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Monday, May 11, 2009

Tablescape & Thrifty Thursday - Crystal & China



Today I'm once again doing a double post. Thanks to Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch for hosting this wonderful Tablescape Thursday. Be sure to go check out all of the wonderful tablescapes that everyone has created. You will be inspired.

Also I'm participating in Thrifty Thursday hosted by Leigh @ Tales From Bloggeritaville. Check out her blog to see all the thrifty finds posted from all the participants.

My tablescape today is using a lot of crystal and new (to me) dishes I found at the Goodwill. I'm experimenting with a less is more approach, and just using crystal and candles for the centerpiece. I wanted the dishes and placemats/napkins to be the center of attention.



For the centerpiece I have used 4 glass candlesticks with green and pink tall tapers. They surround crystal cloches and apothecary jars with 3 pink roses for a touch of color.



This is a view of each place setting. I love the elegant vintage look. Everything except the charger and silverware are some recent GW finds.



The placemats and napkins are very delicate tissue linen and I just love the embroidered detail on them. The napkins were 69 cents each and I have 8.



Isn't the shape of the placemat just lovely. It has such delicate detail all around it. The placemats were $1.25 each and again I have 8. One of them still had the original tag on it. It says Sferra - made in switzerland.



The chargers are cream with very heavy embossing. The came from Ross on their clearance aisle. I was so lucky to find 6 of them by going to 2 different stores. They were on sale for $4.99 ea.



I really like the new dishes I found at GW. They have a lovely gold rim surrounding a green border with beautiful pink roses. I was able to find 4 dinner plates for $1.49 each and 4 salad plates for $.69 each. I think they are so lovely.



The back of the plates say Grace China made in Japan. I havn't been able to find out what the name of the pattern is. If anyone is famaliar with this pattern I would appreciate the information, I would love to try and find more. Kat from Emptynester just told me on this post that the pattern is Formal Garden and discontinued in l939. Yippee, thanks Kat.



A closer look at the crystal and candles.



An overhead view of the table at night. The crystal really sparkles with the candles lit creating a very lovely ambience.


Thanks for stopping by, I do so appreciate your visits and I hope you will come back soon.


66 comments:

  1. Hi Marty,
    I like your placemats and dishes. All mine are everyday types, so these look so fresh and nice. I think I've been talking to your via e-mail that hasn't gone thru, since you have no-reply on your address. Is that correct? Have I been sending you reply messages that you never received? Mumzie

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  2. I love your table...how come I can't find stuff like that at Goodwill. Is that where the place mats came from. Those are exactaly what I have had in my head!!! Love it...Liz

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  3. Oh Marty, that china is stunning! I love the delicate pattern on it. Your place mats and napkins are lovely, and what a deal! Your tablescape looks so girly and pretty. laurie

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  4. Hi Marty, Your table looks gorgeous. I love the flowers in the cloche. The napkins and placemats are so pretty and such a great find. Everything looks beautiful!

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  5. Every single thing is just gorgeous. I love it all...

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  6. Every single thing is just gorgeous. I love it all...

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  7. I love the detail on the china...what a fabulous find! The table setting is so inviting...love it. :)

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  8. pretty! I like the less is more look myself. Did you know the plates resemble the background on your blog? Did you plan that?

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  9. Hi Marty, love your table setting. The dinnreware set is so pretty and dainty, lovely colors! You are so lucky being able to find beautiful plates from GW. The whole set up with the crystals looks so elegant...Christine

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  10. Your dinnerware is just lovely. So elegant! I love the placemats and napkins. I really wish I lived were you do. Your GW is awesome! Have a great day and thanks for sharing!

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  11. The dishes are beautiful. I have yet to stop at our local goodwill.
    I just heart the dishes you have found. The chargers are my favorite; I have a thing for dressing the plates with chargers and I feel it gives a finished look.
    blossom

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  12. I love the green color on the china and the embossed charger. Everything looks really pretty!

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  13. Wow Marty, what a treasure trove you have found. I love those placemats. They are gorgeous. You really found some wonderful things! Did you squeal? I can't help myself sometimes when I find a great deal but Girl you really found a great deal. Everything is sooo beautiful. I love it!
    Blessings,
    Debbie

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  14. Simply Beautiful Marty !
    I love your new GW china and those chargers are great . You did a most excellent job, bravo !
    Hugs ~ Kammy

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  15. Love the tablescape--I think you got some great finds at the GW!

