Monday, September 17, 2018

1st Autumn Tablescape 2018 w/ Spode Byron

Hi everyone!  Well, it's sure been quite a while, hasn't it?   Your consistently inconsistent blogger here is back, at least for a few posts.   I hope you're all doing well and have happy, smiling faces!  Here in Tulsa, we had a few beautiful days just cool enough to know that Fall weather is on its way, so I decided to set the table with some of my favorite dishes, Spode Byron

 This tablescape really began with some roses I picked up at our local Sams Club.  I bought two bunches of them along with some carnations.  The edges of the roses are tinged with an orangey - burgundy color and are so striking. I couldn't resist them.   I love having fresh flowers in the house and being able to use them as props when taking pictures of items going in the it's a good way to justify buying them ;-).  Some of these pieces just came in and they look so pretty together with greens, browns and touches of burnt reds.

I set the table with a long, blanket scarf using the reversible Houndstooth side (several colors sold in my shop HERE) and opted not to use any placemats.   I put the lighter colored roses in a biscuit barrel set on a handled plate.

Since these Spode plates have rural English life scenes on them, I thought a couple of my cow planters and a pair of peasants each carrying a basket of fruits and veggies would be pretty on the table.

The green marbled flatware is Barenthal Mabre'.

This is the dinner sized plate of Spode Byron.  Each plate has a different scene on it and is trimmed with a trellis covered with grapes.  I've got several pieces in stock HERE

Here is an evening shot with the candles lit, just before sitting down to eat in celebration of Michael's 29th birthday.

Until next time,

 Between Naps on the Porch
A Stroll Thru Life

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Celebrating Valentines Day and a Tablescape

How do you celebrate Valentines Day?  We don't have any particular tradition here.  Of course I love a romantic dinner with Shawn but we are both such homebodies that going out on the busiest dinner date night of the year really isn't that appealing to either of us, not to mention he has some nightmares about Valentines Day in the restaurant business that I think he'd rather just forget.  More often than not, we stay at home for a low key, quiet Valentines Day and save our date nights out where there aren't big crowds.   The very first tablescabe I ever posted on my blog (or anywhere, for that matter) was our 2010 family Valentines Day table.  I also shared our Valentines Day menu and recipes.   I have to say that looking back at those first ever tablescape photos is a little more than embarrassing (hence the reason there is no link to it! lol). 

A few nights ago we were catching up on 'This Is Us' and Ashton asked Shawn and me about Valentines Day ideas for her boyfriend.  Shawn suggested she cook him a romantic dinner and of course then wound up offering to do most of it for her.  (Have I mentioned she is spoiled by her Dad...and she knows it?)  I then offered to set a romantic table for them  (I might spoil her a little too) because it will be there one year 'dating anniversary' so we are happy to help make it special.  We'll probably get everything ready and then let them have the dining room for dinner and tv room to watch movies after dinner and Shawn and I will most likely vamoose back to our bedroom where we'll have dinner and watch some movies back there.

Today, I'm sharing a tablescape from 2016 that I never got around to publishing at the time.  It turned out really pretty though so I think I'll use some of these same pieces and elements to set the Valentines table for Ashton and Hunter.

In this setting, I used French, English and German transferware.  The predominantly pink/red plates at the bottom are English.  The lovely plates on top are French.  They have birds and roses...two things that go hand in hand with romantic gestures in my mind.  The transferware napkin rings are German.  I know...German...not quite the language of love but these lovelies have a floral motif' and are perfect in this setting!   
Actually I used two napkin rings, one set of cloth in a floral toile which are under the transferware ones and show on either side.  I used these gorgeous Irish damask napkins with crochet lace edges and tucked a fresh rose bud under the rings.

Toile is almost always romantic so I laid out a long piece of left over fabric in lieu of a tablecloth from some custom drapes I had made in my 2nd home about 20 years ago.  Toile never goes out of style either!

I filled one of my favorite pitchers, a circa 1830-35 two color transferware pitcher, and antique, tarnished silver sugar bowls and creamers with fresh roses in creamy white and ivory colors with soft pink tinges.

