Saturday, May 10, 2014


Hello sweet friends!

          All my love to you my friends on this special day and may you mother's out there be blessed always!

Happy Mother's Day 2014.


I love this picture of my dearest mother Yolanda, taken four years ago, on her 80th. birthday!
My mother is doing great with her health, body and mind and we enjoy our company almost everyday.

She lives a few blocks away from me in a lovely apartment and makes tea parties for her "school friends" and for Bible Reading.  She has a very active life as she also volunteers once a week at a hospital that cares for the less advantaged.

Dear daughter Sofia and her daughters, Victoria and Cayetana...the ones that have made me a very happy 'Grandmama' too!

Love you my sweet girls!

Here with my dearest mother, Yolanda, my best friend. I love you so much Mother!

Thanking the Lord for her and may He takes good care of her as He has so far.

I want to thank you mother,
for your patience...
your encouragement...
your strength...
your generosity...
your unswerving love...
and for those six little words
that helped me through so many
trying times..."because I said so, that's why!"

Happy Mother's Day to all of you!


Thank you so much for your lovely visits, they always make my day!

Thanks to the gracious hostesses for having me at their parties!

I will be joining:

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

FABBY: Mother's Day and Giveaway I Won!

Hello dear Friends!

LOOK at my beautiful giveaway I won from pretty Deborah Montgomery for her "just three month" bloggiversary! 
I love the adorable teacup and saucer in bone china 'Colclough made in England' and the pretty vintage tray linen, in such a soft and delicate vanilla color as the teacup and saucer.

Lovely Deborah has a beautiful blog, you don't want to miss her at "THE BEAUTIFUL MATTERS" and you would never believe she was blogging only three months, she is a pro at this, with great taste and very, like me, would think she has been blogging for ever!
She is also a lovely lady you will love to meet her if you haven't yet!

Here is the link to her blog:

Thank you so much dear Deborah, I am very grateful and lucky to have this lovely giveaway from you, all the way from your Michigan, USA home, right here at my home in Ecuador, SA to enjoy and remember you every time I use them!

My table for MOTHER'S DAY 2014. This table is in honor of my Mother, your Mothers, to you my friends, the Mothers in my family and to all the Mothers in the world!

May God bless you always!

The etched stemware is Viennese. The three tier server is Royal Albert-Lady Carlyle.

I used my china from 1976, called 'Naomy Rose' from Anchor Hocking.'

The china has a lovely pink flower with a pink bud, so I decided on these big dinner napkins with the large pink flower, very similar to the one in the dishes, as you can see here, right?

The plates also have some gray 'brushstrokes' around them, which went perfectly with the reverse side in gray of the lovely floral place mats DD Sofia gifted me this past C'mas.

The complete place setting with the teacup and saucer. I have them for 12 places... and some are chipped, as they are old!
I also used white chargers that have a faux mother of pearl finish and it picks up a sort of gray tone in the light.

I always loved gray and pink. I was so fortunate that the reverse of the floral placemats are with a soft gray pattern, perfect for the dishes!

I baked Mother's
 fave cake, my 'Carrot Cake' with coconut cream-cheese topping and walnuts.

The centerpiece flower vase was made at our former ceramic company.
The pretty flowers have lasted since my Rosary tea.

I used my beloved Oriental ladies in honor of Mother's Day.

Look how pretty the gray side pattern in the place mats look with the gray on the dishes; I truly loved it together!

Love this pretty lady with the bird in her wrist.

The sweet bowl and saucer is vintage Bavarian, I will use one for hot sauce, the men like and the other for Parmesan cheese. They belonged to Alejandro's grandma and I have a set of four.

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY 2014 to all of you sweet ladies in blog land, to the mother's in your families and to your own Mothers, if you are lucky to still have her with you!

May God bless you always!


Thank you my wonderful friends for your comments, as they always make my day!

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

I will be joining:

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Open House Party at,
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Vintage Thingie Thursday at,
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PINK Saturday at,
Home and Garden Thursday at,
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"FINAL Thrifty Things Friday" at,
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From the Farm Blog Hop at,
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A Red Rose Tea at,
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A Return to Loveliness at,
Make it Pretty Monday at,
Rustic and Refined: Table it Linky Party at,
You're Gonna Love it at,
Turn it Up Tuesday at,
Tea Cup Tuesday at,
Tea Time Tuesday at,

Between Naps On the Porch I will be participating in Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

FABBY: 5 de Mayo Tablescape

Hello sweet friends!

           My table scape is for "5 de Mayo," Mexican holiday to celebrate the victory of an inferior Mexican army defeating a much more powerful French army in 1862! France had been occupying Mexico prior to the battle, at that time. 

 I never knew about this date while growing up in NY, except because of some of you, my blog friends who make settings for this date and I also did my Internet homework about it.

My inspiration for making a '5 de Mayo' table setting in honor of Mexico is my "Ikat tablecloth"made here, in Ecuador.

The 'Ikat fabric' is also used for the confection of beautiful clothing here in Ecuador; as it's also made by hand in looms and also died with vegetable coloring.
This cloths come in multi-colors; as well as brown and white, black and white, camel and white, white and black, red and black, blue and white...actually, all colors and combos in the rainbow!            They are simply beautiful!

I will make a post to show you clothing with the Ikat material in the near future.

So without any further addo here is my '5 de Mayo table scape for 2014.'

Here is my hand made tablecloth in the Ikat technique and died in vegetable colors! I might add that it washes beautifully, even though is natural wool too!

I used some of my everyday china salad plates, square colorful ones from our Factory on top of yellow plates and to finish the stack, my wicker and cane chargers.   (why, why didn't I take my computer cables out before I took the pics?)

Here you can appreciate the pretty designs and colors in the Ikat material I had made several years ago and later put together the two shawls to create this colorful tablecloth I love!

I used yellow dinner plates for all four place setting and in this case with a blue square one and a yellow salad plate from my everyday dishes.

A square yellow plate with a blue and white salad plate.

The chargers are wicker and cane in the center of each one; along with a green square plate and orange salad plate.

White square plate and green salad plate. The small pitcher is made at our former Factory, along with the terracotta chicken napkin ring.

Cute color glasses for the 'Tequila' and a bowl fool with dry chilies hubby loves and he also painted the bowl back at his 'Ceramic Factory.'

I used 'Roos and Chicks' napkin rings and a cute hot sauce bowl... both items were made at our 'former ceramic Factory, Monte Turi.' Alejandro sold it six years ago.

 Four of a set of six cute 'Tequila' glasses in different colors.
A terracotta Rooster napkin ring.

I chose green water glasses for this setting with matching green napkins inside the smaller Ikat ones.

I love the fringes and all the great colors in the Ikat. I used two shawls sewn in the middle to make the tablecloth, that's why the fringes.

A final evening shot!

Thank you for visiting me wonderful friends, as your comments always make my day!

Thanking the gracious hostesses for having me at their parties too.


I will be joining:

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Masterpiece Monday at,
Make it Pretty Monday at,
A Return to Loveliness at,
Amaze Me Monday at,
Inspire Me Monday at,
Inspire Me Tuesday at,
Sunday Best Showcase at,
Mix it up Monday at,
Monday Funday at,
Tuesdays at our Home at,
Social Media Link Up at,
May before and After at,
The Scoop at,
You're Gonna Love it at,
Knick of Time Tuesday at,
Tuesdays with a Twist at,
Wednesdays Adorned from Above at,
Wake up Wednesday at,
The Homemaking Party at,

I will be participating in Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style.
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Between Naps On the Porch I will be participating in Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch.