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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Another Fall Table


I am behind doing tables for fall!  I really wanted to do a couple more than what I already have. I can't believe next week is Thanksgiving, then it's on to Christmas.


My friend, Candy at Plum Creek Place, sent me an awesome package filled with goodies...for starters, it had 4 plum Artland Iris stems, 6 of the cutest clear amethyst grape dishes and purple/brass napkin rings...plus more goodies that  I will be using in futures tablescapes. If you have never been to Candy's blog, you really should visit...you will not be disappointed. Thank you, thank you, Candy!


The linens are a bright (polyester, I know, I know!) fall tablecloth I found at Savers for 99¢ and yellow napkins from World Market a few years ago. The tablecloth is perfect for fall with corn, pumpkins, grapes, sunflowers and pomegranates.


To start the plate stack I have used a round woven charger, a gold charger, purple (BHG) dinner plate, gold salad plate (TJMaxx) and purple leafed dessert plate (BHG). I have used the little grape dishes for the rolls. The gold charger has a raised France on the back...Arcoroc, Maybe?


The stemware is amethyst Artland Iris water goblet and a gold Indiana Glass Diamond Point wine goblet.


The flatware is Oneida Louisiana.




The centerpiece is a Bennington pottery pitcher filled with fall flowers and leaves, faux this time; gold, green and cream candle holders. The salt/pepper are in little Bennington custard cups and ceramic leaves. I have also used a couple of black and gold urns filled with leaves and mini pumpkins. Did you notice some of the photos are before I added the fall flowers?



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What's It Wednesday/Ivy & Elephants
Fabulous Friday/Simple Nature Decor
Flaunt It Friday/Chic On A Shoestring Decor
Dish It/Rustic & Refined

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

National Bundt Day Celebration Challenge Tablescape

From this 


came this!


Where Kathleen came up with this challenge, I don't know...but she did. This was a challenge I doubt I will repeat! I thought I had a large jar of maraschino cherries, but when I went to get them from the fridge there were only a few left...I already had everything mixed up, so I couldn't run to the store for more cherries. There should be about 3x the amount of cherries than what I had!
This Bundt pan is probably older than some of my readers...it's ancient, as you can tell by the color orange!



I knew I wanted to use my Noritake Luray, circa 1935, square plates with little bouquets of flowers, mainly pink so I chose a dusty aqua solid tablecloth with a floral square on top. The napkins are stark white with a Battenburg like cutout pattern in one corner.


I wasn't sure what to use with the Luray. I tried Wedgwood Hedge Rose, but didn't really like it, then tried it alone, they looked lost on the table! I finally settled for an aqua underplate, actually a salad plate. There is no backstamp on the plates, they are from TJMaxx in the last 5-6 years.
The flatware is a mix of International Frontenac and Oneida Afterglow, both sterling.


The stemware is a pink water glass. Maker/pattern unknown.




 The tea/coffee service is Reed & Barton pattern 5600, was a gift from my friend, Sharron. The rectangle footed tray has no hallmarks of any kind and the round tray sitting on the white cake pedestal holding the cherry pound cake is Sheffield 1588, were thrift store finds. I have had the sugar scuttle for a long time. The silver goblets are holding flowers from my birthday back the beginning of the month have no hallmarks, were also thrift store finds. I have 4 of them and keep thinking I should do a table using them...maybe next month for Christmas.





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Table It/Rustic & Refined

Cherry Pound Cake

3-10 oz. jars maraschino cherries without stems
1¼ cup butter, softened
2¾ cups granulated sugar
5 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
½ cup sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk)

Drain maraschino cherries well, and then cut into quarters. Set aside. Combine butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla in a large bowl. Beat with electric mixer on low speed until blended, and then beat on high speed for 5 minutes until light and fluffy. Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add flour mixture alternately with sweetened condensed milk to butter mixture, mixing lightly after each addition. Fold in maraschino cherries. Pour batter into 12-cup Bundt pan. Bake in preheated 350°-degree oven 45-55 minutes or until cake tester inserted near center comes out clean. Let cool completely. Dust with powdered sugar, if desired.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

A Table For The Squirrels!


The inspiration for this table...the squirrel salad plates I found at WalMart. My daughter loves squirrels. First they fell into the cart and later they jumped onto the table. I tried to find nuts in the shell, but none of the stores in the area have them in, yet.


I also found a burlap runner that I thought would be perfect for this particular tablescape. I am not crazy about burlap at all, it stinks, is itchy and just not my "thing"! It reminds me of the chickens we raised when my kids were small...they were stinky, mean hens!



 The squirrels are the star of the table so I kept the place settings very simple. Starting with a black woven charger I added a mocha Gracious Goods dinner plates and then the BH&G squirrel plate. They are part of the Heritage Collection. I saw red fox plates, but there were only a couple, so I passed on them. One year I traipsed all over the countryside trying to find enough plates to do a placesetting of another pattern...not fun.


The stemware is a brown Noritake Provincial water goblet.


I can't help myself...the flatware is Oxford Hall Fashion Wear in white. In real life it is a cream color, possibly from age or maybe it really was a creamy white to begin with.


The napkins are a plain chocolate with a beige/white gingham checkered one inside. The napkin fold is called a shield, I folded down the brown lower point as I used two napkins instead of the usual one.






This centerpiece was fun to build...starting with a large woven handled tray (that I use when I serve pizza, perfect size for one of my stones), candles, metal candle holder, mini pumpkins, several squirrels in different sizes, an owl, a pair of quail, real and faux maple leaves.


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Table It/Rustic & Refined
What's It Wednesday/Ivy and Elephants
What We Accomplished Wednesday/Green Willow Pond
Fabulous Friday/Simple Nature Decor

Squirrel Plates/burlap runner-WalMart
Mocha plates/napkins/candles/candle holders/tall squirrel in front of wire candle holder/owl, handled tray-Savers
Quail-ARC Thrift Store
Squirrels/TJMaxx
Flatware-eBay