So Many Rabbits…So Little Time

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Thanks for all the well wishes and prayer for our annual Passion Play at our church! So far, background things are going well, and our dress rehearsals are next week. Since my schedule is so busy, I decided to take a few minutes today for a tablescape and blog post. Although I want to do at least one more table before Easter, I just may not have the time.

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I decided to go with more traditional pink and pastels today. I used my pink tablecloth and topped it with this great toile pattern table runner. I purchased it just this week from eBay and I really like it. I see a lot of uses for it in the future since I love to set pink tables.

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Of course, my vintage Homer Laughlin china called Sunrise was the perfect dinner plate for this table. The story of the great bargain and coincidence that I got these dishes is really a good one.

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Anyway, I wanted to use a lot of pink in this table, but I just didn’t like the way the pink fruit bowl looked on top of the pink plate on the pink tablecloth.

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It needed something to break it up, and I like this look much better.

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I like the aqua Cunningham and Pickett Danube plate as a buffer between the two pinks. It really makes it more interesting and colorful.

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Of course, I had to pull out my Easter napkin rings. I like the way they look with the pink napkins that match the cloth.

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Grosvenor silver was the obvious choice for this table.

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For glassware, I chose my pink tulip-shaped goblets and my rescued-from-the-garbage champagne flutes. If any occasion calls for champagne, Easter would be it!

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For the centerpiece, I decided to use my rabbit collection. I had not used many of them in the last tablescape, so I looked over them and chose the best of the pinks and pastels to display on this table. One of my favorite Gail Pitman rabbits stands out in front of a vintage pink and blue one and is flanked by a sweet small bunny with pink ears.

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Two Vicki Carroll rabbits continue the pink and aqua theme. I’m really glad I ended up choosing the aqua plate since this aqua bunny echoes the color scheme.

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I purchased these cute little salt and pepper shakers at Cracker Barrel a while back. Aren’t they sweet? I love them on this table.

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Since rabbits are the theme, I had to used this egg-shaped plate as the focal point of the centerpiece. I hope to find some more of these plates on eBay eventually, but so far I’ve had no luck. Several of the bowls have come up and a couple of mugs, but no plates. I’ll keep searching! I feel confident that I will find them sooner or later.

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Love my Easter table and hope you do also.

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On other news, I talked to my son yesterday and the house is moving along. The hardwood floors and bathroom tile are being laid.

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They hope to move in May, but are still not sure. They are getting excited with the progress, however.

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As for the flea market, sales are still down but have picked up in the last couple of weeks. Yesterday I even sold a set of dishes and a set of glasses. Neither one was high-dollar, but they are sold. That is the most important thing because sets of dishes and glasses take up a lot of merchandise space.

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I am also at the point where I need to do some picking and freshen up my merchandise. Obviously, I am not going to have any time to do that in the near future. But I will plan some buying trips soon and hope to get some good stuff.

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I’ll keep you posted. Have a great week and happy Easter!

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

 

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Blue Easter and an Invitation

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Here in central Mississippi, it has been raining a whole lot. In the past 3 weeks, we have probably had no more than 3 or 4 days with no rain at all. I’ve been wondering if we need to build an ark in the back yard! Anyway, I’ve been really busy so I haven’t posted in almost a week. I worked extra days this week, plus I was able to do a little yard work on the 2 pretty days that we had. The next 2 weeks are promising to be just as busy, so I decided to post now while I have a chance.

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My inspiration today came from these great napkins. I found them at my flea market and wanted to use them for a casual Easter table.

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I started with my wicker chargers and Salem English Village china. I played around with several different ways to display the napkins.

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Finally, I decided on putting them in my cute little flower pots, a Dollar General purchase from last year.

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I like the way the strawberries on the napkins look peeking out of the flower pots. I also used my blue flatware, another Dollar General purchase from a while back.

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Glasses? Dollar Tree blue, of course!  Then I started thinking about my centerpiece.

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I love my rabbit collection, so, of course, I turned to them at this time of the year. This Gail Pittman blue floral is one of my favorites.

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Another favorite is this one by Vicki Carroll, another Mississippi potter. I have had this one a very long time. It was a gift; however, most of my porcelain rabbits were eBay purchases, such as the Gail Pittman one above. The milk glass rabbit on a nest candy dish is a Martha Stewart reproduction made from original molds.

