Playing with my dishes and changing things up in our home!

Flag Day Celebration
Our local Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) chapter recently hosted a flag day celebration with the other chapters in our area.  It was a fun and festive day.

Our chapter is over one hundred years old and we love to proudly display 'Miss Tiffany's Flag' whenever we get the chance!  This flag was a gift to our chapter in 1934 and has traveled many places, including our own state conference.  I am the official keeper for the next two years, as I'll be serving as chapter regent.  (Wish me luck!!)

Read more HERE.

Simple Breakfast Setting
This morning I'm sharing a simple breakfast setting using some chargers I found on vacation.  We headed to Gulf Shores a couple of weeks ago for some golf and beach time.  I fit in a little visit to Hobby Lobby, too! 
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Harvest Table
I'm sharing some new dessert plates I found at Wal-Mart this fall.  They are from the Better Homes and Garden's collection and blend nicely with my everyday plates. 
Read more about this table here.

Colorful Fall Table
Fall is in the air here in Missouri.  Evening temperatures are dipping into the 40s this week so those beautiful Fall colors are just around the corner.  I decided to set a colorful table using some plates I found last year at Pier 1.

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Late Summer Table
The calendar says September but it's still quite warm here.  I'm setting a late summer table today with some sunflower plates I found recently at Home Goods.
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Garage Sale Finds!
A few weeks ago, a teacher friend of mine held an estate garage sale for her in-laws.  The items were very good quality.  I found several things that had to come home with me and I'm featuring two of them in this post.
Read about these pretty things here.

An Indoor Picnic

We have had SO much rain lately!  Since the tornado June 13, we've had nine inches!! 
We had planned to host a picnic for some of our friends June 20 but with a soggy yard, high temperatures and humidity, we decided to bring the party inside.
Read how we created it here.
Book Club with Moderntone Dishes
I hosted our monthly book club last week and we discussed Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.  Since part of the story was set in the 1930s, I decided to use my Moderntone Platonite dishes my dear mother-in-law gifted me several years ago.
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St. Patrick's Day Dinner
I'm joining Cuisine Kathleen for her annual St. Patrick's Day Blog Crawl and I've mixed old and new dishes to set a table for some yummy Irish Stew.
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Burgundy Valentine
I've been thinking about using these dishes for a Valentine's celebration every since I found them in one of our local resale shops last fall.
Read more here.

A Blue Woodland Setting
These salad plates were a recent thrift store find and I think they're so pretty!  I'm not sure of their maker, as there are no marks of any kind on the back.  Each one shows a different wild fowl.  One of our 'dreams' when Wonderful Hubby retires is to build a smaller and more 'old person-friendly' home.  WH would like a rustic looking room in the basement and I thought these might be great on a wall or even to eat a slice of pizza.
Read more here.

Winter Birthday
We'll be celebrating Precious Daughter's 25th birthday soon.  When she was younger, I used our Winter/Christmas dishes to set a festive table.  They have pretty wintry scenes on them and I liked keeping them in the hutch through January.  Since I still have them out, I decided to use them this year for her special event!  Here's what I have in mind.
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Golden Trees
While doing some after-Christmas shopping with Precious Daughter, I found these salad plates on sale at William Sonoma.
Read more about this table here.

Silver Forest
Kathleen, of Cuisine Kathleen, has given us another tablescaping challenge just in time for Christmas.  This time we are to create a table that was inspired by one we saw on Pinterest.  My inspiration is from Susan at
Read more about this table here.

Fall Setting in Black, White and Silver
Do you ever find one piece that really inspired you?  These silver pumpkin plates did it for me.
Read more here...

Purple Halloween
It's a new challenge from Kathleen, an Autumn table in Purple
I thought a Halloween theme would be fun but didn't want to set a table that would scare your socks off.  Perhaps a bit of lace
and a little sparkle would set the mood. 
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This table was inspired by that lowly meadow weed, Goldenrod.  Lately, it's been blooming all over these parts.  
Read more here.

Blue and Orange Table

Late summer has been quite busy this year with putting up lots of veggies from the garden and a relaxing vacation to Michigan.  Getting back into the blogging routine has been a challenge.  Here's a simple table I put together using some new cloches I recently found at All About Home.

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Vintage Pink
This table started with a new (to me) vintage tablecloth I found recently at a resale shop.  I love the pretty pink stamped flower design.

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Bright and Festive
I found these little salad plates the other day at World Market and knew they would work well with my Marigold Orange Iridescent Honeycomb pitcher and glasses. 
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A New Summer Setting

Read more about it here.

Independence Day on the Back Porch

We'll be enjoying some time this weekend on the back porch.

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Stars and Stripes and Checks, Too

I've set a Celebration table for the 4th of July in the kitchen.

Read more here.

Pretty in Purple

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Our Wedding Dishes

We were married 26 years ago this month.  What a treat to get our wedding dishes out and play for awhile!

