Hippity, Hoppity

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I knew that today might be one of the few windows of time that I will get until after Easter, so I decided to go ahead and set my table. We have practice for our Passion Play Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, and the performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. We worked all week setting up everything, and David and crew went this morning to put up the scaffolding and run wires. We are exhausted, and it hasn’t even begun. Of course, it will all be over before we know it, and a lot of lives will be touched, so it’s all worth it!

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I had already planned to use my Reverie china again and to focus on the pastel colors that are in the pattern. I needed to wash the tablecloth, so I chose white placemats from Dollar Tree and the pastel blue runner from Fred’s.

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I love the soft colors in my Noritake china, and I was having a hard time deciding on what color to focus on. Last week I used my pale yellow napkins which pull out the yellow in the plates. I like that look a lot, but I also like these plates with pink, blue , and green.

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Then I had a brainstorm! Why not use all of those colors? I have pastel napkins in all of those shades, plus my Easter napkin rings have those same shades in them.

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So I put a different pastel napkin at each place setting in the Easter napkin rings.

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I really like the playfulness of doing it that way, and I love all of the pastel shades on the table.

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Of course, I used the Grosvenor silver again. I think that silver is just needed for this table. I also used all three sizes of my plates, and I like the way the rims look when they are layered.

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I used my pink tulip-shaped goblets and all-purpose wine glasses.

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For my table décor, I wanted to showcase the rest of my rabbit collection. You had already seen my pottery rabbits, so today I focused on those made of porcelain. I had purchased some Easter grass at Dollar Tree, so I put it in my silver baskets. I nestled my Gail Pittman rabbit in the pink Easter grass and dropped in a few glitter eggs.

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I put yellow Easter grass in the oblong silver basket and placed a vintage pottery rabbit and a colorful Vicki Carroll one in it. I added a few eggs to their nest also.

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I brought the sweet little rabbit plate back out and flanked it with a cute vintage bunny and a Beatrix Potter figurine. Of course, I had to sprinkle on the Easter grass for some interest.

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My other Gail Pittman rabbit showed up on the other side of the basket. More Easter grass kept him from looking a little bare.

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I still had a few rabbits left, so I had to come up with some ways to display them as well. I decided that a couple of the smaller ones in diameter could be elevated on my large candlesticks. The aqua one is Vicki Carroll and the other one is unmarked. So that the candlesticks wouldn’t look so bare along the base, I tossed around some Easter grass and used the glitter egg bouquet to give it a little more interest.

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My milk glass bunny on a nest (a Martha Stewart reproduction made from the original molds) also got the Easter grass and glitter egg treatment.

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My final rabbits are a pair that David purchased for me in an antique mall when my collecting rabbit phase what in high gear. Regular readers know that I have actually pared my rabbit collection down quite a bit. After running several of them through my booth at the flea market, I am now happy with the ones that I left and don’t plan on purchasing any more. These rabbits have the look of Staffordshire, so that is what I call them, even though they are probably just something manufactured in recent years. Of course, they had to get the grass and eggs as well to match the rest of the elements on the table.

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I like how the table turned out, and I was pleased with the way I displayed the rabbits.

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All of the pastel shades show up in my Reverie plates, and I like the colorful look of the table.

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Not everything has to be “matchy-matchy,” as I call it. Variations in colors look great, as long as it all makes sense.

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If you are in central MS next week, please come out to our Passion Play. It is a wonderful, moving experience, and a great way to celebrate the Easter season.

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I covet your prayers for this wonderful ministry, and wish you all a joyous and glorious Passion Week and Easter celebration!

“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ Then they remembered his words. Luke 24:5-8

 

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 Sunny Simple Life, 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, The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday, 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,Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style,  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,Open House Party at No Minimalist HereTime 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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Birds, Nests, & Eggs (& an Invitation)

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I have had a busy couple of weeks, and I am expecting to be absolutely swamped the next 2-3 weeks. Our church will be producing its annual Passion Play, and my husband and I have integral parts behind the scenes, which pretty much take every waking moment the next few weeks.

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I hope that those of you near central Mississippi will join us. It is produced the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday before Easter. You can read more about it in my previous posts here, here, and here. It is an awesome and very moving production, and we do a great job for a bunch of amateurs, if I do say so myself.