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Since my tablecloth is white, I wanted the rabbits to stand out a little more, so I found some yellow Easter grass to put beneath them. I love how these 3 rabbits look.

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I decided to put a little of the grass underneath my blue pillar candle. Cute, right?!

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I went through my collection of pitchers to finish off the centerpiece. I chose this one because it had blue in it, so I put it on the table. For the first time since I have had the pitcher, I noticed the strawberry on it. Score! Perfect for this table and to complete the centerpiece.

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Every year for the past 30 years, my church has put on a Passion Play called “His Last Days.” My husband and I have pivotal roles behind the scenes, and our next two weeks are absolutely slammed, as you can imagine. As a matter of fact, he spent every single night last week at the church working on sets and is there today and will be there the rest of the week.  There is just no way to explain how time-consuming all of the prep work is and no one realizes it unless they have helped with it also.

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Building the tomb.

I say all of that to make two points. First, I won’t be on my blog much, or anyone else’s for that matter. I already have missed doing a lot of looking and commenting last week, and I’m sure I have missed some great tablescapes, especially with spring here and Easter coming!

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Second, I am issuing everyone within driving distance a cordial invitation to attend “His Last Days.” It is a very moving event that you will want to experience. There is just no way that I can explain it; it must be seen to be believed.

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Building the Upper Room.

I am only working 1 day at the flea market in the next 2 weeks due to my responsibilities with the Passion Play, although I will continue with my 2 days at the paper.  House work and yard work will be minimal at best, and I have purchased lots of sandwich ingredients for quick suppers every night, although some nights we will eat at the church.

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Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matt. 26:40-41

Our play is one of the best amateur productions around and we are known throughout the state of Mississippi.

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There they crucified him. John 19:18

If you are unable to attend, prayerfully lift us up as we prepare to tell the story of the risen Lord.

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Construction of the platform and angel rehearsal
“Why do you look for the living among the dead?  He is not here; he has risen!” Luke 24:5-6

He is risen indeed!

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

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It seems like that it was only a few days ago that I was writing about unseasonably cold temps here in central Mississippi, and now our temps are unseasonably warm…80 the next couple of  days, then back to the normal low seventies. Hey, I’m not complaining…loving it!

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Regular readers know that I had rotator surgery last summer and my shoulder actually started bothering me about this time last year. I love, love, love yard work, and today I got out and worked in the yard for a little while for the first time in 2 years! My shoulder is killing me, but I had a great time.

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The cold and ice has apparently been very good for my pansies. I cleaned out the dead leaves and tried to make them look a little better so that I could photograph them. They really look even better than when I set them out back in November.

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I also cleaned up my yard art a little bit and placed them a little differently. This stepping stone is a favorite of mine.

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I also continue the rabbit theme with my yard art. My mother-in-law gave me this cute bunny stepping stone a few years ago as well as the vintage bunny standing guard over the pansies at the top of the page. My shoulder wouldn’t hold up to scrubbing today, so I just brushed the dirt off everything so you can see them better.

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My mother gave me this chubby bunny a few years back.

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These little rabbits I purchased at a local festival from “the concrete” guy. I always like everything I get from him.

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I picked up limbs, raked a little, and cleaned out flower beds for about an hour. This may not seem like much to most people, but to me it was a lot since I’ve not done anything in so long plus I was trying not to overdo the shoulder.

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I also cleaned out my pots in the front that were full of dead leaves and acorns. The lemon balm is on its way back and I love the way it smells!

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I had lost half my rosemary plant in last year’s cold and replanted half the pot. Luckily, it all has survived and I hope it will thrive even more now that I’ve cleaned out the pot.

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The chives look great. As a matter of fact, they need to be cut back, so I will be planning loaded baked potatoes soon!

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The thyme was a tangled up mess and it was so hard to get the leaves and acorns out. I go through that every year and I can never make the pot look good. Finally I just reached in with the clippers and took it all out. I feel quite sure that it will come back and can always buy some more if it doesn’t. As a bonus, my leaf pile smells great but I doubt that the workers who pick up the yard trash in my town will appreciate it!

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I really wanted to say “Spring” with the table today since I was enjoying the outside so much. My Noritake Reverie china is full of lovely spring colors and I never get tired of using this beautiful pattern.

