Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Tablescape Thursday

Hello, Dear Ones and welcome again to Tablescape Thursday hosted by our Dear Dish Diva of Tablescapes, Susan at Between Naps on the Porch.

Between dirty laundry and getting back into the swing of life I didn't have time to set up a tablescape of my own. So I grabbed a couple of my favorite table setting books and took a few photos to share. That is legal, isn't it? ;)
I love this book - The Perfect Setting - and will show you just a few snaps from it...
First, every time I look at this page I think of our Debbie with her love of Quimper Ware. So Frenchy!
This lovely setting looks as if Charles Faudree has been here. Are those his little spaniels? Do you think this is the fare those puppies are about to partake? Soup, crusty rolls and wine! Just what the puppies ordered! Or was it those sheep in the window who ordered the wine? I think their tiny lips are sealed! ;)

I think this table is so elegant! Nothing like blue and white! Just look at the beautiful tablecloth and the centerpiece is the salad!
More blue and white with a down home country theme. See the white quilt as the tablecloth and I do believe those are tea towels used as placemats, don't you? Easy and darling centerpiece!
More elegant white with just a hint of color in the flowers.
Here's another of my favs - Table Settings (Special Touches for Entertaining).

Gorgeous tray set with tea things! A variety of dishes have been used and look at the sweet cup as the vase for the Baby's Breath! Oh, I love this. Don't miss the softly colored green place mat with lace edging on the tray. Oh, I love this! Can you love 'this' you ask? Why of course you can love 'this'! You bet your dog eared pages you can love 'this'!
This reminds me of Mary at Little Red House! She has so many pretty dishes from her mother.

This photo reminds me of ME! I love my little crystal and cut glass pieces! Now if I could just have those napkins and maybe that beautiful chair... :)

I'm sorry for cheating today, but I had to miss last week and that made me miss seeing all of your dish play AND I didn't want to be left out! So here's a little bit of a cheating tablescape.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

Little Girl

Hey, little girl, you don't have to hide nothin' no more
You didn't do nothin' that hadn't been done before

Little girl thought she wouldn't get caught, you see
She thought she'd get away with goin' out on me, yeah

Other girls did it, you didn't think of nothin' new
You went out on me, so other girls did it too

You can leave, little girl, I don't want you 'round no more
If you come knockin', you won't get past my door... yeah!

You got nothin' to hide and everybody knows it's true
Too bad, little girl, it's all over for you... ha-ha-ha-ha
~sung by the Syndicate of Sound


  1. What gorgeous tablescapes. I so need one of those books. I am still learning and it isn't all that easy. lol I enjoyed them all. Hugs, Marty

  2. Hi Shelia... Oh sweet one those are simply adorable Tablescapes... It's not cheating it is sharing what you think is beautiful and I do too... Have a wonderful day!


  3. All of those tablescapes are beautiful! I love the one with the sweet dogs...

  4. Oh I always enjoy a pretty tablescape where ever they are! I would love to sit at any of these tables. Bet the "boys" would too!

  5. Well you know we all love pretty pictures so that's not cheating in my book. Very pretty.

  6. Oh my, I've been surfing for books on table settings, so I can learn a little more. I wonder if this is still being sold? I'm going to find out you can be sure. I haven't seen any others I was partial to.

  7. Sheep with tiny little are baaaaa-d! Good tablescapes are beautiful no matter where they came from and I enjoyed knowing about two new books! Glad you didn't miss it!

  8. The Victoria book looks like my cup of tea-thanks for sharing!

  9. O, Sweetness, I don't think you cheated at of the best things about living in Blogland...ANYTHING goes. I love that, don't you? I love getting away to a place that we don't have to follow rules..I get sick of rules and one of my best friends in the world, told me that Rules were made to be broken..hee hee...
    AND..I absolutely LOVE that you piddle'ed all the way to little sweet thang, you..
    hugs, bj

  10. I love the salad in the middle table. It looks like a table my Grandmother would have done. Very nice.

    The Raggedy Girl

  11. OK- looks like I may have to go to Amazon for these wonderful books-

    Enjoyed the visit,


  12. OOOOOH! You know I loved this, Shelia! Of course the Quimper ware was gorgeous!! And I LOVED the "Charles Faudree" table! It even had Nicholas, his Cavalier King Charles, and a friend!! lol Thanks for sharing this book...those tablescapes were beautiful! Hope you are having a great week...hugs...Debbie

  13. beautiful tables! Happy Tablescape Thursday ~ Susan

  14. These are pretty settings you are sharing with us Shelia. I hope your schedule lightens up for you!

  15. Wow, so much eye candy! Those look like great books to have.

  16. They are all beautiful! I love the Lily of the Valley i the cup..almost used them, but went Patriotic for Memorial Day!

  17. Glad you could play along this week for real or in book form. It is all so pretty and honestly my tables never look like this during the work week but your post allows me to dream along:) Thanks for sharing all the pretty tables.

  18. Shelia, thanks for sharing these gorgeous settings!

  19. Sheila,

    Lovely! I am going to have to get those books.

