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Monday, November 5, 2012

Plumber's Toolbox Tablescape


I could not resist pairing the old plumber's toolbox with ironstone
 and the Old Britain Castles china. 
Add a couple of cake pedestals and an easy
 and fast tablescape is complete. 
The fruit is from the 1960's and is an estate sale find. 
The nandina berries are from our nandina shrubs. 
I have fussed about that shrub being ugly and here I am using the berries.



Transferware plays so well with ironstone. 
I am  thrilled with this pattern of china. 
I only wish I had purchased more of it at that estate sale. 
There were about three hundred pieces of it for sale. 
Olive does have a budget.
I am cooking Thanksgiving dinner and this china is what I will use.
CC and I are planning the menu. 
We are ready to have her home.


joy and peace
Olive



51 comments:

  1. Oh so gorgeous! Bravo! I need a berry bush like that! Your Thanksgiving will be so pretty!

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  2. Really pretty table vignette. Those dishes are just beautiful. I'm sure your Thanksgiving will be wonderful.

    Judy

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  3. Love the berries! I have always wanted an old tool box like that. I saw one in someone's house with flowers and stuff in it and loved the look.

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  4. I don't know what the bush looks like, but I love the berries and how much they add even more beauty to your arrangement. I hope your upcoming Thanksgiving is a happy one.

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  5. Oh, those berries are fantastic, now you will want to use them every fall. Do they dry well? Love your Old Britain Castles...I came thisclose to buying them in red a few years ago and I, too, wanted ALL of them! Your Thanksgiving table is going to look so pretty and the best thing is, CC will be sitting at it!

    XO,
    Jane

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  6. These photos are just gorgeous. I'm actually looking for an antique tool-box for my table. The fun is the hunt.

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  7. Just had to pin these photos!! this is my favorite transferware pattern, love your tablescape! love, love, love and what an adorable photo of you! xoxo

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  8. Olive, I love this whole setting. What a great mix.

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  9. HI Olive, I really love your china pieces, they are beautiful and will look very nice for Thanksgiving.

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  10. Oh, your tablescape is gorgeous! Love those berries in the transferware pitcher. Love it's design.

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  11. so pretty..the nandina berries bring out the redish orange in the dishes....just lovely...I too love brown transferware...it just speaks fall to me....
    Love, Mona

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  12. Such a pretty table setting. Even with the ugly bush berries :) I love the shape of those dishes. Not entirely round.

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  13. Great tablescape, Olive. I agree that transferware is special. Budget? What's that? Love those berries, that will teach you to complain about them! Soon CC will be home and it will be a lovely Thanksgiving both visually and emotionally. Ann

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  14. Hi Olive, I just LOVE your Old Britain Castles china, and it will be so beautiful for Thanksgiving... your arrangement is just lovely!... xoxo Julie Marie

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  15. Olive, The berries look great with your dishes. I really like that vignette. I have never heard of those berries before now. smiles, Susie

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  16. Helloooo Olive...
    This is your BeSt Vignette yet!*!*! LoVe the "Autumn/Thanksgiving" Feel...
    Hugs - Jeanine Burkhardt

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  17. Hi Olive! Oh, this is gorgeous and those are some sweet looking little berries. Love your dishes too. You always make pretty.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  18. Oh I love your vignette. The toolbox is fabulous and your transferware is stunning. The bittersweet just finished it off perfectly. Fabulous. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  19. Oh, the COLORS in that BEAUTIFUL china!!! And the berries...and the toolbox! Just stunning! Thank you for sharing this!
    Nancy

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  20. Love the pattern and LOVE the pitcher, gorgeous!

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  21. The transferware dishes couldn't be more perfect for Thanksgiving and I'm "borrowing" your idea of placing dessert plates on a pedestal. Very pretty table setting with the orange berries!

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  22. Gorgeous! I have a few of those dishes and always wish that I could find more. Beautiful tablescape!

