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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

I love it when a table theme comes together !!!

Hi Welcome! I'm so glad you got to stop by. Hope you had a great Red, white and blue weekend.
I know that summer has officially started, but I just could not resist doing this Holland Inspired (some would think spring) tabletop. Last year I found this vintage 1940's tablecloth at a friends blog 'yard sale'.............
It's a very happy print in greens, yellow, red. and blue.  It depicts a Dutch boy and girl in a small village with windmills, sailboats, seagulls and of course the national flower of Holland the Tulip. I think its so unique, but alas very worn.....so, LOL, don't look too close. Eventually it'll become a tablerunner for my table and a myriad of other creations for my Etsy and website. I just couldn't pass up using it today for this tablescape because.............

I found a place setting of six of these dishes at an antique mall! The red caught my eye and as I focused in closer I couldn't believe it, a little Dutch Girl by a canal with a windmill, cottage, and sailboat. I thought since they were marked on the back, Stanton 24k gold, they'd be out of my price range. Ya know how when you look at something, but you think you just aren't focusing right....ok maybe you don't cause you're not almost 50.....anyway.....it read $15.  My Mom laughed cause I didn't think about, didn't take a moment, didn't go around once and come back, I picked every piece up and placed it in our cart. No one was gonna grab these. You see they not only go with the tablecloth, but they match the pattern of these.........................


          
This vintage hand-wrought aluminum tray by Continental 
and this Orman ice bucket I have had for a few years.


I was so happy when I later found this meat platter and vegetable dish.
     


To complete the table I used other things I had collected over the years, like..............


Two aluminum chargers. One round for him and one floral for her.


This vintage aluminum serving tongs and salt and pepper.


New acrylic and aluminum tea/water glasses


Vintage Pressed Glass vegetable dishes


1990's Onieda 'Southern Garden' silver serving spoons


1990's hand-woven napkins from Gatlinburg, Tn.  I folded to create silverware cozys.


A vintage chrome percolator coffee pot. I can't make out the maker, but it clearly reads Stratford-on-Avon, England. The creamer and sugar are Rodney Kent.


Took this pedestal plate, inverted it, and topped it with

a plate and created this                                                                        

cake plate. And, for mood lighting.......................................


an oil lanp from the early 1900's.
Put it all together and add a Flemish Bouquet......................


A Dutch treat table for two.
As I said, I love it when a table theme comes together! And, it only took a few years to locate all the components. I think the fun of the search is why vintage collections are so popular.
I'm linking this post to Susan over at It's a Very Cherry World for her Rednesday and at Susan's Between Naps on the Porch for her Tablescape Thursday. Remember to stop by both these very gracious hostesses and chexk out the participants at their memes.

33 comments:

Brambleberry Cottage said...

Such terrific vintage goodies for your tablescape!

I just had three sets of wooden Dutch shoes in my last antique show that would have been perfect for your theme. ;)

Thanks for visiting the cottage for Pink Saturday.

I'm hosting three new linky parties starting this first week of June and would love for you to participate. The first one started tonight, June 1st.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

black eyed susans kitchen said...

I love the Dutch theme!! Your tablescape is beautiful and very creative and I am especially taken with the drinking glasses.
♥, Susan

craftyles said...

I absolutely love your tablecloth and love all vintage dutch stuff. I also have alot of hammered aluminum-I love it!

Sherrie said...

What a great job for your tablescape. Good for you.

Jan LaFollette said...

Wow! What a nifty table setting I am so impressed you were able to find all the pieces that tie together in one theme.

FLOWERSHOPGURL said...

Hi Melody, Your Holland inspired table is so beautiful, I wouldn't have hesitated to grab those dishes either! I really love your vintage table linen too! Don't you just love it when it all comes together, as yours did? Thank you for visiting and leaving your sweet comment on my Patriotic Door Wreath! I really enjoyed designing this wreath, love the red, white and blue!
Hugz,
Kim

Creative Breathing said...

Stopping in for Rednesday to find such a wonderful collection of Dutch. This post was especially inspiring to me as I too am collecting items together in the hopes of being able to set a lovely table. Such a fun visit, thank you for sharing. Elizabeth

Mary said...

