Wednesday, June 3, 2009

A Simply Blue Tablescape, Tagged & An Award from Sares

You probably all know how I love playing with my dishes and tables. That is why I am so grateful to Susan of for sponsoring this weekly meme. Let's all visit her. She create the most amazing tablescapes and then let's go through her list pf participants and visit them too. We can gather lots of ideas for sure!
When I don't have a lot of time to set a table, I like to use this little one that we normally use to play Scrabble on.
I pulled out my blue and white lace runner, that I bought from Tuesday Morning in Jackson a while back. I knew I'd be able to use it someday. I also pulled out my matching 2 cloth placemats and napkins that I won on Ebay. I did not take a picture before adding the plates but they have a Dutch design.
I went to the dining room, opened our French provincial cabinet to pick which dishes I could use and decided on the ones shown below. I also took the blue and white candle holders, which were sitting with my salt and pepper shakers. I bought them a long time ago from the Dutch colony of St. Maarten.
I thought the blue and white teapot napkin rings look good with the setting. I got them on clearance at Pier 1 after Christmas. In fact, I am adding a set of 4 to my 100th post give away. My 100th post is approaching fast so watch out for it. After all, Laurie the bargainhunter and chatter now branded me a blogging machine.

Back on my tablescape, do you like the plates? I got them from Ross on clearance a few months ago. I finally got to use them.
Crystal stemware: Goblets are Princess House and the wine crystals are from Ross. I used an egg cup for a salt cellar.
These are German stein salt and pepper shakers. They were given to me after a friend visited Germany a long, long time ago. I left them in Florida and decided to bring them back with me on my last trip a few weeks ago. I am slowly emptying the house since my daughter who was staying in the house bought a new house and moved out. My son and his wife are moving in soon but they are waiting for renters to occupy their existing house. I like pottery so when I visit other countries, I try to buy a vase or any kind of pottery with the country printed on them. This particular pitcher was bought from Fatima, Portugal in 1993 when we went on a pilgrimage tour there. I used our cut out flatware again here.
Sorry for using faux flowers. It's an easy way out. I found the pewter teapot placecard holders from an antique shop.
I hope you enjoyed my simple tablescape. Now, don't forget to visit Susan. Thanks for visiting and thanks, Susan, for taking the time to host this event.

I've just been 8 tagged by Kathy of I have known Kathy from Micasa and I am glad I met her because she is one of the most pleasant and warmest persons I know.

There are certain rules to follow for this tag and here they are:

1. Mention the person (or people) who tagged you.
2. Complete the list of 8's.
3. Tag 8 other bloggers and let them know they have been tagged.

So, here are my responses to the lists of 8's.

8 things I am looking forward to:

1. Caribbean cruise in 3 weeks
2. having my granddaughter over for 2 weeks in July
3. the completion of the pool
4. shopping and buying deck furniture
5. planting using the big pots we bought to put on the pool deck
6. landscaping the part of the backyard where most of the dirt was dumped
7. organizing the garage and donating unneeded clothes to charity
8. shopping in the Caribbean
8 things I did yesterday:
1.took the garbage out
2. trimmed the bushes in the front yard and took pictures
3. watched a DVD
4. filled out the census form
5. watched the pool men pour cement and took pictures
6. made the bed, cleaned the master bath and did 1 load of laundry
7. went out to dinner with dh
8. took out ingredients for a dessert that I made today

8 things I wish I could do:
1. Sort out clothes in plastic storage to give away to the Salvation Army
2. bake cakes for referring doctors
3. find a gardener
4. find a cleaning lady
5. clean my mom's bathroom
6. sew throw pillows out of the curtain material that matches the dining room drapes and wallpaper that someone from RMS sent me
7. take some drapes to the cleaners
8. have more time to do some oil painting
8 Shows I watch:
This is going to be tough cause I only watch a few programs on TV.
1. A Haunting
2. If Walls Could Talk
3. Fox news
4. Cold Files
5. Lifetime movies
6. True Crime
7. Suspenseful movies if on
8. House Hunters
8 favorite fruits:
1. mangoes
2. Navel oranges
3. Strawberries
4. Watermelon
5. Pineapple
6. papaya
7. atis
8. lychees
8 places I'd like to travel:
1. Ireland
2. Germany
3. go back to Paris cause I lost my pictures
4. Venice
5. go back to Barcelona cause I lost my pictures
6. Hawaii
7. Philippines
8. Thailand
8 places I've lived:
1. Philippines
2. Philadelphia, PA
3. Great Lakes, IL
4. Waukegan, IL
5. Stockton, CA
6. Hudson, FL
7. Port Richey, FL
8. Natchez, MS
8 people I have tagged:
This is always the toughest one for me. It is hard to pick cause I want to know more about everybody I have met on Blogland.

