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Showing posts with label tablescape. Show all posts
Showing posts with label tablescape. Show all posts

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Autumn Tribute To My Fisherman - Tablescape

I thought it would be nice to share a Tablescape from the past that I enjoyed creating for My Special Man a few years ago prior to his passing.  I have missed creating Tablescapes for us.  Perhaps, in the coming months I will become motivated especially since my many hours in the garden will not be necessary.


This is a Tablescape in recognition of my Special Friend and his devotion to me and his love of fishing. Again, I have had fun creating this table design by looking for interesting dishes that work with the fun items that I already have around the house or in my garage. There are so many items that work well with the theme of Autumn and the hobby of  Fishing.


My inspiration and starting point was this Mary Lake Thompson designed Fishing Creel dinner napkin that I found at a little gift shop. I enjoy the detail of her work.


There were a lot of items that I easily found that became a part of this tablescape. The Yellow Flatware has been in my picnic basket since the 70's. The dimensional brown leaf bowls jumped off a store shelf at reduced 50%, and that was after I thought I was finished! What can be easier than picking up pine cones from my driveway that have fallen from my pine tree. And, the lemons are from a bowl of lemons I keep on my kitchen counter.  And, then we have little guys with smiley faces that blend nice with the color scheme.   Salt anyone - Pepper anyone?


I had a nice surprise in my picnic basket when I saw my small Parquet Teak round cutting board by Dansk that I picked up from somewhere in the 70's, probably a yard sale. It's a very inventive design with a knife that slides into the side of the board. One side of the board is flat for cutting cheese and the other side is concave for cutting lemons/limes so the juice stays on the board - not on the table.


The woven brown and black wedge place mats are from Bed, Bath and Beyond, years ago. Maybe a dollar each!  The place mats were placed on a Burlap tablecloth followed by heavy Koyo Stone Ware brown/cream dinner plates that have a masculine presence.


My focus plate is the salad plate from Rivers Edge with a beautiful large trout encircled with a fishing rod and real.


The brown stemmed Glassware and candle sticks are from a nearby Thrift Store. Votives are from Dollar Store. Wine caddy is from my garage!


And, there must be a fishing Creel and fishing Reel thanks to Ebay.


Now, the Piece de resistance - a vintage amber cod-liver-oil bottle with the embossed image of a fisherman carrying a large fish.

It's just something a little different and adds a little whimsy!  The bottle is something I had in the garage that I picked up years ago at a yard sale. There are a lot of "bottle collectors" out there. Who would have thought that I would use the Cod-Liver-Oil Bottle some day in a Tablescape?


Can you see the fisherman embossed on the bottle?

And now for a little trivia about these Vintage Amber Bottles(Source)   "The man stoops forward, glances out from under the brim of his hat, legs braced under the weight of his load. A thick rope, wrapped around his waist, shoulders, and hands, secures the load on his back—a huge fish with gaping mouth and glassy yellow eye, its tail sweeping the ground. A common codfish, the Gadus morhua is recognizable by the brown and amber spots on its body, the light stripe down its side, and the three dorsal fins. The man has few identifying features, but the words “SCOTT’S EMULSION” appear along the hem of his jacket."


"By 1900 'the man with the fish' was famous. His image was engraved and embossed on countless boxes and bottles of a cod-liver-oil preparation; printed in full color on advertising trade cards, booklets, and posters distributed around the globe; and in one instance painted several stories high on the side of a building in lower Manhattan. The man with the fish endures today, a testament to the persistence of an age-old tradition, even as scientific and commercial interest in cod-liver oil has waxed and waned."



I am thinking a nice autumn dinner of Sweet Spicy Country Style Pork Ribs and Beans along with some Crusty Bread. Some kind of a salad and maybe some homemade Spiced Pumpkin Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream.


I believe the table looks quite lovely.   And, the dinner was great.

I was amused with a definition of Tablescaping that I recently read. It was something like - Tablescaping is an event where grownups play with dishes and then take photos of what they have created to post on their blogs. Don't you just love it?

I wrote in an earlier post about how my love of dishes started when I was a very little girl. I guess some of us just never grow out of it! 


Thanks for stopping by and sharing my Tablescape from the past with me.  I really miss My Special Man.  But, I am thankful that he does not have to live through the horrible world events of the recent past.  Blessings to all.