I am so in love with Dutch themes! I adore your china set and tablecloth. I have a small Delft collection so your post just tickled my fancy. What wonderful finds. Happy REDS (and windmills;)~

p.s. I found the red beverage bucket (laundry basket) at Target

nannykim said...

I just love the old tablecloths! I have a few of my Mom's...wish I had more. I wish they would make similar ones and sell them at the discount stores!

http://spindlecottage.blogspot.com

Ann said...

How fantastic!! I agree with you about a table coming together and you have done it perfectly!!
Fondly,
Ann
@
The Tattered Tassel

Kathy said...

Love the tablecloth and the very interesting dishes and accessories! This is such a treat!
Kathy

CACHANILLA73 said...

Wow, very nice finds.... very nice!!!

Shirley said...

Hi, I really like the Dutch table setting. Your china is so pretty and I always like to see what you have been up to lately. I hope everybody is doing o.k.. I have all of the test schedule now it is just sit back and wait. If the swallow test and x-rays comes back ok, I might not have to have the upper gi. I think I would sooner have it to be on the safe side to see if I have ulcers. They put me on stomach meds. At least it is a capsule and it goes down a little easier. I went because I was having a problem swallowing and losing my voice. I thought my voice was just from the allergies. Oh well we shall find out, but I have to wait until the week of the 14th to find out. Hope your mom and dad are doing o.k. Take care. Your Missouri Friend.

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

What a sweet little table setting. That is nice how it all came together.

daylily777 said...

Wonderful Finds! They did come together nicely to form a beautiful tablescape !

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Love the tablecloth and I can't believe that you found those sweet Dutch dishes!!

They are so cute!!

Debbie

Sharon Haynie said...

It's a great feeling when you finally get everything you need to complete a table. Yours is especially sweet today. thanks for sharing with us today!!

Deborah said...

Lovely. It looks so cosy.

julie said...

Isn't vintage hammered aluminun the best. No polishing! Great tablescape.

Mimi said...

Cute little Dutch table.

Beth said...

You found some great items and you put them together beautifully! Love the plates with the windmills! Adorable tablecloth too. Thanks for stopping by and commenting on the Old Country Roses. Wanted to share a little secret with you: I purchased 4 placesettings from the same seller on e-bay for a total of $170. To me that was a good deal as my first placesetting was $79. Have a wonderful week!

Sherry said...

Nice vintage pieces. Love the dishes so pretty! Come by my blog and win a $50 gift certificate from CSN.
Sherry

SueLovesCherries said...

Now, that is just lovely! I have a soft spot for Dutch items, as I lived in Belgium for a few years about 25 years ago!

Mumsy said...

Very nice table setting! The vintage looks is just adorable.

Miss Merry said...

Your vintage tablecloth is just lovely and was the perfect inspiration! Your theme certainly did come together - what a great deal on your special plates. A lovely table!

xinex said...

Pretty plates! Your table looks so nice with them on it. I like the Dutch girl!..Christine

Creative Breathing said...

Sit apons! Oh my gosh I had forgotten that very first craft! You are so right about wanting to be a boy scout. Have a fun summer! Elizabeth

The Paint Splash said...

Love all your dutch finds. We lived in Europe for 6 years and Holland was one of my favorite places to visit. Look forward to following you. Stop by and visit.
Debbie
http://thepaintsplash.blogspot.com/

Bill said...

Your table is wonderful! I particularly like the vintage aluminum pieces you showed us. My mother had salt & peppers exactly like yours. Seeing them brought back pleasant memories.

Hope your weekend goes well.
Bill

The Paint Splash said...

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Cinderella Moments said...

Wonderful table! I love that windmill plate! Thanks for coming by and giving us a smile! :)

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Melody! Those dishes are de-lish-ious! WOW! Love them...too cute! How adorable that you could make a themed table like that - amazing!!

ennadoolf said...

Thanks so much for directing me to this post! I thoroughly enjoyed it!
:D
Anne, VintageAndSuch on Etsy