Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Ambiance and Butterflies' Nectar

Butterflies are such beautiful creatures.  God is an awesome artist.  This tablescape is my interpretation of butterflies harvesting nectar.

Did you notice the butterflies aflutter in the centerpiece?

Manmade art imitating nature in the layers:  Don't the curves remind you of butterfly wings?

At the left, there's a golden antenna radaring for sweet nectar.

The butterfly must be hiding out in the greenery.

The butterflies are storing the nectar in here.  They are really on guard, so I was not brave enough to peek inside, but I'm sure this centerpiece will make another appearance.  Then, I'll show you what the butterflies have been doing with all that nectar.

Time to light the candles.  Yes, the butterflies are still out.  Look carefully in the next few scenes and you'll see the nectar.

Oh, the nectar is really starting to heat up.

Look! Look, the nectar is bubbling in here!

See all the tiny bubbles.

Wow, that butterfly has been working hard; see the nectar simmering next to him?

Butterflies flying overhead.

Check out the wings of that silver butterfly.

I can almost smell how sweet this nectar is.

The Ambiance ...

More blossoms for harvesting nectar.

Mmmm, delicious.  The anticipation, just wondering what those butterflies are going to serve.

The butterflies are about the area gathering nectar from those pink and white flowers.

A closer look.

Do a double take.  More butterflies.  Aren't they adorable?

I have a feeling that these butterflies are going to serve up whatever its comrades are cooking up with all of this nectar.

What beautiful petals.

I knew it wouldn't be long before a butterfly came along.

Here's the nectar, this butterfly has been collecting.

She collected more and stored it in here.  It's bubbling away in there.

Caught in action, this butterfly is harvesting nectar right now.  It's wings are all lit up.

Ooh, I can't wait to see what the winged beauties are going to serve from all that nectar.

Cake plate and lid:  Marshalls
Aristocrat and Colonnade (salad plate) dinnerware by Ambiance:  Horchow and Bloomingdales
Lace Charger Plates:  Horchow
Pearl handled Flatware by Argent:  HomeGoods
Butterfly flatware and serving pieces:  Horchow
Demitasse cups, saucers and spoons:  In my collection for over a decade
Butterfly Napkin Rings:  HomeGoods; The Great Indoors
Spring Blossom taper holders and tealight holder; Tiny Bubbles taper holders; and Daisy Trio tealight holders:  Partylite (from years ago)
Pink and White Napkins:  Tuesday Morning
Stemware:  Inherited

I am participating in Tablescape Thursday.  Now fly on over to Between Naps on the Porch and see what's being served on all the beautiful tablescapes.

Thanks for visiting.  I sure would appreciate if you leave me a comment and let me know if you enjoyed the Ambiance and Butterflies' Nectar.

All the Best,


Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Queen Ann aka St Moritz Super-Plate

Enter at your own risk.  Images of tarnished flatware may be disturbing.

This silverware chest has been stored away in a plastic storage bin.  Any ideas on refurbishing this chest?

I inherited it and have decided to take on polishing its contents.  Oh boy!

Reeaally, really tarnished.

I used Hagerty Silversmiths' Polish.  What's your favorite polish for silver and stainless steel?

Here's the metamorphosis.

My chandelier's reflection is on the table and the image of my china cabinet is distorted in the spoons.

Almost a service for eight.

A closer look at the pattern.

Inscribed on the back:  Rogers & Bro. Super-Plate.

Take a look at the pieces in the set.  There are Grille/Viande forks and knives.  Previously, I had not seen or heard of long-handled dinner forks and knives, so I sought information from the internet.

Please come back and visit for Tablescape Thursday.  I am excited to use these in a tablescape.  Yippee!

This metamorphosis post is my first time participating in Metamorphosis Monday hosted by Susan at Between Naps of the Porch.  Be sure to visit BNOTP and check out the metamorphosis shared by our talented hostess and creative participants.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Blue, White, and Silver

I am really excited to share with you some of my blue and white, plus some silver for interest; and I am tickled pink to link to Tablescape Thursday hosted by Susan at Between Naps on the Porch

I had to light the candles right away because it is raining cats and dogs, so the sun has faded.

I searched a long time to find just the right blue Iced Beverage stems.  I'll be serving 'the house wine of the South', iced tea of course.  I made Jasmine blossom iced tea.


I was going to use blue and silver San Remo flatware (click HERE to see), then I thought about the curly q's in this flatware and decided to use it.

Do you think this flatware imitates the curvy design in the dinner plates?

Here are the layers.

I sat a silver urn on a square Scarborough dessert plate.

Tea for one on this counter top vignette

After dinner, I plan to relax with a cup of Double Bergamot Earl Grey tea.

Here's a place to rest my used teabag.

Thanks for stopping by to visit.  Do you like blue and white china and accessories as much as I do?  Leave me a comment and let me know.  Take time to enjoy some other beautiful tablescapes at the 96th Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.

Blue and White Dinner Plates; Round Dessert/Salad Plates; Square Scarborough Dessert Plates; Napkin Rings; Salt and Pepper Shakers; Two-Handled Vase; Tea for One; Teabag Rest; and Coasters: Bombay Company (Oh, how I miss them.)

Blue and Silver Jug:  The Great Indoors

White Lace Chargers:  Horchow

Flatware:  Hampton Silversmiths Stainless China 270

Blue Hurricanes/Vases (with H2O on the rocks/accent beads and floating candles) and Alfresco Blue Iced Tea by Miller Rogaska:  Tuesday Morning

Hemstitch Runner and Napkins:  Living Quarters from Carson, Pirie and Scott

Silver urns with lids; stand; and blue and white urn with lid:  HomeGoods