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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sunday and Settings

Today is the last day to enter the Giveaway for a copy of the new coffee-table book DISH.  With pictures of more than 800 gorgeous dish patterns, this book should keep you busy on long winter afternoons till well after Christmas.
Visit last Monday's post to enter, here.  Just leave a comment on that post,
and come back tomorrow to see if you won!

We're buzzing today, 
bringing things to my booth at the antiques mall,
and taking care of some business here at home; never a dull moment for old house owners.

Two years ago, the week before Thanksgiving, I tootled down to Princeton and snagged 51 Fiesta-style red dinner plates, made by Oneida, for the grand total of $20.  A few days later, I used one of them in two seasonal table settings.


Here goes, a repeat of that post from November 2009.

Two table settings.

One is sweet and country, the other more edgy and urban.

Edgy first.

This tablesetting is in honor of my daughter Anne, away at grad school and much missed.
The big black cup is from her school; the logo is on the other side.
How perfect for chili on a cold night!

Chili, eaten with one of these massive lovely old 19th century nickel silver spoons.
Anne loves old flatware almost as much as I do.

The ceramic hand was one of Anne's undergraduate projects.

I like having it keep me company.

And I can't say my daughter never gave me a hand.

The red placemats and napkins were a set: $5 for 4 of each at HomeGoods.

Anne likes these old pewter S&Ps that were my Mom's; they have good classic lines.

I love the mercury glass candleholder I bought on a Goodwill
hunting trip with Annie, near her school.
It echoes the lines of the wineglass, a handblown crystal wedding gift.

Now, for something completely different!

Swapping out the edgy for the sweet.

Same big red dinner plate, same linens, same flatware, but a rooster plate from T.J. Maxx
(bought on a trip to visit our daughter Alida in California) brings in some other colors.

We add in Turquoise, as shown in a bowl (Dollar Tree) that also can hold our make-believe chili.

An aqua blue wineglass, a summertime thrift shop find, one of 5, blown and bubbly.

I've promised these to Alida, and eventually I'll ship them out.  Perhaps.
I'm thinking maybe I like them even more than she does.

Two little chickens join us, bringing salt and pepper.
I think they are looking for the rooster on the plate.

The mercury glass light is still with us, and still lit.

A few mums in red and yellow in a very old silver spooner, well tarnished and used.

Do you have a favorite? Do you like the more modern supper setting:
or the cozy country one?

Have a lovely Sunday!  -- Cass

Link Parties!
The Tablescaper hosts Seasonal Sundays, and you should visit.  Yes, you should.  Click here!
At Happy To Design, it's Sunday Favorites.  Re-runs of favorite posts, and great fun.  Click here!
Visit and enjoy.  :-)

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  1. Oh, I love the cozy country setting! And the glass is gorgeous.

  2. I always love your tables -- although I'm not an "edgy" person -- I like the sweet one best!

  3. Morning, Cassie! Oh, both tables are wonderful - edgy and the sweet - you just do a good job. I'll bet little Dion helped with that edgy table because he wishes he had thumbs!
    Happy Thanksgiving and be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  4. Love them both.. How wonderful to have a daughter that gives you a hand! So cute. Your rooster plate is adorable.. Happy Thanksgivings, xo Marlis

  5. I'm not good at making a choice like this. I like them both too much.

    I am so happy to have found your blog via Blondie's Journal. I'll definitely be back. :)

  6. Your tables are always so gorgeous!!!! HAve a fantastic week.... blessings, Flavia

  7. I love the cozy setting the most...the colors are lively and festive! LOVE those bubble blown glasses, I am on the lookout for them. The color is pretty!

    I mentioned your brownie cookies on my blog...made them and loved them. Thanks so much!


  8. Very clever, have a wonderful day next week. Blessed Thanksgiving wishes from my blog to yours. Richard and Sissy from My Old Historic House.

  9. Hi Cass...

    Well my friend, it looks like you were having great fun playing dishes! Hehe! I love making different place settings like this! Both place settings are beautiful but I have to admit that the country rooster stole my heart! I love your daughter Anne's hand sculpture! How's beautiful! Fun that you included it in the modern and edgy place's perfect! You know, I have a pair of the same mercury glass candleholders in a much taller version. I just used them in a Christmas vignette in my living room.

    Well dear friend, so happy to see you for the the Sunday Favorites party today! Thanks for sharing this sweet post with us! Wishing you and your family a warm and blessed Thanksgiving, dear friend!!!

    Chari @Happy To Design

  10. a little late on this. Both settings are beautiful but I like the country setting one best. The little roosters are adorable :)

  11. Looks like you got a terrific bargain. Great dishes.

    - The Tablescaper


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