Sunday, February 3, 2013

FABBY: Valentines Table, Flowers and Vignettes

Hello sweet friends!

I've been looking at lovely Valentine's tablescapes, vignettes, etc....all over blog land, all the way from January! I decided to make a simple Valentines tablescape for four, specially cause I have some gorgeous roses from my Bil's Rose Farm, Altaflor. February is romance month, so I wish you all a wonderful and Happy Valentine's, even if it's just spending with our misters, family or friends. In Ecuador people call Valentine's Day.. "Day of Love and Friendship,"which I think it's just the perfect title for it, as for many people it comes in different ways and meanings. 

                                      HAPPY VALENTINE'S !!

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    Here is the link to a post I did about ALTAFLOR, my brother in law's prefessional rose farm.

 I did this simple tablescape around this tablecloth I had made with a cute piece of material I found on sale and it has hearts in red and blue, little flowers and butterflies too, which was perfect for the romantic month of February..Valentine's month!
 I used for this setting my red chargers and the dishes are Polish, almost vintage, as my mom just gave them to me from her old china stash, lol...She didn't give me the gorgeous teacups, which got me swooning, since she still uses them for her tea parties with her school friends and Bible Reading high teas she hostesses. I guess I have to wait for those, lol.. Mother has a few and pretty complete dinner china sets, still.
 A close up of the table topper that has among flowers and hearts, some butterflies too. I paid $4 for the material, $1,50 for the pretty trimmings and $1 for the confection, as I don't have a sewing machine anymore...I gave it away several years ago.
Here is the trimming, which finished the tablecloth nicely.
 My mother's recipe for this delicious bread, I sometimes like to bake and it's easy, really.The recipe is at the end of this post, in case some of you would like to give it a doesn't disappoint!

My mom just gifted me with this set of pretty dinner china and it says, Wawel, Made in Poland and it has a W with a crown on top of the writing. My mother had them forever. I will have to wait for the lovely teacups. The edges of the plates are in platinum-silver and it has cute little blue flowers around the plates and go well with the blue hearts of the table topper.
Dinner plate and soup bowl.
The stems are Italian from my Christmas stash. Two kissing doves on top of the bread.
 The crystal heart with some candies.
I used this china cause it's new to me, you know I adore china and I feel like a little girl with a new Barbie doll, lol... and because the tablecloth also has blue hearts and flowers, among red hearts, butterflies and pink flowers, as well.
This tablecloth will look nice for spring too.
 A vignette with the gorgeous green roses from my Bil's Rose Farm, Altaflor. The crystal base is  Czech-Bohemian crystal. The silver lamp is a "Bourgie, Kartell"...for the touch of modern, although the lamp form is indeed a classic.
A close up of the base and the lovely green roses.

In the antique English buffet, among my English red transfer-ware tea set, are the lovely Cabaret Rose; white-red roses, also from my Bil's farm.
 A close up of the lovely and romantic roses. The flower base is Japanese porcelain.
Here is a gorgeous bouquet, with the green ones and rose-red roses together. This is my vintage French foyer table, where I arranged it with "couples," like my small vintage French busts of a girl and boy, two antique, French bronze dogs, the Capodimonti tray with putis and a crystal heart with red candy...very romantic, lol
This roses are too gorgeous!!
The crystal flower base is Italian.
HAPPY VALENTINES my friends..however you celebrate it, hope it's in a wonderful way, even if it's just staying home.

Thanking you so much in advance for your sweet and kind always make my day!

Thank you lovely ladies for having me at your great parties.

                                                            GOLDEN BREAD LOAF

4 Cups of all purpose flour
2 fresh eggs, at room temp.
1 Tablespoon dry yeast
1 1/2 Cup milk
1 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons of salt
1/2 Cup margarine, melted
1 egg, beat slightly for brushing the top of the bread and sesame seeds for the two loafs; (this recipe yields two loafs). This part is optional. I like how the bread looks so I do it, like in this post's picture.

Preparation:   Melt the margarine in the microwave. Warm the milk a little and add there the dry yeast and the sugar; let it stand for a while. Put all the rest of the ingredients in your Kitchen Aid, with the hook attachment to it...or in your favorite machine. Add all the dry ingredients, the margarine, the eggs one at a time and the yeast with milk...beat well for 5 minutes.

