Thursday, June 14, 2018

Sea Inspired Father's Day Table


Hello sweet friends !

Oh my, Father's Day is just around the corner, how time just flies !

This table is set for seven, so one upper place is with some serving pieces of my mother's Limoges beautiful china she gifted me several years ago. I paired it with my MIL's antique dinner plates cause I wanted to be sort of manly, not so very matched, I mean. 

Here I also placed as centerpiece the gorgeous French 'Art Nouveau' piece that was from my Father in law's home, so who knows how old it is ! The great part is that it matches perfectly with the aqua color of the Limoges dishes.

This tablescape is also my 'Summer' collaboration, taking advantage of all the seashells here.

Wishing all the FATHERS in your families a wonderful and blessed Sunday.

                                    " HAPPY FATHER'S DAY "


My "FATHER'S DAY 2018," Sea inspired Summer tablescape for this Sunday celebration.
I used my 'surfside' chargers for this setting, to enhance this mainly aqua Sea Summer table for 'Father's Day.'

 The sea inspiration came specially from the antique French piece Art Nuovo in 'aqua' with all the seashells, besides the fact that it matches perfectly the 'aqua' on the 'French-Limoges' dishes my mom gave me several years ago...and the placemats.

I paired it with my Mil's antique dinner plate so not to do a 'matchy-matchy' manly table spread.

This gorgeous antique centerpiece came from my FIL's family and it's French Art Nuovo or earlier. 

Hubby's mother left it to us because the initials are like ours, "C-A."

I spread natural seashells all around the table. The 'Spondylus' bowl is for the hot sauce.

The natural seashell is for the delish 'Coquille St. Jackes,' which is always a favorite of Mr. Living... and all of us, of course.

Serving pieces from the Limoges china mother gifted us.
A shell and wood serving spoon.
The Spanish wine is a "Mar de Frades" which is perfect as it means the "Sea of Frades."

The stems are 'Mexican hand blown' from many years ago.

Up front a shell shaped spoon for the entrance, the 'Coquille St Jacques.'

The friends that visited my last post, where I explained how I made these placemats and runner from material left over from the 'Toile' dining chairs and I lined them with this pretty brocade which fortunately has aqua in the pattern; perfect for the aqua "Limoge" china and antique French heirloom centerpiece ! 









The coffee station was set with my special WWII, 'German-Bavaria'  tea, or coffee set in this case.






Thank you for your generous comments dear friends, you always make my day !

Thanking the lovely hostesses for having me at their great partiea.

LOVE,
FABBY

I will party here:

Tablescape Thursday
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Grace at Home
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Share Your Cup
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Friday Feature Linky Party-Oh My Heartsy Girl
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Saturday Sparks
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"Anything Goes" PINK Saturday
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The Fabulous Party
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Amaze Me Monday
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Dishing it & Digging it Link Party
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Make it Pretty Monday
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Tuesday Cuppa Tea
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Cooking and Crafting with J & J
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Inspire Me Tuesday
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The SCOOP
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TUESDAYS AT OUR HOME
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Thursday, June 7, 2018

"Toile de Jouy" Placemats & Runner


Hello sweet friends !

I just got my placemats in the "Toile de Jouy" material I reupholster my dining chairs last February and I had plenty of cloth left over to make a 'Valance' (which I posted) for my  dining room window and 8 placemats and runner for the table.

I also found a very pretty floral tapestry type material for the other face of the placemats, to make them 'reversible' and to go with my new china I brought from Spain at the end of April.

Here is the toile ready for a dinner setting with my reticulated china which is 'ivory' as are the figurines in the toile print...  and a sample of the reverse as well.




The dear friends that follow me know I reupholster my dining chairs with a "Toile de Jouy Paisannery" last February after we came back home from Miami, where I bought it.

This post is mostly to share how I not only did the chairs, but got so much left over 'Toile' to do a Valance for the only window in the dining room and more to make 8 placemats plus runner.


I am loving it !

All of the 8 placemats have this perfect Toile scenery and it's called in French "Paisannery."

The beautiful "Urn" is German, with hand painted pink roses hubby bought me a few years ago, because of that detail he so appreciates. 

As some of you know Mr. Living owned a Ceramic Co. so he knows very different techniques to create and decorate ceramic, or porcelain.



I love this china hubby gifted me in 2010 just because I lost my mind over it, lol..

It's complete for twelve place settings and it also has teacups and saucers, two round and oval platters, as well as chargers, shown here with the dinner plates and soup plates.

Reticulated charger and dinner plate.

The lovely 'pearl napkin ring' on top of the salad plate, was a gift from my daughter Sofia for this Mother's Day past.

Here to show you the pretty finish on the table runner.

                                                                             
As I mentioned earlier, I picked this brocade material for the reverse of the runner and placemats because it goes really nice with my Portuguese new china I hawled from Spain last April. Don't you think it goes nicely ?

I will also eventually create a setting with this side.





Thank you so much dear friends for your generous comments, you always make my day !

Thanking the lovely hostesses for having me at their great parties.

LOVE,
FABBY

I will party here:

Tablescape Thursday
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Grace at Home
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Saturday Sparks
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The Fabulous Party
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Dishing it & Digging it
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Cooking and Crafting with J & J
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TUESDAYS AT OUR HOME
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The SCOOP
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Tuesdays with a Twist
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Friday Feature Link Party
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Wow Us Wednesday
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Vintage Charm Party
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Home and Garden Thursday
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Thursday, May 31, 2018

May Rosary Tea


Hello sweet friends !

