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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Nature Challenge


This week Cuisine Kathleen challenged us to a nature theme...birds, bees, flowers and trees...I chose to do the only thing I could think of that used my favorite blue green combination...dragonflies. The salad plates are trimmed in blue and green, so I ran with it...



I started with square green woven mats. These were $3.98 for 4 at Savers.



To the mats I have stacked 3 plates...charger, dinner and salad.
Charger-Gibson Regalia
Dinner plate-Wedgwood Hedge Rose
Salad plate-Portmeirion-Lakeside




The flatware is Oneida Louisiana.



The glassware are my favorite cobalt stems. They are such a vibrant shade of blue, I use them every chance I get.



I used a plain cobalt napkin held with the dragonfly napkin rings.




The centerpiece is just a low white bowl with a few tiny plants and a little squirrel holding a pine cone. 






Thank you for taking the time to visit today...hope you will be back again.

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45 comments:

Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook said...

I really love those glasses. Such vivid color, too, looks beautiful with the green. Great looking tablescape, Marigene.

kitty said...

I love your layers of pretty dishes on the green placemats, Marigene. The dragonfly napkin rings are the perfect addition to compliment your dragonfly plate. The centerpiece is darling with the plant and the squirrel. Happy Spring!

On Crooked Creek said...

Marigene,
I adore these vibrant pops of hues in green and blue, dear friend!!!
The napkin ring repeated in the dinnerware is splendid, indeed!!!
Love all the texture in your square placemats...great bargain find, too!
( Hint: I've seen those square placemats turned on the diagonal and they are just stunning!!!)
Thanks for sharing!!!
Fondly,
Pat

Marlis said...

Marigene.. your table is soo pretty. I love those placemats and those dragonfly dishes!!! Love Love.. The centerpiece is amazing. I love that squirrel. If he goes missing, just hop over here, He'll have made himself at home!! The napkin rings are gorgeous. And I really like the deep blue in the glasses. Yep, love your table.. xo marlis

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow! Your table is so pretty. Very striking and stunning.

Jocelyn @ http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

thepaintedapron.com said...

I love those salad plates! So perfect with your dragonfly napkin rings. Your cobalt glassware is really pretty too, it all looks wonderful!
Jenna

Anonymous said...

Clap, clap, clap, spectacular as always. bbb

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

Marigene, wow those blue glasses are really beautiful on my computer screen. They look great with the green. Your dragonfly napkin rings are great.

xinex said...

Your table is lovely, Marigene. I love the color combo, love those deep cobalt blue and I like the placemats. Pretty dragonfly dishes!...Christine

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Marigene this is my favorite tablescape you have done, why?? I love Dragonflies! They are very special to me! The plates are so pretty and simple and I love those napkin rings!! Also who wouldn't love blue and green together! Awesome my friend!
hugs, Linda

Ann Krucek said...

OOOH! I like that vibrant blue of the stemware and the napkins. The dragonfly plates are cute. Great table!

Tea in Texas said...

This is a wonderful table for Spring. I love your use of the dragonfly plates and napkin rings. The blue and green hues are so pretty but my favorite is your cnterpiece with the darling squirrel. I really enjoyed your tablescape!

Pam

Alycia Nichols said...

Heavens to Betsy...that's got to be the most brilliant and enthralling shade of blue for a glass I have ever seen. Kind of like Paul Newman's eyes....the color just draws you in! :-) (I miss ol' Paul. He was a sexy little number!)

You and Savers! I tell ya...you must have a little side deal going with them because you always come out of there with such great stuff. I can NEVER find anything I like. EVER!!! I think I'm going to have to tail you there one day just to see what's up! :-) :-) :-)

I always get dragonflies and butterflies mixed up. I need to study my entomology a little more. They all look the same to me: CUTE!

Have a great rest-of-the-week, Marigene!!!

Entertaining Women said...

Every where I turn, people are using blue and green again. Your table is vibrant and gorgeous. I love those cobalt goblets! Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Those cobalt blue goblets are gorgeous! Beautiful tablescape with the green and blue! Cute centerpiece with the little squirrel!

Katherine

Monica @ Texas Fiesta Ware Fan said...

Love the green and blue! Those plates are fantastic.

suzyq said...

Cute, cute cute!! Love the vibrant blue glasses and I can't believe how well your napkins rings match your woven mats. Such a bargain too...I never find anything like that here in Australia.
Suzyq

Holly Legare said...

I love everything about this table setting especially the dragonfly plates. The blue and green is stunning.
Holly
Holly's Stamping Addiction

The Decorative Dreamer said...