Grease and flour 2 loaf pans. The dough, is very loose and elastic, so distribute half in each loaf and place in a warm place, covered. Let it raise until double. Pre-heat oven to 375F. When the bread has raised, brush the egg on top and sprinkle some sesame seeds, if you want.
Put loaf pans in the oven for 25 minutes. Let them cool in the pans for 5 minutes and than take them out and let them cool completely. This bread is delicious toasted too, with butter and marmalade...very decadent, lol    "Whenever I make it, the scent and aroma of this bread all over the house, is my fav comfort food..because of the memories of my childhood and my young mother..and my dad, who loved this bread! "

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  1. You have set a beautiful Valentine table Fabby! The fresh roses are just gorgeous too...hugs, Penny

  2. Oh, Fabby...those roses are showstoppers!! And the green and red are gorgeous together! You HAVE to do a Christmas tablescape with them and the focal point! Your Valentine table (dia de los enamorados in Cuba :) ) is so pretty. The chargers are beautiful, and how lovely that your mother's china is blue, to go with the darling tablecloth! So pretty, all of it!! Hugs to you and wishes for a very happy and romantic dia de los enamorados! ~Zuni

  3. The silver vignette is gorgeous and I also love the Valentine decor.. the dishes, the table .. it's all gorgeous and the bread! Wow! It looks like dessert ..YUMMY!!


  4. Fabby, your post is full of beautiful things and wonderful food! I love those roses... especially the pale green ones, they are stunning. You live with such beauty surrounding you!

  5. Hi Fabby, so many beautiful vignette
    I love all your roses your tablescape it is so cute happy valentine's day or Feliz dia de los henamorados!

  6. Fabby, you are ahead of me. What a pretty table you've set for your valentine, and a house full of gorgeous roses too. I can smell the roses through my screen. ;-)

  7. Hi Fabby. So pretty! I especially love the red chargers. The bread looks wonderful, and you know I love the transferware! Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  8. Dearest Fabby,
    Lovely Valentine's setting! Those roses are GORGEOUS; you should have used a link to your Brother-in-law's business.
    And in the back I enjoyed the Dutch Delft blue pieces you keep... So many treasures and more will be coming your way with time. But it's super that your Mother is still giving teas and high teas!
    Enjoy your week,

  9. Lovely table! The bread is making me hungry!! Thanks for the recipe! Have a blessed week!

  10. Simply beautiful. I am loving all your red around your home, on your table and the red transferware - my fav!

  11. I love all the touches of blue. It really makes the red pop. Thanks for sharing your blues.

    I fixed the photo link for you. Come, check it out.

    Happy Blue Monday, Fabby.

  12. What a gorgeous table as always, dear Fabby! I love your gifted dishes from your Mom and of course the red transferware is one of my favorites. Thank you for the bread recipe that you shared, too.

  13. I especially like the English-looking buffet, but of course all of your photos are lovely.

  14. Lovely table, Fabby! Your mother's china is very pretty and so is the tablecloth. Beautiful roses too. My favourite of course would be the red transferware! I just swoon when I see it. Thank you for coming to tea and sharing with us today. Have a delightful week, my friend.


  15. Love that special tablecloth - it is so different from most that we see in blogland. Everything looks beautiful and ready for the big day. Hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day, Fabby!

  16. Did you say your brother is the rose grower? Can I be adopted? What a cool relative to have! This was a beautiful post. Thank you for coming by My Journey Back. I am not sure how you got there to visit me but I am glad you did. Did you come over for Diane's guest post? Wasn't it lovely.
    I am going back over to your blog to see if there is a follow button and email post button. You inspire. Thanks again for your visit. It was very nice meeting you. I wish I could call you 'sis'.LOL.

  17. Hi Fabby,
    I think I have never seen nicer roses than yours. The colors are really outstanding. And you made a great Valentin's day settings. Thank you for sharing this delight.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  18. Such a lovely Valentine tablescape! I love your new plates from your Mom, they go so well with the red and the pretty tablecloth. Beautiful red transferware! Perfect for Valentine month! Happy Valentines Day to you!

  19. An absolutely beautiful Valentine table,Fabby.

  20. A beautiful Valentine table. I love your table covering.... the roses are gorgeous and the bread looks scrumptious!!! Your new china is beautiful!!!

  21. Dear Fabby,
    Your Valentine's day table setting is beautiful. Your Mom's blue china looks fabulous on your table. Love, love the roses. I would love to visit his rose greenhouse. So many beautiful roses. Love the wedding table with all the rose arrangements. Your red transfereware is beautiful. Thanks for sharing your home made bread recipe. Wishing you a lovely week.

  22. Red candles, red napkins, SO festive! Love the cheery table cloth. Thanks for the recipe, too. Your red transferware is gorgeous- love it! Happy Valentine's Day~

  23. Hello Fabby,
    What a beautiful and romantic Valentine setting! I think your new tablecloth goes well with those lovely dishes your mother gifted you! Yay for you!

