Aqua Showpiece

Regular readers know that I love to mix and match my Cunningham & Pickett Danube, Lifetime Gold Crown, and Laughlin Sunrise. These three china patterns were all made by Homer Laughlin, and they look great together. However, today I have decided to showcase the Danube alone. I have not done that in a while, and I love the feminine, delicate pattern used on its on. I am using some elements that you have already seen, but I will try to mix them up a little and use them in slightly different ways.


I started with my cool, retro tablecloth. I love to use this vintage cloth with my aqua dishes. It was made for a small square table, so I have to layer it catty-cornered over the white cloth.


I love these dinner plates and never get tired of them. Their delicate color and pattern is just so lovely.


Since I’m just using this one pattern today, I decided to layer on the salad plate. Doesn’t it look great framed by the rim of the dinner plate?


I have several different colors of napkins that look good with these plates. Today I chose pale pink. Because of the pink flowers in the tablecloth, I wanted to play up the pink today. I chose my springtime napkin rings that have some of the same colors of the tablecloth in them.


Aqua flatware seemed to be the best choice for this table, of course.


I also used the aqua glassware that is the same vintage as the dishes and my pink tulip goblets. I still have not found more of these glasses, but I won’t give up! One of the stores that I visited the day that I went shopping for my booth was a flea market in a nearby town. I had been hearing of this flea market for quite some time, so I finally decided to seek it out. Well, let’s just say that I was less than impressed. The store was small, not many booths; the prices weren’t that great; the lighting was bad and hard to really see things well. I would think that you need good lighting in any kind of retail environment because you want the customer to see the merchandise well, but what do I know? Anyway, I was about to give up on finding anything at the store when I saw a shelf full of teapots and my eyes lighted on something that was almost too good to be true.


Ta-da! Yep, that is the Danube teapot that you are seeing! I could not believe my luck and grabbed it and held on tight. Even better, it was only $10! It does have a small hairline crack on one side, but that doesn’t bother me since I just use it for display and don’t put any liquid in it.


However, I did notice that the lid is wrong.  I wasn’t sure at first, but when I examined it closely, I discovered that this lid matches the Empire Green pattern. Of course, the dishes are all the same shape made by Homer Laughlin, so the lid fits the teapot perfectly. But it is what we dealers call a “marriage,” when the tops and bottoms have been put together and weren’t made to go together. At only $10, I did not let this flaw deter me; I purchased it and hope that I will find the right lid at some point. By the way, the lady who checked me out tried to tell me that the lid went with the teapot, but I stood my ground, telling her that I was very familiar with this pattern and that I knew it did not go. When she finally looked at it in good light (I mentioned how bad the lighting was in this store), she agreed with me.


To make this lovely teapot the showpiece of the table, I elevated it and used the sugar and creamer with it. I am in love!


I wanted to keep the rest of the table simple, so I used my Cheerful Giver candles in pastel shades. I think that the pale green, pink, and cream blends beautifully with the colors on this table.


I love this simple centerpiece and the delicate colors, but I really thought that I needed to add one more element.


Why not the matching pitcher? Love it and it looks great with the rest of the table.


As for an update on my husband’s health, I really don’t have one. We are still waiting to hear from the doc about what the test last week showed and what he will do to resolve the problem. The only thing wrong with waiting on docs is that David is continuing to suffer so much.


He had 3 nights in a row of hardly any sleep at all. Then last night he finally slept a little bit. The days are hard, and the nights are long. We will be so glad when we know something.


Do you love the continuation of the silver lines on the spout of the teapot? I really like that little detail. As for a business update, we have one more weekend in May, but I am shaping up to have a good month. I think that I have mentioned that Pyrex, Corningware, and so forth sells pretty well for me, but recently it had slowed up some.


Today my luck changed! A lady came in who, unfortunately, was replacing some things she had lost in a house fire. She bought one piece of Corningware, several Pyrex bowls (including that pretty aquamarine one), a Pyrex square casserole, a Pyrex loaf pan, a Visions round casserole with lid, and a Fire King small casserole. Of course, even with the discount that I gave her (if someone buys several things, I like to give them a discount, plus how could I not do that anyway when she is replacing things lost in a fire?), I still came out well.


Love the silver detail on the handle of the pot also!


I also got rid of some pieces that have both been in the booth for a while plus took up quite a bit of merchandise space.  That is always good to do! Have a great week!

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, 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, Tips and Tricks at Stringtown Home

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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6 Responses to Aqua Showpiece

  1. Zenda says:

    I do like those dishes and am REALLY loving your tablecloth!!

  2. Joy B says:

    Beautiful dishes and tablecloth. And what a find that teapot was! It makes for a very pretty table.

  3. I’d never tire of those pretty plates, either, Bev….so pretty! Love this soft color palette, 🙂

  4. So pretty! One of my favorite colors.

  5. Jacqueline says:

    Those plates are stunners and it looks like that tablecloth was made just for them! What a pretty color combination- so cool and feminine and soothing!

  6. Sandra Garth says:

    That retro tablecloth is so pretty and a great foundation for this very feminine table!

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