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I have successfully used this pattern with yellow, blue, pink, green, and, of course, white. Because I left the yellow table runner from the last table, I decided to go with yellow napkins. I placed the napkin between the two plates for emphasis.

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My green Dollar General flatware was the perfect spring color for this setting.

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I had a hard time decided on glassware then I started thinking that I haven’t used my Romance by Fostoria in quite some time. I thought that the tall sherbets would be great for a fruit salad.

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I “inherited” this beautiful vintage glassware from my mother several years ago. When she and Daddy downsized, she went ahead a gave away some of her china and glassware to my sister, niece, and me. I have loved having it and she likes that she doesn’t have it crowding up her china cabinet any more.

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I have literally hundred of daffodils and jonquils blooming right now and not enough time and energy to pick them all. Yesterday I pulled this vase from my vintage pottery collection. I love the color, but its odd shape is always difficult to deal with, especially when I’m not very good at flower arranging in a symmetrical vase!

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So I just stuck them in it any old way and decided to call it “rustic.” Hey, it works for me…why not?!

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I love my salt and pepper shakers, of course, so I pulled them out.

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I also love the serving bowls, so they came out too.

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This vintage crystal bowl was a gift from a friend a few years back, and it could hold that fruit salad I mentioned earlier. Anything that I ever put in this bowl looks lovely!

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Since my large pillar candle has pastel shades that go with the china, I decided to use it as well.

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How about this little teapot as a finishing touch? It is not actually a real teapot, but a teapot ornament. I received it as a gift several years ago also.

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Love my springy table and now on to my update! I used to call these booth updates, but have decided to now say business update since our antiques and collectibles business goes beyond our flea market. David also repairs and refinishes furniture for private customers, I find things for people and sell out of my home, and we have just started selling in a consignment shop for some of our higher-end items.

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January and February were slow, which we expected after Christmas. Although a winter slowdown is not unusual, February in particular was extremely slow for everyone. We even had a few vendors not make their rent, which is highly unusual. So far March has picked up a little, but not nearly what we need it to yet. We’re all hoping and praying that it gets better!

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As for the consignment shop, it has been slow there as well. I had only sold a couple of things during those 2 months, and nothing high-end. I am ok with that because I know that higher priced items take longer to sell and that just the right person has to come in and want it. I am hoping, however, that his traffic picks up as well.

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To end on a good note, the rest of the business update is pretty good. David finished redoing a table for a private customer and got paid for that, plus I made a private sale. The sale was not high dollar, but it was all profit since I sold something that I had no money in.

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So that’s about it for what’s going on in central MS. Happy spring to all!

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

 

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Dreaming of Spring

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Daylight Savings time may be here, but spring is not. Yes, it is a little warmer than it has been in recent weeks, but the weather is still dreary and constant rain is keeping it damp and cold. So what does a tablescaper do when she is ready for spring and sick and tired of a wet, cold winter?

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Color! I decided to use my favorite aqua Homer Laughlin Danube china. It is bright and springy, and the colors in it are perfect for spring and someone who is longing for it to be here.

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I decided to play off both the yellow and the pink in the floral spray on the plate and chose my bright yellow table runner to start. This is  a pretty gingham with a subtle pattern embossed on it, much like a damask.

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I layered the salad plate on top of the dinner plate.

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I have several different colors of napkins that look good with these dishes and decided on this sweet pattern by The Napkin Lady. I special ordered these from her to match these dishes. I realize that I just used my vintage floral napkin rings last week, but I have to use flowers on a spring table, right?

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Of course, I have to use my aqua flatware, but I wanted to do something different with it. How about stick it in a bright pink caddy? I love these 2 bright colors together, and it is a little something unexpected when it comes to putting the flatware of the table.

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I’ve written in the past about getting some aqua pieces, including these glasses and the covered vegetable dish at an estate sale.

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I still have only the few aqua glasses that I started with, but I am constantly on the lookout for them when I go to sales and on eBay.

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So far, I did find a set of glasses in this pattern on eBay, but they were juice glasses and the price was too high.

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If I ever find the taller glasses, I might pay a little more, but not for a size glass that I would rarely use.

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Anyway, because my theme today is color, I put this bright dish in the center of my table. I bought it at my flea market a while back, and I love the colorful look. It is called a condiment set, but I would use it for just anything.