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All of this Easter activity that has gone on the past month and will continue for the next few weeks will limit my tablescaping and blogging time considerably. I really wanted to do a table for Kathleen’s challenge this week, Birds, Nests, and Eggs.  I had this table somewhat planned in my head, although, as usual, it sort of evolved into more than my original thoughts.

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I started with my favorite china, Noritake Reverie. I will never tire of this pattern that I picked out when we married, and the soft colors and pattern are beautiful and perfect for a spring-themed table. I decided to put the pastel yellow napkin between the dinner and the salad plates for a little contrast.

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The Grosvenor silver was perfect with this place setting.

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I decided to use my Dollar Tree flutes and everyday wine glasses for this table.

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When I first read of Kathleen’s theme, I immediately thought of this beautiful Vietri Bowl that my son and daughter-in-law gave me for Christmas. A few days before, I had browsed the Dollar Tree with this tablescape in mind and had picked up some Easter grass and eggs.

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I loved the way the bowl ended up looking and was perfect for the challenge.

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I don’t have just a whole lot of bird things, but I did think of this love bird candy dish. David’s grandmother gave it to us when we married, and I added a little Easter grass and eggs to it as well. I liked the way it echoed the larger dish.

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Then I had a decision to make. I wanted to continue adding some bird-themed items that I have, but their colors did not necessarily go with my pastel yellow and green color palette. As you can see, birds won out over colors, so I apologize ahead of time for the disjointed color scheme. I decided to put a bird item at each place. David’s grandmother collected glass birds, and we had given her this sweet little hummingbird, which David’s mom returned to me after her death. My photo does not do it justice; it is really pretty and has lovely detail.

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This cute little china basket with birds on the handle is a very old one that I inherited from one of my female ancestors.

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It was hard to get a good photo of the bottom, but I hope you can see that it originally cost ten cents!

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This pitcher with this odd species of birds on it (I have no idea what they are) is one of my favorites. It belonged to my grandmother, and my daddy said that it always held molasses on their table when he was growing up. I love its delicate colors; the mark on the bottom says Germany.

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I put these little cobalt blue birds at the last place. These also once belonged to David’s grandmother. Then for the last touch, I found the Dollar Tree eggs from last year, and put one on each plate.

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Despite not following through with my original color scheme, I do like how the table turned out with birds and eggs throughout.

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I also need to mention that the last couple of days have been unusually cool and rainy for this time of year. As a matter of fact, the 2 rivers near us are on flood watch, and we have flash flood warnings throughout the area.

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Therefore, my normally dark dining room is even darker that usual, so I apologize ahead of time for the dark photos.

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The pastel colors do lighten it up some, so I was glad about that.

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I do have an Easter tablescape planned, and I should have time to do one at some point.

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But if you notice that I am not blogging much, you know why. Remember our play in your prayers the next couple of weeks as we plan to tell the story of Jesus and His triumph over Satan, a story that we never tire of and have told every Easter for over 25 years!

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He is not here; he has risen! Matthew 28:6

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 Sunny Simple Life, 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, The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday, 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,Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style,  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,Open House Party at No Minimalist HereTime 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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Pink and Purple Easter plus Our Weekend

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For my second Easter tablescape, I decided to use pink and purple as the base colors. I looked through my rabbit collection and chose those that complemented this color scheme.

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I started with the purple plate as the base. On top of the purple plates, I used vintage Haviland Limoges Meadow Visitors.

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Each of these plates has a different scene of butterflies and birds on them. I like the way that the pink and other delicate colors of these plates look on top of the purple plates.

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I used pale pink napkins between the base plate and the top layer.

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I decided on the San Remo flatware for this place setting.

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Continuing the pink and purple color scheme, I used the large purple goblets and the pink tulip glasses as the stemware.

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I decided to do the same easy trick that I did last week and use napkins on top of the tablecloth as a runner. I used the purple napkins as the runner and placed this Vicki Carroll rabbit on it.

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I also chose one of my Gail Pittman rabbits; I wanted its pink color against the purple background.

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I used the same small Easter plate from last week and placed this sweet little pink and white bunny in front of it.

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The last time I used this purple candle was Mardi Gras. I thought that it was great to bring out the color scheme of this table.

