Friday, January 18, 2019

Coffee Station & Lunch in the Kitchen


Hello sweet friends !

Now, I'm sure most of you received personal gifts this last Christmas, which I did too from my daughters actually; but hubby gave me a great 'Cuisinart' coffee machine because I wanted one for so long.

The one previously has worked for twelve years now and it still does, but not well. The coffee comes out luke warm, which we needed to heat in the microwave after and finally the On button fell off. Mind you hubby fixed it and it still works. I said well, I guess it'll last some time more.

Hubby acted like I was going to 'die with it' fixing it all the time, lol..

I said, 'I'll buy one in January, period !'

So to my surprise he gave me this "Cuisinart" great coffee machine for Xmas ! 
While shopping for an embroidered tablecloth of our daughter Alex, I showed him at the store some coffee machines I'd like to buy eventually. I think he probably remembered it !

I am very excited and what a difference in our coffee brew, it's amazing. Mr. Living did good, I love it ! 
I also received a bottle of "Dior Joy" a delicious fragrance perfume a real great choice ! So it wasn't only a 'not personal' gift I got, lol... 

Anyway, I also prepared a table for lunch to serve four, right at "the heart of the home"our kitchen nook and on our past farmhouse table. 

With that said.



So here is my "Cuisinart" Coffee Machine I'm thrilled with... my Xmas surprise gift from Mr. Living. (I explained about it before this picture.)

Our 'Nespresso' machine is in my coffee station as well. A gift of our daughter Alexandra and SIL Sergio about a year ago.

Look how pretty she is (smile)...  I know most of you have one as good or better then this one, but it is something I've been wanting to buy for a while already, but the old one will not break down, hehe

It's not that it did, but sadly is not working well at all, finally !


(Some of you friends that follow me might remember I bought the 'piggy cutting board' and painted it to make a little black board for the kitchen.)

Winter Table for lunch for serving four people.

Our kitchen nook is where we spend more time and on this farm table, which it did come from our past farm house.



I'm loving my new coffee station next to do the little TV. Before it was at another part of the kitchen counters.

I didn't take pics of all the kitchen cause it about our coffee station, but by your right side is the cooking and fridge area.

It's not a big kitchen, but small either, I think just perfect for the two of us !

Besides being a 'sentimental' farm table, it's great for cooking a lot when I make dinner parties.

We have a great view from all around our pent house, but I so love the one in our kitchen with the river running through.


Thank you 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:


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Saturday Sparks Link Party
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The Weekend Link up
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Create Bake Make Link Party
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Happiness is Homemade
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Nifty Thrifty Sunday
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Dishing it & Digging it
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Amaze Me Monday
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Make it Pretty Monday
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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Dining Room Decor Transition to January


Hello sweet friends !

As most of you are, I too am focusing on my transition from my Christmas decor, which is behind us now; with all the beautiful colors left behind, to a very simple blue and white mostly, or to a more traditional decoration for January-Winter months. I'm using transferware, blues and whites, reds, etc.

I have started at the dining room, which is what I like to decor the most and that entails my love for dishes... as you know ! 

I also love it cause it's a big room where our breakfast and former dinner table are and thus a few buffet and dish cabinets.

With that said.


I bought flower and plant pots for decorating my transition from the holidays. to January.

My very favorite, blue and white !

My antique Egyptian glass cabinet



I'm using real plants in this room for January, to achieve a happy feel after all the Christmas color decor is gone.

The 'Delft-Imari' bowl is one of my favorite pieces.
Our blog friend Mariette asked me about this lovely hand crocheted big doily and I bought it from someone for only $20 !

In this side of the dining room is mostly decorated with blue and white.

The right side of the china cabinet with my two tier, blue and white 'Meissen' server; another favorite piece. 

Oriental big plant pot in blue and white as well...and wall plates as usual.

The left side here with my vintage English blue and white bowl.

This heirloom little console is at the entrance of our bedroom and is decorated for Winter with some shells inside a blue and white 'Dutch Delft' bowl, along with the antique drug store jar with some white painted pinecones.

The breakfast dining table is flanked by two buffets and here is one with my Oriental figurines that hubby gifted me for a birthday, several years ago.

My beautiful crystal cake pedestal flanked by a "Lady Carlyle" three tier server and in the other side "Old Country Roses" three tier and plate in the same pattern to match; that was also a 'Mother's Day' gift from hubby and daughter Alexandra - Madrid, May 2017.

The other buffet at the opposite side of the breakfast table and here I went with my beloved transferware pieces.



Some blue and white dinnerware, English transferware pieces.

The red transferware tea set I love, that also has two serving bowls and 12 dessert plates, plus 12 teacups and saucers and the platter shown here.


In the center part of the buffet is my "Friendly Village" soup tureen and big platter.




Another pretty flower plant pot for our breakfast table and my shelled roos and chick.