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I like that the tray is the aqua color that I love and that the 4 dishes are all flowers in different bright colors.

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What else to add color? I pulled out some of my Dollar General purchases from the past couple of summers. I love this butterfly vase and butterflies certainly say spring. I stuck in some pink and yellow flowers to continue my theme and then elevated the vase on a candle holder to give it some height.

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I almost did not put out a candle, then I remembered that I had a bright pink one that would be perfect for my colorful table.

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To give the table a little finishing spring touch, I added bees. Then I began to think that I just wanted one more touch of spring.

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Aha! What about a hummingbird…that will do it.

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Shouldn’t that hummingbird be poised above the flowers from which it is doubt to sip the nectar? David’s grandmother love to collect little birds, and this delicate glass hummingbird is one that once belonged to her. I wish I was better at detail photography to better show this pretty little piece.

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Anyway, I ended up with an eclectic mix of bright colors and am pleased with the final look.

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I hope that my colorful table says spring. But even if it doesn’t, it did help me feel a bit more hopeful that maybe, just maybe spring is on the way.

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I also thought that it’s amazing the difference that a little color makes. Not only did the bright colors liven up my dining room, but also they brightened up my mood.

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The damp, rainy weather which is supposed to persist all week seems a little less dreary and depressing when I look at my lovely table!

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Hope everyone has a wonderful week and that you find some signs of spring wherever you are.

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Tablescape Tuesday at Every Day Living,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday,   Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Homemaking Party at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now,   Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design
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It Ain’t Easy Bein’ Green

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I wanted to join the St. Patrick’s Day blog party with Cuisine Kathleen and have been thinking about what to do for a few days. I had a few things in mind, one of them being this great feather boa. I picked it up at Dirt Cheap a while back for $2…original price $12. Score!

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The other thing that I had in mind was to NOT use my Thomas Kinkade Spode since that is what I have used for my past St. Patrick’s Day tables. Why not use my new magnolia dishes? They do have green in them, so I thought that they would work well.

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The last thing that I was thinking was about my green balloon goblets, which I had last used at Christmas. When I got out these 3 items and then put the magnolia plates on top of the solid black dinner plates, I realized that all of elements are pretty dark. I needed something to lighten up the table a little bit.

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How about these great napkins? There’s probably not a person, animal, puppet around that says St. Patrick’s day more than Kermit the Frog, you have to admit. To continue trying to lighten things up, I used my floral napkin rings rather than the themed ones.

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Green flatware from Dollar General completes the setting, but things still looked a little dark to me.

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I saw these great Dollar General flower pots when I was getting out the dishes and thought that they would do the job of lightening things up. I cut up a Dollar Tree scarf and stuffed in some Dollar Tree flowers that I cut apart with wire pliers.

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Well, they are not really as light as I had hoped, but they are still cute and I like the whimsical touch they add to the table.

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Speaking of whimsy, do you like this cute derby? I found it at Dirt Cheap also ($2) and I perched it atop my tall candle holder with some Dollar Tree beads wound around.

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I also dug out my green striped pillar candle. The light shades of green are much better than using my Christmas green ones which are really dark.

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I still thought the table was a little dark, but I had an instant cure. Remember the flowers that I rescued from the snow and ice a couple of days ago? They were already in a blue and green striped vase, so they are perfect as a bright touch to this table!

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I added some Dollar Tree table scatter and I was done.

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I love my St. Patrick’s table! This is truly one of my favorite theme tables that I have done, and I owe it all to a cheap feather boa and Christmas glasses.

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As for another weather update (which I am sure you’re getting tired of, but remember that this type of weather is unusual for our state), we did have snow and ice in the wee hours of yesterday morning.

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It never got above freezing yesterday and there is still a good bit of ice on the ground.

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However, today the temps are rising and a lot of it is melting. What doesn’t melt today will finish melting tomorrow when the high is in the 50’s.

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So have a happy St. Patrick’s day and stay warm!

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

 

 

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Blue, Yellow, and Catching Up

100_9134It’s rare that I go a week without posting, but it’s been a crazy, wonderful few days. We left early Friday morning…in the snow and ice…to go visit our son and his wife in TN. We saw lots of snow and ice for the first hour or so of the trip, then it got less and less. The minute we crossed the TN line, it was gone! Their bad weather had been the week before ours, and our trip was easy and clear.

