A Bowl of Cherries


Happy 100th Tablescape Thursday to Susan and followers of Between Naps on the Porch! Thank you Susan, for hosting such a fun event & providing dishaholics everywhere with a weekly fix ~

 In celebration, I set my own porch, Vintage Style with bowls of cherries~ complete with a cherry pie. I’m sure there is enough for everyone :-)

 If you’re like me, you search for inspiration for your tablescape by theme, color, flowers, or an upcoming holiday. Sometimes your inspiration comes in the form of a special accessory. . . for me this week it was my vintage scale with bird and cherries.

 And this book~

This delightful book, The Vintage Table sparked my imagination and compelled me to share it in the form of an Edible Review at Food for Thought~  a wonderful & delicious blog for readers with an appetite. . .for the written word and food. Hosted by my talented & lovely friend Jain, of Once in a Blue Moon, every two weeks, you are invited to join by sharing a book review in an edible fashion. It’s a fun place to play and visit~  where you can always find something feed your mind, your senses, and your tummy :-) You can read more about this book and see the complete book review, if you’d like here.

This quilt was my Great-Aunt’s that had suffered years of neglect in a hot attic before being rescued. As a result, it is tissue-thin in places and tattered. I use it around my Christmas tree at the Lake, that I decorate with vintage ornaments~  I tenderly tuck it around the base of the tree for a skirt  (like Linus does his blanket around Charlie Brown’s tree :-)  The rest of the year, it is folded in a closet. It was happy to come out and play the part of my tablecloth, but in reality I wouldn’t use it that way, due to its fragile state.


From The Vintage Table:


“Your table is not only the place where you gather for meals– it is also a canvas for your creativity and for the treasures you’ve gathered over the years. Each day offers you a chance to surround yourself with what you love. . .”

  This vintage pastry roller I keep on an open shelf in my kitchen. I was drawn to it for the color and the graphics~ and the idea of who had used it previously and what they might have baked, rather than for my love of baking~  while I am an avid reader, I’m really more of a reluctant baker :-)

“Day-opened roses in an elegant silver vase are always a harbinger of easy romantic style, while gerbera daisies in luscious colors looks as friendly as a Labrador puppy. Whatever kind you choose, flowers are an essential element to the vintage table.”



 “The vintage table setting does not follow precise rules. Arranging one is not a chess game but rather an easy, playful round of checkers. It is textural and layered. A variety of unlike pieces somehow come together.” 



Another tip  from The Vintage Table:

“. . .find a style that you love. You need not create it on a grand scale. The only requirement is that your tabletop reflects your personal flair.”

Flatware~ Home Goods
Napkins, Cherry Measuring Cups, Glasses & Colander~ Pier 1
Plates~ Lennox Butterfly Meadow


“This beautifully photographed book will inspire you to make sitting at your table a frequent pleasure and to enjoy what you have–every day.”

Thank you Susan for allowing us to widen and share our arranging arsenal. For more delightful tablescapes be sure to visit the Porch~

 I’m also joining Sue at It’s a Very Cherry World! for Rednesday &  Suzanne, The Coloradolady for Vintage Thingie Thursday.


  45 comments for “A Bowl of Cherries

  1. July 20, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    this is 100% happiness… oh my, the cheeks are hurting again! you know i adore all you do, and i say it everytime, this is extra special, but you just keep on shining like a beacon of talent, LOVE LOVE LOVE IT ALL!

    heavy sigh of contentment, scott took a 4 day weekend, you are the cherry on the cake tonight for me!

    did i mention FABULOUS?!

  2. July 20, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    Mary, like Jain, I’m over joyed that you have shared more of this fabulous table setting. I want to camp out here and savor each photo again and again. I’ve been eating my way through summer with lbs of cherries. I need to make a cherry pie, and now I want to make some of those darling cherry cookies. Did you make those? I need to find that cookie cutter.
    I said it previously, but have to say again how delighted I am at the thought of that vintage scale. It is too wonderful for words and the perfect detail for this tablescape. I’ve ordered a copy of The Vintage Table!

    Great post to celebrate Susan’s 100th Tablescape Thursday. ~ Sarah

  3. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    July 21, 2010 at 6:54 am

    Your table is just perfect, I wanted to pick a few things to comment on but there were too many that caught my eye-enjoy!