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  16. Marty...your table is beautiful.... and elegant... where do I sit?? Happy Tablescape Thursday ~ Susan

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  17. Marty, this is so lovely! I love the china you found, I don't think I've seen this before? Anyway, I did some research for you and I believe the pattern is called Formal Garden by Grace China. Discontinued in 1939 and I have found one dinner plate for $24.99! So you really got a steal! Love the centerpiece, the roses are just gorgeous. And the table is so beautiful by candlelight. Hugs, Kat

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  18. Marty your table is absolutely beautiful. I love the new dishes! Everything is wonderful!

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  19. I can't believe you found those dishes at GW!!! They are really beautiful. Those placemats are so lovely and the shape is so unique. The whole placesetting does have a real vintage look. :D Jewel

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  20. Marty, what a beautiful table. Thank you for sharing your talents.

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  21. I need to get myself to Ross! Your placemats are lovely--i love the shape! You did a gorgeous tablesetting using all your finds!

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  22. Oh, how pretty. Love the pink and green together.

    The chargers are so fancy... love them!!

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  23. Oh what beautiful dishes you found at GW! I love your pretty centerpiece of crystal candlesticks. Such a pretty tablescape!

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  24. Love those placemats. Amazing what you can find at GW.
    Joyce

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  25. Evening, Marty! What a gorgeous table you've set! I love those new/old dishes - they're really beautiful! Everything you put on your table is just so lovely!
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia :)

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  26. Marty my dear this is just so elegant and pretty and I can't believe the beautiful china your finding at GW. This is my favorite kind of table and your so good at it. Classy, elegant and a bit of sparkle and vintage. You will have to give lessons. Hugs, Cindy

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  27. What elegance you found at GW! Isn't it wonderful to find those "diamonds" when you treasure hunt? I've always loved china that had some green in it - so sweet.

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  28. Absolutely beautiful table, love the napkins and placemats, you are a thrifty shopper but one wouldnt know it looking at your beautiful tablescape! Great job pulling together an elegant and beautiful setting. Thanks for sharing! ~Katy

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  29. The floral plates are lovely and I love the linens. Very nice.

    Christi @ A Southern Life
    http://asouthernlife.com

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  30. Marty, this is so pretty! I love those "new" dishes! The placemats are so unique...and delicate...lovely!
    Happy Thursday!
    ;-D

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  31. Marty, I can't believe you found these gorgeous plates at GW!! I'm going to have to visit our local one more often.

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  32. Love it all! Don't you wish we had more opportunity to utilize tablescapes? They are so pretty!

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  33. The dishes you got at Goodwill are just beautiful...what a bargain! They look so pretty layered with the white charger. You are quite a shopper with placemats at that price...so wonderfully put together! Miss Bloomers

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  34. Goodwill is awesome isn't it?!!?

    You found some great treasures and your table is so stunning!

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  35. Your tablescape is just gorgeous! All the soft colors come together so well! I love it all! You have found some wonderful bargains!

    Katherine

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  36. oh wow that is so coo and why I love thrifting so much!

    happy tablescaping

    Sarah

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  37. Marty..
    It's beautiful .. I just love the placemats and those wonderful chargers. Y'all are all so inspiring doing your tablescapes.. I may have to try one soon.
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  38. Pink and green are two of my favorite color combinations. Your setting is lovely and so inviting. I hope your stoll through life is all that you ever dreamed of Marty. You seem like such a sweet person.
    Happy Twirls

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  39. Love the place mats. they are so intricate. Your less is more philosophy is pretty good.

    Meridian Homes

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  40. Love that table Marty. It's so romantic... I love the pattern on that dinnerware.

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  41. Oh this is just so pretty! I love that you were able to get so many beautiful things from Goodwill! That is my go-to store for anything now. It's the first place I check out!

    Those dishes are beautiful, and antique as well! Those placemats and napkins are exceptional. I just love how delicate they are. And those charges...gorgeous! I really like all the crystal too as it makes the table just shine in the candlelight.

    Kady

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  42. What a beautiful table scape, I just love all of your dishes. I never thought of putting roses under glass like that....stunning.

