Monday, November 24, 2014

A Ducky Thanksgiving Tablescape.

With Christmas just a few weeks away I have been chomping at the bits to start my holiday decorating.  I am so ready to deck the halls with snowflakes and boughs of holly.  However, first things first.  You got to give Thanksgiving it's due.  I have been thinking about a suitable tablescape for Thanksgiving and had everything set out to do three separate tables and I have been making myself crazy trying to decide on which table to do.  I see so many pheasant tables out and about in blogland (in fact I have one in the wings too) and I thought it might be fun to do a duck tablescape for Thanksgiving.

A Ducky Thanksgiving Tablescape........
 I spent three hours making the centerpiece.  Yes I know it is a bit over the top - I just don't know how to say when.
There won't be many words today - I have to start some of my baking for dinner on Thursday.
 I haven't decided on the soup to serve in the cute little pumpkin bowls yet.  The kids don't like anything to fancy.  Maybe split pea?
I don't think it will be duck soup..... Our guests might take exception to that (hehehe).
I found the Spode Harvest duck S&P's at Marshall's.
The flatware is Cambridge - The handles are a pretty marble like brown finish.
The pumpkin soup bowls came from Marshall's last year.

The Gibson salad and dinner plates are from The Salvation Army Family Thrift Store.  The raised oak leaf pattern seemed perfect for this time of year.


The accent plate was thrifted a while back.  I do not know who the maker is,  I took a picture of the mark on the back.

 The charger plate came from Walmart last year.
 There were cups and saucers with the Gibson dinnerware set.
The golden amber bubble glass and the orange/red banded wine glass were also thrifted.
More pictures
 





If I change my mind about the table (after all pheasants are cute too, I will try to take pictures of the final table and post them too.


I will be linking to:

Christine's Table It Party 

Susan's Tablescape Thursday

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Late Fall VintageTablescape

November 15th, 2014
National Bundt Cake Day

I baked my first bundt cake this week for Cuisine Kathleen's Bundt Cake Challenge on Wednesday November 12th.  It was not a pretty site, the two pieces of my pumpkin shaped cake did not fit together properly so I hacked at them with a long knife until I could get them to fit together (kind of) and the frosting turned to fudge before I could pour it onto my cake.  I surgically improved it by amputating the bottom of the cake and gave it a face lift in order to be able to participate in the challenge.  Let it be said that I was rather disheartened by the dismal appearance of my cake and needed some time to reconcile myself to the fact that I am not much of a baker.  I needed a little time to go ahead and fix my cake as best I could,  set the table that I wanted to do for a fall tablescape,  and then swallow my pride and fess up to the fact that I did not have any idea what I was doing.  But first before I get to the cake I want to show you a place setting from the vintage tablescape I did for late fall.  I used the beautiful place mat's I won from Fabby's Blogging anniversary give-a-way to set the tone for the rest of the table.You will see that this post is very similar to  Vintage Early Fall Tablescape .

Vintage Fall Tablescape
Late Fall  table setting


Vintage china, crystal stemware, brown and white tablescape, Fall tablescape, tablescape,
Early Fall table setting

On to the cake!  

When Kathleen first announced her bundt cake challenge I immediately went to Pinterest and started pinning bunt cakes and then I came across my dream bundt cake...... I was in love!    I do not know who originated this post but you can find this picture and a pumpkin bundt cake recipe at Top Graduation Cake Ideas here
Once I knew the cake style I wanted to bake I turned to Ebay to find the perfect bundt cake pan.
 

Before I even received my new cake pans I started looking for the recipe I wanted to use for my bundt cake.  I narrowed it down to two recipes (both found on Pinterest), one was a pumpkin based recipe and the other was an apple recipe.  Dearest hubby made the decision for an apple cake.  You can find the recipe for this cake from Tracy's Culinary Adventures here.

My cake resembled neither of the Pinterest posts,  I had to cut the bottom half of my cake off because of it's hideous appearance and then fix the frosting (it literally turned to praline fudge while I was trying to "drizzle" it over the cake). The frosting may look thick and chunky but it is delicious.  The cake is really tasty too. After surgery,  the face lift, and adding nuts to the top,  it did look kind of like Tray's cake. I have learned a lesson from this experience - move really fast if you want your frosting to drizzle.

My cake

After a lot of work it is now presentable enough.
(kind of)
The pecans on top really did help to smooth out the icing on the top of the cake.  The "drizzle" down the sides peals off like praline fudge and boy is it tasty.  Not a gorgeous cake but it is ok enough.  If I ever make another bundt cake it will not be frosted or drizzled,  only lightly sprinkled with powder sugar.
Plum Creek Place
I placed the cake under a glass dome and centered on the table behind the dining table and proceeded with taking the pictures for my tablescape post.

