Friday, April 27, 2018

Back Home from Madrid and Table !

Hello sweet friends and Table !

Well, like the title of this post says, we are back from Madrid. I hope you are all doing well and happy. I'm always glad to be back specially for you all, to contact myself with my dear bloggy buddies.

We had a wonderful trip and visit with our dear daughter Alexandra, SIL Sergio and baby Max who is 2 years and 5 months already and very tall !
She goes to a pre-school and loves it, this way she can mingle with kids her age. It's a British school therefore, she sings, she plays, she draws and learns everything in English.

Besides beautiful Spain, specially Madrid where we spent most of the time, SIL Sergio drove us to Portugal making stops in Porto and other marvelous cities from Spain as well as Portugal. What a wonderful trip we had.

I am missing my baby girl, Alexandra and Sergio as it was a pleasure to be with them for a whole month.

While shopping in my fav department store in 'Madrid - El Corte Ingles,' I went to do my rounds to the home floor where they have the 'Lladro' figurines I love and wonderful chinas. While looking around and drooling over so many lovelies I spotted a set of china that called my name very loud, so I couldn't pass her by !

So I bought it for ten place settings because it's what fits on the formal dining table. Yes! I bought it, it was calling my name very loudly ! It's a Portuguese made bone-china specially made for the "El Corte Ingles" and it has a magnolia flower pattern, with mostly white, green leaves and yellow in the center of the magnolia flower. Yet it's very elegant with a gold trim, but in a very sober and understated way.

See for yourself.

      Our dearest Baby Maxima is now 2 years and 5 months already and is simply adorable carrying a huge chocolate Easter egg ! We had a chance to enjoy her for a month and of course as you might guess, we are missing her so much.

                   Here she is, my new doll...err china addition to my 'china collection.'

                                             To create this table spread I decided on a flower plant with tiny yellow flowers as centerpiece, flanked by two soup bowls with Japanese grass... and lots of 'green' as the dishes.

                                 The first thing I loved about this plates was the white 'Magnolia' pattern it has and the sales lady told me it's a style tendency. It is such a lovely and fragrant big flower, plus it's a pattern we can use all year round, it's simple enough.

I used to create this table my 'German' transparent crystal chargers (Natchtmann) so not to take away from the soft and delicate pattern of the china with any other color.

Here I placed my green water glass paired with Italian wine glasses.

It's 'Bone China' very translucent by the light, as it said in the back stickers on the plates, plus instructions for care.
Hubby knows about porcelain and ceramics and the difference between them, as he owned a Ceramic Co. and he said it is made of a very fine bone china porcelain.

The teacup and deep saucer are so pretty, it reminds me of the old fashion shape of cups.

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

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


I will party here:

"Anything Goes" Pink Saturday

The Bouquet of Talent Party

The Fabulous Party

Amaze Me Monday

Dishing it & Digging it


Cooking & Crafting with J&J

Tuesday with a Twist

Make it Pretty Monday

Inspire Me Tuesday

Tuesdays at Our Home

Tuesday Cuppa Tea

Talk of the Town

Wow Us Wednesday

Share Your Style

Home & Garden Thursday

Vintage Charm Party

Grace at Home

Home Sweet Home

Mother's Day Celebration + Ideas HM #182


  1. Fabby, your new China is absolutely stunning! You’ve set a beautiful table for spring or summer. I’m glad you had a fun time with your family and have made it home safely. Zenda

  2. Hi!I am glad you are back!What a beautiful table!Gorgeous china!!!Hugs!

  3. Fabby, your granddaughter is so adorable, I bet she is missing the both of you too! So wonderful for all of you I am sure to spend lots of time together making great memories. Your table setting is lovely and your new china, wow very beautiful!

    God bless you


  4. I am so glad you had such a wonderful trip and visit with family! Your little Maxima is adorable, Fabby.

    I adore your new dishes....simply elegant is what I think looking at them.

    Hope you have a lovely weekend!

