Monday, February 3, 2014

Calico and hearts

The weather has been pretty wretched over the past couple of weeks around here and for most of the country.  Skies have been grey and snow has been abundant.  Color seemed like the only thing that would make life a bit more cheerful.  I happen to love roosters in the kitchen.  My collection of roosters has been residing on top of the kitchen cabinets since November when the Christmas decor started going up.  I thought I would take my favorite red calico roosters out of exile and use them in a Valentine tablescape.  This started over a week ago.  I have compiled a collage of pictures of the table set for breakfast, lunches and dinners over the last week or so.

The tablecloth was made from one of the panels of fabric that I bought last week at the Goodwill store near where I work.  There were four panels of black and white print with a black and white check pattern sewn onto the bottom.  The print portion is 68 inches and the checks are about twenty inches.  I took one panel and made sixty inch round tablecloth from the print and four napkin sheathes from the checks. In the following pictures you will see variations on the same table as it evolved over the last week or so.

The dinner plate is American Traditional made in Canonsburg,  Pa.  That I bought at The Volunteers of America store last month for ninety cents each.  The bullion bowls and saucers are Copeland Spode's Wicker Lane made in England bought from Goodwill.  The chargers were bought at Goodwill (two dollars for all four).

A week ago Sunday I made little gingerbread pancakes for my Husband and myself. so I could use the gingerbread men plates that I found at the Goodwill right before Christmas before I put them away until next Christmas. I liked the idea of Valentines and gingerbread men for a hearty cold day breakfast.
Yesterday I made chicken parmigiana from the recipe that I saw on Rachel Ray last week.  I thought a nice little Lady and the Tramp style pasta dinner would go beautifully with my heart shaped Valentine plates. 
We also had a lovely lunch of chicken noodle soup (Campbell's) and fried bologna sandwiches last week on our Valentine table.
I found lots of spring plants to brighten up the kitchen at the grocery store and the Home depot.

I found an Irish lass at the Goodwill and placed her under a cloche on a lovely light green cake plate surrounded by small green plants that are for my fairy garden that I am working on.
My little girl cat Oreo has been keeping me company while I cook and play.
The snow is still out on the patio,  and skies are still grey.  But it is cheerful and cozy in my kitchen.
Breakfast anyone?

Last week's post "Radiant Orchids" post is being featured at  Make it Pretty Monday party at The

Dedicated House and at Mod Mix Monday at Mod Vintage Life.

Don't forget Laurie's Annual Valentine Par-tay on February 7th!


Linking with:

Make It Pretty Monday

Mod Mix Monday

Inspire Me Tuesday

You're Gonna Love It

Old Ads Conjure Memories and Link Party

This and That Thursday

Tablescape Thursday

Bargain Decorating with Laurie Valentine Par-Tay


  1. Oh myyyyy - where do I start? I love the handled soup bowls - I would love to find some of those. I had those exact same glasses - long long ago - bought them new and I can't even remember when it was - but most likely in the mid 70s when Holly Hobby was so popular. I really loved those glasses, but after a while they all got broken. The flowered plates and the heart shaped bowls are so darling - I love the bright colors and the napkins especially.

  2. How pretty! Your table is very cheerful and romantic. Love the daffodils and orchids too!...Christine

  3. Gorgeous tablescape. I love the mix of calico and toile linens. Stunning. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, marty

  4. Oreo is sweet. Enjoyed seeing your pretty tablescapes, vignettes and flowers.Have a good week.

  5. Love the toile table cloth! I have a weakness for toile! Oreo is a cutie!

  6. Hi Candy, Love your tablescape, gorgeous dishes and the toile with the roosters. I also collect roosters and I use black and white toile throughout my home. Gorgeous flowers too.
    So nice to meet you and thank you for stopping by and your kind comment. I am your newest follower here. So enjoyed my visit.
    Have fun at the party.

  7. Fried bologna sandwiches and chicken noodle soup....sounds just like my sister! She LOVES that! I think the girl eats it 2 or 3 times a week, in fact! Unbelievable! Are you sure you aren't my long lost sister? :-)

    I applaud and then applaud yet again the fabulous job you did with making a tablecloth out of curtains! I have zero sewing skills, so for something like that to happen is almost like a David Blaine trick!

    You do some really savvy shopping out there! I need to hit those thrift stores more often. I try, but it always seems like a fruitless journey. :-(

    I like the little gingerbread man pancakes! So cute!

    Happy Valentine's Day to you and your husband! I hope it is a warm & wonderful day for you both!

  8. I love, love, love this table. Your patterns, colors and textures all go so well together! Your Spode dishes are to die for! Were they really found at Goodwill? I love the way your surrounded your bowls with Valentine garland. And your roosters just pop against your black toile tablecloth. Well done!! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch
    PS Many thanks for stopping by my blog. Your generous comments are so very appreciated.

  9. Very nice! I really enjoyed scrolling down and seeing your table setting and decor! The layering on your table is great!

  10. That tablecloth turned out perfect! Love that white dinner plate in the first picture. You've been having fun with all your Valentine's table set ups! I love seeing flowers blooming- indoors or out! I'm still waiting for my amaryllis to open up. It's been so slow coming along but they're nearly open! Love that picture with the heart garland around the bowls..too cute!

  11. Gorgeous! Love the tablecloth and all of the dishes.

  12. Candy,
    I adore your sweet tablescape for all meals!! The tablecloth out of the those panels is spectacular!! I am a huge Fan of Volunteers of America too!!
    LOVE those sweet heart dishes and matching cups!! Such a pretty pattern on them!!

    Thanks so much for visiting!!


  13. You are so lucky to have found that Darrick, I love it.
    I have been looking for fabrics like it to make a table cloth my sel, oh and the hart shaped plates look very familiar hehe

  14. So many beautiful dishes in your gorgeous table settings.

    I am hoping to find some red heart plates tomorrow, but I have been looking for several weeks.

  15. Those bandanna chickens are adorable! So are the checkered glasses. Your whole collection here is great. We were both thinking of Lady and the Tramp and pasta this week, I see, lol. Thanks so much for sharing this at my History & Home link party this week! -Dawn @ We Call It

  16. I am so jealous of those dishes you found for next to nothing! Such a gorgeous table....what time do we eat?...:-)