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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

After dinner coffee (and last chance at the CSN $ giveaway!)

Won't you join us? Coffee is being served in the living room. There are even some Pepperidge Farm Chessmen out for a sweet treat. Oh you know I don't bake!

Well no, we don't always do this. I sort of hoped you'd be dropping in.

Yes, this china is really old. It belonged to my great-grandmother. According to my mother, it survived being bombed out twice in its lifetime. My mom is from Germany so the thought that anything survived is almost a miracle. Sadly I've only got one more cup - just for you.. so make yourself at home and we can chat a while. No there is just a mark on the bottom, no company name.

I agree that the glow from the antique nightlight is divine.  I inherited that from sweet husband's grandmother. Not a broken petal on the piece!

Have a cookie please. These cookies remind me of my grandmother's butter cookies. She made the best in the world. I think the cut-glass crystal dish is from sweet husband's grandmother too.

Oh how I love my silver. This tray belonged to my grandmother. There are some "Gluhwein" cups that go with it. I don't use those but in winter when the mulled wine is so good on a cold evening.

Those did come out of the garden. You know with the heat we've had, it's amazing that anything has survived. The white roses are off the rose 'tree' over there. Those wispy things are the Liriope blooms. We still have a few in bloom.

I agree that antique silver is the best thing! I wish I could look at it and read the stories. This piece was a gift from Corey Amaro - she lives in France you know.

I follow her blog religiously and it was a give away for guessing that the mysterious object she displayed was an antique pate de fois knife. Nope I don't have one to show you.. I just remembered what it was from childhood.

The little napkins.. yes those are antiques also. This was hand embroidered and crocheted by my grandmother.

 The runner is fairly new. I used Irish linen on which to embroider delicate, tone-on-tone designs all around.

I also pulled threads and did all the stitching on my machine to create the drawnthread work. The little flower stitch was stitched with a large needle using a decorative machine stitch (sewn on a Bernina).

Even the edging is done on a machine.

Well enough chatter, let's pour the coffee while it's still hot!

Thanks for dropping in, I love company. Leave a comment if you would.. and  enter for the CSN $40.00 giftcard give away!! Drawing to be held August 26th at 8pm!!!

For those that haven't entered yet, CSN is offering a wonderful $40.00 gift card giveaway. So how do you enter to win that great $40 gift certificate?? It's pretty easy. And you can earn up to three entries!
1. Go to the CSN stores and click here to the ORIGINAL post  and leave me a comment as to what item you would love to have. Notice that many items have free shipping! - one entry.
2. Become a follower (subscribe to posts) and let me know by leaving another comment on the ORIGINAL POST- entry #2.
3. Link back to THE ORIGINAL post on your blog - leaving me another comment - entry #3.

If you don't have a blog, be sure to leave me your email address on your entries so that CSN can contact the winner with their gift certificate!

I'm linking up to The wonderful hostess with the most-ess - Susan from Between Naps on the Porch. Click the picture below to transport yourself to many more wonderful tablescapes!

Thanks y'all and come back soon - don't forget to sign up for the giveaway that can be used at any one of their on line stores in the USA or Canada!


xinex said...

What a beautiful coffee set, Marlis. Love the way you arranged it on the secretary desk.....Christine

Deanna said...

Dear Marlis,
So very lovely!
I had a great time chatting with you and can't wait for another sip and a cookie.
Very nice how you have displayed your treasures.
God bless,
d from homehaven

Terry @ La Bella Vie said...

Oh this is lovely! It makes me look forward to warm cozy Fall evenings!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Lucky you to have all those wonderful family pieces! What a lovely invitation for coffee and cookies!

Kathleen said...

What beautiful pieces you have! It looks lovely, and such sweet memories too. It is a miracle that set survived, amazing!

Allison Shops said...

Lovely spot to set up for tea. Enjoyed reading your post.

Some news: We're staring a Giveaway Friday! link-up party this Fri. 8/27 plus we are giving away custom backsplash! Hope you'll join us.


Entertaining Women said...

Marlis, my heart is fluttering with joy as I peruse your beautiful family treasures. And you've gone to the top of my list with the gorgeous work that you've done on the linen runner. I'm not a coffee drinker, but I'll just come and stare at your wonderful tablescape. Thank you for stopping by my post, and for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

Debbie said...

Oh Marlis...everything about this setting is sweet and delicate. The colors, textures, and layers are just beautiful.

Sallie said...

Very Pretty. My daughter in law to be (in 4 months) love having coffee together. You've given me some ideas with your lovely coffee set. Love that it is a family treasure.

Debbie said...

I love this, and not only because I'm a lover of all things vintage (especially FAMILY vintage). I also love it because it is so beautiful. You did an amazing job of making a runner that would blend with your other vintage linens.

The coffee service is beautiful, and this whole post scores two big thumbs up from me!

Pam @ diy Design Fanatic said...

So pretty! I love your vintage linens!

The Tablescaper said...

Your tea set is amazing to look at and even more amazing knowing it's history. It looks so beautiful set upon the secretary.

- The Tablescaper

Jacqueline said...

So beautiful in the soft light. I love the Chessman cookies, they are so addictive. I agree, antique silver is so gorgeous and fascinating as it is so unusual and such artwork. I was showing my husband all the incredible pieces on ebay the other night and he couldn't believe it. It has become my new passion.

Mary said...

Love all your linens and your great-grandmother's tea set~ what a wonderful history!

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh my, your set is out of this world goggeous! I love your silver, it's exquisite and are your linens! You do have some lovely treasures!


Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful said...

Your vignette is lovely, but those linens are exquisite! I am so impressed that you made the runner, with the drawn-thread work! I love that you've combined family heirlooms with handmade linens!

Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

This really looks so pretty - the lighting makes everything look so soft and gentle...

Texas Tea Party said...

I love the information on the beautiful family china. This is a very peaceful and romantic setting. The lighting is lovely.

Barbara said...

What treasures! It is so wonderful to think that china survived to make its way to you. Can you imagine your great-grandmother knowing that you are sharing its beauty over the internet? It is mindboggling! I love your vintage silver and your linens are absolutely gorgeous!

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

How wonderful that you have that china, it is just beautiful and so special to you I'm sure. I love the night light. It is what caught my eye first. Your setting is so pretty. I have a very similiar secretary and I never thought about using it for a tablescape. I may have to try that one of these days!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Oh my, Marlis! Everything looks so lovely! You have some real treasures! I hope you are having a great week!...hugs...Debbie

Mimi said...

Oh, if only that beautiful coffee set could talk...and tell you of days gone by.

Atelier de Charo said...

So beautiful set, so romantic and delicate!

Atelier de Charo said...

So beautiful set, so romantic and delicate!

Anita said...

Oh Marlis, this is just beautiful!! The china, silver and linens are gorgeous! Thanks for stopping by and entering the giveaway! I'm so glad to follow you back here!

Requi@Tablescaping Escapades said...

Warm, vintage and inviting. Oh, I know you really treasure your great-grandmothers coffee service. I have a coffee pot that I believe to have been my great-grandmothers, and I treasure it too. Your pretty light fixture is the perfect touch for after dinner coffee.

All the Best,



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