Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Bird Cage & Transferware Tablescape

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 This table and tablescape was so fun to create!  I'll post about this unique table in a few days but am sharing my tablescape tonight.  Some of my favorite decorative things are birds, some of my favorite things, as you all know, is transferware and my favorite flowering bush is the hydrangea.   It was so fun creating a table with all three motif's.



The bird cage top is removable to I laid a sheer window curtain across the table...it's a pretty teal green with olive leaves and pink and periwinkle hydrangeas.  I used to have this in my bathroom about 10 years ago.  I have a serious issue with getting rid of things.  I do try...but it doesn't always work out that way, for me.  I did give away some of the matching panels but I held on to this for some reason...and now I'm wishing I had them all! ;-)   

Anyway, the window sheer was the perfect thing to bring these pieces together for a pretty Spring table with a real splash of whimsy!  After I put down the sheer, I added a birds nest and some ivy and then placed the bird cage topper over it.   Around the cage I wrapped this ready made lavender and cream budding garland from Decorator's Friend around the base of the cage.  It's made of little paper type buds on wire ends so it's very easy to work with.  I love the airy look of this!  



 The bird cage topper has four corners so I placed one of each of this set of Garden Warblers around the corners and into the airy garland.  I loosely wove in some gold stamped, olive satin and sheer ribbon for a little extra softness, texture and shimmer.


This set of warblers looks so cute on this Olive green, ironstone transferware platter by J & G Meakin.   What a fun way to display a platter and some sweet birds.  I just added some gold pip berries
to the platter and set the little birdies atop.  Both these came from Decorator's Friend.  They have a large assortment of inexpensive, pretty bird figurines and the berries come in a tube for under $5 with lots of color options!
I found the perfect, hand painted wine glasses by Jeanne at...get this name... A Stroke of Jeanne-ius.  I love that shop name!  Jeanne owns an Etsy shop and has a wonderful assortment of hand painted stemware, cheese domes and more in lots of motif's from fruit and flowers, to elegant damasks.  Everyone that's seen the hydrangea glasses has commented on them!  They're so pretty and unique!  These have a pretty variegated pink hydrangea bloom with gold accents.   She has a great set right now with cherries and it's so cute for summer!



These wine glasses are perfect tealight holders too...I just filled them with some of the Gold Pip Berries and placed my tealight (in a closed container) on top.  I also put this in one of Decorator's Friend lavender and cream budding wreath's...isn't this pretty?  I love candlelight...any time, any place!  It's so romantic and adds that perfectly soft touch...and mood!

I put one of the lavender wreaths on the back of a chair and wove in some opalescent organza garland from Always Elegant.  The vintage tablecloth draped over the chair came from Creative Juices Studios.



I set the table with some J & G Meakin olive transferware bread/dessert plates that have a scrolled leaf and vine pattern. 
These also make cute pillar or votive candle holders.  Here I placed some of the pip berries and a bird on the plate, added a recycled candle holder filled with more pip berries and placed a small votive inside.


These vintage pink damask napkins were a garage sale find...a set of 8 for $5.  They are pristine!  Instead of napkin rings I opted to tuck them into these vintage inspire tin hanging cones.  I found these at Decorator's Friend as well.  They are the perfect shade of green with little golden highlights and a nice, aged looking patina.  I love using things in unexpected ways!
 The antique transferware periwinkle plates are in the Asiatic Pheasants pattern...one which was produced by a large number of potters.  These are a little unique in that the color is not blue, nor purple and these are Swedish by Gustafsberg.    The color reminds me of the blue form of hydrangeas...my all time favorite!  I used to have my bedroom painted this color.

I can't wait to tell you all more about this table on another post!  It was so much fun!





Linking up with these sweet bloggers and the weekly memes they host.  Please join them for lots of fun, great ideas, tablescapes and more, more, more!




Suzanne at Colordolady for Vintage Thingie Thursday

Melissa at My Cottage Charm for Treasures and Trinkets Thursdays

Amy at Keeping up with the Schultz Family for Round Robin (Friday)

Jessica at A Few of My Favorite Things for Favorite Things Friday
Show and Tell Fridays At Romantic Home and Friday~Finding Beauty


















~Henry David Thoreau~

62 comments:

  1. Gorgeous plates! I really got a kick out of the birds on the plate of seed though, love it!

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  2. SO pretty- just the perfect picture of Spring
    xoxo Pattie

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  3. Just precious with all the birds! I love that bird cage on and under the table! Wow so pretty...the soft blue/periwinkle dishes are making me covet!!! LOL So beautiful Nancy!

