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Friday, February 26, 2010

Friday Show and Tell – Tree Vase

Visit Cindy at My Romantic Home for links to other Show and Tell participants.

I have just one item to share today, a find at a local consignment shop. It is a white porcelain vase with an irrediscent glaze. Gilding outlines the top opening of the vase and various knarled bumps along the tree trunk. It is marked on the bottom, "Fleetwood China/ 22 kt. gold."
The vase stands 8 1/4 inches tall.

A gilt squirrel is perched on a branch:
It reminds me of the squirrels I see in my yard.

Thank you for stopping by. Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Lemons, Daffodils, Cabbages and Things

Be sure to visit our hostess Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for more Tablescape Thursday posts.
Since the white tablewares are vintage, I am also linking to Suzanne’s Vintage Thingies Thursday. See more posts listed by Suzanne at Coloradolady.

I have prepared a luncheon table set with motifs of spring daffodils, summer lemons and other touches of warm seasons. Vintage white dinner plates, bread and butter plates, cups and saucers, creamer and sugar, play off leafy green ceramics from Portugal.

Placemats – lemon shaped quilted cotton from Marshalls
Napkins – lemon striped damask by Waterford
Napkin rings – Ceramic daffodils
Flatware – Towle "London Shell" silverplate, and sterling forks with bone handles
Goblets – Fostoria "Virginia" in brown

Canonsburg "American Traditional" dinner plates are layered with Bordallo Pinheiro cabbage leaf luncheon plates , Wedgwood ivy Embossed Queens Ware bread and butter plates, topped with with Bordallo Pinheiro cabbage leaf bowls. Wedgwood “Patrician” cups and saucers are nearby.


A pair of Bordallo Pinheiro candlesticks with yellow Federal candles from Wal-Mart,
A Bordallo Pinheiro leaf plate and cup hold frilly white flowers,
Green ceramic limes and yellow ceramic lemon salt and pepper shakers

Pineapple teapot from Metropolitan Museum Store, made in the Philippines.
Canonsburg "American Traditional" Sugar and Creamer

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Friday, February 19, 2010

Winter Cloche Party

Marty at A Stroll Thru Life is hosting another cloche party. Enjoy the creative vignettes of all the participants by checking the list at her blog.

I am also linking to Friday Show and Tell. Visit Cindy at My Romantic Home for links to other Show and Tell participants.
I haven’t made many vignettes under glass, because I have so much trouble photographing -- and especially through glass. But, anyway, wanting to participate in Marty’s party, I thought I’d gather up the two cloches I have and a couple other glass display items, and at least give it a try.


This 7 " tall (without the bird) cloche displays a ceramic cherub along with tiny blue flowers and crystal prisms.

He sits atop a piece of crochet on a tulip votive which is on a white doily with pale blue border.


This large cloche is a bell jar for use in the garden. So the glass has bands around and the view is not very clear. It is 12 inches tall and 9 ¼" diameter at the bottom.
I decided to use a pale pink figurine (another thrifty 50-cent find) along with my collection of rhinestone bow-shaped brooches. They are all set on top a Martha Stewart glass cake stand, a consignment shop find for just $4.68.

She is a lovely lady with an elegant costume, an off-the-shoulder dress with a big bow in the back.

Her hair is pulled back into a bun.

The second pin from the top is from my mother, who always wore lovely brooches to church.


This is a 10" tall musical display case for a figurine. It plays "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" when the top is lifted. This is also a thrift store find. I am using it to showcase cardinals – those bright birds that bring so much color to the winter scene.
First, a tiny framed picture of a male cardinal alongside a less colorful female cardinal. This 3 ¾" picture cost 50 cents at a local thrift store.

Next is an ornament I got this Christmas from one of my sisters. It is covered in real feathers on top, while the breast is covered with red sparkle.

Last year the same sister gave me this wooden cardinal that has a small storage area inside under the wings.


This small (5" tall) panelled brass and glass vitrine has two doors held closed by a latch.
It displays a vintage Chinese cup with a dried rosebud set inside.

The little vitrine is set on the matching saucer which rests on a brass Chinese tray and is surrounded by more dried rosebuds.

Thanks for visiting today. Do come again soon.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Tablescape for Black Heritage Month

Last February a friend called from the church to ask me to come over to see the exhibit she had set up for the church’s first Black History Month exhibit. Several people worked with her to set up the displays. One of the displays that caught my eye was a table setting done to represent mealtime in a poor slave’s home. I am sharing a few photos I took then.

The meal setting utilizes an old card table and two old wood chairs with cane seats. A tin cook pot, two jars of corn, a kerosene lamp and a large soup ladle added to the ambience.

The place settings consisted of dark blue tin plates and mugs she had bought from Wal-Mart. The flatware was unpolished old flatware from a friend.

When they discussed whether napkins would be in order, someone said the slaves would use whatever scarf they might be wearing. My friend looked through her stash of fabric and found some blue bandana fabric that she folded under and placed as napkins.

With a white cloth as a background, this humble table setting is quite a pleasant one.

Be sure to visit our hostess Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for more Tablescape Thursday posts.

Ah-hhh…the thought came to me that this is certainly a thrifty tablescape. So I am also linking to Thrifty Thursday, hosted by Leigh at Tales From Bloggeritaville.