Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Yellow Lemons.......and "blueberry"

I will be linking to Tablescape Thursday at Susan's Between Naps on the Porch.  Thank you, Susan, for hosting this event each week and allowing each of us to join in the FUN!  Click on the Thursday Tablescape link on the side of the page and be transported to a beautiful experience of tablescapes.     

Today is dreary, misty, and actually quite wintery looking.  You would never know that we have been experiencing spring-like weather up until now.  I am a  person who has to live with color around me as it does affect my mood.  My tablescape today is the result of this miserable grey day outside.

I love blue and white and absolute favorites of all times .....followed by pink.  Lemons seem to be a "happy fruit" to me, maybe, because of their sunny yellow hue.  Setting my table with these elements, plus a few of my favorite things, should perk me right up!

The lemon tree is from Italy and is 45 years old.....I know because my mom gave it to me when my first child was born.  I told you I have always adored "yellow" you know that is really true.

The dishes are by Royal Doulton, "Blueberry".  These were given away at my Albertson's grocery store a couple of years ago with purchase, and I knew the minute that my eyes made contact, these dishes had "my" name on them.  My daughter told me that several years ago this pattern was for sale in Dillard's china department.  Perhaps, it was not a big ticket item, and the result was to sell the inventory to the supermarket chain.  I honestly do not know how they ended up at my market, but I am ever so happy they did!

I placed the dinner plate in the off-white wooden charger from Pier 1 and then added the salad plate.  Next, I placed a clear Depression glass plate to hold the cobalt stem for our dessert.  The pattern is called Oysters and Pearls.  I bought them early on in our marriage at an antique shop and have had them for more than 40 years. 

The beautiful cobalt blue sherbet stem is a treasure that has been in my collection for years.  One of my mom's very dear friends gave to me all of her stems which happened to be a wedding present to her in the mid 1930's.  They are by Cambridge Glass Co. and the pattern name is Tally Ho.  The color is referred to as Royal Blue which was only produced for about 8 years.  It has to be the most beautiful blue in the world!  I was told that this pattern is difficult to collect but worth the effort.  I have 8 waters and 8 sherbets.  It would be such fun to add to my collection!

This view of the cobalt stem is from above.......

I have always adored this set of cobalt crystal!  The color is fabulous and the clear stems are so interestingly shaped.

The cloche looks as if it is leaning to the left but is not.   I suppose it is my skills, or lack thereof, in photography that caused it.  Enclosed in the clear glass cloche is a gold metal bird that actually held 
Saccharin tablets before Sweet and Low was produced in little packets.  Saccharin has been around for 100 years.   Those holders are becoming very collectible now.  I can remember my grandmother having an elaborate Saccharin holder on her table.  I think hers was sterling silver with tiny tongs .  The tablets were teeny and difficult to pick up.

The yellow basket filled with Lemons is Venetian glass.

The napkins are white trimmed in yellow rick-rack and the napkin rings are teapots and teacups in blue and white design.  I have no idea where I got them.

The yellow Daisy Mums were purchased at the grocery store.

The 45 inch by 45 inch linen cut work tablecloth was purchased on the last day of a local estate sale for half price.

The placemats match the dishes and were made by Royal Doulton which is amazing as they are vinyl.  Practical they are, indeed, but sort of shocking that they were not made in linen.

My husband and I just finished our dinner at this tablescape.  I was so busy preparing the meal that I did not take any photos, but we had Green Pepper Beef, Wild Rice, Strawberry Spinach Salad,  (store bought rolls) and the yummiest Strawberries with light cream for dessert.  Mr. B commented that all the sunny yellow did brighten a dreary day for him, too.

Thank you ever so much for stopping by to visit.  It is always such fun for me to read your comments and get to know you a little better.  Come back any time and............

Have a great week and until next time.......Tea Party Everyday......why not?


Jo said...

