Blue, Booth, and Buses


Sorry for the cheesy title. The English teacher in me just could not resist alliteration. These are the three topics that I am discussing today, and I think I will go in reverse order and start with buses.

I live down the street from an elementary school, and the morning and afternoon traffic on my street gets a little busy. Although I recently celebrated my second anniversary of being retired, I still get up early. I generally spend some time reading the headlines on the computer and occasionally clicking on an article to read, checking email, and other little things before I get dressed and begin my day. As I tell people, there is a difference between getting up and getting up and out. I am usually still in my pajamas when my husband leaves for work. The first year that I was retired, I would notice the noise of the school buses as they were heading to the school to drop off their precious cargo. I came to love that sound! The noise of the buses going by while I am sitting around in my pajamas came to truly symbolize the joyousness of retirement for me. I tell people that my favorite sound in the morning is that of the school buses driving up and down the street! I was brushing my teeth this morning when I heard it: the sound of the school buses rolling by. I was shocked! I had forgotten that today is the first day of school here [never thought that would happen!]. I breathed out a long sigh and smiled. School is starting, and I am at home in my pajamas. All is right with the world!

On to my booth at the flea market. June and July were not the greatest months. As a matter of fact, July was the slowest month that we have had since we opened. I decided to go ahead and take some things home. I have some dishes and glassware that I’ve marked down a couple of times and still haven’t sold, so I packed them up. I’ll put them back out in a few months and try to think of a new way to market them.


Do you remember this purchase that I made last week at a yard sale? It was a tacky-looking homemade shelf. When the lady saw me looking at it, she said, “One dollar!” I told David that I wanted to get it and use it for a display shelf in the booth, but that he would need to make it look better. He agreed, and we paid the dollar.


So he finished it last night, and here it is in the booth. He did a great job, and it looks really good.


Here it is full of merchandise, and I was right that it added a good display area to our booth.

I’m sure you also remember the Pfaltzgraff Summer Garden that I picked up at a thrift shop. Even though it is still summer {I think that is fair to say since the heat index had us up to 110 today}, fall is on everyone’s mind since school is starting. I had been planning to use this set in a fall tablescape for some time. Since I needed to make some drastic changes due to the business slowdown, I decided to go ahead and do this table.


I used this table runner in muted fall colors that I picked up at a different thrift shop. To the dishes, I added some pumpkin plates and acorn bowls to give more of a fall feel.


I accented the place settings with some clear crystal and some colorful goblets. I like the final look, and I like that we have a touch of fall in our booth.


Now for the blue part of the title. I had two things in mind when I was planning this tablescape. I wanted to do a blue table because I had not done one lately, and I wanted to use some of my salt and pepper shakers. I started with these blue and white placemats.


Then I used my solid white Nikko plates. Because my Salem dinner plates also have a busy pattern, the white is needed to break up the patterns of the placemats and the plates so that they won’t fight each other.


I love these Salem English Village plates.


I decided to put the napkin in the sparkly silver napkin ring on top of the plate since it would be more noticeable than if I put it on the matching placemat.


Of course, I used my Grosvenor silverplate.


I’m sure you had a hard time guessing that the Dollar Tree goblets would come out again! I decided to use both sizes this time.


These salt and pepper shakers are the hobnail pattern. I can’t remember where I got these, but I have an idea that they are not vintage. But even as reproductions, these cobalt blue shakers were perfect for this table.


These shakers are Avon. They once held cologne, Sonnet and Cotillion. After using up the cologne, I had a pair of nice cobalt blue shakers. My mother gave me these when I was in high school. Yes, that was the seventies, and I am proud of that!


This large pair of blue and white shakers is made of porcelain. I have no idea where I got them, but I do remember that I have only had them for a short time, maybe 20 years. Yes, 20 years is a short time in the realm of my salt and pepper shaker collection.


My camera just did not capture the lovely detail of these shakers.


They are made of cobalt blue glass with an overlay of silver. I just love them.


I put a pair of salt and pepper shakers at each place setting. Then I started thinking of the centerpiece.


Naturally, I used my cobalt blue refrigerator dish in the Criss Cross pattern. It belonged to my grandmother.


Then I remembered that I had the sugar and creamer in the English Village pattern. Of course, I needed to use them.


These three items were perfect for a simple centerpiece. I do also have the covered vegetable bowl in the English Village pattern, but I decided against using it.


Sometimes it’s better to stop before getting too much on the table. I want all of the details to be noticed, not fight each other.


I wanted to used my Spode pitchers. Spode made these reproductions from the original hand-engraved copper plates. This pattern is called “Grasshopper,” first introduced in 1812.


This one is called “Flower Vase,” first introduced in 1828.


This pattern is called “Persian Bird,” first introduced in 1860.


This one is named “Continental Views,” first introduced in 1844.


Since I have 4 of these pitchers, I decided to use one at each corner.


I love the final look of this table. I think that I successfully used both the color blue and salt and pepper shakers.


I hope that you enjoy this table also.


I hope that I have successfully explained why blue, booth, and buses are themes of this post.


