Although we’re lakeside, I set a table to celebrate
A Coastal Christmas
for my Blue Crab Bay StonewareGiveaway!
For a table covering, a quilted coverlet with nautical stripes provides the quintessential red to celebrate a Coastal Christmas and to pair with the blue stoneware.
I’ve gotten double duty from this quilt (Chaps Home French Riviera from Kohl’s) which is reversible with a black background. It appears to be subconsciously drawn to animals~ previously Udderly Charmed by Holsteins and following Animal Instincts at the table:)
My 4 Place Settings of Blue Crab Bay Company Stoneware were hoisted ashore previously for my Feeling Crabby tablein September.
For a seaside Christmas transition, I added some greenery and ribbon for a pop of red, along with shells to my lanterns.
Clear bubble stems, silver crab napkin rings, and flatware resembling rope add a few coastal details, as well as gray-washed rattan chargers, their faded appearance much like a sun-weathered dock.
Chargers are wreathed in Leyland Cypress for a seasonal touch~ an evergreen which won’t leave a sticky or sappy residue in itswake. Galvanized buckets are filled with a mixture of cypress, pine, and cedar.
I was first introduced to Blue Crab Bay productswhen I had my retail store and carried some of their specialty foods~their Snug Harbor Bloody Mary mixer is one of our favorites!
I was introduced through the pages of Claire Murray’s Women and the Sea, to Blue Crab Bay’s founder Pamela Barefoot, who resides on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, and saw my review, which in turn led to me a little to doing some photography this year for Blue Crab Bay Company products.
Part of my compensation for my photography was 8 Place Settings of handsome stoneware by Dovis Designs, produced and hand-painted in Thailand exclusively for Blue Crab Bay Company.
It is microwave and dishwasher-safe, as well as oven-safe to 400 degrees.
Nationally known folk artist, José Dovis, was born in a small village by the Italian Alps, and designed this hand-painted stoneware. Trained in pottery and painting, Dovis broadened his study of the arts in Argentina, Mexico, and Washington, D.C. after leaving Italy. In 1978, he established a studio in his waterfront home on Virginia’s Eastern Shore and traveled extensively, selling his original wheel thrown pottery along the East Coast. His designs synthesized the tradition of classic Italian majolica with early New England stoneware, reflecting the coastal life of the Chesapeake Bay.
Dovis, a longtime friend of Blue Crab Bay Co. founder Pamela Barefoot, designed the original Blue Crab Bay brand logo in 1985. Twenty-six years later, the reunion of Barefoot with Dovis rekindled the spirit of the stoneware line, with both of their creations drawing their inspiration from the Chesapeake Bay region~ the heart of Blue Crab country and three award-winning area vineyards~ incorporating grapes in the border on the plates.
In the Spirit of Christmas and as I approach my three-year blogging anniversary in January, I’m sharing some dish love and giving away my remaining 4 Place Settings I’m due to receive from Blue Cray Bay Company to One Winner!
The 7-Piece Place Setting includes a dinner, salad, bread/dessert plate, and a cereal, chowder, pasta bowl and mug!
For a chance to win these dishes mention in a comment you would like to “sea” them come home with you!
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This giveaway is open to continental US residents only throughDecember 18th.