Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Tablescape Thursday

Hello, Dear Ones and welcome again to Talbescape Thursday hosted by our Dear Susan at Between Naps on the Porch. If you want to see many lovely tablescapes and obtain some great ideas, pop over to see her.

I've set a Fallen table today and my inspiration comes from my darling little Rooster jugs! That's Rooster with a capital "R"!

If you visit me very often, you've seen these little darling ones. Mr. Precious and I bought these little jugs about ten years ago in Italy. Now don't be scared when you look at that dragon ~ just look at that precious little face! I saw them and it was love at first Rooster sight. I blame these little stinkers for getting me into my Rooster phase.

I'm using an appropriate charger today and layering plates...

I was in TJMaxx and saw these dishes that matched my Rooster jugs! I only bought four plates~ you really don't want to have too many dragons in your home! :) No no Nannette.

The next plate is from a set of four I found at Pier One last year. Perfectness of color, don't you think? Then I found these little darling bowls at my stop at TJMaxx! I think we'll start off with a tiny little fruit salad.

I'm using an ecru colored table cloth along with chicken napkins I made. The napkin rings I found at Marshalls and they are a pale yellow and a pretty blue. The brownish glasses were purchased from WalMart and the silverware is a few years old and is Onieda.

Now I must tell you a little story and you know how I love to tell you little stories. A few years after our visit to Italy, I was out on a shopping trip and popped into Tuesday Mornings and guess what my most gorgeous baby blues spied? This glorious soup tureen that matched my little Rooster jugs! I did not waste any time. I even passed GO without getting my $200! That was a mistake, wasn't it? :) I popped that little thing into my cart and headed right up to the cash register, grinning all the time! I was just thrilled!

I knew I would use this tureen for my centerpiece today.

Just have to have the romance candlelight gives to my table. I also wanted to make another mosaic. :) Well, I made it just for you! :)

You know how I love my faux flowers and my faux flowers just love me to death! I popped some Fallen looking fauxs in my tureen and my floral centerpiece was all ready!

Here's a close up of the base of the tureen and the underplate. I think they're very Fallen looking, don't you?

I just had to show you the pretty little lid with the pear knob on top. Don't you just love it? Actually, this tureen being from Italy, even though I bought it from Tuesday Morning, it is Italian...:) I would have thought they would have put a lemon on top. Oh, well, I have a lemon tree in the yard... I know, I get sidetracked very easily. :)

See the little matching footed stand? Yep, just perfect with my Italian pieces and a perfect spot for a gourd. This was an alive gourd from last year and I killed it! But it was an accident, I promise! I poked it away in a cabinet and just ran across it this year and it had dried all out for me and I was thrilled, well not because I was a gourd killer, but that it still looked great! Look at those cute little stripes! I just love this stuff! Can you go to prison if anyone knows you've killed a gourd? Shh...don't say anything about this, you did not hear a word! No no Nannette! :(

We had some nice sunshine today so I raised the blinds just for you and so Chloe Dawn could see out! :) I just can't ignore my little fuzzy face. Just to clarify ~ if this is your first time to visit me I'm not saying I have the fuzzy face. The fuzzy face belongs to my little black mini Schnauzer, Chloe Dawn. Just making sure you understand. ;)

One more peek at my Rooster jugs. Did you see that? Did you?

Oh, shoot! You just missed it! The little baby jug just winked at you. What a little doll, um, I mean, what a little Rooster jug!

I thought I would show you my Little Richard covered with more Fallness. Little Richard is an old buffet I got from a friend named...can you guess? Richard! Yep, I'm very original like that! Okay ~ you can see I have the tea pot too ~ again, Tuesday Morning and a little matching tray. I also have an olive oil bottle, but decided I wouldn't show you that since olive oil doesn't go well with hot tea! :)

On the other side of the room I have this olden server. I found this little darling at an antique shop a few years ago and only paid $150 for her! I was so excited. It's scratched up and all, but I love it and just think I'll keep it this way ~ character ~ and you know I love character especially since I am quite a character myself! :P

Well, there you have it, Dear Ones, my Fallen table. I've been missing from TT for about the last month but I'm so glad to be able to join all my Dear Dishaholics again.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

