9/10/2010

Birds of a Feather...Barnyard Bash!!!

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Hello my friends...I hope that you're having a fabulous day!
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Yeeeehawww!!! The Barnyard Bash party hosted by Lynn over at Happier Than A Pig In The Mud...is finally here! I think it's about time that we have a little bash for all of our barnyard friends...don't you? Hehe!

I'm so excited to make this fun filled barnyard party! Just a little update...as many of you know...this week I have taken a bit of a blogging break so that I could get my annual autumn cleaning and decor done. In the meantime, I have been sharing some of my autumn decor from last year with you. I hope that you have enjoyed! Today for the barnyard party, I thought I would reshare a post from March 2010 called, "Birds of a Feather"! Gotta love those birds!!!
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Without further ado...
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Birds of a Feather

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A cozy table set for one...by the fireplace in my olive green living room.
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The place setting..."Brookshire" by Johnson Bros. of England 1883.
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This is the first time that I've used this pretty set of dishes. I found them at Dillards (online) during their "After Christmas Sale". I may very well have gotten the "Deal of the Century" on this beautiful set of dishes! They were originally $99 for a service for four....marked down to...are you ready? They were marked down to just $12! Yes...you read that right...just $12!!! I couldn't believe my good fortune! I ordered two sets!
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Each set had a 7 piece place setting for four! Altogether I received....
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8 - 11" dinner plates
8 - salad/dessert plates
8 - bread & butter plates
8 - lg. rimmed cereal bowls
8 - berry bowls
8 - coffee cups
8 - saucers
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Altogether...that's 56 pieces for just $24! And...there was free shipping! Yeeehawww!
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Oooh...aren't they pretty?
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The dishes are off-white with bands of hunter green. Several different types of birds and feathers are seen on the rims of the dishes. We have pheasants, Canadian geese, ducks, chickens, etc. I call these my "manly" dishes because they have a masculine feel to them! Hehe!
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My favorite is the pheasant!
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I thought that this beautiful set of dishes would be perfect for a cozy table in front of the fireplace in my living room! There is nothing like dining in front of a warm, cozy fire on a cold winter's night! Okay...I must admit...this is a faux fireplace, however I can light all the candles that sit on the hearth! Hehe!
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The Table Linens...
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I used a beautiful olive green velvet throw for the table covering. I love the rich feel that it lends to the table!!! The dark olive green, sagey greens, and brown colors of the velvet throw go perfectly with the colors of the "Brookshire" dishes!
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I am also using an olive green striped placemat that I recently found on sale at Walmart for just $1.50/ea. I love the look of the striped placemat with the floral throw! I love to mix floral patterns with striped patterns...it just has an English Country style feel! The placemats are a lighter olive green with rusty brown and cream colored stripes...just perfect!!!
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Along with the floral and stripe patterns...I added a checked dinner napkin done in olive green and cream colors. These pretty napkins are from Walmart...on sale for $1.50/for two. The wood napkin rings have different types of leaves on them...another sale find from Walmart!
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I think I have created an English Country ambience using the floral, stripes, and checked patterns! That's the look I was going for! What do you think?
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The Place Setting...
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A "Brookshire" dinner plate and salad/dessert plate sit upon a woven reed charger plate!
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A close-up photo.
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Birds of a Feather Tabletop Vignette...
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I was going for a "hunt" theme with a "days gone by" kind of ambience!

An old rattan chest sits atop a couple of old books (which I tried to color coordinate as well. Hehe!) I filled the rattan chest with pinecones and a ceramic duck that is in flight. The duck is an old vintage wall planter. Do you remember seeing these vintage ceramic duck wall planters? This pair belonged to my husband's grandparents. I thought they would work perfectly with the "Birds of a Feather" table theme! You will also see a few pheasant feathers in the mix! The second vintage duck planter sits on the table in front of the books...with pheasant feathers tucked in and around the planter. Ohhh...and we can't forget the candlelight! A muted orange candle on a tall bronze candleholder will "fill the ticket"!
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Well my friends...I hope that you enjoyed my barnyard birds!!!
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The Barnyard Bash Party...
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Don't miss out on all the fun that Lynn over at Happier Than A Pig In The Mud has planned for us today!!! Thank you, Lynn...for corraling this little party for us!!!
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Yeeeeehawwww!!! Have a swell day, my friends!!!

24 comments:

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Chari, this is so pretty. I love your birds and your tablescape is so pretty. I love how you have used the books and other accessories. Hope you are doing well. Hugs, Marty

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Good Morning Sis...Girl I still love this look you came up with...and really do need the warm fire this morning..Girl it's getting cold here on my mountain top already...Boo not ready for that yet..my old bones will be killing me very soon ha ha!! Hope all is well with you Sis..and YES let's get some belly art for the guys ha ha!! Hey we could of had it done in Vegas ha ha!! Hugs and smiles love ya girl, Gl♥ria

Debbie said...