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For an update on our weekend, we had a great visit with my son and his wife. My parents rode with us Friday afternoon, and my sister and niece joined us Friday night. We spent most of Saturday morning touring the camp and listening to all of Russell’s plans for it. He also has begun a lot of his improvements already, and one of them was selecting a logo for the camp. A friend who is a graphic artist designed it for him, and my lovely and talented daughter-in-law painted all of the camp signs. This is the front of the sign outside the office.

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The back of the sign has the camp verse on it, Isaiah 41: 19-20.

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Callie said that the large sign at the entrance was quite difficult to paint. She painted for several hours per day over several very cold days. She got really frustrated a few times with passing traffic that was pretty rude, but finally completed both sides of the sign.

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I think she did great, and Mama and Daddy were happy to pose by the sign for me.

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After touring the camp, we found some lunch and visited some shops in a little village nearby, Leiper’s Fork. It was quaint and probably could have been fun, but the weather was just terrible. The high never got above 47 that day, and the wind chill and rain kept it feeling much cooler. Sorry, I just was not in the mood to snap photos, so there is another one of the sign; this time David and I posed.

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I did snap a couple of views of the lake before I got too cold to take any pics. After visiting Leiper’s Fork, we went back to Russell’s house and just stayed there in the warmth and visited the rest of the day. Later, Callie and Russell put out a wonderful sandwich spread for us, and we had a nice meal.

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The next day Russell and Callie had to leave early so that he could speak at a church in Nashville. My niece wanted to leave early Sunday morning in order to get back in time to visit her grandfather. She had not seen him since her grandmother’s death 2 weeks ago and was really anxious to see him. So we all just decided to meet up for breakfast and then we would go our separate ways.

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David and I had been to the Beacon Light on our first trip to TN, and we knew that everyone would like it. We basically opened up the restaraunt and thoroughly enjoyed our wonderful Southern breakfast.

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We asked the waitress to take our picture outside, and she obliged. None of us look all that happy, but I assure you that it is only because we were so cold. We really had a great weekend and enjoyed our visit and seeing Cedar Crest Camp.

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It was just our luck that the sun came out and the weather warmed up the day that we left! We decided to make the best of it, and Daddy wanted to stop at the Coon Dog cemetery near Cherokee, AL, on our way home. Yes, there is such a thing, and I have been there. “The only one of its kind in the world;” ya think?

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It was really interesting. Almost all of the graves had artificial flowers on them and many of them had coins lying on the headstones.

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I have no idea what the reason is for the coins. They are even on this large marker inside the fence, although you can’t really see it in my photo.

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People think a lot of their coon dogs. It was interesting to read their names on the tombstones. Doctor Doom was actually 23 years old when he died.

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Caretakers of the cemetery are honored with this plaque.

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We walked around the cemetery for a little while, then headed back home.

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I can now say that I have been to the Coon Dog Cemetery.

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I did snap a neat pic of this hornet’s nest that was hanging directly over the Trace on our trip home. We saw lots of wildlife all weekend, mainly deer and turkeys. We actually saw a flock of around 70-80 turkeys at Cedar Crest when we were touring on Saturday. None of us had ever seen that many before. It was too cold and rainy to snap a picture; you will just have to take my word for it.

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So that was my weekend in a nutshell. It was wonderful to see Russell and Callie, and we were so glad that more of the family finally got to see where they live and his new ministry.

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 Sunny Simple Life, 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, The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday, 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,Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style,  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,Open House Party at No Minimalist HereTime 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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Easter at the Friendly Village (It’s a Woman’s Prerogative to Change Her Mind)

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I had a completely different tablescape in mind earlier today, but when I finally got around to doing the table, I totally changed my mind. Does that ever happen to any of you other tablescapers out there? Lately it seems to be happening me a lot. I also hadn’t really planned to do an Easter table quite yet, but, as you can see, I changed my mind about that, too. I will eventually do the table that I originally had planned plus maybe even another Easter table as well, so I decided that it would be ok to start Easter décor a little early.

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Does Easter have to be all pastels and soft colors? When I spied my Peter’s Pottery rabbits this morning, I thought that I really wanted to feature them on a table. Those rabbits would look better with earthy colors, so I thought of The Friendly Village. Why not? Surely the inhabitants of The Friendly Village celebrate Easter!

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I chose the square salad plates for the top layer and decided to put my spring green napkin between the two plates. I purchased these from The Napkin Lady a while back, and I think that the color is perfect for both spring and lightening up the neutral colors of the china.

