2/08/2012

~Romancing the Heart~...a Valentine's Day Place Setting

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Hello my friends...I hope you're having a fabulous day!
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Ahhh...Valentine's Day...the special day that we spend a little time
 "romancing the heart"! Are you ready? Do you have plans for that
 beloved valentine in your life?
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Three Valentine Place Settings...
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1st Place Setting..."Be Still My Heart"
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I have been having so much fun playing dishes! Hehe! Last week I
 experimented with a few place settings that would make a pretty Valentine's
 Day table. I shared the first place setting...called "Be Still My Heart"...a few
 days ago. If you would like to see more of that table...just click HERE.
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2nd Place Setting..."Romancing the Heart"
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Today I wanted to share the second Valentine's Day place setting.
 I decided to call it..."Romancing the Heart"! Hmmm...I'm not sure why
 I name all the tablescapes that I create...but I do! Hehe! I hope that you enjoy!
Stay tuned for my Valentine's Day place setting #3.
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~Romancing the Heart~
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Here we are, once again, in my french country dining room.
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As I mentioned earlier, this is the second Valentine's Day place setting
in a series of three different tables that I created. From the first place setting...to
 this second setting...a few things have remained the same, however there have
 also been a few changes made.
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For table number two, I am using a set of dishes that were manufactured
 by Sakura...made exclusively for Hallmark...called Rose Mist.
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I also made a few changes to the table centerpiece!
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"Romancing the Heart" is sporting a white and silver color theme...
a pretty shade of light green and soft pink have been brought into the
 mix with the "Rose Mist" dinnerware. I am really enjoying all the silver. I
 do hope that you haven't grown sick of seeing it by now! I use alot of silver
 during the Christmas holidays and end up leaving some of it out for my
 winter decor.
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"Romancing the Heart" Table Centerpiece...
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Table Centerpiece...
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I have added a white lacy table runner to this table centerpiece. The same
 silver tray from the first place setting is still being used, however I have added
 a few new items...
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A white ironstone pitcher filled with white tulips is the star attraction.
A small white ironstone pitcher containing teaspoons.
Three silver candlesticks with chunky white tapers.
A sweet cast iron cherub.
and a decorative french looking silver ornament.
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Several pieces from my mercury glass collection can also be seen in
 the centerpiece: tall goblet shaped candleholders, decorative finials, and
 decorative jeweled orbs.
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Two cast iron fleur de lis finals set at either end of the centerpiece as well.
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A sweet cherub to romance the heart.
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"Romancing the Heart" Place Setting...
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Layers of shimmering silver...sparkling white...with touches of
 pale greens and soft pinks!
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I really am loving this color combination for a Valentine's Day tablescape!
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The Place Setting...
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A silver charger plate with an ornate rose rim.
"Rose Mist" dinner plate.
A white dinner plate with a "silver ring" border.
"Rose Mist" salad/dessert plate.
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A hand blown, mercury glass heart with swirly, twirly white organza ribbon!
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 "Rose Mist" salad/dessert plate.
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I just love the pretty green and pink plaid on the rims of the salad/dessert
 plates! The plaid gives this set a "cottage or shabby chic" feel!
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Oooh...and just look at that beautiful pink rose!!!
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"Rose Mist" dinner plate.
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This gorgeous pink rose that trails down the side of the dinner plate almost
 looks like a watercolor painting! Various shades of pink...along with a few splashes
 of pale yellow...make up this pretty bloom! This really is a beautiful set of dishes.
 They are sooo much prettier in person!
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"Rose Mist"
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"Rose Mist" teacup.
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I have such a sweet story about these pretty teacups. I purchased this set
 of "Rose Mist" dishes about 15 years ago. The set had dinner plates, salad/dessert
 plates, and bowls, however...there were no cups and saucers! I just thought that they
 didn't make teacups for this set.
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Then...lo and behold...a few months ago I was looking through a few photos
 on my friend's blog, Mary Ellen from Mary's Meanderings. Mary has a booth at
 her local antique shop...and it's full of sooo many beautiful things! As I was looking through
 the photos of her booth...I spotted a set of four teacups and saucers that I thought might look
 nice with the "Rose Mist" dishes! I never dreamed that this set of teacups were actually
 from the same "Rose Mist" dinnerware pattern! I did my little "happy dance" for sure!
 Sweet Mary sent the teacups and saucers to me...and I'm just tickled pink to have
 them! Thank you again, sweet friend! I feel like I have a complete set of this
 dinnerware now!
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Don't you just adore that tiny pink rosebud on the inside of the teacup?
 Ahhh...sooo sweet!
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 Stemware with winter scenes...
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On this end of the table...you will see the pretty pink dinner napkin that I
 chose to use with this place setting...and a stack of the "Rose Mist" plates and bowl.
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I added a few "pretties" to the bowl! A second mercury glass heart,
 a cluster of white pearl berries, and a few of my treasures from the sea!
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I have to tell you...blog friends are the very, very best!!! The starfish and
 shells were a gift from sweet M^.^ over at Tales from an OC Cottage! Just
 look at that pretty...glittery...soft pink starfish and...there is a silver glittered starfish
 too! Look close...there are also pink and silver glittered shells as well! Sweet M^.^
sent me a gift box full of pretties...for no reason at all...except that she is just
 sweet like that!!! Thank you again, sweet friend!!!
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"Romancing the Heart"
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The last few photos are all about romancing the heart!
 I hope that you enjoy!
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(my favorite photo)
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 Every heart needs a little romance!
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Happy Valentine's Day, sweet friends!
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I am joining these lovely parties...
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Thank you, ladies...for hosting these fabulous parties for us!
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Well my friends...I'm sooo glad that you stopped in for a visit today!
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Today's post was a revisit from Valentine's Day 2011.  I am still trying
 to settle in since returning from my trip to Texas.  Once again, I would like
 to thank all of you who have kept me and my family in your prayers.  My Dad,
 who was diagnosed with lung cancer over the Christmas holidays, went home
 to be with the Lord on January 31st.  I'm so thankful that his suffering is
 over and that he is resting safely in the arms of Jesus now.    
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  Please leave me a note and let me know that you were here...
I would love to visit with you!
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Happy Valentine's Day!
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36 comments:

