Tag Archive for Table Top Tuesday

Chickadees on the Porch & a Giveaway!

I’m on the porch nesting with Chickadees . . .

Enjoying some tea and tucked in a nest of grey~enjoying a bit of warm & welcome sunshine on the porch.

 These Chickadee plates, Global Design Connections by Kate Williams, along with teapot, cream & sugar~ took flight from HomeGoods to follow me home~

I was enamored by the grey twig-rimmed edge on the plates and twiggy detailed spout and handle on the teapot :)

To celebrate my two-year blogging anniversary January 15th, I’m sharing some dish & bird love and giving away this set of two salad plates, two dinner plates, teapot, cream & sugar~ to one winner~ to perch at your table.

For a chance to win these Chickadees :) mention in a comment  you would like them come home to roost with you! Subscribers/followers automatically get a second entry. For an additional chance to win, leave another comment and tell me your favorite bird you like to see perched at your feeder :)

 A winner will be chosen February 1st.

Wishing you a warm place to nest & perch this winter~

This giveaway is now closed. 

Congratulations to Rett at The Gazebo House!

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A Gardener’s Christmas

 In a Gardening state-of-mind, I’m on the porch enjoying the Season with a few things that make me happy~

A simple Christmas table~ ideal for our casual living at the Lake.

A promise of a flower in an Amaryllis bulb, a few collected watering cans . . .

. . . and a couple of vintage trowels, showing the visible signs of use & hours of happy work~ one red & one green~ the perfect colors for the season :)

Little watering can ornaments (Smith & Hawken from Target) are filled with bits of Cedar & Leyland Cypress and sprinkled at each place setting~

A favorite decorative birdhouse, made with recycled materials~ a vintage glass door knob, old hardware & barn wood~ has a starring role for the Season with its iron finial church steeple &  tin-fashioned cross.

 The birds will enjoy a gift of seed decorated houses.  Purchased from a garden center, these edible bird treats would make a fun (if messy :) project for kids using a cardboard/milk carton house base, coated with peanut butter & decorated with seeds, raisins, cereal (Cheerios, Chex). . .anything that birds can feast on!

My urn, that has hosted tomatoes & pumpkins at the table, is supporting a grapevine wreath with faux berries and a pine cone laden tree.

A found bird’s nest is back at the table this week, filled with blown quail eggs, a feather, and embellished with a bit of lichen~

A few Paperwhite bulbs are waiting to be planted and their fragrance enjoyed~

Wishing you the simple pleasures of

Nesting & Feasting this Holiday Season!

Gardener’s Christmas Table Details:

Chargers & Flatware/ World Market

Napkins & Quilt/ Kohl’s

Bird Napkin Rings/ Pottery Barn

Dishes/Oneida Westerly Basket

Goblets/ HomeGoods

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A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday~

  Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday~

Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday~

 The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays~

Homespun Christmas Link Party~  Recipes & Tablescapes~


A Gentle Transition and Giveaway

On the heels of Thanksgiving, before rushing headlong into the Christmas Season as I usually do~ I’m lingering at the table with a warm palette of neutrals and a touch of soft gold. . .enjoying the last few days of November.

I found this 222 Fifth, Gold Leaves pattern at T. J. Maxx several weeks ago~ there were only a few pieces remaining which suited my purposes and table for four.

I decided then that these dishes would provide a gentle transition from Thanksgiving to Christmas~ with the blending of the acorns & oak leaves on the salad plates together with the pine cone sprays on the dinner plates.

I’ve always loved organic materials at the table . . . flowers, birds’ nests, greenery. . . pieces of the garden and in this case, remnants of fall with the dried leaves, acorns and bloomed grasses. . .

  A pheasant feather, gold dipped pine cone, soft grasses along and some pieces of evergreens~ Leyland Cypress & pine~ are tucked between the dinner plate and placemat for a seasonal embellishment along with an oak leaf and acorn. . .

 A bit of sparkle and a soft glow provided by the votive holders and beaded placemats, are precursors to the glitz and glamour of the season. . .

My matelassé coverlet is layered with two wool blend throws in a tan and white plaid pattern, also found at TJ Maxx recently, for a little added warmth and soft color~

Mikasa’s French Countryside goblets with their graceful silhouette and flatware from Target with a hammered surface add additional softness to the table.

