Wednesday, April 22, 2015


This is sort of a strange title but its how I've been feeling lately. Occupied!
I didn't set a full table this week, only a vignette. I have been occupied and ran out of time!
Plus these gorgeous teacups are Noritake, from Occupied Japan!

I wasn't quite sure about the meaning behind "Occupied Japan" so I looked it up.
I thought I'd share it with you.
Occupied Japan is a term used for the time period from 1945 (after World War II) through April 25, 1952; it was during this time that the Allies "occupied" Japan. Japan needed to rebuild their economy after the war, part of the agreement to allow them to export goods out of their country. But there was a catch, they had to mark 50% of all items with "Occupied Japan" or "Made in Occupied Japan."
This could be done with a paper label, cloth label (as on scarves, doilies, clothing), engraved, handwritten or stamped.

A little history lesson long with tablescaping....................... who knew!
On to my beautiful cups!

This crystal creamer were a gift from my Aunt Moni years ago. 

And the sugar bowl and teaspoons were a gift from my friend, Gretchen & my Uncle Chip.
The sugar bowl & creamer match! I was lucky!

I use them alot! 

A new thrift item is this pretty pitcher.....I loved the scrolling!
And it is blue & white, my favorite!

Another treasure.........I hold dear. My Aunt Emily gave me this perfume bottle years ago!

When I spotted this lustreware teapot at The Thrift Store, I had to have it! 
So many of you were doing lilac tablescapes. (That's the actual name of the store)
Are you like that?
The teapot is sitting on hand-painted plates made in  Japan.

My birdies are sitting on Goodwill plates that only say "Royal limited", on the back.
They have roses all around.....

 I have only four of these pretty cups. I didn't look them up yet either. I will in due time!

Isn't she pretty? That my Swarvorski bracelet she is wearing!

A full picture of the whole table.

Well, I certainly have pulled out all the thrift store stuff today. Glad you stopped by for a peek! 
I will be looking forward to hearing from you.........

Blessings My Friend,

I will be joining:

Tablescape Thursday at BNOTP

Share Your Cup Thursday with Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson


Thursday, April 16, 2015

What happens when a dishaholic plays with jewelry?

A new necklace & earrings are born!

But wait....I tried to make napkin rings too! 
I call  them inspiration!
I'm not super happy with them, I wanted them to be a little more fancy. 
But I will keep trying!

 This tablescape is exciting for me today. I was given some dishes and I love them. Funny how things work out. I bought the pink, Premiere, "April Rose" china at The Thrift Store. While I was there I saw salad plates and big bowls that were green. Not this green a little more limey.  I couldn't decide and I couldn't buy both. So I decided to buy none of them. Remember we are on a tight budget!

When I came home, Rosie, my friend called to say she had dishes for me! These cute little Wood & Sons dessert plates! I consider that a God moment!A shout goes out to Rosie for the dishes she has been finding for me!

I love my teacups so I added them to the plates!

The chargers are metal and I found them at "Something Special".
 A  store that supports battered women!
I feel like I am giving back and recycling at the same time.

The tablecloth is also a Thrift Store purchase.

 My glasses are also a thrift find. They are not vintage......

My daughter gave me this teapot for Mother's Day one year.
The little plate I bought at The Thrift Store.
 I had planned to hang it on on my dining room wall but you see how well that worked out! lol

Finally my centerpiece. Rum Rill is the maker of the vase.
All is time I thought my mom had made it! I never looked on the bottom until now! LOL
I am shocked!

A view of the whole table!

I enjoyed setting this table! Thank you for stopping by......

Blessings My Friend,

I will be joining:

 BNOTP with Susan for Tablescape Thursday

Thursday, April 9, 2015

A Spring Mantle

Forgot to post this last week. The weather in Spring Texas has been cloudy so pictures are not as pretty and bright.
The candelabras are from a consignment ship in Dallas.
The green vase, which I love, love is from my favorite Thrift Store here in Houston!

Have a great weekend!
Blessings My Friend,

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Easter is here????????

This is the first Easter table I have set this year and I won't be using it! 
Mr. Sweetladyelaine and I are not doing any entertaining this holiday. 
We are going to a neighbors for brunch!
For the holiday I always use good china & crystal. 
My mom does too and so the tradition goes on. LOL
Today, I did use a mix........because I can!
A blue glass charger with my Blue Garland dinner plate, salad plate and a Gibson white bowl.
Nothing fancy, it  just speaks simple. 
The elegance comes from the tablecloth, silver and centerpiece. 

Each white bowl has a special egg inside. I bought these in IL at a flea market.

 Eggs are all over our house on Easter. My mom gave me at least 50 marbled eggs.
 If you look closely at my pictures you can see them on the table.

My Blue Garland coffee set by Haviland

 Blue Garland casserole dish

A view of the whole table

                         I hope you have a wonderful Easter! 

       Blessings My Friend,

I will be joining:

Susan at BNOTP for Tablescape Thursday

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Blue at the Zoo

Just to update you...................
Mr. Sweetladyelaine is still working on his promoting his business and job hunting. It seems to be picking up.  We have hit a rough patch, but I am not homeless yet!
Praise God! HE is faithful!
The past few weeks have been heartbreaking for Aunt Elaine's husband, Edmond "Babe"  passed away on the 10th and eleven days later her brother, my uncle, Gene (Chip) died on the 21st unexpectedly. I must admit, reality set in. My Uncle Chip, as we called him was 66 years old. When we lived New York,  Chip, Gretchen, John & I were together most weekends.
I didn't forget you all, just have had a little set back.

Now that you are caught up.......................
The inspiration for my table today came from Russian napkin rings on loan to me by my friend, Rosie. I love when friends allow me to borrow their treasures!
Cobalt blue is the theme today!
I used my glass Pier 1 chargers with the Russian napkin ring and yellow bandannas as napkins.

 Topped them with "Gibson" white dinner plates

and my white & blue Fitz and Floyd, Allegro in glazed blue.

 My tea set was bought at a garage sale many years ago for $5.00
on Union Street in Schenectady, NY.
There are no markings on it at all. It's just chunky and old. I love it!
It sits on the top shelf of my desk where I use my computer so I can look at it everyday.

My pitcher is a fairly new find from The Thrift store here in Spring, Texas.
The blue details are beautiful!

 My little blue bird keeps his eye on the table by sitting in yellow "Sweet Olive Designs" crown bowls.

I used my milk glass pretzel compote and sat a Pier 1 yellow bowl in it filled with red roses. I use mirrors alot and this happens to be one that I bought for a wall in one of my houses that never got hung up in any house. It just sits under centerpieces as their base! LOL Simple but really gives the table the color!

A final look at the whole table!

Lately Mr. Sweetladyelaine and I have not been entertaining, so my tables are set just for you. I hope I inspire you as you do me. Can't wait to see all the pretty tables this week. I have been missing you!

I will be joining:

Susan at BNOTP for Tablescape Thursday

Blessings My Friend,
I will never leave nor forsake you. ( Hebrews 13:5)