1/25/2012

~Be Still My Heart~...A Valentine Place Setting

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Hello my friends...I hope you're having a fabulous day!
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I am doing pretty good...still trying to get "caught up" after my
 trip to Texas.  For those of you who follow my blog, you know that
 my Dad was diagnosed with cancer over the Christmas holidays.  He is
 not doing well and it is thought that the cancer is spreading rapidly.  With
 all that is going on, I am having a difficult time getting back to blogging.
  I sure do appreciate your patience and all of the prayers that you are
 sending my family's way.  You sooo touched my heart with all the
 sweet notes that you left for me on my last post.  Thank you, from
 the bottom of my heart, dear friends! You guys are the best!!!
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On a more "upbeat" note...I did finally get all the Christmas decor
 taken down and put away at my place.  Eeeks...it's nearly
 February...guess it's about time.  Hehe!
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Today I thought I would share with you a Valentine post from
 last year....called "Be Still My Heart".  This is the first Valentine place
 setting in a series of three.  I hope to share the other two...later on.
I hope that you enjoy!
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~Be Still My Heart~
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With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I have been doing a little
"dish playing"! I have been playing with a few different place settings for
a Valentine table. So far I have done three different table settings. I haven't
quite decided yet...which one that I will use for Valentines Day. In the
meantime, I thought I would share one of the place settings...called
"Be Still My Heart". I hope that you enjoy!
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Here we are...in my french country dining room.
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 I really do enjoy creating Valentine tablescapes! As you can
 see...the walls in my dining room are a deep red color...making
 Valentine decorating a cinch! Hehe!
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Several weeks ago, I decorated my dining room buffet for
 winter...adding a little Valentines Day flair to the vignette.
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A red, white, and silver color theme for the buffet's decor
 with a little greenery thrown into the mix. A white metal bird cage,
 silver candlesticks, mercury glass finials and orbs...just sing an "Ode to
 Valentine's Day"...and then....there are the cherubs!
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 What is Valentine's Day without cherubs?
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This sweet cherub is made out of masonary and is quite
 heavy. He is holding a pretty silver satin ribbon with a key.
Ahhhh...the key to my heart!
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The place setting for "Be Still My Heart" was created around the
 buffet vignette and the exsisting table centerpiece.
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If you would like to see more of my buffet vignette and table centerpiece
 (the how to's)...just click HERE.
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Shimmering siver and a deep rich red make for a very romantic
 table...don't you think?
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"Be Still My Heart" Place Setting....
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A silver charger plate with embossed roses around the rim.
A solid, deep red colored dinner plate.
A white dinner plate with a silver "ringed" rim.
A solid, deep red colored salad plate.
A red toile dessert plate.
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Layers and layers of pretty plates!
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And...the place setting is topped with a mercury glass heart
 with swirly...twirly...white organza ribbon!
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Ahhhh...be still my heart!
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I found the pretty red toile dessert plates at TJ Maxx last
 year...this is the first time that I have used them! Something
 new...and something special for Valentine's Day!
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The manufacturers mark says "Queen's" (with an ensigna of a crown)
Est. 1795...made in Malaysia.
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Ahhh...red toile with beautiful bucolic scenes!
Definitely one of my favorite things!
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Stemware...embossed with beautiful winter scenery!
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A rich, red colored satin dinner napkin to coordinate with
 the place setting.
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You know...I think every color looks pretty with silver, but dark
 red paired with silver is my favorite!
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Using one of my favorite silver teapot napkin rings.
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A pretty stack of extra dessert plates and a cherub to serenade us!
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A second mercury glass heart decorates the stack of dessert plates!
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 I found these pretty ornaments at Hobby Lobby a few years ago. I have
 used them so many times in my teas and tablescapes...they are definitely
 one of my favorite things!
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Another pretty ornament sits at the feet of the cherub.
 Oooh...so silvery...so frenchy!
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I wanted a few photos of the mercury glass heart with the
deep red dinner napkin. They really do make a beautiful picture...
don't you think?
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"Be Still My Heart"
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Well my friends...I hope you enjoyed the "Be Still My Heart"
 Valentine place setting! I sure had fun creating it! I hope to share
 the other Valentine place settings that I have been working on soon.
  So stay tuned! I love playing dishes! Hehe!
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I am joining these fabulous parties...
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Open House Party...hosted by Sherry over at No Minimalist Here.
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Well dear friends, thank you so much for coming by today!
 I always enjoy your visits! 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!

32 comments:

Creations By Cindy said...

Well let me say Be still my heart! How amazing and beautiful! Oh I love it all but I adore your teapot napkin ring holders and the silver hearts on the plates! It is all so pretty, romantic and just charming.

Tricia said...

Chari, I am so sorry about your dad. I know it's a hard time for you and your family. Thanks for updating us. I remember this table as one of my very favorites you've ever done! The silver hearts on ribbons add the perfect touch to the pretty transferware, and I really love the use of tassels and ribbons to add romance to your dining room.

Theresa said...

I will be praying for all of you dear Chari! I know that it is so hard to have someone in your family so sick!

Love your gorgeous setting! I remember those beautiful hearts! Have a blessed day! HUGS and PRAYERS!

On Crooked Creek said...

Chari,
I've been praying for you and your family daily...thank you for the update, dear friend! Those prayers will be continuing to come your way every day!
This mercury heart with its curling white ribbon is the sweetest thing in Blog Land!I just love the tea pot napkin rings. The standing cherub appears to be playing a romantic melody just for me! Lovely tablescape!
Fondly,
Pat

Dreamgoddess said...

Chari, I'm so sorry to hear your father isn't doing well now. Please know that I'm keeping him in my prayers each day.

