Spring Table Plus Goal Updates

We’ve been really busy lately, so I am just now getting around to setting a new table. After going over some possibilities in my mind, I thought about my vintage Homer Laughlin dishes. As much as I enjoy mixing and matching my HL patterns, I decided that I wanted to use the Danube alone today.


I started with my pink tablecloth and layered my vintage one with pink and aqua flowers over it. The Danube dinner plate is so lovely and delicate…I never get tired of it!


Since I’m going matchy-matchy today, I layered the matching small plate on top. I love the way the rim frames the small plate…so pretty!


I have napkins that match the pink tablecloth, but I decided to go with lighter pink ones today. I wanted the more delicate color, and, with the smaller cloth acting as buffer, I thought that it didn’t matter that the 2 pinks weren’t exact matches. Clear acrylic napkin rings show off the pastel pink.


Since I am going in a more delicate, feminine direction, I decided against colored flatware and pulled out the silver. I also never tire of this wonderful vintage pattern, Grosvenor.


Of course, you knew that you would see my pretty pink goblets, didn’t you?


Since I’m going for matching today, I decided to do the same on the accessories. Of course, I had to use this wonderful teapot.


The platter went on a stand so that it will show up. Obviously, I would remove the stand when it comes time to serve food. Isn’t this platter just lovely?


The only other Danube accessories I have are the cream and sugar.


Because I thought the centerpiece needed a little something else, I added my cheerful giver candle on the silver stand with the globe. I don’t always use the globe with the candle holder, but I thought that the more formal setting called for it. I love these pastel shades and have found that they go with a lot of pink tables.


I did some arranging and rearranging of the pieces and finally came up with a centerpiece that I liked.


I really didn’t have spring in mind when I started this table, but it ended up looking like spring to me. It’s still cold here in central MS, but the daffodils and jonquils are blooming, the sun is shining, and we are hoping for spring soon!

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Some time around the new year, I mentioned that I was setting reading more as a goal of mine for this year. Since January 1, I have read Moby Dick, The Heart of the Sea, A Walk in the Woods, The Revenant, Unbearable Lightness, Good Wives, and 3 or 4 YA books that I had lying around the house leftover from my teaching days and are now at the flea market.

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A few months ago, I was talking with a young lady who works with me at the paper, and she mentioned how much she loves Louisa May Alcott. After our conversation, I purchased the complete works of Louisa May Alcott on my kindle app. I am not as familiar with Alcott as I would like to be, so I decided to read her works that I’ve not read and to reread those that I have. Before Christmas, I reread Little Women and thoroughly enjoyed it. Now I have finished Good Wives and am in the middle of Little Men. Therefore, I can happily report that I have increased my reading and hope to continue.


As for my goals for panning makeup, I have used the 2 Colourpop shadows, Hope and Glow and a Paula’s Choice shadow, plum, the majority of the month. As you can see, all 3 shadows show considerable use and I might even could completely use up Hope soon if I wasn’t so tired of wearing it. I have put it and the plum away for a while.


Beginning March 1, I have chosen to continue using Glow because I like it as an all over base and to use Weenie, a rosy gold color that I just love. Remember that my panning challenge to myself is use these shadows the majority of the month so that I won’t get completely sick of using them day in and day out.


I am also adding to my panning challenge 2 stick eye shadows in cherry blossom and pretty in pink. These shadows are by L.A. Colors and I bought them for $1 each from shopmissa. I thought that these pink shades would blend well with the Weenie color, and it is the first time that I have put an eye pencil in a panning challenge.


I wore the Santee blush (also $1 at shopmissa) every day during February and really enjoyed the color. Although I am the only one that can tell, the dome in the center had gone down a bit, although I am a long way from hitting pan! For the month of March, I have chosen the Maybelline Dream Bouncy blush in pink plum. This is a cream to powder blush with an unusual mousse-like texture, and I am anxious to see if I will like it or not.


I forgot to mention at the beginning of last month that I will choose 2 lipsticks to wear the majority of the month as part of my panning challenge. Last month I chose Two Faced liquid lipstick in melted fig and Revlon liquid lipstick in miracle mauve. I enjoyed using both of these colors. The negative about the Revlon matte lipstick is that it is a little drying, but it never bothered me too much. The negative about the Two Faced is that it is sometimes hard to be precise in application, but I would use a cotton swab to clean up any mistakes and keep on going. Otherwise, I enjoyed the color and staying power of these lipsticks a good bit.


This month, hoping that spring is around the corner, I have chosen 2 lighter shades. The Laura Geller Lip Dew crayon is in pink mimosa, and the Almay lip butter is in nude light.


I successfully panned my New Cid baked powder. I have to say that I am just so-so about this powder. It was my first experience with a baked powder that had the swirls of different colors in it. This particular shade had a lot of pink and rosy shades to it, and I often thought that it made me look like I had been in the sun too long. I think that this would be great on someone with younger skin, but it just did not flatter my 50+ wrinkles! That being said, look at that brush that came with it. I love it! It is a good weight and size, and it applies the product well with good coverage. I am hoping that I have found a new brush that I will have forever!


I began using my Laura Geller baked powder after using up the New Cid, and so far I like it. The shade is Balance and Brighton in fair, and you’ll notice it sticks to the beiges and taupes rather than the pink shades.


My final makeup report is on my lip balm. After using up my tube of Vaseline lip therapy, I moved on to my Nivea lip balm in milk and honey, intending to use it until I finished it. However, since I just started with a case of chapped lips a couple of days ago, I switched to the my small tub of Vaseline lip therapy since I think it performs better with chapped lips.


OK, so there it is! A new table…reading goals met…makeup used and started again. Have a great day and 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,   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;  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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4 Responses to Spring Table Plus Goal Updates

  1. Rosie M. says:

    Such a pretty table, Bev. You’re right about those HL dishes; I, too, love the pattern. Your centerpiece is perfect and showcases all your accent pieces. I also like the pink goblets. I love the way your layered your tablecloths. Indeed, this table sings, “Spring”! Thanks for sharing. Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  2. Bev, the table has a lovely feminine flair and your HL dishes give us a hint that spring is in the air! I love to read and try to read at least one book per week! Happy Tuesday, Pam

  3. Jessica says:

    I love the blue color you used in your table setting!! Thanks for sharing at our Tuesday Tips and Tricks link up!

  4. Sherry says:

    Bev, I love this dish pattern and you have used my favorite colors here. What a gorgeous spring tablescape. I sometimes do my favorite stuff when I start out with a plan for one thing and let my creativity do something completely different. I will feature this tomorrow at Home Sweet Home! Thanks for sharing with us!

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