For some time now I have wanted to do a tablescape using a blue and white flower cart patterned tablecloth I found.
It's such a cute design and it gave me a chance to use some of my favourite blue dishes.
April showers bring May flowers. How many times have we heard that line? We did get a good bit of rain in April and there are lots of flowers blooming now. I particularly love hydrangeas. And don't they look lovely in a vase next to the Harlequin candleholders?
I love all hydrangeas, but I am especially fond of the lace caps. My great-great aunt had huge bushes of lace cap hydrangeas in her backyard. When I was in high school, my Mom got a cutting and planted it outside my bedroom window. I used to love to look out and see that bush in full bloom. Now I have a lace cap hydrangea living in a pot on my balcony. It grew well last year and then survived the winter. This year it is doing even better. One thing I like to do is put little mini-vases at each place setting so everyone gets a flower or two of their own.
This is not a standard relish dish. It is combination of a cobalt Fiesta relish base and Harlequin blue Harlequin relish inserts.
This cobalt glassware is another of my favourites. It was made by the Louie Glass Company in 1936 as a tribute to the Marx Brothers. This particular style is Harpo and is somewhat easier to find than the other brothers.
I was lucky enough to find what I think are the perfect napkin rings for this tablecloth - ceramic watering cans.
The first one of these I ever saw was a dead ringer for persimmon P-86 Fiesta. I have since found them in other glazes that also match Fiesta colours (seamist, sunflower and sapphire), but I still haven't found out who made them.
I also like the blue plaid flatware with this table:
Gracing today's table: Vintage blue and white flower cart tablecloth Sapphire post-86 Fiesta plates and tabbed platter - Homer Laughlin China Cobalt vintage Fiesta relish base - Homer Laughlin China Harlequin blue Harlequin relish inserts and candleholders - Homer Laughlin China Harpo pitcher and water glasses - Louis Glass Company Contemporary wine goblets Watering can napkin rings - unknown maker Napkins - Pier 1 Flatware - bought on eBay 3 Vintage blue vases - unknown makers Candles from TJ Maxx
Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty.
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.
Blogging lets me keep my family up to date & lets me share recipes, photographs & my love of cooking and dishes. I hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoy posting.