Susan at Between Naps on the Porch is once again hosting Tablescape Tuesday, and I thought I would join the party this week.
Last week, we had two other couples over for dessert; and I wanted to give the table a hint of Autumn.
For a simple, fast and inexpensive centerpiece, I used my ceramic pumpkins (recently purchased from the Dollar Tree) elevated on an old rusty, tin drawer. Then, I just filled in with pampas grass and leaves from the yard.
The underplates, glasses and cups & saucers are Fostoria "American" from the 1940s.
The fruit plates are vintage Schumann Bavarian china with each plate a different pattern of fruits, nuts, and leaves. All of the dishes were inherited from my mother.
Dessert was blackberry cake with the blackberries picked that morning from Bob's garden.
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In answer to questions about my previous post on My Favorite Collectible, aesthetic movement transferware dates from 1870-1900. This type of design was in answer to the formal and rigid Victorian years. It is Asian-influenced with asymmetric and geometric patterns and scenes. Please refer to today's post of B.J. at Sweet Nothings where she explains the transferware process.
The aesthetic movement transferware dishes come in several colors including blue, red, and brown. They are available on ebay; but because of their scarcity, I enjoy the thrill of the hunt when we travel to different places. My greatest score was in New Mexico where I purchased nine pieces for $36. I also have found great pieces in Maine and Texas.
My husband made the black hanging cupboard for my transferware. The stain color is ebony, and the back is painted with an Ace Hardware brand of paint color called
Dried Tomato (very similiar to Sherwin Williams Antique Red #7587). After the red paint dried, he went over it with the ebony stain, wiping before it dried, and then applied two coats of polyurethane.
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