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Then I topped off the plate stack with this great little bowl. It is a raised rabbit and carrot design in a cabbage leaf. I just love this little set of bowls. They will be great for soup or salad. My mother-in-law found them at a garage sale a while back, and I have been anxiously awaiting a good time to showcase them. Well, today’s the day! I think they look really good with the neutral colors of the plates.

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I still have a few blooms in my yard, and, of course, I wanted to use them as well. I counted all of the bouquets in my last few posts and this is number 21! That’s right; I have used 21 bouquets of flowers in my recent décor. After the 9 vases that I filled last week, I can finally tell that there are fewer blooms in my yard. I do still have some blooming, however. I predict a good 3 or 4 more bouquets before they are spent. Anyway, I stuck the flowers that I picked today in the Friendly Village teapot, and I love how bright and cheerful they are.

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I had two extra napkins and decided to use them as a table runner. I wanted the green to stand out against the white, plus I liked the green color as a back drop to the pottery.

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My Peter’s Pottery rabbits look great on the green, and they are flanking a cute little Easter plate, another yard sale find that my mother-in-law gave me.

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On the other side of the bouquet is my Peter’s Pottery covered candy dish and a couple of larger rabbits. My husband gave me these years ago at Easter, and I think they are probably the ones that started the rabbit collection.

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To finish out the place setting, I chose my Present Time flatware since this is a casual table. I used my green Dollar General glasses and the flower-power tumblers were a yard sale find back when I first started tablescaping. I thought the neutral colors and retro design were fun for this table.

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So this is my first Easter table for 2014, and I am quite pleased with it.

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I have a couple of updates on my flea market sales. I took the Jade Moon dishes up there a week or so ago. When I went to work last Saturday, I noticed that they had sold. I looked up my account on the computer, and they had sold the afternoon after I had taken them up there that morning. Wow! I never expected them to sell that quickly.

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While I was working on Saturday, a young couple bought another set of dishes from my booth. It was a partial set that I had actually put up there last spring, but it had never sold. Finally, I took it home in the fall and just put it back out about a month ago. I reduced the price because I was so ready to get rid of it. They were thrilled with it and glad to snap it up at that price, which was still a profit for me, just a smaller one than I had originally hoped.

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It is quite unusual for me to sell 2 sets in a week, so I am really stoked about it. I have 3 other sets in my booth right now, 2 of which have been sitting there for a while, plus some extra plates. I am hoping that my streak continues and that these will sell soon!

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My last update for you is about my Antiques Appraisal class. I received my second test today, another 100! I am so happy. We leave Friday to head up to TN to visit my son and his wife. My parents are going with us. I hope that everyone has a great weekend and that you get to visit your friends and family as well!

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 Sunny Simple Life, 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, The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday, 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,Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style,  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,Open House Party at No Minimalist HereTime 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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The Pitfalls of Collecting Vintage Pottery plus More Blooms

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If you have seen my last few posts, you know that my spring-blooming bulb flowers are producing more than I can remember in the almost 20 years that we have lived in this house. I have come up with several tablescapes featuring these blooms. This particular tablescape featured orange as the dominant color. I chose all of my containers for the blooms from my vintage pottery collection, including a wonderful Universal Pottery Cattail pitcher made for Sears.

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After a few days, the blooms wilted and I began the task of taking them to the compost pile and washing my pitchers and vases. To my horror, this lovely pitcher had acquired water stains all the way around the pitcher! I have no idea how that happened. I think that the pitcher is probably ruined; I am sure there is no way to get those stains out. The only thing that my husband and I could guess is that this pitcher had never been glazed on the inside. But even that explanation made no sense. Wouldn’t the 1950s housewife who used the pitcher for Kool Aid and juice have noticed this? I guess, like many collectibles that show up on the market, that the pitcher was never used. Someone got it as a gift or something like that and put it away, never using it. This scenario is also a far reach, but I really can’t think of any other explanation. I am really sick about it, but I am moving on. I purchased this piece on eBay; there is no sentiment behind it. But I just hate to lose it anyway.

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I also have a small collection of Hull pottery. I purchased 2 vases recently from an estate sale, but all of the rest of the pieces were passed down to me by various relatives. I keep the Hull out on the mantle most of the time, only changing out my mantle décor occasionally, like at Christmas.

