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Monday, April 16, 2012

Nearly A Tablescape By Olive



I have nearly concocted a tablescape.


The roses virtually demanded  a pretty table be set.


I cannot keep plates and flatware symmetrical.
How all of you do it is beyond me. 
The camera catches every single fork that strays....yikes
So a nearly set table is as close as Olive gets.


I hope the setting makes up for my imperfections.



These two images above have the pastels toned down a little.


Vintage Ballerina china from an estate sale

Spoons are my Aunt Judy's

Quilt was a thrifted find years ago

Vinegar vase from a garage sale

Green leaf metal base from Goodwill

Vintage chippy patio set from a garage sale

Flower garden and roses grown by Olive

  
I like this image the best and I believe it was one of the last I snapped. 

Hold Everything Lightly #5 will post on Tuesday April 17.
They are not getting easier.
Please join me.


Linking with:


joy and peace
Olive


52 comments:

  1. Your tablescape is beautiful as it is, Olive. The setting is lovely and I like how you use the quilt as the tablecloth. My mom has the same patterned quilt that she quilted years ago.

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  2. The table setting is nice Olive and the setting in the back yard is lovely. Love how you used the quilt. Isn't everything better when it's been gently used.

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  3. The setting is beautiful, Olive. Love the quilt. I think you tablescape looks great. Believe me, I don't set a perfect table either.

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  4. Delightful, Olive!! Your yard looks like a beautiful spot for a meal.
    Mary Alice

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  5. Gorgeous old quilt - I am glad I am not into tablescapes - nothing in my life is square - I am pretty sure I am incapable of it...

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  6. Well you almost tablescape sure passes the test to me! The flower garden quilt is beautiful! The few of the birdhouse from the patio table is my favorite. I do declare, you get better and better!

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  7. I love seeing a quilt used as a table cloth. I think your "nearly" set table looks great! Those roses, of course, are the crowning glory.

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  8. I love everything about your tablescape Olive..after all every one of us starts by bringing a stack of pretty dishes to the table.. there is just something so inspirational about the way you have written and pictured this..makes me want to go set my table..and rarely do I feel that way when I see all of those 'perfectly' set tables..and I set my table every day with china and cloth napkins..I have so much ballerina chine..love it...bought way back when on ebay before anybody else had discovered it.. grin..
    the whole thing says we can all do this...thanks and looking forward to your next installment of your life story...
    Love,
    Mona

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  9. Everything is lovely! I especially like the quilt and beautiful roses!

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  10. Olive, your nearly tablescape is perfect! Your lovely backyard is the perfect setting and your roses are glorious. I really like your vinegar pitcher, it makes the perfect vase. Everything is wonderful and what a lovely way to celebrate spring!

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  11. Beautiful Olive! I LOVE everything about this post....thanks for sharing. Hugs, Gail

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  12. Lovely, pretty, serene little scene you have there.

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  13. Hi Olive, You're right. Those beautiful roses deserved a beautiful table and it is lovely. The quilt makes such a gorgeous tablecloth. The colorful design is perfect for your patio. I love how you made a centerpiece with the metal base and the vase. You are so fortunate to have those sweet spoons from your aunt. I think the way you stacked the cups and saucers makes for an interesting photo shoot. Beautiful, beautiful………

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  14. Beautiful setting. The oases are lovely and I love the quilt...Christine

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  15. Hi Olive... I think you set an absolutely beautiful table and I would love to join you for coffee or tea... your roses are gorgeous!... xoxo Julie Marie

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  16. Very pretty! Love your quilt and the rose color is just beautiful:@)

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  17. Hello Olive,

    The shot of the two birdhouses really is nice. Anybody at home in the near one? Also, the picture of the quilt flowing off the table onto the gravel walkway is really fine... It makes me think of a waterfall on a mountain stream.

    Gorgeous, SM

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  18. I love fresh cut roses...I have a little bouquet right now, too! And the quilt makes your table perfection! I wish I was there to enjoy it with you! ♥

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  19. Thats just the sweetest little quilt! It's perfect for a table setting outdoors with the scent of roses wafting about. Very nice!

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  20. Olive, Love everything about this post! The quilt, silver, dishes and roses a beautiful combination. And you are right the last photo was great. Thanks for stopping by, Laura

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  21. Just beautiful.....and the quilt is so gorgeous too!
    Have a great week :o)
    ~Des

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  22. I'm afraid you can't claim to be no good at tablescapes any more. This is beautiful! ~ Maureen

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  23. What lovely photos, Olive...I would love visiting over that table!

