Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Springtime tablescape and Shoes: Can a girl ever have enough of them?

It's Thursday, so it's again time for another tablescaping, an exciting event sponsored by our gracious hostess Susan, at Do yourself a favor and experience Susan's amazing blog and then check out the tablescapes of everybody else who is participating. I did not participate last week and I felt so left out (Boo hoo!), so I am determined to send in a contribution for this week. I am also participating for Themed Thursday, hosted by KD at My Themed Thursday post will immediately follow Tablescape Thursday so stay tuned.
For today's tablescape, I decided on a garden theme, since I see flowers popping out in the garden, slowly but surely. Spring is just around the corner!
This is our breakfast nook.
A little fountain is hanging on the brick wall right outside the window. I had a climbing plant below it but it died when it got cold. I am still looking for something that will grow, climb and adhere to the brick but everytime I ask a plant nursery attendant, they always tell me they are out of it. Here, you see a good view of the back porch fountain.
We have no toddler here but we have a Victorian high chair in the corner, for our grandkids to use when they visit.
I borrowed our French pot with an attached trellis and an ivy planted in it, from the back porch, to put in the corner. I think it adds to the garden theme.
I looked for a white tablecloth with pink flowers but I could not find one. Then I found this curtain from Walmart. It has pink flowers and green leaves lined with white embroideries. It was too long for the table and it had a valance attached to the top so I cut it and added the scalloped end back. The bottom was also scalloped. I added a lace to cover the seam. I also added lace on the other side of the curtain just for balance and uniformity. Now, I have a springy tablecloth!
I used my green ruffled placemats again, green stemmed tumblers, a flower embroidered napkin held by 2 shades of pink glass beads. The handles of the flatware also have flowers on them. I hope you click on this picture so you can see the details on the plates.
I added a yellow and pink bunny topped tea light candle holders. I like how they have flower shaped punches allowing the light to escape through. I also used 2 little tulip shaped crystal candle holders.
A garden isn't complete without birds and a bunny.
The dinnerware is an ironstone in a discontinued "Cameo Florals" pattern. I fell in love with the embossed and scalloped design. I found them on Ebay and I thought I could use them as our everyday spring dishes since they are practical too. They can go from the oven to the dishwasher. And don't you just love the spring colors? I also got a complete big set including 16 dinner plates so it did not matter to me if the pattern has been discontinued.
For a centerpiece, I used a simple tulip plant with pink flowers and I placed it in an iron scrolled pot.
I hope you enjoyed my simple tablescape for today. Thanks for visiting.
Thanks Susan, for sponsoring it.
Now it's time for Themed Thursday and the theme for today is "Shoes". Themed Thursday is sponsored by KD at Be sure you visit her blog and check out everybody else's shoe obsession.
When I heard that the theme for this week's Themed Thursday will be shoes, I got excited! I knew I would be able to join in the fun. If you have seen my shoes on RMS, you would know that shoes are one of my weaknesses (and I have lots of weaknesses...LOL!).
We moved here 2 years ago this month. Since John was still working, I had my nephew help me move so we can take the 2 vehicles. John had to fly because his job here would start right away. Anyway, in additon to the vehicles, the van my nephew drove pulled a trailer. I filled both vehicles and the trailer completely with stuff, shoes included.
Then, I had to go back to Florida where we moved from, to supervise the movers that the hospital hired to move us. One of the movers asked if I am related to Imelda Marcos. He said he asked me that because I have so many shoes. I laughed because he was not aware that half of my shoes have already been moved to our new residence. LOL!
Themed Thursday is graciously hosted by KD at so be sure you visit her, check out her shoes and then check out everybody else's who are participating.

We have a 3- car garage with a big walk in closet plus these 5 shelved closets. I came home one time from one of my Florida trips and my husband just could not wait to show me the closets. He had cleaned 2 of them, painted them, bought plastic boxes and organized all my shoes.
Take a look! Aren't they neatly stacked? Didn't he do a good job? What I like about them too is that each pair is in individual clear boxes. I can just open the closets before I go anywhere and pick which shoes I want to wear without opening the boxes.
In case you are wondering what's behind the other 3 doors, they're mostly cleaning supplies, tools, leftover paints, my huge bamboo easel and a centralized vacuum system for the house which I never use. Please forgive the mess, the boxes outside the doors. I am waiting for a guy to come to put them in the attic. I am such a scary cat, I am afraid to go up there.
And yes, I still more shoes in the shelves by the window, under the bench and in the coats closet inside the house. LOL! My boots
These are my favorite Coach boots.
Since we are in the garage, I might as well show you John's exercise machine. He plays pingpong with a robot. The balls shoot out of that machine one by one similar to what tennis players use when they practice. It's pretty neat cause it oscillates and the speed can be adjusted. I can even play it if I set it on REAL slow...LOL! It plays a lot better than me that is why John prefers it over me to play with. LOL!
Thank you so much for coming and come back again very soon! Thank you KD, for hosting Themed Thursday with one of my favorite subjects.