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So here was my thought: wouldn’t all of these vases look great with my Spring blooms?

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However, what had happened with that pitcher really made me nervous. How would I know if something similar wouldn’t happen with these vases?

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I decided to go ahead and risk it. I would just be very careful and keep a close eye on them while I have the flowers displayed.

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It took me about 2 hours to pick all of the flowers and put them in the vases. I can finally look out to my yard and tell that some of the flowers have been picked. I probably only have enough left for 2 or 3 large bouquets, although there are still some buds that aren’t open yet.

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This jardiniere in the Water Lily pattern once belonged to my mother. It has some crazing on the inside, but it looks perfect from the outside. I always display it high enough so that no one will look down inside it and see the crazing. After I filled each vase, I placed it back on the mantel and wiped up a few water droplets. I kept having to wipe around this jardinière. Finally, I watched it closely and realized that water was seeping out of a couple of spots near the bottom. I took the picture, then quickly emptied out the flowers and water more on that later). So enjoy the above pic; I guess I will never be filling with fresh flowers that need water again! I guess the crazing was a little more serious than I had first thought.

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I love the final look of the mantel, however. I have never put anything in these vases before in all the years that I have had them.

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These spring flowers looked lovely with the pastel hues of the pottery.

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I just love how the mantle looks and am enjoying the blooms immensely.

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The next part of the story is that I had to find a place to put all of those flowers that had been in the jardinière. Of course, I have plenty of choices in my collection and grabbed a couple of pitchers.

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Earlier this week I mailed in my next test to the Asheford Institute of Antique Appraisal. There is a 3-week turnaround for getting my next set of books, so I can do a kitchen tablescape until I need the table for study again. I had grabbed my Spode pitchers to put the flowers in, so I used them as a starting point for my table.

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I started with my blue and white placemats.

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I used my white dinner plates for the bottom layer.

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Of course, my Salem English Village plates came next. I have napkins to match these placemats, but I wanted to bring out the yellow from the flowers.

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So instead of using them, I chose these blue and yellow paisley napkins from the Napkin Lady. I like the contrast of them on the placemat, and I really like blue and yellow together. I used a simple clear acrylic napkin ring.

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I chose the San Remo flatware.

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Of course, the Dollar Tree goblets were perfect for this table.

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Then I placed the pitchers of flowers on each end of the table.

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I just love the yellow blooms with the blue and white pitcher. If you look closely, you will see a bumble bee buzzing around the blooms.

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A couple of them even landed on the placemats as they were buzzing around the flowers.

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I love blue, white, and yellow for spring. I think this color scheme is very bright and colorful.

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Hope you are enjoying your spring blooms also!

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 Sunny Simple Life, 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, The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday, 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,Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style,  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,Open House Party at No Minimalist Here 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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First Day of Spring

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Have you ever been indecisive? I just had one of those days when I was trying to come up with yet another table to show off my spring flowers.

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I pulled out 2 different plate patterns with pink in them. I  started setting the table with aqua, then pink, then aqua and pink, but I just didn’t get inspired. Finally, I decided to go in an entirely different direction. My tablecloth was long past needing to be put in the wash, so the tabletop is the base of place setting today.

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I love my antique table with its rich warm walnut tone, but when I don’t have a light cloth as the base for my tablescapes, my photos come out very dark. I decided to go with it anyway, so my pics are a little dark today! After some trial and error, I finally came up with a table that I was pleased with.

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So here it is; no pastels or light colors for the first day of Spring, but I like these strong colors just as well and I was able to show off a few more of my flowers.

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Today I started with these April Cornell placemats. I really like these placemats, but I have a little trouble with finding the right items to look good with them. The burnt orange that is the main color is an unusual shade, and not just anything will go with them. Luckily, they do have some shades of taupe, green, and blue, so I tried to bring those colors out.

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I decided to use my Wal Mart taupe plates. I like their square shape, and I wanted a solid on top of the patterned placemat.

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I wasn’t sure when I tried the red square plate if it would work or not. But since the red is not right next to the orange, I thought that it was fine.

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Then I used these pretty little plates from 222 Fifth. The colors in them blend well with both the red and the orange and I wanted to finish out the stack with a pattern since I had 2 solids. Nothing exciting, but I like the look.

