Sunday, March 22, 2015

FINALLY SPRING - CLICK ON ANY PHOTO TO ENLARGE

MY SPRING TABLESCAPE WAS INSPIRED BY THE BEAUTIFUL BLUE DELFT VASE THAT WAS A GIFT FROM MY FRIEND, MARILYN.
IT ACTUALLY SNOWED THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING WHERE I LIVE, BUT NOW THE WEATHER IS BEAUTIFUL
THE PRETTY LITTLE DISHES PAINTED WITH BLUEBERRIES ARE ALSO A GIFT FROM MARILYN.  SHE PICKS OUT GREAT STUFF!!
I BOUGHT A NEW YELLOW TABLECLOTH AND PAIRED IT WITH SOME LACE PLACE MATS AND BLUE AND WHITE TOILE DISHES FROM 222 FIFTH.
A LITTLE BIRD LOOKS AT SOME BLUE GLASS EGGS
WHAT ELSE TO PUT IN A VASE THAT COMES FROM THE NETHERLANDS  --- TULIPS
 CAN YOU SEE THE WINDMILL PAINTED ON THE VASE?
OKAY, SO THE NAPKIN RINGS AREN'T TULIPS; YELLOW DAFFODILS WILL HAVE TO DO.
IT'S BEEN A LONG WINTER,  SO IT FELT GREAT TO BE TABLESCAPING FOR SPRING.

I HAD A PHOTO DILEMMA TODAY.  IF I USED MORE LIGHT, THE WRINKLES IN THE TABLECLOTH DIDN'T  SHOW; HOWEVER, THE LIGHT  CAPTURED  THOSE CRAZY SHADOWS.
I'M SO INTO SPRING I'M EVEN IN THE MOOD FOR CLEANING.
DID I REALLY JUST SAY THAT?
THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO VIEW MY SPRING TABLESCAPE.  I HOPE YOU ENJOYED IT.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

NEW YEAR'S EVE 2014 - CLICK ON ANY PHOTO TO ENLARGE

THIS IS MY MY NEW YEAR'S EVE TABLESCAPE
I THOUGHT A WHITE TABLECLOTH  WOULD BE AN APPROPRIATE BACKDROP TO SHOW OFF THE LOVELY DISHES MY FRIEND MARLENE GAVE TO ME 10 YEARS AGO.  IF YOU'D LIKE, YOU CAN READ ABOUT MARLENE'S DISHES AT THE END OF THIS BLOG.
AS PART OF THE TABLESCAPE, I PLACED BOTH PEACH AND CLEAR DISCS IN THE BOTTOM OF THREE ELONGATED VESSELS AND FILLED THEM WITH WATER.  
I USED LED LIGHTS THAT YOU CAN SUBMERGE.  I FOUND THEM AT BED, BATH AND BEYOND,  BUT I KNOW MICHAEL'S HAS THEM ALSO.
I THEN FLOATED  PEACH COLORED ROSES AND SOME LILIES ON TOP
I USED A VARIETY OF FUN GOLD NAPKINS RINGS
AND ALTERNATED WHITE NAPKINS WITH THOSE THAT HAVE GOLD SPARKLE
 GOLD FLATWARE HELPS TIE THINGS TOGETHER
FIRST COURSE:  ARUGULA SALAD WITH ROASTED PECANS, ROASTED FIGS, AND  FIG PRESERVE ON TOP


WISHING ALL MY FELLOW TABLESCAPERS A  HEALTHY AND HAPPY NEW YEAR! I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING ALL OF YOUR  YOUR BEAUTIFUL TABLESCAPES  IN  2015.
RANDEE

Marlene's Dishes

Some of my dishes have a story to go with them. Such is the case with this week's tablescape--

Marlene was my sister's very best friend from the time they first met, soon after my sister married in 1966. I, being the younger sister and about fifteen years old at the time, loved to babysit for Marlene's children. Not only were her two boys adorable, Marlene also made me the best food to eat while I babysat. While other families I sat for put out a bag of potato chips or a bag of pretzels, Marlene used to whip up fresh chicken salad or whatever I felt like eating. Through the years, Marlene was not just my sister's friend, she was family. And like family, we've also been through some very rough times together-- We lost both Marlene's husband and my sister over twenty years ago.

All though the years when I went to Marlene's house, I loved to look at her beautiful china arranged in her china cabinet. In my eyes, Marlene owned the most beautiful china I had ever seen. Then, for my husband and my 30th wedding anniversary, Marlene gave her gorgeous Rosenthal china  dishes (along with her beautiful glassware, I might add) to us as an anniversary gift. Marlene, knowing how much I love dishes and how much I loved her dishes especially, presented my husband and me with this most special and generous gift. Now, whenever I set the table or hand wash these magnificent dishes I think of how over the years my sister, Marlene's husband, as well as many other loved ones who are no longer with us  sat around Marlene's dining room table-- All of us together, eating Marlene's delicious food off of these very dishes.

Thank you Marlene!

