Wednesday, April 18, 2012

FABBY: Earth Day Tablescape

 I decided that I should use my country Spanish dishes for this "first" Earth Tablescape for LET'S DISH at Cuisine Kathleen's great and fun party.  See ya'll there!
 The "Zebra-Cow" and the whimsy looking "Corn" with different color kernels and even some in gold!  These sculptures were made at our Former Ceramic Co., but designed by famous Ecuadorian artist, Gonzalo Endara Crow. He also used to make these sculptures, gigantic, for parks and malls. He used to paint a "Magical Realism"...hence, the zebra-cow and corn and many incredible sculptures he created. I used them to represent the earth's crops and the animals.
 I found the globes at my daughters' rooms and so I worked around them...I wrote about them at the end of the pics..and I will give them to my granddaughters next time. Here is another angle of the cow, she also has hooves, horns and teats in
 The globes are so cute on top of the champagne flutes.. and I'm so glad I remember them and found them!
 This strange looking fern is so interesting. Here they call it; "hand-fern", because it resembles long hands with long fingers.
 The Corn ear on a platter with all the terrific color kernels, plus gold ones too, by Ecuadorian Artist, Gonzalo Endara Crow. You can look him up, he's paintings went for $20,000 and more, depending on the size. We inherited a medium size one from my Mil and I love it so. The artist died in the late 90's with around 55 years old.

I shopped home and found these cute leaves, napkin rings.
 The Zebra-Cow.
 I found on a drawer four of these pretty silver leaves, so I thought they'd be just perfect for my Earth Day Table scape.
 Another shape of a leaf.
Another leaf.
     I wasn't going to make an Earth Day table scape, first of all because I've never made one before and also cause I just didn't know where to begin... and then all of a sudden it dawned on me that my daughters had some small world-globes laying around some where in their "youth" rooms..and sure enough I FOUND them!  Therefore, around these three world-globes I started my table scape specially for LET'S DISH at Cuisine Kathleen, as this was the theme she chose for this week's party. you have it, not as great as some of yours, but I made it!

I also would love to point out that in our town, here in Cuenca-Ecuador, we've been RECYCLING since more than ten years ago!

As always, thank you so much for your generous and lovely comments you always leave me.  Of course, many, many thanks to the wonderful hostesses and terrific parties I will be joining.  Starting at Let's Dish at Cuisine Kathleen.

Table scape Thursday at Between Naps On The Porch
It's a Party at A Creative Princess
Open House Party at No Minimalist Party
Vintage Thingie Thursday at Colorado Lady
Feather Your Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Inspiration Friday at The Picket Fence
Potpourri Friday at A Potpourri Life 
Share Your Creations Party at Kirsten's Creations
Berverly's Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound
Say G'day Saturday Party at Natasha in Oz.
Think on these Things at A Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart
Seasonal Sunday at The Tablescaper
Over Flowing with Creativity at It's Overflowing 
Addicts (not so) Anonymous Linky Party at Addicted to Decorating
Masterpiece Monday at Boogie Board Cottage
Blue Monday at Smyling Sally
Show Off your Cottage Monday at The House In the Roses
Amaze Me Monday at Dittle Dattle
Your Cozy Home Party at Cozy Home Scenes
Beautify it Monday at Bringing Beauty
Table Top Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life


Sunday, April 15, 2012

Fabby:Antique French end-tables & TITANIC Tea Homage

     Our daughter Sofia, who was here two and a half weeks ago, to pick up our granddaughters to take them back home has INSPIRED ME, (like I need much inspiration!) to change my living room end tables. She thought maybe more of an antique, ornate look would be more appropriate and of course, I obeyed my child right away!!...heheheee..

Than I headed straight to the European Antique Shop and of course, saw just the perfect vintage French end tables. Hope you like them too!

