Monday, March 31, 2014

Spring 2014

I cannot believe that it has been so long, since I have posted on this blog! So many things have been happening like:

A trip to the annual Dogwood Antique Show and Sale in tiny Leslie, Georgia, where I found some treasures and ran into my old friend, Malcolm Argo.  You may remember Mr. Argo from the post I did on the Scott's Antique Show in Atlanta.  If you missed that one, you need to read about this interesting gentleman - it will probably give you a laugh. Charming does not begin to describe him! You can find that post HERE.

Other exciting events have been occurring in my city like...

Our own Mercer Bears defeating Duke in the March Madness college basketball tournament (!!) and:

The Cherry Blossom Festival, which began March 21st and ends the day that I am writing this (March 30th).

I made another trip to Pine Mountain with my sister.  I just cannot seem to stay away from that town! Another visit to Chanticleer and a couple more tablescaping items! Your can read about that wonderful store HERE.

Looking at the photos from Pine Mountain, I cannot believe that I have never done a post on the Rose Cottage there.  It is incredible and where we usually eat breakfast and lunch, when we are visiting.  This is a great excuse for another visit.  I will try to write all about it in a future post, soon! On our way home, we stopped at the Court Square Cafe in Greenville, Georgia and had the most delicious Caramel Pecan Pie. We lived in Greenville, when we were young and this cafe deserves its own post, too.  Wow, so many posts, so little time!!! If you cannot wait to read about it, the Court Square Cafe is on Facebook.

I have also been enjoying a visit from my oldest granddaughter whose favorite colors are purple and gray.  This purple table has been set in her honor!

While the centerpiece certainly looks like spring and there are spring flowers blooming here, it is supposed to be 39 degrees in the morning.  I usually complain that we never have a spring - we usually go straight from winter to summer around here.  This year, however, I think we are keeping winter temperatures all year!!  So much for global warming - lol!!

My Royal Doulton "Malvern" luncheon plates set the mood for the purple spring table. This pattern was made for a very long time from 1939 until 1961.  I love all of the colors on the plates and, in addition to the purple, there is, also, a bit of gray for my granddaughter! Under the "Malvern" plates (Goodwill finds!) are purple Pyrex "Festiva" dinner plates from eBay.

Sferra "Dusty" napkins in the lilac color from Horchow and Dragonfly napkin rings from Steinmart, hopefully, help with the spring feeling!

I added twisted stem water goblets from an unknown maker and purple balloon stems from Pier I.

I am delighted that my granddaughter's favorite colors gave me the inspiration for this table.  I had fun setting it and thinking about spring - BUT... Oh, wherefore art thou, Spring????


(the best I could do in my yard for spring flowers - thankful for the Redbud tree!!)

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Get Pink!!

Oh, how I wish that you could be in my city this time of year! It is time for the annual Cherry Blossom Festival and you are invited. Here is your special invitation:

This is the front of the new schedule of events - if you would like to peek at the inside of the brochure, you can find the schedule HERE. We claim to be the "Cherry Blossom Capital of the World" and with over 300,000 Yoshino cherry trees, we may very well be! 

So, when we set a table for a fun event, during the festival, we really go all out for pink.  

I wished that I could have used pink cherry blossoms in the centerpiece, but I usually write and publish my Cherry Blossom Festival post, before the trees are in full bloom.  However, I used several different kinds of pink flowers in various white containers.

The pink Tulips are my favorites.  I put them into the tree trunk vase that I found recently, while shopping at my favorite Pine Mountain, Georgia store, Chanticleer. I once did an entire post on that wonderful shopping heaven and you can read about it HERE, in case you missed it.

I hope this photo will show you our love for pink.  It is one of the opening ceremonies from a previous year and, yes, real men do wear pink - that is our Mayor, Robert Reichart, on the right cutting the (you guessed it) pink ribbon. We have pink fashion shows, pink pancakes, pink parades, even a pink dog or two! Seriously, people have been known to dye a poodle or two!

For my place setting this year, I used Lenox "Opal Innocence" dinner plates, Anchor Hocking "Miss America" glass dinner plates and on top, "Mountain Cherry" salad plates by Narumi. The flatware was one of my grandmother's silverplate patterns, "Jasmine". A rose colored Fostoria water goblet and a "Cherry Blossom" wine glass by Mikasa were added.

Here is a better look at the crystal.  Can you see the pretty cherry blossoms etched into the Mikasa piece?

 Of course, nothing on a table could ever compare with these beauties.  I live very close to the farm that was owned by William A. Fickling, Sr. who started the Yoshino cherry tree craze in Macon many years ago.  Each March, the part of the farm that faces the road looks like the picture above.  Can you imagine??? Perhaps, you can understand why our festival is considered one of the "Top 20" in the South. You should see it once yourself - time to get pink and come on down!


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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Seventeeth o'March

"Oh, the music in the air!
An the joy that's ivrywhere -
Shure, the whole blue vault of heaven is wan grand triumphal arch,
An the earth below is gay 
Wid its tender green th'-day,
Fur the whole world is Irish on the Seventeenth o'March!"

Thomas Augustin Daly

What a happy occasion to be Irish for a day! Thanks to Kathleen of "Cuisine Kathleen" and her St. Patrick's Day Blog Crawl, we all can be Irish.  Acutally, I am part Irish, but my ancestors were from the wrong part of the Ireland.  Sorry, Kathleen!!

However, I have visited the proper end of Ireland.  Here is my favorite photo of that trip.  I cannot resist using it in most of my St. Patrick blogs.  It is a perfect example of how many shades of green there are in Ireland.  This photo was taken on the Dingle Peninsula - what a magnificent drive that was!

This year for my table, I brought out my Belleek "Shamrock" plates, again. I had recently purchased two additional ones, so I moved the festivities into the dining room. I was so excited, until I realized that I had only two sets of Shamrock place mats with four matching ones in each set. I would not be deterred, so I used four of one set with two of the other design. I placed one of those at each end of the table.

Mikasa "Ming Green" dinner plates hold the Belleek salad plates and the flatware is "Strasbourg" by Gorham.

 The stemware is a mixture of "Andover" by Fostoria with the gold encrusted rims and "Killarney" by Tiffin.

The centerpiece is a collection of Waterford crystal pieces, along with a darling Irish lad and lassie.

The Celtic Cross and the Seahorse (the symbol of Waterford) were both purchased at the old Waterford factory store in Waterford, Ireland.  I was so excited, when my husband and I finally arrived there. Well, I was excited for a couple of reasons.  The first reason was that this was my husband's first experience driving on the "wrong" side of the road and I was excited to have arrived in Waterford alive! It was not that my husband's driving was bad, but the streets were so narrow in the small towns along the way that I thought we would hit every car parked on the side of road!  The second reason that I was excited is pretty obvious - I would be able to shop at the famous Waterford store!

When you think of Ireland, what images come to mind - Irish crystal, Belleek china, Shamrocks, Leprechauns, gold coins? After having the fun of visiting there, I think of how green it is, even in the Fall,  However, what I really remember are how kind and welcoming the Irish people were. 

 I, also, remember the sweet smiles and pink cheeks of the children. It truly is a beautiful country with beautiful people.  As they say, "If you are lucky enough to be Irish, you are lucky enough!"  Kathleen, I am sure you feel this way. Thanks for encouraging us to be lucky for a day, too!!


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