Sunday, November 27, 2011

Turquoise for Christmas

The inspiration for this table was the napkin and a blogging friend name Becky who recently crossed over. She created a Valentine's Day table using Scarlet, Turquoise and Rose on her amazing blog Random Musings of  Deco Lady. I'm sorry but I still haven't learned how to add a link(update: Thanks to Bonnie at Living with Thanksgiving, I know how to add a link. Be sure to stop by her blog as she is having a give away.). I had been thinking of this table for a while. I would have imagined talking to Becky about it. It is a bit non-traditional but it works.

The Fiesta colors are Scarlet, Turquoise, Gray and White. The napkin was a clearance purchase at World Market. I believe I purchased them for $.49 each. The bowl in the center was a gift from my nephew's fiancee (he would say he it is from him too). When she gave it to me, she apologized for it not being made in the USA. It made me laugh because there is someone listening to me preach about my Fiesta that is made here in the USA. So anyway, the bowl is glass and made in Turkey. It is one of my favorites and has a place all year long in the living room.

I hope you are enjoying decorating for the season.  I hope to link up with The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays.  Be sure to stop by and see what everyone else is doing for the holidays.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween 2011

I haven't been inspired to work on a table. It has been a stressful month. I have been spending most of my time with my Spunky baby. She turns 9 tomorrow (63 in dog years). She has been diagnosed with cancer. We don't know how much time we have but we are keeping her a comfortable as possible. She is responding well to the meds and eating again.  Thank God for that.

I had started the table but took it apart. I put it back after a trip to Kohl's. I had liked the place mats and they were at 60% off so I got them.  I had purchased the napkin rings a while back. I had all the decorations all over the living room and decided to bring them all into the dining area. I apologize for the blurry pictures and not taking a picture of the whole table.

My dad purchased the crow tree. I added the pumpkin lights that I had found at an estate sale a few months back.
This ghost along with another was given to me by my friend's mom.

I found these little goblets at Goodill and the coasters at another thrift store.

Mickey was an estate sale find and the "BOO" plates were from thrift store.

I am going to enjoy this Halloween with my Spunky baby.

I hope to link up with The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays.

Have a Happy Halloween.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Thrifty Dishes

These purchases were from a few weeks ago. I have been having trouble with my internet connection. It has not allowed me to upload photos. So much for the upgrade.

 I try to pay attention to what my friends like and collect just in case I find it at my favorite thrift store. Well, I found these at the Goodwill. My friend was surprised I remembered her pattern name.

They are Noritake in the Gloria pattern. I am on the look out for Trojan which is her mother's pattern. I purchase five plates for $4.99. We looked them up on and they were $17.99 each.

I found some Fiesta which has become rare here.

The white plate under the Scarlet salad plates is HLC Gothic. I kept it since it is by the same maker as Fiesta.  I believe that the plates to the right are Fire King. Whatever they are I liked them. This was all in bag with some other plates I didn't keep for $1.99. 

The Fiesta bowls in Cobalt and Rose above were also found at the Goodwill. They were $1.99 for both. 

Since I started this post a while back, I have to add that this weekend (10/15/11) I found another friend a lot of her dishes. They are Sango "The Sweetshop Shop". I found the whole crate for $34.99!! It has 9 cups, 12 dinner plates, 12 salad plates and 10 rim soup bowls. I'm still on the look out for some of the serving pieces.

I had fun finding dishes for myself and my friends.

I plan to link up with Linda @ Coastal Charm. Be sure to view everyones thrifty finds.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Fall with Vera

I haven't been able to post since my internet provider has upgraded I can no longer upload pictures and my mom, dog and now me have been ill.  I have been wanting to post this table for a couple of weeks. I think.... I have lost track of time.

Every season is the season to have friends over. We were so happy when my friend agreed to come over. Of course, I had to set a nice table for her.  I used the Vera linens that I found on clearance last year at Macy's. I do have to admit that up until I found this runner and napkins, I didn't care too much for the Fiesta color in Cinnabar. Now I wish I had more.  LOL. I made chicken tacos and Spanish rice. I waited to make the rice until my friend came over so she can try to make it for her family. It was fun as she was taking pictures and taking notes. Sometimes when she asked why I did what I did my response was: "because that is the way my mom did it". We would crack up because she does somethings just the way her mom tells her to.

