Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Tablescape - Southern Belle

There is just not anything I love/hoard as much as dishes. I can't help myself. It is a genetic issue which also afflicted my mother. I like every shape, every color and almost any combination.

Today, my inspiration piece is a hand embroidered and crocheted cloth. I bought this little treasure in Round Top, TX many years ago. A lovely woman had a small booth set up and was raising money for her mission work. This cloth had been made in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe by her students. Well, you can imagine how my heart started beating when I saw the Southern Belle. It was meant for me. Really.

The colors used are so gorgeous especially the lavender, purple and blue. I used the following dishes:

My lavender chargers from JC Penny's and Lenox Butler's Pantry square plates.
On top of that are salad plates which match the chargers.

And the Pièce de résistance are my antique Noritake cream soup and underplate. I don't use a lot of blue but these just stole my heart. See all the pretty soft colors?

Do you shop at Marshall's? Fortunately for me, the closest Marshall's is about 65 miles away. I have probably gradually purchased every piece of white china and serving pieces they sell. In this setting, I used the cake plate, milk and sugar and the spaghetti holder. It served as my vase. Now if you are from LA, you will quickly pick up the significance of the flower colors. Geaux Tigers!

I added a sweet little vintage Lefton Southern Belle planter and my sun purple syrup holder.

It will be filled with Blackberry Mint syrup...our current addiction. Add it to tea and it's just beyond yummy! Mr. Dumpling has been known to make a special trip to the store to get the berries. What a man! I'll post the recipe for it next week for some of the Foodie Parties.

I'm linking this post to the following parties for this week:

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All The Pretty Dishes said... Best Blogger Tips

What beautiful dishes and such a pretty color!

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said... Best Blogger Tips

Stunning tablescape! Such beautiful dishes and so soft colors:)

RAINBOW-The Colours of India

we three dogs and me said... Best Blogger Tips

Never done lavender but it is so beautiful. We have lilac bushes so will be looking for that color. I think we are all hoarders of a sort. We are so happy finding bargains we don't want to give them up lol

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh I love those dishes! They really pop with your purple and that sweet table topper! :)


Marlis said... Best Blogger Tips

great colors. and the noritake, well that is breathtaking. Love your table.

Rebecca said... Best Blogger Tips

I can see why you love tablescapes-you have a great talent for it!

The Dragonfly On Iron Gate said... Best Blogger Tips

So happy I stopped in ! Your tablescape is wonderful ! Jules ♥

LV said... Best Blogger Tips

My sister and I are going to Round Rock sometime this summer. After seeing all your pretty goodies, I am ready to hit the road. Nice post.

FABBY'S LIVING said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm so glad I saw you at my dash board and I love your little Sth. Belle, she's so cute! I'm in love with your purple plates, gorgeous! Great layers of plates and the Noritake, well, that is stunning! Love it!
Have a terrific weekend.

ellen b. said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful. I love how you used the solid lavender colored accessories to bring out the lavender in the Noritake...

Jessica said... Best Blogger Tips

So pretty! I love the Noritake dishes!

Louise Thaxton said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow Judybug! This is AWESOME! The only problem is that it draws me back to my former addiction with DISHES! You are SO talented in the way you display what you have - BUT that is NOT news to me - you have always had that gift! WHOA - I will definitely be following this blog - and hopefully it will not lead to me "falling off the wagon" and headed to the flea market when I should be WORKING!

Debbiedoos said... Best Blogger Tips

I have a thing for dishes too, and those are fantastic. Have a wonderful weekend.

Stacy said... Best Blogger Tips

The lavender is so delicate and pretty, and I love Noritake!

Tablescapes By Diane said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi lovely lady.
I love your Beautiful dishes sweet lady. Im runing out of room for all my dishes !!! I just got some more from Ebay Eight lovely dinner plates. Maker Sevres age 1900th. antique Rose and purple lilac dinner plates.Thanks so much for your lovely comments on my Tablescapes. I hope you and your lovely famil have a Great Memorial Day.

Marigene said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful...the lavender and blue go so nicely. I have the Luray pattern by Noritake and love it.

Denise at Forest Manor said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Judy,

This table is so full of wonderful elements! I would be so proud to own that lovely hand crocheted and embroidered cloth; I'm sure you must treasure it. Your Noritake cream soups and underplates are absolutely gorgeous! And last, but not least, your southern belle planter goes perfectly with the table cloth. Thank you so much for your visit to my blog and your kind comments! Have a wonderful weekend.

Denise at Forest Manor

Nancy said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful table!! I wish your sweet mother-in-law could see it. You know how she loves purple/lavender!!

Amy Chalmers said... Best Blogger Tips

Gorgeous! I love the purple chargers. And I adore that pretty china you paired it up with! I collect a lot of purple myself.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

This is a truly gorgeous combination of colors. I love the purple plates and how you have added the white and then the fabulous Noritake. Love it!