For those of you who have school-age kids and/or are teachers, I hope that you have a wonderful school year. I know that I will!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Vintage Thingie Thursday at Colorado Lady,   From the Farm at Sunny Simple Life, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage ,  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Make the Scene Monday at Alderberry Hill , Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much,  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Efforts and Assets at Hickory Trail, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters,Open House Party at No Minimalist Here Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage , Tips and Tidbits at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design 

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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21 Responses to Blue, Booth, and Buses

  1. Vicky Hunt says:

    Love this post! Students don’t return to school until the 19th! Your booth looks great….I would love to pay it a visit…LOL! I especially love the blue and white table. You have such lovely pieces. The salt and pepper shakers are my favorite though! I really must pay attention to the Dollar Tree glassware every time I go. I have never seen colored glass in there. Keep enjoying the sound of the buses!

    Blessings, Vicky

  2. Christine says:

    Beautiful cobalt blue! I love all your blue and white pieces too. You have a neat collection of salt and pepper shakers…..Christine

  3. I taught a long time ago. I’ve never associated the sound of school buses with comfort, but in your case, pj’s and the sound would be wonderful. I agree. Your blue and white table is stunning. Love the one in the store too. The shelf turned out really pretty. Enjoy your pj’s and your mornings! xo marlis

  4. Sarah says:

    First off, as a retired teacher, I smiled at your comment about school starting and you are at home in your pjs. I think the same things every August. Even though I very much enjoyed my career as an elementary teacher, I certainly do appreciate the life of being retired. So much fun to have time to set tables and blog! Ha!
    Love the blue and white tablescape. I have one of the Spode pitchers, “Flower Vase”. I didn’t realize there were other patterns available. Fun that you have a set of these. Your B&W salt and pepper sets are a fun collection.

  5. Oh I’m so glad I found your blog! I love flea market items and finding bargains! Your blue and white stuff is gorgeous!! Saw you at Treasure Hunt Thursday. Hope you come by for a visit!

  6. Jennie says:

    You had me at the blue and white photo, but then I went on to read the whole post. I totally agree with you about the school bus thing; I’m starting my second fall of retirement and don’t miss it one bit. As you say, there’s a big difference between being awake in one’s pajamas at 6:30 and being out the door at 6:30 am. Lovely and interesting post!

  7. Debbie says:

    #1 I love alliteration. I guess it’s the teacher in me, too. #2, I love your blue dishes, and that place setting looks fabulous. My biggest love of all is #3, though. I totally understand what you mean about the buses. For me it was somewhat different. I have always told the story of the first day of school when I started staying home with my daughters instead of teaching. We lived on a circle, and when I heard the bus going down in one direction, I took them both out to the porch, all of us in our PJs, to wave as it came up the other way. All these years later, I remember that sound and that feeling.

    (I’m stopping over from the tips and tidbits party.)

  8. I’m completely in love with your blue transferware, especially your creamers.

  9. Gorgeous table setting, so many lovely items!

  10. beautiful table, I love the blues. Unfortunately a school bus does not bring me comfort but happy that it pro vies you with comfort my friend.Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop xo

  11. I love those salt and pepper shakers…in blue! The color of my kitchen! WOW!

  12. I love Blue and White and your collection of S&P’s just highlights it all. Thanks for joining TTF.


  13. Now I stopped teaching English many years ago. I loved teaching English, but I love not teaching English even more…that morning pajama time is really quite special! Love your blue and white tablescape. I’m particularly fond of the quartet of pitchers placed at the corners of the table…just my kind of wonderful. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  14. Diane says:

    So excited for you that you are enjoying your retirement! I am in my pajamas typing this right now – hahaha! Love all of the blue and white, especially the salt and pepper shakers. I was quite proud of my cobalt Hazel Atlas “Moderntone” ones, until I saw all of yours! Thanks for sharing, Bev.

  15. linderhof says:

    I adore blue and white and your table is so pretty. I covet those pitchers!

  16. Kathleen says:

    Such pretty blues, love them!
    School doesn’t start here till the 9th, so lots of vacation time left! We only get out the end of June.
    I love being retired and not having to go anywhere, if I don’t want to! Snowy days, worrying about getting to school are a fading memory!
    Hope things pick up at the booth soon!

  17. Debby Ray says:

    Love the blues! I have the blue plates almost identical to yours….nothing more beautiful than a blue place setting!

  18. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life says:

    What a beautiful tablescape. The linens are stunning and the cobalt accents are gorgeous. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  19. Kathy says:

    Time is flying by so fast, isn’t it! The children here have returned to school, things are just rolling along – your husband did a great job on the shelf – I hope things pick up for you in the Fall – just moving things around and bringing things back out later does help-according to my friend 🙂
    Love your blue and white tablescape – gorgeous! I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,

  20. You know I’m in love with the blue and white tablescape. Just lovely. You are one of the fan favorites today at the Sunday Showcase from the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on in and grab a Sunday Showcase feature button for your blog. Here is the link to the Showcase. Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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