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Red Roses Transferware Tablescape

Love, Like Flowers

Seasons have come and gone with each having a glory,
And my lips smile sweetly as never before,
As I'm reminded again of my flower story,
While watching Spring's beauty come on once more.

Flowers were wilting as if by foregone conclusion
When the somber tones in his words did murmur,
Of our love being just a romantic illusion,
Then left my heart breaking on boughs of summer.

With the close of those days my heart shut its door.
I listened not to futures vague rhymes or reason.
His love had vanished like others who came before,
So, for me, love was always just a season.

Like those wilting flowers for which life ended too soon,
I'd wished for some firm roots that could live on and on.
I'd wanted love's flower that grows more with each bloom,
Not those that died ere their season was gone.

Then after three Falls and Summers, and lonely Winters,
That were missing of love and all it might be,
I opened my heart's door and removed dull splinters
And saw a world that looked brighter to me.

Spring had come to the air and did gaily speak,
And with warm breath was sprouting green growth in glee;
And my ears were filled softly with promising music,
As small buds sang gently of colors to be.

My heart, like that Spring after sleeping, felt stronger
And had stirred its quiet bed with hope once again,
Of replacing its lost with a flower to live longer-
And a red rose now grows where pansies had been.

 ©1975 Marilyn Stubbs Robinson (my awesome Mom)

The beautiful red transferware in this tablescape is by Ridgway.  Plates, cups and saucers are for sale in my shop, English Transferware.

God gave us our memories so that we might have roses in December.
~J. M. Barrie~

The rose is a flower of love.
The world has acclaimed it for centuries.
Pink roses are for love hopeful and expectant.
Red roses, ah red roses are for love triumphant.
~unkown author~

How cunningly nature hides every wrinkle of her inconceivable antiquity under roses and violets and morning dew!
~Ralph Waldo Emerson~
I love to mix and match flatware.  Towle Stockholm is paired with Barenthal Mabre' in burgundy.

I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck
~Emma Goldman~ 
I couldn't agree more.  
Here, on my table is a profusion of roses in pinks, reds, whites and red tinged ivory's in an antique silver teapot that belonged to my Great Aunt and Uncle.

I don't know whether nice people tend to grow roses 
or growing roses makes people nice.
~Roland A Browne~

Vintage ruby flash, Kings Crown thumprint tumblers pair well with wine glasses etched with a single rose. I found the wine glasses for a quarter a piece at a thrift shop!  I placed tealight candles in each ofthe wine glasses.

"For, if I wait", said she, "Till time for roses be-
For the moss rose and the musk rose,
Maiden blush and royal dusk rose
What glory then for me
In such a company?"
Roses plenty, roses plenty,
And one nightingale for twenty?
~Elizabeth Barrett Browning~

Napkins rolled into rosebuds are nestled into the teacups. This rosebud napkin fold is SO easy!  

A friend gave me a napkin folding book years ago with instructions on how to fold this rosebud, and today I found a video on YouTube to show you just how easy it is. I've included it at the bottom of my post.


I'm joining:

Between Naps on the Porch,
 Savvy Southern StyleRomantic Homes Common GroundFeathered Nest Friday,Charm of HomeFunky Junk Interiors No Minimalist HereA Stroll Thru Life
Pink Saturday, A House In The Roses, Under the Table and Dreaming, Homemaker on a Dime


  1. Your china is beautiful but I absolutely LOVE your silverware. I have never seen that pattern before. Like you, I also love roses!

  2. The whole table is gorgeous! Love the napkin tutorial!

  3. The poem is wonderful. I think this pattern of transferware is my new favorite. I don't think that I have seen it before. I am also intrigued buy the tablecloth. A manipulated fabric!
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

  4. Your table is so romantic and charming, Nancy.Love the rose folded napkins...Christine

  5. Fabulous, fabulous post. Love the dishes, the rose napkin fold, the roses in the silver pitcher, I don't know where to begin, I am your newest follower. Visiting from BNOTP. xo,

  6. I always love to come to your blog to see your beautiful transferware. That was a beautiful poem written by your mother. Nice people do grow roses!