OH!.. I love this, blue and yellow is sooo fantastic together!
Beautiful TT!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

If you go back and read my St. Paddy's Day post you will see that I have a wee gold bird too! I just love it.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

What a pretty, fresh post! I adore it. Those RD plates are wonderful, and the color combo is perfect. And even though it's from a photo, I can tell that the cobalt in those glasses is the perfect shade. What is it about blue and yellow together? I just adore this combination. Great job on your tablescape...


Sheila :-)

Karin Sen Cankan said...

Just love the yellow basket, the lemons so so beautiful and the dom and the bird. The is lovely again wonderful tablescpae.


Frenchy said...

This is gorgeous ! Wow
Following you back !

Desire Empire said...

I think your photography is lovely. I am very partial to blue and yellow. I'm popping in from Tablescape Thursday and I'm glad I did.

Best Carolyn

Debbie said...

This is beautiful! I love the deep yellow and the cobalt together. Those dishes are marvelous. I can't believe you got them at the supermarket. All ours ever offers is fiesta knockoff.

My photography tilts to one side sometimes, too. Don't know why.

I really enjoyed my visit here from the Porch.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Blue and yellow is such a perfect pairing. This is beautiful.

Abramyan Avenue said...

What a pretty fun colorful tablescape! I have always loved the combination of yellow, blue and white! It just goes together so perfectly!!
I was just telling my girls about how grocery stores would have items like pots and pans or dishes that you would save up points for and then could redeem. I wish our grocery stores here still did things like that. It was so fun!
Thank you for such a beautiful post!! Love all the yellow!

Tricia said...

So, so pretty! This is one of my all-time favorite color combos, and if I'd seen those dishes anywhere, I'd have a set, too! Your cobalt glassware is really gorgeous, and so perfect with these dishes!

Sweetladyelaine said...

I love the yellow & blue! It is so cheery...Your plates are very pretty and I love, love, love your lemon tree. I am glad to hear that you & your husband enjoyed your tablescape! I always use mine too! Thank you so much for sharing..
Blessings My Friend,

Kathleen said...

I wouldn't have left the supermarket without those plates either! What a lovely table, so Springy. Blue and yellow are so pretty together!

Marlis said...

Your blue and yellow table is so charming. Reminds me of Provence. The dishes are lovely! I thought those placemats matched. Thanks so much for sharing and I agree. color is a great way to blow away the bad weather blahs!

Marigene said...

Your table makes me smile, it is so cheery. The sherbets are such a vibrant cobalt...stunning! Thanks for sharing this beautiful table.

mo said...

Wow Phyllis! This looks like a magazine cover.

I absolutely love the color combination of blue and yellow. You have done it so well!

The lemon centerpiece is just beautiful.

Very classy. Everything.

Great job.

I am also thankful for your daughters news.




Alycia Nichols said...

Hi! Oh, my gosh...those sherbet stems are magnificent!!! What a lovely gift from your Mom!!! I know they must be a treasure! They go so well with everything else on your table. I love the combination of blue, yellow & white. The china is beautiful. It is so weird how some things just kind of speak to us. I can see how that china called your name! Have a great weekend!

Bernideen said...

What a lovely blog and this post is so pretty!

Kathy said...

Yellow and Blue are such vibrant, happy combinations - you've found some marvelous pieces to pair together. Your tablescape is breathtaking!

CAS said...

Well, if this doesn't chase away the dreariness, I'm not sure anything would. Blue & yellow together makes my heart skip a beat. Aahhh......lovely! I'm a new follower & maybe you would like to follow back.

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

Your Royal Doulton, "Blueberry" dishes are gorgeous! It's hard to believe that the grocery gave them away with a purchase. I don't think we have any grocery stores that do that.

Don't you just love those chargers from Pier One? I have them also, and will treasure them forever.

Entertaining Women said...

Every single element of your tablescape is TOTALLY me! I adore it. The cobalt sherbets are amazing treasures. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous design and for stopping by my post. Cherry Kay