Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A SENTIMENTAL TABLESCAPE THURSDAY

Please make sure you visit Susan's bog at http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/ to view the blogs of the other tablescapes.


I've been very emotional this week, let me explain. One of my cousins, on my Father's side of my family, offered me my Grandmother's dishes, and they arrived this past Monday. This first picture is of the UPS truck delivering them.
I was all thumbs trying to get the box opened, so my DH offered to give me a hand.

When the box was opened this note from my cousin was the first thing I saw.

And finally the first dish is unwrapped and I get to see and hold a plate, in my trembling hands.

I lined up all the plates on the dining room table and started to plan how I was going to present them for today's tablescape. The three dinner plates on the right, are a different pattern. I'll have to check with my sister about this, but I think they might be the same pattern that my mother had. After she died, they were given to our brother, who had just gotten married, so I haven't seen them in many years, but they look very familiar to me and this would be a double blessing if I find out I'm right.
My Grandparents were farmers and the parents of eleven children, and they had a whole lot of company. So the dishes got much ware and some on the pieces are missing. I decided to set the table as I would for a Sunday brunch after church, mixing them with some of my china pieces. In the center of the table, are my HOMCO figurines that I've come to think of as Grandma and Grandpa. They usually sit on the mantel in our family room. Grandma had been missing for many years, she got broken. Last week I found, and won, one on eBay, so she is back with Grandpa and we are all very happy to have her back.
The dinner plate has LIDO, W.S. George,Canarytone, Made in U.S.A. 127A, stamped on the back. The flower could be an apple blossom, but I'm not sure, I have to research it more. I layered my Lenox sandwich dish, then the bread dish, topped off with an egg cup, which I bought years ago from Avon. I included the horse figurine on the table because of my Father's love for horses and when I think of the farm I think of him and the horses he loved. This horse was made for me by our oldest son's Godfather.
Above the place setting is a two piece berry dish, which would hold some fruit to be served with the breakfast.

The goblet would hold our juice, I have to apologize here, I forget the name of the pattern, I bought them so long ago. The boxes are up in the attic and would have the name on them, but I have too many boxes blocking the stairs, which are waiting to be put up there too. If you read Dee Dee's note to me, you know that the cups didn't make it over the years, I used my Lenox cups for now.

Fresh baked Almond Biscotti is waiting to be eaten with a second cup of coffee to finish the meal.

The napkin rings are one of the first gifts we received after we were married. I used them to represent the wild flowers that grew in the fields around the farm. The napkins and placemats I've had for many years and bought at Boscov's when I worked there.

A close-up of the berry dishes.

And the egg cup.

Isn't this little creamer cute. I am on a mission to find the sugar bowl to match.

A closer shot of Grandma and Grandpa.

So, if any of you have been wondering why I haven't come to visit your blogs much this week, I've been in search of more pieces for the dish set. LOOK WHAT I'VE FOUND ON eBay. There is a bid, by someone else, on them right now, but I am praying that I will win them in the end. Wish me luck.


23 comments:

My Crafty Little Page said...

Oh they are wonderful, D. I would so love to dine there and linger over coffee. It's a truly inviting table. :)Nancy

ceekay said...

Your dishes are so lovely and I know so special to you. The egg cups are so cute!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Such lovely dishes and wonderful memories associated with them! I love things that belonged to people I love. This is such a special tablescape, and I appreciate so much you sharing it with us.

Happy Tablescape Thursday...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Petunia said...

Oh, I love the china! I grew up in a little town in NJ, too. Raitan..well more like Somerville but not there either! We lived on a farm outside of both. I miss the East Coast.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What a wonderful and creative expression of love your family! I loved each and every comment about them and their history. I certainly hope you win!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

I loved your tablescape and the history of your family. I hope you win!

Martha said...

What a table of memories. Thanks for sharing.

Candy said...

Oh my goodness! Couldn't believe when I scrolled down and saw that first plate. I have the same set, which belonged to my Granny. Don't have the creamer but a large serving bowl. I posted a while back (check thru January), come see!
Blessings, Candy

Picket said...

Ohhhhh 'D' bless your heart girl..I could just feel the emotion as you opened the box...what beautiful treasures girl!!!! Oh to have something so precious from someone you love passed down to you like that...goodluck with the bid sweet friend!

Miss Janice said...

Well I just love your pretty china...beautiful!

Chandy said...

Great table you have there today, thanks! Happy TT! I hope you win the bid! That set is just lovely!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

How beautiful this table is! I love that it holds special memories for you!

Excellent post!

Janie's World said...

What a wonderful tribute and beautiful dishes! So special and lucky to have them. We can all see that your cherish them!

Linda said...

How wonderful to get your grandmother's dishes and such a pretty table. Thanks for sharing with us!
Linda Q

Susan said...

Happy Tablescape Thursday

Susan

Susan said...

Happy Tablescape Thursday

Susan

Deb said...

Love Love Love your grandmother's dishes and I hope you'll be able to get the ones you saw on ebay. And the grandma and grandpa statues are just perfect here. Deb

Kim Chalfant said...

How wonderful to receive your grandmother's dishes. I would be jumping for joy too. Good luck on winning the dishes on ebay. I love ebay!!!

Melissa Wertz said...

Your grandmothers china is so pretty! I know you will enjoy them and will love them. They are beautiful.

Zoey said...

What a very special tablescape with your family heirloom dishes. I loved reading the story and I, too, hope the other plates are the ones from your Mother's collection. That would be so exciting!

Kathleen said...

Lovely post! I enjoyed the story..I hope you win!

Christi said...

That lenox cup is the pattern that I chose as my wedding china. I think it is a beautiful pattern. Love your Grandma's dishes. They are very special.

Kathleen Ellis said...

What a lovely keepsake for you! How wonderful! They are so pretty and represent such a story!
Have a fabulous Sunday!
;-D