Friday, February 12, 2016

Happy Birthday, President Abraham Lincoln!

February 12th is President Abraham Lincoln's birthday and I have set a place for him at my table!

I have always loved the history represented by all the White House China patterns. Several years ago my daughter bought me an ornament at Mary Todd Lincoln's birthplace.

I then discovered that other reproductions were available and started collecting! Unfortunately, the company that manufactured these reproductions closed, so I now rely on eBay and antique shops.

A little about the Lincoln China: it features a band of purple-red called "solferino," which was all the rage in the 1860's. This china was from President Lincoln's first term. There was a different service ordered for his second, but the Lincolns hardly used it because he was assassinated two months after it was delivered.

The color Solferino has an interesting history. It is named after a village in northern Italy where a battle was fought in 1859. The dye for this purplish-red shade was discovered in this village in the same year.

I found the dessert/salad plate on eBay and the dinner plate in a local antique shop. Now to find the cup and saucer at a good price! 

Monday is Presidents' Day and I am getting a table ready with several Presidential patterns! 

Here is another antique store find - a pitcher with all the Presidents from Washington to Lyndon Johnson.

I will be sharing this post with Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Christmas 2015 Recap

Yes, it's a bit late to share Christmas pictures, but I was too busy during the season!

Here's a photo of the outside of the house. The "trees" in the urns are actually tomato cages that are wrapped with faux greenery and topped with gold bows.

Here is my Foyer.

 The large tree in the Parlor.

The smaller tree in the Dining Room which has a Nutcracker theme.

In the Kitchen, things are casual.

Tartan Chargers from Michaels look nice with my Cuthbertson Christmas Tree china.

 Here are two of the favorite goodies we made during the season.

These are sugar cookies rolled in sprinkles and sugar and topped with a Peppermint Kiss.

These are chocolate Rice Krispie treats topped with white chocolate made to look like little Plum Puddings. Love how Victorian they look on my Spode Christmas Tree Grove!

I also used Christmas Tree Grove in the Dining Room.

A look into the Billiards Room - 

I'll wrap up with a shot of the house at night run through the Watercolorlouge App. It was a great Christmas - now on to 2016! 

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Pumpkins and Pilgrims and Turkey, Oh My!

I think I have shared before that I love fall! I love Christmas, but after Halloween, I decorate for Thanksgiving! 

This tablecloth is a beautiful shade of green, but I just can't get it to photograph beautifully! You will just have to take my word for it!

I am using wooden chargers with leaves embossed on the rim with my Spode Woodland Turkey plates. The stemware has both silver and gold touches just like the flatware. I am using old gold napkins with metal napkin rings.

I found these vintage Thanksgiving images on little clothespins at World Market. They pin right onto the napkin rings!

For my centerpiece, I put a beaded pumpkin placemat in the center and put some leaves and acrylic jewels around and place a turkey in the middle.

I put some corn pillar candles on golden pillars at each end.

Each place got a Thanksgiving Cracker (from Amazon) and a Pilgrim Place Card (from Paper Source).

I can't wait to open the crackers and see our treats!

The dining room tea cart is still full of Thanksgiving goodies.

So is the hanging shelf!

I have a nice selection of Spode Woodland in the kitchen ready for the big day!

Cranberry Serving Set

Covered Vegetable Dish

Love my pie bird!

Tea Pot

Gravy Boat with Stand

And, of course, a Turkey Platter!

My sweet husband saw me drooling over the Staub Pumpkin Cocotte in Sur La Table and bought it for me for a Christmas present. Then he couldn't wait to give it to me, so I am already enjoying it while pumpkins are still in season!

Here is a Hunters' Chicken I prepared in it. Delicious! I just love it!

Still counting my blessings here - I will be sharing this with Between Naps on the Porch and Rustic and Refined.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Creepy Elegance for Halloween!

Only a few more days until Halloween! I have moved aside my warm, inviting Autumn colors (CLICK HERE FOR WARM AND INVITING) for creepy ones this week!

On top of the white tablecloth I added a black lace runner featuring a spiderweb pattern. I added purple placemats and orange napkins with red napkin rings for pops of seasonal color. And of course, I added purple, orange and red acrylic "jewels" on the runner.

For my centerpiece, I added a a white pumpkin on a cake plate on top of a small mirror. And I put orange candles to my candleabras. I only had 4 glittery orange candles and two regular orange, so the candles in the middle are a different orange!

A few more ghoulish touches - a spiderweb serving plate with skelton hand servers and the goblets are from Walgreens and have a jeweled spider.

I used black, jeweled chargers and white dinner plates topped with black and silver paper salad plates featuring a skull.
And when asked to pass the salt or pepper....

Here's hoping you have lots of treats and no tricks this week! I will be sharing with Between Naps on the Porch and Rustic & Refined

Monday, October 12, 2015

Autumn Update

Well, this has been a very wet fall so far in my part of NC! But luckily, we didn't float away and the sun is now shining and the sky is a bright Carolina Blue! 

I was able to do some Autumn decorating even in the rain. Here is the arrangement in my epergne in my foyer.

I also changed out my ferns on the front porch for some pumpkin stacks! I loved how they turned out!

I didn't set a whole new table this week. I just used my last tablescape (CLICK HERE) and added some corn pillar candles and some pumpkin salad plates on top of the Spode Woodland dinner plates.

That's my latest Autumn Update! I will be posting on Between Naps on the Porch and Rustic and Refined.