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Everything is just beautiful! You always set the most gorgeous tables!! I am so sorry to hear about your father. Sending love and hugs your way

On Crooked Creek said...

Chari,
I was wondering about your sweet Dad. So~o~o sorry for your loss, but know it was a difficult time watching him suffer with pain. I will keep you in my prayers a while longer, dear friend!
This tablescape has once again inspired my decor. There's a pink, white and silver tablescape going around in my head for this year's celebration with "Mr. Ed"! Thank you for sharing your talents with us!
Fondly,
Pat

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

I love ya Sis..and your daddy died on Len's birthday..My prayers are with you my dearest Sis..hugs and love Gloria

Blondie's Journal said...

I am so sorry, Chari...I know you are going through a very difficult time. My dad passed away last December from lung cancer. It's never easy. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts.

Beautiful table, as always! How sweet that you found the teacups. :)

XO,
Jane

XO,
Jane

Mary Ellen said...

Oh goodness Chari your dad went so quickly! I do hope those last days were precious ones as family held tight.

I feel like I am there visiting somehow with those little dishes coming from my way!! Wish I could come and have tea with you!

Know the past weeks have been hard on you and hope you will take care of yourself and lean into His arms for all that you need.
love you!
mary

Marilyn said...

Ultimate healing, but our human hearts feel the pain. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.♥♫

Barefoot in Blue Jeans said...

What a pretty setting. You always make your tabletops so beautiful.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Chari I am so sorry to here about your dad. My dad pasted away from lung cancer almost 10yrs ago. I know it's hard but know he is at peace now. Your table settings always look AMAZING!! I love the mercury hearts!

Sonia said...

Chari,
So glad to see you post and so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. I know your heart is broken..I still miss my Dad and it's been 10 years. I am so glad you know he is Home with our Lord. Hope you and your sweetie have a wonderful Valentine's Day!
Hugs to you!
Miss Bloomers

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

OMG Chari,
Your table is so amazingly beautiful!
I love the silver, the dishes, the centerpiece, the glassware!
You could repeat tons of tables because I can't really remember this and yet I am sure I must have seen it!
Well it surely is the prettiest of tables!
I am so sorry about your Dad. I know how hard that is. My Dad passed away almost 5 years ago yet it seems much shorter.
Well friend, I am looking forward to going to Arizona at the end of this month.
I need some of that warmth and I need to see little Calista too!
Hugs friend,
Love ya,
Cindy

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Chari, this is yet, another amazing table!! I love all of your sweet accents...the silver, the china, and the centerpiece. What I would give for those fleur de lis!! I am soooo sorry to hear about your dad. I have you and your family in my prayers!