  24. Those roses are just gorgeous, Fabby. Your table is lovely as well. I have similar plates called Warvel and also from Poland but they have pink flowers instead of blue. Come to think of it, I have not used the dishes yet and I've had them for ar least 3 years, just the teapot. Your transferware tea set and your silvers are just stunning!...Christine

  25. You have done a wonderful job with your Valentine's Day table. Your home is gorgeous. I adore all of your beautiful furniture....most of which is adorned with those spectacular roses from you brother! Stunning!

  26. That is a very special table. I love this idea and my kids would freak. So going to grab some decorations on my next shopping trip.

    here are my blues

  27. Just beautiful tablescape!! I love your furniture, something about the look of these antiques just makes my heart happy:)
    Thanks so much for the visit and I am looking forward to following you:)

    Have a great week!!

  28. Your new china from your mother is beautiful, I love it and your tablescape is gorgeous. Everything looks so pretty on your tablecloth. The roses are stunning and so are your fabulous vignettes showcasing them. I especially love all the silver and the green roses. Gorgeous. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  29. Good morning Fabby. Your new china from your mother is so pretty, the red transferware is still my favourite. Do you remember telling me to make my pictures bigger???? You need to make yours too, I love studying your background, look forward to your posts every week, I go looking for them. Your table oth is so cute too, great job. Have a great week and God bless...

  30. Looks great! You do have beautiful roses! Happy early Valentine's Day to you too! :)

  31. WOW! I love that cute little tablecloth you made. It's great! It's making me happy today!!!

    Your red transfer ware is pretty, too. I like the combination of the red and green roses. They truly compliment each other!

    Your mom's delicate china on the red chargers looks stunning! I would have never thought of that combination, and it's so pretty!

    Thanks for the bread recipe. I've bookmarked this page.

    Also, I want to thank you for linking-up to My Happy List!


  32. Very beautiful - I adore red transfer ware! You did a fabulous job...thanks for the inspiration! - Tina

  33. Your table looks ready for Valentine's Day! Love all of your gorgeous roses. So Pretty!! I might try your bread recipe. It looks easy. I'm not a bread-making person, but nothing tastes or smells as good as hot homemade bread.


  34. What fabulous flowers! The roses are just stunning. Bil is an expert with his roses and the white and green are so unusual but the white and pink are just outstanding, too. Your china is perfect with your new table topper and I know you are so fond of them because they were given to you by your Mother. This was a wonderful posting and I especially love your foyer table for it is so beautiful!


  35. All of those roses, silver, china are gorgeous. Love your tablescape and the tablecloth especially! Thanks for visiting me! Hope you have a Happy Valentine's Day Fabby.

  36. Good to see you here with all your beautiful Valentine's ware! All the different pieces just pull everything together so beautifully. Thanks for sharing! Have a wonderful week!

  37. The roses are beautiful, are they also fragrant? To fill your home with such beautiful roses, and lovely china, and then top it off with fresh baked bread...oh my goodness !

  38. Everything looks beautiful Fabby. Love your red and white dishes!

  39. A lot of great pictures and beautiful flowers. The little angel is my second grandchild.


  40. OH Fabby your posts are always so much fun to view ( so much beauty and eye candy ) and when you throw in a wonderful recipe it's just a wonderful bonus! :)

  41. Yes indeed Fabby, your table is perfect for Valentine's Day with those gorgeous china from your Mom. I have some similar to yours (put not as nice) that I have had packed away for years. I plan on getting it out soon for a tablescape. The green roses are lovely in your vase. As always, you have set another beautiful table and love your red transfer ware.

  42. Fabby, what beautiful roses! What a great occupation to have. I think the colors are just stunning. Everything on the table is so beautiful and all of the sideboards too. You always do such a nice job. The bread sounds fabulous. I haven't ever made bread with eggs in it. I will have to give it a try. I love how you adorned the top of it too.

    I just thought of you the other day as I passed my beautiful tea chest! Thank you thank you again!

  43. Waiting on the teacups will just make them all the sweeter. I love this china. What wonderful pieces. The roses are sooo gorgeous. OMG, i bet they smell so good. The topper is such a pretty piece. I know you will use it often. Love love this table.. xo marlis

  44. Really beautiful Valentine party table. This Valentine day buy the most beautiful Valentine Day Flowers to give gorgeous look to your party.