    Miss Bloomers

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  4. Nancy, just DARLING!! I love the birds and birdcage theme!! XXOO

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  5. This is gorgeous! My Mom would LOVE that plate as she is Swedish :) Love the little birds as well!

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  6. LOVE the table!! The cage is just awesome! It is all very pretty! I love to set my table too!
    I love your Twilight/New Moon story!! hehe They are really better if you have read the books. They leave a lot out of the movies assuming you have read them I guess. I am glad you got to see the whole thing though. Much better that way ;)
    Hugs, Lisa
    ps I joined Workspace Wednesday too!

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  7. This is a fun and beautiful tablescape. Love the cheerful birds and the hand painted goblets are so pretty. What a lovely color combination.

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  8. Wow! That table is so unique! I wasn't sure what you meant when you first said "the top of the cage came off, so you put a cloth under it" but at the end, I see! The plate of birdies is so cute - I think I have some of the same ones. Very pretty transferware and tablecloth too!

    DD

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  9. Oh, what a fun table! I love the bird theme with the birds and the adorable bird cage coordinated with the pretty china! And that is the perfect setting. Love how you "foofed" your chairs, too, with those cute cushions. You did such a good job with this. Oh, and I like the surprise of using that little tin cone for the napkins! Great idea and a festive table!

    Happy Tablescape Thursday!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  10. Very pretty tablescape. I love your seat covers!
    Robin

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  11. Nancy:

    So fun and full of Springtime!Neat wine glasses. Awesome table base.

    Just one question, if you painted your room that color - why change it???

    - The Tablescaper

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  12. This is just flat breathtaking, Nancy girl. Just beautiful and the time it took you to do all this really shows thru. Magazine worthy, for SURE. I just LOVE that table ! And, the cage..so so pretty.
    hugs, bj

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  13. Your table is amazing. I love the vines and the birds - it is magical! I can't wait to hear more about the table.

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  14. You are so right, those glasses are the eye catcher! Thanks so much for sharing, make me want to get my bird cage put togther. Have a blessed week!

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  15. Stunning...as always! Have a great VTT!

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  16. What a precious tablescape! The birds are adorable and the cage is perfect.
    Thanks again for the wonderful cookies from the
    Sweet Cheeks Bakery. I love the name, I have always said to my kids, in jest of course, now listen to me Sweet Cheeks. I do enjoy your blog!
    Thanks and have a wonderful evening

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  17. Gorgeous periwinkle transferware plates!!!

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  18. Very pretty table, Nancy. The periwinkle plates are gorgeous, beautiful shade.
    I am smiling at your comment...the plate and stemware are a bright orange, not red!

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  19. Such a "tweet" table setting. Love all the different elements you pulled into this table setting. And that table! I can't wait to learn more about it.

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  20. A perfect garden setting tablescape! Love all te prett details.

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  21. Those periwinkle plates are wonderful! Love your quote. I'm storing it in my quote file!

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  22. I adore those plates. Those are such a beautiful color. This tablescape makes me smile. I'm a bird lover and you put everything together so cute.

    Hugs,
    Joanne

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  23. Nancy, I adore this table. I love all the details, but especially the runner and the handpainted stemware. They complements each other so perfect. Your transferware is always stunning and the little birdies are cute and makes a marvellously summer atmosphere. And they are as subject to the cage theme simply indispensible.
    Greetings, Johanna

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  24. You gave me wonderful ideas for the decorative birdcages I seem to pick up. Absolutely LOVE the cage the table itself is made from. One of a kind!

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  25. Wow, what a lovely and sweet tablescape! :) I LOVE LOVE LOVE that table, that is about the coolest thing I've seen in a long time! I would Love one of those in my cottage kitchen!
    Thanks for linking up to my treasures and trinkets day, I'm glad you came over!
    Have a blessed day!
    Melissa

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  26. Gorgeous, I could never do that. I love the wine glasses, thanks!

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  27. This setting is a feast for the eye! Absolutely gorgeous. I love the little cone shaped baskets which contain your napkins. I was so involved with the photos that I must go back and read. I hope you gave the source of those. Thanks for a wonderful tablescape.

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  28. You truly have talent for tablescapes! This one is so fresh and light! Thanks for sharing!

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  29. You've created a gorgeous table for all of us to enjoy - great detail. Fabulous table - I'm dragging my husband in to see this.....

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  30. I love your plates! Everything is displayed beautifully.

    Jocelyn
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

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  31. The birds are an adorable addition to your tablescape. So wonderfully done!