A lidded tureen~ adorned with an oak leaf pattern on one side and pine cone spray on the opposite~ is filled with greenery, a found bird’s nest filled with blown quail eggs, pheasant feathers, grasses & gold pine cones & oak leaves. . .

After searching for acorns & oak leaves, I found myself foraging along the aisles at Target~ delighted when I found these votive holders~ the hob nail-like surface echoing the detail & texture of a pine cone.


A little seed of an idea germinated with the advent of the Christmas Season. . .

And in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I decided to share a little dish love as a gift as I approach my two year blogiversary in January.

A gesture of thanks for your generosity in taking your time to comment and for those who follow. . .

Which still amazes me and I am extremely thankful for :)

This giveway includes four 3-pc place settings, tureen, and this 50 x 70 inch wool blend plaid Lauren throw~ to be given to one winner.

No Tweets, Facebook Likes, or Following is necessary to enter. Just let me know you’re interested in providing a good home to these dishes & cozy throw in your comment to be included in this giveaway and I’ll throw your name into the tureen :)

Winner will be announced on December 10th.

 This giveaway is now closed.

Congratulations to Sarah from Hyacinths for the Soul!

Thanks so much to ALL for your encouragement,

visits, and kind comments!

Wishing you the Warmth and Blessings of the upcoming Christmas Season~

A Gentle Transition Table Details:

Plates & Tureen/Gold Leaves by 222 Fifth/ T.J. Maxx

Goblets/ Mikasa French Countryside/ Tuesday Morning

Placemats/ Kohl’s

Tealight holders & Flatware/ Target

Napkins/ Pier 1

Lauren Wool Blend Plaid Throws/ T. J. Maxx

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Grape Expectations

We’ve been Celebrating the Grape and enjoying Bottled Sunshine during September in observance of North Carolina’s Wine Appreciation Month.

Harvest festivals with serenades, grape stomps, and harvest-to-barrel celebrations are abundant with October’s arrival.


Taking my cue from the harvest events at North Carolina wineries this month, I pulled out my grandmother’s dishes~ Harvest Time by Johnson Brothers~ to enjoy with some wine we purchased during our tasting visits.

I harvested some Goldenrod along with clippings from some shrubs for filler~ grasses in bloom, Loropetalum and Abelia for a centerpiece.

Mums for some seasonal color and produce from the grocery store~ artichokes, apples & grapes~ are paired to fill my urn for a full-bodied arrangement for the table.

I fitted a wine bottle with a candelabra insert ~ a fun addition for the table & a keepsake bottle after the contents are gone :)

Cradling a bottle from RayLen Vineyards & Winery~ this little bird told about the upcoming mini-release party of RayLen’s newest vintage of Carolinius~ a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot, with details found here.

 Ripe for the picking, I found a grape-producing tablecloth & napkins ~a Ralph Lauren varietal~ at HomeGoods a couple of weeks ago~

I found a cheese pairing suggestion for one of our wines~ a Childress Barrel Select Barbera~ since I had ricotta on hand, it was a natural choice and was simple & delicious~

Ricotta with Blackberries & Lime~

Serves 4


  • 3 cups fresh blackberries

  • 2 – 3 tablespoons sugar, depending on sweetness of berries

  • Zest & juice of 1 lime

  • 8 ounces whole milk ricotta


  1.  Place 1 ½ cups of the blackberries in a blender and puree with the sugar. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a small bowl. Add half of the zest and lime juice, stir & refrigeration a minimum of 20 minutes

  2. Reserve the remaining blackberries and lime zest in the refrigerator.

  3. Using a small 1- ounce ice-cream scoop, place 2 tablespoons of the ricotta in the middle of each of 4 small dessert plates or bowls. Toss the blackberry sauce with the remaining berries and spoon a quarter of the sauce around the outside of the ricotta on each plate.

  4. Garnish with blackberries & lime zest.


Harvest Table details:

Tablecloth, Napkins & Bird Wine Caddy/HomeGoods

Dishes/Harvest Time by Johnson Brothers

Goblets/Mikasa French Countryside- Tuesday Morning

Chargers/ Pier 1

Flatware/World Market

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 Metamorphosis Monday,

The Scoop,  Inspire Me Tuesday,

Wow Us WednesdaysTablescape Thursday,

 Home Sweet Home,  Feathered Nest Friday

Foodie Friday

Nesting Instincts


I’ve been feathering my nest twig-by-twig lately. . .