Very pretty! I love your plates and napkin rings with the dragon flies. Cute centerpiece! Mostly I really love the colors used here. Very pretty!

Marcia Pilar said...

Absolutely my favorite in a long time.
I love the simplicity.
XOXO's

Lulu said...

Love your blue and green, and the dragonfly is perfect for the theme. I saw some very cool dragonfly napkin rings in Z Galerie last week and was so tempted. Yours make me want to go back and get them.

Tammy @ A Walk in the Countryside said...

I love the blue and green combination! The dragonfly napkin rings are so unique!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

What a beautiful tablescape. The dishes with the dragonfly are wonderful. The cobalt blue and the green are one of my favorite color combinations. The napkin rings are just the topper!! Lovely!

Bonnie said...

Great job with a design that fit the theme. I love your vibrant cobalt goblets and napkins and the dragon fly napkin ring is darling. Blue and green colors are so perfect for a nature theme. I think you did a great job and you already had everything. That was fun I bet.

Thanks for your visit. I am catching up or trying to and still have so many visits to make.

Have a great week.

All The Pretty Dishes said...

I love the color combo and I WANT those goblets.

Mary said...

Marigene~ I love your dragonfly plates and napkin rings! The cobalt stems and napkins are a beautiful color!

Kathleen said...

Great deal on those place mats, and they are perfect for this theme. Love your dragonfly plates and napkin rings!
Of course, those cobalt goblets are gorgeous.
Thanks for linking up!

Scribbler said...

Really pretty!

Amy said...

What a lovely tablescape. I love the nature theme. So fresh and natural. :) I sure will have better appetite dining at your table. ;)

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Just love the dragonfly dishes! Gorgeous table, love the vibrant colors tio. :) Pam

Debbie said...

I just love this one. Those blue goblets are my favorite thing on the table, and if I had something so lovely, I would figure out a way to use it all the time.

Laurie Ritchey said...

Marigene, the dragonfly plates and napkin rings are wonderful. I always love the way you put a table together, The vibrant blues and greens look so pretty, and I've got to remember to try to use some green plants as a centerpiece. You created such a great, see over, centerpiece. laurie

Kathe said...

Ka-Pow! I LOVE the deep color of your goblets Marigene!!! And the dragonfly dishes are beautiful! The centerpiece is perfectly understated, letting everything else be the star.

Mona said...

Beautiful! you are right those cobalt blue goblets are awesome....my Grandmother used to have cobalt glass things in her windows...I remember as a child just staring at how the sun came through them..thanks for the memory.. adn the green mats...pretty table..
Love, Mona

Bi Ti said...

What a gorgeous tablescape. I love those blue glasses.
Thank you for visiting pret-a-vivre.com :)

Rosemary and Thyme said...

Wow Marigene. Love all the wonderful bold colors here. Great textures and centerpiece. the dragonflies are the perfect touch.

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Beautiful table setting, Marigene! I love those dishes with the dragonflies, they really are perfect for spring and the blue vivid glasses are gorgeous with it all! Cute centerpiece too. Thank you for your sweet and kind comment. I'm taking a while answering cause the grands are leaving today...I'm already sad, lol.. Big hugs,
FABBY

Pat@BPM said...

Those dragon fly plates are fabulous! I love blue green combination!

The French Hutch said...

Oh I love those goblets! They are so pretty on your table with the plates with the dragonfly and napkin rings. Great spring theme using the dragonfly. Lovely!

~Emily
The French Hutch

The Tablescaper said...

Marigene:

Love this table! So bright and fresh. The blue goblets look magnificent!

I've had plenty of ivy dry up on me but I recently read somewhere that for ivy to survive inside, the leave must be wet once a week and not just misted. So, I stick it in the sink once a week and give it a shower. Seems to be working. We'll see!

- Alma, The Tablescaper

Barbara F. said...

Those blue glasses are stunning, Marigene. I love blue and green together. Gorgeous table. xo

Poppy said...

Hi Marigene,

So nice to meet you!

I love colours that usually aren't paired together, like red and pink, for example. Case in point: your cobalt blue and olive green are gorgeous together! This setting is so fresh and lively, and the dragonfly theme is pure spring! Your jewel-like napkin rings and squirrel centerpiece are charming!

Thanks for visiting Poppy View.

Poppy :)

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I love those salad plates with the dragon fly! So pretty with the napkin rings and the cute squirrel. Very springy and beautiful.

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

Love the sweet centerpiece on your spring table.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely love the dragonflies on the plate and napkin rings. The blue stemware is so vibrant - and just makes you feel good looking at it! - Sue Z.