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There were plenty of remnants of their snow and ice up there, however. Their bad weather had been lots worse than ours and their temps much colder. David snapped this cool photo of icy cliffs as we were driving on Saturday.

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I won’t bore you with all of the details, just say that our trip was grand. We saw the improvements to the camp lodges that had been made since we had last seen them. Isn’t this new floor wonderful? Of course, pulling up old asbestos tile was quite expensive, but the end result is gorgeous.

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The highlight of our trip, however, was seeing how much progress had been made on the new camp director’s home. We thoroughly enjoyed looking over every detail and hearing all about the plans for the space.

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Again, I won’t bore you with the details, just say that we loved seeing it all and loved how excited they are about it.

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Unfortunately, good things do come to an end, and we had to head home Sunday. Monday and Tuesday are my long days at work, so today is the first chance that I have had to post.

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Last week at this time I was telling you about our rare MS snow, and this week it is almost 80 degrees outside. The temps are supposed to drop soon, and more winter weather should be here about midnight. Yep, that MS for you…if you don’t like the weather, just wait til tomorrow! I’ve now actually cancelled out-of-town medical appointments for two Thursdays in a row. Anyway, the warm temps have made the daffodils, jonquils and narcissus bloom like crazy. I thought that I’d better get out and get some picked before the ice gets here. So my gorgeous blooming flowers are my inspiration for this table!

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I love blue and yellow together, so this April Cornell runner, an old eBay purchase, was perfect for this table.

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I put my solid black plates underneath my Salem English Village blue and white plates.

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I chose the black plate underneath to echo the black rim of my antique Homer Laughlin plates. These plates belonged to my great grandmother; they have a few nicks, but I don’t mind. I love the yellow flower, which I think might be a chrysanthemum, with the blue plates.

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Yellow napkins from The Napkin Lady were the obvious choice, and I used my vintage floral napkin rings to continue the flower theme.

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Blue Dollar General flatware is perfect for this table.

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The stemware is the good ol’ standby: Dollar Tree blue. I love these glasses…and so do a lot of other tablescapers out there!

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I put the flowers into a vase and two of my blue and white pitchers. I love the way the yellow pops against the blue.

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I love the smell of narcissus. Some people call these paperwhites, but I don’t really like that name. I prefer to think of the myth of the vain Narcissus, who was very handsome yet broke heart after heart. Finally, Artemis, goddess of the hunt, punished him by causing him to fall in love with the first thing that he saw. As he knelt beside a pool of water to quench his thirst, he saw his reflection and fell in love instantly.

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Some versions say that he killed himself when he realized that he could never have the object of his affection; others say that he pined away and eventually drowned in sorrow. A beautiful flower sprang up where his blood had been on the ground, always growing near water. Do you know someone who is narcissistic? Now you know why that is what they are called! Anyway, that is why the name narcissus is a much better one for this gorgeous flower than paperwhite…what a dull, lifeless name with no imagination behind it at all!

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I feel a little silly adding more springlike touches to this already springtime table with more snow on the way, but I just could not resist. These sweet little blue birds once belonged to David’s grandmother and are the perfect color and theme for this table.

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I chose this rabbit from my Gail Pittman collection because of the blue and yellow accents on it.

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I love my blue and yellow table. I am really glad that I took the time to rescue these flowers from the impending bad weather.

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I know that I will be glad that I have these flowers in the house once the bad weather sets in.

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I will enjoy being in my nice, warm house with the wonderful look and smell of these flowers.

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As for the Catching Up part of my title, I’ve now caught up readers on where I have been the past week. I also spent some time today catching up with a friend…we worked on a project at church and went to lunch.

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It’s too easy to ignore important relationships in the busy-ness of life. I’ve just learned that I have another close friend to catch up with as she deals with the severe health problems of her mother and making sure that her father stays healthy in the long run.

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To leave you with a little smile, you probably realize if you are a regular reader that our grand dog Wendell is pretty much spoiled rotten. In reality, Russell is pretty strict with him, and he is not allowed in the camp buildings.

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Isn’t this sweet? When we toured the lodges, he just had to be content with looking in at us.

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He knew he couldn’t come in, but that didn’t keep him from looking at us with those big brown eyes as if to say, “Pleeese let me in.” It is hard to resist, but we manage.

