Wednesday, May 12, 2010


Ta Da!! I found the color mode on my very complex {!} camera and I am good to go. These are my Mother's Day Flowers in all their glory and they have opened, too. Just in time for Tablescape Thursday. Please visit Susan at Between Naps On The Porch who hosts this event each week. I actually wasn't inspired to make this tablescape by the roses, but by the burlap runner I made. I was fiddling around with a piece of the fabric, thinking of making a window valance with it and it just wasn't happening, so I thought maybe it would be a neat juxtaposition with the flowers on the table and I think it worked. I also flipped over some paisley place mats to find a light brown backing and used them as well. Adding to my centerpiece are mercury glass candle cups. They look really pretty at night with the flame illuminating them.

I am using water glasses from the Dollar Tree, vintage Italian reproduction wine glasses from Napa Style and various pieces of silver plate picked up here and there.
Aren't these little cardinal S & P shakers adorable? There is a little family of the real thing living in the birdhouse next door. I love watching them.
My dinner plates and napkins are from HomeGoods and my salad plates are from Pier I. I'm not sure where I found the place mats and I bought the burlap at my garden center at Christmas.

These are little salt and pepper shakers that I bought at a local gift shop. They are so cute and they went with the napkins and color scheme so well, I threw them in as well.
Aren't they the cat's meow? They are about 2 inches high. I love them.

Well that is all I have today. Emily helped me fix that camera mode in about 30 seconds. What is it with kids that their technical world is so much more evolved than ours? Am I stuck in my ways...not wanting to learn? Well, I won't get all philosophical, it's time to have a feast...broiled chicken breasts, roasted potatoes, green beans and a tossed salad. Maybe I'll keep the camera out and join Foodie Friday!

Have a fabulous rest of the week. We are going up to the lake for the first time in a month. It is going to be in the high 60's. Whoo Hoo! :-)


Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Your table looks lovely. I love your pretty flowers and the salt and pepper shakers. Have a good time at the lake. I hope you take your computer or I will miss you!

Chubby Chieque said...

Simply the BEST, Jane.

Gorgeous... sometimes, we have to face & show the reality what our table looks like, huh?

Enjoy ur time in the lake... Chill Out!

Dana and Daisy said...

okay, maybe this is obvious to all the other readers, but how do you tell which is salt, and which is pepper?

And do you have new dining room chairs? How come I don't remember them from before? I like em! A lot! said...

Hi Jane, Your table is very pretty. I love your plates!!!I have a great camera and have no clue how to take photos except to point and shoot and hope they come out ok. I really need to read up;)
It is supposed to be nice here in CT tomorrow too. Maybe some more gardening will get done. Have fun!
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Natasha in Oz said...

As much as I loved the black and white pictures it is nice to see the beautiful colours of your Mother's Day flowers!

Your tablescape is lovely too, Jane. The burlap runner is fabulous!

Best wishes and enjoy your weekend,


Hi Jane,
I love the wood of your table, it's so nice. Your flowers are so lovely, and still look fabulous from Mother's Day. Love your dishes, and sweet cardinal salt and pepper shakers, and the burlap runner. Simply beautiful table in all it's "SIMPLICTY"! Thank you for sharing, have fun at the lake.

Rettabug said...

I'm so glad you're back in living color, Jane!! :-)

Your flowers are GORGEOUS!!! I think those little s&p shakers are adorable & I know you'll get lots of use out of them.
I remember when you got those new plates, too....SO PRETTY!!!

Hope your Mothers Day was extra special.


Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Jane!
Your photos are lovely and your table setting is gorgeous.
I love the dishes and you did a wonderful job making a burlap table
runner! Very pretty.


Sonia said...

I just love your tablescape! The flowers are so beautiful and the burlap runner is great. The colors and pattern of the dishes are wonderful! Just divine!

Have fun at the lake!

Miss Bloomers

bj said...

Everything looks fantastic. Isn't this burlap craze something else!! I love burlap, twine, numbers, letters...everything that Pottery Barn is showing.
They quit showing containers with wine corks and now everyone has quit using them. I still LOVE the look and will use them anyway...:)

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Hi my sweet friend! Your roses are just beautiful. HUGE and perfection! Roses...I love them. Your table looks wonderful...but then everything you do is lovely!

PAT said...

Your table looks beautiful, Jane.

Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings... said...

Love your b&w's Jane...
Fun discovering new things to play with on the blog!
Have wonderful Lake time...
enjoy every minute and relax a bit.
xoxo~Kathy @
Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

those salt and pepper's are so darn cute Jane! So glad you found your color! The roses look great and hey girl, are you sewing? Love the runner! Have fun at the lake, wish I was there.

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Son and dogs moves into his new place June 15th. I will be busy with the sprucing up then. I am sure it will take at least 2 weeks for me to be able to think about moving. I am shooting for around the 1st of July, tho.

The Decorative Dreamer said...

Very sweet! I love your roses, and simple tablesetting! Those salt and peppers shakers are fantastic too!

Suzann said...

Those plates are awesome. I love the colors. And those salt/pepper shakers are to die for.

I've been reading about my camera since I got in on Sunday and although I snapped a couple of quick shots today - I have a LONG way to go before I "get it".

Kerry said...

Those roses, that table, your plates...all beautiful. Do enjoy your time at the lake...envious!

Lori E said...

Lots of good ideas here Jane. It is smart to check the other side of lots of fabrics and such. Sometimes they are exactly right color for our setting.
As for the Foodie Friday, good luck remembering to take the pictures of the food after it is cooked. I always forget until we are half way through the meal.

Nancy's Daily Dish said...

Your roses are so pretty...I love the ones with the tinges of red-orange. The plates from Pier 1 are I read I hoped you say where they were from. The remind me of Aesthetic transferware. Also, the little bird shakers are adorable! I love any bird motif' items!

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

The flowers look beautiful (and I'm sure they smell out of this world!) Love the rustic look of the table - the plates, even down to those salt & pepper shakers - beautifully done Jane!

Heidi said...

Hi Jane,
I know what you mean about the kids being unfazed with all the new technology. Whenever I have a problem I call my 14 year old in and she can usually fix whatever it is in about 5 seconds! But then, they were born with all this stuff already invented. We had to accept it as new and a little scary!!
Your table looks so pretty, I love all the different textures and the soft colors. The plates are really nice, love the pattern.
Thanks for visiting earlier, I hope you'll come back again soon!
Heidi - Heart and Home

Donna (Timeless Settings) said...

I love the teeny salt and pepper shakers! Too cute!


Unknown said...

I love those roses, and your plates are lovely.


Kathleen said...

Glad you figured it out, Jane!
The table is lovely.yes, THE table..I like the wood!
And the setting is very sweet..
As Sister Margaret used to say..Simplicity is the true form of beauty!
Glad we are all getting those Mother's Day flowers into our scapes..
The salt and peppers..just adorable!

Red Couch Recipes said...

I love your wood table. I also love the plates and the little salt and pepper cute! Joni

Joanne Kennedy said...

Glad you got camera working again! I love this tablescape and yes those little salt and pepper shakers are the cats meow!


The Quintessential Magpie said...

Janie, I'm glad to see you got your color fixed. If I had to figure out something like that, I'd be lost.

And yes, those are CUTE salt and pepper shakers. Love the plates, too... cool pattern! And I love your pretty flowers.

Have fun at the lake!

Drop by sometime.

Happy Tablescape Thursday...


Sheila :-),

Diann said...

Your table looks so warm and inviting! Very pretty!

Paula@SweetPea said...

Pretty table! Enjoy the lake this weekend!!

Carol at Serendipity said...

Very pretty. Simple and elegant.


sharon santoni at my french country home said...

What a pretty table you have laid there Jane! Thanks for stopping by and sharing the pleasure you feel in blogging! Please to have found you.

Susie's country cottage said...

Great colour combinations. I love the way you put everything together so stylishly and the roses are gorgeous.

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Tricia said...

I love the elegance of the roses with the rustic burlap -- just lovely! And your round table is wonderful -- just the kind I'm looking for!

Ribbonwood Cottage said...

Hi Jane. I'm so glad your mother's day was wonderful! Mine was great. I love your table. And those plates are lovely. I need to get over to HomeGoods...all your things look interesting!! Big smile...but those flowers are beautiful! Good thing too that you figured out your camera. That can be so frustrating when you want to take the picture but nothing is going right! Have a beautiful day!