Thanks Kathy, for thinking of me when you chose your 8 people to tag.

This award posting is long overdue. Sorry for being tardy, Sares. But I want you to know how much I appreciate you presenting this award to me. I really treasure it!
This loveleigh award was presented to me by Sares of . If you are not a regular follower of Sares, you should, cause she has the loveleighest blog in Blogland.:-) You will really enjoy it as I do.

If you are a regular blogger, I am sure you know that awards have rules attached to them but since Sares created her own rule, I think I should be allowed to make one up to. And here's what it is! If you know I am a follower of your blog, please take this award because I follow you for a reason and that's because you are a lovely blogger and therefore, you deserve this.

Thanks again, Sares, for thinking of me when you presented this award.


Helen said...

Hi Christine! The combination of china, table covering and (yes artificial) flowers is really lovely. I love especially your china. Thanks for the visits you pay me .... I so appreciate them and you!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh Christine, your tablescape is just gorgeous. I love all the beautiful blue and white and you always do such a great job putting things together. All of your dishes are just beautiful. I especially love the little teapot napkin rings, now I want to win those on your l00th. lol I appreciate you giving me the tag. Thanks and I will have to think about this and then I can reply. I know you're excited about your trip, it sounds so nice. Hugs, Marty

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Christine,
This is one of my fave tables ever! I so love blue and white and I want to win your giveaway so bad! The blue and white china, the placemats and those steins (s/p) shakers are just the cutest ever. I would call this and amazing charming beautiful table!! Cindy

Julio Muao said...

Hi Christine!

I love the faux flowers!LOL. Your blue and white is fantastic. I definitely see Portugal and/or Spain in this setting. The plates from Ross are a great find and I love the Portugal pitcher. I am the same way. Anytime I visit another country, I always make it a point to bring home a piece of decorative arts that reminds me of my visit. Thanks for the inspiration.


Anonymous said...

The tablescape is lovely!

Blue and white are my favorite. I have some Blue Willow, and you've inspired me to take it out and use it.

Thanks for sharing today :)


Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

I love those dishes! Your whole table is beautiful! Congrats on the awards! God Bless! Lauralu :)

ellen b said...

All the pretty blues on this table are fabulous Christine. I love the little place card sweet! Happy TT to you!

Chandy said...

Christine, I love that table! So full of blue goodness... And yes, I'll be there for your 100th post as I, too am on the lookout for those napkin rings! I love them!

Your award, so deserved and I still owe you that tag. I'll try to see if I can find time tomorrow to squeeze it in. Hubby's in Chicago, so I'm by myself until Sunday. ;-D

Lady Katherine said...

Hi, I love your cloth from Tuesday Morning. I love all the dishes! All my favorite colors! Just beautiful! I love all your collection from different places! So nice to see.
Now what you done today made me so tired! lol Oh, I got my sil to shop for me I got 6 more French dinner plates and 5 of the Royal Staf. plates I left behind and 2 more of the desert plates! Yeah!

Claudia said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my post!! So kind of you.

Your blues are so clear and lovely.

Have a wonderful one!


Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Christine...I love the blue/white you have going on here...and girl almost 100 post WOW!! you must have a cleaning lady to be able to do that many in just a short time or you don't sleep ha ha!! Now I love those new dishes you have everything looks great...thanks for coming by my little porch/Sunroom...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Tara said...

You have certainly collected a lot of different dishes from far off places. It must be wonderful to have little stories to go with each special piece.

Thanks for tagging me, this looks like it could be fun. It sounds like you have a lot more interesting things coming up than I do! I'm pretty boring compared to you Christine. However, I shall do my best, LOL!

You're very welcome for the award, I've so much enjoyed reading your blog and getting to know about you and your life. I'm so glad we connected through this wonderful world of blog land. Thank you for your sweet words about my blog, you don't know how much I appreciate them!

As for making your own rules, I say go for it. I think the more people that feel special by receiving an award, the better!

Deb said...

very pretty table....I forgot to put the 8 places where I have lived on my tag...loved learning about you....

Kammy said...

