A Quiet Fourth of July

I looked back to my Memorial Day tablescape to make sure that I didn’t do the exact same one today and remembered that our Memorial Day was a quiet one because David was feeling so bad. I am glad to report now that our Fourth will be quiet for the total opposite reason: David is feeling really well and is trying to get the most rest that he can in before he returns to work on Monday. Yea!


He was supposed to start midweek last week, but his boss called and preferred that he wait until Monday. Since we rarely have the same days off and he was feeling so well, we decided to do a short buying trip Wednesday afternoon. Quite by accident, a friend and I discovered a sweet little lady who has a thrift shop about 40 miles north of here, and David had never been. Her stuff is pretty junky, but it is possible to find a hidden jewel or two there. Not this week…I got this green pitcher and a small oval Pyrex dish. The dish is not pictured because it is soaking in vinegar. It was pretty cloudy and I’m not sure it will come clean. But both were really cheap, so I should be able to at least break even on the dish…maybe.


Overall, it was a nice drive…something different to do for the two of us, and now David has seen the place. Yesterday was basically our last day off together, so we decided to go to the city south of us and hit a couple of thrift/junk stores that we had been told about. As luck would have it, those were closed, but we found a couple of antique malls to check out and another thrift store to visit. I was thrilled to find these Federal glass plates in the Golden Glory pattern, milk glass only manufactured from 1959-1966. I did not like the price on them, but yesterday was 50% off day. I won’t make much of a profit even at 50% off, but since I have a bowl in this pattern that I picked up recently from Driveway Man, I really wanted them. I am hoping to be able to put the 3 pieces together for an attractive bundle. Much to my surprise, when I looked them up this morning, the thrift store price was almost full retail value! So my 50% off was an even worse bargain that I had thought. Oh, well, nothing I can do about it now.


The one gem I found in the antique mall was this Gail Pittman pitcher in the flame pattern that I collect. The flame pattern is very hard to find, and I have a couple of pitchers, but not one in this shape. There are a few small nicks around the rim, but they don’t bother me since this will be a display piece. This booth also had a 20% sale, so I was thrilled.


On to the table…I started with these great quilted placemats that you last saw on Memorial Day.


I needed a solid color base on this placemat, so my red Wal Mart plates are perfect. I topped them with my Salem English Village plates. Perfection! Love the blue and red!


But I’m not finished yet…I topped them off with the Oneida American Quilt plate. I wasn’t sure if I would like it, but I do! Love the way the Salem plate frames the small plate.


I made these napkin rings last year from Dollar Tree sparkly pinwheels and used my Dollar General napkins from last year.


For glassware, I chose my blue Dollar Tree flutes and my red Christmas glasses. Chateau flatware finishes off the place setting.


It is a good thing that we had not planned to grill today due to David’s continuing recuperation. It’s pouring here now and thunderstorms are expected all day. It sort of makes me want to laugh at those people who are counting on picnicking today. We are dining on baked chicken breasts, twice baked potatoes, and roasted asparagus in our nice, dry house while their burgers and dogs are getting soggy in their soaked picnic sites. But I won’t laugh…I’ve certainly been there myself! Bad weather often makes things more memorable and fun…I’m still just glad it’s not me!


For my kitchen table vignette, I found a star decoration that I bought at end-of-season clearance a couple of years back and draped my Dollar Tree beads around the vase. Hobby Lobby salt and pepper shakers finish off the table.


I love our simple table; more than that, I love our simple day!


I hope everyone has a happy, safe Fourth of July and a great upcoming 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 A Quiet Fourth of July

  1. vickyhunt says:

    What a great find the pitcher was for you to add to your collection! Good luck on selling the other pieces. Maybe someone who has no idea of the value will buy them just for their beauty. Your festive table looks great! Very patriotic…:) Enjoy your Sunday before David returns to work tomorrow. I’m happy to hear he’s doing so well!

    Blessings, Vicky

  2. KayeSwain says:

    What cute ideas. A lovely visit for Pink Saturday. I’m off to post this on Pinterest for the next patriotic holiday. 🙂

  3. So cute! I love decorating for the Fourth. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Sherry says:

    So pretty Bev! Hope you had a great 4th!

  5. So glad your husband is well enough to go back to work, what great news! Love your star in a bottle centerpiece!

  6. Rosie M. says:

    Hi, Bev,
    Love your dish stack and table: all the patterns work so well together. So glad your Hubby is doing better: isn’t it wonderful how back surgery can be so successful nowadays? Enjoy your week,
    Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

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