A girl went back to Napoli
Because she missed the scenery
The native dances and the charming songs
But wait a minute, something's wrong
Hey, mambo! Mambo italiano!
Hey, mambo! Mambo italiano
Go, go, go you mixed up sicialiano
All you calabraise-a do the mambo like a crazy with a
Hey mambo, don't wanna tarantella
Hey mambo, no more a mozzarella
Hey mambo! Mambo italiano!
Try an enchilada with da fish a bac a lab and then a
Hey goombah, I love a how you dance a rhumbah
But take a some advice paisano
Learn how to mambo
If you gonna be a square
You ain't a gonna go nowhere
Hey mambo! mambo italiano!
Hey mambo! mambo italiano!
Go, go, Joe, shake like a Giovanno
Hello kess-a-deetch-a you getta happy in the feets a
When you mambo italiano
Shake-a Baby shake-a cause i love a when you take a me
Mama say "stop-a or I'm gonna go to papa"
And a hey ja drool you don't a have to go to school
Just make-a wid da beat bambino
It's a like a vino
Kid you good a lookin' but you don't a-know what's cookin' till you
Hey mambo, Mambo italiano
Hey mambo, Mambo italiano
Ho, ho, ho, you mixed up Siciliano
it's a so delish a ev'rybody come copisha
How to mambo italianoooooo!
'Ats nice!
~sung by Rosemary Clooney


  1. Absolutely gorgeous! I adore the roosters.

  2. Oh I love your pretty table and all the lovely pieces you found that match your Italian roosters. Everything is so pretty. I really love your pretty buffet also. You always do the neatest job. Hugs, Marty

  3. Dear Shelia,
    You have created a spectacular table. Very unique dishes to make a great table to dine at.
    God bless ya,

  4. Hi Sweet Shelia, I knew when I saw the centerpiece that it was Italian. We have fun collecting odds & ends from thrift stores that are Italian. I love all your matching pieces. I've seen the little pedestal dish at our Tuesday Morning! I love the colors, especially for Fall. Your dishes, the antiques, the napkins.....everything is just beautiful together. Please give Chloe Dawn a hug from us. I love your mosaic especially!

  5. It's always so much fun to visit your blog! I too have rooster jugs and love them! It's so cool that you have found dishes from many places that match! Thanks for all your nice of you to share! :D

  6. Shelia, your table and your dining room are beautiful. You are making me want to shop though. Let's see it's about 5:30 and church is at 6:30...TJ Maxx is across the street from my church...can I do it? Oh yeah!!

  7. Ooh Shelia, everything looks great, but that server is to die for! And only $150! Wow! Do you know how old it is? I think you're right... any scratches on something that old just shows how loved it was.

    Justiney :o )

  8. You always set such a pretty table, but I especially love today's table setting!
    The dishes are all so beautiful and you coordinated everything perfectly! And that tureen is wonderful!
    And I am really coveting that antique sideboard! I love it! It is so beautiful and so unique and I wouldn't touch one mark on it! I hate pristine now, it just seems cold and odd somehow, I have been spending the last few years getting rid of all my 'new' and 'perfect' furniture and filling my home with wonderfully comfortable tattered treasures!
    Oh, and would I love to get my hands on yours! It's one of the most unique pieces I've ever seen. I absolutely love it! The shape of it, the curves, the details, the drawer pulls, it's all so perfect.
    All the best,

  9. I love Roosters! Your table is so lovely! I always enjoy looking at all your pretties :)


  10. How wonderful you found all of those matching dishes to your great Rooster pitchers. My favorite thing, though, is the glass jar, vase thingy on the buffet filled with fruit and artichokes. It's all beautiful, as usual!!! Take care, Sally

  11. Love your server, roosters, tureen ---- well just everything! Glad that you're feeling better now! (Did you give Mr. P two hugs from me?)

  12. My lips are sealed! Your little Roosters started a big riot...a beautiful riot...loved the tablesetting and thanks for the giggles!!!

  13. Love, love, love your Fallen table. And finding your matching pieces all over the place, well it was just meant to be. Happy Fall

  14. Beautiful table -- love all of your "things"! Absolutely

  15. My dear Sheila,
    I don't know where to begin, everything is done to perfection! This is the most beautiful fallen table with the most beautiful fallen china and soup tureen in the most beautiful fallen dining room with the beautiful red transferware and side table! I'm just lovin it, thanks for the joy! Cindy

  16. i love it all! full of personality and so pretty :)

  17. who would have thought that you would find that tureen that matched your set, wow, can you believe that...I love your roosters they are the cuttest little babies ever, loved the post and love your dining room, so pretty with that beautiful window, everything is perfect....

