February 23, 2010

Playing Dishes


The postman delivered something today, and as soon as I opened it,  I knew that it would be the perfect backdrop for a pretty white table setting.  So, I got busy playing dishes!

Okay, the package that arrived today was the Valentine give away that I won from the  sweet Kat at “Low Tide High Style”.  It is the most gorgeous, white, cut work throw.  It is absolutely amazing!!  I have always loved this look.  My sweet mother used to do a technique that was similar. 

So, here it is in all of it’s beautiful glory.  It is sharing the spotlight with some of my favorite things.


I love it…of course I would never really eat on it, but it sure does look nice with the white, pink, and blue.



Here it is with nothing to distract you from seeing the details…look at those tiny stitches!



We had a Hawthorne bush growing right outside the house that I grew up in.  It won’t be long until we can go outdoors and break a ‘real’, blooming hawthorn branch off.

This one is another faux stem from the florist that I talked about in my last post. 



This cloche on it’s old wood base is from “Resurrect”.  I have posted about how wonderful they are several times.  Hereherehere.  My sweet G-Man got it for me when they were set up at a local Spring show in a lovely park.

The white busts were my moms.  She kept them on the piano in our formal living room.  After seven years of practicing the piano, sometimes for 1 1/2 hours a day, I knew every little detail on their cute heads!  {There were a few times when I wanted to throw one right across the room out of frustration.  “How long do I have to sit here and practice this stupid song?”"} 



I love my Johnson Bros. platter…a gift from my niece,  Leisa. 

(Happy birthday girlfriend!) 

Leisa has a huge collection of china, ironstone, porcelain…new, vintage, etc. She had a very successful store on E-bay for years.  After some life changes, she needed a full time job with benefits,  so she reluctantly closed the store. 

She still has a booth in an antique mall and last time I was there, a garage -full of boxed dishware.  If you are looking for a replacement piece, e-mail me and I will be glad to check and see if she has it.



An incredibly good Riesling for only $7.00 a bottle.

The cute,  white vase is a German,  High Gravity beer bottle.

The flowers are the only surviving Valentine flowers!



I pulled out a few pieces of my vintage floral pieces.  I had fun playing dishes!



I purchased this white coral while visiting another niece in St. Petersburg.

(Hi Em, and Miss Sophie…you too, Ilya!)

The dried rose buds are also from the Valentine’s arrangement. 


Before you go to the parties,  you should check out “Low Tide High Style” if you haven’t already discovered it.   I don’t know about the tide, but Kat certainly has high style!

This post will be attending parties at the following locations:



  White wednesday 2                          tablescape thursday

         White Wednesday                                                Tablescape Thursday



show and tell fridays                                          Sat. Night Special  Junky Interiors 

Show and Tell Friday                                          Saturday Nite Special


Thanks for playing with me!!



  1. That throw is just gorgeous--lucky you! I love the busts and got a smile out of your love/hate relationship with them. Love the platter too!

  2. Oh Rhonda, such a beautiful tablescape you've put together. I really love your French country chairs too. I'm going to look for the Blue River wine. Riesling is the only kind of wine that I like.

  3. I am thrilled to have found your blog through OWOH. I love your pics - they're inspiring me to get more active with decorating my home!

  4. That throw is just beautiful! I do love the busts and putting them under a cloche is a nice way to display them. I, also, love your chairs!

  5. Rhonda you somehow made that pretty throw look even more beautiful with your gorgeous tablescape! Happy Birthday to your niece and I hope you enjoy the throw for many years to come! I knew when you won it that it was going to a good home!

    Kat :)

  6. You are so fortunate with that lovely cut work throw. I just love those busts. I was thinking about your previous furniture painting and repainting posts. I could use some of that spare paint for one of my end tables. Are you visiting St. Pete anytime again, soon? :)

  7. Enjoyed visiting your blog!


  8. This is beautiful!! Love the busts under the cloche and that throw is exquisite!

    I also love the coal with the rosebuds lying around it. Sooooo pretty!

    Lou Cinda :)

  9. Coal, I love the coal with the rosebuds around it?

    Who is a legal secretary? Who should NOT make typos! ME!!!

    Take two ~

    I love the CORAL with the rosebuds lying around it.