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Finally, as we were leaving the new house, the ladies looked up at us as if to say, “What are you doing on my land?” Happy spring or winter or both, no matter which weather you are having!

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Snow Day and Great Expectations

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The weather here is still very cold, and today we are under a winter storm warning and advisory. I know that doesn’t seem like much to the rest of the country, but it is a big deal here in the deep South. Lots of schools and businesses are closed, and I am comfortable staying home and doing nothing today!

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When I was growing up, we loved having snow days. Snow days were those one or two days a year that ice or snow would actually be bad enough to close schools and we could stay home and play in the snow. We didn’t get those days every year…usually only every two or three years would the weather be bad enough to declare a snow day.

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Occasionally the weather would be bad enough to miss more than 1 day, and we thought that was wonderful. Even as an adult, I always liked those snow days. Curling up on the sofa with a warm throw and watching mindless tv or reading a good book while the weather is raging outside is still an activity that I love.

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Recently I decided that I could have a snow day whenever I want…why wait for snow? From now on, when I am feeling burned out and need a reboot, I am going to declare a snow day! After a day inside of doing nothing, I am ready to get back to life as we know it and feel refreshed from my temporary escape.

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OK, that’s enough of my soapbox…on to the table. I know that all of my blue and white tables tend to look similar due to the fact that I use the same china and often the same accessories. However, I don’t really get tired of the look, and I love blue and silver at this time of the year. I think that the cool palette really evokes a wintry feel. Today I chose my silver chargers underneath my vintage Salem English Village dinner plates.

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I used my blue and white napkins in sparkly silver napkin rings to go with my color scheme. Of course, the Grosvenor silver is perfect for this table.

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For stemware, blue Dollar Tree goblets and silver eBay stems complement my place setting perfectly. I love the Dollar Tree glassware. Where would we tablescapers be without it?

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I have what seems like a plethora of table runners, and several of them have blue in the pattern. However, I do not have a runner in just blue and white. Note to self: Look for a blue and white table runner. Anyway, I decided to use one of my blue and white placemats as the runner for this table. It will do until I can find one to purchase.

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For the centerpiece I chose a silver compote from my wedding gifts.

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I also found another silver dish in the wedding gifts. I tossed a few blue stones in both to give them some sparkle.

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I found a set of 3 silver candlesticks a few years ago at  a flea market for a great price when I first began tablescaping. Note to self: purchase blue tapers.

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I finished off the table with my favorite blue pitchers.

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All four are Spode reproductions…made from the original molds. Over the weekend, I discovered to my dismay that my internet had stopped working. After doing everything that I knew to do with no success, I called the AT&T tech support. We determined that my modem had gone bad. It was over 10 years old, after all, and the life of a modem is supposed to be 3-4 years. Anyway, I ordered the U-Verse, and only had to wait a couple of days for installation.

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It’s really kind of weird to be offline, isn’t it? I did the basic things that I needed to do on my phone, but I really missed the surfing, looking at blogs, posting pics of a new tablescape, and the other things that you don’t really realize how much time you spend doing it until it’s gone!

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I was promised wonderful things with the U-Verse, and I anxiously awaited this miraculous internet with great expectations.

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To my surprise and chagrin, I saw virtually no difference in my internet before and after U-Verse. What happened to those miraculous speeds I had been promised? I was underwhelmed, but just glad to be back online, so it really didn’t matter that it was no different from before.

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Then this morning I photographed the first table that I had done since the new internet. The pictures uploaded in literally moments of time compared to before! It used to take so much longer to upload pics and even then would sometimes skip one. OK, I am now officially happy with the U-Verse and just glad to be connected with the world again. So for everyone out there, stay safe and warm, and have a happy Snow Day!

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It’s Cooooold at the Friendly Village!

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OK, I know that it is very wrong to complain about the cold here in central MS when so much of the country has ice, snow, and blizzards. But I can’t help it…I live in central MS, people! I don’t like this unusually cold weather that we’re having and am soooo ready for it to warm up, even just a little bit.

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I haven’t even wanted to move around much, but I finally did do a new table in the dining room today. I wanted to show off the lovely flowers that David gave me for Valentine’s Day.

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I started with my fruit-patterned table runner and added my taupe and red check placemats. My square red plates are a good anchor for this place setting.