THIS WEEK I'LL BE JOINING THE FOLLOWING PARTIES:
A STROLL THRU LIFE FOR INSPIRE ME TUESDAY
BETWEEN NAPS ON THE PORCH FOR TABLESCAPE THURSDAY


Monday, December 15, 2014

MY HANUKKAH TABLE FROM LAST YEAR - CLICK ON ANY PHOTO TO ENLARGE

HANUKKAH  CELEBRATES A MILITARY VICTORY THAT OCCURRED OVER 2,000 YEARS AGO WHEN THE GREEK KING OF SYRIA, ANTIOCHUS,  WANTED THE JEWISH PEOPLE TO GIVE UP THEIR BELIEFS AND WORSHIP  GREEK GODS.    WHEN THE JEWISH PEOPLE REFUSED, ANTIOCHUS'  ARMY ATTACKED THE TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM  AND CONVERTED IT INTO A PAGAN SHRINE. THE JEWISH PEOPLE REBELLED AND,  IN 165 BC, THEY DEFEATED THE ANTIOCHUS ARMY.  WHEN THE JEWISH PEOPLE RECLAIMED THEIR TEMPLE,  THEY REKINDLED THE MENORAH WHICH  HAD ALWAYS BEEN LIT PRIOR TO THE INVASION.   ALTHOUGH THERE WAS ONLY ENOUGH OIL TO BURN FOR ONE DAY, MIRACULOUSLY, THE OIL BURNED FOR EIGHT DAYS UNTIL MORE OIL  COULD BE MADE.
THESE PHOTOS WERE TAKEN LAST YEAR  ON THE LAST DAY OF HANUKKAH WHEN ALL EIGHT CANDLES ARE  AGLOW.  NOTICE THERE ARE ACTUALLY NINE CANDLES ON THE MENORAH.  THE CANDLE THAT IS SEPARATE FROM THE OTHERS IS CALLED THE "SHAMASH"  IT IS USED TO LIGHT THE OTHER CANDLES
THE MENORAH PLATE WAS A HANUKKAH GIFT LAST YEAR
ALL THE CANDLES ARE KINDLED  ON THE EIGHTH NIGHT OF HANUKKAH

IT WOULDN'T BE HANUKKAH WITHOUT A DREIDEL, AND  CHILDREN ENJOY PLAYING THE DREIDEL GAME.  THE GAME STARTS WITH A PILE OF CANDIES, NUTS OR PENNIES.  THERE ARE FOUR SIDES TO THE DREIDEL (KIND OF A SPINNING TOP) AND EACH SIDE  HAS A DIFFERENT HEBREW LETTER.  IF THE DREIDEL LANDS   ON THE "NUN" SIDE, IT AUTOMATICALLY BECOMES THE NEXT PERSON'S TURN.  IF THE DREIDEL LANDS   ON THE "HAY" SIDE, HALF OF THE GOODIES ARE WON.  IF THE DREIDEL LANDS  ON THE "SHIN" SIDE,  SOMETHING MUST BE ADDED  TO  THE PILE OF GOODIES AND  IF THE DREIDEL LANDS ON THE "GIMEL" SIDE , THE WINNER TAKES ALL
A HANUKKAH PRESENT ALL WRAPPED UP.  SOME JEWISH FAMILIES GIVE THEIR CHILDREN A GIFT EACH NIGHT OF HANUKKAH.

THE HANUKKAH PLATES YOU SEE ARE FROM WILLIAMS SONOMA.  ALTHOUGH THEY ARE EMPTY ON THE PHOTOS,  IT IS THE CUSTOM TO EAT FOODS PREPARED IN OIL FOR HANUKKAH.   LATKES ARE POTATO PANCAKES FRIED IN OIL AND THEY ARE USUALLY SERVED WITH APPLESAUCE OR SOUR CREAM AND JELLY.  IN ISRAEL MANY PEOPLE EAT JELLY DONUTS FOR HANUKKAH.
EACH OF THE FOUR HANUKKAH PLATES HAS  A DIFFERENT DESIGN DEPICTING AN  ANCIENT  MENORAH
I FOUND THE  MENORAH NAME CARD HOLDERS AT  THE POTTERY BARN 
THE DREIDEL PLATE WAS ALSO A HANUKKAH GIFT 
LAST YEAR, I FOUND CHARM NAPKIN RINGS AT  BED, BATH AND BEYOND
 THE DREIDEL NAPKINS CAME FROM THE POTTERY BARN
A KALEIDOSCOPE OF MENORAHS IN THE PLATE ABOVE

STILL ANOTHER MENORAH DESIGN ON THIS PLATE

THANK YOU FOR VIEWING MY HANUKKAH TABLESCAPE.  I HOPE YOU ENJOYED IT AND I WELCOME YOUR COMMENTS.
RANDEE

Saturday, December 6, 2014

TEA PARTY - CLICK ON ANY PHOTO TO ENLARGE

TEA WITH THE LADIES
MY TABLESCAPE WAS INSPIRED BY THE BEAUTIFUL TEA TINS I FOUND AT T.J. MAXX, HOMEGOODS, AND MARSHALLS
THE TEAPOT NAPKIN RINGS  CAME AS A SET OF FOUR,  EACH IS  A DIFFERENT SHAPE

THIS WAS THE CENTERPIECE, LOOSE GREEN TEA IS INSIDE  THE GREEN TIN
THE GIEN  DISHES WERE AN ANNIVERSARY  GIFT FROM MY HUSBAND FIVE YEARS AGO
THE MINI TEAPOT CAME FROM HOMEGOODS AND  THE BLUE TIN HOLDS EARL GREY TEA
ENGLISH BREAKFAST TEA IS IN THE PINK TIN
I FOUND EACH TEA TIN IN A DIFFERENT STORE
I USED THIS BEAUTIFUL TEACUP AS PART OF THE CENTERPIECE.  IT BELONGED TO THE MOM  OF A FRIEND OF MINE
YOU CAN SEE ALL THREE TINS IN EACH OF THESE PHOTOS

ONE FINAL PHOTO OF THE CENTERPIECE IS BELOW
I HOPE YOU ENJOYED VIEWING MY TEA PARTY PHOTOS.  I KNOW I HAD FUN PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER.  WE HAVE THAT IN COMMON, WE LOVE COORDINATING ALL THE PRETTY DISHES INTO A TABLESCAPE.   THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME TO VISIT MY BLOG TODAY.
RANDEE
THIS WEEK I'LL BE JOINING THE FOLLOWING PARTIES: