3/02/2011

Feathering My Spring Nest...

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Hello my friends...I hope you're having a fabulous day!
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Ohhh my...here we are already in the month of March and Spring is nearly upon us! I have to admit...here in Colorado...Spring is still "wishful thinking" for us. We are still experiencing some pretty cold temperatures but hopefully the warmer, spring-like weather will be here soon!
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Today I would like to share a spring tea and tablescape with you. I named it "Feathering My Spring Nest"! I hope that you enjoy!
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"Feathering My Spring Nest"

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Here we are in my french country dining room. The white and silver color scheme still resides but a touch of Spring has come to my table!
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Awhile back, my dear friend Gloria from Happy To Be blog...gifted me with a special set of dishes! I thought today would be the perfect time to bring them out...and create a spring tea table.
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The Table Centerpiece...
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A white lace table runner makes a nice foundation for this spring-like tea table. An oval silver tea tray holds a few of my favorite things...
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a white ironstone pitcher filled with creamy white tulips,
a white porcelain cherub,
a few ornate silver candlesticks with chunky white tapers,
a white ironstone cream pitcher filled with extra teaspoons,
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two hand blown mercury glass heart ornaments tied up with ribbon.
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Mercury glass finials, orbs, and goblets are placed to each side of the silver tray...along with a couple of iron fleur de lis finials.
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I found a trio of "serenading cherubs" at the antique flea market recently. This sweet cherub is serenading us with his heavenly harp!
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A close-up of one of the mercury glass heart ornaments.
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The Place Setting...
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This is the set of dessert dishes that Gloria gave to me. I sooo love this sweet set of dishes...thank you, dearest Sis! Yes, I call Gloria...Sis! I know that several of you have asked if Gloria and I are real sisters. Even though we are not bound by blood...we are bound by soul! Gloria and I first met on HGTV's Rate My Space site...nearly four years ago! We actually got to meet..."face to face" last April in Las Vegas! We had the best time ever!!! And...Gloria and her dear husband Len will be coming to Colorado to visit with us this June! Yeeeehawww!!!
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"Family Circle"
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This set of four dessert plates are called "Family Circle". It is a series created by Hector Giacomelli...1875. Famous for his images of birds with human emotions, Hector Giacomelli's "Family Circle" was produced in porcelain...in limited edition exclusively for THT Designs.
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Each of the four plates has a special theme...signifying the four stages of the family circle. They are sooo very sweet and the artwork is just gorgeous!
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This sweet little bluebird family is depicted through plate...
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#1..."Home Sweet Home"
#2..."Tender Moments"
#3..."Little Joys"
#4..."Letting Go"
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They make for the perfect spring table...don't you think? When I think of bluebirds...I always thing of Spring!
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This beautiful bluebird dessert plate is setting atop a white ironstone dinner plate and a lacy metal charger plate.
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"Home Sweet Home"
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Plate #1 in the "Family Circle" series.
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"Tender Moments"
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Plate #2 in the "Family Circle" series.
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"Little Joys"
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Plate #3 in the "Family Circle" series.
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"Letting Go"
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Plate #4 in the "Family Circle" series.
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I find this one a little sad! I guess this is where I am at...in the "empty nest" stage of life! I think that Mr. Giacomelli should have made a 5th plate...showing the little bluebird's nest filled with sweet grandbabies! What do you think? Hehe!
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I love the beautiful blues and soft lavenders that were used to color this set of plates!
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Stemware for the beverages...
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A white ironstone teacup and saucer that matches the dinner plate.
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Today I am using one of my favorite white ironstone teapots.
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Manufactured by J&G Meakins..."Classic White" pattern.
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The beautiful lace linen napkins were a gift from Shanna...a very dear blogger friend! Shanna is the author of Revamped French Maison blog. If you haven't ever visited Shanna you are really missing out! She is such a dearheart and she has a delightful blog! Thank you, dear Shanna for the beautiful lace tea napkins...I just adore them and they are sooo perfect for my spring tea!!!
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And there we have it..."Feathering My Spring Nest" tea table! I hope that you enjoyed, sweet friends!
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I am joining these fabulous parties...
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Tablescape Thursday...hosted by Susan over at Between Naps on the Porch.
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Feathered Nest Friday...hosted by Courtney at French Country Cottage.
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Home Sweet Home Friday...hosted by Sherry over at The Charm of Home.
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Thank you, Susan, Courtney, and Sherry...for hosting these fabulous parties for us!