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I used the square Friendly Village plates on top. I have always liked the way this pattern looks with red, and the snowy covered bridge is perfect for the way I feel today!

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I love my paisley napkins in shades of brown and the sparkly beaded napkin rings. Both of these items were very early purchases when I first started this tablescaping sickness hobby. The San Remo flatware was perfect with the black edges of the plate and the black in the napkins.

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For stemware I chose my ruby red goblets with the clear stems. Because it is cold outside, I also used mugs. A cup of hot tea or chocolate is what we’re needing down here in the deep South this week!

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OK, here it is…my Valentine’s bouquet! It is still lovely and hasn’t begun to droop or fade at all. When he gave them to me, I was looking at my vases and pottery pieces when I spied my Friendly Village pitcher. I have always liked the way red looks with Friendly Village, so I stuck them in it and love it! My beautiful red flowers in the Friendly Village pitcher were the inspiration for this Friendly Village table.

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I added a red pillar candle, then I felt like I needed a little something else. Once again, I turned to my pottery collection.

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I chose this Fenton Silvercrest compote with the ruffled edge. I added some sparkly stones to it to zip it up a little plus add some red colors to the table.

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I love my centerpiece, I have to say. My goal was to showcase the flowers, and I think I have done that.

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Today I attended an ecumenical Ash Wednesday service at noon at our church. It was such a nice thing to do and served to remind us all that the Lenten season is for all, not just once particular denomination or branch of Christianity.

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It was quite moving to remember what Christ went through and a good reminder that he suffered for all of us.

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Then I went to the grocery store with ashes on my forehead and wondered if people just thought that I had a smudge on my face.

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I would have preferred that someone ask me what it was so that I could explain how important it is to take these 40 days to remember what Christ did for me. Alas, no one did, so I just kept that special feeling to myself and tried to reflect on the Lenten season during the rest of the afternoon.

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Now as I sit here finishing up this post, I am preparing to go wash my face and go through my other bedtime rituals before retiring for the night.

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My resolution is to practice my Lenten disciplines and to reflect on what Jesus did for me every day. I wish all readers a spiritually full Lent and peace during this special time of the year. Also, of course, warmth and health during cold weather, no matter where in the country you happen to be!

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Mardi Gras Madness

 

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Lent is such a very special time of the year to me, and I try to take it seriously. Remembering the 40 days leading up to the death and resurrection of Christ is a part of my Christian heritage that I try to honor. Of course, I am only human and some years I am more successful than others in sticking to my Lenten disciplines!

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Case in point: it suddenly struck me today that Mardi Gras is in a few days. Although the secular world has taken over many Mardi Gras celebrations, we will still remember what it is intended to be…a time to use up the fats and oils in the home in preparation for the fasting time of Lent. No Bacchanalia here…just a good fattening meal and discussing what our Lenten disciplines will be…I have not decided yet. I have given up something for the past few years, and I am thinking of taking on this year instead of giving up.

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However, I do love the festive spirit and the colors of Mardi Gras, so that I was what I had in mind when I did my dining room table today. Some people might think that a Christmas green table runner and purple striped placemats would be a terrible combination. Of course, we Christians know that green (faith), purple (justice), and gold (power) are the colors of the Mardi Gras season that lasts from Epiphany to Fat Tuesday.

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I love to use my Thomas Kinkade Spode china for Mardi Gras. It has lavender and green shades which are perfect for the season.

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I would be willing to bet that most tablescapers love Dollar Tree! I got some great inexpensive Mardi Gras beads to add to my table décor. Don’t you love the masks on these beads? I tied them in a loose knot to use as my napkin rings.

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I wanted them to stand out, so I used the gold and the green with the purple napkins. I love the way the colors pop!

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I found my purple goblets, of course.

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How do you like my wine charms? Santa put some Christmas wine glass charms in my stocking. Several of them are Mardi Gras colors, so they are perfect for this table!

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I like the San Remo flatware with this table setting.

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For the centerpiece, I pulled out my purple and gold pillar candle. I actually found this one at an after Christmas sale a couple of years ago and purchased it with Mardi Gras in mind. I wound some of the Dollar Tree beads (these are coins) around the base.

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I used this mask to evoke the Mardi Gras feel as well. I scattered the rest of the Mardi Gras beads around the centerpiece.