  4. July 21, 2010 at 9:33 am

    What a beautiful tablesetting, and it starts with that gorgeous quilt! What a great family heirloom, and I can just picture it used as a tree skirt. I love that scale and the cute utensils and the chippy candlesticks too. It all just screams summertime, and I think it’s my favorite tablescape of all time!
    Happy REDnesday and Happy Summer!

  5. July 21, 2010 at 9:35 am

    This is just lovely! It’s so welcoming, I feel like I’ve been there!

  6. July 21, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Hi Mary (great name!;), first off-I’m in love with your Chloe and Gracie. Could they be any cuter? I don’t think so! Second, there are so many pretty things to admire on your table. Love the flatware, the bird-and-cherries decal on your white scale, the bright flowers you have here and there, and on and on. Thanks for the peek at your fur-babies, they made my day :D

    Mary from Vintage Comfort

  7. July 21, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Oh my goodness gracious I just AWWWWWWWWWWWED out loud when I came here…Can I come over? I want to sit on your porch and forget eating all the yummies, just touch everything..lol. I love love it all..my favorite though, well I can’t say it because everything is my favorite in these pictures, but that quilt,,,oh my!!

  8. July 21, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Mary, your Pottery Barn table setting is part of my today’s post:

    Nautical and Beach Theme Table Settings

    I’m loving those plates -so fabulous!!!

  9. July 21, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    What a great tablescape!! So bright and Cheery!! I love those measuring cups!! They are to die for in my book!!


  10. July 21, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Oh! This is one of my favorites, ever! Everything is so charming and cheerful. I adore your scale and your quilt as table cloth and and and, everything! :)

    Happy Rednesday,

  11. July 21, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Mary, drop me an email. I found something I’d like to send to you. ~ Sarah

  12. July 21, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    I love your vintage tablescape and am going to order the book. The quilt is perfect and all the cherries-it looks so inviting!

  13. July 21, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Very pretty! I love your vintage tablescape! Love the quit tablecloth and the your adorable flatware! I am also admiring those candlesticks. Everything looks so delicious! I just love it!

  14. July 21, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    I love the red and white, especially the flatware. The checks and dots are so cute. The whole table is light and airy and perfect for these hot days.
    Thanks for sharing.

  15. July 21, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    This is just as cute as can be, and I love all of your vintage elements. Just adorable!

    Happy Tablescape Thursday!


    Sheila :-)

  16. July 21, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Love your table setting! Everything just looks so bright and cheery!!! Just adlorable! Thanks for sharing!


  17. Pam
    July 21, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Your table is absolutely adorable. Love the scale and the quilt and just about everything else. Great job.

  18. July 21, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Back for a second helping of this DARLING red & white display, Mary!! I just adore every single inch of it & keep scrolling UP & DOWN & UP & DOWN to take it all in. Wonderful job, Honey!!!!!!!

  19. July 21, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Cherries are so delicious! Not to mention cheery and bright… just like your happy table! I love all your cherry elements. The quilt is a wonderul idea for this table, it really sets the mood. I am crazy about the cherry scale! Adorable!!!!! But it is the cherry measuring cups that are my most favorite.
    What a darling and detailed table! I’m leaving much happier that when I came!

  20. P.
    July 21, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    That is a beautiful, cheery cherry tablescape. I especially love the little measuring cups and the quilt! Oh, my goodness, it is so lovely.

  21. July 21, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    Your tablescape makes me very very happy….my name is Cherry Kay! People give me ‘cherry’ gifts all the time, and your design truly inspires me. Oh, there is a famous quilt shop in Oklahoma City called ‘Buckboard Antiques.’ They work on fragile quilts and help to protect them. You can probably find them on Google. I think that your quilt is wonderful! Thank you for sharing your talent with us. Cherry Kay

  22. D
    July 22, 2010 at 12:18 am

    Cute table and beautiful quilt. How long ago did you get those cute measuring cups? Pier 1 is not showing them now.

  23. July 22, 2010 at 1:04 am

    I looooooooooove the measuring cups! Oh, and Auntie’s quilt too!

  24. July 22, 2010 at 4:05 am

    Mary, what a cherished table you have made with cherries and with all those collected baking utilities. That looks so lovely. Love the flatware also. And your cherry cake loos really yummy. I am drolling now.
    Thank you for sharing this.
    greetings, Johanna

  25. July 22, 2010 at 7:41 am

    Mary, I love everything about your table. You have done a fabulous job of combining new and vintage. And I’m copying that first quote from the book. I think that says it all about tablescaping. As a matter of fact I’m going to order that book! if you don’t mind I’m going to come back and visit your old posts because I can see that I’ll have many happy hours here! Linda

  26. July 22, 2010 at 8:40 am

    such a wonderful table setting with yummy cherry pie! oh how I really love pie! delish! Happy VTT

  27. July 22, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Wow, this is swoonworthy indeed! I love love this table. And I love your scale inspiration! That is so cute, I am very envious!