  18. Well, my goodness, little are so lucky to find pieces to match all over from different places. And, they are all just beautiful. I LOVE your fallen faux flowers for your centerpiece. Looks fabulous.
    Love love love your little antique sideboard.
    Everything looks so beautiful. I can tell that you are feeling much better.
    Is your little mother doing good?

  19. this is so lovely Shelia! and i'm in love with your chadelier..
    have a great night sweet friend.xx

  20. I really love the colors on the table and the layering! Very nice Shelia!!
    I'm looking forward to flying to Seattle on Saturday so that I can get my home there ready for Thanksgiving and have some fun with table settings. I don't have anything this week as I'm busy getting ready to be gone from my sweet little condo in Southern California for a full 6 weeks!!

  21. Hi Shelia

    I love Italian ceramics and have quite a few pieces myself, but I never bought a rooster time I go I'll make sure to pick one up.

    Mambo Italiano is a fun song!

    I loved seeing Mr. Precious pancakes in the post below!

  22. Shelia, I love your Italian dinnerware... it is SO neat. You need to come visit in St. Augustine because there are shops just calling your name! I can take you to somethat have neat china that could be a good friend to this. :-)

    Those roosters are ADORABLE, and I like your turreen, too, and the dragon actually looks like a dolphin to me. They are sort of sea serpent looking, but I think they are supposed to be dolphins of some sort. At least that's what I thought, but I could be wrong.

    I love Little Richard and the other server. Such neat pieces.

    Sending you love and hoping you feel better...


    Sheila :-)

  23. This is just delightful! Those little Rooster jugs sure created lots of inspiration, what great finds! I love that Italian pottery! I wish I had brought more home with me when we went there. I only brought small items home (didn't want to carry heavy luggage!)

    Your stories are always so sweet too!


  24. Oh Sheila, I love your table setting. You make it so enjoyable too, just reading along as you tell the story. I love those roosters. I wish I knew how to do mosaics. They look so pretty.

  25. Hi Sweetie Shelia;;; I just love your fallen table scape... the colors are so pretty... I really have to make a trip to Tuesday Morning... Love your story,,, and don't worry you secret is safe with me about the gourd...haha have a great week.


  26. Hi Sheila, this is a beautiful tablescape! I love the china and the rooster jugs your hubby bought unique!

  27. I love the dishes, centerpiece and the roosters are too cute.
    Love your antique side board!

  28. Oh your rooster jugs are just so cute, Shelia, they're like a family of 3. I love your Italina dinnerware too. I need to borrow them to have a bigger set and for a shape variation, lol! How lucky for you to find that tureen. It is really pretty. You know I used a tureen or it might be a vegetable server for a centerpiece today too. Unfortunately, the cover is broken when it arrive. BTW, I took pictures in the bathroom of Marriot's in London cause it is so pretty and I thought of you, LOL....Christine

  29. Hi Sheila, The roosters are just adorable. Everything looks so well together. I especially love your buffet.

  30. Hi Sheila! Everything looks fantastic... And what an awesome idea to use a soup tureen for a flower holder... Brilliant!
    Have a great rest of the week...
    ~Really Rainey~

  31. WHAT a table! And your pictures are great!!!!

    m ^..^

  32. Shelia, The rooster jugs are the cutest and you chose some beautiful pieces to go with them. Your table is outstanding.


  33. Dear Sheila, what a lovely tablescape!! You have found son really lovely things and knows how to display them. I enjoy your dark furniture too...I've toyed with the idea of painting mine white but now I've changed my mind :o) Thanks again for sharing this with us. God bless you.

  34. Tuesday Mornings - here I come! Your Italian pottery is beautiful. Lovely table.


  35. Sheila! Love the little rooster jugs! Love your little Richard and the sideboard on the other side of the room! Especially with the plates. A super cute post all the way around!


  36. Sheila-I am surprised those fierce looking roosters don't scare Chloe Dawn--she must be very brave :) Of course, I love your table, but I am in love with that small server! You got a deal--now SHE needs a name too! Little Richard probably taunts her when you are away :)

  37. What a LOVELY tablescape Shelia! Even though roosters are not my favorite - shhhhhhhh, don't tell them that - you make them very interesting!! LOL!!