Chari... CAN I COME AND LIVE WITH YOU???? You do EVERYTHING sooooooo beautifully. I feel SO inadequate when I see your postings. Actually, I would love to have you come visit ME and set up everything in my house - although I certainly don't have all the wonderful things like you do!!!!!! You almost (note I said ALMOST) make "Fall" seem inviting (you'll understand if you read my latest posting). Big ole hug to ya girl!!!!!!!

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

Just beautiful! So enjoyed your tablescape and fall decorations. You have a lovely home and blog.

dogsmom said...

I love the texture you added to the table and surrounding area.
Would make dining alone a pleasure to enjoy dinner here.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Chari, gorgeous gorgeous. Love those dishes and that was a fantabulous deal!! I love the whole setting. Job very well done!

shannon i olson said...

Those are beautiful dishes, and my husband would like them and maybe not fuss if I bought them! What a great deal you got! Looks lovely!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Chari, your "manly" dishes are absolutely beautiful! What a perfect setting and yes,it looks like you did get the deal of the century! I'm so glad you reposted this as I wasn't in Blogland last year and am thrilled to see it now! Thank you so much for joining the Barnyard Bash:@)

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Hi Chari!

Oh, I remember when you got this gorgeous set! I loved it then and still love it! So pretty and it all looks so lovely! All your details are just perfect my friend!

Have a terrific day!

Blondie's Journal said...

I do remember these dishes because I just about fell over when you gave us the price!! What a great deal and so perfect for fall!! I can't wait to see your fall decor! You have made me feel guilty about cleaning...I'm trying to remember if I did spring cleaning! lol!!

Have a happy weekend, Chari!

xoxo
Jane

Theresa said...

Love those dishes and your table always looks like it was set for a magazine photo shoot!

Have a blessed day and many hugs!

Shelia said...

HI Chari! I believe you have the most beautiful barnyard! Love your pretty birds and your dishes are so nice. Such a lovely table.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Splurgie said...

Your table looks so autumnal and cozy. I'm fond of all dishes that have pheasants and mallards too. I can't believe what a wonderful deal you found.

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Have you shown those plates before. I just love them...so pretty. The fabric under the birds are placemats I bought about a year ago at...the Dollar Tree! I usually have a black runner, but in the summer the dust here is so bad, I broke down and put two of the placemats!! for sanity's sake!!

Entertaining Women said...

How have I missed this Johnson Brothers pattern? It's gorgeous...my husband is a dedicated bird hunter, and I'm going to go look these beauties up and see what's available. Love your vignette. Thanks for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh do I remember girlfriend!
I LOVE THESE CHARI!
And the deal, is still just utterly amazing! I think it would be hard to top it. And you created such a lovely tablesetting and vignette! You have the most creative brain girlfriend!
I am feeling much better only a little ache and pain.
We've had a family situation, I will fill you in soon.
Hugs,
Cindy

bj said...

Hi...I just sent a comment but not sure where it ended up. you may be getting two, now. :)
Love your beautiful table..you sure know how to make things look pretty.

Karen said...

Did I ever enjoy! The keys on my keyboard are wet from the drooling!!!!!!!!!! I absolute loved them. I have three boys counting the hubby. I love anything woodland, outdoorsy! I wrote the name down and am going on line searching. I will be back to look at this post repeatedly.
Thanks for sharing. Such wonderful taste!
Karen

Sonia said...

Miss Chari,

How pretty is your barnyard bird tablescape in front of your gorgeous fireplace!! I love Johnson Brothers china and the bird motiff is so fall-like. Gorgeous and sophisticated barnyard!! Have a great weekend!!

Miss Bloomers

xinex said...

This is so pretty, Chari. You just reminded me about my Brookshire dishes. I can use them pretty soon, lol. Love how you arranged the birds on the books....Christine

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi Chari- Your space is so pretty!! I like the whole look you have put together- really inviting!
I LOVE the faux fireplace! You know I have a couple of faux fireplaces in my house too- they are actually electric heaters but with the whole fireplace surround and everything. Your fireplace is so beautiful!
Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my buffet find too! :)

Lori E said...

I can imagine a lovely dinner and even better conversation sitting around this table. Relaxed and cozy yet very elegant.

Sarah said...

Chari, I oh so late for this darling Barnyard Bash, but that's how my life has been going of late. Your Birds of a Feather table is sheer delight. How fortunate that you found this bargain. The dishes certainly set a gorgeous table. Hugs to you ~ Sarah

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