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Well my friends...thank you so much for coming by today! Please leave me a note and let me know that you were here...I would love to visit with you!
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Warmest Wishes and Happy Thoughts of Spring!

46 comments:

Karen said...

The white tulips, are perfect - just a touch of spring, but the dessert plates (are to die for)! They are beautiful and how sweet of her to gift you with these! Have a wonderful rest of the week!

Carolyn said...

Hi Chari,
I love how you 'feathered your nest'. Those plates are very unusual and A pretty reminder that soon the birds will return and build their nests again.

Carolyn

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

I have JUST ADDED your "Family Circle" Plates to my "REALLY REALLY Want WISHLIST"!!! LOVE THEM! and thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous table with us!
Hugs to you,
Donna

Pam @ Our Adventures in Home Improvement said...

Hi Chari,

Your tables are always set so beautifully! I am so impressed with your lovely accessories and OMG, those dishes from Gloria are SO cute! Love them!!

What fun that you got to meet in person and will get to get together again soon!

Have a great day.
Pam

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Very pretty my Dear Sis..and your so right we are indeed soul sisters..I love ya girl..
I love the way you did this sweet table..and I had forgotton I send those plates to you ha ha!! Hey I'm old and slow now..I pray all is well with you girl..it's still snowing here Enough already..I'm so ready to see flowers again and the sun would be nice also ha ha!!
Only 3 months from today girl and I'l see you guys YIPPEE!! Hugs and smiles Gloria

Linda said...

As always you've created an elegant, clean exquisite table. All the white with the splash of the birdie plates, perfection. And you're right, the birds leaving the nest is sad. Let's try not to think about that . . .

Linda

Sarah said...

Sweet bird plates just perfect for "feathering your spring nest". All the white dishes and silver accents pull it all together. ~ Sarah

Debbie said...

Chari, you amaze me. If I tried to use all that white and silver with just a pop of color, it would look boring. Yours just looks stunning. You have such an eye for what to group together.

I love those dessert plates, and that table just sets them off.

xinex said...

The bird plates that Gloria gave you are so sweet, almost as sweet as the giver. I adore your whole tablescape, Chari. It's simply gorgeous!...Christine

Beth said...

Chari, Your dessert plates are adorable! Love your linen napkins and your pretty chargers. Delightful tea table!
Blessings, Beth

Marlis said...

Chari, I love your table! The cherubs would have gone home with me if we had been there together. The dessert plates are amazing. I love your style.

Lori E said...

Chari I think those birds are some of the prettiest dishes I have ever seen. I just love them. I believe Spring is coming for sure.

Beverly said...

Stunning! I loved everything about your table.. those plates are so unique and beautiful.. you did a beautiful job mixing the white and silver.. it looked so fresh and elegant.

Theresa said...

Love your Springtime pretties! Those plates are gorgeous and you know I love those chargers AND have my own:) Enjoy your day dear friend! HUGS!

Becca said...

You seriously make tablescaping an art! I always love your creations. Your centerpiece vignette is gorgeous ... love the cherubs and your mercury mixed in is stunning! Have a great day! (And the dessert plates are beautiful, too!)

Deb S. said...

Im speechless! Truly wonderful! The mercury glass a thing of beauty. You are very lucky to recieve such beautiful plates.

Deb S. said...

Im speechless! Truly wonderful! The mercury glass a thing of beauty. You are very lucky to recieve such beautiful plates.

Tricia said...

Chari, nobody does romance like you do! The silver, the lace, the cherubs -- love it! I really love how the lace of the napkins echoes the lacy chargers. And what delightful bluebird plates!

Scribbler said...

Beautiful photos, beautiful things, beautiful table! You do it so well.

Now, I must know, where can I get some of those chargers? I have never seen any quite like that.

On Crooked Creek said...

Chari,
Perfect title for your tablescape, dear friend. As I'm commenting the birds are chirpping outside my window. .. and yes, it's warm enough for the window to be open!Adore the plates and their sweet message! Thank you for such a lovely post.
Fondly,
Pat
P.S. I am so smitten with the curling of your white ribbon. Addicted. . .guilty, as charged! HA!

Honey at 2805 said...

You always take my breath away. Your desert plates are fab..Lucky you!

Deanna said...

What a wonderful tablescape and just perfect for Spring!

Deanna :D

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Just superb Chari!
That Gloria is just the sweetest!
I love those pretty plates!
And the napkins look almost too pretty to use!
And your silver, and the tulips, so, so pretty!
It's still cold and snowy here too.
I want spring oh so very bad. It's been a long, tough winter.
Staying home this weekend I think.
Big Hugs,
Cindy

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Ohhh almost forgot. Gloria and Len coming to visit is just wonderful!
Wish we could come back!
How about you and Gloria and the guys just hop on over my way?
That would be grand!
Cindy

Marigene said...