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I tried to make sure that the gold and purple beads ended up on top of the green runner. I wanted them to show up well, and I like the final look.

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I had a few beads left over, so what to do with them? Maybe my guests would like a souvenir of the night! I tossed the leftover beads onto the center of the salad plates, and I was done.

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My final look is simple, but still festive.

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I was supposed to work at the flea market today, but it did not work out. Unfortunately, business was really slow yesterday, and there was just no need for me to come in today.

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As much as I did enjoy being home today, running errands, catching up on chores, and doing a tablescape, I do hate to miss a day of work.

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Oh well, it happens, and I am hoping that tomorrow will be busy. Until then, let the good times roll!

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P.S. Click here if you are unfamiliar with Shrove Tuesday pancakes and the season of Lent.

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Mystery of the Missing Magnolia

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I have not posted in a week, which happens rarely, but my week has been crazy. Between the flea market, the paper, and some medical appointments for both of us, I have not had a moment to breathe, much less write. As a matter of fact, I am working at the flea market the next 3 days in a row, so I am making the time to post even though I need to be doing other things. I look for it to be probably another week before I have time to post again.

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I am a little weary of Valentine’s tables, but I wanted to do something fresh in the dining room. Then I thought of the magnolia dishes…the great impetus to the gut-wrenching purge…I’ve not showed you them since I first purchased them. I wanted to wash my tablecloths plus I had some recently washed placemats to put away, so it was a good time to go through my placemat storage to find some that will work with these plates. I really like the way this green stripe looks…the dish both blends with the colors and pops.

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Here’s the problem: I only have two of them. I do have the same placemat in blue, but I didn’t think that the colors of the plates would look good on them. I only have 2 of the blue also; these are early tablescaping purchases from Wal Mart before I realized that I really should always have 4 of everything. But the plate doesn’t look as bad as I thought it would on the blue, so I decided to go with it. Do you ever do that?

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Of course, I topped it with the small plate and decided to use the napkins that matched the placemats.

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These napkin rings are by a Mississippi artist who is not as well-known as Gail Pittman, P. Silkotch. I found them on eBay years ago. I like how the colors in them blend perfectly with the magnolia dishes.

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I chose the San Remo flatware. I really like the way all of these items ended up looking on the green stripe placemat…the blue, not so much.

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Of course, I had to use the matching goblets. Since I have not used the champagne flutes that my mother-in-law rescued from the garbage recently, I decided to use them as well.

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I love my place setting! I think I am going to enjoy coming up with different ways to showcase this lovely set of dishes.

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For the centerpiece, I put my Gail Pitman candlesticks on my burgundy table runner and then looked through my vintage pottery collection to find some other things to use.

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I grabbed the small Camark pitcher, but then I was stuck. I just couldn’t think of anything else to use as the centerpiece. Then I remembered that I haven’t shown two of my Christmas presents yet. My daughter-in-law completely surprised me with this lovely pottery bowl that she made. Apparently, she had taken a pottery making class last spring after they moved to TN, and she told no one about it so that she could make some Christmas presents. I love this piece!

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Santa left me this cute little pottery container. I have salt in it, but it can be used for anything. I love it and know I will enjoy using this container for a long time.

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I like my finished centerpiece and also enjoyed using this beautiful china pattern again.

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However, I can’t close this post without telling one on myself. When I was getting magnolia dishes out of the china cabinet, there were only 3 small plates. No problem…I had just put it somewhere else, right? It was nowhere to be found in the china cabinet.

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It was not in my kitchen cabinets nor in my china storage containers. I was really puzzled. I would remember breaking it, wouldn’t I? I’m positive that David would have told me if he had broken it.

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It wasn’t in the Hoosier, and I moved to the buffet to search there. Yep, there it was…in plain sight and I had posted about my new buffet vignettes just a couple of weeks ago! Boy, did I feel like a dummy!

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Well, I guess my temporary (I hope) Alzheimer’s led to something good…I straightened up the china storage and kitchen cabinets while searching. I found some more things to purge…nothing worth mentioning…all stuff I rarely use. I straightened up the napkin drawer in the buffet and the placemat storage box as well.

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I am a little embarrassed to share this story…but if I can’t laugh at myself, who will? Have a great week of dishes and tables!

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