Friday, December 10, 2010

Christmas Cloche Vignette in Brown

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Still ticking away at my Christmas decor.  Shawn tells me to quit obsessing.  Hmmm...I'm not ready to quit just yet. I don't even have a big tree up yet.  I found the top of it and had it laying out in the den.  Last night, simultaneously Ethan and I made the remark 'the white tree is now yellow' and I added that it looked like someone tossed it to the curb during a snowstorm and everyone drove by and splashed ice and mud on it.   If/when I get it all put up, yellowish brown and all, I will share it with you all.  But for now, here is my Christmas cloche vignette I've created on the Bombe' chest that separates the kitchen eating area from the den.  

The cloche on the left is filled with brown Christmas ornaments.  I added some brown spiral glitter picks to the floral and pheasant feather arrangement to add some holiday sparkle.

 These little snowflake ornaments are $3 for 20 at Walmart...can't get much cheaper than that.  I laid them on the table top, the lamps and the decanters.

I have two other cloche's on this table.  One, I've shown's an amber golden color and I have it filled with wine corks.  I topped it with a snowflake too.

My next cloche sits on an antique transferware compote by Spode.  Inside the cloche I have another brown transferware plate that is slightly octagon shaped.  This past Spring I found a real birds nest and a couple of weeks later a bird egg out in the front yard.  Unfortunately someone who won't fess up broke the real egg a couple of weeks ago.   I think it was one of my daughters friends.   Now there are three little ornaments and a bird in the cloche, on the nest.  I tucked another snowflake in there.  My pics are really bad.  I can't seem to get one good photo of any of my cloche's so I apologize.

These are some of my favorite candles.  They are bark pillar candles and even have the tree rings on top.   They are so warm and natural looking.  

  If you like decorating with cloche's then you'll really enjoy the Cloche party at Marty's I am participating in. 

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!   Look for me at the first of the week at The Thrifty Groove where I have been invited to guest post!    And...if you are in Tulsa tomorrow please come out to my shop, The Vintage Abode at 8 W Dawes in Bixby (151st & Memorial).  I'm having an open house from 11-3.

The only blind person at Christmastime is he who has not Christmas in his heart.
~Helen Keller~

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Christmas Winter Tablescape at the Bird House Dining Table

Stay, season of calm love and soulful snows!
~ from the poem To Winter by Claude McKay

 Do any of you remember my bird cage dining table  I made from a broken bird cage a few months back?  That was one of my most popular posts so click the link above it you'd like to see how it all came about.  Well, this table has  become one of my favorite pieces of furniture and sits at the center of one of the rooms in my shop. 

I envisioned something outside of  the traditional red and green color scheme for this setting.  I envisioned a tablescape of silver and white snowflakes and ice crystals with a little bit of soft, pale color added.  I've always liked periwinkle and in fact had a previous homes bedroom wall painted a very light shade of this color.   My  inspiration were these gorgeous, ever so light periwinkle / lavender  / purple transferware plates in the Asiatic Pheasants Pattern.    I think this is a beautiful pattern depicting pheasants fluttering amongst a lush floral bouquet.  They seemed to be a perfect match for the table.   These transferware plates are not the typical English pieces I include in my tablescapes,  rather they are Swedish and made by the firm Gustavsberg in the late 19th to early 20th century.  When I came across these a couple of years ago I could not resist buying them solely for the rare,  beautiful color they are.

Asiatic Pheasants is one of the most popular patterns ever produced.  So many potters used this pattern that it is still not known just how many companies did indeed produce wares in this design.    The list of known manufactures of this pattern is even more extensive. 

  Back to the table scape...I love, love, love to layer linens so layer one was a very light silver, almost white, organza table cloth.  Rather than traditional place mats I chose  white cotton/linen blend napkins with a silver ribbon sewn around the edges.  These were placed at an angle allowing the corners to hang over the table.  Next I added hand beaded silver chargers and then another clear beaded, metal charger over that.  This gave some glimmer I really wanted at the table.  I think that the beaded items, especially in silver, add light and airiness which gives a great visual impact.  

Next, of course came the plates. 
I chose to mix up the silverware.  I brought my Towle Stockholm from home and paired it with these pretty, white and silver salad forks which add another touch of supple elegance.  

Napkins are layered too...first is a white, jacquard poly blend under organza napkins that match the table topper.  The napkin rings match my chargers.

The etched goblets were on clearance a while back at Hobby Lobby.  
I love the second pic down with the candlelight shining through.

  At each setting I incorporated some pieces of Spode Mayflower ,which is another beautiful pattern in the same lilac/periwinkle shade as the plates but with hand painted roses in the center.  On each bread plate I placed these gorgeous, silver snowflake candles.  These ball candles come in a variety of colors from Zest Candles.  They're only a couple of dollars a piece.  

 Under each cup and saucer I placed a small wreath adorned with faux ice covered branches. 

To the backs of each chair, I tied matching wreaths with organza garland and a sprig of lilac to tie in the color scheme.

 My centerpiece is what originally was to be the top of the bird cage.  I decided to use it atop the table.  I wrapped three garlands around the cage top:   white and lavender floral, ice covered branches and more organza garland.  Underneath the cage topper I placed an additional beaded charger, plate and a large pillar candle.   throughout the garlands and over the table I placed an assortment of inexpensive, plastic snowflakes covered in glitter or metallic paint.

The crowning touch to the cage was draping a beaded wine bottle cover over the top.

 So many little ice crystals fell from the garland that I decided they'd be a welcome addition to the table and I scattered them all over it or allowed them to stay where they fell.

 This antique tureen dish is another perfect match for this table setting.

 Now then, if you find you're in want of some transferware, well you're in luck.  I'm giving one of my readers a $50 gift certificate to my Etsy shop, EnglishTransferware
I'm sure you all know the drill...but in case not, here are the rules for entering and ways to earn extra entries.

 1)  Visit my English Transferware shop and then come back and tell me in a comment what you'd choose to spend the $50 on.
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4) One more way to enter is by making any purchase from my shop between the time this post goes live (9:00 CST on 12/08) and the 15th of December.  You'll need to leave an additional comment with the order number.  So that is a total of four chances to win!  And as an added bonus to your purchase....every sale between now and the 15th will get 25% off IF you mention this post specifically.

I will use to select the winner.  I will announce the winner next Wednesday night, the 15th of December.

Thanks for taking the time to read my posts and enter this giveaway.

Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.  ~Laura Ingalls Wilder

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