The stemware is my favorite Waterford Clarendon wine hocks and the iced tea glasses are a vintage set I picked up at a yard sale for next to nothing and probably dating to the 1960-70 era. I love all the gold on them.  I scattered red glass tealights around the table because you just have to have candles for a romantic dinner table!

I make homemade croutons which everyone raves about and that year I made great big ones in the shapes of hearts.  These can be made a day or two ahead so if you have a salad on your dinner list and want to make them extra special try these.  If you want them extra, extra special...make them into a shape that goes with whatever holiday or theme you're celebrating!   They will be a hit!
Wishing each of you the truest of LOVE in your lives and a Happy Valentines Day!


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

A Turkey Transferware Mix~n~Match Thanksgiving Tablescape

We will be having Thanksgiving dinner at my brother in law's house this year but I decided to set a table at home for a meal and mix it all up with a different turkey plate at each setting. 
 I laid out a plaid blanket over the table in lieu of a tablecloth.
Our dining table is narrow so a centerpiece can sometimes be challenging.  I created this with things from around the house; bark tree shaped candles, two floral sprays, a bundle of wheat, pheasant feathers, silk roses, twigs and pinecones we gathered on one of our trips.  It was kept pretty simple and neutrally colored because the plates and blanket are so colorful and I didn't want it to be too much.

I mixed new and old flatware; vintage bakelite stag horn handled steak knives and new Cambridge with deer on each of the handles.

I'm off to make my corn and onion casserole and some pies for Thanksgiving Day.

I hope you have a blessed day with your families and friends.

Happy Thanksgiving

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

A Smorgasbord of Transferware Turkey Plates and Platters to Feast Upon!

This morning I pulled several armfuls of turkey platters and plates from my collection (my back does not thank me for this effort) and  laid them out amongst the fallen leaves in the front yard.  I got some interesting looks from passers by as I was as high up on the ladder as I could go without feeling too much like if I fell I might, quite simply put, be over.  But I wanted to get as many of these pieces into one shot as I could just to share and show their diversity.  I like seeing a collection amassed makes such an impact!   Looking at them like this makes me want to collect a myriad of turkey plates and have a smorgasbord of them, and food too of course, for our Thanksgiving table.  

Turkey transferware went into production by English potters around 1870, just 7 years after Abraham Lincoln declared the 3rd Thursday of every November to be the official day of Thanksgiving in 1863.  You can read more about the history of turkey transferware HERE.

All of the turkey plates and platters shown above (and many more) are available in my shop, HERE, and are all 20% off with the code TURKEY.  I will be shipping through the end of the week so they arrive in time for Thanksgiving!

This humogous platter dates to just after 1900 and is by Royal Doulton in the Holly and Turkey pattern.  It's one of the harder ones to find, both in this pattern and color but especially in this Well & Tree form.  This was part of my personal collection for years.  It is for sale HERE

This pretty plate is by Wedgwood with the Woodland border.  Available HERE

Here is a seldom seen teal colored turkey plate by Ridgway dating between 1891-1920  Available HERE

Every year I get a few requests from my customers for a Purple turkey platter or plates.  This one is by Royal Staffordshire and  is one of my favorites.  I love the big turkey strutting his stuff but the haycock propped up behind him and the fall foliage that makes up the border.  It comes in not only the purple, but also brown, blue, red, brown and black and brown polychrome.  
Several of these variations can be found in my shop, HERE

Another beauty with an equally beautiful shape is this circa 1930 platter by Crown Ducal, available HERE

I see this one once or twice a year and usually snag it up when I can.  My Mother in law has this circa 1900 Royal Cauldon platter in blue as well.  I have one in brown.  I currently have one of each color in my shop as well.  I love the border on this one too!

This stunner is by Wedgwood, dating to 1903, with hand enameling.  Available HERE

And of course, the ever popular Vista pattern by Masons was produced with turkeys on the face of the plates for special occasions. Available HERE

This colorfully bordered plate is one I'd like to pair with some aubergine accent colors.  I love the vivid colors on this one.
Available HERE

I don't know about you, but it is hard for me to choose a favorite.  I like them all!  Do you have any turkey plates or platters?  Which are your favorites?

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Friday, October 27, 2017