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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Happy Labor Day Everyone! I wasn't sure if we were doing Show-off Monday due to the holiday. Today I'm showing off a post I did last Thursday for Tablescape Thursday hosted by Susan at Between Naps on the Porch. I had been visiting her blog for a long time enjoying the diverse and inspirational vignettes. I was invited to participate and was sooooo nervous, but what fun. And, I was asked to join in again! SO many ideas... makes you stretch your creative muscle......not enough table I know you all have seen my porch, but I thought it was outside the box so to speak. And, this is a great way to showcase some of my designs and vintage finds.
Thanks for stopping by on your holiday! Don't forget pop over to the Tablescape Thursday/betweennapsontheporch link in the post to see all the wonderfully talented tablescape designers!

Wow, Thursday came fast! Again I'd like to thank Susan for hosting this wonderful blog theme and thank her for allowing me to participate. I've been following Susan's blog for a while, but was a little hesitant to join in with all of the inspiring and beautiful tablescapes I saw every week.

Since this is my first Tablescape Thursday I thought I'd keep it simple. I love utilizing my front porch as much as possible. It's our outdoor room, even in the winter, if it's mild.(it's has been known to go up into the 60's at Christmas here in I even keep it fully decorated at Christmas.) Visit here and here to see how it looks during the day time.
It is September...Apple, I thought I'd use an apple theme
Yes, it's dark. We eat a little late sometimes during the week, but I love the ambiance the candlelight creates, even for such a simple setting. When we have more couples I decorate the chairs and us them as set-up for place's usually informal, so we eat buffet-style.
We sit on the porch swing while the tree frogs and crickets serenade us. All those candles..citronella....give a romantic glow and keep all the flying pests at bay. This next picture gives a good view of my September dinnerware. The apple motif place settings are called the 'Cades Cove Collection' by Citation. They were a premium giveaway from the Meijer Grocery Store in the early 90's. Since Cades Cove, Tn. is our most favorite spot in the world we made sure to collected the whole set. The glasses are Libby, but I'm not sure what they are called, they are a fruit motif which matches an aluminum tray I found years ago that I'll use in another post. The small basket of apples gave off such a delicious aroma..I wish we had smellascreens. The vintage blue Mason jars were a gift from my Mother-In-Law. I don't can, but they make perfect candle holders....use them year round..everywhere!
The next views are of the side table I used to hold our dessert....................................

I've used my Jadite Pie pan to hold my lattice topped apple pie. Sorry, it's not an original. I couldn't afford the real thing. This is an authorized reproduction by FireKing sold in 2000. I still like it and use it all the time. Did I tell you I collect hand-wrought aluminum of the 30's-50's? My collection consists of about 75 pieces, so they will be sure to be included in more of my future tablescapes. This vintage coffee pot, sugar,and creamer with bakelite handles have a pretty little filigrees design and were a great find (only $5 for the set!) along the Longest Yard Sale route several years ago. I use them as candle holders and flower vases. The bowl is a Rodney Kent Tulip pattern, but was so discolored I use it only outside. The ivy leaf candelabra is a find at Tuesday Morning. And, lastly, I have a photo of one of my vintage apron I refurbish and redo. It fits in nicely with the apple theme and it comes with that wonderful 1950's Pies and Pastry Cookbook. The set is available on my website and my Etsy site.
Well, this is my first table setting for Tablescape Thursday. I hope you enjoyed your visit to Brown Gingham Creations blog. Stay a while check out some of my past posts. July was my 6 month blogiversary, so, I am relatively new to all of this. Still learning, still tweaking. Please come again and remember to stop by my website and Etsy site to see what I've been creating.
Don't forget to leave a comment, I can't wait to meet you! Now I'm off to visit your tablescapes to be inspired! Come along to see all the other tablescape participants at Betweem Naps On The Porch.


Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Welcome to Tablescape Thursday! We're so glad that you've joined us and the most famous porch in blogland! Love your apple theme -- it's perfect for September! Hope you'll be back real soon!

Liz said...

This is so down home! I love it. May I pleas have a piece of pie? :)


Eileen said...

I love your porch! I love your furniture!
I would love to be sitting there!
Your tablescape is great! Very pretty pieces! This was great! And a really nice theme with Fall coming! That's what I had in mind this tablescape too!
All the best,

{ L } said...

I really like the atmosphere of this! I want to pop right on over. :) The pie looks delicious.

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Love the apple theme...and that pie server!!!

nannykim said...

Ha, I am sitting here with my windows open and the crickets are going to town (as well as the neighbor's dogs!) and I just finished an apple....why am I telling you this??? Because it goes with your applescape (I can smell them!) and your outdoor feeeeeel. However I don't have to worry about mosquitoes inside , ahh. I love those apple plates--colorful, homey, and happy. That is a nice idea for the mason jars--I remember those blue ones; but have none . Thanks for sharing

Hmm your comment settings are a bit different so if you click on my name I don't know for sure where it will bring you. My tablescape is at:

Julie said...

Welcome...Love your porch...

Christi said...

