Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Sentimental Season

Just when I thought I couldn't get one more Tablescape out of the famous Claremont dishes....I managed to squeak one more out!

It is sorta hard combining white-white dishes with the warm rustic colors of fall but I think using white adds an element of surprise....What is not a surprise is that it is Tablescape Thursday! This fun party is hosted by the savvy Susan at Between Naps on the Porch! Thank you Susan for hosting! In case you didn't know, I love this time of year...it starts to cool down, the leaves begin to change....oh, I could go on and on (and on)
This time of year, not too long ago I lost my mother...November 19th (2006) to be exact.
She loved dinnerware, glassware, flatware...and so on. (I get it honest:)
I haven't really had the heart to use anything of hers...but I happened upon her silver service.
I remember the box, it sat on top of her china hutch for as long as I can remember.
During the holidays she always used the good china and I can remember that she always had my sister and I set the table...she was too busy cooking...when I opened that box...I was instantly transported to our house on Parkertown Rd...oh yeah, and I am 9 :)



It didn't look any different, some things had been added, and I actually found a small box with a bunch of mismatched silver, which I'm using today. It is badly tarnished, but that doesn't really bother me. I think it looks really neat!






I used a combination of burlap and a cable knit blanket for table coverings, milk glass, everyday glassware, tea towels......


While at Barnyard days, I found a vendor that sold Ozark pine cones...and I just had to get some....I just don't have the time to drive to Ozark and pick them up myself ;)



I love the versatility of these bottles. Mary Carol fans will recognize them from Nell Hill's....and I made my first purchase with her online store of a trio of bottles in the same wicker holder...love!



Thank You for visiting me today!

I've got to go give Daisy a treat! She's been lickin' her chops the whole time we were out here!!
Thanks again to Susan for hosting!




47 comments:

  1. Beautiful as always! Love those Nell Hill's jars! How special that you can use your Mom's silverware and have those wonderful memories albeit, probably bittersweet. Love the rustic touch that the burlap cloth provides.

    DD

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  2. Great job. Beautiful table. That pic of Daisy is adorable.

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  3. What a delicious combination of rough textures with smooth slick china & woven baskets! It keeps things very interesting.
    Your pine cones & bittersweet are lovely together, too. Well done!

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  4. Such beautiful images and I just love all the colours and your amazing baskets.

    x Coty Farquhar

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  5. Your photographs are just amazing! I really love the flowers in the glass jars and how you put them in that basket- gorgeous!!

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  6. Michelle, I love all the natural elements and textures of your tablescape. Gorgeous photography!

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  7. The colors look wonderful with your white dishes. I really love the flowers and the jars you have used. Thank you for sharing.

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  8. Your table is beautiful Michelle! I love the fall colors with white!

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  9. Love it! I think white china is perfect for fall ... love that Beagle, too! Hope you'll stop by to visit with me.

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  10. This is so pretty and I love the white dishes with the fall colors. I know about the Mother memories attached to those things we associate with special dinners growing up. My mother also passed away in October -- it will be 7 years on the 14th. I often think of her, my grandmother and mother in law when I set my tables -- I have so many lovely thing and lovely memories from each of these very special women! It's nice to honor them by setting the table.

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  11. What a pretty table! I love the dishes and the warm fall colors. Your tarnished silverware is perfect for the season...I just love how it looks with all your things. Your puppy is just precious!

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  12. HI Michelle! Oh, how beautiful! Everything is just perfect! I do hope you gave little fuzzy face a great big ole treat! What a precious little face!
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

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  13. so perfect for fall!! looks amazing! :)

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  14. You're right, the white dishes go perfectly yet with the fall color's; sort of transition from summer to fall. I love the textures of the straw and burlap and woven things. The tarnished silver just fits in with the whole feeling. Great job!

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  15. Oh, I love the white with all the wonderful autumn colors. I think it is perfect. How precious to use some of your mother's silver, that make it just a perfect table and so beautifully done. Hugs, Marty

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  16. This is my first visit here, and this is just exquisite! Beautiful photography also! Love the silver...

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  17. Michelle, nothing better than white dishes! I love all your wonderful photos. What a treat! The jars with individual blooms, the various textile textures, the sweet little pumpkins, .... I could go on and on. This is a beautiful post! ~ Sarah

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  18. So very pretty....love the bottles in the wicker holders.

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  19. I also love the bottles, with the wonderful colors of fall.. The tablescape is just amazing and so inviting..Thanks for sharing

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  20. Michelle, your pictures just stop me in my tracks. Stunning!!

