Italian Pottery with a side of Pasta



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 ~




My Vietri salad plates & bowls were the inspiration for this week’s tablescape~





 The plates depict scenes from the Italian countryside ~ complete with pumpkins & farmers :-)







I thought I would serve this tablescape up with a side of dried pasta, since the colors and textures were a fun complement :-)






In addition to the fun colors & textures, there is something about the change of seasons and the cool fall air that awakens my appetite & beckons me to eat pasta :-)



































Vietri Salad Plates, Bowls & Platter/years ago

Table Runner, Napkins, Goblets/ Home Goods – recently

Ivory chargers/Matceramica/Home Goods – a while ago

Banana Leaf chargers/Target – recently



Thank you for your visit!


I had a recent comment that my posts were too long & had too many photos, which is probably true. I lean toward the visual and concentrate more on photos than text, which is what I enjoy seeing when I visit~ the more photos the better for me:-)  I would love to know by a comment, whether you enjoy more or less photos and/or more or less text when you visit.



Head over to the Porch for tablescape inspiration~

I’m also joining the Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays~

  32 comments for “Italian Pottery with a side of Pasta

  1. Patti
    September 29, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    I love the photos! Each visit to your blog is like a mini visual vacation! My favorites posts are usually the ones with oodles of pictures. Your photographs often have such a unique perspecitive ~ I love to see! The Italian pottery post really put me in the mood for fall and cooler weather! Not that I don’t enjoy what you write, but I love the visuals!

  2. September 29, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    I for one loved all the photo’s. I’d rather see photos than read a bunch of text.
    The use of the colored dry pasta on your table was so great. Loved it.

  3. September 29, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    oh so cute, love your plates! and the pasta in the vase…

    this is why i love visiting, SMILES ALL THE WAY DOWN! so festive and fun~ LOVE that last shot, super colors!

    toooooooo hot here to sit out here, 104 again… wish i was on you lake today, the dogs played in their pool today, i was ready to join them~

    ummmmmmmm, MORE PHOTOS PLEASE! HOW DARE ANY ONE QUESTION YOU ON YOUR OWN BLOG! you do a bang up job, one of the best blogs out there, keep doing what you do, those that love you will follow, to heck with the naysayers~

  4. Ann
    September 29, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    I love your photos!!! Don’t change a thing.

  5. September 29, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    What a fun! Enjoyed your photos.

  6. September 29, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    I’m visual so I rarely think a post has too many pictures. I just keep scrolling and enjoying. Shoot…I’m sure that most folks would rather see more pictures and fewer words on mine!

    I love these dishes, and I’m really crazy about those ivory chargers. I have nothing like that in the arsenal and would love it. They are VERY PRETTY. I also love the way you sprinkled the colorful dry pasta in the various glasses and bowls. That was inspired and just tops off this table perfectly.

  7. Carolyn
    September 29, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Oh for heavens’s sake! Why would anyone take the time to complain about beautiful photos and creative conversation. They need a life—a creative one if that is possible! A blog is one’s outlet to share their talents, creativity and information. If you don’t like what you see or read, spend your time doing something else. Those of us who love the beauty that is shared by bloggers will continue to applaud them and encourage their creativity.
    Mary I loved the pasta accents, cooked or not. Love the Hydranga too!
    XO Carolyn

  8. September 29, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Wow what a great idea to use the pasta! That is a wonderful. I love coming to visit your intriguing tablescapes. The dishes are lovely, but then Vietri is a fab line!

  9. September 29, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Gorgeous!!! I love those chargers and the way you used the colorful pasta to complement the colors on your table. Very nice!! That’s a lotta pasta:-)

  10. September 29, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    What a fun table. i love the use of pasta for whimsy! Everything looks wonderful.

  11. September 30, 2010 at 1:10 am

    This table is just gorgeous. I love the dishes and they are set off so well by the ceramic plate, but the addition of all of the colorful pasta is just delightful. What eye candy.

  12. September 30, 2010 at 7:38 am

    Such a creative tablescape! The colors are great! I must admit that I am coveting those white chargers!

  13. September 30, 2010 at 8:00 am

    I love all the pictures. I like to study pictures to try to improve my photography. I can’t imagine leaving a complaint!

    I am a Vietri lover and have some – not enough mind you!!! The colored pastas are wonderful. Great job.


  14. September 30, 2010 at 8:22 am

    How pretty this is — and how clever to use the pretty dried pasta as an accent. I’m in love with those beautiful charger plates. Your photography is gorgeous — don’t let someone else tell you how to create your own masterpieces — afterall, we as the viewers are in complete control as to how much we view — create away! And enjoy every picture and word ….I know that I do!

