Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Roberts depicted as Roosters (and hens, and chicks)

There's been so much 'clucking' around blog land about Bella Vista's Rooster party that I just had to participate. What fun!  This gave me that extra motivational push I needed to hang something in the laundry room I've wanted to hang for some time!  I've done a tablescape around a Rooster but first want to show off my favorite rooster item.  This is a painting my Mom did for me 10 years ago.  She painted this to fit in a special place in our previous house.  What's so special about it is that she represented my children, husband and our home in the painting.  We have six children, four boys and two girls.  Mom depicted the Hen with four chicks (our four boys)  on the left and the Rooster with two chicks (our two girls) on the right. 


A close up of the boys and me :-)

note the sign directing visitors to our house
and Rooster Shawn and the girls ;-)
That's our former house in the background...the kids and I miss that place!



Now for some English transferware...yep, there are even transferware roosters! Here's a large pitcher by famed ceramicist Clarice Cliff of Royal Staffordshire in Charlotte pattern. 
Here's the rooster's nesting hen mate....just in from England! I was so excited to add this to my budding collection of Charlotte. I got a little bonus as I was able to track down two of these!  The other is for sale in my Etsy shop.  (10% off everything in my shop if you mention my blog).
Also from Clarice Cliff / Royal Staffordshire are these red transferware plates with roosters and flowers around the edge.  I've only come across this pattern once and it sold rather quickly. 


Now, onto my tablescape.  I was originally thinking I'd use some vintage transferware soup bowls I have with roosters in the scene but most of them are at my shop so I looked around the house and decided to go with a Tracy Porter cookie jar in a Rooster shape.  The colors seemed a perfect compliment to Royal Doulton's Pomeroy. 




For some reason unbeknown to me, I have a tendency to use drapes as tablecloths.  In this setting I used two panels, also from my former home, across the table.  It seems everybody and there dog had this Qeensland Crimson fabric.  I love it! The crimson background plays shows off the fruits and flowers in the fabric and compliments nicely the Pomeroy plates and rooster sitting atop a pile of fruits and vegetables.




Each of the Royal Doulton Pomeroy plates have an ever so slight difference between them:


Red gingham dinner napkins are doubled with embroidered rooster luncheon napkins and adds an extra touch of casual 'country'.


Vintage glassware...the clear beaded foot glasses are a GW find and the blue stemware is Fostoria, given to me years ago by my Mother in law.





My centerpiece was made by placing the Rooster cookie jar on about a 6" high plate stand and winding a garland of fruits, greenery and twigs around and through the base.  I then placed big, creamy white cabbage roses and apples around the base to coordinate with the plates and tablecloth (drapes!).  
















You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. 
Mark Twain



Linking to: Barb @ Bella Vista for her 2nd annual Rooster Party!  Thanks Barb!
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Vintage Thingie Thursday at Colorado Lady
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Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
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60 comments:

  1. Beautiful roosters, I have an aunt who would go nuts over your goodies. Have a great VTT!

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  2. You sure have a knack for putting a table together...it looks stunning. I am enjoying these rooster posts so much today. Hope to see you over at mine...also I have a 60.00 CSN promo going on now...would love for you to join. All you have to do is follow and comment:) Debbie

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  3. What a great post...so much eye candy...Love your Roosters and your table!!!

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  4. Beautiful table and wonderful rooster collection!

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  5. The table looks wonderful. I am a fan of old china. I have way more than I can possibly use! I love your roosters! I have a few, but really would love to collect and display more.

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  6. Nancy another GREAT table from you...Love it as I do everyone you do...Have a GREAT weekend my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  7. Your family rooster painting is sooooo unique and special! So glad you shared it.

    My "rooster" will strut his stuff later tonight. I'm pretty sure there won't be another like him on the list.

    ;-)

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  8. That is a wonderful collection and a beautiful tablescape. Thanks for sharing your lovilies, Sherry

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  9. That painting is so special in so many ways, just a wonderful work of art-enjoy!

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  10. This is a lovely table and the theme certainly carries well throughout.

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  11. Oh my goodness! I adore your rooster wall hanging...just beautiful! The table is breathtaking...you can just pack it all up and send it my way! I hope you don't mind;)?!

    Beautiful!

    Enjoy!
    Cathy

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  12. Nancy- first of all that painting is a priceless treasure! Oh my gosh! And I so love your home- every little glimpse asks for more- just beautiful
    xoxo Pattie

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  13. Your roosters are amazing and I love the picture that your mother painted for you.

