Mystery of the Missing Magnolia


I have not posted in a week, which happens rarely, but my week has been crazy. Between the flea market, the paper, and some medical appointments for both of us, I have not had a moment to breathe, much less write. As a matter of fact, I am working at the flea market the next 3 days in a row, so I am making the time to post even though I need to be doing other things. I look for it to be probably another week before I have time to post again.


I am a little weary of Valentine’s tables, but I wanted to do something fresh in the dining room. Then I thought of the magnolia dishes…the great impetus to the gut-wrenching purge…I’ve not showed you them since I first purchased them. I wanted to wash my tablecloths plus I had some recently washed placemats to put away, so it was a good time to go through my placemat storage to find some that will work with these plates. I really like the way this green stripe looks…the dish both blends with the colors and pops.


Here’s the problem: I only have two of them. I do have the same placemat in blue, but I didn’t think that the colors of the plates would look good on them. I only have 2 of the blue also; these are early tablescaping purchases from Wal Mart before I realized that I really should always have 4 of everything. But the plate doesn’t look as bad as I thought it would on the blue, so I decided to go with it. Do you ever do that?


Of course, I topped it with the small plate and decided to use the napkins that matched the placemats.


These napkin rings are by a Mississippi artist who is not as well-known as Gail Pittman, P. Silkotch. I found them on eBay years ago. I like how the colors in them blend perfectly with the magnolia dishes.


I chose the San Remo flatware. I really like the way all of these items ended up looking on the green stripe placemat…the blue, not so much.


Of course, I had to use the matching goblets. Since I have not used the champagne flutes that my mother-in-law rescued from the garbage recently, I decided to use them as well.


I love my place setting! I think I am going to enjoy coming up with different ways to showcase this lovely set of dishes.


For the centerpiece, I put my Gail Pitman candlesticks on my burgundy table runner and then looked through my vintage pottery collection to find some other things to use.


I grabbed the small Camark pitcher, but then I was stuck. I just couldn’t think of anything else to use as the centerpiece. Then I remembered that I haven’t shown two of my Christmas presents yet. My daughter-in-law completely surprised me with this lovely pottery bowl that she made. Apparently, she had taken a pottery making class last spring after they moved to TN, and she told no one about it so that she could make some Christmas presents. I love this piece!


Santa left me this cute little pottery container. I have salt in it, but it can be used for anything. I love it and know I will enjoy using this container for a long time.


I like my finished centerpiece and also enjoyed using this beautiful china pattern again.


However, I can’t close this post without telling one on myself. When I was getting magnolia dishes out of the china cabinet, there were only 3 small plates. No problem…I had just put it somewhere else, right? It was nowhere to be found in the china cabinet.


It was not in my kitchen cabinets nor in my china storage containers. I was really puzzled. I would remember breaking it, wouldn’t I? I’m positive that David would have told me if he had broken it.


It wasn’t in the Hoosier, and I moved to the buffet to search there. Yep, there it was…in plain sight and I had posted about my new buffet vignettes just a couple of weeks ago! Boy, did I feel like a dummy!


Well, I guess my temporary (I hope) Alzheimer’s led to something good…I straightened up the china storage and kitchen cabinets while searching. I found some more things to purge…nothing worth mentioning…all stuff I rarely use. I straightened up the napkin drawer in the buffet and the placemat storage box as well.


I am a little embarrassed to share this story…but if I can’t laugh at myself, who will? Have a great week of dishes and tables!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Tablescape Tuesday at Every Day Living,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday,   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, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Homemaking Party at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now,   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, 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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7 Responses to Mystery of the Missing Magnolia

  1. I think we’re all getting close to Valentines overload! Your table is a beautiful change of pace and I hope you get some free time and rest soon.

  2. plutrell says:

    Very nice! Thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop! Hope you can visit me Have a great weekend!

  3. Vicky Hunt says:

    Lovely tablescape Beverly! I too prefer the green placemats, but the blue works well enough and with the blue in the candlesticks, they tie in nicely. It’s so much fun pulling items for a pretty table isn’t it? I have only had a vignette in the center of mine recently since we have been working on trim and I haven’t wanted extra stuff in the way. And, I love the story. I do things like that often so you’re not alone. Have a happy Friday and Valentine’s Day. And…..try to get some rest!

    Blessings, Vicky

  4. Zenda says:

    I’ve enjoyed your ‘purging’ journey. We all have to consider doing this now and then and you’ve let us tag along with you. I’m so glad you kept the Magnolia pattern, though. You’ve showcased it beautifully here!!

  5. I love that your plate went missing! I do that all the time! I think we are overloaded with life. It happens. We have so many things to do and not enough time to do them in. I think you need a little R&R.
    I love your dishes with the green placemats. I hate when I buy two of something then wish I had more. It is a very pretty table!
    Blessings MY Friend,

  6. Dianne says:

    Your table looks so pretty. I love the bowl your daughter-in-law made. Green is my favorite color! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  7. Sherry says:

    Beautiful table Bev! Thank you for linking with Home Sweet Home!

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