Susan said...

Love your spring tables...beautiful

shoes? oh my goodness!!!


Nicole ~ said...

Your tablescape is so fresh & feels so much like spring. What a clever idea to use a curtain as a tablecloth, I love it. Your dishes are so pretty. The birds & bunny are a great finishing touch.

I must say, you have a lot of shoes!!! And, what a sweet husband you have to buy containers & organize your shoes for you.

~CC Catherine said...

Christine, I love your tablescape with all the lovely pieces you have! I could look at those ruffled placemats on everyone's Tablescape...they make everything look so sweet! The colors are wonderful together and I really think this is so springy and alive! ;) ~CC Catherine

PAT said...

Christine, I love your tablescape. I'm wishing for Spring! Beautiful table!

I love your shoe post, too! I'll have to show it to J. I have lots of shoes!!

prof en retraite said...

Hi Christine! I love your tablescape! Your tablecloth idea was wonderful! And I love your plates! The flowers were a very springy touch! And you do love shoes, don't you?!! lol have a great evening...Debbie

Blondie's Journal said...


Your tablescape is gorgeous! I love the texture of the stonware (lucky that you bought extra service!!) as well as the florals. I'm glad I clicked on to enlarge to see the detail~I might have missed the little bunnies & birds also!!

I am in love with your green ruffled placemats~do you remember where you found them? I would love them in every color!!

Now to your shoes, hmmmm...what size to you wear~I may want to come & borrow some! Nice selection of boots & I could use them here (more snow!)

Thank you so much for sharing Wednesday & Thursday!


Susan said...

Thank you for the vision of spring! It's snowing here tonight. I love your closets and your shoe collection!

Bo said...

Hi Christine...I'm so glad you joined are so much FUN to visit! Your spring table is so welcoming..
BUT...omg, your shoe closets are truly over the top...lucky girl! You probably have shoes the size of a mosquito & get lots & lots of bargains...LOL...;-) Bo

Robin said...

I love your tablescapes! They are SOOO PRETTY!

Thanks for visiting my itty-bitty blog today! You really made my day! I hope you come back again!


Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Christine, your table is wonderful.. I love your china..perfect for spring. I'm wondering if they're still available? You know I "love" the bunny on the table.. lol.. and those ruffled placemats are totally awesome.. Girl.. you do love shoes don't you? Good for John.. that has to be alot of fun.. I would probably have to go slow too. :-) hugs ~lynne~

tardevil said...

I love your table. Especially, the little rabbits and votives, and the planter holding those gorgeous tulips - my favorite flower! Everything is beautiful! Love your shoe collection too! :O) What a sweetheart to organize them for you too! Love that ping-pong "machine"!

Kathy said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous Spring table!

Shelia said...

Christine! Your table is adorable. Love those dishes and with the touches of spring time all over the place.
Now, honey, you've got some shoes and I love this!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

ellen b said...

Your ironstone is so pretty! I really like it. The whole table reminds me of Spring. Such a lovely sight!

Lady Katherine said...

The dishes are so lovely! The placemats, the birds, the bunny, the fountian the tulip! Just love your garden tablescape.
PS the store is one and half hours from Jackson, Ms Take a look at my post today and see if you want to join Mississippi Bloggers and Friends for a day of antiquing and fun at Phildelphia, Ms. That's where this store is.

Debbie @ said...

I love the spring table and how you used the curtain for the table cloth. What a great idea. Your table is lovely and adding the french pot with ivy was a good idea. It all looks beautiful together. And I love those shoes!

CC said...

Christine, your table is awesome! I love the chargers! I saw something of a similar shade, but it wasn't ruffled like yours.

I want some lavender ones!

Hugs, Carolyn

mbkatc230 said...

Christine, I love all of your tablescapes, but I think this may be my favorite. The colors are beautiful and everything looks so fresh! Great idea for the tablecloth, and the little woodland creatures are adorable. And girl, when you said you had a shoe addiction you were NOT kidding. This is amazing, and how sweet of DH to organize that closet for you. Can't let Cait see this for sure! Hugs, Kathy

Linda said...

Those ruffled placemats are adorable - and oh, so pretty dishes. And the shoes - oh, my goodness! Linda

Justine/Justiney/Tiney said...

Holy shit woman! You do realize you only have two feet, correct? I almost fell off my chair when I saw that closet! heeheehee

Your table looked soooooooo pretty. Those are the coolest place mats I've ever seen!

Justine :o )

Chari said...

Mornin' Christine...

Girl, you are the "tablescaping Queen"!!! Every time you are posting a new tablescape...I can't run fast enough to get over here...hehe!!! What a fabulous Spring tablescape!!! First of all, your pink tulips are so pretty!!! I love your tablesettings...such beautiful dishes and I just love that green ruffly mat...I need some of those! Where did you find them? And all of your little birds and bunnies on the table are adorable...I especially love the lacy eggs with the bunnies on cute!!! Girlfriend, you are so creative and talented!!! I would never have thought to use a curtain panel for the table cloth...I love that idea and there are so many pretty curtains that would make beautiful table cloths!!! My "hat is definitely off to you" with that idea!!! Love that you moved your garden table in that does offer that perfect backdrop for your pretty Spring/Garden tablescape!!!