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I had a really hard time deciding on the color of napkins to use. None of my reds were the right shade. When I tried either cream or taupe, that much solid next to the taupe plates just did not look good. I wanted to bring out the blues in the pattern, and I have several different shades of blue napkins. I thought that this shade of blue looked the best, but I only have two napkins in this shade .

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My solution? There is also some green in the placemats, and I only have 2 napkins in this shade of green. So I mixed it up a little and have both colors in the place settings.

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As long as I was mixing it up, I decided to do the same with the glasses. The green Dollar Tree flutes went at the places with the green napkins.

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The blue ones went at the places with the blue napkins. That is my Present Time flatware that you see.

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Of course, I had to pick more flowers. I have so many of these that I don’t know if I will ever get them all picked! Good problem to have, right? Anyway, I had picked out this pitcher with its shades of blue and taupe and touches of red and green. You really can’t tell from my pics, but these colors are perfect with the colors in the placemats.

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This small vintage pitcher is one of my favorites from my collection. It is Camark and still has the Arkansas-shaped sticker on the bottom, although the words on it are long since faded. The green color looked good with both the placemats and the spring flowers.

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So there you have it!

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I did not use as many flowers on this table as I have in my previous 2 tablescapes. I decided to use my pillar candles for the base of the centerpiece and the 2 pitchers of flowers on either side. Nothing dramatic, but I like it a lot.

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Hope everyone has a wonderful first day of Spring!

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 Sunny Simple Life, 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,  Make the Scene Monday at Alderberry Hill , Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday, 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,Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style,  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,Open House Party at No Minimalist Here 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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Daffodils, Jonquils, Narcissus, Oh My!

And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. Matthew 6:28-29

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My spring flowers have produced better this year than they have in more years than I can remember. I’m not sure why; I’ve not done anything differently than in the past. I know that spring-flowering bulbs require a long period of cold temperatures to spark the chemical process that makes them flower. We had an unusually cold winter this year as well as a longer one, so I guess the cold has made them flower better than usual. Well, whatever the reason, I am grateful for it and not questioning it! You will be seeing a lot of tables featuring these lovelies as I pick them to make bouquets for the house.

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The last 2 tables that feature my flowers used blues and greens, so today I decided to use orange with the flowers. I have several vintage pitchers that feature orange as the base color, so I used them to hold the bouquets.

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I also had a Dollar General vase with orange stripes to use.

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Believe it or not, I ran out of orange-themed containers before I ran out of flowers! I don’t know if I will ever get them all picked!

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To paraphrase Robert Frost, I have miles of flowers to pick before I sleep.

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I deliberately planned to use all of my bouquets for the centerpiece. Of course, they really fill up the table, especially since I don’t have the leaf in.

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But that’s ok. I like the lush display.

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I chose my Dollar Tree plates for their reddish-orange and yellow colors.

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Then I decided on these old Homer Laughlin plates for the top layer. I liked the yellow flowers on them for this table. These plates once belonged to my great grandmother.

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I only had 2 of these butterfly napkins lined in orange. They came in a box deal of linens at an estate sale. I love them for a spring table, so I just filled in the other 2 places with yellow napkins from the same estate sale.

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I used the flower napkin rings that I have had more years than I can remember. I wanted to continue the flower theme.

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Because the small plates have a black edge, I used the San Remo flatware. Normally I would not use black on the springtime table, but I thought that they looked ok since the plate has some black.

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For the glasses, I used the striped ones from Dollar Tree and the green flutes, also Dollar Tree.

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No room for candles or any more dishes on this table!

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I like the way the table turned out and I think that the orange is a good color to go with the spring flowers.

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I love the flowers and I know that I am going to enjoy them for the next few days.

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I hope that you are enjoying your spring flowers as well!

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 Sunny Simple Life, 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,  Make the Scene Monday at Alderberry Hill , Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday, 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,Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style,  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,Open House Party at No Minimalist Here 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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Signs of Spring

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We’ve had several days of warm weather, and my daffodils and narcissus are thriving; it seems like new blooms appear every few minutes. Therefore, it was pretty easy to pick a starting point for my tablescape this week.

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I picked enough to fill these three vases, and I could have filled them two or three times over, but I just got tired of picking. I deliberately chose these vases in shades of blue and green. The striped one is from a few years back, but the other two are part of my vintage pottery collection. I just love them, especially the mint green one. Their soft pastel hues are perfect with my spring flowers.

