February 21, 2018

Set the Table - St. Patrick's Day



St. Patrick's Day is a favourite holiday around here.

Although we are not Irish, we do enjoy celebrating the holiday.





We have managed to collect a few pieces of Belleek china over the years.
Some are ornaments, such as this watering can.








The plate in the foreground of the picture above is not Belleek.
It is by Global Design Connections by Kate Williams.

The white candlesticks are Skye McGhie.




The bell is also a Belleek ornament.



Another favoured piece is this older Belleek jug.  It has the gold/yellow glaze on the inside.




Green mercury glass candlesticks are from Ikea a number of years ago.





The tablecloth is a piece of green and grey plaid suiting that has been fringed at the edges.




The plate stack starts with a charger painted to resemble stone.

The bottom plate is Cambria in Celedon from Pottery Barn.

The white dinner plate and bread and butter plate are Richmond from Johnson Brothers.

The green and white plates are Green & White Toile by Maxcera.




The small vase is Belleek.




I love this shamrock cup and saucer by Aynsley.







Green-handled cutlery is from Ikea and the green & white striped napkins have no labels.  I have had them for a number of years.





An Irish blessing just for you.


Happy St. Patrick's Day.


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February 04, 2018

Set the Table - Hearts & Flowers





Valentine's Day can be such a sweet day for some, but for others, it can be a day when you wish it would all just go away.




I remember one Valentine's Day when I was feeling particularly lonely, a thoughtful friend brought me a beautiful bouquet of flowers.

I'll never forget how it lifted my spirits.  I don't think that she knew how much it meant to me.




That was many years ago and we have not been in touch for a long time.






I think it is a good idea to do something for someone who is alone for the first time, especially at this time of year.  It could be a bouquet of flowers, a card, or even a phone call.





I made the small lace and wire hearts and the tutorial for them is HERE.  These hearts are made the same way as in the tutorial only they are smaller.





We made some extra hearts and left one side of the wire long enough to push into the flower arrangement.

Two of the hearTs were left bare and the third heart was given the lace treatment.







The Plate Stack

The plate stack starts with a gold charger.  No linens were used as a base for the table setting.

The next plate in the stack is Antique Scroll HERE.  

The next plate is actually a handled cake plate called Old English Garden by Royal Albert.

Next is a square salad plate from Old Britain Castles in pink by Johnson Brothers.

The top plate is by Favolina and made in Poland.  They are from the thrift store and I just have these six plates.  I was unable to find the pattern at Replacements.





Here is another look at the plates in the stack.

The napkins are pink cotton damask that we have enjoyed using for a few years.


The silverware is vintage Community Plate called Evening Star.




The napkins are a soft pink Damask that we have enjoyed for several years.

The napkin rings I made once upon a time from wire and beads.  I don't have a tutorial for them.














Flowers were arranged in the bottom of an ironstone casserole.









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