Saturday, March 31, 2012

Getting on My Plaid a tude!

April 1 st is National Tartan today, no fooling! I am joining Sarah and Babs for their Tartan Parade. My tartan's are packed away till next winter, but the gals said plaid would suffice!  (please excuse the darkness, it is raining!)Let's Dish 144

I used a pastel plaid cotton throw that I keep on the porch rocker Spring and Summer.  Today is cold and raw, but they say we will be near 60 mid week!

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The only thing new on this table is the covered bowl and the napkins.  I got the bowls  in CTS for 1.60.  They will be perfect for our soup, or even baked oatmeal Easter morning.  I have seen them for waaaay more in other places, but I thought these were worth the price.

The napkins started as this...

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one panel of tier curtains, 2 in a pkg marked down to .67!

I knew as soon as I saw it I would use it in a scape.  I have enough for 8 napkins, or 4 and a topper.  I don't think you can get cheaper than that!

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The flatware is by Cambridge, CTS, the little potted egg place marker, the blue goblet, and the napkin rings, all CTS.  Napkin rings were .25, Park Smith.

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The centerpiece is from Villeroy and Boch.  There are holes, (frog) in the top for the pink tulips.

I have the large one too! I got it in the clearance section long after Easter and I think it was around 12.00. It is very large!

The egg candles were from a long gone pre cursor to 99 cent stores, and they were 2/1 with the ceramic egg holder included.

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The pink stem is by Gorham via Lenox Outlet.

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Bunny salt and p's from CTS...

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as is the low cake pedestal filled with petit fours.

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White porcelain charger, mint dinner, $ Tree, baby blue salad from Pfaltzgraff clearance years ago.  I think they were .50  I used a pink tulip doily under the covered soup dish.

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Just to throw some real Tartan into the Parade, I dug out my Tartan Bunny from Pottery Barn, and took some pics down in the basement!  Excuse the darkness!

Let's Dish 132 I sat him in a wicker chair, used a tartan mat, black bowl and cup.  The napkin ring is a pique rattle from PB, and I folded a matching plaid stocking to look like a napkin.

Now I don't want to start trouble, but do you think the National Tartan Day Committee could change the date?  April just doesn't scream dark plaids to me!  :)

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I mean, we are all thinking Bunnies! :)

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Meeting # 3 ...sharing our collections of table related accoutrements  stuff, and table settings too!  All invited as long as you don't have word ID on your blog!

Monthly Challenge, The Good Earth on April 18th!

The early birds catch the worms! 

I'll have something more grown up for you, as well as a very easy affordable centerpiece idea.  Y'All be there...oh wait, I live in NY, so, I hope "youse guys" can come!  :)

I am joining Sarah and Babs for Tartan Parade, The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, Bev for Pink Saturday , Marty for Tabletop Tuesday

Shannon at Cozy Home Scenes Party
Thanks for visiting!

PSST, Gina is having a great give away! Go read about it here!
Please tell her I sent you! I need the brownie points, :)!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Daffodilly Brunch~ Let's Dish#2!

Welcome to Meeting 2 of the the Dish Dames, the sisterhood of dish lovers.

Thank you again to all those who linked up or left comments, I appreciate it!

****Oh, please remember the Tartan Party , April 1st, at Sarah's and Babs' place.  See the sidebar for details!***

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A bunch of sunny yellow daffodils from my yard in a milk bottle tied with a polka dot grosgrain bow is the centerpiece.

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A plastic tray from the Le $ Tree is the charger over a fabric cloth made from cotton fabric from Portugal, via the Duralee Outlet, it was $1.

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I thought about the purple , but went with the green to pick up the lime green plate from Cmas Tree Shop clearance, .75 less 20 %.  They will be used at a later date for a shower, and I have all those dotted serving dishes I got last summer for .39, remember?

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Hot pink napkins with a ring made from an egg from CTS, 2/$1.  The napkins have been around for a long time!

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Hot pink flatware from Bealls, on sale.  Egg ramekins from Target.

Let's Dish 095Pink stems from CTS, juice glasses from Antropologie, via 99c store!

Let's Dish 089 Bunny pitcher from the Mikassa Outlet before it closed.  I remember I bought it with a 10 dollar gift certificate the Tanger Outlet sends you for your birthday. 

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Egg shaped salt and peppers from CTS, as well as the little egg place card holders.

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Fits in well with the new paint color, BM Hawthorne Yellow. 

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That's my little Brunch table for this week, can't wait to see what hopped on to your table, as long as it isn't your cat!  :)

I promised I would show you the dishes I got while shopping with Alma, The Tablescaper, last Fri.