Entertaining Women said...

It's so hard to lose our daddys. You are on my mind and in my heart. The Rose Mist is delightful. As much I I like the rose, I adore the green plaid! The mercury glass is a wonderful choice for your Valentines tablescape. Thank you for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

Olive Cooper said...

Chari, the rose mist set is strikingly pretty and how you completed it is wonderful. Praying for your family, olive

Jo's This and That said...

Beautiful ! My prayers are with you .

Tricia said...

Cheri, my condolences on the loss of your father. I hope you are feeling loved and supported by your family and all your friends. Your table this week is SO appealing. I really love the Rose Mist dishes -- so feminine! And what a great story about finding the teacups after all those years!

Jacqueline said...

So sorry about your father! That is such a big loss. My prayers are with you.

Your table is lovely! Can't tell which one I like best. The silver cutwork plates are spectacular! I really love the centerpiece - that one could be used a million times!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

My heart goes out to you sweet and lovely lady! The loss of a father for a daughter is specially sad! May our Lord keep him by his side. Gorgeous tablescape as always with such lovely elements, each one!
Lots of hugs,
FABBY

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

So sorry for the loss of your daddy. It is so difficult to lose our parents.
Your table is stunning once again.

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
Your Tablescape is Beautiful as all ways. I'am so sorry for your loss of your Dad. I will keep you and your family in my Prayers sweet lady.
XXOO Diane

Marigene said...

Beautiful, Chari...that little bit of green really adds so much to the table. Your centerpiece is gorgeous.

Chubby N Chieque said...

Absolutely my heaven on earth in your place.

No more words I can utter. "Heaven" is the max, right?

Happy TS...

Greetings from freezing Stockholm,
/chie

Lana Kim White Austin said...

I hate to write about tablescapes when you're suffering such a loss (I am SOOO sorry!!!), but...maybe it will bring you joy, which you need. This table is gorgeous as always! Every details if fab! I love the incorporation of the pale green/pink rose dish set, too. PERFECT! And the etchings/scenes on the stemware is divine@!!!! Many prayers for you!!!

Love/hugs/blessings,
L

podso said...

I am thankful that your dad did not suffer longer. It is so hard to lose a parent, but when we know they are in a better place it is not nearly so hard. Hope you get some rest and regroup and get settled in again, Your tables are lovely as always!

Creations By Cindy said...

So sorry for your loss sweet lady! Have prayed for you. Loving your tablescape! Oh my...another pin going to Pinterest. Hugs and blessings. Cindy

xinex said...

Stunning shimmering table, Chari. Love all your silver and mercury glass accessories and nobody can put things together more beautifully than you....Christine

Shirley said...

Happy valentine's Day Chari,
Thanks for stopping by. It's always a delight to have you visit. Your table is so romantic. The rose plates are beautiful. I dont know if I could eat off such beauties..From the post's I read I send my prayers your way. The loss of a parent is so hard. God will take care of him.
Take care yourself too!
~Shirley

Cindy said...

What a beautiful table you have created, once again. I love your pretty dinnerware, it certainly fits with "Romancing the Heart". Such a nice story about finding the teacups and saucers.
Love and hugs, Cindy

Ivy and Elephants said...

Chari they both are just gorgeous! You always know how to add just the right touch.
My heart goes out to you on the loss of your father. My prayers are with you.
Hugs,
Patti

Shelia said...

Hi Chari! Oh, here you go again setting the most gorgeous table! Love your touches of silver and your dishes are so pretty! Love it.
Thanks for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

The Tablescaper said...

So sorry to hear of your loss.

I love how you made your Valentine tablescape so full of silver. It's just gorgeous. Wonderful ring edged plate and charger.

- The Tablescaper

Judy Bigg said...

Chari, your post is fabulous. The second one is my favorite, I love silver. Sorry for your loss, losing a parent is terrible hard but time does easy the pain. You will always have him in your heart.

Sherry said...

Chari,
How beautiful this is with all of the silver! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

Sherry said...

So sorry to hear about the loss of you Father.
Hugs,
Sherry

Honey at 2805 said...

Stunning!! You always amaze me with your creativity! Thank you for sharing at POtpourri Friday!

So sorry for the loss of your Dad. May God give you comfort.

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