  45. If memory doesn't trick me Wawel was the first Capital of Poland. I'll need to check with my Best Friend, who is Polish, but I'm pretty sure there's still an amazing Castle there and it was a very important state for many centuries.

    I don't celebrate Valentine's. As a Christina we start Lent the day before but this is a perfect Tablescaping to "JUST" spread the Love, whenever you feel like it.

    Love everything about it and that bread topper made me sigh - it is so exquisite and elegant. Love, love, love it.

    Thank you for sharing another winner. Lovely roses! You deserve it.


  46. Hi Fabby,
    What a beautiful table and oh my goodness I love your red transfer ware its beautiful. The roses are so pretty. Everything looks amazing and lovley.
    Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

  47. I'm terrible with making yeast breads, so I won't be trying that. How do you guys do that??! It's so HARD!!!!! I try and try and try, but it never turns out right when I do it by hand. It's OK if I put it in the bread maker, but I sure wish I could do it manually! LOVE the colors of both your roses AND the alstroemeria! All so pretty!!! You did a good job on your tablecloth, too! That's really something that you put that trim on there like that! Great job!!! You have so many talents, Miss Fabby! Have a wonderful weekend!!!!!!

  48. Lovely table, Fabby. You always have the most gorgeous the alstroemeria and those green roses are simply beautiful.

  49. That bread looks good. Thanks for linking in.

  50. Fabby, the tablecloth with the butterflies is a fun twist for Valentines. Gorgeous dishes and you know how I adore your transferware. The roses are breathtaking! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  51. Hi Fabby! I love that saying Day of Love and Friendship! So much more descriptive than Valentines Day. The roses are absolutely beautiful! And thank you for sharing the bread recipe. I can't wait to try it.

    Miss Mindy

  52. Your tablesettings look beautiful. And oh! Thanks so much for including the bread recipe. I copied it down and will try it. Have a great day! Susan

  53. What a beautiful table! I think you should publish a book of all of your gorgeous settings!


  54. The table is beautiful as ever Fabby.It's a nice saying 'Day of Love and Friendship'....the tablecloth looks very pretty with all those prints on it.your side boards have some real gorgeous collections on those cute little dogs.Happy Valentines Day to you.Have a great week ahead...:):):)

  55. Happy Valentines Day to You! This is lovely - the flowers the vignettes, the table - so romantic! I will feature this post on my Valentines Round Up!

  56. awww everything looks GREAT! (as usual!)

  57. Beautiful, Fabby. As always. Great recipe for a beautiful bread, too. xo

  58. Hi lovely lady.
    What a gorgeous table as always, dear Fabby! I love your gifted dishes from your Mom and of course the red transferware is one of my favorites. Thank you for the bread recipe that you shared, I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's day with your family. I'am happy to be back doing my blog now.
    XXOO Diane

  59. Hi Fabby,

    Everything looks lovely as always, Fabby! You did such a good job with your sweet tablecloth, and I love those delicate, Polish dishes. All your roses in a multitude of colors are just breathtaking! I especially love the red and white English transferware.

    Thanks for sharing your pretty pictures and your mother's recipe; it looks delicious. Visiting from Seasonal Sunday -- Happy Valentine's to you, too!



  60. Love the sweet new china you set for the valentine table. The beautiful vignettes you photographed are gorgeous, especially the silver. Love the roses too!

  61. Hi Fabby, "Happy Day of Love and Friendship"........Such a perfect and sweet tablescape as alway. Love the tablecloth and the china.

    The French Hutch

  62. Beautiful post, Fabby. Love your Valentine table, and the dishes are so pretty. Those roses are gorgeous! I've never even seen green roses - what a beautiful color. Your home is gorgeous, and I always love getting to see your pretty vignettes. laurie

  63. What a great cloth and I love your side board.

    Wonderful to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  64. The silver vignette is stunning Fabby! You have set a beautiful Valentine table!

  65. I love your table, Fabby! Having new dishes and comparing it to a new Barbie doll made me smile. Every detail was lovingly arranged on your table I can tell. Your bread makes me hungry and the sweet crystal birds on top are so pretty.

    Those roses are drop dead gorgeous! Don't you feel like a queen having so many fresh flowers at one time!

    Thank you for leaving a helpful comment last week about my technology issues. That was so kind. I am late gettting back to you but it was very much appreciated.

  66. Hello Fabby, your tablescape looks lovely - you did a fantastic job on the tablecloth. The vignettes are beautiful - to have access to such lovely roses! What a treat! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  67. Oh, that tablecloth is darling! The table looks so pretty. I always drool at your silver pieces! Stunning! Happy Valentines Day and thank you for sharing at TTF last week!


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