  15. September 30, 2010 at 10:04 am

    I’m thinking that you were quite kind not to publish the name of the person complaining about too many pictures in your blog. I can only imagine the number of ‘comments’ that misguided soul would receive from the rest of blog world. Doesn’t the commenter understand that she/he is not required to look at every picture if he/she is in such a hurry? Oh, brother…I think that you might have been contacted by a control freak! With this tablescape you’ve achieved the best of two worlds…the ambiance of the Italian countryside…and the view from your boat! Wow! The Vietri is charming; my daughter, KC, has the Vietri Sorbetto. She adores it. Vietri is an amazingly wonderful line of dinnerware. The dried pasta touches are inspired. Thank you for sharing your charming design and for stopping by my post. Come visit any time. Cherry Kay

  16. September 30, 2010 at 10:14 am

    I love all the photos! but, I do like text, also. I like to know information about the elements used in the tablescapes, so for me, you have been doing it JUST RIGHT. This is a gorgeous table and I love the table runner, dishes and chargers. The colors are fabulous and the setting is great! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  17. September 30, 2010 at 10:52 am

    A beautiful tablescape! I loved the dried pasta, the chargers and your Italian dishes . Thank you for sharing….

  18. September 30, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    I love your tablescape, it is the perfect fall celebration!

    I found your blog today because I was writing about my current book of choice, Paula Deen’s Savannah Style and that led me to your blog. I can’t wait to read more!
    Bella Michelle @

  19. September 30, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    I love the photos, but I also enjoy the stories! Keep ’em coming! LOVE this table, with the richly patterned tablecloth and the wonderful fall design salad plates. The amber glassware is perfect for this table!

  20. September 30, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    What a fun table…love those salad plates! I wouldn’t take one person telling you to cut down on the pictures as the consensus of everyone…do not change the way you have been posting

  21. September 30, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Oh, I could never over dose on your awesome photography. I say, keep the photos rolling. I hate to see a post of yours end!
    This table is gorgeous! Those plates offer the sense of being on an Italian vacation. So clever to serve the sides of colorful pastas.
    Keep on producing these!!!
    ~ Sarah

  22. September 30, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Just ignore the rif raf. I think the important thing is content. First, a blog is like a journal and you should journal however you please. Second, if the verbiage is enjoyable, people will read. If the photos are enjoyable, people will look. If they don’t enjoy it, they can go elsewhere. Yours are enjoyable in both verbiage and visual aspects. Keep being yourself.

  23. October 1, 2010 at 12:34 am

    I love coming to visit to see what you have in store for us… and your beautiful photos never disappoint!

    You generously give us wonderful inspiration, always. The more photos, the BETTER I say!! ((hugs)) ~m.

  24. October 2, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    A very lovely table. I adore the china…very Tuscan and perfect for Fall.
    I also enjoyed how you used the colored pasta for Fall inspiration. Wonderful imagination you have. Enjoy your weekend. Linda

  25. October 2, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Don’t change anything…your posts are PERFECT…seriously! I love each and every one of your posts…you have such a terrific knack for putting together scenes. Like the other comment said…ignore the complaints. I can’t even believe that people DO complain. No one is forcing them to read your blog or any other for that matter. Just continue what you are doing Mary! You have my vote!! The pasta is fabulous!!

  26. October 3, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Wow! Love the pottery and the use of pasta in your tablescape!

  27. October 3, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Hi! I missed you on Thursday, glad to catch you on Sunday! Wonderful table. That last pasta shot is just fabulous! I found the text/picture balance on this post to be perfect.

  28. October 3, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    PS: I enjoy your blog just the way you are doing it. I love lots of photos! The more the better!

  29. October 3, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    I have those same chargers and the plates to match! They look so pretty with the Italian pottery dishes on them. Love the beautiful, colored pasta. Just like edible fall colors.

  30. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    October 3, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    I love your “pointy” plates and all of the beautiful pasta! As for posting, I think you should keep doing what makes you happy:@)

  31. October 3, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    I prefer lots of pictures and fewer words b/c sometimes I don’t have time to read alot of text, but I can skim the pictures. I did notice your blog takes a long time to load though and that is probably a consequence of having alot of pictures, but it’s worth the wait to me, when the pictures are good. So hoping you didn’t get the last one of those table runners. I’m so headed to Home Goods in H-ville tomorrow.

  32. October 4, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    What beautiful colors echoed in the pasta!

    Thanks so much for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

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