My last post had gotten very long, so I did not finish telling you about the new china cabinet or show my tablescape. My parents came by to look at my new purchase and my mother wanted to know what I was going to put in it. I told her that I had a few dishes to choose from!
I started out with The Friendly Village. However, those plates are not very bright, and the cabinet is a very dark wood. In addition, my living room is dark and the corner where my cabinet is temporarily living is pretty dark also. I looked around and saw the obvious answer.
I had the Gold Crown that I had purchased at the estate sale the day before still sitting on the table. My aqua dishes are bright and cheerful and the obvious choice to lighten up this dark cabinet.
Of course, I also got out the Danube. The oval glass on the door of the cabinet allows you to see the dishes that are right there, so I wanted to make that display attractive. I put the Gold Crown creamer, sugar and sauce boat on the top shelf, and the Gold Crown covered vegetable bowl, Danube creamer and sugar on the middle shelf. I stood one Danube dinner plate and one Gold Crown dinner plate (well, I only have one of those) on the plate rail behind those dishes. Then I put the aqua tea pitcher and vintage glasses on the bottom shelf. The other Danube and Gold Crown dishes are also on those shelves, just not in front of the glass part of the door.
I was quite pleased with the final effect, and it really did brighten up that part of the living room. This display will also be easy to change out when I want to try something different.
These doors are quite deceptive. They make it look like this area would not hold much, but when I opened them both, the storage inside is very wide and deep. I put some hard-to-store items such as vintage covered vegetable bowls and a few other things in there. This move freed up some other storage for the Jade Moon plates. I was thrilled with this added storage. An any dish
nut collector knows, storage space is always a huge issue.
Overall, I love this cabinet and everything about it.
I won’t repeat the last post about the estate sales we attended this weekend. I will just say that it is rare that we have a leisurely weekend morning, so I wanted to fix a nice big breakfast-brunch sort of meal. I didn’t know how long we would be at the estate sale, so I wanted us to be full and not get too hungry while we were out gallivanting. Have you seen this issue of Southern Living? I’m normally not very brave about new recipes, but there was a breakfast pizza idea in here that looked really good.
Normally, I don’t change a recipe the first time that I make it. I don’t think that it’s very fair to judge a recipe if I haven’t made it in the recommended way. Plus it only makes sense to me to make the recipe first then to tweak it according to my taste later. However, I did change this one slightly. First, I did not make my own pizza crust; I rolled out the kind in the cardboard tube. Sorry, all you purists out there; it is easy and tastes good. Second, instead of using half the package of breakfast sausage, I used the entire roll. My husband is a meat lover, plus there is just not a lot you can do with half a pack of sausage.
We really liked the breakfast pizza. It will not be a common offering in our household, but I will have it again on special occasions, and it did reheat nicely as well.
Finally, for the table I wanted to use Old Country Roses. I’ve not used it lately, and you know how I love this pattern.
I decided to use the hot pink napkins from the Napkin Lady for this setting. Man, I love the Napkin Lady. I emailed her recently with some napkin colors that I was looking for, and she is working on something for me.
I decided to use the salad plates on top of the napkins.
Do you remember the casual pink flatware that I purchased recently at Dollar General? I decided to try it with these plates, and I really liked it. It adds a little “bling” and fun to the table.
If you read my blog, you know that I often use both pink and green goblets with the Old Country Roses since both colors are in the plates. I mixed it up a little today, however. I used the green goblets from Dollar General instead of the ones from Dollar Tree for a slightly different look.
For the center of the table, I wanted to use the crystal vase that I had purchased from the Driveway Man this weekend. I also wanted to continue the pink and green theme.
I chose my green candle holder that my husband gave me a few years ago. For the pink, I used pink tapers.
I used two of my brass candlesticks to echo the golden rim of the plates.
I added my brass candle snuffer and was done.
I love the simplicity of this table, the pink and green color scheme, and, of course, the plates.
Still hoping to hear from readers about the crystal vase and fur coat. See this post if you are not sure what I am talking about. Hope everyone has a good week of decorating and tablescaping! Also remember that anything you see on the blog might be for sale; just ask!