  5. Fabby, I am so glad you had a month with your precious daughter, SIL, and beautiful granddaughter! She is adorable. The china is stunning and you set a gorgeous table! Our magnolia tree is budding and soon those large blooms will send out that intoxicating fragrance! Hugs

  6. Fabby, this is a beautiful table. Your dishes are wonderful, but those German chargers are to die for! So glad you had a good trip1


  7. Oh my goodness, Fabby! That china is a heart stopper. And those chargers! What can I say? Just beautiful. So very glad you had a wonderful trip.

  8. Welcome back, Fabby. What a wonderful trip that must have been. Our children and grandchildren are such a blessing, and time to visit with them so far away is a real gift. I love your new china - so fresh! Your table is lovely, and I look forward to seeing you style your new service again and again.

  9. Welcome back, Fabby! Your beautiful china is a wonderful memento of your trip. I'm impressed that you were able to transport the entire set back home safely.

    Your granddaughter is too cute! That is the biggest chocolate Easter egg that I've ever seen. I think it's even bigger than her head!

  10. Beautiful tablescape, and love your china..

  11. Your little dumpling of a grand daughter is just adorable........and looks just like her Mama!!! So glad you had a wonderful trip.....

    And the china, what can I say?? It is beautiful, understated and elegant. The table setting is lovely with the green glass will use this often. My favorite piece is the cup and saucer, very comfortable looking......

    Hugs, Cleo

  12. I know you're missing your loved ones, but what a wonderful time you had, Fabby! Your little Max is such a doll. Your new china is just beautiful and will remind you of your happy time in Madrid.

  13. Maxima is adorable. That chocolate egg is bigger than she is! Love your pretty table. Love bringing home those kinds of souveniers.

  14. Dearest Fabby,
    Can't believe you spent an entire month in Spain and that time is going this fast!
    You sure did capture a BEAUTIFUL set of china with the magnolia.
    I myself have the Royal Albert Gardenia but that is on black:
    Yours look so delicate on white.
    Dream of your precious family and hope you manage the distance.
    So easy nowadays with all the social media and video calls we can make. WISH I had that opportunity in 1983 when we immigrated.
    Our first phone call back home to the Netherlands shocked us as it was very high priced. So much has changed since then.
    Big hugs,

  15. Dear Fabby:
    What an amazing vacation with your lovely family. I am sure you loved every moment and
    doesn't it got so fast. Your china selection is very beautiful and the classic design of Magnolia's was a perfect one! Your table looks stunning! Thanks for sharing.

  16. Fabby, what beautiful new china! And always there to remind you of your wonderful time in Spain and Portugal! This china would be very popular in the South (US), as the magnolia is symbolic of that region. Love your crystal chargers, too.

  17. Oh Dear Fabby, I know that you enjoyed your precious family. Nothing like our children and grands. And girl, you brought home some beautiful china! I think I heard it calling your name too! LOL! So very beautiful. As always, your tablescape are so beautiful. Glad you are home safe and sound dear lady. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  18. Gorgeous table setting. I love the Magnolia plates.

  19. The new china pattern you found is absolutely beatiful and I can understand why you were drawn to it! It sounds like you had a wonderful time in Spain with your family. Maxima is a beautiful child. Going to pre-school offers great advantages and I bet she loves it! Your tablescape is beautiful- love the touches of green.

  20. Fabby, I love the contrast of the crystal charger plates and the magnolia plates. The cup is very classic! You have set a wonderful table. A month with family must have been lovely. Thanks for sharing and have a great week. Sylvia D.

  21. Fabby, you had a wonderful time visiting your family, I know, and little Maxima really is a doll! Your new china is so pretty and sets a beautiful table. Have a lovely weekend.

  22. Your table setting and new china are just beautiful Fabby! Thanks for sharing at our Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
    Enjoy the week.
    Julie xo

  23. Your new china set is gorgeous, Fabby! But ypur granddaughter is even prettier and growing so fast!....Christine


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