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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Something to crow about tablescape

We've been extremely blessed with extraordinarily warm weather these past two weeks (I set this table March 26, 2011!). The bulbs are not blooming yet, but the wisteria is providing a gorgeous backdrop and lending it's heavenly scent to our home. What could be better than a later than usual breakfast outside?

Made the tablecloth myself. G-Street Fabrics in Rockville, MD carries fabrics that are tablecloth width! I was in heaven. Had I been able to foresee that I would quit my favorite job with Bernina, I would have purchased yardages in everything in stock.  Blue handled flatware suits this setting perfectly.


Delightful yellow daisy mums in a white Wedgwood pitcher. What's breakfast without a rooster pitcher to deliver the orange juice?

Our new kitchen dishes, I simply adore their ethnicity, topped with a golden bowl inside which rests one of my collection of Gail Pittman eggs.  Was able to visit her studio in Ridgeland, Mississippi years ago. I certainly wish I had purchased everything there way! (Thanks for the best memories Marlo!)


I know roosters don't lay eggs, but loved how they looked on the table, especially this close to Easter.

Mrs. Fitz and Mr. Floyd are preened and ready to dispense salt and pepper, should they be needed.

My favorite butter dish, a piece of Vietri in a most fabulous shade of green!


Our favorite coffee mugs, handmade by my dear sister-in-law Becky. She threw the clay, formed the mugs, glazed and fired and sent them on their way to our table.

My favorite glasses ( right now) - Mikasa French Countryside. I love their curvy-ness, their weight, their beauty. Most of all I'm a sucker for a flared glass.




I placed the napkin between the large plate and the smaller plate (today for sliced fruit) which adds a bit of definition between the two plates. The smaller plate has a wonderful peacock on it. Passaro, World Market.

A beautiful, old, silver, toast holder. I actually used it for it's intended purpose today. Usually it holds cocktail napkins.

















Cast:
Tablecloth - made by me from fabric at G-Street Fabrics
Bowls - "B" - TJMaxx
Flatware - Horchow
Mugs - Becky LeBoeuf originals
Napkins - very old and well loved
Chargers - Pier One
Butter dish - Vietri
Rooster salt and pepper - Fitz and Floyd
Rooster pitcher - Cracker Barrel, OKC, "egged" on by my dear friends Faith and Barbara


 Thank you so much for dropping in, your comments spur me on my creative journey. I hope you enjoyed your visit today as much I enjoyed bringing you this breakfast scape. I'm linking to Susan's delightful party, Tablescape Thursday, at Between Naps on the Porch. Please feel welcomed to the wonderful blogparty she hosts for all of who love our dishes.



I am humbled by the many people who visit, follow and comment. Acknowledging that you give your time to me brings me to my knees. So In return, my napkin giveaway is a little bit of my time as a gift to you.  If  Dianne of Dianne's Creative Table would look at Embroidery Arts (click HERE) and select your favorite monogram style, select which letter you want embroidered, decide what color the monogram should be on the white napkins, and then email me back, I'll be able to get your new set of napkins to you in a timely manner! Congratulations Dianne, I hope you have many happy meals using these!

52 comments:

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

What a perfect way to start the day Marlis! Lovin' the cute F&F S&P's! All of the colors are so cheerful, and the weather does look lovely-enjoy:@)

Tricia said...

Marlis, I love your new "kitchen dishes"! They are gorgeous! I'm impressed with your tablecloth, too. Your personalized mug is great -- I'm sure it's hard to find anything with Marlis commercially! I think you've inspired me to try my first outdoor table of the season.

Babs said...

Marlis, Your breakfast tablescape is definitely something to crow about. Love it and would you believe I was admiring your dishes at World Market just yesterday?
Your Gail Pittman eggs are so pretty. I love her pieces and need to look at her site. Mostly I remember her pieces from Southern Living.
Everything on your table is so pretty and especially the old silver toast caddy. Gor-geous!
Have a great Wednesday.
Babs

Laura Wilkerson said...

Your tablescape is just beautiful...I especially like the rooster pitcher, it's pretty awesome.

Debbie said...

That's it. This is definitely my favorite table of yours ever. I love everything about it from the colors to the theme to the outside location. I would love to be there and see it all in person.

Fabulous!

Emily said...