As most of you that follow me know that I have a monthly ministry here at home, where we pray to God with the Rosary and we do so for so much need in the world as for family and friends.

I always offer to do prayers for your particular needs... for an ill family member, friends, a child, a husband, for anyone you wish to. 
You do not have to tell me the reason if you wish not to do so. My friends and I always oblique, rest assured.

We pray for the peace in the world and may God bless our countries as well.

With that said, many blessings to all of you dear friends.



For my 'May Rosary' tea I used a "Home Gallery"- Fine China I bought around 25 years ago, two complete sets for eight, therefore I have 16 place settings and I always loved the small sweet flowers 'wreath like' around the plates.
Since 25 years ago I have plenty of china sets to choose from, lol..

I used the dinner plate as a charger for the salad plate that was to be used for the bread, cookies and cheese; you see, the food is very humble when we pray the Rosary and in this case I had baked some chocolate chip cookies as bonus, it usually is just bread, cheese and home made jam.



The only thing missing in the place setting is the soup plate.

This is a lovely white embroidered linen tablecloth and it's one of my fav from my stash. I bought it so cheap for what it is on sale at a small store by chance. 





I arranged some flowers in a small English water pitcher.







I baked a batch of chocolate chip cookies hubby found with a special tip, which I will share with you.

Add 3 cups store bought "potato chips" to your own choc. chip recipe; fold them into your batter and they will naturally crush. You will find an extra saltiness and very crunchy cookies you will 'adore !'



I'm still very excited with our dining chairs we reupholstered with the pretty 'Toile de Jouy' I brought back from Miami, last January.

It's been two years since Mr. Living had this French country plate rack made for me by his direction and I still love displaying my seasonal dishes.
If you want to know the width os it, it is just 4 inches, so if you have a skinny wall such as mine, you got a rack !



We found the "skinny" (4 inches width) space for the rack behind the service door of our kitchen. So go look for a space for one, you will love it !
You can see the fridge in front of it, which makes it hard for me to take pictures from the front.

Thank you dear friends for your sweet comments, you always make my day !

Thanking the lovely hostesses for having me at their great parties.

LOVE,
FABBY

I will party here:

Tablescape Thursday
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Home Sweet Home
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Grace at Home
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Share Your Cup
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Talk of the Town
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Saturday Sparks
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"Anything Goes" PINK Saturday
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Simple Sunday
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Dishing it & Digging it Link Party
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MMM#435 Block Party
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Amaze Me Monday
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Tuesdat Cuppa Tea
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Tuesdays at Our Home
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Inspire Me Tuesday
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The SCOOP
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Tuesdays with a Twist
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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Afternoon Tea at my Indoor Garden


Hello sweet friends !

After watching Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding, now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex... I thought so much of 'tea time' imagining Meghan will be having lots of tea time at Buckingham palace. Therefore, I created a table for afternoon "tea for two" and invited Mr. Living; he likes Napoleons, so I served him a piece. 

I used my "Johnson' Bros." teacups and tea-set. The cake plates are "Old England." I have a complete set for twelve place settings, plus a big and small bowl and platter I'm using here with the sweets.

I say 'Indoor garden' because I live in a penthouse apartment, therefore, I have some indoor plants that I love taking care of and in the kitchen I have flower pots too, therefore, I've set my tea table at our breakfast room where all the greenery is.

Someday I will go to the garden by the pool that our condo has; as of now, May is such a rainy month.

With that said... please sit down and enjoy a cup or more of some delicious tea and pastries.



My afternoon tea setting is done on top of our round antique French breakfast room table. Hubby and I will be indulging on some sweets, for a change, as he loves 'Napoleon' pastries.

As you can see my indoor plants are in the background of this setting and this is why I call it my "indoor garden."



I placed some pretty pink roses inside the Johnson Bros. teapot and teacup.

Occupying centerstage is my lovely 'Meissen' bowl with the grapes with  three girls playing 'hide and seek.' 



Tea with Napoleons... how greater can it get ?

The tall floral tin contains 'English' biscuits.



This was one big Napoleon and I cut it in half for each, so this way we can have the other sweets too. (wink)

I found this pretty porcelain tray for $8 a few years ago. Don't you love the pink roses in it too?
It also has some writing where it talks about love...cute!





The lovely embroidered tablecloth is a heirloom, it belonged to hubby's grandmother. My MIL gifted me so many years ago, so I've been  holding on to it for at least 35 years.


Thank you so much dear friends for your sweet comments, you always make my day !

Thanking the lovely hostesses for having me at their great parties too.

LOVE,
FABBY

I will be partying here:


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Tablescape Thursday
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Home Sweet Home
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Grace at Home
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Share Your Cup
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The Tea & Roses Blog Hop
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Fantastic Friday
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Style Showcase
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Saturday Smiles Tea and Roses
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Hearth and Soul Link Party
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Inspire Me Tuesday
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Make it Pretty Monday
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Tuesdays at Our Home
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Simple Sunday - The Fabulous Party
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Tuesday Cuppa Tea
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Amaze Me Moday
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Dishing it & Digging it
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Cooking and Crafting with J & J
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The SCOOP
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Tuesdays with a Twist
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Wow Us Wednesday
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Oh My Heartsy GIrl - Wonderful Wednesday
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