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

Color mode! Glorious color mode! :-)

Ahhhh, yes... What is it with kids and their being born, technical whizzzzzes? :-) Good thing for us though, hu? And me too, I kind of get stubborn and say I don't even want to learn. "Just do it for me!" ,-)

Black & White can be amazing! But such pics seem to take more work, than color. -le sigh- One has to make sure the dark part is really a contrast to the [very clearly] white part. And crop, crop, crop. And use the stuff to make for more clarity, in one's iPhoto program. Eeeeek! ,-)

Unknown said...

Jane..what a great tablescape. Those little s&p's are precious and I LOVE your roses. All so pretty :)


Julie Marie said...

Hi Janie... your tabletop is just beautiful! And I love seeing your gorgeous roses in color... the little Cardinal salt and peppers are so cute and how fun you have real Cardinals making their nest close by... I hope you are able to get some photos of their babies to show us! Have a wonderful time at your lakehouse... wish I was there! xoxo Julie Marie

Julie Marie said...

PS To Dana and Daisy... the salt shaker has the most holes! xoxo Julie Marie

Susan Freeman said...

Hi Jane! Your roses are beautiful and so are your place settings. Those salt and pepper shakers are just too precious!! Your dinner menu sounds yummy!!

Susan and Bentley

Pondside said...

It's nice to see you back in colour, Jane!
I really like this tablescape - it's a nice change from the pastel that we see so often at this time of year - quite elegant in a homey sort of way. Perfect blend of the two.

Melissa Miller said...

Jane it is stunning! I adore your gorgeous roses. Lovely job. :)

Debbie said...

So pretty! I love the burlap runner with the roses. You put it all together wonderfully!
Enjoy the lake this weekend.

koralee said...

Love your table today....I must say those roses are amazing...hugs for a wonderful weekend..can you believe it is here already?????

Privet and Holly said...

Blondie! Just noticed Layla on your side bar....Is she a Toy Fox Terrier? We have one called Gracie and she is on my side bar : ) Your table looks so welcoming and I love how you tied it all together with the burlap and the silvered patina of the votives and your cardinals. Lovely! xx P&H
PS: Have fun at the lake!

Barbara said...

Such a pretty table! I love the burlap.

Kim said...

Lovely Tablescape Jane. The flowers look just beautiful on your runner. Can't believe you made that! You should be selling!

Marigene said...

Janie, your table is beautiful! Love the salad plates...everything from the table runner,to the pretty napkins, to the plates, to the cute salt/peppers, to the gorgeous roses are perfect. Have a great upcoming weekend! said...

Hi Jane,
I just had to put an update on my blog about my I am going to use the dressform for decoration unless I transform into her tiny size 8. It is so not our size 8 of today:)
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Denise said...

Hi Jane, pretty flowers, and pretty table too, I love those plates.

Gypsy Heart said...

I love the flowers ~ in color! :-) I so understand about the granddaughter went through my cell phone in just a few minutes, advising what I had. Of course, all I really knew is how to answer, dial, text and use the alarms. :-) Kids are just wired differently now, so much more advanced. Anyway, your table is lovely and the salt & pepper shakers are so cute!

I hope you have a great weekend at the lake.


Sarah said...

High 60s! I have to smile as we've been having temps in the high 80s low 90s. All too soon for me! I'm not ready for summer. Give me the 60s, please!
The table is lovely. I especially like those salad plates!
Have a terrific weekend at the lake. Take some photos to share.
Hugs ~ Sarah

Miss Merry said...

Your table is wonderful! I love the salt and pepper shakers.

Lana Kim White Austin said...

Great job~!~ Those little bottles are the cutest!! I love how you utilized your color scheme so well!!!

Hugs, Lana

Bella's Rose Cottage said...

Hi Jane.. A lovely Table! Burlap and roses... the new version of leather and lace? A Great combo!
Thanks for visiting me.

Lemon Lane Studio said...

What a lovely table setting. The plates are just beautiful and I love the salt and pepper shakers.

Tina said...

Your tablescape is just beautiful as always Jane! I love the colour of your roses, they are gorgeous!! Funny about kids and technology...I have to ask our girls for help all the time. I hope you have a wonderful time at the lake house ~ Tina xx

Melanie said...