My friend has influenced my fall decorating. It is "our" holiday. We keep buying things for each other. It was her and all you wonderful bloggers that got me addicted to decorating for fall.
The Fiesta colors are in Cinnabar, White, Chocolate, Sunflower, Persimmon, Yellow and Paprika. 

I used my Franciscan bowl to hold the flowers.

I've used the same napkin rings, glasses and salad bowl from my first fall table.

Thanks for stopping by. I am linking up with the The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays. Be sure to stop by all the other blogs to see what they are doing this season.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

First Fall Table of the Season

I have been taking out the fall decorations all week. I was a happy get working on the table even though I resisted. The weather here in the West Texas desert is still HOT.  We were at 94 degrees yesterday and today we hit 90.

I decorated several areas. Here is a cart to the side of the table. I'm sure the pumpkin was meant for votive holders but I'm being creative and using it to display the salt and pepper shakers.

This little dish is Franciscan. It is stamped USA.

I love the detail on this bowl. I saw it for several weeks before I bought it. It was meant to be mine.

It is my favorite of time of the week: Tablescape Thursday over at Between Naps on the Porch. I can't wait to see everyone's tables. Happy Fall every one. Have a great weekend!

Fiesta in Persimmon, Paprika, Marigold, Chocolate, Yellow and Ivory
Place mats- Thrift store (BHG branch new with labels)
Napkins- Goodwill
Leaf bowls(small)- Marshalls
Napkin rings and s & p shakers - Walmart
Decal Leaf bowl (large) -Thrift store
Glasses- Dollar Tree
Franciscan covered dish-estate sale
Leaf votive holders-Goodwill
Gold cake stand- Marshall clearance a few years ago

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Lemon Table

Since I am still not ready for a fall table, I decided to go with a lemon theme. I will be ready next week.  It is hard to think fall when the temps are still in the mid '90s.

My hubby bought me the glassess at Dollar Tree.  The napkin rings are from Bed, Bath and Beyond. I paid $.99 for each of them. The napkins were found at Goodwill. They are handmade. They are all different sizes.

I use these salt cellars(at least that is what I think they are) as a teaspoon rest.
I used the same bread tray from last week for the Splenda and salt and peppers.

The Fiesta colors are in Paprika, Yellow, Sunflower, Tangerine, Persimmon, and Black. My friend, Sam, goes out of town often and she goes to antique and thrift stores. I get rewarded for taking care of her fur babies with dishes.  Not a bad deal! She brought me the black oval platter on her last trip.

I'm joining Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday. Please stop by her blog to view everyones beautiful tables.

Monday, September 12, 2011

New To Me Hutch

I went to the Goodwill last week. I rarely look at the furnitures since I don't have anymore room for any. The hubby goes to the back of the store looking for tools. He is the one who saw it and called me to get a look at it.  Funny because he is always asking me where I am going to put my purchases. So we talk about it and decide to wait. During that weekend and the week, we reorganized the garage. We went back on Saturday and it was still there. So we took it as a sign that it was meant to be ours. Our plan worked and I have all my Christmas dishes in one place. It was worth the $24.99 we spent.
One drawer was missing and the other was broken.  We put a piece of wood on the bottom to hold all the Christmas plates.

I am kidding myself that by seeing all my Christmas stuff all year long that I may stop from purchasing any more.  Yeah right. Sorry I didn't take more pictures and the quality. They are all from my cell phone.

I will be linking up with Linda @ Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday. Be sure to visit her blog to see everyone's thrifty finds this week.

Have a good week.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Not Ready for Fall

Although the temperature has dropped a little and some leaves are starting to fall, I am not ready for fall. I know I can't fight it for long. I have started to move stuff around to accomodate the fall decorations but it is still stacked in the room. I won't have a fall table until the first day of autumn. I want to keep enjoying these cooler summer days.

So the inspiration for this table is the napkin. I found 12 of them at my favorite local thrift store. They have the name Rudi Gernreich on them. I haven't researched the name yet. Does anyone know anything about Rudi Gernreich?

The Fiesta colors are Persimmon, White, Tangerine and Shamrock. The place mats and the licensed Fiesta flat ware were gifts from my friends.  The tangerine bread plate that I am using as a tray was also a gift. The green glasses were a clearance purchase from Dillard's years ago. They are very thin and I have already had one of them break but will continue to use the remaining three. It is all meant to be used.
 I want to use the gravy boat for the salad dressing. If only we could agree on the same salad dressing.

It is time for Tablescape Thursday over at Between Naps on the Porch. I can't wait to see everyone's table for the week.