. . . tidying, sorting, consigning, donating~

 There always seems to be nesting going on around me. . .

 I’m long past due taking stock. . .

. . . cleaning out & preparing for Fall with October’s arrival around the corner~

I thought I would follow the birds’ lead and bring my nesting instincts to the table this week ~

And since birds of a feather flock together~ I decided these teapots & pitcher should come home to roost with my set of four fledgling plates~

  Gracie China Victorian Bird tea pots along with a pitcher, took flight from TJ Maxx to follow me home~

Filled with an assortment of white blooms serving as vases~ for a flower-filled habitat for my table.

I used my fledgling dishes on a table here, back in January.

On a lark, browsing tablescapes on Pinterest, I discovered that a photo from that post migrated to a blog on tumblr and was then reblogged by tumblr bloggers over & over :(

I noted on the photo on Pinterest that I was the original source and emailed tumblr about copyright violation sending a link to my post.  I received a reply within 30 minutes that the media file had been removed.

I’ll be watermarking my photos now and pinning with more interest & an eagle eye in the future :)

Have you made an interesting or disturbing discovery on Pinterest?

Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Birds in Flight~ sprinkled with sanding sugar~

Perched on a soft landing of lemon curd, berries & whipped cream~

Nesting Table Twig-by-Twig Details:

Nesting Pillow/ Pottery Barn

Bird Plates-Gracie China, Napkins & Napkin Rings/HomeGoods

 Gracie China Victorian Bird Tea Pots & Pitcher/ TJ Maxx

Dishes/ Oneida Westerly Basket

Chargers/ Pier 1

Tablecloth- Quilt

Flatware/ Horchow

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Purples, Plums & Petunias

While the calendar says September, we’re still having summer weather~ thankfully with some lower humidity.  A teaser of fall-like temperatures are on the horizon for the weekend.

 I set a transitional table reflecting the bit of summer we’re still in the midst of~ enjoying the last of the summer annuals.  Petunias~ still blooming after a long, hot summer and some fruits in season~ Plums and local Muscadine Grapes from the Farmers Market.

I picked up these dishes a month ago at T J Maxx for a song~ each plate costing less than my former daily Grande Skinny Cinnamon Dolce Latte.

 It seems I’ve traded my Starbucks habit for a Dish one :-)

Originally thinking I would use them in the spring, I decided I could enjoy them now~ accessorizing with amethyst goblets & napkins and using an assortment of deep rich purple & plum-colored fruits for a centerpiece. . . my favorite kind of centerpiece~ one you can eat later :-)

 Adding a few petunias scattered among the plums, red and champagne grapes and local black muscadines~ enjoying the flowers while they are still busily blooming.

My two-tier server I used before here, is lined with salad savoy leaves for color and a foundation for the fruit~

 The lacy pattern on the stand and woven scalloped chargers led me to a loop edged ribbon to tie on the napkins in lieu of napkin rings~

A Nordic Ware Petits Fours Pan for mini flowers~ four different garden varieties~ dusted with powdered sugar~

I used a boxed mix~ dividing the batter between petit fours & some cupcakes, since each petit four only requires a tablespoon of batter~ that’s a lot of flowers :-)

Plates~ Royal Stafford/ T J Maxx

Tiered Bird Stand/ HomeGoods

Napkins & Chargers / World Market

Goblets/ Target.com

Flatware~ Portmeirion Botanic Garden/HomeGoods

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Harvest Time

Harvest Time by Johnson Brothers was my grandmother’s pattern. I have the remaining pieces of her place settings~

With Harvest as a theme, I harvested a medley of veggies, fruits & flowers for this table. . .

These dishes are lovingly worn and chipped in places. Only three Dinner Plates are left. One Lonely Salad Plate. Three Soup Bowls. Four Bread & Butters. One Oval Platter. And five Fruit/Dessert Bowls.


 This bountiful centerpiece is easy to create with veggies, fruits & flowers from the market. Pots of pansies or flowers can be concealed easily with moss~

Tuck in artichokes, asparagus~ any veggies that have an appealing texture or color. . .sunflower stems are in water picks~ use whatever flower you like that is available~

The best part is since it’s temporarily constructed, you can break it down and eat it for dinner later :-)

I love the texture of this savoy cabbage with the sunlight highlighting all its veins. . .

 I confess I enjoy playing with my veggies more than eating them :-)

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