Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Tabletop Thursday



A beautiful day at the lake. I feel like I am caught up on some of the projects that I am working on. I didn't say finished - just caught up. I have watched and admired the posts from Tablescape Thursday hosted by Susan at Between Naps on the Back Porch. So today I will post my first tablescape.



I am taking a break. I made some ice tea and I have 2 books. One I should read and one I want to read and probably will. It was too hot to bake but the bakery at Hannaford's had done a fine job for me. The strawberries are delicious but I will most likely focus on the cookies! I will save the strawberries for my cereal in the morning. The blogging book will be for later. Crazy Ladies by Michael Lee West of Designs by Gollum will be started.


I gathered my supplies. I made sunshine peppermint tea in the morning. I put 4 Twining's tea bags in a pitcher in the sun while I got the rest of my tablescape together. The pillow for the chair is bark cloth which is a textured cotton from the 50's.




The banded ring glassware works beautifully with Fiesta but I don't have any of that - yet. It would be perfect at the cabin.






I picked a borage blossom for the iced tea and some nasturtiums for the plate of cookies.



I used a quilt for the table topper. I made this quilt a few years back from feed sack fabric squares I bought at a quilt show in Amish country. It is a variation on a nine patch. I have some more of those squares and need to make another quilt for the cabin.



The little pitcher with the birds was a find at a second hand store and really picks up the colors of the quilt. I sifted through a box of silver at Deb's Flowerbed Farm and after a little polishing (some elbow grease involved) I was pleased with the results. When I downsized I got rid of a lot of the silverplate and now wish I had kept it.




The teaspoon is dated 1903 and the napkin is monogrammed with A. My middle name is Annah so that worked.


I hope you got to take break today, too.


17 comments:

Sunny said...

How totally charming and inviting. Isn't it wonderful the little treasures that can be found at a second hand shop?
Sunny :)

Libby Murphy said...

Oh Carol what a stunning setting. I love the quilt, the chair with the cushion, all the blossoms you added - it's just perfect. Welcome to Tablescape Thursdays. I've only been at this less than six months, but it's sure amazing all the creativity in the blog universe.
Happy Twirls

Maggie Bryant said...

Carol,
I loved visiting your lakeside retreat today what a perfect place to sit & read. The quilt on the table is just beautiful and your cookies looked good enough to eat!
This was my first TT today too, what fun!
Maine-the way life should be.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Hi Carol...I am delighted to have found you on Twirl and Taste! What a nice little place for a chat and a cold drink! Beautifully done. :)

We have some things in common I see. I was also a widow after losing my husband of 43 years. I married again and was married for five years and lost him to cancer also.. He was a widower..and I was overjoyed to find him and have love and a life again...and then he was gone.

Now I have once again married...and I am afraid I am fearful of counting on anything.

We also get away to Maine in the summer..but due to illess, nothing life threatening..we missed our trip. However I am thinking of sending him off anyway..as his mother who resides in Maine is now 97. I think he should go. I will go next year. His entire family is there. What a beautiful state!

I had to smile when I saw that your favorite movie is Dirty Dancing. My dearest friend since childhood loves that movie and I always smiled at how "into" that movie she got. I have to tell you...some GREAT dancing took place!

Anyway...sorry to go on and on. We just seem to love all the same things. I really enjoyed visiting your blog. Take good care!
Mona

Cass @ That Old House said...

What a lovely story you told here! I would like to bring along the book I am reading -- PG Wodehouse's Mulliner stories -- and share that tea . . . and maybe a bite of pastry too.

Mint tea. I haven't made that yet this year. Time to fish out another pitcher!

LOVE that pitcher with the birds and nest on it -- it looks very Maine! The quilt, the old spoons -- it's all just lovely. A summer day!

Cass

susan said...

What a gorgeous view and I LOVE that chair! I might just sit and read all summer if I had that spot!

LillyB said...

Just beautiful!!!

Bill said...

Congratulations on your first Tablescape Thursday! Welcome, Carol!

I loved seeing your beautiful photographs. The setting is spectacular, and your quilt is very special! The way you've decorated the tea and the plate with blossoms is very romantic.

Glad to hear that you're rebuilding your silver collection. The spoon and the monogrammed napkin are lovely.

Bill

Michelle@Sweet Something said...

This is a wonderful first TT post! I like the quilt very much!! Great job! Can't wait to see future tablescapes!

Eileen said...

I'd be taking a break every five minutes if I had that setting! Beautiful!
You did a wonderful job, everything looks so pretty and inviting!
All the best,
Eileen

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Such a beautiful setting! Lovely tablescape - welcome to TT - we hope to see you often!

Shirley said...

What a lovely setting by the lake with tea & cookies and a book. It looks so inviting. You've set a whole mood here.

Sarah said...

Oh, what a lovely post! I so enjoyed myself at your beautiful table with my ice tea and cookies. Thank you for having me.

Hope you'll stop by my place for a visit: http://hyacinthforthesoul.blogspot.com/

I'm toasting Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch in honor of her Blog Anniversary!

marty39 said...

Oh what a gorgeous setting. It looks so inviting. I love the quilt and the pretty tablescape. Just perfect. Hugs, Marty

Joyce said...

Charming post and I certainly feel rested after my visit to your blog.
Joyce

Debbie Pearson said...

Your quilted tablecloth is just so precious, I love that inviting cottage feel it gives your table. What a lovely tour you took us on and thanks for letting me be your guest in such a quiet and beautiful little spot.

Pam said...

Great photos and so serene! Cool table!

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