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Sunday, August 15, 2010

A Rainy Sunday Repeat

It is Sunday, and it is drizzling rain.
Not much, just enough to make me lazy and want to curl up with a book
and my dog and a cup of tea. . . 
but what is this I hear?  Could it be?  Yes, the blog is calling me!

"Hello, Lazybones," it cries out.  "You have sorely neglected me these past few weeks.  Do I have to call the authorities?"

No, dear old blog, no need to bring in the Blog Police.  I resolve to do better.  But it is a very lazy day, so I am going to take advantage of Chari's Sunday Favorites and The Tablescaper's Summer Sundays blog parties, and re-post a blog from just about a year ago.  Lazy, yes.  But I'll have something new tomorrow.  Promise.

"Hey, who you calling old?" mutters the blog.

Flashback!  It is Thursday, August 13, 2009 -- 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.


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!

(Note from the future: at this date in 2010, the daisies are done blooming, and the mint is dried.
The garden is at least two weeks ahead of its 2009 season in blooming, and in shriveling up.)
The vase is actually an old mustard pot; many years ago we sold French coarse grained mustard in a little doomed gourmet shop we owned, and it came in these fabulous stoneware pots.  I saved several.  If by several, we mean lots.

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!  It is unmarked.

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

Syracuse china.
Pink, green, touches of yellow and the palest of robin's egg 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 don't have a blessed clue what I'll feed you, but if you don't like it I know a dog who will help you out.

I am very pleased you came to visit.  Don't forget to visit the blogs, below, for more Sunday fun. -- Cass

Chari at Happy To Design hosts Sunday Favorites.
And we thank her for letting us be a little bit lazy on the weeends!

The Tablescaper hosts Summer Sundays.
Today she's all about cabanas, and boy are they cute.


  1. Oh, Cass, this is such a pretty setting. I don't remember this one, but I love the linens, the dishes and all the accessories. I would love to sit there and enjoy. Hope you have a super day and enjoy the rain. Hugs, Marty

  2. Oh it's so inviting and lovely. I adore the linens - who cares what you serve - it's a feast for the eyes.

  3. Hi Cass! Oh, I'd come over even if you were serving any food just to see your pretty home! This is a very lovely setting you've put together! Love the olden embroidery and your Grand's luncheon plates! The cabbage plate is very pretty!!
    How's little Dion? Chloe Dawn sends a couple of licks! ;)
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  4. It is a rainy, lazy day. That's exactly what Mister said earlier today!
    I did go do a little school shopping with Chickie, but that's about it.
    Oh, and read blog posts....

  5. Well... the blast from the past blog post was awesome! Enjoy your lazy day, you deserve it....!

  6. Cass..
    delightful repeat..
    love it..
    and the lazy, rainy Sunday afternoon..
    here, all sunny and bright..
    but still lazy and relaxing!!
    snuggle with the dog and the book..

  7. The rumage sale silverware perfect!

  8. This is my first visit to your blog. I've come over from the Summer Sundays party.

    Your tablescape is lovely. I am a huge lover of vintage linens, so I am drooling over yours. The whole table just looks beautiful. I don't guess it matters WHAT you serve in such a setting. Anything would be made delicious by the beautiful surroundings.

    Patti ~ Fill My Cup with Beauty

  9. Might be raining outside there but the inside looks so inviting and springy looking....Nice job.

  10. So glad that you're back up and blogging. Sometimes, we all need a break.

    Love the tablescape! Thanks so much for being a part of Summer Sundays. Looking forward to having you with us as Seasonal Sundays begin.

    - The Tablescaper

  11. This is so lovely and inviting! I love the lacy edge on the table runner and the gorgeous embroidery! The pink and green colors of all the pieces blend and match so well that you'd think they were all from a complete set!

  12. Thanks for sharing this post again as I don't remember it the first time around. It is a very pretty table setting - nice job.
    I have been neglecting my blog also - I need to get busy.
    have a great week.

  13. A lovely trip back in time, thanks for posting before you found that comfy chair, good book, and furry pal!

    I have a "flower vase" just like that, and I didn't know I had a coarse mustard jar! It was a Goodwill find, many years ago, and I loved it's simple smooth lines and quiet coloring. Perhaps it's from your old shop?? Well, it's a fun dream to have, dear Cass!

    Maybe tomorrow will be a sunny day.

  14. Cass, all of your photos are love, but I must say your Mom's milk glass salt and pepper shakers are my absolute favorite. The best thing is that they match with practically any table setting. Lovely.

  15. Make that...all of your photos are lovely (not love) My brain is too fast for my fingers ;)

  16. Cass,

    Good job on the repost. I hope you had a wonderful lazy day with a book and your dog. We all need them and rain seems to offer a good excuse.

    Have a great week.


  17. Pretty place setting against your old oak table! The daisies are so bright and pretty to see, while, as you say, in 2010 our gardens are withering from the heat! A great re-post!!

  18. Hello Cass...

    My friend, it's sooo sweet to have you for Sunday Favorites this week...what a fabulous post to reshare with us! You always set the prettiest tables...this one definitely deserved a second showing! I love the musturd pot filled with daisies and mint...soooo pretty! Ohhh...and your Grandmother's china is "to die for" gorgeous!!! I would love to have some of that pretty pattern! The embroidered cloth and napkin goes perfectly with the china! Such a treat, Cass!!! Girl, I can't believe that you found those great looking chairs on the lucky was that? Hehe!

    Well my friend, I do hope that my note finds you and your sweet family all doing well! Thank you again for joining in with Sunday Favorites this week!!!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design


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