Wednesday, September 4, 2013


Today's news states
"Yosemite Fire 80% contained"

Whether you have visited Yosemite or not, all Americans have followed the massive fires surrounding this American Treasure. The nation has reached out to the residents of the area with thoughts and prayers.
I wanted to post a tablescape that gives a nod to this great landmark. I hope you enjoy it.

I originally posted this table February, 2013 but you will see why it reminds me of Yosemite National Park.
I had several pieces
that inspired this simple tablescape
For Two
 I picked up this basket many years ago at a consignment store.
I couldn't decide if the handle was wood or horn. With some help, I finally decided it is wood. 
 My son brought this adorable pitcher to me from
Yosemite National Park.

No, this is not a shoe for "bigfoot".
I bought this wooden bowl/plate from the same consignment store. 
It was made by Jack Carpenter
In Brasstown, N. C. 
Mr. Carpenter retired in September 2011
after being at the school for fifty years.
This is a facinating place 
you can read at the above link.

I have to mention "Bob's" Bob glasses. My daugher gave him a set and he loves to use them. 
This one says "Looking good Bob".
 I start with these neat placemats
embroidered with pinecones
From the Dollar Tree, yep, $1.00 each
 Natural woven charger with
Smith Taylor Smith "Sierra Brown"
 Taylor Smith Taylor salad plate
 TST "Sierra Brown" bowl
The soup crocks were gifts from daughters in the
"Twelve Days of Christmas" spectacular of 2009
 Homespun napkins, gift from Kim.
I plan to jazz them up for another table.
 Flatware from Horchow. There are a lot of these
in blogland. I like the black that I have seen.

I dug up the ornamental cabbage from the flower beds. 
The fern is from the front porch 
and the Lantana is still blooming.
Since this was a table for two I put the fru fru at the other end of the table.
I already had the two natural orbs.
R. D.(red dog), my granddog and I enjoyed our walk to gather lichen. We also chased a few squirrels.
I even treed one, but R. D. made me move along.
 This litle log is actually a squirrel feeder 
turned votive holder. 
 Not sure my little friend is happy about the upcycling.

 Sweet little family but I wouldn't want
to mess with THEM in the wild!
These little babies are around my house all year.

I hope you enjoyed this simple woodland table.

This table is dedicated to all the animals and nearby residents displaced by this terrible fire. Pray for them!

I am partying here:

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Kathy Moreland said...

This is beautiful! I love the basket!

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

beautiful table setting, I am sad for the Yosemite as well.

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

How beautiful, Ginger! Nothing like the talent of Mother Nature--enhanced with human talent and creativity :)

Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my efforts to extend summer :). ~Zuni

Ms Lemon of Make Mine Lemon said...

PBS is rerunning the Ken Burns - National Parks documentary tonight about how they came to be.

I love the ornamental cabbages. You really do have a green thumb.

Nee said...

Hi Ginger , I love coming to your home it is so uplifting and inviting , what beautiful things to look at thanks for sharing . :)

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Ginger, what a great tribute to the park and I am so glad that it is almost contained.
Your table is beautiful and reminds one of all the beautiful things from our great outdoors.
Thanks so much for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I love all of your "outdoorsy" details...praying for Yosemite daily.

Dawn@ We Call It said...

You have such a lovely collection. I love all of your "woodsy", natural things. A great tribute to Yosemite, I pray it will all be okay there.
Take care - Dawn @ We Call It


Oh my friend, you've created an outstanding and stunning table in honor of wonderful Yosemite National Prk. I was there many, many eons ago with my parents and it's so sad what's going on..Lord!
Every piece, like your basket, the bear pitcher, the candle holder and so on and on, it's simply amazing, wow! The dishes are great too, and the soup crocks are adorable. I have a very similar ones...I love yours. Love this tablescape! Thanks for remember Yosemite, honey.
Big hugs,


Oh...I got so excited with your amazing table that I almost forgot to thank you for your sweet and kind visit and for the good wishes for Victoria!

Dianne said...

Yosemite is one of my MOST favorite places. I have been many times and I still want to go back. Your table is so rustic and perfect for your theme. That bear pitcher is just darling. Dianne

NanaDiana said...

Oh, Ginger- You did Yosemite proud here! It is a nice tribute to that area of the country. You really have collected and/or acquired some wonderful pieces over the years-especially that piece of folk art by the man that retired. Love it. Wish I could sit with you-yes, I know it's a table for two-the "boys" can sit out back and chit-chat while we enjoy the table!!! xo Diana

Farah said...

Hi Ginger, after such a long time I am aain in this beautiful blogging world, and you are the first one where I comment ... What a beautiful basket and what a creative candle holder, I simply love love both of them... they are beautiful... hope you are doing fine my dear friend ...
love you

Sweetladyelaine said...

Love your unusual basket! Beautiful tribute to Yosemite.
Blessings My Friend,

Ann said...

Your Woodland table is beautiful!! Every piece is lovely along with that very unique basket. The ornamental cabbage looks excellent in there.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I have never been to Yosemite, what a perfect tribute and you nailed it, I love the bear pitcher and all of the woody accents...Great job as always


xinex said...

