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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Table For One, Please!

Thank you for your good wishes about my Mom; she is doing better today. Alzheimer's and being 88 make for some very rough days.

It is Thursday, and you -- my honored guest -- are invited to take a seat at the old oak table in the conservatory, and be pampered.

It's a Table For One at That Old House.

Thanks to Susan of Between Naps On The Porch for hosting Tablescape Thursday, and to Suzanne of Coloradolady for hosting Vintage Thingies Thursday, and to Leigh of Bloggeritaville for Thrifty Thursday! Whew! That's a lot of hosting and work for these ladies and their hardworking Mr. Linkies. I am in awe.

You can click on any of the Blog Party names, to be transported and to find other stories of tablescaping and thrifting derring-do!


Now . . . please, pull out the old wire and wicker chair we found
at curbside (with two of its mates) last fall:

There's an old hand-embroidered table runner (Ebay!), tucked under your place setting.

I love the pink and green and the careful stitching; it's so airy looking:

Flowers from the garden, including mint that has bolted. Love the feathery mint!

The vase is actually an old mustard pot; many years ago we sold French coarse grained mustard in a gourmet shop we owned, and it came in these fabulous stoneware pots. I saved several.
If by several we mean a lot.

My mother's hobnail milk glass salt & pepper shakers. . .

My old Lenox crystal goblet (on the left) in what I think was the Heritage pattern. . .

Alongside, a $3 wine glass off the cheap shelves at Fortunoff's,
more than 30 years ago when I had my first swinging singles pad.

Reality check: it wasn't a swinging singles pad. I shared an 1802 house on the grounds of a museum complex with my cousin, so instead of a singles pad we had a 3/4 Cape with white picket fence, a well, an herb garden, and a dirt floor in the cellar. The only things swinging were loose shutters.

The green majolica plate I got at The Doof Pot in Greenport, on eastern Long Island,
many years ago. Not from TJ Maxx and not Bardallo. (Is that spelled right?)
Don't know who made it!

On top, a plate from my grandmother's favorite luncheon dishes.

Syracuse china.
Pink, green, touches of yellow and blue.

A lace liner

and then a little double-handled French Limoges bouillon cup. (Ebay also.)

Simple hotel plate flatware:

A rummage sale find.
and a napkin from a long-ago tablecloth set.
I don't know what happened to the cloth!

Put it all together and . . . Bon appetit!

I am very pleased you came to visit. Don't forget to visit the blogs, below! -- Cass


  1. Cass, this is just SO perfect, everything from the dainty plates to the pretty embroidered place mat. Your pictures are fabulous too!

  2. What a pretty table, Cass! The majolica looks lovely under your grandma's plate.

  3. Gorgeous table, Cass! It looks so delicate. Just lovely.

    Thanks for stopping by the Back Porch. I found the sunflower pillow at HomeGoods about 6 years ago. Could not resist.:-)

  4. What a fabulous table! Love grandma's plate and the majolica. The placemat is so pretty, too.


  5. HI Cass,
    Your tablescape is absolutley gorgeous! I LOVE the wonderful finds you found at rubbage sales and whatnot. I LOVE the embroidered placemat! And the hobnail shakers-fabulous! What a beautiful tablescape.You got some cute things! Thanks for linking up today for Thrifty Thursday! I am so appreciative!
    IN reference to your mom, you and she both will be lifted in my prayers. I know what you are going through, if you havent read about Peg, search PEG on my blog. (celebration of Pegs spirit). We were told last month by hospice she would be gone by the weeks end. she has rebounded physically, through her mind is not clear. She is very confused. She does kow us, but forgets we came by or who it was that came by, etc. ANyway, our in my thoughts, friend.

    Tales from Bloggeritaville

  6. A very pretty table setting. Glad to hear your Mother is doing better.

  7. Fabulous table, beautiful pictures

  8. Hi Cass, what a darling tablescape. I love the embrodered work you used. Reminds me of my Grandma that I dearly loved. I have a "few" of the majolica dishes and adore using them. I'm glad to hear your mother is having a better day today. With this disease we have to enjoy the good ones when they come.. lots of prayers for you and your family...
    hugs ~lynne~

  9. Gorgeous! I love your mother's salt and pepper shakers. Such a beautiful tablescape!

  10. Beautiful. I love that boullion cup. I don't think I have seen one before. Just so pretty and the pictures are great also. Happy TT.

  11. Isn't it nice that we can set a place for one and still make it special and beautiful.

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  13. What a work of art you created there!

  14. Oh dear, I don't think my comment "took."


    Cass dear! I can't believe you made that lovely little place setting for ME!!! Where are YOU going to sit?

    If this is a repeat,
    Please delete.