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

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

LOVE,
FABBY

I will party here:

"Anything Goes" Pink Saturday
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Simple Sunday
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Dishing it and Digging it
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Amaze Me Monday
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Make it Pretty Monday
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Creative Mondays Link Up
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Cooking and Crafting with J & J
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MMM #463 Block Party
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Inspire Me Tuesday
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TUESDAYS AT OUR HOUSE
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Tuesday with a Twist
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The SCOOP
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Keep in Touch
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Talk of the Town
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Vintage Charm Party
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Grace at Home
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Saturday, January 5, 2019

Three Kings Epiphany Table


Hello sweet friends !

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year 2019... and enjoyed family gatherings as my darling Alejandro and I did; along with our three grandgirls and new baby-boy Lorenzo and our two daughters, Alexandra and Sofia and SILs. 

This beautiful holiday brings families such joy and fun, to children and grown ups and may the birth of our "Savior Jesus Christ" bring you, your family, the USA, Ecuador and all the countries in the world, more peaceful times. My wish specially is for human beings to get closer and believe in the, Lord our Savior, as it is the only way to the right path of life for the year that's beginning.

"December 6th. is Epiphany or Theophany, "Three Kings Day" and also referred to as "The Wise Men..." Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar--- a Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God in His son as human in Jesus Christ who brought gifts to baby Jesus in Bethlehem."

I created a table for four to celebrate this wonderful occasion which sort of ends the Christmas season, along with a delicious 'Kings Day sweet bread' that is a tradition here, as it is in Spain, where children receive their Christmas gifts January 6th., Three Kings Day, to commemorate the gifts they brought for the birth of baby Jesus. 

Happy Kings Day Epiphany to all of you !



My Three Kings Day Epiphany table for four.

The Epiphany bread was delicious with a cuppa tea.





My mom will come for lunch so I used my Turkish glass chargers, white Noritake with gold trim dinner plate, a smaller entree Oriental with red and gold plate and the Noritake cup and saucer for tea or coffee with the Kings Day traditional sweet bread.








My little Three Kings figurines and a cute baby Jesus. 
On my wish list is to get someday all the Nativity pieces in a 'Lladro' porcelain from Spain.

Very delicious traditional sweet bread for celebrating Epiphany.


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

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

LOVE AND BLESSINGS THIS 2019,
FABBY

I will be partying here:

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Saturday Sparks Link Party
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Dishing it & Digging it
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Amaze Me Monday
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Make it Pretty Monday
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Inspire Me Tuesday
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TUESDAYS AT OUR HOME
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Tuesdays with a Twist
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The Scoop
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Cooking and Crafting with J & J
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Share Your Style
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Grace at Home
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Tablescape Thursday
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Monday, December 17, 2018

My Christmas Tablescape 2018


Hello sweet friends !

Well, this is my formal Christmas table setting for this year. I used the "magnolia" motiff china I brought back from Madrid while visiting our daughter last May. I loved it as soon as I saw it and I thought immediately of using it for a Christmas dinner because of all the green and white in the pattern. 
I might add it's Portuguese made just for their famous store, "El Corte Ingl├ęs."

I used our heirloom 'French Art Nouveau' centerpiece my dear MIL left us, that was in my FIL's family always and it turned out it has gold initials of the family name, just as ours is, C.A.

We are going to celebrate Christmas, baby Jesus's birthday, along with the birth of our baby Lorenzo together with daughters Sofia and her family and Alexandra and her family, who is coming from Madrid to meet the new and only baby nephew.

I want to wish each one of you a wonderful CHRISTMAS, filled with joy and love, along with your dear ones and a very healthy, happy, prosperous and blessed 2019. 



I used my lovely satin embroidered tablecloth and a plaid runner on top with the same tones, I found it for $1.99 on sale, lol..

The china used for Christmas this year is the Portuguese one I brought from Madrid last May; as it has mostly green and white Magnolias.



This beautiful heirloom French "Art Nouveau" I love, it's early last century, comes from Alejandro's father side of the family, thus it has the initials stamped A-C in the white oval in front of the bowl, just like hubby's and mine, reason why dear MIL left it to us. We were so lucky  ! 

Aren't the 'Magnolias' so pretty on the bone china plates !



I acquired two pretty bright gold reindeer candle holders several years ago and they add a bit of glitz to the setting.

Here you can see, sitting in the side table a 'St. Patrick's Cathedral,' as the one in NYC and that's why I love it.

The etched crystal stems are Venetian.



The little trees are Salt & Pepper shakers.

The beautiful antique French marble table separates the living room from the formal dining room and it's done up for the festivities as well.

You can see in this photo how the center table creates a foyer in between the living room and formal dining room, although we have an inside entrance to our apartment.
I also decorated the chandy above the table with small red wreaths on each candelabra. 



As most of you that follow me know, by the window is our breakfast area table flanked by two buffets.

The chandy has small wreaths and candy canes in each candelabra to make it more festive.


"Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous new year 2018.

May God, in his infinite glory, bless you and yours always."

Love,

Fabby

I will join:


Make it Pretty Monday
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Dishing it & Digging it
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Amaze Me Monday
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MMM #460 Block Party
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Share Your Style
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TUESDAYS AT OUR HOME
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Inspire Me Tuesday 
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Wow Us Wednesday
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Share Your Style
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Home and Garden Thursday
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Tablescape Thursday
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Home Sweet Home
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"Anything Goes" PINK Saturday
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