Your table is so exquisite and I drool each time I see those gorgeous hearts. Love the tassels! - Kim

podso said...

Chari take care of yourself; you will need to be strong in the coming days. I'm so sorry about your dad.

I'm happy to see this beauty again this year, I loved it last year!

Take care. Warm thoughts,

dotsie

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Love the cherubs and the mercury glass! So pretty I love valentines day.

Your Dad continues to be in my prayers!

Blondie's Journal said...

Chari...I am so sorry about your dad. I am sending many prayers out your way.

Your table is simply gorgeous! I adore those new toile dishes. The napkins and rings look so pretty together. Wonderful job!

Take care of yourself. I am sending you a big hug!

XO,
Jane

Jo's This and That said...

Beautiful! Just love it! Good to see you back.JoAnn

Sharing Shadymont said...

Chari,

So glad you are back. So sorry to hear about your Dad.

Your table is so pretty. Love everything about it.

Take care and "hang in there"!

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

Hi, Chari! I picked your post out of so many on a hunch that it was yours!! So glad I found it! It's a new post to me, and it's lovely, as usual. I'm sorry about your dad and your sadness. You're all still in my prayers. I hope you'll have time to do a tablescape soon to clear your mind. Good to have you back. ~Zuni

Sonia said...

Hi Chari,
I am praying for you and your precious Dad. So hard to go through. So glad you felt like posting today. We have missed you but know that you need time with your family and Dad. I always love your Valentine tables...so pretty with the hearts and pretty red dishes you bought at T.J. Maxx. Hugs to you!
Miss Bloomers

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Chari...I am so sorry about your dad. I know that is hard for your whole family.
Your valentine's tables are beautiful...but then again, they always are.

Keetha Broyles said...

So sorry to hear about your dad - - - somehow I missed that earlier.

I LOVE those teapot napkin rings!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Chari,
I know I always say this, but this table is one of my all time favorites!
From those gorgeous chargers, the red satin napkins, the silver hearts and the plates etc. it is a work of art!
Thanks for sharing again dear friend, thinking of you and your Dad and saying a prayer every day!
Big Big Hugs,
Cindy

Gayle Page-Robak said...

I am thrilled to see your beautiful tablescape...Your creativity is amazing. Everything is so gorgeous and wonderfully presented. Prayers go out to your girlfriend and hope her recovery goes well. I am now a follower of your blog and look forward to return visits. I invite you to join me as well on my blog at http://atastefultouch.blogspot.com
Hugs, Gayle.

Cindy said...

That was a great one to visit. Your mix of toile china, silver and crystal is a beautiful mix.
I am sending a prayer for your dear father.
Hugs, Cindy

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Chari, This is one gorgeous table! I love the toile plates and the pretty mercury glass hearts.

I am keeping you and your family in my prayers.
Hugs, Sherry

Marigene said...

Beautiful table, Chari. I love the silver reticulated plate. Sweet touch adding the ribboned heart to the placesetting.
I am so sorry about your Dad...my prayers to all of you.

Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

Everything looks beautiful. I especially love the white birdcage.
I am sorry to hear that your father is not doing well...I will say another prayer for him. Take care.
Best,
Gloria

lulumusing said...

The richness of your table is breathtaking and the red walls are a perfect backdrop.
I will keep your father in my thoughts and hope treatment yields positive results.

Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch said...

Chari...this is stunning. First I was gawking at your gorgeous header/banner...then I was wow'd by your beautiful table. I love hearts...love how you used them for your Valentine's Day table setting. The china is sooo pretty...love everything about this romantic tablescape.
Chari, I also wanted to say how very sorry I am about the news concerning your Dad. I'm saying a prayer for him (and for you) right now, as soon as I finish leaving this comment.
XO

Chandy said...

Chari, you just can't help it, but you're simply fabulous! Your ideas, pieces and talent to put them together, I am in awe! Love this table and I did utter, "be still my heart..." Wow...

Mrs.Flescher said...

Well God Bless you and your father. I will pray for all of your family in this difficult time. As for the table, I love your plates, just lovely. Best wishes for you and yours, and if you have time stop by my launch and enter my giveaway.

Jacqueline said...

Chari, so sad to hear about your dad, that is so hard. My heart goes out to you and yours!

This is such a gorgeous table! Your heart ornaments are so beautiful and just set the perfect tone for the table. Your room is so pretty and I love the way you have decorated the buffet. Once again, just gorgeous.

Mary said...

Wow ... I am absolutely stunned by the beauty of that setting. I wish I had room for a whole set of red transferware.

Thanks for letting us peek ~
Mary @ SeaQuilts

Alycia Nichols said...

So very sorry to hear about your Father's illness, Chari.

Entertaining Women said...

I remember this one....just as beautiful today. I think that it was custom made for your gorgeous dining room. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

Tess said...

I LOVE this table...I'm a real red & white table. The toile plates are beautiful and those mercury glass hearts are wonderful!!

Honey at 2805 said...

This is such a stunning tablescape, Chari! The dining table and the buffet are both resplendent in red, white and silver.

So sorry about your Dad. I will keep him and you and the family in my prayers. I know this is a difficult time.

Cindy said...

So Beautiful! I saw you featured at 2805 and I had to come and take a look. Stunning table! XO Cindy

FABBY'S LIVING said...

This is stunning my dear lady. The cute teapot napkin holders are so special. The silver hearts are my very fav dear Chari. Everything is gorgeous! I just came from Potpourri Friday, where you are featured and I don't know how I missed all your good news and bad. I hope your dear dad is feeling better, I am so sorry that he is ill and my prayers are going his way and yours sweet lady. My heart goes out to you. Lots of hugs,
FABBY