By the Sea

I’m joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.

Thank you, Susan, for hosting such a fun event & providing dishaholics everywhere with a weekly fix ~

Although we are knocking on fall’s door my tablescape inspiration this week came from this book~ it gave me the excuse to pull out and play with my coastal-inspired dishes one more time. . .

Women and the Sea is a beautiful book that inspired 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. Hosted by my talented friend Jain, 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.

 “In 2004, Claire Murray launched La Vie Claire magazine to celebrate women living creative lives pursuing their passions. It quickly became apparent that there were many others who shared her vision: women who had been enchanted by the sea and who built their lives around this inspiration. Thus the concept of Women and the Sea was born. In telling the tales of sixteen women, Women and the Sea pays tribute to all sisters of the sea.”

Sand Sculptor, Jennifer Rossen, is one of the sixteen women featured in this inspirational book:

 “The sea moves with eternity but waves to ephemerality. No one understands this better than sand sculptor Jennifer Rossen. She spends days, months even, watering, packing, and shaping sand into hobbit-sized sandcastles. These fairy-tale palaces—with their carved domes, crowned towers, choir of steeples and spires—enjoy their day in the sun, inviting imaginations to visit and delight in them, and then they are gone.”

I was inspired to play in the sand myself. . .and played with brown sugar to create my own sand castle :-)

Salad Plates, Napkins & Dipping Bowls~ Pottery Barn’s Coastal Curiosity Collection
Blue Dinner Plates & Rattan Chargers~ Kohl’s
Napkin Rings ~ Stein Mart
Flatware~ World Market
Blue Wine Glasses~ Dollar Tree

For more tablescape fun, be sure to visit the Porch. . .

  21 comments for “By the Sea

  1. September 1, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    Your tablescapes are so gorgeous! You should be doing this for magazines!! Angie xo

  2. September 1, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Hi Mary,
    Just wanted to let you know that I am hosting a bloggers brunch get together at my house in Asheville on Oct 16th. So far 10 bloggers from NC/SC will be there. I would love to meet you, if you could come! Here is the info:

  3. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    September 1, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    Wow, amazingly detailed and just fabulous! Thanks!

  4. Cindy at Applestone Cottage
    September 1, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    All I can say is outstanding! what a wonderful table, you have created a masterpiece!
    Love it all!
    I want to follower your blog but I can’t find a followers list.
    Thanks for sharing,

  5. September 1, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    I love your beach inspired table. Your dishes are beautiful and I absolutely adore the brown sugar sand castles you made!! How clever! All your details are exquisite! Love your entire tablescape!

    Miss Bloomers

  6. September 1, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    You win!!!! Win the most creative award. The sandcastles on the table are clever, and so original. I love your tablescape too, so much attention to detail. Great!!!

  7. September 2, 2010 at 1:19 am

    I still can’t get over that gorgeous sugarcastle!! Your tablescapes are amazing…the dishes beautiful. You have a gift!!

  8. September 2, 2010 at 8:59 am

    What a great job you have done pulling all this together. The castles….well, they are over the top. In anticipation of Earl (on the Maine coast, a hurricane?), we secured the boat this morning so won’t be doing much on the water this weekend. Boo!

  9. September 2, 2010 at 9:27 am

    Love the brown sugar castle … what a great idea! This table is beautiful … thanks so much for sharing.

  10. September 2, 2010 at 10:06 am

    You have another winner here!!! I passed up these plates when I saw them and this really makes me regret it.

  11. September 2, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Blue Ribbon! But then I’m partial, I love seascapes, and have been loving these dishes at home too. Your sugar castle is wonderful.

  12. September 2, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    just as breathtaking second time round :-)

  13. September 2, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    STOP THE INSANITY!!! Your idea to use brown sugar in the mold is spectacular! It’s so much
    quicker than making the cake, especially when you want to serve something different for dessert.
    The rest is all gorgeous, as well. Perfection.

  14. September 2, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    I love your tablescape! It is so beautiful…especially the sand castle. What a fun idea! Thank you for the time at the seashore.

  15. September 2, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    You have outdone yourself. The brown sugar sand castle is the coolest! And your table is amazing. You have so much and it all just pulls together for one very special table. Amazing – and awesome!

  16. September 2, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    I always feel like part of a fairytale when I visit your TT…what a magical table…love the sand castle. I never in a million years would have thought to make one out of brown sugar…brilliant idea! Have a fun weekend.

  17. September 2, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    I’ve always liked brown sugar, and your sand castle has given me a whole new take on it….great design. The cobalt blue, the shot of coral, and the texture of the rattan charger work to create a beautiful tablescape. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

  18. September 3, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Stunning, every little detail is so perfectly placed.
    Have not heard of that book before it looks like a good one.

  19. September 3, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    Just an amazing post on so many levels! I love the combination of colors, textures, shapes, patterns … the book sounds wonderful … your photography is outstanding … and that brown sugar “sand” castle is the stuff dreams are made of (it has my sweet tooth kicked into highest gear!).

    Hope you have an enjoyable weekend.

  20. September 5, 2010 at 7:21 am

    I had an entire comment written & then…poof…it disappeared on me!??
    The short version is that I LOVE THIS ENTIRE TABLE!!!! I don’t want to repeat myself, in case the first one shows up. LOL

    I just subscribed to get updates by email. Now I won’t miss a thing!!!

  21. September 7, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    Mary, I so enjoyed this book review and again seeing these seaside details ~ brown sugar castles, beautiful shells, gorgeous textiles and pottery, blue glass ~ all total perfection to fill my senses! ~ Sarah

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