  28. July 22, 2010 at 11:06 am

    This tablescape just put a great big smile on my face! Its just wonderful! I love the cherry scale and the cherry measuring cups. The applique quilt is simply gorgeous…what a wonderful family heirloom!

  29. July 22, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Thank you for posting about your beautiful table. I love the cherry theme and your pie is so delicious looking. What a great theme! I had to stop by your blog because of your name. I am rather partial to boats, although we live on the Puget Sound so we are salt water boaters. Happy boating!

  30. July 22, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Mary, I’m not an authority on quilts, but if I remember correctly, they take the quilt and create an overlay of some kind of fine ‘netting’ for lack of a better word. They somehow encase the quilt in a protective layer, probably on both sides. It prevents it from experiencing further damage. I’m including the address and phone number for Buckboard Antiques. They’ve evidently just moved. 12101 North MacArthur Boulevard, Oklahoma City, OK 73162-1800/ (405) 751-3885 You can Google them, if you are interested. Also, I remembered that I wanted to tell you about a wonderful Zina Vasi tablecloth that features cherries and butterflies. Dillard’s carries her cloths. They are made in Russia, they have a nice ‘hand,’ and they are pretty reasonable, especially on clearance sale. I bought several sizes for about $12.00 each. The cherry one is discontinued, but I do see it pop up on eBay. Check it out. Thank you for your kind comments on my post. The Waterford Simply comes in four colors. You can pick them up on eBay, although the price has sky rocketed since I bought mine for $15-25 per stem over several years. Blog world is such a wonderful resource of information! Cherry Kay

  31. July 22, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    So pretty!

  32. July 22, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Red and green are a good color combination for summer too, not just for Christmas.

  33. July 22, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    OK, I am officially in love with this tablescape. You are amazing with this stuff.

    I tried to comment on your link to Alphabet-Thursday’s Alphabet soup post but it won’t let me. Says the comments are closed!

    I loved that post the first time I saw it and it was great again! I saw some elements I had missed last time so it was super fun to go through it again!

    Thank you for linking up!


  34. July 22, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    What sheer delight, to see your gorgeous, cheery (and cherry!) table! That quilt is just incredible, and it really does make a perfect backdrop to all your vintage items. The little cherry measuring cups filled with cherries make me so happy! I’ve had my eye on that book and may have to break down and get my own copy!

  35. July 22, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    FABULOUS! WONDERFUL! Everything is very beautiful,your vintage items,your tablecloth espetacular.Hugs,Fatima-Scrapart

  36. Sue
    July 22, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    This is just too perfect! I love the old quilt (I have an antique red and white that I use at Christmas) as a tablecloth and the use of all of the vintage things…wonderful. The colors, the theme and the way you have presented everything makes this a very special tablescape. I’ve really enjoyed my visit!


  37. July 22, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Beautiful table…The quilt is so nice!!! And I love cherries….everything looks so inviting! Have a great VTT!

  38. July 22, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    What a delightful table scape !The pie looks delish !

  39. July 22, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    I love your cheery cherry table…the quilt is beautiful with all the hand appliqued pieces.

  40. R Jackson
    July 23, 2010 at 8:14 am

    Your table delights! Fresh, unique, creative, wonderful!!

  41. July 23, 2010 at 8:37 am

    Wow! This should be a spread in Country Living magazine! Beautiful eye candy and your pie looks TDF! Cherries are so cheery!

  42. July 24, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Oh, I just love everything about this table! Soooo vintage and so wonderful! Mary Englblreit will be in contact soon, wanting to steal this whole idea! Lots of cheerful, happy eye-candy…leaving with a huge smile! :)

  43. July 24, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    Incredible tablescape. It all fits together so easily. That pie plate is such a great piece, it really stood out for me. I just want to come right over and have a cup of coffee and a piece of that pie and admire this in person.

  44. July 24, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Great table. So fun and full of life!!! Love all of the bright color!

    I host a weekly meme called “Summer Sundays”. It’s all about what summer means to YOU! It’s neat to see everyone’s different take on summer. Hope you’ll come and join the fun!

    – The Tablescaper

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