Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Thrifty Tablescape/100th POST

100th POST!!
I never thought I would make it!
It really slipped up on me.
I will celebrate in a special way with you soon.

Today's tablescape is created from things thrifted or things I have had for a long time. So it is Vintage/Thrift.
 The flowers were thrifted from my dwindling garden of blooms. I went out this morning trying to find a stray blossom here or there. I came up with a few dried hydrangea, a little ivy, lavender foliage, white angelina and a few sprigs of Russian sage. The container, a Waterford presentation piece was purchased in Dublin, Ireland in the early 80's. Not thrifty!
I very seldom put anything in this piece and only for a very short time.
 The etched stemware was purchased on eBay recently at $5.00 per stem for the water goblets and white wines.
The cordials were 7 for $5.99. I would say that was thrifty. It is "Orlean"by Arcadia of Hungary or Romania according to what site you are reading. 
I really love the delicate look of these stems. There is even etching on the bulbous part of the stem. I am not a good photographer and couldn't capture that.
My oldest daughter bought these pretty dishes for me from a thrift shop in Illinois. It was originally a service for twelve (a few pieces are missing) that she purchased for about $30.00. Thrifty! They are Celeste by Taylor Smith Taylor. Some sources indicate they were distributed as premiums. Not sure, this person had collected a service for twelve.
A plain silver charger with simple dinner plate, paired with four blue and white salad plates purchased at a church bazaar and two milk glass salad plates.
The salad plates are marked in Chinese and then English.... made in China.

The knife is haunted. I straighten it, lift the camera and the knife has moved. Do you have haunted flatware?
A fruit/sorbet dish and bread plate complete the china setting. The silver threaded napkin and metal woven napkin rings were sale items from Dillard's.
The flatware is Stratford sterling by International. It was introduced in 1902 and is now discontinued. The pieces are ornately decorated with carnations. I have collected it over a number of years. Some of it has engravings "1905". Vintage/thrifted.
Isn't that salad fork awesome. I just love it! Every piece in this collection is beyond beautiful.
You can see many more examples of this beautiful pattern HERE.

Each of my sterling salt spoons are purposely different.
In my collection of open salts there are few duplications.
I was unable to successfully photograph each one on the table.

 Vintage American Brilliance
The candlesticks have been around here for some time.
Pair of doves purchased at a Home Decor Party in the 60's. I think everyone has these.

Boehm porcelain cherubs. Part of my nativity.
I wanted to include a shot of the milk glass salad plate and our dining chairs. Bob and I reupholstered the chair seat several years ago when I made the drapes.
I am most proud of this project, my silk drapes. Boy, was I afraid to cut that fabric. Just playing around with a different holdback. Very inexpensive reproduction holdback.
A view to the foyer. I find it interesting that a fat lady loves mirrors so. But.... I do!
Interesting reflections are one reason to love mirrors.
My vintage "French Lace" tablecloth. HERE
A picture to show how the oversized cloth worked out.

Ahhh! Candlelight!

You can tell I faked it! It was late afternoon. If I had waited until darkness I would never have gotten this posted. 

Thank you to all the fabulous new friends I have made through this medium called "Blogland".
Each of you have been so kind, caring and helpful to a "Senior Citizen" trying to keep up with you young'uns.
You are a wondrous virtual family and some of you have or are becoming reality. 
I would have never thought I could come up with 100 posts. 
Somehow you have embraced my attempts at being noteworthy. For that a huge.

I am partying with these fabulous hostesses:

Please leave a comment, they are like gifts.


Coloradolady said...

So elegant and pretty your table is!! I love, love the china pattern. So elegant. Happy VTT!

Coloradolady said...

Oh...and congrats on your 100 post!! Keep it are doing wonderfully!

Tammy at Tammy Loves Dishes said...

Congratulations on your 100th post!

Your table is just gorgeous! I love your beautiful silver. The blue, white, crystal all looks wonderful and so elegant. Those church bazaar plates are lovely.

Your mirror collection is great! You made me laugh out loud when I read your comment about them. :)

Colleen said...

Happy 100th post Ginger!! Your table looks beautiful. The flowers are so pretty and I love the candlesticks.

Hope you are good : )


Stunning! What can I say dear Ginger, your tablescape is gorgeous! The Waterford centerpiece is magnificent along with the vintage many things I love here as your silver flatware and all the other silver pieces, just beautiful my friend! Love the foyer, the mirrors up the great staircase, everything is too fabulous! Love, FABBY


Oh, congrats on your 100 post!! My goodness girl you've delighted us with 100 gorgeous posts and and thank you for sharing! FABBY

Robin said...

Your house is just what I would picture for Savannah. Your dining room and foyer are so elegant. Great job on the drapes. I admire all your beautiful silver and crystal. Your flowers really came to life with the candlelight!

NanaDiana said...

OH MY GOODNESS-You set a beautiful table...and everything looks so very lovely. I love all your stemware and that silver pattern is one of the prettiest I have seen. It reminds me of Baroque a bit. Your drapes are beautiful too. I have a couple of pieces of really good fabric that I am afraid to cutt too!;>)

Congrats on your 100th post- Love it! xo Diana

Nellie's Cozy place said...

What a lovely and elegant table.
Love your silverware, just gorgeous,
and all those neat pcs.- you can never go wrong with crystal and silverware, that is for sure.

Was really surprised by how different the color of the flowers were with the candlelight. Simply beautiful.

Congratulations on your 100th post.
Blessings, Nellie

Lizabeth said...

Truly a pretty tablescape! The blue underneat the lace is perfect! All your elegant crystal and china even if thrifted is beautiful! You made those curtains? Big Wow! I know how much effort it takes and keeping straight lines with a pattern like that is a must! Looks marvelous! Congratulations on your 100 posts!

Sharing Shadymont said...

SO SO Lovely!!! Your table is amazing!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Your table is gorgeous! I love your glassware, china and sterling. So elegant. Visiting from VTT

Jocelyn @

Scribbler said...

You have laid an absolutely gorgeous table -- The Waterford centerpiece, the Brilliant Cut Glass, the flatware -- I am gobsmacked. And you can sew!!!

You put us all to shame.

Marigene said...

Oh, so elegant with all the sparkling crystal, shining silver and lovely candlelight.

Jo's This and That said...

So beautiful! Your tablescape looks great! Thanks for sharing, JoAnn.

Barbara F. said...

Congratulations, Ginger. This is a beautiful table, that silverware is just gorgeous, the detail on it, and your table cloth looks great with the dishes. Nothing thrifty looking about this table, it is very elegant. xo,

Tracy Suzanne said...

Congratulations Ginger on 100 posts but I think we're the lucky ones for finding you! Your home is absolutely gorgeous. I can't believe you made those beautiful curtains. I know just what you mean about being fearful to cut it. I love the tie backs your using. The chairs look fabulous. Your table setting is wonderful. I love the mix of plates and crystal. The blue plates are so pretty and the floral centerpiece is lovely. I love those purple salvia. I used to have them growing like crazy around here.

Have a sweet nite friend...Tracy :)

Jenny said...

How stunning! i'm loving reading through your recent posts :)

Tracy Suzanne said...

I was just telling Neil about what a sweetie you are and how beautiful your home is when I decided to look at your profile. I'm an Aries too!! And of course being a Southern girl one of my favorite movies is Gone with the wind! I also loved The North and South, any Cary Grant, Kathryn Hepburn or Spenser Tracy movie. There's not enough of them on cable. I also love the music from the 20's to now.
Just thought I'd share!

Mariette said...

Dearest Ginger,

Wow, what a post! Loved your Alençon lace post as well. We often have the same things on our mind it seems. Only eight days ago I did go with my dear friend to the Lace Museum in my home town. So I've actually seen how they do make some machine lace too. Interesting and indeed, the real thing is almost impossilbe to pay for its labor. But you have a mighty pretty table set for all of us. Your silk drapes are lovely and so is your foyer. Very classy and romantic!
Love to you and you should get your book soon.


Really Rainey said...

I love your glistening tablescape! Its really lovely! And thanks for stopping by my blog and entering my giveaway!

Please stop by and enter my Goodbye to Summer~Hammock Giveaway!

Jacqueline said...

Congratulations on 100! That is awesome. What a spectacular table. All of your thrifting is just amazing. I just went to our thrift stores the other day and we never have anything!

Your Stratford sterling is out of this world. I love the flowers sculpted on them, the knives, the salad forks, the butter knives and of course the serving pieces. How fabulous and you have such a nice collection!

Come and visit and join me for my giveaway!

Mandy said...

