Sunday, March 20, 2016

First Day of Spring: Easter Table


Yes, it's "OFFICIALLY" spring today...but here in Indiana, the warm spring weather is holding off a little longer...we only had a high of 45 degrees today.(Brrrrr....not quite fishing/boating weather yet!!)
That doesn't mean that we can't get in the Spring mood by decorating and putting out our springtime dishsettings...
I started with my dining room centerpiece (the same one I made last year and kept it in storage to display again this year.) This moss-covered mound with three crosses is surrounded by a floral display and in front is an open tomb with the stone rolled away - Hallelujah!!
I love this photo of the crosses darkened in the foreground with my lakeview in the background!
Here is a close-up of the tomb, with the stone rolled to the side!
My spring teapot for this tablesetting is one I have had for several years. I love the little saying on the side..."A moment of quiet, a cup of tea, and friends...to keep me company."

 
My tablesetting has 4 spots with teacups waiting to be filled. Here are close-ups of these "spring" flowered cups and saucers.



My polka-dot egg cups are also back out for this seasonal setting. I found these adorable sequin eggs at Meijer. I had some extra flower-shaped cupcake papers from last year that I set my egg cups for extra pizazz.
My nesting finch came out of hiding, as well. Here he sits among the flowers in my centerpiece.
It may be cold outside still, but I'm hoping my Spring table-setting will be a reminder that spring weather is just around the corner. I look forward to seeing all the spring flowers bloom outside, as they are blooming inside at my table today!!!

   Ann 
“Better joy in a cottage than sorrow in a palace” 
Spanish Proverb
Linking over to these blog parties:

The Scoop @ Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
Make It Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House
Inspiration Monday Party @ I Should Be Mopping the Floor
The Inspiration Board Link Party @ Homework
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday Coastal Charm
Tuesdays With a Twist @  Stone Cottage Adventures 
Be Inspired Party Elizabeth & Co
Clever Chicks Blog Hop @ The Chicken Chick
Wake Up Wednesday @ Sew Crafty Angel
A Morning Cup of Joe @ The Cottage Market
Freedom Friday @ My Turn for Us
Flaunt It Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring 
Creativity Unleashed @ Shaken Together Life
Creative Collection Link Party @ Classy Clutter, and Blooming Homestead     

Thursday, February 25, 2016

"I've Got the Blues" Tea Tablesettings

The past few weeks of February have been quite rough for this cottage gal!
Between family issues and unpredictable weather conditions, my inner clock/self have been beyond catty-womper...(it doesn't help that I continue to suffer from peri-menopausal symptoms and have for going on 15 years now. Been to several doctors and they all say I just have to wait it out!)
I have been attempting to keep up with putting out different decor/tablesettings for each season. Now that Valentine's Day is past, I usually bring out some of my favorite blue and white teaware/china. I recently purchased a new teapot and some teacups, so I thought I would share them, as well. Below are a few vignettes and my dining room tablescape with the "BLUE" theme, which goes well with my mood, lately...yes, I've got those winter blues!!

 An old trunk that belonged to my grandmother sits in my 4-season porch. My hubby recently brought home this sad plant that a co-worker almost threw out, in hopes of reviving it. I placed a teapot(a gift from my mother years ago) and a matching cup/saucer I found at a flea market here. They set atop several of my favorite books I like to just flip through when I need a break in my day.


Another porch window view is the backdrop to this vignette. 

Some of my "Holland windmill" themed teawares are on display, as well as the floral teapot that I found at Hobby Lobby years ago. 



 This little milk pitcher fit perfectly on top of my seahorse candleholder...a unique way to display this piece.

 My dining room tablescape.
 The teapot below (a chintz design) was a recent find at an antique shop.
I also purchased two teacups/saucers with this beautiful floral design.
 Since I only got two of the floral cups, I displayed a few of my older blue and white cups/saucers, too.

 The blue and white large and small vases held some pretty spring flowers. My "tea for one" stackable cup and teapot are also an older, but much loved piece of china.(Perfect for a small cup of tea for me on those days I'm home alone.)
Now, I'd like to say I own the teawares below and put these vignettes together, but, alas, they belong to other bloggers. I just had to share them with you, as well. Blue and white china are some of my favorite colors and styles!!