    Barb

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  21. Beautiful fall tablescape, and I love your mom's old silver. How precious that must be to you. And I love the patina.

    Tell Daisy that Lucy says hello!

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  22. This is just gorgeous. The tablescape is lovely as are your pictures. You do such a great job with your photography. Your Mom's silver is beautiful and I'm sure she is somewhere right now smiling down on you with pride as she admires the beautiful things you create.

    Kim

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  23. Very pretty! I really like the crisp white with the orange and fall colors! Great job!

    Katherine

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  24. Love the creativity. So delightful. This one was just adorable. Mine pales in comparison to almost all of yins that have been doing this awhile. But I wanted to try with what I had on hand. thanks for sharing! have a great day!

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  25. Oh my gosh, such a beautiful table, you are very talented, I love it! Stop by for a visit soon!
    Michelle

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  26. What a charming table! Very creative use of your things, and I love the clean white against the fall colors and accessories. Lovely!

    I know what you mean about being transported back in time -- I have many of my Mom's things, and while she is lost to me because of advanced Alzheimer's, I like being able to use and care for the things she loved; it makes me feel connected on another level.

    I'm sorry for the loss of your Mom -- she would surely have enjoyed seeing what beautiful tables you create.

    All best wishes -- Cass

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  27. Very pretty table. Love all the pretty flowers combined w/ the white. Also like the burlap. So sorry about your mom...I'm sure you must miss her! I know you must be thankful you she passed along her "dish" gene. What would we do without those? LOL!

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  28. What a beautiful post. I haven't been around Tablescape Thursday in a while and am amazed the the quality of Tablescapes I have visited so far this morning. Yours is amazing.
    I enjoyed your Mother memories. I was having them myself this morning while posting my TS. My Mother is still with us but suffers from Alzheimers so I really miss my former Mom.

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  29. This is a stunning tablescape! I love it! And your mosaics are so beautiful!
    So many great ideas and this really puts me in the mood for Fall!
    All the best,
    Eileen

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  30. Michelle, Love this post, so bittersweet. This time of year will always be special. My Best to you~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

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  31. oh you are so talented... your eye for beauty is astounding... i love love love all your pics, just gorgeous!

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  32. White dishes are so versatile. You can create any color scheme using them. I love your vases and the orange florals you used.

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  33. This is beautiful, Michelle! I love how the pretty fall colors pop against the white dishes. Fabulous photography, too!

    Jane

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  34. Very beautiful pictures. The orange just pops against the white. Love those bottles! Happy TT!

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  35. Hi Michelle, Love the photography!

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  36. Michelle,
    Your tablesetting is so pretty! You have done a wonderful job with your pictures, such talent.
    Dee Dee

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  37. Dear Michelle, Your pictures are fantastic. I got some great ideas!

    I'm very sorry about your Mom. May you only have pleasant memories about her during this time. God bless you.

    d from homehaven

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  38. Love those bottles holding the flowers--breathtaking!! Hey, if you eat off of tarnished silverware does it taste funny???

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  39. Really pretty tablescape. I love love love your white dishes. The bottles in the wicker holders, sooo cute.

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  40. What a beautiful setting, your pictures are wonderful. I love the flowers in the basket and the bottles in wicker holders. I'm not familiar with where you got them...but hope to figure it out. I also have a sweet beagle, she is 13 and runs the house.

    I think you should use your mother's things. She would want you to. It might bring up some sadness but I would guess it would also make you feel close to her. Someday...when you are ready.

    Thank you for visiting me and commenting. I have clicked the follow button and hope to get to "know" you better!



    Sue

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  41. Such a beautiful setting. Love the little pumpkin with your dishes. Thanks for shaaring!

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  42. Love all of the harvest colors and flowers! Simply elegant!

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  43. Hi Michelle,
    You really "got" me with this one! At first glance, I thought "tarnished, hmmm." Immediately followed by "perfect with the Fall colors!" Then when I read that it had been your mother's, and you're just now able to bring yourself to use it ... it brought tears to my eyes.

    Your pictures are perfect, as always. I'm a huge fan of your work!

    Bill

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  44. Very pretty. I like the bottles in the wicker basket too....Christine

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  45. Love this tablescape and your photography is amazing. I'm so glad you came by, the black & white was my 4th tablecape ever. My first was for fall...but now I want a re-do :)

    The loss of a parent is something which one can never recover....I lost my father last year...10/14/08.

    Wishing you many blessings and a happy fall season.

    J~

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