Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Child's Play...

Summer mornings in the Rocky Mountains are some of my favorite times. They're usually cool, calm and quiet. When I first started collecting Fiesta, I noticed that there was a child's tea set listed on the Homer Laughlin website. I've always been drawn to miniatures, so I ordered it. How thrilled I was to open the box.

Inside, was a 2-cup teapot, creamer, sugar, 2 cups, saucers and plates. Today I thought that this set would be perfect to showcase on Tablescape Thursday. They come in Sunflower, Plum, Shamrock and Tangerine. The little cups are so cute. I can just imagine a lovely tea party with this set and my grand daughters.

I bought the tiny silverware at IKEA. They came with their own set of dishes, which I'll probably show you all someday.

Congratulations Susan on your 100th post. I love coming here every Thursday and seeing what each and everyone of you have created for us. I appreciate all of your comments on my posts too. You are all so wonderfully kind!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

What Inspires You?

One of the other things I like to do is quilt. Recently a friend of mine gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. When she found out that she was expecting, she asked if I would make her a baby quilt. She didn't want pastels, dogs, sports, cars or any other baby boy themes. She wanted Chocolate and Turquoise. After hunting around, I found exactly what she wanted and began to sew. As I was sewing, I thought, "Hmm..I have dishes in these colors. That would make a great table setting!" I finished the quilt and got right to work.

I found another piece of Chocolate and Turquoise fabric. Four placemats from Dollar Tree were next. Chocolate and Turquoise Fiesta, layered with white salad plates from Wal-Mart came next. I came across the napkins at Dillards in Santa Fe, NM and with napkin rings from the Style Sisters, I'm done!

I purchased the little bottles from TaiPan Trading in SLC, UT with the Gerbera Daisies in them. I think that this color palatte can be a little too intense for some. The white seems to break up all that color.

I think that my battery is running low because only a few of my pictures came out. Guess it's time to find the battery charger.

Thanks Susan from "Between Naps on the Porch" for letting me use my imagination again. I love seeing what each and every one of you put together to share with us each week. You are all truly inspiring!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

17 Years In The Making...

Once again, many thanks to Susan at "Between Naps on the Porch" for giving all of us an excuse to get our dishes out and show them off! As I have related to you before, my MIL was and still is great friends with a couple that owned a local jewelry/ china/crystal/silver business. They carried several brands of china and stoneware. When they went out of business, my in-laws purchased just about everything in stock. So, they proceeded to give many of the dishes as gifts. When they were invited to my brother's wedding, they sent a collection of Independance China cups and saucers of various patterns. My sister-in-law was not quite as enthusiastic as I was, so I traded her for a food processer or something. I have been looking for these dishes since then. When I recieved an e-mail from Replacements saying they had enough to almost complete my set, I was thrilled! So here are my "new" dishes!

The pattern is Limerick. They are octagon shaped with a lime green gingham pattern. So 70's! I started my table with the lavender cloth that I have used several times. I found some bright green chargers at TaiPan Trading (what an experience!). I have layered the plates with a purple napkin. I am not using the salad plates because there were only three available.

I think these plates are so cute!

I went to my local antique store to browse the other day and found the purple bowls and compote. I think they really look good with the green. The votives are from TaiPan Trading also.

It has been a pretty gloomy day here in the Rocky Mountains. Yesterday-all day blue skies and sunny, today-overcast and rainy. My garden is still not in full bloom, maybe next week for fresh flowers! Thanks again Susan-you're terrific!