It took me a little longer than usual this year to put away holiday dishes and décor. I guess I’m getting that old age slow down! Oh well, it is better than the alternative, as my husband always says. Now that I finally have everything put away, I was ready for a fresh, new look on my dining table. Since I last did an aqua table, I have purchased a couple of additions to my aqua collection. Fall and holiday decorating rolled around, so this is my first opportunity to show them to you.
Because my vintage aqua tablecloth is small, I chose to layer it on top of a white cloth with a lacy edge, a purchase from Jane’s estate. I don’t think that the photo shows up well, but I put it catty-cornered on top of the white cloth.
Then I used my wonderful Danube HL plates. I love these plates and never get tired of them.
If you have ever read my blog, I have often waxed poetic about The Napkin Lady. After deciding that I really did not have any napkins that looked right with these dishes, I emailed her photos of this china. Unfortunately, my camera has picked up the napkin color as more of a sky blue. It actually is aqua and is just a shade different from the plate. I love them! If you haven’t bought anything from The Napkin Lady, I highly recommend her. She is on eBay as Miss Cookie Wookie. I use a clear acrylic napkin ring to show off the pretty fabric.
I layered on the salad plates, then added my other new aqua purchase. How do you like that flatware? I found it on Amazon, and I love it. It is perfect with these dishes. I don’t remember how much it was, but you know I’m cheap, so I didn’t spent much.
For glassware, I chose a clear wine glass and pink tulip goblet.
I love the result, but now I needed to add a New Year’s touch. I remembered these glittered star candles that I have had for a long time. For a slightly different look, I put them in the center of the place setting. I like the little sparkly touch that it adds.
For the piece de resistance, how about this beautiful bowl as a centerpiece? My son and daughter-in-law are wonderful at
feeding my tablescape addiction picking out the perfect dishes for my collection, and this gorgeous dish was my Christmas gift from them (along with a great case for my iPad Air, but that’s another story).
To complete the centerpiece and add a little more sparkle, I put gold candles in two of my brass candlesticks, and lit the remaining two star candles.
I sprinkled on a little gold tinsel to give the table a more festive look, and I was done. I love the aqua theme combined with New Year’s sparkle, and you will be seeing my aqua collection a lot more often.
I also have been doing a little reflection about the past year. List after list appears on the internet at this time of the year, so I have decided to do one of my own. So here’s nothing:
Highlight of our year: Attending The Antiques Roadshow in Jacksonville, FL. Enough said!
Wonderful Health Moment: The doctor gave David wonderful news. After being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in April, 2012, David changed his diet, upped his activity, lost about 50 lbs., and took the meds exactly as prescribed. In July of 2013, the doctor told David that he no longer has diabetes. Praise the Lord!
Proud parent moment: After almost a year of prayer and soul-searching, Russell has decided to leave Camp Lake Stephens in Oxford, MS, for Cedar Crest Camp in Dickson, TN. We are beyond proud of him for not only taking this huge step in his career, but also for continuing to follow what the Lord is leading him to do. I hope to do another post about this topic next week when we return from making the big move!
Biggest job news: I began a part-time job in July with our local newspaper as a proofreader. I work 2 days a week. I really like doing it and, as an added bonus, have met a great group of new friends. As a retired person, not seeing too many people and not having a lot of social outlet can sometimes be a negative, so this job has been good for me for several reasons.
Biggest job news #2: In October, I started working 1 or 2 days a month at the flea market where I have a booth. Our owner uses vendors to work, and it is a win-win situation. She gets cheap help, and we can work off our booth rent. As an added bonus, I see a lot of people and have enjoyed the socialization. See Biggest Job News #1-last sentence.
Last but not least, one of the best parts of 2013 is that I have continued my wonderful, fun, creative tablescaping and blogging hobbies and have “met” new friends via these outlets. I hope that all of you bloggers and readers out there have a wonderful new year and continue to love your creative outlets as much as I do!