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I’ve had this table in my head for a few days and knew that I wanted to use my Noritake Reverie china since the colors in it are not only perfect for spring, but also go well with the daffodils.

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I decided to separate the dinner plate from the salad plate with these soft yellow napkins that I custom-ordered from The Napkin Lady. One of the reasons that I love this china pattern is that it is full of soft pastel colors that are very versatile. You have seen me pull out the pink and the blue in previous tablescapes, and today I am focusing on the yellow and the green.

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I chose the Grosvenor silver for this table. I also used the Dollar Tree green flutes and clear goblets. I just love how this all looks together.

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Even though these lovely flowers are the perfect centerpiece, I wanted to add a little something to them. I had already decided that I wanted to use my bees if I could work them in, and I started trying to think of a way to display them. I tried a few things before I remembered this vintage yellow pottery dish.

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I placed the little bees in it, but they looked a little bare. I tucked in a couple of blooms for the bees to use for nectar, and I was done.

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Then I had to balance out the other side of the display, but nothing I tried looked right. Then I remembered my pillar candle in shades of green. I placed it in a candle holder without the globe. The globe would have made it taller than the bouquet, and I did not want to upstage my gorgeous flowers.

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I love this lush display of spring blooms! They are perfect on my table.

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I have also enjoyed coming in the house and being greeted by the sweet smell of the flowers.

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I hope that all of you are enjoying your spring flowers as much as I am.

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I hope to show you some more of my blooms soon.

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Have a great week and enjoy the signs of spring at your home!

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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 Sunny Simple Life, 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,  Make the Scene Monday at Alderberry Hill , Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday, 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,Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style,  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,Open House Party at No Minimalist Here 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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Hello, St. Patrick; Goodbye, Jade Moon

I have had the starting point of my St. Patrick’s Day tablescape planned in my head for a couple of weeks. I was very excited about it and anxious to start laying out the table décor.

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That is, until I did what tablescapers do best: buy more dishes. In just a couple of weeks time, I purchased this awesome vintage German set of dinner plates, salad plates, and serving dishes,

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as well as this cute and folksy American Quilt set to use for patriotic tablescapes.

OK, you know my rule, right? If something comes in, something else has to go out. Mentally I went through my dishes to decide what to purge. It was a difficult decision! But I had to do it. Some of you fellow tablescapers and dish collectors out there may be gasping at the thought of getting rid of dishes. Even though I could find storage space for all of it, I just can’t justify keeping all of the dishes that I have. I have to enjoy them awhile, then let them go to the homes of other hoarders collectors to enjoy them.

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It was a hard decision, but if I can purge the Old Country Roses, I can do this.

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I finally settled on this partial set of stoneware  that I picked up at a thrift store last summer. With the help of several readers, I identified it as Jade Moon by Target Home. I have 4 dinner plates, 8 salad/dessert plates, 7 mugs, and 2 soup/cereal bowls. I was really drawn to this set and like using it.

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However, the convex shape of the plates, while interesting and unusual, does not make it an ideal candidate for layering (wonderful for serving pasta dishes, though!). Also, the sheer number of dishes in this set takes up a good bit of storage space. I really do not need 7 square mugs, as much as I love them, and just can’t justify keeping them.

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I was thinking about doing a farewell tablescape with the Jade Moon, then packing them up to take to the flea market and working on my St. Patrick’s Day table. I placed the dinner plate on the table, then it struck me. Duh, Jade Moon-why not use it for St. Patrick’s Day? I’m a little slow on the uptake sometimes! So I filed away my original tablescape plan in the dark corners of my mind (a scary place!) for a St. Patrick’s Day table in the future, and Jade Moon became the basis of this table.

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I placed my paisley napkins between the dinner and salad plate and used my San Remo flatware. I thought that the 2 plates needed a little separation.

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Then I started working on the rest of the table décor. I had looked around in Dollar Tree a few days earlier and purchased a cute little shamrock dish towel. Why not use it as a table runner? I liked the look.

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Dollar Tree also had some St. Patrick’s Day artificial flowers. I had one from last year and purchased another, which I separated with wire cutters. Then I placed them in the square mugs. I liked the way they kind of made the mug look like a chunky vase.

