Thursday, September 23, 2010

‘Old Friends’ and a Tip


This morning, in playing with my dishes, I brought out some old ‘friends’, and as a result, things you have seen before.

That makes sense, right?

I just arranged them differently.


My inspiration was a tapestry drapery panel I bought years ago at Dollar General.

That is my tip by the way.

I try to always look at packaged curtain and drapery panels at discount stores (the only place I really shop), because I love using them everywhere but at the window.

Just make sure it is the 81” panel.


I actually started with a burgundy tablecloth to use with my black and white transfer ware, but I thought it looked a little Christmasy.




The black chargers with the bronze border are ceramic and were 90% off at Hobby Lobby two years ago.

Is that even a price?

They are heavy.


I added my King’s Crown goblets- which I have always called cranberry glass- and then, for a twist, I used dull green napkins.


I feel like I need to say,

“You had to be there”,

because of all of these colors.

My photography today doesn’t really show that it did work.



Have a wonderful weekend.

My trip to Round Top this weekend had to be changed.

I am headed to Dallas to help Daughter #3 move from an apartment into a duplex early next week and my own work duties call.

You should see the pile of stuff I am taking to Dallas.

I wonder if I will get to bring back some of my things that have been on loan?



I am linking to these wonderful parties.  These ladies provide us all with a fun way to share our inspiration and our home.

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susan said...

That is a very good idea! I will be checking drapery panels from now on! Your cranberry glass is beautiful as is the entire table!

Blondie's Journal said...

Love your idea for the drapery panels!! I'll keep my eye out. I am also in love with your goblets!! Very pretty!

Have a fun, safe trip!


Entertaining Women said...

Bring back things that were on loan...hahahahahahahaha. You just don't remember that you GAVE them to her. Love your cranberry's always such a nice nod to past generations...Thanks for the tip about the drapery panels...I'll start checking them out. Thanks for sharing your lovely showed beautifully! Cherry Kay

Kirby said...

I love the black and white plates! Very pretty!

Hearts Turned said...

Looks absolutely gorgeous, Laura! LOVE all your dishes...makes me want to go and play with all my "old friends", too...!

Hope your day is beautiful!


Anonymous said...

Laura, your last question made me laugh! Of course you don't get back the stuff we "loan" to our kids. Once the item is in their hot little hands.....that's why they love us, cuz we love to help them....Have fun with your daughter.

Sarah said...

Great tip about the drapery panels, you clever girl! I'm going to remember that one. The table looks elegant with the rich colors. Love that transfer ware.
Sorry to hear you'll miss Round Top. I plan to go next week.
Have a safe trip to Dallas.

Cass @ That Old House said...

OH! Drapery panels, how brilliant!
Lovely tablescape -- especially love the black and white dishes, and the ruby glasses -- wonderful together.
As for getting stuff back from offspring . . . hahahahahahahahahahahaha.
Good luck.
Let us know how that works out for you.

Scribbler said...

This is very pretty -- I can certainly see that this works!

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

What a beautiful table you set. The muted colors were very subtle. I would love to eat Thanksgiving dinner around your table.

Tammy @BeatriceBanks said...

Brilliant idea about the curtain. Thanks for sharing! Have fun in Dallas.

D.B. said...

Beautiful tablescape Laura! The chargers, dishes, cranberry glassware, ALL OF IT is gorgeous.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Laura it is so pretty! I love using drapery panels on a table. I have some kings crown goblets in the red! Love those chargers!

Alycia Nichols said...

This is my first visit to your blog, so your "old friends" seem like new to ME! :-) Besides, it's wonderful when people understand that "creativity" comes from being able to create multiple table arrangements from a single design! What a wonderful bargain on the chargers from Hobby Lobby. My sister purchased some glass ones with goldleaf rims on clearance at Hobby Lobby a couple of years ago for just $2 per. I was THRILLED!!! You have good reason to be, too!!! Very pretty!

Theresa said...

Beautiful table! It is all just too gorgeous! Enjoy your time with your daughter! I know you will be working but giggling and chatting all the time!


Nancy's Notes said...

Oh, you clever girl! I'll be on the look out now for drapery panels! Your table setting is just exquisite! Why can't I ever find charger plates like that? They are gorgeous and so are your plates, and oh my, your goblets are to die for!

Laura, I love your style~


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh this is so pretty. Your tapestry is fantastic and such a fabulous tablecloth. Love your transferware dishes and your lovely crystal. So pretty. Hugs, Marty

Sharing with Sherri said...

Hi Laura, It was so great to hear from you! Your table looks great! I love that you used a drapery panel as a tablecloth! I have done the opposite and used tablecloths for drapery panels! Your chargers you found are gorgeous! and 90% off! Wow, how great!

Hugs, Sherri:)

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Like your cranberry glass! I agree - bring out your "old friends" to decorate with.
Enjoy your time with daughter.

Sue said...

This is a beautiful table. I love the china and the chargers, of course the goblets and the artichokes are a great touch.

trash talk said...

Well if that don't beat all! You'll be in Dallas when I'm down at Round Top...drat!
This is a perfect fall table. It must be fun to play house at your place!

Deb said...

what a great tip...have fun up here in my neck of the woods...

NanaDiana said...

