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Monday, April 18, 2011

Add to the Stress Table

I don't know that this can qualify as a tablescape because its just something I did at the last minute after deciding to invite my brother and mother for dinner on Sunday. The kitchen was a disaster with dozens of Easter cookies, I have no idea why I tend to double the disaster in the house from time to time. Why couldn't I have just made Mr. Hubby and I a sandwich for supper as I worked on the cookies rather than doing a big dinner and inviting my family over? Well that will be a later post this week on the Easter cookies. This is just a simple spring table here in Michigan as we wait for the weather to turn the corner.  

This centerpiece is one I love, its filled with faux spring flowers and I added little linen hankies between the branches just for a little extra interest.

The vesle is one that was a gift from a dear friend many years ago, I love it for it's ability to fill in a large space when needed.  There are three separate cones that can also hold fresh flowers in addition to faux.  I use it often on my kitchen island. As you can see in the background the grass is getting green.  It was cold and very windy yesterday but at least everything was looking green. This is important because....
This is what we woke up to this morning, snow, snow, snow with more snow expected. Check the background just 12 hours after we had set down to dinner.  It really does get old when this sort of thing happens this late in the season.  OK, I'll stop whining now, well maybe.

It's hard to get a shot of this piece so that you can see that there are three separate flower cones.
I have a little collection of cement pieces, these two birds are guarding the nest.  I believe I picked these up at Nell Hill's but I'm not sure.  If they didn't come from NH then they are probably from HG or TJ's.

I used cream soup bowls for our chopped salad yesterday.  I just don't often get to use my collection for creamed soup so I thought the pretty chopped spinach salad would look yummy when presented in these little beauties.  This bowl is English Stratford, the pattern is Wedgewood Edme. The baby chicks came from Hobby Lobby.
Here is a shot of the side of Stratford bowl, its a little larger than the other three and is fluted on the bowl.  I'll be looking for a few more of these as spring brings yard sales and antique markets.
I pulled the baby chick out of this bowl so you could see the pretty pattern inside the bowl.  I was surprised when I turned this bowl over to find that its from Syracuse China in New York, the pattern is Old Ivory. This pattern goes very well with my spring dishes.

This piece is Lamberton's "Natalie".  It's also made in America and the pretty blue pattern inside the bowl and on the handles brings out the spring blue in my china.

Although this pattern is not my favorite it is a pretty delicate pattern and I do love the butterflies that on the opposite side of the flower pattern.  This is Heinrich German Bavarian China.

All four of these cream soup bowls came from an online auction, the price of the lot of four was $6.  Since I picked them up locally there was no shipping charges added.  The china is one I've used for a couple of tablescapes, I think it looks so pretty for spring, its Johnson Brother's Summer Chintz.

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Carol at Serendipity said...

Just lovely dishes. The chicks are adorable too. I liked your previous post about the baskets. I am familiar with both companies. I sold most of my Longabergers but still have several.

Thanks for stopping by.


Donnie said...

I think you have to cook those chicks first before they go in the soup kidding. You set a lovely table and I know you hated to see that snow.

Anonymous said...

Very pretty!

Shelia said...

I just love this! What flower holder is so unique! Love it.
Cute little chickie too.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Olive Cooper said...

Your china is lovely and the chicks are very cute. ♥O

Picket said...

Beautiful that flower holder!!! Hope you see sunshine soon and have a Happy Easter sweetie...Picket

Debra@Common Ground said...

oh this is just the sweetest, your fuzzy chicks have made my day! xo Debra

SavannahGranny said...

I would say that you are going to be having cream of chicken soup if that pesky little chick keeps hopping in that bowl.
Love your creamed soups. Don't you just love the little handles.
Don't work to hard, take a deep breath or a nap will do also.\
Thanks for visiting. Hugs, Ginger

Tricia said...

What a pretty collection of cream soup bowls! I need to use mine more often, because I do love this look. I can't get over your snow! It was 94 here yesterday -- just WRONG in mid-April!

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Aaah, the chicks are so sweet. And the flower holder is adorable. What a lovely, heart-warming post!


ShannonPinNOLA said...

Well your "stress" table looks perfect to me!! I'd love to sit down to a meal and see those little chicks peeking up at me!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Lovely dishes. The little chickies are so cute.

Jocelyn @

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I love your tablescape I think it is stunning. Your flowers are gorgeous and the birds are so pretty with the nest. I really like your combination of dishes, so pretty. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, marty

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Oh those little chickies are WILDLY cute! How fun that they showed up in the soup bowls!
Your arrangement is stunning!

Marlis said...

I am ignoring the snow! Your centerpiece is truly one of a kind and so lovely. I love using my cream soups for other things too. otherwise they wouldn't ever see daylight. Love your table! Happy Easter, be blessed. Do drop in I've got another giveaway going on!

Marigene said...

What a delightful table...great use of all the beautiful cream soup bowls.
Happy Easter!

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

Love your centerpiece, and those chick are adorable!

Rebecca said...

Oh, I love the little chicks in a bowl!

Splenderosa said...

HPS to you, and best wishes for a wonderful Easter holiday weekend.
xx's Marsha


I always loved that pattern of your plates, JB chintz. I remember loving it when my best friend Stephanie used them as everyday plates untill one day there were hardly any left...her maid had broken them!...I was so sad!hahahaaa...I love your soup, or cream bowls, each one is just lovely. I'm loving your center piece too!

Blue Creek Home said...

I hope that Easter Sunday brings with it great blessings and a beautiful day to go with your beautiful tablescape.
I love the cone vase and the arrangement. And the little nappy hair chick is the cutest thing ever.

chubskulit said...


Pink bonding at my page, come and see. Have a wonderful Easter celebration!

Anonymous said...

Do love those fluffy little peeps!!

Happy PS

Cottage Touch said...

Too cute!
Thank you for sharing ~ HPS & Happy Easter~

Entertaining Women said...

I adore cream soups....even though they are a bear to store. Snow for Easter? Oh, my. I know that Spring will be cherished when it arrives. Your centerpiece is lovely. I like the addition of the handkerchiefs...great idea. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

Beverly said...

Happy Pink Saturday, Miss Char. I am so glad you joined us.

I think it all looks lovely. I hope you enjoyed your Easter with your family.