Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Vintage Lace and Roses

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A few weeks back I was the lucky winner of a giveaway at
The awesome gift was six, five piece place settings of Mikasa's Vintage Lace.
Thank you Courtney and Mikasa!

Here is my interpretation of "Vintage Lace" and Roses.

"Vintage Lace" is paired with Wallace's Waltz Of Spring,  featuring a single sculptured rose on each handle. I chose this pattern when I was in high school. Do any of you remember the practice that tied in with major department stores?
A lovely  Alençon Lace Style French Lace tablecloth.
A garden style bouquet with roses.

Let's see how many vintage items I can mix and match with my beautiful gift!
Welcome to my cozy dining room. It is not super large but I can easily seat eight and I have served dessert and coffee to twelve Bunco Gals. We didn't mind rubbing elbows.
Mikasa's Vintage Lace is a beautiful pattern and here I have mixed it with a 1902 pattern, "Stratford" by International Silver.
The only things on the table that are NOT vintage are the mercury glass candlesticks and the vase holding the roses. The stemware is (circa 1950) Orlean by Arcadia Export Import, handmade in Hungary.
Midway through the shoot I changed my mind about the table setup. I started photographing with plans for dessert to be served in the Waterford stems and changed my mind. I chose to set up for serving Shrimp Cocktail from that piece. Some photographs show a dessert spoon at the top of the setting and others show the "Stratford" cocktail fork.  A change of mind is a lady's prerogative!

The silver-plate bread tray on the left of the table is Lancaster Rose by Poole Silver Co. The silver-plate gravy boat/on stand (on the right) was made in Hong Kong but the maker is unknown. 
The ladle below is another piece of International's Stratford.
The lovely tablecloth is vintage French Lace made in the Alençon lace STYLE. The genuine Alençon Lace was honored and protected by UNESCO and satisfies the criteria for inscription on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The genuine lace costs approximately  $1,000 per inch and can be afforded, only by Kings and the uber-rich.
Another view of this beautiful Vintage Lace pattern. I have used my vintage Waterford Lismore champagne/sherbet for shrimp cocktail. We are on the coast and local shrimp are abundant.
At the other end of the table, the vintage covered dish below is also Lancaster Rose silver-plate.

In keeping with the vintage theme, each place setting has an open salt and a sterling salt spoon.
I won't list them here but I am sure you may recognize some of the silver patterns.

Did you ever have one candle that just won't stay lit. I trimmed the wick and tried everything I knew.
Any one with ideas about how to light the stubborn candle? I know, buy battery operated ones! 
Hey, I am thinking about it very seriously!
For those who may be interested, I designed and sewed the draperies in the dining room.
They are made from Duralee silk, lined and interlined. The goblet pleats are hand stitched.

Thank you so much for visiting with me today and I hope you will chat with me by leaving a comment. 

Please remember my daughter, Kim, in your prayers. She is having kidney surgery, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee, this Friday. This is her remaining kidney and we are praying for a successful outcome.

I hope to be catching up with all of you soon.

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Barbara F. said...

Ginger, your table is gorgeous! Congrats once again on the win. that tablecloth is so lovely. xo

Nee said...

Ginger , just beautiful , the arrangements are breathtaking and congrats on the win .

Kim is in my prayers and I have put on on our prayer group list . We also put all of your family on the prayer list , prayer is stong and you just believe , plese keep us inform about Kim's progress . Thank you so much for sharing :).

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearst Ginger,
First off, my thoughts and prayers are going out to Kim; may it go all very well for her!
You are such a talented centipede... Those Duralee silk drapes are incredible and I had to enlarge the photos for admiring your goblet pleats! Hats off to you lady; you are one spunky Granny!
Love the vintage Alençon lace table cloth and you so well set the table, using your six winning sets of Mikasa Vintage Lace.
Have you ever visited Fabby from Fabby's Living?
Amongst the two of you, if you pull out all the silver, china and crystal from the cabinets and drawers, you could be writing blog posts for years to come!
Lovely job and I admire you for this.

Jeanette Ann O'Donnell said...

Thoughts and prayers for you dear daughter. It is so hard when our children are unwell.
Your table setting is beautiful as are your china and glassware.

Diane said...

I certainly will be remembering your daughter in my prayers. I know that this must be extremely difficult for you! I was "drooling" the entire time that I was reading you post. The wonderful china that you won and your fabulous dining room were so much fun to see. All of your vintage pieces are very special. It must be fun to set a table at your house!!

Curtains in My Tree said...

Your table is beautiful. I love everything on it. That lace tablecloth is divine I don't have one with the little house design in any of mine.
How lucky to win that set of dishes I guess I missed that give a way for sure.
Your drapes were noticed by me before you mentioned them,beautiful
I will have you & Kim in my thought ,you always are in my thoughts since you live in my dream city

The Quintessential Magpie said...

What a fabulous giveaway!!! And your table is just stunning, Ginger. Love it.

