had them 20 years or more) and set them on top of the plate stack so that the colors would be next to each other.

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I decided to use only one glass for this place setting, the orange striped stems from Dollar Tree.

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Of course, the black San Remo flatware was the best choice for this place setting.

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For the centerpiece, I decided to keep it simple. The eBay lot that I purchased included not only two more of the little plates, but a large plate as well. I really loved that I found this plate, especially since I had no idea that they were even made in this size. It will be a great serving piece, but for this table I am displaying it on a stand.

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I chose my two ceramic jack-o-lanterns to place on either side of the plate and left it at that. I have had both of these jack-o-lanterns many years and really enjoy using them each year.

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Then I went really wild….instead of candy corn, I chose candy pumpkins in the witch boot shoes for the final touch on the table. I know; it’s scandalous not to use candy corn, but I’m just all crazy like that.

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You probably noticed something about this post if you are a regular reader. A while back, I swore off extra purchasing while I am working on paying off medical bills since my recent surgery.

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OK, I admit it: I fell off the wagon. To be perfectly honest, I am pretty mad at myself about it. I showed no willpower at all and made an impulse purchase. I know better!

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After a good deal of prayer and thought, I decided not to beat myself up about it, but to move on. I did it; I own it; I will not do it again in the future.

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So there you have it. I have confessed and beaten myself up a lot the last few days.

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Now I choose to forgive myself and move on with my resolve further strengthened.

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No more spending! I can do it. Happy Halloween and I can’t wait to see all of the Halloween décor out there in blogland.

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Fall Table and Fall Weather

Here in central MS, fall does not come in very early, but this year we had a cool snap a little earlier than usual and had lows in the forties and highs in the seventies for several days. I’ve written before of our love for taco soup, and I made it this weekend, even though it was still just a little warm outside. We had taco soup in our purple pots, and it was truly delicious! For those of you who have real fall weather where you live, try taco soup. You will love it! For those of you who, like me, have to wait awhile for fall, try taco soup. You will love it! Today, back to normal early fall weather…lows in the sixties and high almost 90.  I guess I won’t be making it again for a few weeks, so I’m glad I got my “taco soup fix” out of the way. I had even been contemplating putting away my capris for the year, but I guess that can wait!

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After eating our soup at the purple table, I was ready to do a fall table with orange. I used the same placemats, but started with my Dollar Tree plates in bright colors.

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I used my Fire King plates next. I have written in the past that I picked up these plates for $1 each back when I first started tablescaping. I wasn’t crazy about them, but the color was perfect for fall table layering. I have since discovered that these are peach lustre in the laurel pattern and can be quite pricey. Well, I am still not that crazy about this color, but do appreciate them a little more.

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For the final layer, I chose my favorite Salem plates with fruit on them. These plates were also among the first that I ever purchased for tablescaping, and I really love them.

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I have both the pear and the apple design. They were also made with grapes and with some type of berry, probably raspberries. I have seen them on eBay, but so far I have never wanted to spend what folks are asking. I hope to some day run up on those other 2 patterns inexpensively.

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I used my fall leaf napkin rings and a taupe napkin with my everyday Chateau stainless.

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For the glasses, I chose both sizes of the fall leaf stemware from Dollar Tree. You know, Dollar Tree really should give us tablescapers a kickback!

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As you know, my kitchen table is small, and I don’t do a centerpiece, usually just a small vignette at one end of the table. Sometimes I’ll put a little something in the middle; sometimes, not. Today I did because I want to use my harvest salt and pepper shakers. Because my plates have pears and apples, I chose my pear and apple salt and pepper shakers to continue that motif.

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Since the other motif in the place setting is fall leaves, I chose fall leaf salt and pepper shakers for my vignette. I used a fall leaf candy dish for the candy pumpkins.

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The fall leaf votive holders were perfect for this table, and I put them at the other end.

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I really liked my final product. I’ve never really been sure of why I prefer fall tables to all of the others.

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I guess it is probably because I first began tablescaping in the fall and did a wealth of fall tables in those early days of my addiction hobby.

 

Hope everyone has a great week, and I can’t wait to see all of the fall tables!

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Have a Purple Fall

This week my goal is to set a fall table using purple as the main color. Kathleen has given us tablescapers this challenge. When I first read that, I thought, “Great! I have actually already done that and am one step ahead of the game.

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Do you remember the 3 fall tables that I did when my son and daughter-in-law visited recently? I used the same base for each table and changed out the china, glassware and centerpiece for each meal.

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For one of the meals, I decided to have a purple fall table and loved the final result.

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Then I read the instructions a little more. It turned out that no orange is allowed. At first, I didn’t think that would be hard. Then I realized that I could not use my table runner because it has orange in it.

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Most of my fall salt and pepper shakers have orange in them.

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I had thought that my little witch would be perfect since she is all dressed in purple, but, as luck would have it, she is holding an orange pumpkin.

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I can’t even use my favorite thing to decorate fall tables with…candy corn! O.K., Kathleen, this has escalated to cruel and unusual punishment.

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So I began with these colorful placemats, and, in case you are wondering, one of those flowers is peach, not orange.

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I topped the placemats with my Thomas Kinkade Cottage plates…love these plates and I always use them when I want something purple. Because I decided to set the kitchen table rather than the dining table, I only need 2 plates.

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I looked through them and tried to choose homes that might look a little more like a haunted house.

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I know…kind of silly. The painter of light didn’t do much with haunted houses, I’m thinking.

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Oh, well, it’s my plate, and if I want to call it a haunted house, I will.

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Of course, I had to use purple napkins and the rustic fall leaf and acorn napkin rings.

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I purchased some cute little pots in Dollar General a few years back and love using them when I have soups or stews. I was in Dollar General a while ago and the pots are back in stock with a new color…purple! Score! Plus, I had no idea this challenge was ahead at the time.

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San Remo flatware finishes out the place setting.

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I love my purple glassware, especially the martini glasses with the little dots.

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Out of my six autumn wine charms, only 2 of them do not have orange.

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Only 2 glasses got wine charms.

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Because most of my harvest-themed salt and pepper shakers were out of the question, I went with animals. I actually have approximately 6752 squirrels in my yard and haven’t had a pecan crop from my 5 trees in years, so I am not sure why these come out with the fall merchandise in stores.

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I assure you that they live in my yard year round, and I live in town, so no shooting.

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Ironically, most of my ceramic pumpkins are not orange. Go figure.

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Two of my 3 autumn leaf votive holders are not orange. I added my purple variegated candle.

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There you have it! A purple fall table with no orange…I think I have accomplished it.

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Wait…let me read those instructions again.

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My purple with no orange table is supposed to scream fall!

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Once again, I failed at the challenge…this table, while I do like it, does not scream, yell, shout, whisper, or even stutter fall.

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Oh, well, at least I will enjoy looking at purple fall tables from other bloggers while they get a good laugh out of mine! Happy fall, ya’ll!

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 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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