Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Using What I Won from April Cornell

If you are a follower, you might have read that I recently won a tablescaping contest sponsored by April Cornell. I won the standard category while The Tablescaper won the professional one. The prize was a $100 gift certificate good towards any purchase from April Cornell's store. And so I went shopping. There's nothing more fun than shopping without spending money , don't you agree?
Among other things, I bought this purple and gold table topper. I love the crinkly material and the rich colors.
Do you see the little tray with a handle with purple flowers? I bought it from Queenie's Etsy shop. You can access her shop from her blog at . You should visit her if you like to see many beautiful vintage items. I already created the tablescape before I received her package so most of the pictures will not have the tray. I added it later and I think it is perfect there.

I am linking with Susan for Tablescape Thursday. Go see her creativity and her participants by visiting
Isn't the deep amethyst color just so pretty?

My plates really go so well with the tablecloth. I got the napkins from April Cornell's site too, part of my price also. They were out of napkins that matched the tablecloth but I think these will do. I got a tablecloth to also match these, which I can use some other time.

I think the table looks very exotic so I chose to use the "Siam" flatware which adds to more exoticness in my opinion.
I found the plates at TJ Maxx. I only have 6 dinner and salad plates and 2 bowls. It's all they had and I have never seen them anywhere again since. The glass plate chargers are amethyst in color and then I added another layer of slightly smaller gold chargers.

I borrowed the parrot from the living room, the vase with dried flowers from my mom's room and placed it in a bowl with purple flowers.

I pulled the iced tea glasses from the nearby black hutch and added the champagne glasses. It's hard to see but they actually have a pinkish purple band around the rim. Do you see it?

salt cellar with purple and yellow flowers with a "Siam" demitasse spoon..

Layering of the plates

I love how the sun rays are directed on the flowers. I really love that tray with violet flowers from Queenie.

I took this picture from outside the window. The real color of the tablecloth and plates show better here.
Thanks again for your visits and thanks to Susan for graciously hosting every single week!


Marlis said...

Christine, what wonderful treasures on this table! The colors are fabulous. Your new table linens are absolutely perfect with the dishes. I've never seen those at our TJMaxx. (But I was at ours and they still have Polish pottery). You certainly paired everything so beautifully. What a talent you have. I love everything you used. Another perfect setting!

Jacqueline said...

What fantastic colors! Wow, that makes me so happy just seeing the fabulous colors. I love the TJ Maxx plates. I am like you, sometimes I buy them even if they don't have the whole set. It still makes for fun pictures and for smaller dinners. The colors on the dishes are so great too. What a fun prize.

Debbie said...

Oh my goodness!! This is the richest looking table. I love it. The colors are fantastic from those in the gorgeous tablecloth to the dishes. And I love that flatware too. I've never seen anything like it.

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Christine, your tablescape is luxurious! I would feel like royalty eating here! Your plates go so well with your tablecloth...what a wonderful it! Congrats on your win! :)

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Lovin' your new tablecloth Christine, it's just beautiful! The purples and golds are so rich looking-have fun:@)

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Christine, what fun to get to shop without spending money! That cloth looks like it was made to go with those gorgeous plates! Your table setting is so elegant. The parrot is a perfect addition. laurie

Sherry said...

Christine this is one of my favorite tables of yours!! I love this combo. That tablecloth goes so well with those dishes. Very exotic but rich too. Love this!

Phyllis said...

I kept feeling like I would see an Indian princess seated at your royally appointed table! The new cloth is regal and makes a statement.....then layering your gorgeous china is the ultimate finish! The rich purples photographed beautifully and I would love to be a guest at this table!

Jo Ann said...

Oh wow! I love everything about this tablesape - the colors, the dishes, all of it! Great job!

CNM said...

Wow, that is so pretty! The dishes are stunning and everything just looks so great together!

Happy Thursday!


OMG Christine! I think this is it! I'm just overwelmed by all this beauty and of how talented you are, this table exsultes them all with it's exuberance of colours, tablecloth, china and accessories, like your parrot. It's fit for an Oriental Princess like you.


Entertaining Women said...

Absolutely luscious! Bold use of color effectively used. Thank you for sharing your wonderful design and for stopping by my post. Cherry Kay

Pat said...

Fabulous tablescape Christine!!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Congratulations on winning! I love gift cards so I can shop without spending. Great job on the table - very pretty!

A Southern Rose said...

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving those sweet comments about my family. I've been looking through your past posts and just wanted to say that your blog is beautiful. I love your home and ALL THOSE DISHES! I'm a big collector of dishes too. Can't help it. Passed down from both my grandmothers. :)

I plan on going back through many more older posts of yours. You also have a beautiful family.You are very blessed.

D said...

Hi, Christine,
Thanks for stopping by. My puter has been on the blink sorta.
Congrats on you beautiful win! You did a wonderful job on your table with them.

Richard Cottrell said...

I love the fact that you are not afraid to use color and lots of it. So fun. I also love April Cornel, we had a store but I guess they did not do well as it closed. Thanks for stopping by. Richard

Tricia said...

Lucky you, Christine! What fun to get to shop at April Cornell with your winnings! Your table DOES look exotic -- and elegant. Such rich colors! I'll look forward to seeing a future table with the other tablecloth you bought!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Very pretty the purple..Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Msartist said...

So beautiful! Love the setting and all the lovely photographs. ~Theresa

mississippi artist said...

Everything is so pretty. I love the chairs and the tablecloth. The dishes are perfect with it.

Marigene said...

Beautiful, Christine...the plates are a really nice color...don't remember seeing them or I may have been enticed to make a purchase!

Queenie said...

Your table setting is beautiful Christine...the little dish is perfect there...thank you for mentioning my shop...I really appreciate you :)

The chairs you and John got recently are perfect there in front of your the carving and patina...
Hope you have a great weekend...
Big hugs,

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Christine -- What a wonderful shopping trip! Love your beautiful tables.

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