Ginger - there are so many beautiful things in these pictures I don't even know where to start. Gorgeous. Everything! Congrats on your 100th post. That is a milestone. said...

Happy 100th Ginger! Lots of lovely photos. I love your silk drapes, I can see why you'd be nervous about cutting that gorgeous fabric. I love mirrors too ... although I loved actually looking IN them alot more 20years ago :)

Suzy xxx

Zuni said...

100 posts!! Good for you--I hope to reach that some day. This was a beautiful blog both in terms of your gorgeous table and fine pieces and your narrative. Isn't Blogland great?! All these new friends who have so much in common! I'm happy to "know" you. And who says you can't take good pictures? I'd say that the one into the mirror is pretty darn creative and good! Oh, and your home is beautiful. I'd noticed the gorgeous curtains before you mentioned that you made them--that's amazing! Keep them coming, dear lady. Love to see what you're up to!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your 100th post!

This is my first visit :) your table setting is breath takingly beautiful and i adore those etched wine glasses,so very pretty,your pictures make me want to slip into an evening dress and make my way over to yours with a bottle of Moet,

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

A very pretty table setting Ginger, love your beautiful silverware:@)

Leckeres für Mensch und Katze - Goodies for a pleasant life said...

Lovely 100 :)

Susan said...

Very pretty!!

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

Dinners at your house must be wonderful Ginger. I love the silverware too, so pretty and such detail. Every inch of your table is stunning. Have a wonderful weekend my friend!

Anonymous said...

Hugs to our Savannah Granny and S.O.B!!
I for one appreciate yall!
100 sweet wonderful interesting gracious lovely post!
And this one is a dazzle'r!!
I can almost see it thru the pines!!

Tricia said...

Happy 100th post, Ginger! Your table today is truly worthy of such a celebration -- just lovely and elegant!

Diann said...

Congrats on you 100th post! Did ya ever think that would happen? LOL. Your table is gorgeous. Every detail on the table is just lovely. And all the prettiness in your home is a delight to see!

Curtains In My Tree said...

What an elegant table and I love the silverware also, the tablecloth it is all just so pretty.
Makes me want to set my table LOL

I like your new header also. wish I knew how to update mine


T's Daily Treasures said...

Congrats on 100. Beautiful table setting. Hope your day is great. Tammy

A Vintage Green said...

100 Tablescape posts ! That is a lot of writing, pictures, arranging, setting up etc. Thanks for sharing.
- Joy

Miss Char said...

Congrats on your 100th. Ginger. Everything looks so elegant and I actually noticed the drapes before my eyes went to the table. Thanks for sharing.

Dr. Kathy McCoy said...

Beautiful! And congratulations, Ginger, on your 100th post! You're an inspiration!

On Crooked Creek said...

I feel as if I've just been asked to dine at the finest Bed & Breakfast this side of the Prairie! Exquisite, dear friend! Congratulations on your 100th post!!!

Debbie said...

Ginger, this is stunning.
I love all of your vintage treasures. I'm almost positive that my mom used to have some of those plates. I haven't seen them in years so I might be mistaken.

Babs said...

Ginger, Your tablescape is absolutely beautiful. I'm drooling over your sterling pieces and the gorgeous lace tablecloth. What Southern gal doesn't love sterling and lace? Everything is so beautiful and I enjoyed the info about the Alencon lace.
Thanks for sharing your treasures.

S said...

Beautiful table, and the flowers are just wonderful - you gather up really well.

Jordan McCollum said...

How elegant! Congratulations on your 100th post.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Aren't you sweet! Congratulations on 100 posts. Your table and house are gorgeous and that Waterford piece is To die for!


Elaine said...

100! Amazing! I am new at this and only have 2 under my belt, so I am quite inspired by you! Your thrift finds are definitely treasures, and come together from different places and times to create an elegant table. Even your flowers have a vintage look! Thank you so much for sharing, and I look forward to the next 100!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

CONGRATS on making 100 Ginger!! Your tablescape is beautiful and that centerpiece is stunning!! Love the shot looking into your foyer too, I love the gallery wall of mirrors. Your home is beautiful! Martina

Suzy said...