Such a lovely breakfast tablescape. Bright, colorful and oh so inviting. A beautiful way for you and your family to start your day..........

~Emily
The French Hutch

Alycia Nichols said...

Now THAT'S the way to enjoy a meal! Out in the sunshine and temperate weather with all the beauty of nature AND the table setting! Love your new dishes. I, too, thought them to have a kind of ethnic feel about them. The little bird just perfects them! Isn't it great when you can make your own tablecloths??? I have a hard time finding tablecloth width fabrics here in Kansas City, but hope to have better luck when we move. (As if I need another tablecloth!!! :-) That rooster pitcher if fabulous! He looks right at home. Maybe he didn't lay the eggs, but he is protecting them. That sounds good! Gorgeous butter dish, too! Glad you are enjoying nice weather there. We are still in the low 50s here. It wouldn't be so bad if we could at least catch a few hours of sunshine each day. My Vitamin D supply from the sun is sorely depleted right now! Have a great week, Miss Marlis!

Scribbler said...

This whole pictorial is worthy of COUNTRY LIVING -- and I hope they are looking. It is just wonderful. I like to make tablecloths, too, as well as napkins, because that way, I get what I want.

Meredith said...

What a beautiful setting. I love your dishes and those goblets. It all has a casual rustic elegance to it. My kind of table!

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Oh Marlis, it's sooooo gorgeous-looking. That must just be heavenly to sit out there and enjoy a sunny breakfast with your table set like that.

Sarahx

Entertaining Women said...

Anytime I look at fabrics, I'm always thinking tablecloths. Great job on your new one. How wide was the fabric? Vietri Fogia; it's on my list...I want the luncheon plates to use with the Bordallo Pinheiro cabbage plate chargers. I love your al fresco design. Thank you for sharing it, and for stopping by. Cherry Kay

Miss Char said...

Marlis, that is just a beautiful spring setting. I'm still waiting here in Michigan but your pictures give me hope. Thanks so much for sharing.

Kuby said...

I love the tablecloth and the poultry theme! What a wonderful breakfast it must've been. i love your new dishes!

Kathleen said...

How beautiful! I love your new dishes, such wonderful colors. What a perfect table to enjoy an outdoor breakfast. The eggs are beautiful!
I need a toast holder! :)

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Those dishes are beautiful!! I love all of the ceramics and pottery that you used and the perfect blue and white checks in the tablecloth.

A Toile Tale said...

Marlis -
How cheerful and welcoming! There is nothing like a blue and white checked tablecloth. Does your resource do internet sales? I could almost feel the warmth of the sun in your photos. Beautiful.
Linda @ A Toile Tale

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

This is a table I would like to sit at and enjoy. Sitting outside having a lovely breakfast... I can't think of a better way to start my day.
Your silver toast holder has sparked my creativity. I would love to have one for toast and also for my desk for bills etc.
What a grand and glorious breakfast scape!
Yvonne

swedecollection said...

Marlis, I would love to sit at your table. I see you still have some Wisteria blooming. My particular favorites this post are the blue flatware set, eggs, the white pitcher and the silver toast server. Everything on your table coordinates perfectly.
Can't wait to see what you are doing next week.
Summer for Swede

Marigene said...

Such a nice cheery (and sunny) table for a late breakfast...we have had nothing but rain for days with a peek of sun for a few minutes here and there. Love the tablecloth with the great colors in the plates.

Jacqueline said...

You certainly do have something to crow about! You made the number 1 spot!!!!

I love this table and I am envious of your warm weather. I heard some young people talking today about how the weather is always yucky in the spring and I thought, no it isn't - it just was this and last year.

What pretty dishes, rooster, eggs and of course the setting. It was perfect for the table. Have a great day.

Mary said...

What a perfect setting for breakfast~ it IS something to crow about! My favorite photo is the last one! LOVE your bench with the pillow...what a cozy place to roost & have coffee or dine with the chickens :-)

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What a beautiful table -- and I'm in love with those eggs!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Beautiful dishes, Marlis! I love how the colors in the eggs work so well with the rooster, too. I am also admiring your white pitcher as I have white pitchers on the brain lately.

Sarah said...

Marlis, I'd love to start my day at this lovely table with so many special details. I have some of Gail's work in the form of a lamp and some serving dishes. I've never seen her eggs. How delightful! ~ Sarah

Dianne said...

