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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Blue and Yellow Make Me Smile



This has been one of the saddest times of my life...my sweet little Mama died on January 10, 2011, at the age of 89. She will be deeply missed by the many people whose lives she has touched. I am so thankful I was able to spend her last Christmas with her.

I will be joining Between Naps On The Porch for Tablescape Thursday. Thank you, Susan, for hosting this weekly meme.

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The inspiration for my table today came from the candlesticks and yellow stemware I found at Savers a few weeks ago.



I started with yellow and blue placemats I have had for several years. The flatware is Rogers Gracious 1939, the pattern I grew up with.



I have started with a plain yellow dinner plate as a charger topped it with blue and white Stratwood Collection Shakespeare Country dinner plate, made in the U.S.A. dinnerware.



Next is a Bordallo Pinheiro salad plate. I can't find the pattern for the salad plate, maybe it is one of their older pieces. If anyone knows what the pattern is, please let me know.



The dessert plate and soup bowl match the dinner plate. Each piece has a different scene.





The yellow beverage glass is from Savers Thrift Store and the little wine stem is Indiana King's Crown/Thumbprint pattern. The blue and yellow Marat napkins, made in France, were found several months ago at Savers.





The layers are always interesting.



The centerpiece is a vintage blue rooster sitting on a pale yellow pedestal plate flanked by the inspirational candlesticks.





Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. Hope to see you here next week!

43 comments:

Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful said...

Oh, Marigene, I am so sorry about your loss! Mothers are precious, indeed, and I dread the day I can't call or e-mail mine. You'll be in my thoughts. I love that you turned to setting a pretty table as a way to address your grief. Tablescaping IS therapeutic, I find. What unusual yellow glassware! It looks wonderful with your blue and yellow dishes. Hugs!

Anonymous said...

Another fantastic tablescape that I am sure was inspired by your dear mother. Been e-mailing with Jerry and Judy and been told the service will be Saturday. Hope I get a chance to visit with you if we don't get too much more snow Friday. Still coming down hard today. Sending a hug. Love, bbb

Denise said...

Even though I don't know you(I'm your newest follower,) I still want to extend my heart felt reget that you lost your Mom.My Mom died at the age of 66 in 1998.It seems wierd to me that she didn't even see 9-11 happen.I don' know why I just now thought of that.Your table setting is so cheerful, the colors should be good for your spirits.Please drop by and meet me. Denise

Designs on 47th Street said...

Hello, I haven't come for a visit lately so thought I would stop by today. I was very, very sorry to read of the loss of your dear mother. Oh my. Just reading that really got to me. My mother is 85 and has had two major set backs in the past couple of years. She is still doing pretty well for her years, but has def. slowed down. I love spending as much time with her as possible and talk on the phone all the time. Bless you as you deal with your mother's memories. I know they will keep you going.
Your tablescape is very, very pretty. I too love blue and yellow. i especially love the vintage rooster sitting up high on the pedestal. Such a great centerpiece. Your dishes are very pretty. :)

Hugs, Donna

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I am truly sorry to hear about your mother, Marigene! My mother passed away at the very same age five years ago and I still think of her almost every day.

I hope wonderful memories of her will continue to cheer you as well as setting beautiful tables such as this one!

Debbie said...

Marigene, my sincere sympathy about your mother. Mothers are very special, and your fond memories will remind you of her every day.

The blue and yellow has brightened this dull day!

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I am so very sorry about your mom. It has been 8 months for me now and I want you to know that I do understand how painful and sad you feel. You may find the most odd things will trigger your sadness and tears. I think you just have to let yourself feel what you feel when you feel it. We never are ready to lose our mothers, no matter how old we are.

Your table is beautiful. I love the blue and yellow together. The candlesticks were made for those placemats.

Tim Gronek said...

Your story made me cry. I had no idea you lost your Mom so recently. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Please know that she is in a better place and watching over you as your guardian angel.

That being said, the tablescape this week is great! My school colors were gold/yellow and blue! I really like that color combination as well.


The napkins are beautiful too. And, what can I say about the rooster. I love roosters. An inviting table for me to come over and have a meal with you. Perhaps, brunch on Sunday? hehe

Hang in there Marigene! I am in Arizona praying for you and your family!

Many Hugs!

Blondie's Journal said...

