I have used my robin’s egg blue dishes a lot lately…..and I used them for my table last Easter. Even though I still really love them, I was ready for a change for this year’s table.
My inspiration was this fabulous tablecloth I found at an estate sale last summer. It is hand embroidered and I almost let it slip by. Oh I wish I could easily pull pictures off my old computer as I had a story I was going to tell through pictures. You will have to imagine what I am going to share. This beautiful tablecloth was at first left behind by me at the estate sale because it had a big ole 6” dark brown/black stain in the middle of the cloth. The price was right ~~ $15 for the linen cloth AND twelve napkins. I really thought about it but decided it would be of no good if the stain couldn’t be removed. I figured with the age of the piece it would leave a dark spot, no matter what. THEN two days later my friend Susan told me she was going back to the sale after something. Everything was half priced and was there anything I remembered I might want. “Why YES there was!!” I could not get out of my mind the beautiful hand embroidered tablecloth. I asked if she would look in the bedroom closet to see if it was still there. It was! Here’s where I wish I had my pictures. I slipped a safety pin in the middle of the bad stain (so I could easily find the bad spot later) and immersed the cloth into a solution of Oxi Clean. Before my very eyes, the stain began to dissolve! Within a few minutes it was totally lifted and I had pretty whiteness throughout. It did not leave a trace of brown! I was so happy! My only surprise was when I examined the napkins. Only the top napkin had been embroidered. The remaining eleven were stamped with the design but are left for me to do! LOL or Woe is me!
Oh my….there is a lot of work involved! For now, white napkins serve the purpose.
After a good washing, I starched and ironed til I was pleased with how it looked.
Just look a all the detailed stitches!
Much to my guests surprise, (me being the silk plant lady) I used REAL pansies in an old soup tureen.
I “borrowed” the idea I saw on Yvonne’s , Stone Gable blog by making the little egg shell plant holders using the smaller pansies called violas.
I found these little egg cups (or glasses if turned the other way) at a thrift shop last year.
The sweet purple flower dishes were found this spring, but they only had four.
That didn’t bother me. For the other place settings I simply used my white plates.
There’s another one of those pesky rabbits jumping over the pansies. I’m sure he had a nibble before he jumped!
A closer view of the table shows I started with large white square plates which I used as chargers. Then I layered
with a silver charger for interest and brightness. I ended with our dinner plate on top and a little egg cup with flower at each place setting.
I am so happy this beautiful lilac stitched tablecloth ended up in my home. The ladies seemed to enjoy it and it sure set the scene for a lovely table. Next time I use it hopefully will be when lilacs are in bloom in my area to use as a centerpiece.
We had SUCH a nice Easter ~~~ our home was FILLED with family and friends. So much food and lots of laughter and good conversation. I hope you enjoyed the same.
Thank you for stopping by 47th Street today.
I am joining in with
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Bonnie at House of Grace for Twice Owned
Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow us Wednesday
Susan over at Between Naps on the Porch and Tablescape Thursday.
Sherry at No Minimalist Here for her Open House Party on Thursdays
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Fridays
I know you’ll want to join me to see all the pretties!