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  24. Now that's the kind of table I can manage...love the roses...ours are finally starting to bloom here. Have a great evening!!

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  25. This is heart melting pretty! The quilt and the roses do it all for you. And you have done it my favorite way! Piles on the table. That's what you see in all the French decorating books! Lovely! Good luck with your writing assignment. I know what a challenge it must be.

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  26. These are truly beautiful photos, Olive. I loved every one of them, and I adore that little vinegar jar. I would never have thought that it was a vinegar jar - it is so pretty! The roses are, of course, absolutely gorgeous. Such a pretty setting and the tablescape looks delightful. I am still working out (on my new camera) how to get the front of the photo in focus, and the background fuzzy - or vice versa!! I just can't seem to be able to do it :(

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  27. Olive,

    Love the quilt and the spoons are wonderful. I have a couple of teaspoons in that pattern. Very well done!

    Carol

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  28. What a lovely place for a tablescape. The quilt just makes it so perfect! Your roses are beautiful!

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  29. Love your nearly tablescape.
    And the image, of the quilt and the chair -- great contrast there, the soft and the chippy.
    Nice.
    One of the things I do like about taking digital pictures is that welcome surprise you can find in amongst the dozens of shots -- that angle or composition that catches your imagination and makes you say, "Hey! Sweet!"

    And who is GIGI?
    Spill, sister.
    Cass

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  30. It's a beautiful table Olive. You should link this to Kathleen's Let's Dish this week. It's an Earth Day/Good Earth challenge. Your table is perfect!

    I put my table together and after all the pics were done I noticed a stray knife. That's okay...'cause that is life!:-) Posting it tomorrow.

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  31. Olive, what a sweet post! Love your use of the quilt as a tablecloth. I love it!

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  32. I think it looks lovely. Your quilt is gorgeous!

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  33. Beautiful tablescape!! Love the quilt as a tablecloth. Geat ideas and photos..
    Karen
    Ladybug Creek

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  34. You set a very pretty almost table! Love that quilt. I have the same problem with silverware and such on the table. It looks good until I take a photo and realize it doesn't look right in the photos.

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  35. Hi Olive!
    I know I have been here as I am a follower, and I thank you for following me too!
    I love your almost table. The quilt is beautiful, and the garden in the background is just beautiful! What a great place to celebrate Earth Day. Thanks so much for Linking to Let's Dish. You can show us dish collections, anything table related!
    We don't mind the fork being askew, it is all about having fun playing with our dishes! Welcome to the club!
    Now finish that table, it will be glorious!

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  36. Charming photos! Just found you from Savvy Southern Style this morning~new follower! Love for you to return the visit~Angie

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  37. Olive...Great tablescape and outdoor setting. Love the quilt used as a tablecloth and the vinegar cruet to hold your pretty roses. Very pretty and not a spoon out of place. :)
    Babs

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  38. Olive~ Your "nearly a tablescape" has all the elements that I love... a quilt and flowers in a beautiful outdoor setting! Your Aunt Judy's spoons are a treasure and your last shot is my favorite too :)

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    1. You are one of the tablescaping giants on whose shoulders I stand Mary.

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  39. What a lovely quilt and those dishes are so pretty!!
    Thank You for sharing and I hope you have a wonderful evening!

    Aledia @ Plum Perfect

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  40. This is a beautiful setting! No matter that it is not a "completed" tablescape...the simple suggestion that a table is about to be set it just enough. The roses are such a pretty hue, and the dishes & your Aunt's flatware are pretty, pretty, pretty!!! The quilt was a spectacular thrift store find! I have never found anything like that!!!

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  41. Smitten with the quilt, dishes and the fabulous spoons! The roses are the perfect backdrop.. such a fabulous table.. xo marlis

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  42. Beautiful! It looks like summertime :) I wish I was there sat at that table! I love the quilt.
    Jennelise

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  43. Beautiful quilts and lovely photos -- I really enjoyed this post.

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  44. Love the quilt and imperfections are perfect!

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  45. Olive, this is the lovely! Beautiful quilt, dishes, and silver. Perfect details! I adore that last photo too. Great shot!

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  46. Hi Olive, I think your table is perfect--the dishes, quilt, silverware and ROSES, oh my! The forks always seem to go astray for me too, or I move something and forget to put it back...on and on...and when I posting I get an idea of something I should have done differently. Oh well, it is all for fun and when the friends and family sit down the table is really complete. Happy Earth Day! Linda

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  47. What a lovely setting and quilt!

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I adore your comments. They are like finding unexpected chocolates. olive