Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Tabletop Garden

The lilacs in my Garden Club arrangement are filling the living room with such a lovely scent. They inspired me to do a full tablescape with the Startex peony tablecloth.

The border pattern on the cloth drapes perfectly on my tabletop. I had been thinking about crafting this cloth into a circle skirt to wear to the HLCCA conference. Now I see that it needs to stay intact for the table.

The placesettings feature P86 Fiesta in turquoise, chocolate, lemongrass and flamingo. The flatware is vintage Oneida Deauville.

The glassware and watering can napkin rings were local finds.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Brimfield Report May 2013

Last week I had three wonderful outings to the Brimfield Antique Fair. This May's treasures include Bakelite bangles,

a Whiting & Davis mesh collar,

and some pieces from my favorite crafter who uses vintage chenille.

These pieces will be gifts, including the lavender sachet. Lest you think my tabletop was neglected, I did find 2 Oneida Deauville seafood forks and a pickle fork.

Yes, that's a Deauville ring as well. I was beginning to think that I would not buy a dish on this outing, but then I found four Hall 299 fish casseroles.

Are you curious about the little "spears" next to the fish? They are sterling corn-on-the-cob holders. I saw these in Country Living magazine this month and admired them greatly. Then lo and behold, my friend Emily and I found a pair in a sterling-by-the-gram rummage pile.

The detail is just so charming! The table is also getting two new cloths. First up, a Pride of Flanders with daffodils.

This lovely pink cloth may end up being crafted into something, but for now, I need your help identifying the flowers. Could these be peonies?

The garden now has 2 new birdhouses.

This windchime from old silver plate may go outside, or it may find a permanent home in the dining room.

The turquoise Fiesta mille one vase is not from B'field, but I also wanted to share my arrangement from today's garden club meeting.

The colors go so very well with the B'field cloth. This vase can be a tricky one given its height and the width of the opening. I learned a great technique today for making it much more user friendly. Placing a ball of chicken wire in the base made the perfect frog for this tall arrangement.

The floral arranging class I attended was most helpful. Now I know that I've mastered "height." My next focus will be on adding some "flop" to the base of the arrangement. I do like May...Brimfield, Spring flowers, warm temps...Ahh!

P.S. Yes, I've changed the way I upload the photos. To see larger pictures, click on a photo and a slideshow will be available.

P.P.S. I forgot to share these little spun cotton angels! They were my last purchase of the show. They will enjoy meeting the elves in December.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Derby Day 2013

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I'm sharing some May Flowers for the Run for the Roses!

For more May Flowers, please visit Candy at The Little Round Table and Elaine at Dishing With CaraFaye!