Thomas Kinkade Re-Do, More Bargains, and an Anniversary

I can certainly tell that my new job has cut into my tablescaping and blogging time! I was previously posting twice a week, occasionally more. Now I am posting once a week, occasionally more! I love my new part-time job at the paper, but I do miss my time in the house. Oh well, I will adjust. Case in point: I am posting on a Monday for the first time since starting work, so I may get back into my old twice a week routine at some point!

After the Thomas Kinkade fiasco from a few days ago, I was really wanting to do a table using those dishes but in an entirely different way than I had in the past. This task actually turned out to be quite difficult, as my unintentional repetition of an old table last week proved.

Suddenly I had an idea as I looked at the Thomas Kinkade salad plates sitting on the counter. I have never used these dishes in a mix-n-match tablescape. I love to mix and match dishes, so why in the world had it never occurred to me to do that with this pattern? Who knows how my brain was thinking (or not thinking, as the case may be)?


I started with these brown placemats. Once again, the dark wood of my table plus the low lighting in the kitchen means that a lot of these details won’t show up.


Then I used my white Noritake Whitescapes dinner plate. I know you can’t tell, but it really is sitting on the brown placemat.


Then I layered on the Thomas Kinkade salad plate. I chose the brown placemat to coordinate with the brown and tan edges of the plate, and I like the way it looked.


As much as I like to use the San Remo flatware with these dishes, I did not want to put black flatware on the brown mat. So I just opted for my everyday Chateau flatware. I also used the purple napkins with the tassel napkin rings. I just hate that this picture is so dark because the place setting really looks so much better than you can tell!


I used the purple goblets again, of course. For the vignette on the kitchen table, I really had a hard time deciding what to do.


Finally I decided on my votive holder with the tray that is so versatile. You see it used in a lot of my tablescapes. I did not have a purple votive, so I chose a cream color. I was hoping that the light color candle and using the glass gems instead of the river rocks would lighten up the table some.


But it didn’t. Neither did adding the crystal wine glass. If anyone can tell me how to lighten up the photos when I am showing dark colors on my dark wood, I would appreciate it!


I had a lot more blonde hair and a lot less weight 34 years ago…

David and I had a lot of talks about what to do, if anything, to celebrate our anniversary this weekend. We decided to go to some thrift stores and sales in some neighboring towns on Saturday, and we also stopped in for a brief visit with his parents that afternoon. We had originally planned to go to a nearby state park and canoe or fish on Sunday, the actual day of our anniversary, and to grill out. But, as I mentioned in my previous post, it was just too hot.

We decided that the best thing to do was to do a mini “staycation.” We went fishing and swimming at our local place here, then went home to our air-conditioned house. David grilled our burgers and we ate, then rested all afternoon until The Next Food Network Star came on.

Damaris Phillips

It was a perfect day, except for the truck battery dying and having to purchase a new one! But that happens…


Between the garage sales and thrift stores last week, I have a few bargains. I could not resist these lighthouse napkin rings to go with the lighthouse china.


Holiday items usually sell at my booth, and  I got these Easter rabbits very cheaply. Of course, the down side is that I have to store them until Easter!


For fall, I found this cute autumn-themed candy jar. I could not resist this Halloween candy dish with its cute little witch and a few ghosts.

I did well at CVS with 2 liter drinks, fish oil tablets, and Bumble Bee tuna. I have a couple of more CVS coupons that expire this week. I have to really analyze what I need and if I should use the coupons. I try really hard to only use them if I need them and not to spend any money in order to save money {which is, of course, what they want you to do}! So I may have more bargains to report later in the week, or I may not!

 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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9 Responses to Thomas Kinkade Re-Do, More Bargains, and an Anniversary

  1. Vicky Hunt says:

    Pretty tablescape! I love those dishes. Looks like you found some sweet items for your booth. I have that exact same little bunny planter that I thrifted a couple years ago! I used to use coupons more and need to get back in the habit. You really can save some money!

    Blessings, Vicky

  2. Lovely tablescape and lovely bride. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Bev, Thank you for visiting me. I tried to reply but your email shows up as “NoReply”
    I appreciate your visits. xo Ginger

    • Bev says:

      Thanks for telling me. As much as I can tell from my internet research, Blogger does not recognize WordPress when it comes to replying to comments. If I comment on a blog that is not wordpress, I need to use my google id if I want someone to be able to reply. I had an old google id that I had not used in years. I updated it, and I will try to remember to use it to comment. But I probably won’t think about it since I am usually reading and commenting on different blogs rather quickly.

  4. Angel says:

    I love your dishes and your photo is beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing with us at our Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop.
    Angel @

  5. Diane says:

    Happy Anniversary! So glad you had almost a perfect day!

  6. I think the tablescape looks great! I like challenging myself to use something in a different way. Happy Anniversary and many more! Thanks for sharing with us at TTF.


  7. Pam says:

    Glad you redid your table with the lovely salad plates. The brown place mats are a great background for the salad plates. Your anniversary sounds perfect for I love thrifting and all the great. You certainly found wonderful items. Have a lovely week!


  8. Kathy says:

    Happy Anniversary! It is really nice to be able to enjoy time together – that’s the most important thing -whether going somewhere or staying at home – lovely tablescape using the Thomas Kinkade dishes. I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

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