One of the things that I have not yet mentioned about the New Year is my annual report from WordPress. One of the things that I was totally aware of is that I have not published as many blog posts this year as in previous years. I added more working days at the flea market, spent more time shopping for merchandise for the flea market, and did probably a dozen more things that I let interfere with my blogging. I can’t truthfully say that I will post more in 2016, but I would like to if possible. But I know better than to set that goal when I am not sure if I can meet it.
My most viewed post in 2015 was More Purging Options. I purchased a new set of dishes at our flea market about that time and it sent me into a tailspin about my hoarding tendencies and how I had way too many dishes. Most of my other top-viewed posts all had to do with my sort of mini-breakdown: Valentine’s, Pinking, and I’ve Crossed the Line. One other post, Rhapsody in Blue, made it into the most viewed. It had a great blue and white table and some details about my flea market booth.
Those stats bring me to today’s table. I have not used my lovely magnolia dishes lately, so they seemed the obvious choice. I started with my sage green placemats. I love the green leaves on the magnolias, so I decided to bring them out in several ways.
The salad plates have the entire bloom on them. I like the way the rim of the dinner plate frames it.
I had a difficult time deciding whether or not to use the cups and saucers. Since I have not used them in a while, I decided to go ahead. I like the shape of the cup and the way it looks on the plate stack.
Of course, I had to use the matching goblet. I like the size of these and that they hold a large amount of liquid.
I also had a hard time deciding on napkins. Finally I chose a fringed napkin in taupe and cream plaid (old favorite). The taupe seemed like a good choice given the color of the center of the blooms. I did not want to introduce another color at this point. I also chose my Dollar General flatware (old favorite) in green.
P. Silkotch (old favorite), a Mississippi artist similar to Gail Pittman, napkin rings complete the place setting. I like the way P. Silkotch and Gail Pittman complement each other and can used together.
Since I like my Gail Pittman Flame pattern (old favorite) paired with the magnolia dishes so much, I decided to use them for the centerpiece. Because none of my table runners had the look that I wanted, I layered my burgundy beaded placemats for the runner. I ended up liking the look more than I thought I would. I found this small bowl in my favorite pattern a few months ago at my flea market (new favorite).
I also used both my tall (old favorite) candlesticks and short (new favorite) candlestick as part of the centerpiece. Green tapers bring out the green in the plates.
Also bringing out the green is the square green dish (new favorite)that my good friend recently gave me. It had belonged to her late mother. I love how this dish looks.
I ended up being really pleased with how the centerpiece turned out. Of course, I always like the magnolia dishes no matter how I use them!
In a recent post, I mentioned some New Year’s goals. I periodically…not just at New Year’s…reevaluate and set goals for myself. One of them was to read more. I am happy to report that I have met my first goal…
Yep, that’s right! I finished Moby Dick this morning! (He’s not as cute as the above clip art, by the way…) I’ve read about an hour a day almost every day since Jan. 1. Parts of it were hard to get through, but the story itself was pretty good. Now I’m ready to read The Heart of the Sea, but I think that I will wait a little while. I need a break from the heavy reading and will read a couple of easy-read books that I have on hand first. I used to be a high-school librarian and junior high English teacher; I almost always have some quick read YA novels around. I’ll let you know when I begin The Heart of the Sea.
So that’s it for my goals and ramblings! Have a happy new year of tablescaping and reading and whatever you favorite hobby may be!