  20. Love the the the books....

    But...I'm a sittin' here a thunkin' I'll take them thar pooches! :)

    Love it all!


  21. * I L*O*V*E the way you "CHEAT", Shelia ~~~~~utterly F*A*B!!! (Thanks~ so glad you DID!!!)...

    Warmest, my friend~
    Linda *

  22. Oh Shelia, you can cheat as much as you want to if you will show us beautiful pictures like this. They are all so gorgeous. Hmmm, maybe I will share what I bought for Sunday Shopping Secrets. But until then, they will remain a secret, LOL!...Christine

  23. Awesome books! I love when people share the neat books they have because then I go out and find them! Thanks for sharing :)

    All the best,

  24. Hi Sheila,
    I love this idea! What a great collection of books and many wonderful ideas! I was sure that I was a blog follower but I haven't been getting updates from your site. I joined again just to be sure Hugs, Cindy

  25. Shelia, your inspiration pictures are great! I love the blue and white kitchen towels for placemats! I would so do that sometime! Thanks!

  26. I don't think its cheating at all, but even if it was, who cares? I still get to see beautiful tables!

    Stella and I did a teddy bear picnic for this week's offering on Tablescape Thursday!


  27. Lovely tables. The book is wonderful. I will have cream with my tea please. Kathy

  28. Hi Shelia...all of these photos were fabulous...and if you weren't so honest, you could have fooled me into thinking they were your creations...yours are always just as pretty! ;-) Bo

  29. that table DOES look like Charles Faudree has been there! ha ha!

    I used to have a little black Schnauzer named Billie. She was the best dog ever!

  30. Thank you Shelia for showing us items out of those wonderful books.
    I like them all except the white on white is my favorite. Have a great week-end.

  31. Beautiful photos of beautiful tablescapes!!!

    I hope to be able to tablescape again...probably NOT til fall though!!


  32. Hey Sheila you Sweetie !
    I didn't know there were books with so many settings.....almost as good as ours in blogland, lol !
    I will have to keep my eyes open for some!
    Hugs ~ Kammy

  33. What a great job you did with this post. So many warm and inviting settings! Stop by and see my table setting, if you like what you see, be sure to subscribe to my blog by clicking on "Follow" in the right hand column. This way we can inspire one another frequently! Be sure to stay a while when you're there and enjoy the experience!

  34. Good morning. What a wonderful idea. And I love your books! I think the 2nd batch of pictures is my favorite, and the one with the heart cookie is just divine. Makes you want to sit down and just . . . sigh, relax, unwind.
    Wonderful post! It filled the bill perfectly!
    Have a great day. Karen

  35. Shelia, that book is a great resource! Loved their settings!
    Want those two doggies...oh how cute are they!


    Sheila :-)

  36. You have inspired me! Have a great day!

  37. Well Shelia, I just love it all! I will have to try and find those books. The tablescapes are so lovely.

    Sending smiles, Barb

  38. Fabulous tablescapes. But I think I like the photos from the 2nd book the best. Especially the tea tray one. I love it!!! Thanks for visiting my blog & leaving me a comment. And yes, you can come over anytime.

  39. Beautiful! Oh I love the picture with the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel...I think they certainly are about to partake in a feast. ;) Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog... I purchased the polka dot candles at the Hobby Lobby (a store that I always get myself into a lot of trouble in. haha) Have a blessed day! :)

  40. ~Gorgeous ideas in all the lovely books Shelia!
    How clever to show us.
    Love it!

    Have a blessed day my friend. I wanted you to know I always appreciate your visits and kind words.

    "You're" a sweetie! ;)

  41. Thanks for visiting my blog and for posting these photos - very inspirational!

  42. Thanks for reminding me of these books... I have the first one and several others on table settings. I enjoyed seeing the ones you picked and your comments.

  43. Hope you are having a great day! Have you checked out my new book giveaway blog? ♥ HUGS ♥

  44. Don't ya just love a great tablescape book?! I do! thanks for sharing!
    happy holiday having beans and hotdogs?

  45. No! Actually that is NOT legal and I think YOU should be arrested by the Tablescape police! LOL...sorry...I just had to say that! Listen my sweet took part and I would imagine that is all that is necessary since you are in a wee bit of a We forgive you..or rather, I, forgive you! You chose some lovely pictures!
    Now that I think about it... :) I have a ton of cookbooks with wonderful tablescapes in them..and .. I'm just kiddin' you!
    I am just glad you are here joining in! BIG hugs for sharing your pictures!!

  46. I guess I'm going to have to check my library to see if there are any table setting books to check out. It didn't occur to me to ever check. Thanks for the idea!

  47. I just love these Tablescape's! I need a few of those books. I just love the round table scarf. I love the dishes too! Gosh I need these books! lol Thanks for visiting me so much, I love reading your comments, you always make me smile!

  48. Well, that was lots of bedtime reading before I turn in. I'll be dreaming of gorgeous tables and dishes all night! :-) Have a fabulous weekend, Shelia...hope your dear Mom is all settled in now. Susan

  49. What wonderful inspiration you provided with these photos! I'm gonna have to get me some of those beautiful tablescape books!! laurie


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