Hi Christine !
I really think this is your best setting yet ! I love those dishes !
Your napkins rings are the same I just bought at Arc the other day..I just love them ! Those will be a great gift for a giveaway ! I love how you included all the details !
Hugs ~ Kammy

bj said...

Just beautiful...I love blue and white did a great job on your pretty tablescape.

sunnymama said...

Congratulations on your awards! The tablescape is lovely :)

Crystal said...

Christine, the tablescape is just beautiful. Great find on the plates from Ross; they're lovely. The yellow flowers are such a nice touch. Just beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Pat@Back Porch Musing said...

Gorgeous tablescape, Christine!

I loved reading your list, too!

Marie said...

Hi Christine-
J'adore your french country inspired table setting. I think it's awesome that you have a "scrabble" you I'm a big fan of scrabble and luv to play it all the time. Just don't have enough people who likes to play with me coz I'm too competitive :) Wish we were neighbors so we can play challenge each other - ha!ha!
Thanks for the's my first one ever, so I'll have to concentrate on the answers.

Silvia said...

hi christine, beautiful table scape,i think is my favorite so far,you do have gorgeous things and all that blue just breathtaking...thanks for tagging me my friend but that looks like a lot of work ,i dont know if coul do it;o)....have a great day i hope the pool is coming great....


Candy said...

Those dishes are awesome. Enjoyed reading your list of 8's and touring the garden pics. The backyard project to moving right along. It's huge!

Trying to find my bathing suit body!
Now where is I leave it????

Candy said...

that should be...DID I leave it???

Dana and Daisy said...

I would have thought you got those dishes on a trip to Italy! Beautiful!

Brenda Pruitt said...

You cannot go wrong with blue dishes! Not in my book. My favorite color of tableware. This is a lovely tablescape!

Mary said...

Oh, how lovely! Such a classic color combination, and endlessly beautiful. I love the idea of using an egg cup for a salt cellar. Love your dishes, and all the pretty blue and white touches... Love everything!

Cindy J. said...

Oh Christine this is a pretty one! I am also so excited for you about your pool, it looks so nice and boy won't AJ love it! My dear friend you are the most industrious soul I Know.. You and your dh are such a great couple.. two lucky and blessed people.. Love you, Cindy

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I loved reading your MeMe, Christine, and I think you are one of the loveliest bloggers around and deserve that award! :-)

You always put such time into your tablesettings, and it shows! And those dishes! They are SO pretty. Can't believe you got them on clearance. I love your egg cups, too!

You've lived in some wonderful places. I have friends in several of those cities. :-)


Sheila :-)

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hey Girlfriend...

Before I forget...I just want to tell you how much I like your new blog look...such a pretty background and your header photo is fabulous!!!

Well Darlin' have done it again! You have beautifully set a table and with some things that I haven't seen before! I love that pretty blue and white lace table's beautiful!!! And your pretty blue dutch many new pretties!!! Ohhh my, I do love your new dishes too...they have such a pretty pattern on them!!! Soooo very pretty, Girlfriend!

Warmest wishes,

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Hi Christine!

Thanks so much for coming....I am so enjoying this love story. They are just the nicest people and soooo deserve each other. I just have to have my handyman occasionally! :-) I know how to do lots of things myself, but when it's a tough job, or's always...."BOBSTER!!!!!!!!"

What a wonderful, so pretty.

I loved reading the eight things about you. Sorry you lost your pictures. That's so sad.


Thoughtfully Blended Hearts said...

My very favorite of all, white, yellow--you've got it all...applause...

Leigh of Tales from Bloggeritaville said...

Hi Christine! There is alot of great stuff in that post! I LOVE you tablescape! LOVE it! Its so eceltic and unique.
I also love the eights thing. I am going to use that too, if you dont mind.
LOve your blog...but you know I do. SMile!

Thanks for dropping by Bloggeritaville!


Unknown said...

Everything looks so beautiful! I love those blue plates. Your list of 8's was good. I hate to examine my life that closely, but you did a great job!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What a pretty table! Thanks for the guided tour - everything is both lovely and meaningful.

Shelia said...

HI Christine! Oh, you've done it again, Dear One, a gorgeously set table! This blue is so pretty - those dishes to die for! I've said it before, but you have the most beautiful things!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Christine, that china is so pretty. Love those colors, and it looks great with your napkins, placemats, and runner. Those napkin rings are so unique! Great job. Enjoyed reading all of your
8's. Congratulations on your awards. (I think you started blogging like 5 mos after me, and I have 5 more posts before I reach 100!) You really are a blogging machine! laurie

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