Read more about it here.

Bunnies, Birds and Nests

Kathleen challenged us to put a table together containing Birds, Nests and Eggs.  I tried to meet that challenge but couldn't help adding a couple of bunnies to the mix. 

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Pansy Tea Party

Spring is in the air! 

I found this pretty snack tea set at a local resale shop last year.  I've wanted to create a post featuring it but since it didn't come with a tea pot, the post was put on hold. 

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Shamrock Breakfast

Green is the color I'm into these days. Green, as in grass, spring leaves and moss. This week, I've been decorating for Spring. I may have overdone it, though. When Favorite Son came home from college last night, he asked, "What's up with all the GREEN?"
It must be a tad too much if he noticed.
My table this month is Wearing the Green, too.

Rustic and Romantic

With Valentine's Day approaching I had been thinking about setting an elegant and romantic table, complete with gorgeous flowers. But since the temperatures have been so frigid lately, I've been afraid to bring any flowers home. They wouldn't look very romantic if they had frostbite!

After finding these mugs and bowls, I thought I might set a pretty "rustic and romantic" table instead.



Birthday Celebration
We celebrated Precious Daughter's 24th birthday Saturday evening.
Her favorite color is green so I tried to incorporate that color in the table setting.


Blue January

I have a New Year's goal of posting a tablescape once a month but I was having trouble being inspired with all the nasty winter weather Missouri has had lately. Last week, several bloggers I visited used blue or aqua in their tables and it got me thinking....
My mother-in-law and I attended a local auction before Christmas and we did quite well. Part of our haul included several mismatched, but lovely dishes and glassware. I decided to use a couple of things from that day.


New Year's Eve Dinner

This year, I set a table with these cute snowflake plates I found at Target! They are melamine! Can you believe it? The mercury glass dessert plates were from Target, too. I had the silver chargers and the little snowflake-shaped plates were from Kroger. I thought they all worked pretty well together.


Dollar Store Decor'

I love shopping at the new Dollar General Store in our small town. There are always new surprises there and when I read Shannon at Fox Hollow Cottage and Debbie from Debbiedoo's were hosting another challenge, I knew I'd shop there first for a frugal setting. There are Dollar Tree stores in nearby towns, too, but I thought I'd give my Dollar General first crack.

Several weeks ago I spied these plates and mugs and thought they might make a nice modern winter setting. Since the plates were rather small and I already have several sets of Christmas / winter dishes, I passed them up. After reading about the Dollar Tree Christmas Challenge, an idea started to form. Back to the store I went and purchased these two plates, the mugs and glasses, a small bottle brush tree, holiday bling and some mittens. I had already bought these placemats on sale after the holidays last year.


Fall Tables and More

I've finally put together a couple of fall tables. (Since our vacation to the Northeast, I've been pretty busy.) Several of the elements I've used have been collected throughout the year. When I first decided to attempt this hobby/adventure, one of my goals was NOT to break the bank as I added to my dish/d├ęcor collection. I love your comments about finding great deals at Goodwill/resale shops and on the sales racks of retail stores. You really can get good deals on pretty things!! It is also a lot of fun thinking about how you can use and reuse items for different looks.


Burgundy and White

Kathleen offered up a challenge in white table scaping several month ago.  I've been thinking about this and even asked Precious Daughter which accent color I should use to highlight the white setting.  She immediately said,  "Burgundy!"  At first I was skeptical. (I usually like to use burgundy with a more wintry 'scape.)  But the more I thought more about her suggestion, the more I warmed to the idea .. and the more burgundy I found! 

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New Additions!

On our recent vacation to New England, we did some Antiquing.  One of the stores had some brown printed dishes that I really liked.  They weren't antique transfer ware but pretty and versatile .... and cheap!  I purchased 8 pieces for just over $10!!!  They are the inspiration in my offering for Kathleen's All White Challenge.  Brown is my extra color. 


Even though I didn't start school like many of my (former) colleagues this year, I still had to get Precious Daughter and Favorite Son ready! This included shopping days for each at the new outlet mall that recently opened in our area. We enjoyed shopping, eating and spending time together!! They have both started back at the University of Missouri-Columbia. I hope they both have another great year!!!! We had a dinner send off and I couldn't resist a little MIZZOU tablescaping. (Eye roll from Fav Son!) 

A new tablescape with some old friends ...

It seems many of the ladies in my life were partial to the color pink.  My mother, my grandmother and my husband's grandmother all collected and used pink dishes.  Now, I have a few of their pieces in my collection.

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Good Morning!

Kathleen, of Cuisine Kathleen, organized a tablescaping challenge for her Link Party "Let There Be White."  The requirements were that the table setting must be white with one accent color. 

1 comment:

Creations By Cindy said...

Have enjoyed browsing at your beautiful tablescapes this morning! Hugs and blessings, Cindy