I am so sorry about you mom...how sad. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Your tablescape is lovely, as always, I love blue and yellow together and the rooster is very cute.

Sending you a cyber hug...

XO,
Jane

Anonymous said...

Been thinking about you.

very pretty table and I love the Rooster.

Magic

Foley said...

Such a lovely table - the blue and yellow have such a relaxing look to it.

Been thinking alot of you this past week - but it is reassuring when you start remembering all the wonderful times you shared with your Mom.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Marigene you know you are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so glad you felt like setting this table. It's lovely. I love blue and yellow together and you have really layered some pretty plates. I love the Rooster.

Be careful on your trip and I will talk to you soon.

hugs, Linda

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Oh, Marigene...I am so sorry! There is no replacement for a mother's love. I know how your heart must ache. I lost my mom, too...several years ago. I pray that as time passes, it will become easier for you and your memories of her will comfort you.
I am glad that you felt like tablescaping and I love what you did...my favorite colors. Your tablescape is so very frenchy...so very Provençal!Gorgeous napkins and the layers are fabulous!
I am sending you a big hug....Debbie

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh I'm certainly sorry for your loss -- it's a really hard thing to lose your mother. I'm glad that you were able to spend that time with her. I find tablescaping to be theraputic too. You've set a beautiful table. Hugs and prayers for comfort to you.

A Toile Tale said...

Marigene -
I am so sorry to learn of your loss. For me, this was a very lovely post, because blue and yellow are my mother's favorite colors. As a matter of fact, her whole house is blue and yellow. She is with us for a couple of months because she is still living independently, but can't drive in the snow. I know that these are the days to treasure.
Hugs,
Linda @ A Toile Tale

Carol said...

Marigene, I was so sorry to hear about your mom's passing. My heart goes out to you.

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Hi Marigene,
I am so sorry about your mom. I hope you are going well these days. This table really should put a smile on your face. It is a breath of fresh air! The colors are making me really wish Spring was here. A very pretty table. One for all of us to smile at!

Pam said...

Oh, I am so sorry about your Mom. It is wonderful that you got to spend the holiday with her. That probably meant the world to her. My Mom died almost 1 year ago and this month has been a little hard to get through. I have lost other people in my life, but my Mother's death was the hardest. ((Hugs)).

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

My mother's favorite colors were yellow and blue. What a beautiful tablescape. So sorry about your loss.

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Marigene, I love yellow and blue too! The tablescape is gorgeous!! I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your sweet mother...I will keep you in my prayers.

Lou Cinda

Kathleen said...

That looks BEAUTIFUL! Those napkins were a wonderful find! Love all your layers.
I know how sad you are. You have wonderful memories no one can take from you.
It is wonderful yo got to spend Cmas with her. A comfort.

Linda said...

My deep condolences. So sad. I too have lost my mother, at a young age of 58. Very sorry.

I absolutely love your Bordallo salad plate. And the yellow and blue, one of my favorite combo colors. So French Provencial. and the candlesticks, I'd love to have a set. YOu did a great job. Hard to keep up your spirits and do things like tablescaping, etc., but somehow you managed. Take care.

Linda

Luncheons at the Junction said...

I'm so very sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I hope you find comfort in your memories.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your precious mother. I'm so sorry. I know what that is like, and my heart goes out to you.

I'm so glad you felt up to playing in the dishes with us tonight, and you just did a wonderful job here. Blue and yellow make me smile, too, and you have the added benefit in this tablescape of having a mighty cute rooster and those neat yellow glasses. Where did you find them? From the placemats to the plates and everything between, I love your tablescape.

Sending you warm hugs and wishing you a Happy Tablescape Thursday...

XO,

Sheila

The Quintessential Magpie said...

P.S. I used my mother's dish pattern in my tablescape tonight, and every time I use it, I feel close to her. This pattern was used during some of the happiest interludes of my life, and I love using it to this day.

Debbie said...

I'm so sorry to read that you lost your mother. I know how I feel about my mom so I can only imagine how you feel.

For me, being creative is great medicine for sad times. I hope it is for you. Your table is beautiful. How can you go wrong with such gorgeous shades of blue and yellow.
I love your layers and the way the dishes look against that placemat.

Again, I'm sorry.

Marlis said...

