Monday, July 29, 2013

White Dish Challenge

This week's table was fun. After Cuisine Kathleen []   issued a tablescaper's challenge to design a table using only white dishes and one accent color, Pat pulled together one of her favorite dishes from our collection and went to work. She used a light peacock blue placemat as the foundation and played off that for the rest of the table.
Over view of the table

The place setting

The napkin ring was purchased as unfinished wood at Michael's and then painted to match

First layer of the place setting by Otagiri is a shell bowl

This stunning shell shaped salad plate follows (say that three times.....oh dear, I know that somewhere up above, my 7th grade English teacher is shaking her head even after nearly 50 years.....Sorry, Mrs. Waters. I know you hated alliteration in a sentence.)

The dinner plate is the same shape

Pat used clear, simple Dollar Store glassware

Votives are the same color as the placemat

One last look
Where it came from:
Light Peacock Blue Placemat - Bed, Bath, and Beyond
White Dishware - "Shell" by Otagiri purchased years ago at a local second hand store
Clear Glassware - Dollar Store
Flatware - from Pier 1
Blue Votives - from Ross
Votive Holders - from Pat's collection
Square Vase, Shells, Star Fish - Michael's
White Napkin - Target
Chiffon Overlay - gift from Pat
Blue Napkin Ring - unfinished from Michael's and painted to match

We will be joining Cuisine Kathleen's "Let's Dish" this Wednesday night for her annual "Let There Be White Challenge":

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Blue and Red Tablescape

Pat found the inspiration dinner plates for this week's table on the top shelf - way in the back - of my cupboard. She climbed the ladder, pulled them out, and within ten minutes, had the table done. (Me? I just watched.....I never could figure out what to do with them - nothing ever looked good, so the dishes always sat there.)
Over view of the table

Close up of the place setting

Pat chose blue "Reflections" glassware by Imperial Glass Company

The stainless steel Dungeness napkin ring holds a bright red hand-made napkin

This charming figurine is Normal Rockwell's "Captain" by Gorham taken from the August 19,1922 Saturday Evening Post cover

Nautical looking vase and votive holders are from Michael's

One last look at the table
Where it came from:
Placemat - gift from Pat over 20 years ago
Flatware - Pier 1 two-three years ago
Dinnerware - "Prego" by Tabletops Unlimited from Ross many, many years ago
Napkin - Handmade by Pat
Napkin Ring - Dungeness Crab from "The Emporium" in Ferndale, CA
Glassware - "Reflections" by Imperial Glass Company from Replacements
Nautical Figurine - Normal Rockwell "Captain" by Gorham from out Mother
Nautical Vase/Votive Holders, Flowers - from Michael's

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

Monday, July 15, 2013

Breakfast with Carl Schumann

Pat wanted to use this fragile breakfast set that I have for this week's table.  It is by the Carl Schumann Porcelain Company. Unfortunately, I don't know anything about the particular pattern. It is not listed in Replacements, Ltd China Identification Guide 4, and I have not been able to find out anything about it. But I like it anyway......
Over view of the table. The dishware has a gorgeous mint green and gold rim with white center.

The place setting - the breakfast plate is a tiny 8" across

Small water goblet and champagne flute is by Princess House

Silver fork ("Marguerite" by Gorham Silver) sits on a small, ornate, vintage napkin

There is a tiny air vent in the dome to let steam out

The tiny, individual coffee pot is barely 6" tall

You can see the ornate rim on the bread and butter plate

One last look
Where is came from:
Lace Placemat - from Lentz Department Store (yes, we still have a department store in Humboldt County) in Ferndale, CA
Green Underlay Napkin - Years and years old
Dinnerware - by Carl Schumann Porcelain Company from eBay
Flatware - "Marguerite" by Gorham Silver (Pat's collection)
Glassware - by Princess House
Vintage Napkin - gift from our Cousin Trev

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

Monday, July 8, 2013

Relay for Life Celebration Table

Every year, Pat and her husband participate in our local Relay for Life - one of the Cancer Society's yearly events to help make people aware that there is hope if you or a loved one have been diagnosed with cancer.  It is a chance to fight back against a horrible disease.

To mark the event, Pat created a table for one that celebrates survivors. The theme color for survivors is purple, so naturally, Pat chose that as the table color.
Over view of the table

Close up of the place setting

First layer is a salad plate from 222 Fifth called "Eliza" - in plum

Next layer is a Heather Fiesta Dinner plate

The gold plate is from Pier 1 - just to add a touch of gold

The metallic purple charger is an inexpensive lacquer plate from Michael's

Pat added gold flatware to add a little glamour

The gold and pearl napkin ring is from Pier 1

Individual crystal salt and pepper shakers on a matching tray

One last look at the table
Where is came from:
Purple Table Overlay - Curtain sheer from Ross
Gold Placemat - from Tuesday Morning
Purple Charger - Michael's
Gold Dinner Plate - Pier 1
Purple Dinner Plate - Heather colored Fiesta by Homer Laughlin from Replacements
Accent Salad Plate - Plum Eliza by 222 Fifth from Replacements
Gold Flatware - Pattern Unknown by Wm. Rogers from eBay
Purple Napkin - Handmade by Pat
Pearl/Gold Napkin Ring - Pier 1
Water Goblet - Dollar Store
Champagne Glass - from Tuesday Morning
Individual Salt/Pepper Shakers on Tray - eBay

Celebrate. Remember. Fight back. College of the Redwoods - July 13th and 14th.

"The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease."
We will be joining Cuisine Kathleen's "Let's Dish" this Wednesday night:

A special thanks to all the local merchants who donated this year - especially the nurseries. Pat (and I) will be selling plants Sunday morning [just one of her many jobs this weekend.] If you can, stop by.