Schumann Wild Rose

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Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Wintertime Tablescape

Update on my favorite topic to complain about - the weather: As you know from reading the blog, we have experienced some really wacky weather over the last two or three weeks - record ocean waves breaking on the coast, extreme high winds, massive rains, a 6.2 earthquake thrown in the mix, and now intense snowfall at sea level. Temperatures that usually hover in the low 50's (remember this is California) are now in the low 30's (night time colder) here on the coast for days on end and much lower just a mile or so inland. (Here) Yes, just another climate changing day in the Redwoods....

Moving onto tablescaping - this week's table is a perfect expression of cold weather. Pat pulled out plates we bought at Pier 1 a few years ago and quickly came up with this week's table.
Pat started with these "frosted" looking twig place mats from Pier 1 to set the tone of the table

Flatware is shiny stainless steel "Fluence" by Oneida

Glassware is "Midnight Black" by Artland
To continue the theme of "frost" Pat used these "frosted" pine cone stems from Michaels' in an arrangement

From the other end of the table

Where it came from:
"Frosted" Twig Place Mats - from the sale rack at Pier 1 several years ago
Charger - Black "Color Spectrum" by Mikasa from and eBay
Dinnerware - from Pier 1 two or three years ago
Bread and Butter Plate - "Black" Fiesta(ware) by Homer Laughlin from
Flatware - "Fluence" by Oneida from
Glassware - "Midnight Black" by Artland from Target years ago
Crystal Candle Holders - from Pat's collection
Crystal Vase - "Lady Diamond" by Cristal d/Arques-Durand from Ross years ago
Frosted Pine Cone Stems - from Michael's

This week, we will be joining "Tablescape Thursday" at Between Naps on the Porch: 

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Nutcracker Christmas Tablescape

Me and my big mouth! Last week I "mentioned" an earthquake "if we were lucky" to add to our Winter woes of weather. Well, needless to say.....we experienced a 6.2 earthquake today with last count 38 aftershocks of up to 4.3 magnitude. Special. Just special. I am not going to say a word about the threat of a tsunami striking.....just some rock slides closing roads caused by the quake, lots of broken windows and glass, stuff off shelves. etc. Most of the damage was in the Southern part of the county close to Pat. Fortunately, she and her husband are fine but stuff inside their house was not as "lucky. Much of their Christmas decorations, trees, etc. were toppled, damaged or destroyed. No broken glass or windows this time....

Enough of that! Let's talk tablescaping. Pat set this week's table using fun accent plates that she purchased from World Market several years ago. 
Pat started with Pier 1's faux leather reversible place mats in beige

Flatware is Kate Spade's "All in Good Taste" by Lenox

One of our last purchases from our local Pier 1 before it closed, we bought both the dinner plate and salad plate in this pattern.
The charger is hunter green "Color Spectrum" by Mikasa

Glassware is from the Dollar Tree

Pat handmade the napkin rings: 1" PVC pipe spray painted with black plastic adhesive spray paint and then a nutcracker ornament hot-glued on top
These cute drum ornaments accented the centerpiece greenery

One last look

Where it came from:
Reversible Faux Leather Place Mats - from Pier 1 several years ago
Charger - Hunter Green "Color Spectrum" by Mikasa from and eBay
Dinner Plate - "Tartan Plaid" by Pier 1 two or three years ago
Accent Plate - from World Market seven or eight years ago
Flatware - Kate Spade's "All In Good Taste" by Lenox from Wayfair four or five years ago
Glassware - from the Dollar Tree (still available) 
Plaid Napkins - from Pier 1 two or three years ago
Off White Napkins - Handmade by Pat to match the accent plate
Napkin Rings - Handmade by Pat (PVC pipe cut into 1" rounds and spray pained black with a nutcracker ornament hot-glued on top)
Nutcrackers - from our collection
Small Drum Ornaments - from Pier 1 years ago
Greenery - from Michael's
Red Candle Holders - from Ross several years ago

This week, we will be joining "Tablescape Thursday" at Between Naps on the Porch: 

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Penguins and Santa Tablescape

Good grief! Just looked at the local daily quasi-up-to-date online newspaper. The top story's headline reads: "Winter Storm Warnings:  More snow, Chains control issued,  School cancelled, and What the Heck, 21-foot waves, too." Yeah, why not add that to the mixture??? What a wild ride for weather here on the coast of Northern California where we were getting used to drought conditions and oh so very odd temperatures. Now let's add snow (who owns snow chains???), cold, cold temperatures, extreme winds that create huge ocean waves, and if we are real "lucky," an earthquake or two.....

Enough weather! On to tablescaping and this week's Christmas table...Pat came up with a quirky Penguin tablescape for this week in red, white and black.

Flatware is "Fluence" by Oneida
Pat and I found the cute accent plates at Ross years ago
Pat used an assortment of "Black," "Scarlett," and "White" Fiesta(ware by Homer Laughlin
The "Black" charger is actually a Fiesta(ware) chop plate

One last look

Where it came from:
White Place Mats - by Calvin Klein Home from Tuesday Morning several years ago
Dinnerware - Assorted Fiesta(ware) by Homer Laughlin from Macy's, Kohl's, and
Penguin Accent Plate - "On the Rocks" by Boston Warehouse from Ross years ago
Flatware - Ultra-modern glossy stainless steel "Fluence" by Oneida from
Red Goblets - Pattern unknown from the Ferndale Emporium (a local kitchen and gift store) several years ago
White Wine Glass - by Portieux Vallerysthal from eBay
Black and White Napkins - from
Napkin Ring - from Pier 1 two or three years ago
White Tree Cones - from Michael's five or more years ago
Santa - from our collection

This week, we will be joining "Tablescape Thursday" at Between Naps on the Porch: 

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Getting Ready For Christmas Tablescape

Christmas is quickly approaching and, naturally, Santa and his elves are hard at work making toys and other gifts to give on Christmas day. So, with that in mind, Pat designed the table this week to celebrate all of Santa's hard work.
Pat used mixed patterns for the dinner and the salad plate but kept the red and white theme.
The centerpiece is a "busy" assortment of Santa and his elves 

Flatware is "Primary" by Noritake
The salad plate is "Peppermint Santa" by Certified International
We found these dinner plates on the after Christmas sale shelf at Pier 1 several years ago
Another Pier 1 purchase - I love these chargers but not a favorite of Pat's

Santa's elves from left to right: Clifford, Reggie, Thadious, Vince, and Sherman. I fell in love with these adorable l guys when I saw my first one at the Cancer Society's Discovery Thrift Shop years ago and had to have it. Of course, it was only $10. Such a bargain....Never, ever, ever found one less than $70 after that.......
This is Sherman
Reggie is painting the Christmas pole

One last look at the table

Where it came from:
Red Place Mat - from Bed, Bath, and Beyond several years ago
White Charger - from Pier 1 five or six years ago
Dinner Plate - Ironstone dinnerware from Pier 1 many years ago
Salad/Accent Plate - "Peppermint Santa" by Certified International from a local Department store now out of business
Glassware - "Red Spiral Line" glassware from Pier 1 six or seven years ago
Bread and Butter Plate - "White" Fiesta(ware) by Homer Laughlin from
Flatware - "Primary" by Noritake from eBay
Red and White Napkins - from
Napkin Rings - from Pier 1 three or four years ago
Centerpiece Elves - "Zims Elves Themselves" from wherever I can find them
Santa - from Michael's years ago

This week, we will be joining "Tablescape Thursday" at Between Naps on the Porch: