Thomas Kinkade, Recovery Update, and Counting my Blessings

I’m giving myself a little personal indulgence before I get into the tablescape. My baby boy turned 32 yesterday. Although we have not always spent his birthday with him since he has been out of college, we do usually get to see him sometime around his birthday. Not this year…and probably not too often in the future. “Times…they are a changin’.”

David, Bev, & Russell family portrait

We have five plus hours between us now instead of 1 1/2. Our visiting each other has to become more deliberate and more planned ahead. Well, we are working on it! I called him on his birthday, and he was mowing out the shape of the house on the chosen site. The septic tank will be installed soon (I had no idea this was the first step in building). The photo above was actually not taken on his birthday, but the day after. It was the first time that I held him and the first time that he was out of the incubator. So sweet!

Russell in crib

I am not sure how old he was in this photo. I think maybe 3-4 weeks.

Russell & Callie

I snapped this photo at Camp Lake Stephens a few years ago. I think it was Thanksgiving. I guess we can agree that he grew up and filled out a little. I know that all of you are as proud of your families as I am of mine! Thanks for putting up with a little nostalgic indulgence on my part.


I am really excited to show you my tablescape today, not because it is anything remarkable or spectacular and certainly not because it shows something that you have not seen before. OK, I’m getting ahead of myself; let me start at the beginning…the striped placemat in shades of purple.


On top of the placemat are the Thomas Kinkade Spode dinner plates. I love this dinnerware and never get tired of it. I wrote a post about purchasing these plates a couple of years ago, so I won’t repeat it.


Sometime I just use the dinner plates, but today I wanted to add the salad plates as well. Don’t you just love those gorgeous Kinkade pictures on this dinnerware? Gorgeous!


Instead of using the striped napkins to match the placemats, I chose the solid purple. I like the contrast and don’t always want too much matchy-matchy. My beaded napkin rings are perfect with the napkins.


I have tried different flatware with these plates and always come back to the San Remo. I just think that it looks the best. OK, are you ready for the big reveal?


Ta-da! Yep, I finally got them. I actually see the matching mugs quite often on eBay, but never at an affordable price.


Finally, they came up last week at a reasonable opening bid, so I jumped on it.


I unbelievably ended up winning them as the only bidder! Yay!


Of course, adding shipping did drive the cost up somewhat, but I still think that I won’t ever see that low of a price on them again.


My purple goblets round out the place setting.


I don’t have just a whole lot of purple accessories. I spent a few days cataloging my purple table accents in my mind as I thought about how to do this table.


I started with my recent Dollar General candlestick purchase and my purple variegated candle.


Then I chose the lovely old platter that my mother-in-law gave me. I love the delicate spray of violets and I’m sure that Vicky from Willie Mae Lane would wrestle me for it if she were here! 100_8098

I had to pick up a few things at Fred’s the other day and took a stroll down the home décor aisle with two things on my mind: purple and cheap. Believe it or not, I actually found several things that had some purple, but this little vase was my favorite.

Looking through my flower stash, I had absolutely nothing purple. I just bought a vase and mugs, and I really don’t need to spend any more money. As you can imagine, I’ve been pretty housebound lately since the shoulder surgery. As I was setting the table, I heard the mailman come, so I went outside to get the mail. Then I noticed it. The monkey grass was blooming! I had no idea that it had boomed, and how providential that I noticed it today! Perfect, right?

I found some scissors and went outside to prune the monkey grass. I was cutting with one hand and clutching the bundle in the other. I was trying to think about how to actually use the monkey grass. It’s pretty flimsy and won’t stand up in a vase, especially one with a wide mouth like I purchased. It really is more the shape of a flower pot.


As I clutched the bundle, I looked down at my hand holding them all together so that none would escape. The answer was right in front of me! I twisted a rubber band around the bundle to hold it all together. I put the bundle in a juice glass of water and stuck it down in my vase.


Voila! I love the way it looks. You know, sometimes a simple tablescape like this one gives me infinitely more pleasure than something more elaborate.


This thought leads me to the rest of the title…counting blessings. I have had so many things to be thankful for these last 2 weeks. I have a wonderful medical team who knew exactly how to fix a torn rotator.


I have the most wonderful husband in the world who helps me dress, waits on me, folds laundry, and does a myriad of other things to help my recovery along.


I have a wonderful son and daughter-in-law who are actively engaged in Christian ministry and have a heart for teaching children and youth about caring for God’s creation.


I have extended family who have helped me out with whatever I need, and my mother makes the best chicken pie in the world…not prejudiced, of course.

Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.
Isaiah 40:28-31

The main blessing that is on my mind now is that my recovery is going well. I return to the doc next week and hope to be put on a therapy schedule and get my life back! But the Lord teaches patience, and I am learning. Best wishes to all in decorating and tablescaping endeavors!

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 The Homesteading Hippy, 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,  Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, 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, 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,  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, Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage , The Scoop 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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11 Responses to Thomas Kinkade, Recovery Update, and Counting my Blessings

  1. Vicky Hunt says:

    What a surprise seeing my name in your post…:) So sweet of you! You’re right too…I love the platter. So pretty and it is perfect on your table. Everything looks just perfect and how nice that the monkey grass happened to be blooming. It’s hard not being able to see our “babies” on their special days isn’t it? What a tiny little fella he was. Hope you have a lovely evening.

    Blessings, Vicky

  2. FABBY says:

    Yes, I don’t know where time has gone, my sweet girks are 33 and 34 now too! You TK dishes are gorgeous and you were so lucky to be the only bidder, wow! Thanks for sharing this lovely tablescape.

  3. Rosie M. says:

    Hi, Bev: so glad your recovery is going so well! This table is one of your loveliest. The dinnerware is to die for and you have accented it perfectly! Love those flowers!! I’m glad you can still have fun with your hobby while recovering from surgery. Thanks for sharing. Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  4. Tanya says:

    Oh, it was only yesterday that I noticed those purple flowers among grass. You have a nice table set-up there.
    Birthday wishes for your son.


  5. Beautiful post.Memories give happy feelings.Love those purple flowers.Your table is cute….Love sujatha…:):)

  6. Hi Bev!

    I am so glad to see you’re recovery is going good and I hope you are trying to take it easy and get lots of rest! Your tablescape is so pretty and I am so glad you got the TK dishes at a good price, I have seen some as well in an antique store but their prices reflect the same price as gold! lol

    Just beautiful tablescape!

  7. Candy S says:

    Bev, your tablescape is beautiful. The Thomas Kinkade plates are lovely. Don’t you love it when you get lucky on Ebay and end up the only bidder on something you really want. I understand about missing your children. My boys moved to California back in the nineties, when the economy tanked they moved back to Ohio – much closer to home.

  8. Hi Bev……
    So glad your feeling better! AND I just love the tablescape! The Thomas Kinkade plates and cups are beautiful, he is one of my favorite artists….I love your “Vase”!! its lovely! Love this table…….and I too know how it feels to have your child that far away! Chin up! just think of all the fun you will have visiting……and how proud you must be of he and his wife….
    Stay well!

  9. Sherry says:

    I love these dishes. I am glad you have lots of help. That makes recovery easier.
    Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home.

  10. eclecticshorebird says:

    First, best wishes and prayers as you continue to recover. How nice to be able to share such wonderful blessings. 2 hours away feels like a blessing one day a curse the next , doesn’t it?! I am still over an hour from my family and wish I was closer. I miss having ‘everyday’ family. Thank you for sharing your tablescape. Congrats on the mugs! The table is just lovely.

  11. I had no idea that Kinkade has dinnerware. Wow, lovely table. Glad to hear that you continue to do well. Keep it up!

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