It’s Cooooold at the Friendly Village!

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OK, I know that it is very wrong to complain about the cold here in central MS when so much of the country has ice, snow, and blizzards. But I can’t help it…I live in central MS, people! I don’t like this unusually cold weather that we’re having and am soooo ready for it to warm up, even just a little bit.

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I haven’t even wanted to move around much, but I finally did do a new table in the dining room today. I wanted to show off the lovely flowers that David gave me for Valentine’s Day.


I started with my fruit-patterned table runner and added my taupe and red check placemats. My square red plates are a good anchor for this place setting.


I used the square Friendly Village plates on top. I have always liked the way this pattern looks with red, and the snowy covered bridge is perfect for the way I feel today!


I love my paisley napkins in shades of brown and the sparkly beaded napkin rings. Both of these items were very early purchases when I first started this tablescaping sickness hobby. The San Remo flatware was perfect with the black edges of the plate and the black in the napkins.


For stemware I chose my ruby red goblets with the clear stems. Because it is cold outside, I also used mugs. A cup of hot tea or chocolate is what we’re needing down here in the deep South this week!


OK, here it is…my Valentine’s bouquet! It is still lovely and hasn’t begun to droop or fade at all. When he gave them to me, I was looking at my vases and pottery pieces when I spied my Friendly Village pitcher. I have always liked the way red looks with Friendly Village, so I stuck them in it and love it! My beautiful red flowers in the Friendly Village pitcher were the inspiration for this Friendly Village table.


I added a red pillar candle, then I felt like I needed a little something else. Once again, I turned to my pottery collection.


I chose this Fenton Silvercrest compote with the ruffled edge. I added some sparkly stones to it to zip it up a little plus add some red colors to the table.


I love my centerpiece, I have to say. My goal was to showcase the flowers, and I think I have done that.


Today I attended an ecumenical Ash Wednesday service at noon at our church. It was such a nice thing to do and served to remind us all that the Lenten season is for all, not just once particular denomination or branch of Christianity.


It was quite moving to remember what Christ went through and a good reminder that he suffered for all of us.


Then I went to the grocery store with ashes on my forehead and wondered if people just thought that I had a smudge on my face.

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I would have preferred that someone ask me what it was so that I could explain how important it is to take these 40 days to remember what Christ did for me. Alas, no one did, so I just kept that special feeling to myself and tried to reflect on the Lenten season during the rest of the afternoon.


Now as I sit here finishing up this post, I am preparing to go wash my face and go through my other bedtime rituals before retiring for the night.


My resolution is to practice my Lenten disciplines and to reflect on what Jesus did for me every day. I wish all readers a spiritually full Lent and peace during this special time of the year. Also, of course, warmth and health during cold weather, no matter where in the country you happen to be!

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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12 Responses to It’s Cooooold at the Friendly Village!

  1. Vicky Hunt says:

    Lovely post and table. It has been so cold here in Florida as well. Tonight is supposed to be in the high twenties and tomorrow night is supposed to be 23 degrees! I am not a happy camper…lol! I am so ready for spring. Soon I hope….:) Have a blessed Thursday.

  2. Perfect pattern for this crazy cold weather! I love that pitcher. I have it in a different pattern. There is something about it’s shape. I use it every morning with my coffee!

    – Alma, The Tablescaper

  3. Jocelyn says:

    It’s been cold here too in the Sunshine state. Thankfully it warms up in a few days. Lovely table.

  4. Donnie Mills says:

    Do you know the name of the red goblets? I have the same ones but am missing one… Your table looks lovely. I love Friendly Village. It is so versatile. I am also a retired teacher who loves tablescaping.
    Thanks for any info you have on the goblets.

  5. cassidl says:

    Happy I jumped over from the bloghop I love tablescapes

  6. I love to see the different combinations you can come up with for dishes. The Friendly Village pattern looks great on the red dishes and your flowers looks to cheerful in the pitcher. It’s been bitterly cold here but we kind of expect it. Stay warm!

  7. Bev, I have always loved the Friendly Village pattern! Your table is lovely! Thank you for sharing your thoughts about Lent and may we never forget what Christ has done in order that we may have eternal life! Blessings, Pam

  8. envoy-ette says:

    Very lovely! Love your plate pattern as well. Looking forward to spring!

  9. Very beautiful table. Loved your blend of dishes. Centerpiece was so pretty, loved the flowers.

  10. Emily says:

    I think your Valentine’s Day flowers are lovely and made such a perfect centerpiece for this tablescape. The square red plates look so pretty with the Friendly Village pattern. Love how it all comes together. Thanks for sharing your Ash Wednesday.

  11. Oh, how I love Friendly Village! My mother had a whole set of it, glasses included, that dad retains. It is just the perfect choice for these cold days. Looking at the lovely designs makes me feel almost glad of the coziness of the cold weather.

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