Saturday, June 24, 2017

Set Your Table with Flair--An Upscale Independence Day

Hello bloggy pals and beyond!
How do you celebrate our great nation's independence?  Do you like down-home country casualness, chock full of traditional fare such as BBQ, baked beans, and the like?


Usually at my home, we celebrate in a very casual way.  This year however, I thought, why not go with a more upscale setting which is aesthetically appealing without being too fussy?


Of course, no 4th of July tablescape would be complete without the tradition of red, white, and blue.  To heighten this year's setting, I chose to use a mix of patterns, including some of my favorite red transferware.  Mixing the patterns adds a little whimsy to the setting while not depleting the sophistication classic transferware brings.  I adore these little striped navy and white plates!





A mixture of glassware in blue, clear, and red....


blue and red candles in patriotic silver bugles of varying heights,


pair perfectly with an upscale tureen filled with casual bougainvillea clipped fresh from the garden.



Here is another look.



Tablescape. 





I added a combination of napkins in red, white, and blue adorned with a small bit of ribbon, and silver flatware completes the setting. 



I hope you are enjoying the summer and Happy Independence Day!  Until next we meet...



The Details:

Plate Stack:
Navy chargers, Horchow/Neiman Marcus
Red transferware, Stadffordshire Engravings, 17th Century; local antique
Simple white plates, Ralph Lauren Club Collection/HomeGoods
Ruby glass plates, Antique
Navy and white striped saucers, Kate Spade New York "Charlotte Street" for Lennox/HomeGoods

Linen:
White topper, generic, local antique
Red and blue linen napkins, generic, HomeGoods
White crochet tea napkins, Boutross Fine Linens, Horchow/Neiman Marcus

Stemware and Flatware:
Crystal goblets, Godinger Dublin Collection, Horchow/Neiman Marcus
Blue flutes, generic
Ruby glass teacups, local antique
Silver flatware, Wallace Silversmiths Antique Baroque Collection, Horchow/Neiman Marcus

Remaining Accoutrement:

Tureen, Spode Blue Italian, HomeGoods
Bugle candleholders, Joann Stores, found at a local thrift



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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Summer Solstice and a Bounty of Bougainvillea







Hello, friends!!  How has your summer been thus far?  The marking of the Summer Solstice today (or yesterday depending on your time zone) means it's official!  Summer has arrived...not that I needed
any reminder, it has been above 107 degrees all week, hot, hot hooooootttt!!!!


Typically, I post about little blossoms poking their faces out at the onset of the Spring, but in today's post, I am sharing some pictures of my bougainvillea.  The whole garden is practically bursting!





Bougainvillea, or paper flowers, are indigenous to South America. However, they are cultivated and grown all over Spain (as Buganvilla), Italy, and Greece, and numerous other areas.  There are approximately between four and eighteen different species in its genus, and they can vary in color from the fuchsia you see here to red, yellow, and even oranges, whites, and pinks!
Santorini



Although these plants appear as an abundance of blooms, they are quite the tricksters!!  The actual "flowers" are the teeny white flowers you see depicted here, while the colorful part are leaves. 




These lovelies adore heat, and with temperatures soaring here in Southern California, I am so glad I have found them.  Don't they make a pretty addition to this Spode Italian tureen?   I will be sharing more about that later in the week.  Until then, keep cool!




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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Checking In




Hello, my dear friends!  Words cannot express how much I have truly missed the comradery that comes from blogging!  I hope that you are all doing well. 

Over the past year, I became more involved with my community theatre group and began working behind the scenes.  It has been very enjoyable.  I hope to share some of those projects and costumes soon either here or via my crafting blog, The Crafting Table

We have also transitioned our eldest son into adulthood, and as he left the nest, it was a bittersweet moment.  It is incredible how fast time goes!  It seems like just yesterday I held him for the first time as a young woman, and I can't believe he has finished culinary school and is now off to work at a Four-Diamond resort and restaurant.  We couldn't be prouder.

I hope this post finds you all in good spirits and health, and I will be back to blogging shortly, so please expect visits from me soon; when I don't blog I have the tendency to "unplug" completely, which means I have a lot of catching up with everyone and a good deal of what I know will be enjoyable reading. 

To all who have remained loyal subscribers to my silly little blog, I so appreciate it, and thank you from the bottom of my heart. 




See you very soon.


--Yavette









Extra-large hat, Ralph Lauren
Crystal goblet, Godinger Dublin Collection, Horchow/Neiman Marcus



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Saturday, April 30, 2016

My First Visit to the UCR Botanical Gardens


Hello, sweet friends in blogland and beyond!  I am so happy for the Spring and wonderful weather, aren't you!?  The beauty of Spring can be found all around; in the fragrant breezes, the beautiful blooms, and the twitter of God's children great and small.  The weather has been so fair that I thought it would be the perfect time take a tour of the UCR Botanical Gardens.  It made for a lovely morning, for certain!


The garden boasts four miles of wonderful hiking trails, conservatories, and ponds, just to name a few of the attractions.  During my visit, I was able to tour a portion of the gardens, and it was really gorgeous.

Upon entrance, I took notice of several types of Cacti, the website states there are hundreds, in fact; I was most intrigued by the cacti with blooms or ones of interesting color.

Gorgeous blooms of a Yucca.




Lovely pink petals of a Easter Lily Cactus, with buds that are just opening.


Closer look.


Wonderful purple.  Echinocereous Stramineus (No common Name).






I love the vibrant color and delicate blooms of this Coral Yucca.






This "Traveler's Friend" cactus appeared more prickly than friendly.  ;)



I found the flowers of the Twistpine "Prickly Pear" quite interesting, they almost emulate roses.


Closeup.


Speaking of roses, one of my favorite areas of the tour was the extensive rose garden.  I could sit here for hours taking in the sweet aroma of the beautiful flowers, of which there were over 300 types!

Here are a few of my favorites.  


Wild Blue Yonder Roses 




Eureka Roses



Handel Rose



Friendship Miniature Tea Roses






Little Jackie Miniature Roses





New Beginning Miniature Rose



Beauty Secret Miniature Hybrid Roses



Dream Come True 



Memorial Day Rose






They were all so unique and fragrant!  

There was a section of irises, 






and a wonderful butterfly garden




full of attractive blooms such as this Adonis Blue English Butterfly Bush (Buddleia)!!


Hello, little fellow.


The trails were laced with wonderful trees, such as these incredible Italian Cypress


that climb into the sky





and beautifully fragrant California Buckeye.  



So wonderful smelling!


Among these beauties were lots of wildflowers indigenous to the area...

sweet purple mallow growing wild on fences,






a sprinkling of vibrant California poppies,


prettiness spilling over walls,



and even a gorgeous sitting area trellised with white prickly poppies!



Closer look.


All-in-all, it was a wonderful tour, and I hope to return soon to see more!


Thank you for touring with me!  Until next we meet~ ❤️❤️




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