They are  by

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The charger is white with a beige tint edge, a swirl of green,  white in the middle and a few purple flowers.

They didn't have the dinner plate, just the salad, so I am experimenting with plates I have to see what will work.

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I am thinking maybe the lime plate on the left, or maybe a purple or even white?

I just plopped it on top of the cloth I used for tonight's table to take the pic.  I am thinking a pale lavender cloth or even ecru?1.00 for

What do you think?

I have the perfect purple napkin ring for them.

The lime plate Alma got for me in the Reading Dish Outlet for .98, and it is really nice, thin, not like my other lime dishes.

Oh, the Hutschenreuther , were buy one get one free, so 2.50 for the charger and  $1 for the salad.  The pic doesn't do it justice, it was rainy today, and the light was poor.

I do love cream soup bowls, and I was  very happy when I saw these...

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The above have a gold emblem and taupey line.

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Above, plain white with a raised design. Both by Hutschenreuther.

Some people like shoes and pocketbooks, I like dishes!

They were 1.00 each!  Perfect size for soups, and I do usually serve soup at dinner parties.

So that's the let's dish for this week!  Look forward to hearing your thoughts, and seeing your collections or settings!


My friend, Alma, thinks I should split my post, save the food for a separate one?  I have always done both together, something for everyone.  What do you think?

Do you mind the food being with the dishes? I know I always want to take part in Gollum's Foodie Friday, and this way I am sure to do it!

BTW, Gollum's sequel to Gone with a Handsomer Man will be out the beginning of April!  I am rereading it so I can jump right into the new one, A Teeny Bit of Trouble.

I am running this again, as I think it would be perfect for Easter.

Ricotta Cupcakes with Blueberry Sauce.  Recipe for both can be found HERE.

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Thanks so much for taking part in last week's Let's Dish.  I know many of you visited lots of entries and left comments! It will close on Friday this time.

To link up, please be a follower, and LINK BACK to this post.  A few didn't have link backs, I am hoping you just forgot!  :)

Please leave a comment, it is good to hear your thoughts, and it is the way we get to know each other. Your mother would want you to! :)

Please link only ONE post, and it has to be dish related.

So Let's Dish!

Thanks for stopping by!

Diann for Thrifty Things Friday
Susan, BNOTP for Tablescape Thursday
Gollum for Foodie Friday
Beverly for Pink Sat.
Natasha for G'Day Saturday
Shannon for Cozy Home Scenes

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Just Hopping Along! Remember , Let's Dish Wed. at 7 !

Hard to believe it is so close to Easter! I barely have the St. Pat's put away, and the Bunnies are starting to hop out of the bin.

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Their cousins,the DUST bunnies , stay out all year!

If your read the The Tablescaper's Seasonal Sunday post, you know we went shopping yesterday.

I have nothing left to show, she showed everything! :)

No, I do! But I won't, as I haven't photographed it yet.

But I did get some very pretty Hutschenreuther dishes.

I don't know Hutchenreuther from Hasenpfeffer, but it was pretty,and I was considering
it , as it was a good price.

When the clerk came over and said it was, buy one get one free, SOLD!

I am talking GOOD prices!
Now I don't buy 12 like my friend Alma and Cherry Kay, but I took what they had!

I'll show you Wed for Let's Dish! Thanks so much to all of you who came over and linked or commented  Wed night for the first meeting!

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So from lovely china, to cheap plastic at the Dollar store! I am working on a table using that tray as the charger, and adding some colorful plates.
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We'll see how it turns out!

Here is a colorful table from a few years ago that not too many people saw. table 3512 Lots of pastels mixed together.  It was from the time before I started collecting colored flatware. :)

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Hop to it! Easter is soon!

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Directions for this HERE.

I am joining:

The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday

Marty for Tabletop Tuesday

Anita for Cowgirl Up Tuesday
Shannon for Cozy Home Scenes Party
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Please come back Wednesday night at 7 PM and link up your dish related posts at Let's Dish!
Last week Karen at Briarside Lane showed us part of her candlewick collection and explained the difference between that and Boopie! All of which I have only learned since blogging!
We aim to educate as well as play with our dishes! :)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

LET'S DISH! Meeting 1 Blog Crawl Winners!

Happy Spring~A Sunny Yellow Table

The first meeting of the Sisterhood of Dish Lovers is called to order! :)

We will meet Wednesday's at 7 and share our settings, or dish accoutrements, tips or other table terrific topics!

Join us every week with something to share, or just some dish chat, you are always welcome!

Once a month there will be a throw down or challenge.

Got an idea for one?  Please feel free to make suggestions! 

In order to post an entry, you have to be sure you do not have that bloody word id thing! 