  7. I've just started following you on FB and I love what you have done with your home. Of course your table settings are just beautiful. I get my "dish" fix just looking at all the pretty ones you have collected. Tahnks so much.

  8. What a lovely table! I LOVE that linen on there!!! YOWZA!!!!!!!

  9. Beautiful table loved it.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Lots of Love,
    Karin Şen Cankan

  10. So gorgeous table! Stunning home and blog!
    Love everything about it:)
    I would love to see you on my blog:)

  11. Nancy, Everything is so gorgeous! I truly enjoy your blog and love to see you on mine.

  12. Forgot to mention I must I love shopping with you.

  13. So very pretty! The tablecloth is gorgeous as are the dishes! The rose napkin in the teacup is the icing on the cake! Can't wait to watch the video! Thanks for sharing!


  14. Love this post! So many wonderful quotes to go with so many wonderful pictures! You are a girl after my own heart mixing and matching for your tablescapes! And thanks for including the youtube video - those rose napkins in the teacups is just precious! Just found you and I'll be following from now on!!

  15. Just love your rosy post.. Those dishes are really very pretty. The silver teapot is a great piece too.. Happy Friday, xo marlis

  16. This is really a beautiful pattern! Red roses....ah-h-h!

    Hope you will please drop by and enter my $50 Gift Card Giveaway!! If there are 500 entries, the amount will increase the Gift Card to $100.

  17. Such a beautiful setting. The rose napkin is the perfect touch!

    - The Tablescaper

  18. Absolutely beautiful! The dishes are perfect for me. :-) Love the flatware too and mixing is such a neat idea. Thanks so much for sharing the beauty with us!


  19. What a beautiful post for also pink Saturday. Beautiful transferware and roses in the silver pot. Gorgeous.
    Happy pink Saturday

  20. Your mom and her poem are awesome! Love the transfer ware too. Happy PS.

  21. Nancy, the opening poem is beautiful!! So richly expressed and from the heart.

    Your table wares are lovely! O, and I agree wholeheartedly...I'd much rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck (although I wouldn't say 'no' to both..COL)..seriously, I would take roses over diamonds any day of the year.

    What a lovely idea - a rose shaped napkin...I am so thrilled to see so much creativity on blogs.

    Have a delightful day,

  22. Beautiful. How simple that was to make the rose for the cup. Thanks for sharing.

  23. Gorgeouys tablescape, Nancy. I love the china, is so different and delicate! Love the tablecloth, ve4ry beautiful. Thanks for sharing the napkin fold tutorial, really very sweet and pretty. Happy Pink Sat....I just dropped to visit you from PS too. Hugs, FABBY

  24. Lovely setting! I like the red transferware and the rose quotes...especially the one by R. Browne! The napkin roses in the teacups are charming!

  25. Hi, Nancy! I'm admiring all your creative posts here. Can you please share them at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)

  26. Beautiful, Nancy, as always! thank you for sharing your gorgeous table at VIF, xo Debra

  27. Just wondering if you can give me any info on the silverware? Was looking at your blog and admiring it to find out my grandmother has some that looks a lot like it but I don't know anything about it or where to find out info - my grandmother passed away 1 1/2yrs ago and now my grandfather passed away a couple of weeks ago so they are cleaning out the old home stead. Any info is appreciated. Thanks Amy

  28. Wonderful Nancy! I love your mother's poem! The rose napkin is a great idea too. Thanks for linking it to HSH!

  29. Nancy, Another beautiful tablescape and I love the poem. Thank you for linking to the Open House party.

  30. I know that you have so many blog parties to choose from so thank you for choosing Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop. This post is added to the party blast! Enjoy the rest of the week :)

  31. So beautiful! Thank you for linking with Air Your Laundry Friday! xo Jami

  32. Love the dishes, red transferware is on of my favorites! Beautiful!


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