    Hugs XX
    Barbara

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  14. That's a whole lot of cock-a-doodle doo!

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  15. What a lovely table scape. The rooster info and pictures are especially interesting.

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  16. I just love this! I love the curtain fabric, love the napkins, the square placemats, and of course the china is gorgeous! Of course, I also love the Fostoria glassware!!

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  17. Looking at your Mum's painting, now I know where you get your artistic talent from.
    Love the table- it's clear that you love what you do.

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  18. So much to see! I'm going to go back and scroll through one more time to get it all. I love that centerpiece, and those dishes are perfect.

    I think, though, that my favorite part is the napkins with the little roosters accompanying the other napkins. Great look! Very, very lovely.

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  19. How pretty! You have wonderful pieces!

    Donna

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  20. The texture and the point-counterpoint of the contemporary square rattan charger with the traditional fabric and transferware is so well chosen. I particularly like the shot with the French door and the Welsh Dresser in the background. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

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  21. Hi Nancy!! Oh, my goodness! You win the prize for the most elegant Roosters! I've never seen any transferware ones before. I have that same fabric and have it in my kitchen right now - curtains! I love it.
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

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  22. Great tablescape Nancy! I recognize the dishes. I have the same ones. Aren't they gorgeous!

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  23. I so love the fabric of the 'tablecloth' and the way you embellished the rooster centerpiece. it's truly remarkable. your treasure is in those beautiful pictures from your mother. Very gorgeous..

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  24. Transferware roosters?! I had no idea. They are so pretty. Your mother has amazing talent. I just love her painting. That cloth is beautiful and is perfect with all your pretty pieces.

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  25. It has been so fun for me, someone who doesn't own a rooster, to see so many wonderful collections of roosters this week. Of course, nothing can compare to the painting of your mother's that depicts your family with the little chicks gathered around. What a treasure. I love the transferware rooster and hen. Absolutely gorgeous. I love that you shared that you use curtains for linens, what a great tip. Fabulous as usual.

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  26. You really did a great job putting everything together! I love all of your dishes. Have a nice weekend, Mary

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  27. I love the Pomeroy. Is the red in the Pomeroy compatible with the Copeland Spode Tower Pink? Thought that if the colors worked, they might be great mix and match candidates. The touch of blue might make it interesting to use blue willow as an underplate with the Pomeroy luncheon/breakfast plate. Ooh...wheels are turning. Thanks for your kind comments on my post. Anyone is welcome to the 'napkin tower' anytime, and no credit is necessary. Cherry Kay

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  28. I have a rooster collection but nothing like your gorgeous ones!!

    The painting your mom did is absolutely beautiful. What an absolute treasure to have!! TFS! :-)

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  29. Great painting! Fabulous rooster cookie jar!

    Interesting Clarice Cliff pieces...not at all what I think of when I hear the name and not at all like her other work.

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  30. Nancy, this is stunning. Did I say stunning!? Everything is so lush and lovely. I truly love it. Your china is divine. The painting is breathtaking....what a treasure.

    Thank you for joining the Rooster Party. I hope you have a wonderful time today.

    Hugs, Barb ♥

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  31. So much eye candy...loved looking at all the lovely things you have used.

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  32. Oh Nancy,
    That Table is really something to crow about.
    Just gorgeous!

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  33. P.S. What a wonderful family portrait. Everybody here in the barnyard are sooo jealous.

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  34. What a gorgeous table you have set. Beautiful dishes. Loved it all!

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  35. HI Nancy, I saw a few things I must comment on here! I love your moms painting, what skill she has and what a treasure you have for yourself in that sweet painting. Laughed out loud about everyone and their dog having that red fabric!!As you know I make custom drapes and you know you are right!? It was very popular for kitchens in particular because of the fruit in the pattern. And then when you said that for some unknown reason you use drapes for tablecloths, that was another funny comment that left me laughing!! Oh boy the things one can use old drapes for!
    Your table was truly another masterpiece in layering, and the plates were really pretty!

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  36. Your tablescape is just beautiufl. Everything in your blog post is beautiful. . . thank you for sharing.

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  37. Oh my gracious, what a lovely and rooster-ific set of collectibles, from the gorgeous rooster dinnerware dishes to the magnificent rooster figurines. Absolutely delightful and definitely something to crow about! My favorite - the painting your mom created, full of your delightful family memories. What a treat! :)

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  38. Nancy, I think this may be my favorite of all your table posts! I have a few Charlotte pieces in lavender. That rooster centerpiece is beautiful! Linda

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  39. What a wonderful table! I love everything I see! I actually have those same fringed rooster napkins, in cocktail size. Are yours vintage? I can't remember where I got mine, but I think they were my mother's. I always enjoy your blog!

