Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Let us Celebrate Valentine's Day!

Once again, it is a favorite day of mine in blogland where we meet up over at Between Naps on the Porch and post our tablescapes. Fluff, you say? Umm, well maybe, but here is my take on that. No matter what crazy, depressing, happy, sad or upsetting thing is going on at MY house- when I look at my table all decked out, I know, that 1) I have done something a little creative, 2)I have done something for my family, 3)I have done something for the beautification of my home (which means a lot), and 4) it is something that my sister, Tammy and I get a kick out of doing together, and of course 5) it is something that I get to share with potentially the world (at least Nana's little world!).

I decided to get a early start on Valentine's Day and use those yummy plates from a few weeks ago, that my sister gave me! The first picture is of me and my sister,Tammy, AKA, The Domestica Diva herself! (Say a little prayer for her today, as she is recovering from surgery on her hand that she had yesterday.) Oddly, enough, we are pictured at a Women's Christmas Banquet at her church where the hostess of each table did their own tablescapes- there were close to 30 (I think?) tables! Tammy did 2 tables, one of which she donated as a door prize. We had a good time!

I kept my usual pattern of candles in the middle (Just Call Me CandleLady would be a good name for my blog, too). I placed a runner over the lace tablecloth.

I alternated gold and red chargers (I only have 3 red ones, so hey it works for me!)

I had a few too many candles already to use the angels as candlesticks, so I put a little leftover Christmas flower in them!

Aren't the plates just plain pretty? And the rose napkin rings lend themselves to Valentine's Day, huh? (I always tell my hubby not to buy me roses on Valentine's Day because they are too expensive then, but I am sure happy when he doesn't listen (about the roses, I mean!).

Have a blessed week and be sure and visit Between Naps on the Porch where Susan is our hostess with the mostest every week!

Much love,

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Turn of the (last) Century or Depression Era? I don't know!

Join in the Tablescape Fun!

Well, it is the time of the week where we get down the good china, or the daily china, or in my case this week, the good, old, "new" china! My sister, Tammy, surprised me with several pieces of this china:

 Isn't it great?
 All it has to say is "Johnson Brothers" and I am hooked!
 It is hard to tell from the pics, but the plates have this wonderfully, crackly, stained patina to them that I just love. Looking at the pieces makes me wonder- where did they come from? Who ate off them and when? Did they belong to some wealthy family at the turn of the (last) century? Did some sweet Depression family serve their meager meals on them in celebration of better times to come? In the past year since I have been joining Tablescape Thursday, I have collected a lot of "new" plates that have a history? What is the history of your plates?
The center candle was a Christmas gift from a co-worker.
 Oh, and my sister also gave me the napkin rings- what can I say, she has it bad- lucky for me she doesn't do much pink or gold! I think she knew I would absolutely love these dishes! Thanks, Tammy!

As always, be sure and check out Between Naps on the Porch where Susan so graciously hosts our fun tablescape party every week!

Much love,

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Snow village dedicated to the Domestic Diva!

I loved my Winter Wonderland so much that I had to keep it for awhile, not ready to abandon the holiday feel and of course here in Florida we can only dream about the beautiful snow. BUT with an unexpected surprise- beautiful "new" dishes given to me by my sister, Tammy, the Domestic Diva, I had to change up the dishes and a few things first! The red flowered dishes are so wonderful, aren't they? I plan on using them again for Valentines Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July- yes, red is a good versatile color! Thanks, Tammy! (She also gave me another beautiful old timey set that I fantasize could have been used in some rich turn of the (last) century family or maybe some Depression family may have used them, who knows, but I will use them soon!) Hope everyone had a blessed Christmas! Enjoy!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful start to their New Year! As always, be sure and check out other tablescapes over at Between Naps on the Porch- Susan does a wonderful job hosting this fun event every Thursday!

Much love,