Communion of the Saints

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Hebrews 12:1

My faith tradition believes in the communion of the saints; in other words, when we worship, we join with all Christians past, present and future as we worship, known as the Communion of the Saints.  It is particularly appropriate that we in the Church Militant (still living) celebrate the Lord’s Supper in thanksgiving for God’s gift of Jesus and in memory of those who now worship as part of the Church Triumphant (dead). I am never reminded of this belief more than when I am confronted with memories of church members who are now part of the Church Triumphant. The scripture about the “cloud of witnesses” and the phrase “communion of the saints” were never brought home to me more than at an estate sale I went to a few days ago.

A church friend of mine, I will call her Sally, called the owner/manager of our flea market to say that she had finished cleaning out the home of her late in-laws. All of the kids, grandkids, and great grandkids had gotten what they wanted; Sally had taken several loads to the local charity and thrown away gobs of stuff, and she still had so much stuff in the house. She did not want to do a huge estate sale with the items in the house. Sally could not bear to think of crowds of people going through her in-laws’ possessions, but she did want to sell as much as she could. She told the manager that she would open the home to us vendors for a few hours one morning. Luckily, I was able to get over there pretty quickly and do some picking. The picking outing was much more meaningful and special than a normal visit to an estate sale because I knew the family and they were special church members.


Sally’s mother-in-law, I’ll call her Jane, had lovely things. The first thing that caught my eye when I walked in were canisters in the Gail Pittman Flame pattern. Do you remember that this is also my pattern? I’ll try to keep my story brief, but you know how I am! I started collecting this pattern years ago, and after it was discontinued, I purchased a good bit of it on eBay pretty cheaply (almost impossible to do now). When I redid the kitchen 6 or 7 years ago, I specially picked the burgundy paint color to show off this pattern. I think that David was quite surprised after we finished the kitchen when I started pulling out Gail Pittman dishes from every cabinet and shelf where I had them stashed. After accenting the kitchen with these finds, I decided that I was very satisfied with my collection and did not want any more of it. However, in a random eBay search a little over a year ago, I found 4 canisters in this pattern. I had no idea that canisters were ever even made! I put a bid in and won! I couldn’t wait for them to come in; I knew that they would be perfect in my kitchen. My hopes were dashed when I lifted the box. I heard it-the unmistakable rattle.


One canister remained unscathed, and I have had it on the counter ever since that dreadful moment. By the way, the seller was horrified and refunded my money. You can see why those canisters (there were 3 of them) were the first thing I snapped up at the estate sale. Now look carefully at both photos above. What do you see?


That’s right; Jane’s canisters were the Flame pattern with the burgundy background, and mine is the Flame pattern with the dark green background. I am now wondering if they were also made with the dark blue background. Anyway, here they are, and I am thrilled! I don’t care that they are different colors; I love them!


Jane’s other daughter-in-law owns a gift shop in another town. Several of the items that I purchased, such as these pilgrims, came from that shop.


I expect the pilgrims as well as this turkey to sell well right now.


I also purchased a box lot of table linens. Some of the table linens were handmade by Jane, such as these napkins with lace edging.


This tablecloth is lovely, and Jane made it as well.


She also made this table runner. I will enjoy using it in a lot of different tablescapes since the colors are so varied.


Jane and I also had the same taste in Hall. Do you notice that this is the same Blue Bouquet pattern as my Aladdin teapot?


I love these Kermit napkins and will enjoy coming up with tablescapes for them!


I will enjoy using these sweet strawberry napkins as well.


Jane also loved beautiful things. Isn’t this small pitcher lovely?


I was thrilled to find this Watt two-leaf apple pitcher in perfect shape. I’m not finished with my research, but it looks like this could be another valuable find like my Aladdin teapot was!


Likewise, this Mason’s Vista small pitcher is worth a good bit. I am still doing the research on it as well.


I don’t care for a lot of the Lustreware that I have seen. But I think that this Japanese tea set is really pretty. Remember, a Japanese tea set only consists of a teapot and creamer because they don’t use sugar. I like this color so much better than the gold-orange color that I more commonly see in Lustreware.


I have a customer who wants these Colony glasses, and I like to sell to her outright. It is a benefit to her and me both to sell to her without going through the flea market.


I also purchased them in blue. I will sell these at my booth.


I was thrilled to find 7 of these Ruby Red iced teas! You will be seeing these on my Christmas table. They have gotten very hard to find at a reasonable price.


I even found a set of salt and pepper shakers to purchase for myself. Because, you know, I “need” them.


I purchased a few more items, but I won’t take the time to delineate all of them. On to the tablescape that I created using Jane’s lovely table linens! I found this lovely open weave brown cloth and layered it over my white cloth for a fall look.


Then I layered on this gorgeous table runner. This table runner was on the top of the box deal of linens that I purchased and was what made me look at that box in the first place.


What goes best with these linens? The Friendly Village, of course–not only perfect for the season, but also perfect for honoring friends!


I chose my green napkins from the Napkin Lady and brass napkin rings. I think that brass is the perfect warm tone for fall.


I used my Grosvenor silverplate.


Of course, the Dollar Tree goblets are perfect for this table.


I wanted to use my harvest wine charms. Since I only had 6 wine charms but 8 glasses, I filled in with some others that I had.


I used my fall-themed Family Dollar plates for the top layer.