Congratulations on your 100th post! You did a great job setting such a beautifully elegant table fit for a queen! I love your silverware - so lovely. My mother instilled a love of silver in me and I have many pieces that I inherited from her. I don't use it nearly as much as I should. When I was a young girl and the notion of a hope chest was still in vogue, I chose "Old Maryland Engraved" as my silverware pattern. I didn't appreciate it when I was younger so somehow they all disappeared over the years. Boy do I regret that!! Love having a peek at your foyer too. Take care and have a blessed day.

C. Joy said...

Congratulations on your 100th post. So - - what kind of meal would your serve on such a beautiful table? Thanks for all the work that went into this, I hope you did have a wonderful meal afterwards.

Alycia Nichols said...

Happy Golden Post Anniversary, Ginger!!! One hundred posts is a LOT, and I salute you! One thing that's really beautiful is some of the elements presented here can authentically be described (per the U.S. Customs Office) as true antiques. The flatware is beautiful, and if indeed it was created in 1905, it is WELL over 100 years old and, therefore, true antique. What wonderful treasures! Very best wishes for 100+ more posts as we strive to "keep up with [these] young'uns" each week! Have a wonderful weekend, Ginger!

Katherines Corner said...

elegant and beautiful. Hugs and wishes for a joy filled weekend.

Honey at 2805 said...

Stunning and elegant, your vintage thrifty! Your silver is so beautiful and a real treasure! I do believe the ebay stems were quite the buy. Love all the mirrors and the way the reflect! Congrats on the 100th post!

Thanks for linking to Potpourri Friday and helping to make it a success! I appreciate your participation, my sweet friend!

Katie @ OhhBaby said...

This is beautiful! Thanks so much for linking it up to Fabulous Friday!

Farah Muzaffar said...

Congrats to the 100th post Ginger.... and its such a lovely post.... your cutlery is amazingly beautiful. very pretty dear ... And the beautiful napkin ring... oh they are great... And your arrangement is a very simply and cute as well I love it....

Tess said...

Absolutely stunning!!!!! The whole table is gorgeous!! Love your sterling and your table cloth, most especially!! I read your post about the lace. It was very informative. The blue under the lace is really gorgeous. All the sparkling crystal and light dishes gives it a light, elegant fee. Simply gorgeous!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Ginger! Please tell me how on earth I missed this post on Thursday! I got waylaid, but I am just not in good blogging shape or something.

Anyhow, I adore this post! EXQUISITE from the flowers to the flatware. You did an amazing job, and I'm so happy I saw this. I love every picture!



The Quintessential Magpie said...

P.S. Congrats on your 100th post! Yea! :-)



Toni said...

Beautiful and elegant table. So many fabulous pieces. Stemware, dishes, Waterford and the flatware. Really love it. I have a "haunted fork", only thing I can figure out is it is off balance. It always turns slightly! Congrats on 100 post.

mississippi artist said...

Congratulations on your 100th! Your table is breathtaking. I love the etched glasses and the pretty china. Your dining room is just beautiful, what guest wouldn't want to linger here.

At The Picket Fence said...

Oh, Ginger that was absolutely the perfect tablescape to celebrate your 100th post! Elegant and lovely and just so beautiful. :-) Your home is truly gorgeous and I love the mirrors going up your staircase. I may just have to steal that idea! Thank you so much for representing all of the best parts about blogging...connecting and encouraging and inspiring. We are always thrilled when you link up to our Inspiration Friday party and congrats again on your 100th post! :-)

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Ginger, Congrats on your 100th post! I look forward to seeing many more from you. Your table is very elegant and the Waterford piece is stunning. Love the sterling and your crystal. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful table at the Open House party.

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Ellen said...

Congratulations on your 100th post...YEAH I just absolutely love that french lace tableclot...oh my goodness I so do love it. And that heart is doing crazy things just looking at about ornate....just lovely. Beautiful table and lovely home.

Helen's Decor said...

Ginger, everything is gorgeous! You did a beautiful job on those draperies! Your traditional furniture reminds me of my dining room,, too. Great job on the chair seats, too. Thanks!


Sherry said...

Congrats on your 100th post! We love having you over! Your table is so elegant and pretty. I just love the lace on the table and that Waterford piece is gorgeous! Great job and I love the curtains they are perfect in your room. Thank you for linking it up to Home Sweet Home!

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

A BIG congratulations on your 100th post! I try not to keep up with my number. I fear it will only remind me that I don't post nearly enough. ;)

Your tablescape is just beautiful. Thanks so much for continuing to link to Time Travel Thursday. I enjoy your visits.

Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

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