  15. What a delightful little setting. I love the embroidery and napkin. So pretty.

  16. Lovely and honores to be a it! Taking reservations? Beautiful bloggie home too........

  17. Such a sweet setting! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Hi Cass... beautiful, my friend! I do believe that everything you touch your hands to...comes out beautifully!!! What a sweet table for one...I for one, would just adore dining in that fabulous conservatory of That Old House!!!

    The place setting is gorgeous! Your Grandmother's luncheon plate is soooo beautiful and delicate's very pretty with the green majolica-like plate! I love how you put the pretty doily under the french soup bowl...perfect, my friend!!! The embroidered linens are also so very pretty!!! Hmmm...I'm ready to be served, Darlin'!!! Hehe!

    Warmest wishes,

  19. What a very special and lovely setting for one. I love all of the vintage touches. So pretty. Thanks for the invite. Hugs, Marty

  20. Oh Cass,
    Thank-you for inviting me, I think you have outdone yourself! Gorgeous and vintage such a perfect combo! The flowers are looking lovely and your funny as usual! Love the bachelorette pad story! Hugs, Cindy

  21. I absolutely love your place setting - I would never be able to take that mix of lovely vintage items and come up with such a beautiful table - well done!

  22. Everything is so perfect and so beautiful. I loved everything..the table runner and napkins embroidery and applique is just so pretty. Happy VTT..have a lovely day.

  23. What a beautiful table you have set! I love the runner, and the flowers from your garden, and especially your mother's S&P shakers! Just gorgeous!

  24. Your table for one is perfect and filled with so many tresures! It makes me sad of someone's embroidery ending up on ebay!(al athough I am happy for you!) I have several afghans done by my grandmother--they are old and not even particularly pretty. Do I keep them?--You bet your bippie!! I know how much time they took and how much love was put into them. Besides, I have no desire to meet her in the hall in the dark tonight--boo!

  25. What detail. Gorgeous. I love it all but my favorites are the placemat and your Grandma's plate. Thank you for a special setting. :)

  26. Your setting is so beautiful! I adore the china~so lovely!


  27. I am mesmerized by all your pretties! And I know I've probably said more than once, you take the best photos! I love those salt and pepper shakers. The table setting is just magical. So feminine and sweet. I have to go back now and look some more!

  28. Beautiful. Love the erstwhile vase the most!

  29. The Doofpot! That was the first time I was ever there when I blogged about it!
    Love all your pretty linens, and you know I love that cream soup bowl!

  30. You set a very beautiful table! I love it all! The colors are so pretty and your photos too!

    So sorry about your Mom, I know the heartbreak, we lost our Mom to Alzheimer's two years ago.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you,

    Can you tell I love it !
    Glad your mom is doing better !

  32. Oh how pretty---everything!!!! Love the bullion cups and the majolica plate. The hobnail salt and pepper stole my heart. They are just so adorable.

  33. oh it's simply delightful, Cass!!...i love it all!!..that sweet little table runner is adorable :)

  34. My first visit to your blog. Your tablescape was fabulous. I loved all the vintage touches. I love the picture of your beautiful home. I grew up in an old home (my parents still live in it). I never appreciated the beauty of that house until I got older. Thanks for stopping by my blog today and for your nice comments.

  35. even for one, the table setting is lovely.. have a great day & thanks for sharing

  36. The whole setting is beautiful from the use of the linens to your grandmothers luncheon plates. So pretty!

  37. I think beautiful is the word of the day - I see it scattered throughout your comments - and I'll have to agree. It's also some mighty fine photography as well. Thanks so much!

  38. You have an unbelievable talent. What a lovely table setting and all the decorations are great. Really nice post. I am glad you stopped by for a visit and leave a nice comment.

  39. This is so pretty! I love all the different pieces that make a wonderful, warm, memorable table. The colors are perfect for a summer day!

  40. I'm goofy about your linens. Love the lace doily under the tea cup.

  41. What a charming tablescape! This is my first time to your blog and I'm so happy I did because I've had a decorating itch and all these pretty tables and dishes and such are inspiring me! :)

    Have a lovely weekend.
    Dancing Barefoot on Weathered Ground

  42. Delightful combination of fresh summer themes and celebrating handicrafts. Beautifully presented. Hope your mom is having a good day.

  43. I just love your green leafy plates and the combination with the vintage linen and china. What a beautiful table and so sweet to have pieces from your grandma! Miss Bloomers

  44. This is so beautiful! Love your grandmother's dishes!


  45. Oh good heavens! What beautiful settings and furniture and pictures and ...oh my.
    Most of all, I love your mother's hobknob salt & pepper shakers though. They remind me of your childhood, which I'm sure I don't know. Still, they're my favorite!


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