I know we all want people want to leave a comment, but they don't want to take an IQ test trying to figure out those 2 words!  :)  It is really hard!

If you ask a question, please make sure there is a way to contact you.  Some of you have no reply blogger addy's, and some don't know they have that!  :)

I hope the weather where you are was as wonderful as it was here today, Spring has definitely arrived! 

So...Let's Dish!

On a recent trip to Christmas Tree Shop, I found these polka dot dishes in the clearance.  There were a lot of them.  I say WERE cause I took all but the orange.  I have a baby shower coming up and I thought they might work for that.

They were .75 for the dinner, and 50 for the salad, and I had a coupon for 20 off.

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A bouquet of flowers that was a hostess gift became the centerpiece in a little yellow watering can.  I put a daisy mat from CTS under it and the birds and yellow salt and peppers.

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Yellow ruffled charger from CTS, the polka dot plates, white plate, and  eared soup bowl from Target a few years ago. Dansk watering can napkin rings to carry out the centerpiece theme, and yellow print napkins from PB.

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Flatware by Fiesta, via Tuesday Morning, so a good price.

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Little white butter dishes from CTS, white ruffled serving bowls from HG, glassware by Dansk when they had an outlet here in Southampton, and glass daisy scatters from Villeroy and Boch were .99 in the clearance basement.

Sadly, both Dansk and Villeroy and Boch are gone, though I tried my best to keep them in business, but there's just so much one can do!  :)

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It would be fun to serve this as dessert!  Your friends will know you are spending a little too much time matching your food to your table!

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The pan is a flower shaped cup cake pan from WSonoma Outlet.

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You don't need a special pan for this one, just do the flower with whipped cream in a piping bag!

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Dish Chat...

I thought you might to try this for your Spring table!

Get a flower pot, and a large clay saucer.

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Let's Dish 034You can paint it, they do make special paint for it.

I got this at Michael's with a coupon.

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Great for a Spring Brunch, and so easy!

Now let's see what you bring to the table this week!  Please be sure to visit as many as you can, and suggestions for topics are always welcome!

The first challenge will be on Wed April 18th

The Good Earth!

Earth Day is the 22nd this year, so close enough.

LOTS  of room for interpretation on this one, so let's see where YOU take it.  And of course a little table related  prize drawing for the entrants.

Start thinking about  a throw down for May, and make your suggestions!


St. Patrick's Day Crawl and Anniversary  winners are!

There were 117 entries and 86 comments.  Most of the entries left comments too.

There are 12 prizes.

There is an extra prize, as promised to the person who visited and commented on the most blogs. 

Priscilla from PWSNW Journal, visited EVERY entry!  I am sending her a gift card and a big thanks for visiting everyone.  She said she had a great time and found so many new blogs that interested her and followed!

1. Happier Than a Pig in Mud  ! Lynne   gets  the gift card

2.Words Upon Wheels Debbie

3. Miss Bloomers  Sonia


4. Kitty's Kozy Kitchen

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5. 2 Birdies and a Bee  Barb

dish towels

6. House at Forest Manor  Denise

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7. Creative Journeys   Marlis

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8. A LA Carte  Linda

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10. Cozy Home Scenes  Shannon

11. Grateful Prayer, Thankful Heart  Lorraine

12.La Dolce Vita   Stephanie

So that you get something you want or can use the prizes will be awarded in the order in which you email me with your address.  First received, best choice!  :)

Tell me what number you want! 

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#1 Gift card to Lynn,

4 PB  napkins, Sonia picked this, Cookie cake pan, le cruset prep bowls, Dansk trivet, 4 PB mushroom name holders

Linda picked this

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Cake Boss book, Canal House Cook Books from WS, 4 Waverly dish towels that are great for napkins,Barb picked this, and last is 4 monkey place card holders from PB.

Linda picked this

If it gets to the end, and there is nothing left you would use, I will substitute something.

The door prize winner is #72  Meredith.  Email me your address and I will send you your surprise gift!

Retta gets the vintage St. Patrick's Day topper, and then has to pass it on to another blogger next year.  Marigene sent it to me, and I pass it to Rett!

Thanks for taking part in the crawl, and for celebrating my 3 year blogaversary.  I hope you had fun, I did!

I am linking to Centerpiece Wednesday, Style Sisters...
Susan for Tablescape Thursday...
Gollum for Foodie Friday..
A Deightsome Life for Home and Garden Thursday,
Diann for Thrifty Friday.
Bev for Pink Saturday Spring Party
Natasha for Say G'day Saturday!

Link up here!
If it is food, we want to see the setting too!

PLEASE, INCLUDE A LINK BACK TO THIS POST, and visit as many as you can. I don't have a button yet!


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