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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Brunch on the Patio

This is a repost of an earlier post last spring/summer. We've had a very hectic week around here. I had both my father and my dear mother in law in the emergency room, at the same time, unbeknownst to one another, last Saturday evening. MIL had surgery on her broken hip and had a few rough days, but is better now, but still in the hospital. Dad went home and is doing fine.. I'm looking forward to looking at all the pretty tables at Susan's Between Tablescape Thursday at Naps on the Porch maybe this next weekend. See you there!

Last Sunday, while the air conditioner was still out and it was actually still pleasant outside, I set the table. By the time Sleepy awoke, this is what he saw.
Quilted and embroidered place mats over a blue linen table cloth (Williams Sonoma). Our everyday kitchen dishes, stainless and eggs boiled to perfection. Here's a link to an older post using the entire embroidered set.
I lugged this rooster home from the Cracker Barrel in Oklahoma City. You know the one, right there by OESD, very close to where I-40 and I-44 intersect. I've brought stranger and more aromatic things home too, like Krispy Kreme donuts for my American Airlines staff! I saw him, I loved him, I bought him, I brought him home, check the computer, carry-on the rooster. He is actually a pitcher but has never been used as such ;-).
Real butter served wrapped up in Vietri cabbage leaves.
Brought home these French hand-blown goblets from a wonderful store in Santa Fe. Too bad it's not there anymore. Sleepy is glad they are not, we still have a nest egg!
Sterling salt and peppers found at an estate sale some time ago.
Oneida stainless. Good. Heavy. Sturdy. Perfect for everyday.
Boiled eggs. Whites done. Yolks runny. Remind me of my grandmother, who could cook them perfectly every single time. She used a timer. Tiny spoons with which to scoop out the deliciousness. How many minutes with the steeping method - 7 1/2!
Noritake Summer Estate. Sadly out of production but still available from Replacements.com. If you have never been to one of their sales.. it should be on your bucket list. It's that good.
Don't you love the colors? I just love how the green and blue look, especially when coupled with the brighter colors of the rooster.

I was inspired to search for tall clay pots when I saw some in a window at a cute little local place. They looked so "French". I finally found some that were tall, not square like the originals, but these fit perfectly on my kitchen window. In the winter time, the red blooms on the geraniums sure beat the winter-time blues away.
Kikeriki.. Cocorico. Cock-a-doodle-doo. Did you know that animals have different sounds in foreign languages?
Purchased the quilted place mats some time ago. Used the Bernina binder attachment #84 with binder foot #94 to finish the edges anew once I removed the binding that was in place. I love the addition of the Moda bound edge. I believe this was part of the Provence collection.
As a crowning finish, I embroidered two roosters on each place mat. This one can be found here.
Here's the link to this fine feathered fowl.

Hope you enjoyed our Sunday morning together. Come back soon and we'll do it again. Oh Sleepy was so impressed, he hurried into the kitchen and made some bacon, biscuits and fresh coffee!

And I'm sharing this post with Between Naps on the Porch! Go check out the rest of the wonderful set ups for more ideas.


Miss Char said...

Marlis, I hope both your father and your mother inlaw are improving. A busy week sounds like an understatement.

Love the table and the rooster, I think I looked at the same one. Those placements are fabulous, I love the new edging and the rooster embroidery is fabulous. Some day....I'm going to be able to afford a new machine with better capabilities. Thanks for sharing.

Denise said...

Marlis, I love this table!! As usual, all of your elements are just perfectly combined and so CREATIVE. I adore roosters -- have been collecting for some years, but I slowed down because I didn't want to have too many. I think my favorite things are your Vietri butter dish and the marvellous rooster placemats. I'm so impressed with your needlework.

I really hope your father and mother-in-law are on their way to recovery. Have a great weekend.

Denise at Forest Manor

Anonymous said...

Wonderful patio table Marlis. The rooster is gorgeous. I love the placemats. I am still itchin' to do an outdoor table, but the temps are climbing back up to triple digits tomorrow. I hope this is Summer's last hurrah. What a weather year it has been!

Hoping your father and mother in law are better soon!

Alycia Nichols said...

Hi, Marlis! It sounds like you have had a super rough week. I am so sorry to hear that. It can be quite the challenge when aging parents have health difficulties. As the daughter of a Dad with Alzheimer's, I know and understand that completely. I am glad to hear that both your Dad and your mother-in-law are doing better and hope they continue to quickly improve. Meanwhile, since I didn't know you last year I am very glad to see this post! You did an absolutely incredible job on those placemats! You are SO good with sewing and that kind of thing! I am still struggling with the simplest sewing tasks. :-( I applauded when I saw "Real butter..." I am a real butter lover, so it's cool to see someone else loves it! The Vietri butter server is gorgeous. I love your story about getting that rooster home! Hilarious! I can just imagine you cradling that rooster like a newborn baby! I hope you have a much better and more restful week, and I hope you are taking care of yourself, too!

Entertaining Women said...

