I am linking up today with Tablescape Thursdays at Between Naps on the Porch. Otherwise, there is no way I would have got my Christmas table decorated and set already. Thank you to Carolyn from Aiken Home and Gardens for inspiring me to use my red transferware. I was going to use either my Christmas dishes or Friendly Village set. But this red definitely seems Christmas-y to me.
My table has lots of memories on it. I have my mother-in-law's silver that she bought before she was married, piece by piece every Friday night after getting her paycheck from Dodge Main in Detroit. I have the champagne glasses she got as wedding gifts in 1949. Some of the red transferware is from my grandmother, who purchased it with her first paycheck working as a tour guide at the Orchard House in Concord, Massachusetts, where Louisa May Alcott wrote her famous Little Women.
My table also has linen napkins that are probably around 100 years old, from my mother's second husband's first wife's mother. Yes. And somehow I got them. Barely used, they are soft and lovely.
An angel smiles benignly down from a red cake stand, surrounded by glittery poinsettia leaves and pine cones.
This china is Bristol by Crown Ducal. I inherited eight place settings from my grandmother, but a number of the pieces were chipped and crazed. The cost of buying additional pieces was prohibitive, so I began a piece-by-piece search for red transferware in antique stores in the area and even out of state. I have a nice collection now, and mix them up altogether in my table settings, but my favorite pieces remain those from my grandmother . . .
We got the table and chairs years ago from someone in our neighborhood having a garage sale. We had packed up the kids to go off for a picnic at the lake one Saturday and passed by a driveway where I saw this beautiful table with six chairs, the seats all embroidered in different floral patterns . . .
The wood was blond, but we sanded it down and painted it an antique white.
Here is the link to Tablescape Thursdays: http://betweennapsontheporch.net/christmas-table-setting-tablescape-with-spode-christmas-tree-garland-and-a-christmas-tree-napkin-fold/
hmmm . . . I wonder if kitty will leave my table alone?