My Diva pals are featuring tablesettings using the Wilendur lobster tablecloths and asked if I had blogged about mine. Although I did post photos last year on our dish board when I first got back into tablescaping after the transplant, I realized I had not done a blog post. Better late than never!
The Wilendur Lobster cloth is one of the Holy Grails of tablecloth collecting. Although the Wilendur Company made table linens for over 60 years, this cloth is hard to find and is treasured whenever someone runs across one. There are matching napkins, but I have not found those yet. I have particulary liked doing tablescapes with the Divas as I love seeing how we all interpret them differently.
This table was done last summer and some of the photos were made in the morning light and some were later in the day.
Lobster double serving dish
I fell in love with this salad bowl the first time I saw it. Isn't it just perfect for the Lobster cloth?
And what better to use for servers than these wooden ones with ceramic lobster handles?
Wine goblets (not lobster-ish at all, but they pick up the green of the parsley).
Decorating the lovely lobster tablecloth: 1. Pearl grey, scarlet and black Post-86 Fiesta dinnerware. The white shakers with the red stripe are from the original Holiday pattern. At the time I wished they had added the holly decal that is on the larger shapes, but have since decided I really like them with just the red stripe as I can use them with many different tables. And I love the way the pearl grey really goes with this cloth. 2. Black hotel napkins I have had forever. 3. Red painted wooden napkin rings that I have also had forever. 4. Goblets from Tuesday Morning. 5. The salad bowl is vintage and was made by Weiss of Brasil. 6. A California pottery made the divided lobster server. 7. Black and white jam pot is vintage Stangl. 8. Flatware is vintage mid-century with acrylic handles. 9. The lobster claw salad set was sold to me as Brad Keeler, but I haven't checked to be sure. I like it regardless of the maker because it is another perfect accessory for this tablecloth. 10. Lobster claw crackers were a gift from my brother.
Be sure to check out lobster tablescapes by the Divas: Candy @ The Little Round Table Daphne @ Tabletop Time Elaine @ Dishing with Carafaye These ladies are all fabulous and inspire me daily. Notice that Candy's tablecloth has turquoise parsley, while mine, Elaine and Daphne's all have green parsley. That is the only difference we have noticed in the colourway, and I am not sure if it is a deliberate colour change or just a difference in the dye lot. A puzzle yet to be solved. I'd love to hear from any of you who have this cloth about your exact colours. And if you have done a tablescape with this cloth, please post a link in comments and I will add it to this post. Thanks so much!
Slightly late, but because the parties are still open, I am linking this to Jenny @ off on my tanget for Alphabe-Thursday where Today's Letter is "W" - W is for "Wilendur (lobster)" and Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.
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I don't like to say that my kitchen is a religious place, but I would say that if I were a voodoo priestess, I would conduct my rituals there. -- Pearl Bailey Ponder well on this point: the pleasant hours of our life are all connected by a more or less tangible link, with some memory of the table. -- Charles Pierre Monselet, French author (1825-1888).
The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest. --Sir Thomas More You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it. --Edith Head A dinner chosen according to one's needs, tastes, and moods, well prepared and well served, is a joy to all senses and an impelling incentive to sound sleep, good health, and long life. Therefore, at least once a day, preferably in the quiet cool of the evening, one should throw all care to the winds, relax completely, and dine leisurely and well. --Count Arnaud Cazenave
Welcome to my blog. I love to cook. I love to garden. I collect art deco. And my camera is like Karl Malden's American Express card. I don't leave home without it. Most of my photographs are of food, dishes, our farm & our travels.
In June of 2005 I was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, a disease where the DNA of the bone marrow gets messed up & stops producing blood cells. 18 July 2009 I had a bone marrow transplant. Currently I am still under treatment. I have had some dysplasia show up again in one of my cell lines and have begun a new round of chemotherapy. Mainly I try to focus on the positive.
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