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  43. Marty, Can you believe what people just give away to GW? What treasures you found, and such a lovely table! Linda

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  44. Oh, your table is lovely....and those dishes.....wow! I love those dishes! And you found them just in time for spring / summer. Fabulous!

    Have a beautiful day.

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  45. Wonderful color and design on the 'new' plates. Always love to see the candle glow...sets such a romantic mood.

    Enjoy,
    Candy

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  46. Your tablesetting is exquisite. The china pattern is really beautiful with the floral swags. The placemats and napkins are delicate and fresh looking.

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  47. What a lovely and thrifty tablescape! I am in love with those white chargers. I was just at Ross the other day. Line was so long to check out I left! You have managed to put a beautiful table together with style with a discerning eye for bargains.
    Brenda

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  48. Oh those dishes are like a walk down memory lane for me, they remind me of some my sweet grandmother used on her table every Sunday, when she hosted 'Sunday dinner' for our family. . .

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  49. Wow, Marty, you outdid yourself! You know how much I love the vintage look and thrift shop finds! Check out this website http://www.replacements.com/
    It's a good way to find out how much those thrift shop treasures are really worth!

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  50. Marty your placemats and napkins are so pretty and delicate, gorgeous. I am glad you found out the name of your lovely china, your whole tablescape is sopretty and elegant and looks beautiful by candlelight. Happy Thursday, Kathy.

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  51. Marty, my heart is going pitter, patter for those GW dishes and those gorgeous linens! I'm such a sucker for both.

    You must have been tickled to death to find those. You set a beautiful tablescape with all of it put together. So nicely done!

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  52. Wow, what a beautiful table!! I can't believe you got such beautiful mats and napkins and dishes for such a low price. And the chargers, OH my!
    It is lovely!

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  53. oh marty,once again you have done a beautiful job, i adored the placemats and napkins.i dont know how you always you find the best deals out there..enjoy it my friend, every week gets better and better...have a great evening i'll be back....xx

    silvia

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  54. Marty, Your GW finds are a gold mine! Those dishes are stunning., and I love the chargers you purchased at Rosses! The napkins and placemats were another SUPER find! Loved it all! Hugs! ~CC Catherine ;)

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  55. Hi Marty,
    Sorry to be so late....had quite a whirlwind day yesterday and didn't get much blog time! I absolutely loved this post. I cannot believe the GW finds. You are so fortunate to find sets of plates let alone those placemats and napkins from Switzerland!! I have seen the little cake stand plate in gold before and thought what do you do with that? I loved that you used it as your centerpiece! Great job Marty! Are you going to have another get together soon?

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  56. Hi Marty! Wow! did you find a great treasure! I love that china! and those placemats! So pretty! The colors are exquisite! God Bless you today! Lauralu :)

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  57. Marty,
    I am so impressed and more then a little jealous at this wonderful GW find! These plates are so finely detailed and delicate what a score. I love how you pulled everything together, especially layering them on top of the Ross chargers. You have a lovely touch and I just noticed the post below this so can’t wait to see what you did to your bathroom!
    ~Cathy~

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  58. I don't know how you do it Marty. You have found some wonderful things and put it together so elegantly. The plates are such a find. They have a beautiful pattern, and those place mats tie it all in so beautifully!

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  59. I love that you've proved a beautiful tablescape doesn't have to cost hundreds of dollars! Gorgeous finds!! I love the sparkle of the crystal by the candlelight, too!

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  60. Hmmm... that should be "proveN"... sorry 'bout that!

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  61. Marty,

    I am so sorry it has taken me so long to get to your TT and you are so good about coming to me.

    That said, I LOVE your new china. That Goodwill is amazing! Your crystal is lovely too~it was very clever to put the roses in the cloche. I may borrow that idea!! And you got a great deal on your linens, how lucky for you!!

    Well, I hope you have a wonderful weekend, Marty, and that you do not have all the rain we are having! ;-D

    xoxo
    Jane

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  62. Marty,

    Those dishes are just to die for... very very pretty!

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  63. This is absolutely beautiful!! I love, love those dishes!! You found some really great deals at GW & Ross. Have a wonderful weekend, Nicole

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  64. Beautiful!Beautiful!Beautiful!
    Those dishes are abso;lutley scrumptious! I LOVE them!

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