Mary 

Friday, July 1, 2016

Happy Fourth Of July


Wishing you a Happy and Safe Holiday Weekend.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The Table Is Set

And, I had a lot of fun! I did not spend a lot of time unpacking boxes but chose to keep it simple with items that I was able to locate easily. I did not even have to go to the store for anything. The red chargers are from the Dollar Store, white plates I have had for many years and the salad plates are Royal Stafford - Christmas Home - from Ebay.
The sterling silver flatware is the "Damask Rose" pattern that I chose at the time of getting married in 1959. It is Heirloom Oneida Sterling Silver 1946.  I only have a couple place settings but it is nice to see it on my table.
This little nativity is Lenox Divine Light Holy Family which I purchased after Christmas last year. There are little battery lights in the bottoms. I like the simplicity as well as the fine detail of the porcelain. And, it fits nicely on my small table as a centerpiece.
The napkins are from years past, the bow ties which I made into napkin rings are from the dollar store. I placed them in thrift store Pier 1 imports small bowls, Poppies.
Now, I am using votive candles for the first time that I bought in England in 1999. I was taken to Prices Candle Company in London. I was told that Prices supplies all the candles for the Royal Family. I had never seen so many candles in one place in life. Beautiful! These candles are scented spice cinnamon. I thought it is about time that I use them!!! So nice.
The red glasses are a thrift store find. Below, do you see the black bauble hanging from the red wine glass? It is a knitting marker that I made years ago and gave as gifts.  I think it ties in nicely with the black on the plates and napkin rings.
The lovely heirloom fine crystal which you can see on the far right are from My Special Man.

I hope you had an enjoyable time joining me in this little creative activity that brought joy to me. It looks like I am ready for my Christmas Day dinner.
Blessings To All.

Mary

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Finished Fall Tablescape

I always enjoy creating these vignettes. This time I was not able to give it the uninterrupted attention as in the past. But, it was still fun except that by the time I was ready to take photos the lighting (evening) was miserable. If you adjust the angle of your monitor it is easier to see some of the detail in the very dark colors. Just a thought. Also, clicking on the image helps.
I find that I like this black and white photo for a change.
This is a quite old Johnson Bros. England  dishware  pattern, Winsor Ware GARDEN BOUQUET. According to a little research, the dinnerware features a luxurious, vibrant design of multi-colored flowers blooming from the center of each piece. And, I found this next fact very interesting. The Windsor Ware is made of “white granite”, an earthenware that looks like China but has greater durability, and was developed by the Johnson Brothers.
I was initially going to use white chrysanthemums from my garden in the centerpiece but two rainstorms altered my plans.
So I went out to the garden and found some Dusty Miller stems. Not quite as good contrast but it works.
Well, that was fun. And, I did not go out and buy anything new for my Fall Tablescape! That's the way it has to be and it works for me.
One of those Irish Coffees from my recent post would go nicely with the color scheme. And, sure would taste good on this chilly evening.

I hope all of you had a great Thanksgiving Weekend.

Mary

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

This,That And More

This morning my mood drew me to the idea of putting together the Fall Tablescape. So, I started to "shop the house" as I often do. Looking into cupboards, china cabinet, sewing room, drawers, garden and even the garage! Here are just a couple photos of where this little creative venture is taking me. I think I will call this "a teaser".
And, another photo. The pine cones have fallen from my trees. The White Chrysanthemums are some of the last flowers from my five foot tall plant. While I was clipping the blossoms it started to rain and it is getting very cold.
Do you ever get side-tracked? It is certainly easy for that to happen to me. Here is a good example. This is the silver flatware drawer.
And, there is more!
I was disgusted and now I am in the process of sorting and organizing the drawer and probably some polishing. I have been wanting to do this for quite a long time. Finished project photo coming soon. Really! And, there is a little history about some of the silver flatware that will be fun to share.

I think we should end on a fashion statement from Miss Lily. Is this a "runway pose" or what?
These are her Jammies (not her Hoodie) and she loves them. It may be my imagination, but she seems more comfortable with less coughing/gagging with them on. I take them off for a short time everyday and give her a good brushing and overall check.
Lily told me that she thinks she is a "Pampered Pooch". What do you think?
Until next time.

Mary

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