Perfect table for spring! Love the bluebird plates, beautiful. Your table linens are so pretty.

Gail said...

Oh Chari, I absolutely love your spring table setting. I love how you use white with silver. It looks stunning. Thanks for sharing your spring nest with all of us and for the inspiration.

Have a wonderful weekend.
Gail

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Chari, You have created another beautiful table. The white and mercury glass are wonderful together and I love your plates from Gloria. I know you are so excited about her upcoming visit. Gloria is such a sweetheart, as you are, so I see why the two of you are good friends.
xo,
Sherry

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Chari your plates are beautiful, and I had the EXACT reaction that you did when I saw the last plate--how sad! My two are in college now so I suppose I am going to be in that position soon--your idea of the fifth plate would make it a perfect set! Linda

All The Pretty Dishes said...

I absolutely love your dessert dishes - they are the best!! Your tablescape is beautiful too!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi Chari~ What a beautiful table!! Those plates are just sooo beautiful- how lovely for spring- & the napkins are perfect! Those girls are the sweetest!! How fun that Gloria is coming to visit you!! She and I have talked a bit about meeting for some flea market shopping this summer too- So glad you stopped over and shared this lovely tablescape at Feathered Nest Friday! :) Hugs, Courtney

Pamela said...

Oh, the bird plates...I could just hug them they are so delightful. Love all the clean, crisp white.

I'm a new follower from Feathered Nest Friday. So happy to have run into your blog.

Cindy said...

Oh my!!! Your table setting is so beautiful. I adore the dessert dishes! Each one is so lovely and unique. Thanks for a taste of Spring.
Hugs, Cindy

Sherry said...

Chari,
This lovely centerpiece and table are beautiful! I love how the silver and white look good no matter what the season. Gloria is a dear heart and funny too. I love, love your little bluebird family plates! They are so sweet. I don't like the letting go either, that is a little sad. We will have an oldest flying out of the nest in a year or so. When he was about three I took his brother and him on a walk and he turned around and looked at our house and said, "We have a cool back home." It has always been our Home Sweet Home. Now I am crying. LOL So nice to visit with you and thanks for linking up!
Sherry

podso said...

I love your post title! As I was scrolling down the bird plates popped out at me! They are so beautiful and as always you have set it all up in such an inviting way. Would love to sit at your table. The white and silver (and blue) all so lovely against your dining room wall color. Have a wonderful weekend and hope you see some signs of spring soon!

dotsie

bj said...

OMYGOODNESS, your SPRING NEST just takes my breath away. You have so many beautiful pieces and you sure know how to use them!!
xo bj

Sharing with Sherri said...

Hello my dear friend, I just wanted to pop in and say hello and let you know that I was thinking of you, and that your table is soooo lovely as well as the sweet dishes Gloria gifted to you too! They make me even more anxious than usual for Spring!

Hugs, Sherri:)

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Love those blue bird plates! I've been so happy to see some of the spring birds returning.

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Gorgeous! The room and the white and silver are so inspiring. I love the bird dishes but I am wild about the lacy chargers! Where did you find those?
Thanks for sharing. I love it all.

sweet european dreams said...

hi Chari,
those little plates are just beautiful. That's one fabulous tablescape! -diane

Jessa Irene (Holiday-Haven) said...

So beautiful! Love how the white really sets off the blue!! Gorgeous.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

So beautiful Chari, and what wonderful gifts from blogger friends. LOVE those plates Gloria gave you, and the napkins are so elegant. You always set such a beautiful table. laurie

Martina said...

OK Chari if the bird plates and the silver candle sticks go missing don't come looking over here LOL!! If you haven't noticed I have a "thing" for anything birds! Beautiful tablescape. Martina

The Vintage Attic said...

What a fabulous looking table setting..loving all the silver and those birds with nest plates how great are they, just beautiful!!
Stopped over from Silver Sunday.

Melissa

Gypsy Fish said...

So glad you joined Silver Sunday! Your table is beautiful....blue birds and mercury glass what could be prettier?
hugs
Beth

Sylvia said...

I like the look of the white, silver and glass combination...and your bird plates are gorgeous!

Sylvia

Johanna said...

Hello Chari,
white and silver is so unbelievable elegant. Really wonderful and I love the birds plates and the napkins, too.
Greetings, Johanna