Easter Breakfast Table Setting

BlueDanubeplacesetting




I hope I am able to enjoy brighter days ahead!
Spring is officially less than 24 days away! Now, of course, that doesn't garantee that the weather will follow suite. But, I am praying the nice weather will be here soon. Till then, may you have a blessed day!!
   Ann 
“Better joy in a cottage than sorrow in a palace” 
Spanish Proverb
Linking over to these blog parties:

The Scoop @ Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
Make It Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House
Inspiration Monday Party @ I Should Be Mopping the Floor
The Inspiration Board Link Party @ Homework
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday Coastal Charm
Tuesdays With a Twist @  Stone Cottage Adventures 
Be Inspired Party Elizabeth & Co
Clever Chicks Blog Hop @ The Chicken Chick
Wake Up Wednesday @ Sew Crafty Angel
A Morning Cup of Joe @ The Cottage Market
Freedom Friday @ My Turn for Us
Flaunt It Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring 
Creativity Unleashed @ Shaken Together Life
Creative Collection Link Party @ Classy Clutter, and Blooming Homestead     

Monday, February 1, 2016

"Owl" Always Be Your Valentine: Italian Style

Valentine's Day is a few weeks away, but I've already got my tablescape set to the theme of love...as we celebrated our 29th wedding anniversary this past weekend!!

I know it may sound goofy, but I started out with the theme of owls(I love owls) for my table. The centerpiece was a couple of owls -or lovebirds - sitting together, surrounded by chocolate hearts and a candle.
More hearts and a lace tablecloth also were a part of the setting. 
The paper plates and napkins were just so adorable and matched the other table decor.
I put out some past Valentine's Day mugs we had sitting around to partake of some tea or coffee with our meal. I recently purchased the heart-covered teapot at T.J. Maxx. (Thought is was too adorable to pass up!)
My hubby also had gotten a sweet bouquet of flowers for me on this special day.
When the shades were drawn and candles were lit, it become a romantic dinner for two!
Now, my hubby and I had discussed going out for our anniversary dinner, but due to the cold weather and not wanting to spend extra money at this time, we decided to eat in. Years ago, we would have different culture/foreign themed dinners. One we hadn't done before was the Italian theme. After discussing how we could make a romantic themed evening out of this, my hubby purchased some Italian wine.
I had never tried an international wine before. 
Cheers!!
We also decided to go all out and make our own homemade pizza!
It was SO delicious! The photo above was prior to baking. The photo below(a bit fuzzy) was after baking.
For dessert - Gelato in two flavors: Southern Butter Pecan and Roman Raspberry. Yummy!!!
After the wonderful, romantic meal, we watched the romantic comedy "Letters to Juliet". Both hubby and I liked it a lot, especially since there were no raunchy sex scenes - Just a decent romance story. And it went well with our "Italian" theme, as the movie took place in Italy. (I would love to visit beautifulItaly some day!)
What a perfect evening it was!!
Simple, yet fun!!
As Valentine's Day approaches, I will continue to leave this tablesetting display up to keep that romantic atmosphere alive!!
Hope you all are able to enjoy your Valentine's Day with those you love, whether they are family, friends, or your significant other!!
   Ann 
“Better joy in a cottage than sorrow in a palace” 
Spanish Proverb
Linking over to these blog parties:

The Scoop @ Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
Make It Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House
Inspiration Monday Party @ I Should Be Mopping the Floor
The Inspiration Board Link Party @ Homework
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday Coastal Charm
Tuesdays With a Twist @  Stone Cottage Adventures 
Be Inspired Party Elizabeth & Co
Clever Chicks Blog Hop @ The Chicken Chick
Wake Up Wednesday @ Sew Crafty Angel
A Morning Cup of Joe @ The Cottage Market
Freedom Friday @ My Turn for Us
Flaunt It Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring 
Creativity Unleashed @ Shaken Together Life
Creative Collection Link Party @ Classy Clutter, and Blooming Homestead