Oh, the magic of Bernina and you! The rooster mats are spectacular, and I love the binding...definitely stepped up the design quotient. I've only been to a Cracker Barrel once or twice while traveling, but I see so many darling things that bloggers have found there. I need to think to put that OKC CB on my list of places to explore. The day will come when we get to meet in person. I look forward to it. Cherry Kay

Entertaining Women said...

Forgot to say , your father and MIL are blessed to have you to stand with them on this difficult phase of their journeys. I pray that God will pour His favor on your family during this season. Cherry Kay

Tanya@takesix said...

What a beautiful big rooster, Marlis. I LOVE the butter dish too. You embroidered those????? Oh my, you are talented. I hope your next week will be a bit calmer!!


Kathleen said...

Prayers for your loved ones, Marlis!

You picked a beautiful table to repeat! It is just lovely! You have such pretty linens!

Jacqueline said...

Hope your family members continue to be fine! What a hectic week indeed! What charming roosters. I just love the little one on the placemats and your huge rooster is fabulous. I got some rooster plates this year but haven't gotten around to them yet! This is so fun and enchanting. Your butter dish is wonderful too. I just love pretty butter dishes!
Hope everyone continues to be blessed with health! Lots of love, Jacqueline

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Marlis, your table is fabulous!! I love your Rooster. Thanks for reposting, as I did not see this the first time.

Jocelyn @

Mary said...

Hi Marlis~ So sorry to hear about your emergency room trips! I hope your MIL continues to improve and rehab is a breeze for her~

I missed this post last year~ I'd be happy to have brunch on your patio! Your embroidered placemats are a wonderful touch and are perfect companions to your handsome rooster pitcher! Love your cheery yellow & blue dishes too~

Hope everyone stays healthy and continues to improve :-)

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Yes, I agree! I LOVE the colors. Very sunny and cheery. You have a lovely spot to have breakfast. This is such a darling table and that rooster is the star! What a great find! I would have brought him home too! Beautiful!
I am so sorry to hear that your family has had a rough week. Bless your sweet heart!
I just prayed for healing for your Father and Mother-In -Law!
Hope they have a speedy recovery.

Red Couch Recipes said...

Hope that things get better for your family. I would have lugged that old rooster home too. Such a lovely place to have brunch. Love the embroidery on the placemats. Joni

xinex said...

I am so sorry your dad and MIL had to go to the hospital but I am glad they are better now. I wouldn't mind waking up for this brinch, Marlis. Your table is just beautiful...Christine

our daily dishes said...

wishing good health to your family and cute table!

Jo's This and That said...

love your setting

The Tablescaper said...

so sorry to hear of your family's troubles. hang in there and say a prayer.

- The Tablescaper

Bill said...

Beautiful table as always, Marlis, and your posts are always interesting and fun to read. I'm very sorry to hear of your father's and mother-in-law's trips to the emergency room. Hope they'll both be feeling much better very soon.

I had missed this post, so I'm glad you ran it again. The colors are happy and beautiful! Congratulations on linking in the much-coveted number one slot this week!


Marlis, this is beautful, I'm so glad you reposted this, what a treat I love the placemats, china and the colors are so happy and makes onesmile to see this! I'm so rry to hear about your father and mil's trips to the MR and wishing them a prompt recovery. Hugs, FABBY

Tricia said...

Oh, Marlis, you've had your hands full! I'm glad your father and your mother-in-law are on the mend. I really love your Noritake pattern -- so cheery! Now, if these triple-digit temps will just LEAVE Texas, I'd like to try another outdoor table!

Sweetladyelaine said...

Prayers are being sent your way today! Hope all arefeeling better.
I love the blue...just so perky in the morning. The rooseter is wonderful and your placemats make me want to get up and start creating. They are just beautiful!
the colors are so happy and inviting!
Thank you for stopping by Sweetladyelaine's I appreciate your visits.
Blessings My Friend,

Designs on 47th Street said...

As always, you have inspired me with your beautiful setting. I have to say though, my Mr. Sleepy just doesn't get it! I can set a pretty table just for the two of us but I am the one who enjoys it. (well maybe he does and just doesn't let on!)
so sorry about the elders in your family. Hope they are healing nicely. My mother broke her hip a year ago in the spring and is doing quite well. Bless their hearts!

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

So cheery pictures! Love the beautiful setting here. Nice colours. Hope to see you on my blog:)

Cathy said...

Love the table, wish it would cool down. I would like to set out and have breakfast. If you get tired of those placemats let them fly to my house.

Cathy Cupboard Calamity<;)

Debbie Moore at Slice of Pie Entertaining and Cookbooks said...

Pretty brunch table ... and eating outside is my favorite thing! Love the embroidered placemats. Thanks for sharing .. and thanks for visiting my site.

A Hint of Home said...

You have such a pretty spot to set your pretty tablescape. I love Roos! Everything looks great for your brunch!

white life© said...

Dear Marlis, your brunch-table looks soooooo great. I wish I could be little mouse ;)

Enjoy the weekend!!!


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