I love tablescapes on the porch! They are my favorite kind. Yours is lovely. Happy TT!

Christi @ A Southern Life

Shirley said...

Perfect theme! And Oh My that pie looks good! I have 3 apple trees in my yard that are heavy with apple. However, I didn't spray so they will all be for the animals!

niartist said...

Yummmm, that pie looks delicious, and the late night candle lit dining is superb! Great job! I hope you can stop by and enter your name in the giveaway at Color Outside the Lines. I know you could do some fantastic things with the loot! :) Cheers!

Dining Delight said...

Welcome to TT! Wonderful porch and little table for two! That pie looks delicious!


black eyed susans kitchen said...

Melody, I still love those chairs, and the pie in the jadite pie plate is just to die for! It is all wonderful and I am so happy to see that you joined in.
♥, Susan

Beansieleigh said...

Hi Melody! I am just a visitor passing through, still mustering the courage to play along for Tablescape Thursdays! Seeing this is only your FIRST time joining in, and yet how you took it outside the box, so to speak, to your front porch??.. BRAVO! I am absolutely inspired and in AWE of what you've set up! I am from "the Great Northeast" and I am definitely in an apple picking mood!! I have just been meaning to ask around as to when they will be ready this year!... Anyways, LOVE your apple dishes, and that pie server!!.. HOW CUTE was THAT!! It was a pleasure stopping here today, and I am now officially a follower! ~tina

Brenda said...

I so enjoy seeing outdoor tablescapes! And the pie looks delicious!

Kitty Valerie said...

Nice tablesetting. Your plates are very pretty.

Apple was just a good idea!

Have a great day,

Shirley said...

I love your Tablescape Thursday. Your porch looks so inviting. I really like your dishes. I have a blue mason jar, but I used mine to put either dry macroni or dry beans in it. Your Missouri Friend had to check out your blog on this special Thursday. Shirley

Lisa Shatzer said...

How cute! I love the apple theme. Perfect for September.

Bill said...

Sorry I'm stopping by late, but wanted to say welcome and congratulations on your first Tablescape Thursday! Isn't it great fun? You obviously have a gift for putting together a charming setting using wonderful vintage items. Can't wait to see more of your aluminum collection!!!

Hope your weekend goes well.


Jane said...

What a lovely post! I love the Cades Cove dishes. September is just the right time to use apple dishes (and eat fried apple pies!).

Cades Cove is one of my favorite places, too. My family spent many an afternoon there when we lived in Knoxville...and of course, it was on the list of places to take our out of town guests.
Looking forward to "seeing" more of you. Be sure to come back for a visit.
Jane (Artfully Graced)

Debbie Moore at Slice of Pie Entertaining & Cookbooks said...

Thanks for visiting my site ... and your first TT posting was great! Love to spend time on the front porch ... and I can't wait to see more of your aluminum. I love that stuff, too ... have a few pieces that I'll post in Novembe. I use it for my husband's birthday! Maybe we should have a blog party for all the aluminum collectors ... there are a few of us! Great posting ... love the apple dinnerware!

Debbi said...

this is such a fun event, I wish I had to time to participate!! But someday I will I hope---Melody, I love your "Americana" theme, so homey and welcoming..Great job!

Christie said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment! You have a great little spot here to enjoy a meal- I'd love to have a porch like that!

Denise said...

Thanks for visiting me, I'm still trying to get to all the TT posts. I love your porch, during the day and at night, it looks so cozy then. Great tablescape, your dishes are so pretty.

xinex said...

I sure enjoyed visiting your tablescape. I am glad you finally joined in. Your food looks so delicious too...Christine

Niesz Vintage Home said...

Hi Melody!
Love your apple themed tablescape. Such lovely and interesting pieces.


Kimberly :)

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

Hi Melody! I'm sooo jealous!! I love porches and decorated porches specially...(not to mention porches with pie!!) You did such a great job, I bet everyone likes to have dinner there! congrats,

Dragonfly Treasure said...

What awarm and inviting porch! I love it. Mmmm that pie looks delicious...I'll be right over! LOL
Thanks for stopping by and leaing a comments!
Have a great day on your porch!

Dragonfly Treasure said...

I'm in the Central Valley, Modesto area, in Newman. I was born in Livermore. Hubby was in the Coast Guard from '73-'95. We were staioned in San Francisco, Sacramento, Miami, & Kodiak Alaska. Wishing you a great week!

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Love your post of your porch - what a great place to set down and visit - it's really quite perfect! Thanks for stopping by the other day - we were at a show selling that van of stuff all weekend & labor day - glad to be back home & visiting everyone!
PS - loved hearing Doris sing when we popped on - she's one of our favorites :)
Karla & Karrie

common ground said...

Hi Melody, thankyou for coming by last Monday and leaving a kind comment, and I so appreciated the info on the vintage print. It's great to know the origins of some of these things.
Hope you're having a great week. Visit again, soon.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Welcome to Tablescape Thursday! Warning, it's addictive!! LOL!
Nice porch tablescape, I like the apple plates and theme. The pie looks yummy!