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A few days ago, we had a brief break in our unusually cold MS winter, and my daffodils and narcissus started bursting out like crazy.  After a couple of days, cold weather was predicted again, so I knew I had to get them all picked or they would be gone. I spent some time picking every blooming flower that I saw and noticed how many more were getting ready to bloom. The next morning, we had a frost and all of those unopened flowers had their heads bowed. I have no idea if they will end up blooming or not, so I was really glad that I rescued these blooms. I put them in one of my favorite vases, a green and blue striped one that my husband gave me with some flowers in it a few Valentine Days ago. I love the pop of yellow with all of the green on this table.

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I finished off the look with Dollar Tree table scatter. That made it truly look like a St. Patrick’s Day table.

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Earlier today, I looked in the dining room and noticed that all the flowers had wilted.

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So later on today, they will become compost and I will be packing up the Jade Moon to take to the flea market next week. Farewell, Jade Moon! Our relationship, though short-lived, has been a good one. However, it is time for me to move on and allow you to have a relationship with some other crazy dish collector out there!

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 Sunny Simple Life, 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,  Make the Scene Monday at Alderberry Hill , Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday, 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,Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style,  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,Open House Party at No Minimalist Here 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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The Friendly Village and Listening

Today I wanted to show off my Friendly Village. I never get tired of this lovely china. You have actually seen all of these elements in the past, and while this tablescape is very, very similar to other Friendly Village tables, I did try to do some things a little differently so that it wouldn’t look completely the same as the old one.

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I started with the square red plates from Wal Mart. I love these plates and think that they are a great base for the dinner plate.

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I tried several different plates as a top layer, but really wasn’t satisfied with any of them. So I stuck with the square salads (love those!) and added the San Remo flatware. I chose my colorful plaid napkins with simple brass napkin rings. These napkins have so many colors in them that I can use them in a variety of different table settings.

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For glasses, I chose the vintage Ruby Red. I love these glasses and liked the way they looked next to the Friendly Village mug.

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Then I started thinking about a centerpiece. One thing that came to mind was using the platter that matches the red plates.

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I also thought about using this lovely vintage Salem platter. The deep burgundy rim will blend well with the Friendly Village, and I don’t think that I have used it in a tablescape before.

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I tried a pillar candle and didn’t like the look, so I got out my old faithful Wal Mart candle tray with votive holder. Instead of using the river rock, I used the red, white, and neutral beads to accent the base.

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But I still wanted to use the red platter, so I tried it under the metal tray. Well, it doesn’t look bad, but I wasn’t totally satisfied with the look either. Also, I don’t have the leaf in the table, so I can’t really hold a very long centerpiece. Therefore, using both in the center wasn’t really an option.

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I remembered my Red Leaf pottery praying crosses and placed them on the red tray. I had some pretty heavy things on my heart the day that I was working on this table, and those praying crosses had helped me through some deep prayer time. I did not actually pick them up and hold them in my hand like they are intended. Just looking at them and handling them while working on this table was enough to get me centered and grounded. Anyway, I liked how they popped off the red background of the tray.

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But I did not like the tray as the centerpiece, so I moved it to the side. I prefer the candle tray in the middle of the table. I posed the Salem platter on the stand for the photo, but in reality, I put it on the other side of the table. That way it is actually usable as a platter and it balances out the red platter on the other side.

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I ended up pleased with the final look. The table is both familiar and refreshing.

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Truthfully, I have decided that any way to use the Friendly Village is the right way. I just can’t go wrong when I use this versatile pattern.

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As for things that are on my mind, they are still there. But I read some amazing words in my devotion yesterday that jumped out at me.

After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.  Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.
 Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”
While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” Matthew 17:1-5

Peter wanted to take control, to build shelters, to preserve the moment. What does God say? “Listen to Him.” Sometimes we need to hear those words. It is not about my saying, doing, or controlling.  It’s about stopping. It’s about being silent for a while and listening and paying attention to Jesus. [Adapted from The Upper Room Disciplines devotional book.]

Wow! Did I need those words that day (and every day!). I need to listen more, as Peter was instructed, and to pay attention. Well, that’s my huge insight for today, folks! Hope everyone has a great week of tablescaping and listening.

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 Sunny Simple Life, 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,  Make the Scene Monday at Alderberry Hill , Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday, 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,Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style,  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,Open House Party at No Minimalist Here 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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