The pumpkins and fall leaves are perfect for this look.


For the centerpiece, I started with my brass candlestick.


Then I robbed the mantel of some of my pumpkins and gourds that I have collected over the years. I think most came from Dollar Tree and Fred’s.


I kept the centerpiece simple so that this lovely table runner would be the star of the show.


As a final touch, I put an autumnal set of salt and pepper shakers at each place.


Do you know that some people put only one set of shakers on their tables?


Imagine that!


I certainly can’t!


Back to my opening topic, the communion of the saints. Jane was a saint to everyone in our church, and I knew that my mother would like something of Jane’s also. I gave her some of the table linens from my box deal, and I found three of these small antique plates made in Bavaria.


My mother loves pretty old dishes with pink in them, and I knew she would like those. I was right! I took them over to her earlier today, and she was quite touched.


In conclusion, I was quite moved to be able to purchase some things from Jane’s estate. I will keep several of the items, give away a few, and sell the rest. If you see something that you are interested in, email me. It might be a while before I have the time to list them on my internet store, but I am always open to selling [almost] anything that you see on this blog.


I hope that I leave you with not only pictures of great finds and a pretty table, but also with thoughts of the special people in your cloud of witnesses. Take some time today to remember them with love and joyousness, not sadness.

   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, Brown Gingham Creations for Rednesday,  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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24 Responses to Communion of the Saints

  1. Candy S says:

    I love your Friendly Village tablescape. The tablecloth looks perfect for a fall meal. It also looks like you did very well with the estate items you found. I REALLY like the colony glasses in blue. I could be pretty interested in them. Have a wonderful weekend….. Candy

  2. Rosie says:

    A touching and lovely post. Rosie

  3. hi Bev … Thanks for stopping by Timeless Treasures with a sweet comment. Could not reply via email as you have a no-reply address. Hope you will visit often.

    Anyway did want to thank you and sure enjoyed seeing all your fine pieces. My daughter collects Friendly Village and it is beautiful on her fall table. You have some pretty dishes to make a beautiful table. Happy Fall.
    Audrey Z.

  4. Thanks for visiting my blog first off then I want to say I like that vista mason pitcher I have some plates and a cup & saucer in that pattern which I love.
    It was fun I am sure to go through and pick out all the goodies you got at your friends families house.
    It is sad when it’s time to clean out a persons life . I am trying to downsize now. I said trying it will take a while since I have collected since I was about 21 and now in my sixties


  5. So many wonderful treasure with such caring thoughts.

    Having you at Seasonal Sundays is a treat!

    – The Tablescaper

  6. Betsy says:

    Wow, your treasures are beautiful. You were so lucky to be able to go through and pick what you loved. Love your linens and all the pretty glassware.

  7. Susan says:

    I love the Mason’s pitcher.

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  8. lulu says:

    Because I am a weaver I am particularly drawn to the runner which adds such nice texture to the table.

  9. I too think it is an honor to have things from a family I admire. You did finds some really lovely finds. I also think your Fall tablescape is just perfect! Thanks for joining TTF each week!

  10. Vicky Hunt says:

    Lovely finds from a lovely departed friend. What an honor to have some of her things. I love all your finds and your table is beautiful. My favorite of all are the sweet strawberry napkins. Are you selling those? Have a blessed week…:) Vicky
    Life On Willie Mae Lane

  11. Bev, It was so nice to know that your mother loved “Jane’s” sweet dishes. “Jane” did have some lovely things. I love your canister set and it wouldn’t bother me in the least that they were slightly different.
    I collect the “Charm” pattern in the red and also the green. Should you decide to part with the tumblers, at some time in the future, email me.
    Have a blessed week,

  12. Beautiful thoughts to go with your treasures. Your tablescape is very pretty!

  13. Stephanie says:

    Hi Bev! I was just visiting sweet Vicky and she mentioned you so I thought I would pop in and say hello 🙂 You sound like a precious friend and that is a treasure to anyone. All of these items are stunning and I am sure they are very special to you.

    May you have a lovely evening!

  14. Sanghamitra says:

    Beautiful tablescape with gorgeous fall colors.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  15. Pam says:

    Love the mason’s jar. It is “Pink Vista” pattern. It stands out every time.

  16. Bev, You did find some treasures and I’m sure their value to you is much greater because of the connection. Linda

  17. Rettabug says:

    You were very lucky, Bev, to get such nice things from your friend…each item is beautiful & useful as well. You chose wisely.
    Very nice tablescape ideas, too. I love the Friendly Village pattern!

  18. I collect pitchers, and you really did get some bargains! the apple and vista are gorgeous. Visiting thru Katherine’s Corner hop.

  19. Jennifer says:

    What wonderful things you have found! Also I enjoyed the sentiments of your post this week. Happy Halloween

  20. Marigene says:

    You always find great treasures, Bev…love those pitchers. I see you are using my favorite Dollar Store goblets!
    Have a wonderful week…

  21. Diane says:

    All great finds, Bev, and you did a beautiful job putting your table together. When I set my table, I am always thinking, about gifts that wonderful people have given me. I still remember who gave me many of my wedding gifts – 45 years ago!!

  22. Christine says:

    Nice and warm Friendly Village table, Bev. I love your finds too especially like that red transferware….Christine

  23. Kathy says:

    What a fantastic opportunity for you – an intriguing way to host a sale. Lovely tablescape! I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,

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