Since I am completely obsessed with chickens right now, i totally love this breakfast table. The colors, the sun streaming down, and the dishes are so cheerful. Looks like an table worth getting up early for. Dianne

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Marlis, this is a beautiful way to start the day. I love your rooster pitcher and s/p shakers. That china is wonderful. I think anyone who was fortunate to start the day at this table, had a smile on their face all day. laurie

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

You have some beautiful table accessories. Blue is always wonderful for a table. Thanks for your visit, Marlis!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

You have some beautiful table accessories. Blue is always wonderful for a table. Thanks for your visit, Marlis!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

You have some beautiful table accessories. Blue is always wonderful for a table. Thanks for your visit, Marlis!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

You have some beautiful table accessories. Blue is always wonderful for a table. Thanks for your visit, Marlis!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

You have some beautiful table accessories. Blue is always wonderful for a table. Thanks for your visit, Marlis!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

You have some beautiful table accessories. Blue is always wonderful for a table. Thanks for your visit, Marlis!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

You have some beautiful table accessories. Blue is always wonderful for a table. Thanks for your visit, Marlis!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

You have some beautiful table accessories. Blue is always wonderful for a table. Thanks for your visit, Marlis!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

You have some beautiful table accessories. Blue is always wonderful for a table. Thanks for your visit, Marlis!

All The Pretty Dishes said...

I love, love, love your dishes and the designs on the eggs are amazing!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Oh dear Marlis, this is so beautiful and inviting with such cozy atmosphere and sorroundings to it! Gosh, I wish I was having breakfast at a table like this! I do love your plates, yeah, they look ethnic and that is the beauty of them. Me, as a past ceramic-pottery maker, I love your sil's mugs. The pitchers are great, the white and that fun rooster...terrific. You did a great job with the tbcloth too!
Hugs
FABBY

The Tablescaper said...

So great to be outside! Love that blue flatware.

Hope to see you at Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Shelia said...

Hi Marlis! Oh, what a lovely table you've set! I love your outside table! The Roosters are adorable as well as the nonrooster laid eggs! :)
Your dishes are so happy.
Just lovely,
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Adorable Roosters and lovely mug.
I heart your blue and yellow combo..great blog you got:)

Hope to see you on my blog..:)

Sanghamitra.
http://rainbow-thecoloursofindia.blogspot.com

Luncheons at the Junction said...

Marlis - I am just swooning over this tablescape! I am a big fan of roosters and your dishes are beautiful. This is such an inviting setting for a spring breakfast. Thanks for sharing!

Tanya@takesix said...

An absolutely beautiful tablescape. I love your new dishes!! They are so pretty. You've inspired me to check out my local fabric store for fabric wide enough for tablecloths. Thanks for the idea!!!

Tess said...

Oh, this table is absolutely charming!! Your new dishes are beautiful and I love your toast caddy! I have a few and adore them! Those eggs are beautiful. The whole table is just wonderful...a perfect way to start a day!!!

NYCLQ said...

What a lovely looking tablescape Marlis! Such pretty patterns and LOVE your plates! xo

:D Lynda

Red Couch Recipes said...

What a beautiful outdoor table. The fence is a perfect backdrop. I am drooling over your new dinnerware -- it looks so perfect with your new tablecloth. Joni

Sweetladyelaine said...

Marllis,
I love your tablescape especially your dishes and tablecloth! How beautiful! Your outside backdrop is perfect. Have a great day.
Blessings My Friend,

ellen b. said...

Oh look at you with your lovely outdoor table in the sunshine...sigh.
I really love the country feel of the setting. So inviting...

Sue said...

You have SO many pretties on this table, Marlis! I love the china pattern- it's so colorful. Love those eggs and the toast holder. That is something I've yet to see anywhere before. That butter dish is to die for! You set a beautiful table for breakfast. ~ Sue

PAT said...

This looks wonderful Marlis. I am more than ready for dining outdoors!

His Way or Her Way said...

I adore your tablescape!

Lori

xinex said...

Beautiful table, Marlis! Love the plates and the ceramic eggs...Christine

we three dogs and me said...

Fun table I would love to lunch with you . Love the roosters eggs and checkered table cloth.

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