I'm so sorry about this sad time in your life. It's especially hard to lose one's mother. This table is especially beautiful. Your placemats are really great and certainly a wonderful underpinning for your beautiful dishes.

The Tablescaper said...

I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. It's so hard, no matter how they are or you are, they are still your Mom. My heart goes out to you.

And I love your table. Yellow and blue - just goregous.

- The Tablescaper

Pam - diy Design Fanatic said...

Marigene, I sorry for the loss of your mother! Your tablescape is really beautiful and I love those colors too! Thanks for stopping by my tablescape and for the nice comment!

Alycia Nichols said...

First, Marigene, I am so sorry to hear about your mother. I wish I could say more than "I'm sorry", but I truly don't know what more to say at such a sad time. I hope that you and the rest of your family & friends can weather this storm. I know your Mom is still loving you and wathcing out for you. As for your table, I audibly said, "Oooooh!" when I saw the blue and yellow which is one of my favorite color combinations. I especially love those napkins!!! Just beautiful. I wish you peace in your heart. Take care. Oh, and thanks for stopping by my place earlier this evening.

D said...

Very pretty table. Love your centerpiece. Blue and yellow do look so pretty together.
Sorry about your mom.
D

Jacqueline said...

I am sorry too. I lost my mother 20 years ago on Jan. 29th. I still miss her.

I have to admit that this beautiful table makes me smile too. What lovely colors and those are some of the most beautiful placemats I have ever seen. Great therapy!

Sweetladyelaine said...

I am so sorry to hear about your mom. It is very hard to loose a parent. I am greatful that in your pain you did turn to tablescaping. I do believe it is comforting to hear from all the people who care about you.
Your table is a happy table with the yellow and blue. Thank you for sharing...
Blessings my friend,

Anita said...

I'm so sorry to hear your mother passed away.I cannot imagine how that must feel, but I'm sending some hugs and prayers your way:-) I do love your beautiful table. Blue are yellow are so pretty together. Love those thumbprint glasses too!

Debbie Moore at Slice of Pie Entertaining and Cookbooks said...

I'm so sorry about your loss. I know from experience how difficult the next many months will be. Don't hesitate to cry ... or scream ... give yourself time and continue to do the things that give you pleasure. Your table is a good example! It's beautiful. Thanks for sharing ... and letting us help you get through this sad time.

xinex said...

Oh this is so pretty, Marigene, so Frenchy! I love it!...Christine

xinex said...

I am so sorry about the loss or your dear mom, Marigene. I can just imagine your sorrow. I'll keep her and you in my prayers....Christine

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Hi Margiene,
Loved your beautiful yellow and blue table. You are right it is very refreshing and cheery. I do love yellow and really like it mixed with blue. Simply Beautiful!
Lovely pic too!
Am so sorry to hear about your Mom,
Know it must be a hard time, will say a prayer for you hon! So glad you got to spend her last Christmas with her, what a blessing!!
Sincerely, Nellie
Also, thanks for coming by and for your nice comments you leave.
they are appreciated very much!

On Crooked Creek said...

My deepest sympathy to you today at the loss of your Mother. My Dad is 88 and still living, but with each and every visit I see his health decline.

Your tablescape is lovely. I would be interested in finding oval placemats in our area. Perhaps you could share the brand name or company that manufactured these?
Thank you for your sweet comment and visit On Crooked Creek. Stop by again,soon!
Fondly,
Pat

Martha said...

Sorry about losing your mother -- we lost my husband's mother last year -- it is a sad time!

But I loved your blue and yellow table -- of course, I love blue and white and to add yellow to the mix -- is is so pretty and I loved your centerpiece!

Laura Wilkerson said...

Ms. Marigene,
Truely sorry to hear about your mother. I do love your tablescape....blue and yellow are so very cheerful especially in this drab weather.
Thanks for stopping by and visiting the other day.
Take care and many blessings.

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

I am SO Sorry for your loss of your Mom! This is truly a very sad time for you...I can see how close you were and my prayers are with you... Know that I'm sending LOTS of hugs to you too!
Donna

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

I also want you to know this is a GORGEOUS table. I LOVE the blue and yellow them. SO FRENCH & FRESH!!!
LOVE IT,LOVE IT!!!
Hugs to you Sweetie,
Donna