The Friendly Village plus a Scare

My dining room is still full of art, and I finally finished posting all of my salt and pepper shaker collection. Yep, that was all of them! Unless I purchase more in the future, of course; there is always a chance of that happening. Therefore, I am going back to my photo archives and posting an old tablescape. But before I do that, I had a little scare yesterday. I had just finished posting about salt, saving money, and Swamp People. I always go back and reread a few times after I post because it helps me find errors that I may not have caught otherwise. I couldn’t get the blog to come up! Well, I won’t go into the whole story of panic mode that set in, but it was nowhere to be found. I was able to find the WordPress support and was assured that they were working on it. I could not even focus on Swamp People as much as I normally would have (so you know it’s serious!) for worrying about losing all of the hard work that I have put into the blog.

We went to bed after last night’s Swamp People, and I had resigned myself to the fact that I had lost the blog. By the way, it was very touching to see how Glenn was dealing with Mitchell’s death. I was glad that the History Channel folks decided to show it.

Anyway, the first thing every morning I get on the computer and check email, news headlines, weather, and so forth. Without my blog, I noticed that my computer time had dropped drastically. Later in the morning, I went to the computer, and there was the blog! It ended up being “vanished” for not quite 24 hours. I still don’t know the reason for the disappearance, but as long as WordPress has it fixed, it doesn’t really matter. Thanks, WordPress, for recovering all of my hard work!

So on to the tablescape. I won’t repeat how I came to love and acquire The Friendly Village. This is one of the first tables that I ever did with this great pattern. These are also some of the first photos of tables that I ever took, so they are kind of dark.  I was trying to use as many pieces of The Friendly Village as I could. I used my black tray with black candle holder and wicker balls that you have seen in many of my casual tables. I found these at Wal Mart, and I really like the way these look (as you can tell, since I use them a lot!).

I used my taupe placemats and red square plates as a base. The brocade napkins from The Napkin Lady are among my favorites, and you have seen my Grosvenor silver often as well. I chose to use the dinner plate and soup bowl. I really like the way that the red plate emphasizes the reds in the pattern of The Friendly Village.

I also used the red salad plate, Friendly Village square salad, and Friendly Village berry bowl. I really like the square salads and think these look great together.

My Gail Pittman Flame pieces seemed the perfect color palette for this table. I also used my milk glass iced teas and amber goblets.

A close up of the two square salad plates. Don’t they look great together?


This is a close up of the dinner plate sitting on the square plate. I love the way they look; the two pair up so well.


Thanks for viewing yet another Friendly Village post (and there will be many more!). Especially, I thank you for coming back to me if you tried to click on my blog yesterday and got nothing. I’m baaaack! By the way, if you’re a fan of Swamp People, tell me what some of your favorite things are about the series in the comments below.

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday (vignettes, tabletops, tablescapes), Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life (decorating, gardening, recipes, collecting), Vintage Thingie Thursday at Colorado Lady,   Sunny Simple Life (decorating, projects), Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday (tablescapes) and Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage (crafts, home decor, thrifty finds),  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday (deocrating, garden, projects),  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase (any project or idea made by you this week), Gratitude Sunday at A La Carte, The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home (home & garden), Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish (tablescapes), Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Make the Scene Monday at Alderberry Hill (home decor, projects, recipes), Cottage Style at Lavender Garden,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday (tablescapes),The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday (thrifty decorating, tablescapes), What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now (recipes, crafts, home décor), Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much (projects, decorating, recipes),  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter (recipes, crafts, home décor), Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage (decorating, crafts), Frugalicious Friday at Finding Fabulous, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound (anything pink),You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E (recipes, crafts, home décor), Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor (projects, decor, recipes), Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style (recipes, crafts, home décor),  Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House (decor, projects),Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style,  Farmhouse Style at Green Eggs & Goats,  Creative Things at The Vintage Farmhouse,  Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring (decor, projects, recipes),  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia (projects, decorating, recipes),  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life (home decor, projects), Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters (centerpieces),Open House Party at No Minimalist Here (crafts, home décor), Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage (memories, projects), Tips and Tidbits at The Stone Gable(projects, home décor, recipes),Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner (projects, home décor, recipes), Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design (home décor, projects)

About Bev

I am a retired teacher who has only recently taken up tablescaping and blogging. For more information, see my About Bev link.
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16 Responses to The Friendly Village plus a Scare

  1. Tricia says:

    I always click on posts about Friendly Village! My daughter-in-law has a lovely big set from her great-grandmother, and I had fun playing with it when I visited before Christmas. It really is a wonderfully versatile pattern!

  2. betty says:

    I have 4 of those salad plates I found in a thrift store while on vacation last year. So pretty 🙂

  3. What darling plates! This really sets a pretty table. Thanks for joining Gratitude Sunday!


  4. Linda Colantino says:

    I love Johnson Brothers dishes. I have many patterns but have never collected this one…I just don’t have any more room…lol!

  5. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life says:

    I love this pattern. I have a few pieces and it always makes for such a fabulous tablescape. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  6. Such a beautiful set. Happy that you got your blog back.

    Wonderful to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

  7. So glad you didn’t lose your blog! These Friendly Village dishes are wonderful! Thanks for sharing this pretty table! =D

  8. Happy ending for sure!! So glad your blog is up and running. Love the Friendly Village and you did up a gorgeous table with it.. The Gail Pittman pieces are so wonderful. xo marlis

  9. Ann k says:

    I’m glad you were able to get your past to reappear! Those Friendly Village plates really do pop on the red plates. I don’t watch Swamp People, I know my boys have watched the show on occasions!

  10. I’m so glad you’re blog came back up. That is scary!!
    I too love Friendly Village china…from afar. I often walk by an antique store that has some in the window and I ooo and ahhh…especially over the pattern with the church….so perfect for winter.

  11. Sarah says:

    I like happy endings. And your tablescape is worth a second posting. Very pretty!

  12. Diane says:

    I had something similar happen to me on blogspot. Recently, just part of a post-in-progress disappeared. It was so strange, but finally re-appeared. I have no idea where it went, but I was so happy, when it decided to return home! Love the Friendly Village table – it is such a great pattern and you did a wonderful job designing a table with it.

  13. Helen says:

    Glad it returned, too! Mine did something funny like that last night, too! Scary is more like it…I was not amused at all. It was like it hid from me for a few minutes. For that reason, I constantly save as I am writing, but I could not even find the saved part. Still don’t know how it worked out..glad it did for both of us. Love your dishes!

  14. Jewel says:

    I love Friendly Village and it looks beautiful on your table!

  15. Babs says:

    Friendly Village is one of my favorite patterns. I only have a few plates and they are the summer scenes. Your tablescape is so neat…love the square salad plates, too.
    My husbands loves Swamp People, too, so I watch it with him Visiting from What’s It Wednesday..

  16. I have no idea who Swamp People are but I sure love your dishes! 🙂 I’m hosting my Homemaking Linkup Weekend and would love to have you join, if you’d like!

    Have a great day!
    Mrs. Sarah Coller

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