Vintage Fall Tablescape - Santa Anita Ware California Trellis
I love the wood look of this pilgrim set.

Vintage Fall Tablescape - Santa Anita Ware California Trellis

Dear Hubby got a kick out of the place cards on the table.
Vintage Fall Tablescape - Santa Anita Ware California Trellis
The dinnerware, flatware, and water glasses are all vintage.

Vintage Fall Tablescape - Santa Anita Ware California Trellis
The dinnerware is Santa Anita Ware - California Trellis

Vintage Fall Tablescape - Santa Anita Ware California Trellis
A warm buttery yellow color with a lite spatter of brown speckles with a brown trellis pattern in the middle.  I have had this set for a while and have periodically looked it up on Ebay but have not seen it for sale. I had a hard time getting the color to show up properly. In the picture below the color looks more creamy than it's true yellow hue.
Vintage Fall Tablescape - Santa Anita Ware California Trellis
The vintage amber water glasses have been collected from thrift stores over several years.  I have a few of the wine glasses but not enough for a tablescape yet.  I remember my mother having these glasses (a whole set, wine glasses and all) in the kitchen cabinet during the sixties.  They were premiums from a local grocery store.  The store was also offering a dark gold scrolled pattern of dinnerware that mother was collecting - I still see that plate pattern at the thrift stores now and then it, sells very quickly.

Vintage Fall Tablescape - Santa Anita Ware California Trellis
The flatware is from Interpur  the INR2 Pattern.  I found 20+ place settings and some of the serving pieces  at the Goodwill store near where I worked.  All of the flatware pieces were in new condition and still in the original wrappers.  I bought them all.  I love this pattern with it's 1960's look. 
 Vintage Fall Tablescape - Interpur INR2 flatwareVintage Fall Tablescape - Interpur INR2 flatware


Vintage Fall Tablescape - Interpur INR2 flatware
The napkins were a thrift store find (I think) that I did not remember buying.  I like finding surprises in my stash that I don't remember I have.  This looks like a Vera pattern but it is not marked as such.
Vintage Fall Tablescape - Santa Anita Ware, Interpur flatware

I have been emptying the china cabinets out to get them ready to move before the new flooring is installed after the holidays.  I arranged the shelves for the upcoming holiday season with some of  my winter looking china.
Plumcreek Place - Aqua glass and crystal in the china cabinet
Almost everything in the cabinets was thrifted.  I did buy some more of the aqua swirl bowls off of Ebay to add to the ones that I had found to Goodwill a couple of weeks ago (I bought four, only three survived the post office).  As luck would have it I did find another set at Goodwill the following week.  I bought them.   Now I have 11 of these pretty little bowls plus three of the serving bowls that go with them..

On a more serious note:

My cat Baby passed away after two year's of illness with hyperthyroidism. She gave us eighteen years of love.  She will be missed
Baby
I will be sharing at:

Cuisine Kathleen's Bundt Cake Challenge  (better late than never)

Susan's tablescape Thursday  (I'm late for this one too)

Christine's Table It Party

Friday, October 31, 2014

Purple and Orange Haloween Tablescape

Happy Halloween!

I have been busy patching nail holes and painting the walls in my living room.  It is a slow process at my age.   The house is quite a mess at this point in time with paint rollers, patching compound, sanders,  hammers, nails, screwdrivers, and what all else lying around.  I pushed around some of the dust from sanding the patching compound as best as I felt like doing becase I wanted to take the time to set a table for Halloween for tonight.  It is a relatively simple and very thrifty Halloween tablescape.  I went with purple, orange, and black.  The purple plates that I used earlier this month worked out nicely with the orange and black napkins.
 Two napkins were folded together to make a fold to slip the spiders wire stem into. A purple spider bowl sits next to each plate. Perfect for a bowl of tomato soup to go with a warm grilled cheese sandwich for the kids before they leave to go Trick-or-treating.
Little cheese cloth ghosts decorate the table as well as several Halloween owls.

The shelves have several new occupants.  The bottom shelf has two red eyed owls residing smack in the middle of the shelf.
A witch has taken up residence on the shelf above the owls.  She seems quite happy to sit on her broom and wile away the hours cackling at the bats that have moved in above and below her.



Benjamin Bat has the upper bunk.  He stays amused with the endless chatter of the wise old owls.  Harry the furry bat has the lower bunk,  he is not amused at all.   


Have a happy and safe Halloween!!


Living room review:

One wall at a time, slowly but surely it will be done.

I will be linking to:

Susan's Tablescape Thursday 

Dawn's History and Home Link Party