I wanted to let you know that we are going to be up in your stomping ground after Christmas. We are coming up with our godchildren and their family for a few days. Not sure when or how long. I know that is BUSY BUSY time, but if there is any way we could meet for breakfast somewhere or lunch, I would love that. Not even sure where we are staying. The girls are doing all of that. But will keep you posted.



Linda @ A La Carte said...

Love this table! Gorgeous. I will keep you daughter in my prayers. Big hugs to you Ginger!


Kathy Moreland said...

Praying for your daughter!! Your table is beautiful, Ginger. Love the silver mixed with your lovely new china! Beautifully created!

Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home said...

Your silver pieces are just gorgeous! Hugs, Penny

LV said...

Lucky you. Your table setting is very pretty.

Sweetladyelaine said...

This table is one I would have set! I just love the mercury centerpiece and candles. I love your plates and that gravy boat! I wan it! A very elegant table and dining room. I would love to meet you and have tea with you someday.
Blessings My Friend,


My prayers are going immediately for Kim sweet lady!
Stunning table with all the lace and gorgeous stems and dishes you won. The lace tablecloth is beautiful, exquisite, even. Your dining room is a lovely room and I'd love to sit with you in such an exquisite table you have created! Have faith Darling, your DD will get well soon, I'm sure
FABBY said...

So beautiful and elegant, I especially love the crystal salt dishes and silver spoons. The lost art of fine dining! I will be praying for your daughter's speedy recovery, thanks for sharing all your wonderful things

Helen's Decor said...

Ginger, I will be praying for you and Kim. I love your dining room tablescape and the draperies are fabulous, too. Also, really enjoyed seeing that you used a striped pattern on your chair seats. I did a similar pattern in different colors on my dining room chairs.


NanaDiana said...

Congratulations, Ginger! Wow! What a wonderful, wonderful win! Good for you. You do such a beautiful job with your tablescaping and that centerpiece is gorgeous!!!! xo Diana

Ivy and Elephants said...

Oh, Ginger! What a fabulous win, the lace is just fabulous! Your table is a real dream. LOVE that gravy boat on stand!!!

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Your daughter will be in my prayers.
Also, congrats on the win!
The tablecloth is gorgeous. Beautiful china and glassware here.
Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Marigene said...

I think the china found a perfect home...beautifully elegant table, Ginger.
Have a wonderful week.

Kathleen McCoy said...

You and Kim will be in my thoughts and prayers, Ginger. I so hope everything will go well with her surgery and recovery!

Your settings and photos are so beautiful! You really do create beauty throughout your home!

Tess said...

Everything is just SO beautiful and very gracious!! Your dining room is really lovely. VERY impressive that you made those gorgeous draperies!

I hope your daughter's surgery is successful and she recovers quickly and easily.

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

First, Ginger, the important things: rest assured that my prayers for Kim continue. For the fun part, I am so happy to see your table; I fell in love with it (as you know) when I saw the giveaway, and I'm so happy it went to your house if it couldn't come to mine. :) What you did with it is's a perfect pattern for the crystal you chose and the silver pieces. That gravy boat and stand is something else...I think I NEED one of those! It's beautiful! And the Stratford pattern is beautiful as well. Are you getting the idea that I love it all? I hope so.

A while back I'd admired your drapes, but I found myself admiring them again, even before I read your info about them. Wow. What a beautiful job you did!

Just think of all the prayers Kim is garnering! It's awesome! ~Zuni

~~louise~~ said...

Dear Ginger,

Our thoughts and prayers are with Kim and your family, Ginger. As Nee says, prayer is strong. Marion and I will keep you and yours in our prayers.

Moni - Zuhaus at Home said...

Praying for Kim and family, pray the surgery went well. Ginger, your table setting is just lovely....your silver is just beautiful....have a blessed day,

Sarah said...

Ginger, I do believe these dishes found the perfect home. Your table is exquisite in every detail.
I pray all went well with Kim's surgery yesterday. Thinking about you and your family. ~ Sarah

xinex said...

Everything is so beautiful and exquisite, Ginger. You are really making me miss tables spring.. I hope everything went well with Kim....Christine

Anonymous said...

I'm loving your silver! Wonderful!

NanaDiana said...

Ginger- I am popping in hoping you get this. Did you know that you reverted to a No Reply when you leave a comment? Let me know if you need the link to fix it- xo Diana

Candy S said...

Your table is just beautiful, lucky you to win such an exquisite pattern.
It works perfectly in this setting.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

It's just beautiful Ginger! I am happy that you are enjoying your Mikasa and I love it paired with the silver! I hope all is well with your daughter.

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

Hi Ginger- I'm in love with your pretty dining room and those curtains are fabulous! You are so talented to be able to sew them. The detail up at the top is fabulous!
Your tablescape is so pretty. The dishes, silverware and stemware are all so beautiful.
Prayers for your daughter. I hope it all went well.

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