 BEFORE:  The end tables you see in each end of the couches is what we had and were an 'Ethan Allen' look, which I'm sending my daughter Alexandra as night tables.
AFTER:  Here is the first end table I saw and it's an antique, French marquetry, marble top bombè, Louis XVI table with drawers, also with lovely engraved ornate brass pulls. I was smitten with her immediately! The Chinese lamp is also an antique, as it was one of my Mil's presents for her wedding, 71 years ago.
 The second beauty is this one and I fell in love with her too.  She also has a marble top, bombè shaped, Louis XVI like the first one, with drawers and brass pulls and feet. SO! I just hop them up my car and took them home to live with us...needless to say, hubby loved them too!...anyway, I'm glad he did, as they were going to stay home for sure!!
 Isn't she just gorgeous! Look at all the brass insets.
The other her chubby look and brass pulls and feet.. so cute.
 I also loved this bronze antique French, Art Nouveau figurine of a boy from early 20th. century. I can't make up what it says, but there's a signature and it also says, bronze-Paris. The couple of dogs are antique French too from way back. The plate is hand made in Chelsey Pottery, England. Alejandro has two, since he lived in England when he was single in the early 70's. The beautiful ormolu in the center is hand decorated, Delft Imari from Holland.
 I also bought this antique French jockey boy with the same mark as the other. I thought of Alison from The Polo House when I saw him.
 This is how they look from the front. Yeah, you can't see much of the one to your right.. all at once, but when you're there, you can, as the couches are too close to each other.
 BEFORE:  You can see the green moire chair at your left, well...our pug dog Ben, who died almost two years ago, when he was a puppy, made so many accidents on that chair's back!... although I had it professionally cleaned, the stains NEVER came off completely, so I didn't like it anymore, therefore, this chair has a new look too!

 AFTER:  Here she is looking great with a new upholstery in green, yellow and gold checks, which matched great with the fringes it already had. The throw pillow is English brocade.

 My small homage to the 100th. year of the sinking of the mighty Ship The Titanic, I had some English fruit tea on my birthday month, Royal Albert, October teacup. The oval plate is Minton, bone china from England and it holds a couple of coconut macaroons and some cheese sticks I love.
The burned-orange marble coffee table was made to order, here in Ecuador, which I copy-catted it from an Architecture Digest of
Interior Design magazine from the Paris apartment of French writer Francoise Sagan. I did a post last year about it.

 I didn't invite hubby cause he prefers coffee and he drinks tea when he's sick, like he was last week.  Thank goodness he's well again!
Last Monday I just headed for the European Antique stores, (there are two stores)as they had just received a few containers with, as always, beautiful European antique furniture and lovely antiques and vintage decorating elements. I started to browse around and found the two "French marquetry-marble top bombe, Louis XVI table, with drawers and with engraved and ornate brass pulls" I shared with you on this post.  Again, I took pics of them with my cel-phone to show dear Mr. Living, who had a cold in bed and said: "if you like them, get them!"  So I obeyed my husband immediately!!

Hope you liked them too!

Thanking you sweet ladies for your wonderful, lovely and generous visits, and they are very appreciated!


I will be linking to some great parties and I also want to thank the wonderful hostesses that invite us every week. Hope to see you there!

Sunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and Dreaming
Sarah's Homemaking Link Up Weekend at Blogging While Waiting
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Masterpiece Monday at Boogie Board Cottage 
Amaze me Monday at Dittle Dattle
Show Off your Cottage Monday at The House in the Roses
Your Cozy Home Party at Cozy Home Scenes
Beautify it Monday at Bringing Beauty
Monday French Obsession at link Party at, Le Chàteu des Fleurs by Frenchy
Tea Time Tuesday for a TITANIC Homage, at Rose Chintz Cottage
Table Top Tuesday at Marty's, A Stroll Thru Life 
Knick of Time Tuesday at Knick of Time 
Tuesday Cuppa Tea at Antique and Teacups
Trish's Tea Party Tuesday at Sweetology 101
Tea Time Tuesday at Sandi my Yellow Door
Tuesday Tea Time at The Plumed Pen
Tea Cup Tuesday at Time was Antiques Family
Victoria-A Return to Loveliness at Martha's Favorites
Lady Katherine for Tea Time Tuesday at Lady Katherine Tea Parlor
Friends Sharing Tea at Berneedin's Tea Time Blog
Riverton Housewives Round Up at The Real Housewives of Riverton

Let's Dish at Cuisine Kathleen
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style

What's It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants
Bunny Hop Party at Bunny Jean Decor and More
White Wednesday at Faded Charm