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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Two Sisters, One Minivan, a GPS, and a Blue Table ReRun

On this gray and drizzly Thursday, my sister Peggy
and I are saddling up the minivan and
venturing into the uncharted wilds of New Jersey.
Also known as Morris, Hunterdon, and Somerset Counties.
Dangerous turf, my friends. . .
populated by the Horsey Set, Wall Streeters, BMW drivers,
and people who probably spent more than $1.89 on their coffee tables.

We may have to go in disguise so as not to be spotted as aliens,
although once they catch sight of my red Chrysler minivan, the jig's probably up.
We'll be seeking out consignment shops, including at least one where I am pretty sure
I won't be able to afford anything; yes, it's that high end.  I hope they'll let me take pictures.

We'll have lunch at my new favorite dive, just for the excellent cole slaw, and also visit
a thrift shop or two, so I've got at least a chance of toting home something for my tank of gas.
But before I leave to meet Peggy, I'm re-posting a
table setting from almost exactly two years ago.
It's blue.  Very blue.
(First Posted 2/11/2010)
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Supper for two.

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at the end of this post!

Some months back, I was in HomeGoods and I spotted a package of four placemats.
Blue and white always catches my eye.

But the fabric pattern reminded me of something:
a set of (cheap) ironstone dishes I bought 30 years ago when we were first married, and have rarely used.

So today, I finally put them together, with my old
plated flatware -- Georgian pattern, some monogrammed and some not.

The dishes have several shades of blue, including a gray tint and an almost-aqua tint.
The placemats also have these shades.  Kismet!

At Dollar Tree last summer, these plump little tea light holders jumped into my shopping cart.

Two designs, in classic blue and white.

On the table, an older Bombay Company china pot, blue and white, with fake flowers in it.

From a church thrift shop, bubbly blue wine glasses.

I like the shape of the coffee cups, so I'm adding them to the table setting.

Vintage Irish linen napkins.  Old, but in like-new condition.  Ebay, some years back.

The backstamp for the china.
I do not speak Spanish, but it looks like it's claiming to be resistant to acid.
And something else.

All put together, I like how this table setting turned out -- and it was fun to see those old dishes again!

And the placemats are reversible.  On the other side, just the print, no border.  I hope they won't need much ironing; I haven't replaced my iron yet.  No fool, I. -- Cass


  1. Good Morning Cass Sweetie...
    Wish I was hopping in that mini van along with you gals. What a fun time you are going to have. I hope they will let you sneak a few pics of the upper end store, I just love taking peeks.

    Thrift stores sound like fun, and did you say cole slaw? Girl you had me right there. I said wait for me. Don't forget to photograph. Love seeing the wonderful dining experience.

    Your table setting is absolutely breathtaking. I love your blue dishes and these placements are definitely the element of surprise. Aren't they perfect? Match to a "T".

    Have fun, be safe and I will be watching for photos. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

  2. sounds like you and your sister will have a grand, fun day! Your blue is so pretty.
    Be careful out there!

  3. Hi Cass!!
    aren't sisters fun!!
    My sis Di and I are much like the two of you..
    always up for an adventure!!
    love everything about your table setting..
    I too am a lover of blue and white combination!!
    beautifully done!
    I believe the other word is alkalai..
    warmest hugs..
    laughing smiles..
    I know you are just gonna have such a fun day!

  4. Love the blue and white! So pretty! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  5. You certainly know how to set a lovely table. Like the blues.

  6. Really like the blue and white table setting. You two have fun - don't get into to much trouble. :-D

  7. Hope you make it back in one piece. Would hate to read about you on the evening news tonight. Would they fly the flag at half staff for you though, that is the question? Can't wait to see what you pick up.

  8. Beautiful table setting, I adore blue and white!

    Hope your undercover thrifting went well! Happy VTT!

  9. I would love to be thrifting today but it is cold and wet and I would have to brush my hair. You have fun and lovely blues on that table.

  10. I have blue heron dishes. I love them. I like pops of yellow when using them. Great post. xo, Susie(She Junks)

  11. I am SO SO glad to have happened upon your blog (from Between Naps On The Porch)!! Having been born and raised in your neck of the woods and then transplanted to northern California, I LONG for the old farmhouses and rolling hills of my "back East home". Thanks for posting. I am off to catch up on all that I've missed. And maybe to feel just a bit homesick..........

  12. It's always good to see blue and white. Sigh. And such fun you have your sister to asist in your new adventure!

  13. I Love that color combo - so clean and crisp. What fun to do something with your sister - I don't have any, but I have 5 SIL's


  14. Oh how I'd love to go on this shopping excursion with you! I'd have to wear a bib for all the drooling I'd be doing and maybe some heart pills for when my heart stopped at the prices! lol
    I like your very blue table is adorable.

  15. I love your blue and white. It's always so classy!
    You did a great job!

  16. I mentioned you in my Fri Frag post this week.p

  17. I'm glad you said something about the placemat being reversible. I actually wondered about that! I LOVE reversible placemats! More bang for the buck!!! So what did you buy on your shopping trip? Inquiring minds want to know!!!

  18. Hope you had a wonderful and successful outing! I know what you mean...used to live in Princeton (on the side where all of the people that waited on the OTHER residents!!!) Your table is so pretty. I'm not a blue person, but this is beautiful and so calming! Those dishes are wonderful!

  19. I love the dishes very pretty...


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