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  40. I love your brown transfer ware roosters!! They are beautiful!

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  41. Your mother is a talented artist. The rooster cookie jar really has presence on such a gorgeous table. The transferware is beautiful, as always. Especially, the adorable handled bowls, I've been wanting some for a while now. Fabulous drapery tablecloth - love that, and your napkins, too.

    All the Best,

    Requi

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  42. Nancy, you always have the best treasures to share. The painting your mom did is marvelous. Absolutely in love with the rooster pitcher. I'm of to visit your shop. ~ Sarah

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  43. What a stunning table, Nancy! My gosh, that is the biggest rooster cookie jar I have ever seen. My favorite is the painting...your mother is very talented. Thank you for sharing.

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  44. Hi Nancy, You tablescape is Stunning! All the transferware is just gorgeous... But I am having a hard time getting past your painting and how fabulous it is! Your Mom is so talented and depicting your home and family is priceless! And by the way six kids, Wow :-)
    Thanks for stopping by.. you should make yourself a "cottage bike" it's a fun planter:-)
    Bella

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  45. Nancy for some reason this escaped me, but as I was thinking about your moms painting and how she incorporated your last name, I realized that I live on ROBERTS street!! Isn't that funny!??

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  46. Lovely tablescape. Love the cookie jar.

    Irma :)

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  47. Nancy, Your mom's painting is adorable! I am always amazed at your collection of transferware and the beautiful tablescapes you create with it. Hugs, Sherry

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  48. Beautiful Nancy! I love the transferware roosters. How neat.
    Sherry

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  49. Your rooster themed tablescape is lush and gorgeous. But I must say the Rooster family painting by your talented mother just steals the show!

    Big TX hugs,
    Stephanie
    Angelic Accents

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  50. Hi Nancy, This is the first time I visited your blog...and it's fabulous. Your mom's painting is so amazing, and I love your dishes and, well...everything. Beautiful tablescape! Mumzie :)

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  51. Meeting you in "Show off your cottage Monday" has been a pleasure
    I love your tableware
    Hugs

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  52. Verly pretty... and such an elegant table! Thanks for participating in our "Show Off Your Cottage Monday" and letting us into your lovely home...

    Blessings

    Cielo

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  53. Beautiful, beautiful table! It's done to perfection with the Royal Dalton, the glassware, and that magnificent rooster cookie jar. Eye candy is an understatement. :-) Your mother's artwork is adorable.
    ~ Sue

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  54. What a lovely post! Your home looks so warm and inviting! My mom would love to see your roosters, they 're gorgeous! She collects them!
    Have a nice Cottage-Monday!

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  55. Finding your beautiful post makes me feel as tho I have died and gone to rooster heaven. The transferware is over the top beautiful and the paintings that your mother did are gorgeous. When I am finished posting to you, I will become your latest follower. I love the colors in your home. So many blogs have light colors and are very pretty, but I am partial to fall colors and just think the reds are so yummy. Your roos are perfect!! Thankyou so much for joining the party, Char

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  56. Oh, I just love Tracy Porter and love that rooster centerpiece! I, also, particularly like your napkins. I bet that everyone has a favorite part to your tables, huh! How fun! "Pick your own treasure!"

    Where do you come up with all of these wonderful quotes???

    Your Mom's painting for your family is precious!!!

    Love, Katy

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  57. I always think I've died and gone to heaven when I visit your blog! I'm in transferware heaven!

    The painting your Mom did is just so gorgeous! How precious to have something like that. Love all the transferware, most especially the nesting hen!

    Manuela

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  58. Aaahhhhi- it's so pretty here, Nancy. The family pics of the chicks and mom and dad are soo cute and of course I love all your transferware. That is a wonderful quote - I think Sunday Words to Live By is my favorite thing right now! :) Nancy

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  59. I am still trying to get around to all the rooster parties this week! I am now in the "N" section!

    You have the most amazing rooster collection! That sign is great and the table was awesome! Your house is just beautiful and you have a new follower!!

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  60. Wow you blew me away with the table setting and the huge centerpiece Rooster. I love your blog. My daughter has 5 children 12-18. Blessings, Janet

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