    Now, have a good night!

    Lou Cinda ;)

  10. Everything is so beautiful! Love the throw!

    I'm heading over to "Low Tide High Style" right now!

    Thank you for sharing!


  11. Sounds like you really enjoyed you day, but what's more fun than playing dishes?!

    Those little busts hold lots of memories for you... can you still play the piano?

    I've just been hopping around today looking at my favorite blogs.

    Also... I'm just letting all my followers (and you are one) know about my giveaway... nothing to do to enter.

    You are already entered!

    Just my way to say thanks!

    Talk to you soon ;)
    Bunny Jean

  12. I love you blog Rhonda! You lucky giveaway winning girl . Come see me and post comments on my two giveways so I can enter you!

  13. Aw, You know I ♥ Johnson Bros!!! I have that platter, too! Love the table cloth, too!

  14. Rhonda,
    Lucky you...that throw is sooooo PRETTY! Your tablescape is beautiful as always:)


  15. Hi Rhonda, love your tabletop, and the cutwork cloth is just amazing. Your upclose photos were wonderful! And of course I'm lovin' that transferware platter...so pretty!

  16. That is a beautiful tablecloth! And LOL about sitting at the piano and wanting to throw the busts...my dd can certainly relate!
    Happy WW!

  17. that is definitely a "just for looks" table set up
    way to pretty to eat at.
    The cloth is to die for.
    Great find.

  18. Coral and an old cloche...how can you go wrong???

  19. Really nice throw and I like that cloche too!

  20. Love that throw..., and how you show it off and use it to display you items!

  21. Your cut-work throw is beautiful! And that coral...wow!

    Have a great WW!

  22. So very beautiful and my favorite wine, Reisling, there is one in a similar bottle from Germany called Starling Castle I believe, we love that one too. Marla

  23. Gorgeous throw ~ lucky you. The table looks great ~ I'll get the cheese and crackers and be right over :)

  24. I love the Tabletop! The Johnson Brothers platter is my Grandmother's china. It will be up front and center in my future dining room! I made some pillows -inspired by you- and I put in a link to your giveaway on my Thrifty Thursday post!

  25. Beautiful! I love the throw and platter. That French country bench is gorgeous!

  26. The throw is really pretty, Rhonda. And I love your cloche centerpiece with the pretty busts. The whole table is so beautiful..Christine

  27. Congratulations on your win. It all looks gorgeous.

    Happy WW.


  28. Rhonda, I LOVE the bust and the coral....and that cutwork throw. I bet you did kartwheels when you won that! I would've! Gorgeous! An heirloom!

    Your tablescape is gorgeous! Come see me sometime! Would love to have you visit!

    Tales from Bloggeritaville

  29. Very very pretty, love the cut cloth, it is just so beautiful and the workmanship in that piece has to be incredible....phyllis

  30. Very pretty table. Thanks for the wine suggestion.

  31. What a gorgeous table setting. I love the cloche with the two busts, just precious. Your dishes and accessories are gorgeous, but that tablecloth is stunning. So beautifully done and so inviting. Hugs, Marty

  32. I love your display of favorite things, they all look very pretty! The wine sounds good, good price too!

  33. Your table is gorgeous. Love those busts!

  34. That cut work throw is beautiful! What a lovely display.

    ~ Tracy

  35. Very pretty! Lots of lovely things to see in your post! Love what the postman brought to you today!

    Kindly, ldh

  36. What a wonderful gift! It looks just beautiful!

  37. The cutwork linen is so beautiful. And I am awe over your dishes. How pretty!

  38. Everything is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Lia

  39. Love it all....the lighting in all your photos are just stupendous too.

    I captured a bit of the Irish Lore today in my SHOW N TELL. Do stop by for a wee bit o' the Irish Luck if you can!

  40. Cutwork is so difficult to do...true treasure!!! Great treasures! Thanks for sharing and be sure to come visit! Happy Show and Tell Friday!!

  41. What a great gift and your table looks beautiful, made me want to sit at it with a cup of tea:)

  42. That tablecloth is simply gorgeous! And to think of all of the time and love that is stitched into it. A treasure for sure!

    Cathy ♥

  43. Everything is so beautiful.....thanks for sharing your gorgeous photo's.


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