Laura- Your setting is lovely! I really like it and you did a nice job putting everything together. I have those same glasses/sherbert servers. We have always called them Thumbprint ruby glass. They belonged to MyHero's grandmother. I took 8 and another family member took the other 8. I love them...and they are lovely with the black and white. Great choice!

Hugs- Diana

ps..just to let you know-I have a free magazine give away going on over at my blog if you are interested!

B. said...

Man! I love that china!

Sandy said...

Oh, I love the cranberry glass with the black transferware! That is such a lovely combination. I'm drooling!

Pam - @diy Design Fanatic said...

So beautiful! I love the cranberry glass!!!

Anita Diaz said...

I LOVE those drapery panels!! What a great idea, now I'm going to check out Family Dollar again!! Really, the combination of the transferware, the glassware, and the colors in the drapery panel are incredible together. I don't have transferware that color, but I'll be copying everything else, lol! Beautiful!!

Marigene said...

Laura, that beautiful drapery panel makes a gorgeous background for the black/white transferware...stunning.

Anonymous said...

Stunning tablescape! I love your black and white transfer ware and how you've put it all together! Such a rich look and so perfect for fall! Regards, Sheilla

Simple Home said...

What a great idea. It looks beautiful too!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Your table looks beautiful -- love those pretty dishes on the tapestry fabric with the cranberry glass -- so rich in color!

The Swedish Room said...

Hi, I love that you used the drapery panel in a different way. I've used different things also, like a shower curtain as a table cloth. Sometimes you have to think outside the box. I love your table. Have a great weekend.
The Swedish Room

Anonymous said...

Kind of like reworking your wardrobe, huh? I hear a lot about Hobby Lobby but there aren't any up this way. :( Beautiful table!! xo

Tricia said...

Love the drapery panel tip! You didn't mention the artichokes you included, but there was a beautiful pile of them at HEB last week that tempted me to try tablescaping with them. At almost $1.50 each, though, I decided I needed firmer plans before diving in! Your cranberry glass is just gorgeous and looks fabulous with the black and white china.

Designs on 47th Street said...

How pretty this is! I too love using other items on tables that aren't meant to be. Scarves are an excellent example. Okay, now I have something else to look for at the Dollar store! You have the prettiest dishes!


Keri said...

Hi Laura,

so happy to have you as a follower on my blog "always curtsy when you". having spent some time cruising yours, I see that you are a woman of impecible taste with an eye for a fabulous bargain. I too am a thrifty shopper, and love to find items on sale that I know are being sold elsewhere for much more. your color selections and groupings for this particular table are really beautiful. I'd kill for those chargers. hope to see you again at "curtsy", and that you have an injury free moving experience with your daughter this weekend. say hello to Texas. My sister lives there, and it looks like everyone else in my family will be moving there eventually too. you say south texas, are you near S. Padre? Take care, Keri

I Do Declare said...

I love your tip!!!

Decor To Adore said...

What a fantastic makeover. You did a wonderful job!

Stop by and collect your clues. The largest giveaway in Decor To Adore history will be revealed next Friday.

Life on the Edge said...

What a great idea to use a tapestry curtain as a table runner or tablecloth! It is indeed beautiful with all your pretty table settings. I love fall colors and this is an elegant and beautiful autumn tablescape.

Life on the Edge

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Laura,
I love your goblets and sherbets but then I do have the same ones! Gorgeous, aren't they? I've had mine for years. Enjoyed your post; have a lovely weekend.


Requi Tablescaping Escapades said...

Your tablescape is regal. The tapestry and the cranberry glass with the black and white transferware is gorgeous. Thanks for the tip.

All the Best,


June said...

Oh Laura I think I just saw the loveliest table setting ever! This is gorgeous for Fall, Thankgiving and Christmas!
Have a safe and awesome trip to Dallas. I hope you get to bring back some 'old friends' to show us.

Emily {Frilly Details} said...

What a gorgeous table setting! Love the idea to use a curtain for a table cloth. I'm going to keep my eyes open for one!

Hope you have a great weekend :)

CHERI said...

Your photos are awesome. Everything looks beautiful as always. Hope you have a great trip. Don't work too hard.

Susan Nowell @ My Place to Yours said...

I can definitely tell that the colors "work!" ...and very nicely, I might add. Love those chargers and transferware plates! I do the tapestry panel thing, too! :-)

Fleur de Bee said...

I started collecting Kings Crown in that same Cranberry color last year and have such a collection to use at Thanksgiving this year. It's just stunning with your transferware too! China is my weakness! I see it's yours too!

Nice to "Meet" you!


Rust: Vintage Inspired Design said...

Very, very pretty Laura.
Happy day!

Debra@CommonGround said...

Hey there Laura!! So wonderful how you found such great inspiration in that drapery panel. Love the colors you're using. My mom had that same set of cranberry glass, and I've always loved them. and transferware, that's my big love!! So glad you joined in, Laura. I always love all your gorgeous tablescapes!
love ya,

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Beautiful glassware!! And I've got that EXACT same cut glass box as in your first pic!!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Anonymous said...

This is SUCH a pretty post! Enjoyed just looking at the photos.


Susan (Between Naps On The said...

Laura...your table is beautiful! I love those sherbets...they are stunningly beautiful!


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