Girl, you have more shoes than anyone...and I mean anyone...that I know! Hehe!!! I remember seeing John's surprise for you..on RMS! He really is the sweetest honey ever!!! I just think that was an incredible thing to do for you!!!

Well my friend...I'll stop writing my book now (wink). Have a wonderful day...

Love ya,

Chari said...

ooops...meant to say "Garden tower" not garden table. But I'm sure you knew what I meant...hehe!


Smilingsal said...

Your tablescape is absolutely perfect. I especially love your centerpiece.

Shoes? WOW! How many feet do you have?

Kathleen said...

Your tablescape is very pretty! Love your dishes.. So Springy, but that is sooo far away! Lots of winter left here!

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

What a pretty tablescape. Your home is warm and inviting and I love the view out to the patio as well.

Really Rainey said...

Your table scape is SPRING! Very lovely! I especially loved all the little details... And I love your breakfast nook with all the windows...

*Really Rainey

Fifi Flowers said...

Shoes and Spring... what better combo is there!

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

Beautiful spring table! Wheer does everyone get the fantastic ruffly placemats...I want some!

Kathysue said...

Pink and green two favorite colors of mine and your table is Perfectly Springy. You really have a touch with being able to make everything seem special. Now about those shoes little darlin,you have a lot of shoes.Have you ever counted them.That would be quite a chore.Great fun post,hugs Kathysue

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Christine, what a beautiful spring time table! I still LOVE those ruffly placemats, and I have been looking for some. Your dishes are so pretty. They don't look like "oven to table" or every day dishes. Perfect for the spring theme! Oh My Goodness, what is your shoe size? I may need to borrow some. You have quite a selection. How sweet of John to get them all organized that way! laurie

Glenda said...

Christine, be careful what you wish for, you just might get it. If you want a plant that loves the South and you can't seem to kill check out this weblink:

Beware, it can and will climb a telephone pole. Be careful, be very, very careful of kudzu. If you are not familiar with this plant, learn about it's habits before you plant it, then it's too late.

While you work on resolving the issue with the plant, let me say this is a gorgeous table, especially right now. While it is pretty cold where I live, the daffodils are already blooming. Go figure. Your beautiful table reminds me that Spring is just around the corner. Easter is not far off either.

The tulips look like velvet, so pretty. Your remake of the curtain looks wonderful.

Tomarie said...

C...LOVE your springtime tablescape! The colors are gorgeous! And when Laurie and I come raid your place...I'm going to be looking for those placemats! LOL!
What a sweet dh you have! The shoe storage is AWSOME! And love those Coach boots too! :-)) L~

marty39 said...

Christine, I so love the tulips and the gorgeous dishes and tablescape. It just looks so like spring. You always do the most refreshing things. Now as for shoes, oh my word. How can you wear all those shoes. No wonder you always look so fashionable. Good for you. BTW I have an award for you, so go and pick it up. You're just the best. Hugs, Marty

Kim Chalfant said...

I love your spring table!!!! I love the plates. I love the colors. I love the birdies & bunny. I love the tulips. I love, love, love everything. Fabulous!!!

I'm not a shoe person (can you believe I am female?). That is the one thing I did not inherit from my mom, her love of shoes. She has about as many as you.

nikkicrumpet said...

I am TOTALLY in love with your spring tablescape. I am a sucker for tulips..and those ruffly placemats are the cutest thing ever! But lord sure have some SHOES! We might need to have an intervention!

Love to decorate said...

I like how Springy your table looks. THe placemats are cute

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Christine, ~WOW~ :)

My goodness you have more shoes than I have ever seen in my life. Lucky you!
Beautiful job on the organization for them.
Nice hubby!

Love your TT post.
Your dishes are gorgeous!
So Springtime feeling and lovely.

Take care my friend.
~Melissa :)

Tootsie said...

love the placemats!!! and you know how I am with shoes! I grew up in that shoe store...lately my collection has grown a lot!

Peggy said...

wow! Someone is clever. Creating that tablecloth from a curtain is pure genius. And how sweet are those ruffled place mats? Your table is a breath of spring. Peggy from PA

ann said...

Christine,this TT was darling.How sweet the birds and the bunnies.And I LOVE those dishes.And man do you have the shoes.Lovely idea.What a sweet hubbyyou have...Ann

Queenie~ said...

Your tablescape is the views outside too! It's all perfect! Love the little bunnies and birds for a touch of Whimsy...that banana crush sounds delish too! Hope you have a great weekend!
big hug,

Kathleen Ellis said...

LOL!!! the next time my hubby tells me I have too many shoes I'm going to show him this post!!! What an awesome surprise your husband had for you!
Love your fresh and springy table, too...lovely!
Have a fabulous weekend!

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