Hi all! It has been a fun few days here at Nana's! I found out that I won a giveaway from my blog buddy, Bill, at Affordable Accoutrements!!! I haven't really won a giveaway before- well, I kinda did as a sharing deal, but this is my very first actual win! I won a book written by The Elegant Thrifter, Stan Williams. Talk about excited! Here are the kind words that Bill wrote when he announced the win on his blog: "If you haven't stopped by Just Call Me Nana!, you owe it to yourself to pay her a visit. Nana's a frequent Tablescape Thursday participant and, while she has several sets of dishes, she often limits herself to using thrifted white Johnson Brothers Snowhite Regency Ironstone china in an amazing variety of ways. I have some of the same dishes I've used in a few tablescape posts, but Nana puts me to shame!
Most of Nana's English Ironstone collection was purchased for her by her sweet sister, Tammy, who also happens to be a blogger. You can check out her blog, Domestic Diva at Work HERE. Last Friday was Nana's birthday, so I thought it was a nice coincidence that she won the giveaway. I hope you'll all stop by and wish her well. Congratulations, Nana!"
Those words were almost as great as the Shakespeare he quoted on his blog to help describe his Tablescape! (What a GORgeous table he had this week- I think he must be a professional photographer too!) What Bill didn't tell you is that HE is the one that inspired me to collect my Ironstone! Yes! I saw those beautiful plates on one of his Tablescapes and I just FELL in LOVE with them. I love them so much that I decided to use them as my every day plates as well. Like Bill says "I would rather risk breaking a few here and there than to have a perfect set left when I die"! So true, what are we saving the "good stuff" for? USE it! Thanks so much, Bill! What a great addition to my birthday celebration!
So this week (I had just finished my table when I saw Bill's post about my Ironstone, so I am glad I used it- again!) I did a 4th of July Tablescape.(I was impressed with the whole Shakespeare thing going on over at Bill's that I put in a little rhyming action of my own!)
How we love the red, white and blue-
our love for our country ever true-
Candles sparkle like our nation shines!
Independent and Free- a country so fine!
The place setting
The napkins reminded me of the three cornered hats (Ok, I am getting a little carried away here!)
Here is a close up of the silver- I bought 38 pieces for $3.95! I didn't even look in the bag they came in- didn't see the pattern or anything, I just scooped it up. I tried finding the pattern name, but couldn't find it anywhere. I love the set. It looks kinda Americanaish, don't ya think?
Be sure and check out other tablescaping fun over at Between Naps on the Porch with our hostess with the mostest, Susan, who graciously throws this great party every week!