Schumann Wild Rose

Schumann Wild Rose
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Monday, May 27, 2013

Metallic Green Charger Tablescape

A couple of weeks ago, Pat and I went shopping - nothing new....we always go shopping together. We "hit" the usual stores (Humboldt County, CA has a very limited number of stores) - Michael's, Pier 1, Bed, Bath, and Beyond, Costco, Target, Dollar Store, Tuesday Morning - searching for bargains. At Michael's, we saw these very unusual metallic green chargers. Some were in terrible shape. Others were not so bad. But the price looked good. The shelf was marked at $.79 each. We went through the stack and selected twelve of the best looking. Then Pat noticed that some were $.99 each. Now, you will learn a family secret. My sister is frugal.....nay, let's tell the sister is cheap when it comes to bargains. "No, $.99 is way too much. I think we should put them back." After spending 20 minutes going through the short stack of chargers (another thing, never go shopping for bargains with Pat where you have to go through a stack of anything) there was no way I was going to put them back. Up to the cash register and then out the door with my "$.99 a piece" chargers...................Living on the edge..............

So this week, Pat used the very "expensive" lacquer chargers that cost me twenty cents more than I should have paid for each of them. Pat selected glasses and napkin overlays to match. Then she chose an accent plate that set the whole place setting off. I think the table looks perfect.

Over view of the table

Close up of the place setting
Pat chose an elegant gold plated flatware to go with the dinner plate

The five piece place setting

A white napkin surrounded by a green overlay is held by a gold and pearl napkin ring

The green glass is almost the same color as the charger

First layer of the place setting is the gorgeous metallic peacock accent plate from Pier 1

The dinner plate is "Mansfield" by Lenox

Ah Ha!!!!! The very "expensive" green lacquer charger that started it all............

The napkin ring is from Pier 1

Pat made two small arrangements for each side of the larger one

The extra large arrangement is flanked by gold hurricanes.

Pat put the arrangement on a green charger topped with a gold plate

The small arrangements were made in matching gold bowls. Pat placed each of them on a white plate (to coordinate with the big arrangement) and then on a gold salad plate

These fragile gold color votive holders are from Pier 1 last Christmas

One last look from the other end of the table

Where is came from:
Tablecloth - Gift from Pat
Chargers, Votives and Silk Flowers - Michael's
Dinner Plate and Bread/Butter Plate - Mansfield by Lenox from Replacements
Peacock Accent Plate, Napkin Overlay, Napkin Ring, Glasses, Gold Plates, Gold Bowls, Votive Holders - Pier 1
Gold Flatware - by F.B. Rogers (pattern unknown) from eBay
Gold Candle Holders - Ross
White Centerpiece - Target

We will be joining Cuisine Kathleen's "Let's Dish" this Wednesday night:

Before I end, The Tablescaper is celebrating her fourth Blog-a-versary on June 2, 2013. As part of her "Seasonal Sundays," she is hosting another "Where Do You Keep It All?" party. As EVERYONE who knows me knows, I adore her. She is my absolute hero and those are my favorite ever blog postings. With any luck (and courage to expose myself to the world) I am finally going to join her party., my apologies to you. Yes, I am going to let the secret out. I will be free. Hold your head up high and tell your friends and in-laws "Oh, that's just the crazy Aunt with all the dishes we told you about." And Alma - thank you once again.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Memorial Day Tablescape

We are joining Cuisine Kathleen's Let Dish ( Memorial Day Challenge this week - the theme, of course, should represent Memorial Day. So, Pat chose the very patriotic colors of red, white, and blue, and set about to complete the tablescape.
Over view of the table

The place setting

The Patriotic Star print napkin surrounds a simple white one held together by a flag napkin ring

Flatware is part of the "Colonial" collection by Warren Kimble for Sakura

First layer of the place setting is a Cobalt Fiestaware Salad Plate

Pat followed that with a White Fiestaware Luncheon Plate

The Dinner Plate is also Cobalt Blue Fiestaware

The square charger is by 10 Strawberry Street and is actually an oversized dinner plate in this pattern

The five piece place setting

Pat added patriotic colored glassware

You can see the detail of the napkin ring

Pat considered a large flower arrangement for the centerpiece but settled on a flag arrangement with small arrangements on each side

Inexpensive silk carnations from Michael's add just enough color. Pat placed a blue glass plate underneath to bring out the color

Red, white, and blue votives circle both flower arrangements

One last look at the table from the other end

Where it came from:
Tablecloth and Placemats - Bed, Bath, and Beyond
White Square Dinnerware - by 10 Strawberry Street from Pat's collection
Cobalt and White Fiestaware - by Homer Laughlin from Macy's and Replacements
Flatware and Napkin Rings - Our Mother's
Napkins - Handmade by Pat
Red Goblet - from Pier 1 two years ago
Blue Wine Glass - from Pier 1 last year
Champagne Trumpet Glass - pattern is called "Selection" by Cristal d'Arques from Ross
Blue Glass Liners - by Bormiolo
Red, White, and Blue Votive Holders and Votives - Bed, Bath, and Beyond
White Square and Rectangular Vases - Michael's last year
Assorted Flags, and Flowers - Michael's

Please join us Wednesday night for the Memorial Day Challenge at Cuisine Kathleen's "Let's Dish" ( )

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mother's Day Tablescape

Listed in Harry Rinker's Dinnerware of the 20th Century: The Top 500 Patterns, Rose Chintz by Johnson Brothers China Company is a sweet and adaptable china. (Harry Rinker listed it in the top 25 patterns of all time.) It can be dressed up for formal occasions or used as everyday tableware. And since our Mother's name was Rose, Pat and I love to use this pattern each Mother's Day to remember her.

This year, instead of featuring the beautiful pink in the roses, Pat emphasized the tiny blue flowers in the pattern,
Over view of the table

Close up of the place setting

Silverplate is King James by Oneida (from our Mother)

The place setting starts with a simple tri-fold of two napkins - a vintage white one surrounding a Colonial Blue one

The Colonial Blue napkin shows through in this close up of the detail

Next layer is the Rose Chintz Luncheon plate. You can see the tiny blue flowers that Pat used as the inspiration color for the tablescape

Pat actually used the Accent plate instead of the Dinner plate in this pattern

The charger is Colonial Blue Color Spectrum by Mikasa

Love this stuff - Dishwasher safe.....Yes!!

These fantastic candle holders are by the Abingdon Pottery Company

Pat arranged roses in three crystal "vases" - actually water glasses in the "Lady Diamond" pattern by Cristal d'Arques

These beautiful crystal salt and pepper shakers are over six inches tall

Water and champagne goblets are from Pier 1 last year

One last look from the other end of the table

Where it came from:
White Tablecloth:  gift from Pat
Colonial Blue Placemats and Napkins:  from Gottschalk's (a local Department store long out of business)
Lace Placemats:  from Lentz Department Store in Ferndale, CA
White Vintage Napkin:  eBay
Rose Chintz Dinnerware:  by Johnson Brothers from
Glassware:  Pier 1
Flatware:  Our Mother's King James Silverplate by Oneida
Colonial Blue Candle Holders:  by Abingdon Pottery from eBay
Crystal Salt and Pepper Shakers:  "Alexandria" by Crystal Clear from Tuesday Morning
Crystal Vases:  "Lady Diamond" Tumblers by Cristal D'Arques from Ross

We will be joining Cuisine Kathleen's "Let's Dish" this Wednesday: