Wednesday, October 13, 2010

An Unexpected Gift.......

Welcome to Sweetladyelaine!!!!!
So glad you stopped is Tablescape Thursday and you know what that means! We get to look at all the beautiful tables that our ladies and gentlemen have created for us! I have to admit I do feel special when I look at all the beautiful tables. It truly inspires me to go the extra mile for my family and friends! Thank you to Susan at   BNOTP!!!!                    

Of course, there is a story as to why I am showing you this particular tablescape.  Well...its not really a tablescape but a silverscape. I need to back up a week...... I was in Goodwill looking at a silver tea/coffee set. It was missing a few pieces and a little expensive for me. You know how I love shiny!!!! So it was hard for me to pass up.....this past Sunday, doesn't God bless me.... my wonderful neighbor, Shelly, called and said she was cleaning her cellar. She asked me if I wanted a silver tea set! I said yes and here it is.....

My heart sang when she carried it over all wrapped and not even touched. She got it as a wedding present 15 years ago and it sat in her cellar! In the original box!!!!! I felt so BLESSED!

                     The flowers are picked from my .25 cent pots.

This is my good china, Royal Prince Albert and the pattern is Country Roses. We bought in England and had it shipped here. I have a place setting for 12.  

The candle votive I bought at the Christmas Tree store recently. For some reason I couldn't keep this one lit. The runner on the silver tray is from Goodwill. The runner on the buffet is from Tuesday Morning.

God has given us a wonderful neighborhood to live in with dear friends...I will truely miss them when we move.

And so my friends, my new silver tea and coffee set will have a new home on my buffet until we move into a new house. Excuse the  plastic bag it is my chandelier waiting to move into a new home.

I hope you enjoyed my silverscape!!!
Thank you to our host Susan at Between Naps On The Porch.  A  Special Thank you to all the tablescapers who visit and participate in Tablescape Thursday. 

Remember to put God first in your life!

Have a great week.....
Blessings my friends,


  1. What a wonderful gift and such a great blessing! Your tea service has found a beautiful home on your sideboard. Thanks for sharing this sweet story and reminder that delayed gratification is often the best!

  2. Elaine, what a wonderful post! I love this shining example of "Ask, and ye shall receive"! Your "silverscape" is gorgeous, and I know you smile every time you walk past your pretty new tea service!

  3. What a beautiful set! Great post!


  4. Oh I love your new silver service!! What a blessing that is!! And I love how you have it displayed too. Your buffet is gorgeous!! Love that! Just beautiful:-)

  5. Wow! Your neighbor is a real sweetheart!!! That is a beautiful set!!! I hope you have many years of enjoyment with it!

  6. Lucky you! What a pleasant surprise and you've put it to good use right away!

    - The Tablescaper

  7. Hi Sweetladyelaine,
    Isn't it really unbelievable. I can imagine how much you were delighted by that unexpected gift. I am so happy for you. I think, your neighbor did really very well. She didn't like it and didn't use it and you are so happy with it. It looks wonderful at your sideboard and the teacup (and the lovely spoon!) matches so nice with it. Wish you a lot of joy with that beautiful set.
    Greetings, Johanna

  8. Oh what a wonderful story about the silver gift! It looks beautiful -- and you'll always remember the special blessing from your special neighbor. Love your buffet - the perfect setting. Thanks for your sweet visit, "sweet lady"!

  9. Oh my this is so beautiful and I am so glad you shared it with all of us Tablescapers. I have my mom and dad's set from their wedding in 1958 but it needs re-silvering and its pretty spendy to do...some day!
    Thanks for coming by and your sweet comments about the table. It was a blast to do!

  10. Oh my is beautiful and what a wonderful friend you have! You must be so excited.

    Thank you so much for visiting me today, I hope you'll come back!

  11. What a sweet friend you have! The tea set looks so beautiful on your buffet.

  12. Hello Lady Elaine... How can you move when you have hit the neighbor jackpot? What a great gift!! Your tea set is stunning, your buffet is gorgeous!

  13. OMGoodness...that is a wonderful gift. It is just beautiful and I know you will enjoy it forever. What a sweet lady to give this treasure to you. You must really be a wonderful person and neighbor for her to love you this much.
    hugs, bj

  14. Hello Elaine...

    Ohhh..God is sooo GOOD! There is a scripture that says He will give us the desires of our heart! I think that is exactly what happened! I know that the Lord will bless your sweet neighbor's generosity as well! Well my friend, your new silver tea set is absolutely gorgeous!!! It's so lovely! I love silver! All the silver I have, I have found at GW or thrifting...yard sales, etc. It really is very expensive to by outright! I think your Country Rose teacup goes sooo beautifully with your new silver! Thank you so much for sharing your new treasure with us!!! Such a treat, my dear!

    I also wanted to thank you for stopping by and taking a peek at my Autumn Enchantment table and mantel! I really enjoyed your visit and sweet note, Elaine! Thank you!!!

    Warmest autumn wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  15. How blessed you are to receive such a beautiful gift. My late mother left me her set exactly the same so I know what that means to you!
    Thank you for your encouraging note to me.. I left a little thank you note to you and Monique there.
    Have a blessed weekend.
    Shel from SA xx

  16. Thank you for your kind comments.
    Your silver set certainly sparkles.
    What a blessing your neighbour was. God is good.
    You photography is great!!
    Have a blessed week.

  17. Oh, MY! That is gorgeous!! I am so jealous. I have never even seen a tray in decent shape in our shops. This is so beautiful! They must have a word for us people who like shiny things! LOL I love glitter too. Thanks for stopping by.

  18. Just a gorgeous "silverscape" Elaine! Thanks fo much for stopping by the blog and checking in! Loved having you! :)

  19. Thank you everyone for your sweet comments! I do love my dear neighbor...she has opened her home to us and we are part of her family. We spend alot of holiday together as we have no family here. It will be very hard for both of us when we move. I guess you might say the whole move will be bittersweet.
    Thank you for sharing this moment with me!
    Lady Elaine

  20. What a fabulous gift! Gorgeous! Happy weekend!...hugs...Debbie

  21. What a wonderful gift! Truly a blessing! So pretty and shiny! The OCR looks gorgeous on it!

    There's an estate sale going on across the street from me (both people died and they had no children.) They have a silver service set, it has a coffee pot and a tea pot, etc. Anyway it is $40, probably not a bad price, but I don't want to pay it, don't have a place for it either! But! I would take it for free!! LOL!


  22. You're going to have so much fun preparing tea parties for your friends in your new house, using your gorgeous new silver tea service alongside your beautiful Royal Albert. Thank you for sharing your charming new vignette. Cherry Kay

  23. Oh what a beautiful set! What a generous and thoughtful friend you have. I'm sure she knows that you will treasure this gift forever. laurie