Monday, September 15, 2008

TABLESCAPE TUESDAY

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.




It was a nice laid-back evening with friends!







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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.






Thanks for stopping by,

Sall



23 comments:

ceekay said...

Your table is very pretty and what a great idea to use the drawer and the grass from your yard. I know your friends must have really enjoyed the display and the dessert!

Carrie said...

What a lovely tablesetting. The fruit-patterned plates are beautiful. Also special are the glass underplates.

Carrie said...

What a lovely tablesetting. The fruit-patterned plates are beautiful. Also special are the glass underplates.

Picket said...

Morning Girl! That tablesetting is beautiful and those little pumpkins are perfect on the center but ohhhh I would want that old rusty drawer!!!!!! lol lol I love stuff like that..and those pretty dishes being from your mama makes them such special treasures and thenyou top it off with dessert coming right from you own yard.. oh my word...it just doesn't get any better! Thanks for coming by girl and I hope you have a beautiful week!

Becky said...

Oh...that raspberry cake looked so good. I must be hungry now after looking at so many beautiful table scapes.
Your was lovely
Becky

bj said...

ahhh, your table is just stunning. and...I would LOVE to sample that great dessert....
love, bj

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Absolutely beautiful table!

Brown-Eyes said...

Hi...I am coming over from Susan's to see your Tablescape Tuesday post
and what a pretty combo you have made. The plates are exquisite and I know you must be so proud of them coming from your mom. Lovely!
;-) Bo

ellen b said...

I like your ideas for the centerpiece on your table. The tablecloth is really catching my eye!
Is there anymore of that dessert left??

Julie said...

I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your blog. Beautiful Tablescape!

Sue said...

VERY CREATIVE TABLESCAPE

lOVE THE DSHES

SUE

imjacobsmom said...

Wow! I wish we had a Dollar Tree. That goes beautifully with your Mother's china. And Mmmmm! you should share that recipe - it looks delicious! Robyn

laurie said...

Those Bavarian plates are gorgeous! I love them. What a pretty table setting. Laurie (bargainhunr)

Susan (Moonlight and Magnolias on RMS) said...

Wow, the bavarian plates are just beautiful...how fortunate to inherit such beautiful treasures! Love your table! I also, love how you used things you already had and cuttings from your yard! Thanks for posting this wonderful table today! Susan

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

What a very pretty table! I love the rusty old drawer you added! Fostoria is my favorite kind of glassware. I don't have any, but my mother does!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Meghan said...

Nicely done tablescape!!

santamaker said...

Hi Sal,
I have enjoyed your blog....your story about marriage was just fabulous. It's so sweet that you knew your love when you were just 11. I just love your tablescape here.. I have those pumpkins too! That dollartree keeps getting better and better! Your china is gorgeous and loved your brown and white transferware. Your hubby sure looks like a sweetie!
Be Good,
Santa

santamaker said...

Hi Sal,
I have enjoyed your blog....your story about marriage was just fabulous. It's so sweet that you knew your love when you were just 11. I just love your tablescape here.. I have those pumpkins too! That dollartree keeps getting better and better! Your china is gorgeous and loved your brown and white transferware. Your hubby sure looks like a sweetie!
Be Good,
Santa

jerseygirl211 said...

Sally,

Thanks for your visit to my blog. I did come by your blog the other day, the phone rang and I never did get back. I wanted to comment on your door and lace curtains, that I found so inviting.

The apple dishes can be found on sale very often, that's when I buy pieces. But yours are lovely and make such a nice setting.

I'm not sure if any of us can do the job that Susan does, isn't she fantastic. She has such a beautiful house and does a great job with her blog. I wish I had her talent.

I'll be sure to come back for a visit to your blog.

'D'

Smilingsal said...

Pretty pumpkins; it's hard for me to believe you got them at the Dollar store!

Thanks for the transferware info.

Ruthie said...

Thanks for stopping by. It's always great to meet new friends in Blogland. And how fun that you are also a Colorado resident!! I enjoyed your autumn decorations.
And looked through some of your other posts also. I also have a favorite chair that is comfortable, but not the best match. :) But I guess at our age that is acceptable.
Smiles. Look forward to visiting again.

Mrs. B said...

Your table is beautiful! I love that table cloth. And I think I must be the only person left in blogland that doesn't have one of those ceramic pumpkins! No Dollar Tree in my area.

Susie Q said...

What a pretty table! I love elevating things and love your drawer!
The fruit plates are just lovely as are the glass plates beneath. It is fun to use them isn't it? : )

Love,
Sue