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  23. Olive,
    The berries are beautiful. As is the transferware, and I am a big ironstone fan!
    Lovely.

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  24. Beautiful, Olive. You find so many great things to create lovely tablescapes.
    Mary Alice

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  25. Great colors Olive! That china will look beautiful on your Thanksgiving table-enjoy:@)

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  26. Stunning!! Simple and elegant, all at the same time. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!... Donna

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  27. Um, could I put in my vote? Purrlease? I say, keep the bush. The berries are gorgeous even if the bush is ugly ;) Beautiful tablescape waiting for the wonderful meal you and CC are planning!

    Hugs and purrs,

    "Her" and Romeo

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  28. Olive,
    your tablescape is lovely, love all the colors together. I'm with you, I think nandina bushes are ugly too but you can't beat the berries! Brown transferware and ironstone go perfectly together, love brown and white! It all looks amazing!
    Rebecca
    PS.the motorcycle parts are ok, but not my favorite either, but they did have some other amazing things that kind of made up for that stuff.

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  29. Oh, you know how much I love that! I like the idea of using the toolbox and ironstone. And Nandina berries are so useful. I haven't used any in years, but hmmm... I just might have to bring some in this year.

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  30. Every single item in this blog post is beautiful. You put it all together so well.

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  31. Very nice, love the berries too. I think it's time to get out my Thanksgiving plates and makes some displays. love yours

    Came over from Cozy Little House

    Lynnie

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  32. How incredibly beautiful. I love your Autumn touches with foliage and your gorgeous dishes. I have a large tool caddy that I found thrifting. You have inspired me to use it in the future...not sure just how...But, thank you for sharing yours.
    Blessings,
    Carolynn

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  33. Gorgeous girl...just gorgeous. The only thing missing is a drumstick!
    Deb

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  34. Just gorgeous! Love, love the dishes! Beautiful table!

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  35. The berries, the box and the plates look brilliant together. Have a lovely Thanksgiving meal with Joe and CC.

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  36. What a pretty tablescape! Love those dishes and the plumbers box. Perfect for Thanksgiving.

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  37. Oh how I wish I had been able to obtain that china, it is great.

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  38. Olive,
    Such amazing artistry in your vignette in the plumbers toolbox!!! Your transfereware is stunning and I do understand about "the budget"! Ha! May your Thanksgiving be blessed!
    Fondly,
    pat

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  39. Well, you know me ~ never met a toolbox I didn't like! Wonderful vignette and I love those dishes!! Perfect Thanksgiving dishes.

    Big Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  40. Those are gorgeous dishes Olive. Sweet looking pitcher too with the berries. Very warm and festive.

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  41. Your table is going to be so very lovely!
    Brenda

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  42. Lovely dishes, I would like to set my table with those... I'm your newest follower... :-)

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  43. It's perfect!!!!
    I saw one of these toolboxes today for twenty...probably should have gotten it!!

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  44. Olive~ I am plumb tickled by your tablescapes and your transferware is delightful! It will be beautiful on your Thanksgiving table. The only saving grace about Nandina shrubs are the berries :)

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  45. The plumber's tool box is sooo charming. It has inspired me to dig out a similar one I have in storage and USE it!!!

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  46. I LOVE those dishes, Olive! The tote looks great with the transferware and the white pieces. My favorites!

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  47. don't you dare get rid of your nandina bushes....I always love the bright red pods hanging in the dead of winter. :) And your transfer ware is fabulous! I decided two years ago I needed Christmas dishes so I started a collection of red transfer ware...no specific pattern...just pieces I love. Don't have much but it's getting there. Happy Wednesday Olive xoxo

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  48. Beautiful vignette and transfer ware Olive! Vanna

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  49. I think the OBC pattern in brown with the color like this is my favorite in the series. It's hard to find this so you really got a score! I LOVE how you've used the tool box in this vignette. It's soooo pretty and charming.

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