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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend!

Since both of my daughters became engaged last year, I was really wanting to do an Engagement Tablescape! Since we didn't get everything back in order with the house until Thanksgiving, so I didn't have time during with the holidays to get this table together. But here it is!



I started with a white tablecloth and a small ivory white footed candy dish. On the candy dish I placed my vintage Madame Alexander bride doll. Around the candy dish I scattered acrylic "diamonds" in clear, pale blue and pale pink.
I then remembered I had some glass diamond paperweights from my Breakfast at Tiffany's tablescape, so I added them also!




For lighting, I added some white Love Bird tea light holders that I bought at Target years ago.

At each table I started with a gold beaded charger and added Royal Doulton Canton plates which are white with pink and blue flowers.


The white lace edged napkins were a wedding gift that she made for me back in 1982. Many washings and a few bleachings later, they still look good! The only things I bought for this tablescape were the napkin rings.  I found them on Amazon and thought they were so cute!

At each table, I put a cute hand-lettered place card. I got these from All She Wrote Notes. I had her make up lots of place cards for our family and friends in lots of different colors and I love them all! I can definitely recommend her! 
Here is her Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/allshewrotenotes. She does all sorts of cute hand-lettered things and she is engaged also! 



I also added some glass diamonds by each place card.

I saved my favorite part of the tablescape for last. In front of the centerpiece I put the cake topper that my parents used in 1957 and that I used in 1982.



It's kind of hard to see in these photos, but it's the same one! It's exciting that it will be used again! Our first wedding will be in June. Lots of work, but also lots of fun!




Tuesday, January 13, 2015

My 6th Blogiversary!

I can't believe that I have been blogging for 6 years! Lately, it's been much more OFF than ON, but it's still by 6th Blogiversary!

Last January I had a frozen water pipe burst and flood three rooms, which took a while to fix and we also added to the work by totally renovating the kitchen and butler's pantry. The result was a year without tablescapes (bad news), but lots of good renovations to our historic house (good news).

I can't promise that I will be a more prolific blogger this year, because BOTH my daughters are engaged to be married (Great News!) and I am planning two weddings! While it is a lot of fun, it is also a lot of work! But I really want to do an engagement tablescape soon!!!

I have made so many friends through blogging and want you all to know how special you are to me!

Since 2014 was a sparse year for tablescaping, I am just sharing my table from my first blog post. You can see the whole blog post HERE: My Winter Wonderland: Barely Blue.

Thanks so much for all the friendship and encouragement through all the years!

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I will be sharing this with Tablescape Thursday on Between Naps on the Porch and Let's Dish on Cuisine Kathleen.


Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas all through the House

SO glad to have my dining room back! Loving the new kitchen and butler's pantry as well!

Here's my dining room ready for Christmas Eve Dinner!





 As you can see, we have a small live tree in this room which has white and colored lights and has a Nutcracker Ballet theme.



 The mantle is also decorated with Nutcrackers from the ballet.




At each place there is a nutcracker place card holder, as well as a paper nutcracker tucked into each napkin. I am using my Spode Christmas Tree Grove china which I think fits my Victorian house and dining room perfectly.







Nutcracker salt and pepper shakers stand guard on the table as well!

On the small buffet, my punch bowl and cups are ready for some creamy eggnog.



On the hanging shelf, I have various Christmas pitchers and teapots.





In the Parlor, we have a larger real tree with colored lights and our memory ornaments.



The perfect place to read a good book or look at the Santas on the mantle.




In our sunroom, we have our Bethlehem Village.



The Wise Men coming through the desert, complete with sand dunes.


The Roman Soldiers taking the census at the city gates.



A stable behind the Inn.


A Moravian Star over the manger.


Have a Very Merry Christmas!!!

I will be joining Cuisine Kathleen for Let's Dish, Rustic and Refined and Between Naps on the Porch. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

I've Got Plenty To Be Thankful For!

Just like the Irving Berlin song



Bing Crosby – I've Got Plenty To Be Thankful For - Single Version

As you may know, things changed for me dramatically on Sunday, January 26, 2014! My husband and I walked in the back door and were greeted with a waterfall in our sunroom. As we were screaming and running around, we realized there was also a waterfall in our butler's pantry. Our next door neighbors came over and helped us move our belongings away from the water and a friend who owns a plumbing business sent one of his men out on a cold Sunday night to cut off our water. Then our neighbors helped us mop...and mop... and mop! There was a LOT of water! It was determined that a pipe in one of the upstairs bathrooms had frozen and later thawed and burst. All the water had collapsed the ceilings in both the sunroom and butler's pantry.

Next morning, our insurance agent came over along with our friend who is a historical building contractor. The insurance company OK'd the removal of the vinyl flooring in the sunroom, butler's pantry and kitchen, since it had flooded at least part of all these rooms. Several visits from an adjuster (who got sent to Atlanta during their deep freeze, which delayed our claim for a month or so), we could finally start the repair portion of the project.

We decided that this was as good a time as any to go on and renovate the kitchen, the small mud room attached to it and the butler's pantry. These needed to be renovated, so with everything already being torn up, it seemed like a good time.

BUT all the contents of the Sunroom (which has 4 closets), the Butler's Pantry (which has a walk-in closet), the Kitchen and the Mud Room (which was basically a storage room) had to go into the rest of my house. The Dining Room got filled up first - which made my tablescaping impossible. By the end of the project, the Dining Room looked like Mrs. Haversham's in Great Expectations. The dust of months with the dust of four rooms being sanded added! And NO, I didn't take pictures!!!

But as of a week ago, my Dining Room is back! Just in time for Thanksgiving! I'll be sharing the new room renovations in the next couple of weeks, but for now - here is my Thanksgiving Table! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone!

I will be sharing with the Tablescaping Party at Rustic and Refined.













Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Sneak Peak at My New Kitchen

My kitchen is almost finished as well as my butler's pantry and my sunroom only needs painting and a new ceiling fan. But I really don't have everything back in place yet and don't want to give too much away until I can do a full reveal!

But fall is my favorite season and not being able to fully deck my house out for fall is really getting to me!!! SO, I falled up a section of the kitchen and want to share that today!

When you walk into my kitchen on the back wall (where the washer and dryer were) are upper cabinets with glass doors above lower cabinets. On the left is the door for the new Laundry Room (formerly known as the Mud Room) and on the other side is a window (which makes it hard to take pictures), Here it is...





As you can see, I went with a brownish red called "Cinnamon Stick" for our newly plastered kitchen walls with off-white all new cabinets and cherry butcherblock countertops. My floors are the original pine which was covered by LOTS of layers of linoleum. These are the only glass front cabinets in the kitchen. I need to hide my stuff in the rest! But in these I have lots of my Evesham china on display.




I still love this pattern as much as when I picked it out when I got married! You can read my post about it HERE.

Now to the Fall Decorations!


I added a few fall tea towels and a wire turkey full of fruit. Then a pumpkin cheeseboard and a new favorite platter - Woodland Turkey by Spode. I actually got this for my birthday in February along with a chip and dip and gravy boat and stand all in the Woodland Turkey pattern.  As you can see I look forward to fall all year long! 

Next is an off-white turkey from Walmart. I had actually made a vow last year not to buy any more ceramic pumpkins, but now that I have a new off-white kitchen I NEEDED it, right? Also the little gold stemmed pumpkin from Target. 






Lastly, I put out my Spode Woodland Pie Bird. Isn't he cute?

Well, here's hoping that your fall is going great! I hope you have enjoyed the sneak peak of the kitchen. Just another peak before I go! 

I love the beadboard sides of my cabinets!



I will be joining Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.