Your flowers are beautiful and I love the dishes:)

Happy Friday.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I think I have the dinner plates that go with those Pier 1 salad plates, Jane! I love the pattern as a more contemporary floral. Don't feel bad about the camera settings; I still don't know all of mine. I just figured out how to turn the flash off this year and I've had this camera 2 years already!

From the Old InkWell said...

Love your plates, Jane!

The Charm of Home said...

Your table is wonderful. I really like the salad plates and the way you layered them. I am loving your table. That weathered looking wood. That is gorgeous!

podso said...

Your tablescape is pretty and just feels so comfortable, like I would love to join you at that table! The flowers are beautiful in all their glorious color!


Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Gorgeous, love those salt n pepper!

GwendolynKay said...

I do love the littel bird shakers... your table setting is lovely.

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

simple? gorgeous!! and the flowers? amazing!

xinex said...

Your s & p shakers are so cute, Janie. Beautiful flowers and love your plates! Enjoy the lake!...Christine

Unknown said...

Jane your table setting is so lovely. Your burlap runner is great and I think your Mother's Day flowers are so pretty.
I have certainly missed some beautiful posts here. I LOVE your black and white shots.

Anne Lorys said...

Hi Jane!

What a beautiful table you've set here!
I'm crazy about all your cute little salt and pepper shakers. :-)

Have a wonderful weekend!

bj said...

Just came by to say Good Morning!:)

Shellbelle said...

Your tablescape is lovely, I love all the extra touches you added to make it so special.

Did you know my favorite thing after seashells, is roses? I'm trying to mix the two in my new home.

Headed to the lake? Woo hoo, have a fabulous time! (As if there were any doubt.)

Nola said...

The tablescape is beautiful. I am wild about the burlap! It is stunning. Burlap has such a great texture, I don't know why people don't use it more. Heck, I don't know why I don't use it more (except that I'm a klutz at the sewing machine).

Penny said...

Enjoy the lake Jane. Your table is beautiful.

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Dear Jane
Your mothers day roses are glorious!! you lucky girl.. but I know you deserve them!! I love those patterned plates.. so sweet .. just enough pattern to please the eye and not too much to be too busy!!

Well my dear thank you so much for your sweet words and kindness.. xxx Julie

Brenda said...

This is such a beautiful table setting. (I just discovered your blog, and love it!)

Traci@ Beneath My Heart said...

Such a beautiful tablescape! I love those birdie salt and pepper shakers too. Too cute! Love the roses...

Brenda Pruitt said...

I'm so glad you got your camera problem straightened out! I seem to recall those plates at Pier 1. I've got to get in there. Haven't checked out their stuff in months. I love that table of yours! It just has good bones.

Deb said...

Hi Jane, such beautiful flowers and a lovely tablescape! Love your plates, so cute! Don't you just love life at the lake, me too! Deb

The Shiny Pebble said...

That was hillarious about the color button on the camera. I love the mercury glass candle cups. How fun to have a family dinner with the table all set, and with roses to boot! Have fun at the lake!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Jane, your table is so pretty. Those roses are gorgeous! Love the table runner, and those salad plates are so pretty. And what cute s/p shakers. You are so smart to use the other side of the place mats. laurie

Monica said...

Hi Jane,
what a gorgeous burlap runner you made! And the roses and mercury glass tealight holders are just the perfect addition for a simple but elegant tablescape!
Have a great week ahead!

Jeanne Henriques said...

Hi Jane

Your lovely and am glad to hear the settings in your camera are sorted. I know how fustrating that can be.
Look foward to photos of your trip to the lake...enjoy!!


Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Love your tablescape! The salad plates are wonderful and your wine S&P are perfectly cute!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Beautiful table, Jane! I love the warm colors of your room and the dishes are gorgeous. Great job on the runner, too.

Hope your time at the lake was fun!


Unknown said...

Simply beautiful! Just that little extra touch, takes the mundane to the special. Looks wonderful.

Lovely Scribbles said...

Ooh, I love tablescapes! Everything looks beautiful, Jane! I love the combination of the rustic table with the elegant dishes. You pulled it off brilliantly - no surprise there! :)

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Jane, I love the mix of your floral plates with those fabulous napkins! And I am so fond of the color. Simple and so warm and welcoming!
And who doesn't love to be met by a bouquet of roses.

peggy aplSEEDS said...

lovely! you take wonderful pictures!

prashant said...

Maybe some more gardening will get done. Have fun!
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