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Harvest Time Tablescape and Reflecting

I have been reflecting a lot lately, about my life, about my business, about things in much so that I have been working all day on a post about those things and about the 'big news' I mentioned last week.  I've had to take a few cry breaks along the way and because of that I have not finished writing that post.  Almost done though.  So, in the meantime,  I have decided to revisit my early blogging days and share this table again.  I know, I know,  this is two weeks in a row that I've posted an old tablescape.  I'm sorry.  Hit me...hahaha you can't reach!    This table is so old though that I bet most of you  don't even remember seeing it and if you're fairly new here then you probably never saw it at all.

I hope you like it.

The pattern is Harvest Time; a pretty,  fruit themed brown transferware pattern with a mix of apple green and burgundy/red hand painted touches.  It's by Johnson Brothers and I've got a lot of it in my shop (see sources at the end of the post).

Assuming I can find the intrepidity to hit the publish button, I will be here tomorrow with the post I'm working on now including some things about me and my past that you don't know.

Have a wonderful night and celebrate beautiful Fall!  Hooray! It is finally here!

p/s Thanks to Courtney at Country French Cottage and Honey at 2805 for featuring my Easing Into Fall tablescape on their blogs this week! I'm honored and flattered.  Thank you both!

Centerpiece -  I created this with a garland and wound it around clear glass (dollar store) candleholders and added various sized apples throughout
Placemats, Napkins and Napkin Rings -  can't remember where I got these!
Topiary's made with matching china are available HERE or contact me for custom order
Bubble Tumblers - Walmart---2 or 3 years ago know where! Harvest Plates, Cups & Saucers, Platters, Soup Bowls and more are availalbe in my Etsy shop or click HERE: (I have cups/saucers, square plates, dinner plates, etc)
Apple tureens:  Bought from a catalog...think it was called Collections.

Joining these awesome parties:

No Minimalist Here
Common Ground
Between Naps on the Porch
French Country Cottage
A Stroll Thru Life
Romantic Homes
Savvy Southern Style

My entry into No Minimalist Here Open House Party  sponsored by Appliances Online.


  1. Outside transferware this is a very favorite pattern of mine...have bought ccups/saucers and sent them to friends, but i don't have any this whole tablescape, so lovely as always...blessings suek

  2. Thanks so much for coming by! I'm glad you like what I did for my tablescape. I love this pattern that you show, and have two dinner plates for sale in my booth that I'm going to have to go snatch back! Oh what was I thinking? I just saw your table from last week, and it's fabulous! Thank goodness for highlights. I just don't have the time I once had for visits. Best to you with your changes! Hugs

  3. What a beautiful tablescape. Love the china and the fall centerpiece - perfect for the season!

  4. The china is so pretty, love the flatware and esp. the apple tureens!!! Now, I'm nervous about your news, blessings to you....hugs...

    1. Cleo, It's not bad news, very exciting in fact...will post more today! It's just that certain things made me think back to some really hard times...will share today.
      Thanks for all your warm wishes, ~ N

  5. Nancy,Never tire looking at your beautiful tablescapes..You are a natural at decorating!

  6. This is such a beautiful setting, Nancy! What a lovely Johnson Brothers pattern and so perfect for Autumn. And there are those topiary I love!!! Sending best wishes as you struggle with whatever is going on in your life.

  7. Thinking of you today...suek

  8. Hi, Nancy! I'm sorry you're feeling blue or frustrated. I really do hope whatever you are experiencing that is causing you anguish passes soon. Crying is a good thing because it helps to purge, but I would prefer those be happy tears for you. I didn't see this tablescape before, so it's totally new to me. I love the apple green!!! I know a lot of people would have wanted to stick with darker greens for fall, but I love it when an eye-popping color is intertwined. It helps to better showcase the deeper colors and gives the table a lot of character. Very pretty! Please take care of yourself, and I hope the weekend brings all good things for you.

  9. So glad you reposted this. I think I remember the little topiary trees. Love the contrast of the new bakers with the vintage plates.

    Curious to read your thoughtful post.

    - The Tablescaper

  10. Love, love it, it's gorgeous!! Your table is wonderful, so happy, warm and inviting! Love the dishes and the apple tureen, pretty Nancy! Yes, we always go through this kind of thinking at your age, where you have teen children and you start to reflect about your life and the meaning of it for you, as a person, since up to now you've been mostly a giver to the home and family. Wait a while, they'll be graduating, getting married and your life will just take the right'll see. Please take care sweetie and don't take quick desitions about nothing. God bless you!

  11. Nancy, I have always loved this dish pattern and it is perfect for your Fall tablescape. Thanks for sharing your pretty table at the Open House party and for entering the giveaway.

  12. Nancy, I was drawn to your post by the Johnson Bros china which I love, but then I saw the centerpiece you created! Amazing. It looks so lush and beautiful and perfect with the dishes. Very creative without spending a lot of money. Dianne

  13. Beautiful table and your dinnerware is gorgeous!!

  14. Beautiful table Nancy. Love the centerpiece and your plates are gorgeous.


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