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  32. Beautiful Nancy...I love those plates! But tell us how do you come up with these combinations? Does it all come together naturally as you layer and go along, or do you have a plan and then you execute? I tend to get a basic idea and then it all comes pouring out...until voila, I am finished. Curious what your creative process is!
    Amy

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  33. wow!! gorgeous table and scape!!

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  34. You never cease to amaze me Nancy!! You are so very creative!!

    Love,
    Susan and Bentley
    xxoo

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  35. thanks so much for stopping by a little lovely. good luck with your flower bouquet!!

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  36. How beautiful..simply beautiful. I love everything,..how very creative you are with carrying out your ideas.. Happy VTT..

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  37. this is so beautiful and creative!! i absolutely love the periwinkle dishes. are they available to purchase anywhere??
    the table itself is a showstopper. hmmm.........has me thinking of finding a birdcage and imitating the design!!!........

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  38. Such a gorgeous table. I am not usually the biggest fan of blue transferware (prefering all other colors) BUT combined with green is simply gorgeous. I love all your birdies :)

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  39. Wow! That is so beautiful! I am in love with the wine glass as a candle holder. It is fabulous!! I love it all but the candle holder is something me being decorating challenged maybe could pull off!! Thanks!!

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  40. This is so sweet. happy VTT.

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  41. I think this is one of my favorite tablescapes, because I love birdcages so much! And what a surprise that it was a birdhouse table! I've always loved those!
    Happy VTT!
    Carol

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  42. The tablescape is gorgeous, but I really love the base of your table. How fun. Thanks for sharing.

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  43. Such a beautiful table scape.

    The bird cage on the table AND below are stunning and unique.

    Thanks for joining us Friday--Finding Beauty.

    Claudia

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  44. Wow! How beautiful! Everything you did is so perfect and nicely done!

    Jeanine

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  45. Sigh...swoon...my heart is going pitter pat.

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  46. Of all the tablescapes, vignettes, etc. I have done, I've never thought to put a birdhouse on a dining table! How splendid!

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  47. Nancy, I love the painted wine glasses! Really like the decoration on the back of the chairs too and of course the transferware is fabulous. You are so-o-o-o-o creative, Nancy!
    Beth

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  48. That is one exquistie tablescape!! So fresh and charming!!

    I just love birdcages!!

    Debbie

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  49. thinking of you today and getting some things together for you...

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  50. I have just recently retired and remarried and discovered all these wonderful blogging sites. What fun! Love your dishes and the birds. My favorite things. I have gotten so many great ideas from all you wonderful blogging ladies.

    Shirley in Tenn.

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  51. what an amazing table.. Great idea..
    I wanted to say Thanks for taking the time to link up to my Round Robin. It is great to meet people and see new ideas.. Have a great evening..

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  52. Hi Tablescaper,

    I should have clarified about my bedroom paint...it was at my old house that I had it painted a pale periwinkle...otherwise I probably wouldn't change it! I love the color!

    Nancy

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  53. Hi Amy,

    I think it's a mix of both for me...I get a general idea and then it just starts coming together. Originally I had something completely different planned for this tablescape (still do but it will be another table). I knew I wanted to use the hydrangea glasses with the window sheer and then I just started playing...and well, here you have it!

    Nancy

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  54. Nancy, this is a beautiful table! Love the birds, and I love the cones for napkin holders. of course, I always love the china on your tablescapes. Thank you so much for linking this beautiful post to Favorite Things. laurie

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  55. Nancy...you are so inspiring..so creative...
    what a pleasure to meet you..
    I am your latest follower..
    sorry for being late..
    Mine is here
    Have a beautiful Sunday!
    hugs
    shakira

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  56. Fabulous..gorgeous and beautiful!
    Kiki~

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  57. I just love that table..and the centerpiece is so sweet!

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  58. The bird cage theme is great!!! Would love to sit at this lovely table.

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  59. HPS love your tablescape. What pretty things you got there. Definitely like the wine glass. Have a good weekend.Nancy

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  60. I'm having a major drool session here! That is the most beautiful spring-y tablescape ever! Love the color combinations, the dishes, THAT table BASE. I'm off to become a follower right now so I'll never miss another post of yours again. I'd be honore if you would visit my blog, too!

    Oh, may I ask about your blog header picture? I collect hands and am intrigued by your transferware hand ~ wherever did you find one?!?!

    Big PINK SATURDAY Hugs,
    Stephanie
    Angelic Accents

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  61. Every detail is absolute, exquisite perfection. I love, love, love it all.

    Happy Pink Saturday, Nancy.

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  62. Found your site this evening. You've created such a welcoming site to visit. I'm signing up to follow now! Thanks! Cherry Kay http://entertainingwomen.blogspot.com

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