I love your woodsy tablescape, Ginger. I have been to Yosemite and love it there. We hiked and I could not walk for 2 weeks afterwards, lol. I love your basket and the pitcher. The bsket is so unusual and I love how you added the plants in it....Christine

Liz Hockamier said...

Hi Ginger, I'm new to your blog and love it. You arrangement is awesome! I hope you will come by say hi and maybe even consider joining in for Fresh-Cut Friday...

Have a great weekend!

Tammy said...

You did a great job of tying in your tablescape to Yosemite. Such a shame when wildfires do such damage. Love all the natural pieces you have displayed here. Have a wonderful day. Tammy

Beverly said...

So pretty, Ginger. Your inspiration is indeed one of our national treasures.

These awful fires are so scary and such a tragedy. So overwhelming and powerful.

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Ginger, Thank you, thank you for this wonderful tribute to Yosemite!! I have been heartsick over the damage being done there and am hoping it will stop soon. I know, as a plant bio major (eons ago...), that from the fire new growth will emerge, but still... We have Yosemite on our list of places to go soon when hubby retires. Your table is amazing!!! I just love all the additions like the squirrels and the bears (!!) and your narrative too. Thank you for sharing! Linda

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Ginger,
You created a lovely table setting with Yosemite memories.
Very sad facts and they suspect even that it is terrorist related.
That already was mentioned last year. This would be awful as so many homes get destroyed and lives are lost... A very coward way of attacking our beautiful country!

~Michelle~ said...

Gorgeous tablescape..loved everything
HPS Michelle

Jacqueline said...

What a fabulous table and such a nice tribute. Your centerpieces just knocked me over! It reminded me of Girl's Camp when I was young. At the end of the week we would find a lot and decorate it and then say something we had learned that week as we put it into the fire. It was like this cool ceremony!

Really sad for the destruction and like you said the displacement!

Mary Ann at classic•casual•home said...

Such a creative approach and a lovely tribute to Yosemite.

Jil~Say It With Roses said...

Hello Ginger, What a beautiful and thoughtful tribute to the tragedy of Yosemite! And to think it was started with an illegal fire left by a thoughtless hunter!
I loved the bears and that beautiful all is rustic and very Yosemite!
♥ Jil

bj said...

What a great table this is...and so special, with all the things from your family. I absolutely love the BOB glasses. :)) Such fun.
So sad about the terrible fire.

Susan Clayton said...

What a wonderful table you've set. What a darling post. I am leaving with a smile on my lips and in my heart. Prayers continue for all effected by the fire, especially the furry, and the feathered.

The Tablescaper said...

I can certainly understand why you've posted this again. What a beautiful tribute.

Wonderful to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Shelia said...

Hi Ginger! Oh, I know. These fires are so scary and I pray no lives or property will be lost. Now your table is a wonderful tribute! Love your dishes, accessories and those darling bears! Now your froo froo at the other end of the table is so pretty. I love the cones and natural things in the brad bowl.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Diane said...

Love this woodsy table and it definitely reminds me of my trip to Yosemite! That basket has incredibly interesting shape and I love what you did with it. Great details all over the table - thanks for honoring the Yosemite area. I am so thankful that I have never had to live with fires - just one major flood in 1994!

AshTreeCottage said...

Lovely tablescape. The fires have been so devastating to the area. Prayers for all effected by them.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

must love junk said...

What a gorgeous tablescape!! I love its rustic beauty!

Chatty Crone said...

What a unique table scape - very nice. Beautiful!

~~louise~~ said...

What an amazing table setting Ginger. It makes me want to jump in the car and head west.

That bear pitcher is a treasure in more ways than one:)

Thank you so much for sharing...

Diann said...

Wow, you did a fantastic job creating the perfect table! I love all the natural and woodsy items. Everything is just perfect Ginger! thanks for sharing at TTF.

Marigene said...

What a beautiful rustic table...that basket filled with ornamental cabbage and ferns is gorgeous, Ginger.
Have a wonderful week...

Sherry Thecharmofhome said...

I love your woodland table Ginger! Thank you for joining HSH!

Babs Richman said...

You're so creative, Ginger, and your table is a wonderful tribute to Yosemite. Love all the natural elements, and Bob's glasses. :)

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

The fires are such a horrible thing...We visited Yellowstone years ago and saw the remains of that awful fire they had many years ago...such beauty that is destroyed....your table is just so beautiful with the woodland that bear pitcher your son gave to you...a great memory of Yosemite...

Anonymous said...

Playing catch up on emails and this one caught my eye!! I love your Savannah Granny Blog! My son-in-law was on that awful "rim" fire for 20 days straight. He said it was very scary! Bless his heart and all the other fire personnel that helped to get it under control. We have had smoke in the valley where I live(near Fresno)for weeks. We don't go to Yosemite often but I can remember as a child when we had relatives come to California from Mississippi(my Granny) they always wanted to go to Yosemite! I will tell my family of your sweet tribute!

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