  38. Stunning table! Beautiful. I love all the tiny details - rooster pitchers, pumpkins and even the pinecone!

  39. WOW~ what can I say that hasnt been said.. A M A Z I N G
    you do such lovely tables.
    I wish I could sneal in and swipe those salt and peppers shakers, They are too adorable.
    Sonny Dayz

  40. Your darling jugs inspired a wonderful table...I love all the Italian ceramic pieces!

  41. Sheila, as always, a beautiful table! Love the roosters.

  42. Hi Sheila,
    I love this table. It is just darling. As always charming post.

  43. Shelia, this is so pretty...some of my favorite colors. Gorgeous!

    Barb ♥

  44. Shelia,
    You are such a darlin! I love reading your posts! They are so entertaining. Your tablescape is beautiful with all the different colors! Your tureen is gorgeous! Well all I can say is that those little cutie rooster pitchers are right at home on your table! Happy TT! Hugs!

  45. Beautiful table. I love the place settings, the colors are soft and soothing. The tureen is beautiful bursting with the flowers.

  46. Hi Sheila
    Your tablescape is so beautiful. I love your roosters and your lovely centerpiece.
    Hope you are having a great week.
    x - kiss for Chloe Dawn.

  47. I always say you can never have too many rooster. And the jugs are darling. But I am love with the old server piece. What a find. Thanks for sharing.

  48. Your roosters are so cute and what a thrill it must be to find other pieces that match so well. I love the centerpiece and the pear on the top is such an element of surprise. This is really a wonderful tablescape.

  49. Sheila, soon you will have to have a recipe for soup to serve in your beautiful tureens.

  50. Just Beautiful my friend...Oh I love those dishes and I bet you carried those jug home in your lap didn't you...I love your Richard and the price WOW!! you did great girl...where do you store all these wonderful dishes girls...I have mine now under beds, couch etc. How are you feeling my friend...Hope all is well on your side of the mountain today....Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  51. Shelia, great the table. But, as always, I really enjoy your writing style, letting your hilarious character show through! You make a lot of us smile! Linda

  52. It was so fun to read about your roosters and then their matching dishes. I love your red and white transfer ware dishes you have hanging by your buffet! Thanks for sharing with us.

  53. I love your table! The rooster pitchers are adorable.

  54. What a beautiful table. I love your roosters AND your dragons! :D

  55. Oh my, Sheila...there is just TOO MUCH to LOVE in this post!!! I love the buffet server and the surrounding FABULOUS red plates! And all your italian pottery! Your tablescape is amazing! ~hugs, Rhonda :)

  56. Shelia~~~

    I just love that soup tureen and all that goes with it. How lucky you were to find it all and match it all up!! What a table setting!! Dragons and all!! It is all so colorful. I hope you weren't holding back on those roosters...No No Janette!!!

    Have yourself a wonderful weekend, sweet lady! :-)


  57. Oh Shelia, you are a character, and a very lovable character at that! I am STILL laughing over the gourd murderess! Your tablescape is wonderful. Of course, I've always thought those rooster pitchers were so pretty, but that Italian tureen from Tues AM is gorgeous! I don't blame you for rushing to the cash register with that beauty. I love the way you've layered your plates and charger, and then the addition of the napkin rings They all look like they were made to go together. You have coordinated all of these elements so beautifully, and I love it! laurie

  58. Good morning Sweet Shelia, If that little soup tureen wants to use its cute little blue legs to walk north, I'll be happy to send it a map! I love your fallen scape!
    I miss you, I just haven't had a thing worth saying on the old blog but I've been wracking my old brain trying to come up with a post idea. Perhaps soon!
    hugs, Bridge

  59. Oh my Sheila! A spectacular tabelscape in the most loveliest of fallness! I am just getting back. I have been on a long trip. I have been clicking and clacking away...looking at all your pictures on your right sidebar...visiting your den and staircase and sunporch and diningroom and kitchen...and shoot I think I went through the whole house! Don't worry...I wiped my feet before going through each room! What a beautiful home you have! I wish I had the room you have! Mine is a little Cape Cod that someday we hope to expand on but for now it will have to do. We need updating in most all the rooms except for our livingroom! Whew...that's one down and many to go! Thanks for allowing all of us to take a "walk" through your home. There is a lot of love there.:)

  60. Wow, very pretty! I love the jug set and I haven't shopped at Pier One in ages. I will have to check them out soon.

  61. Hello Shelia
    I'm sneaking a few visits, during my bloggy break.

    I love your table!! Your sideboard would look great with my mother's china cabinet!

  62. I bet there is alot of men out there that would like to bill susan for all the money we are now spending on dishes...yours look great.

  63. Happy PINK Saturday Shelia
    Your dishes as usual are just so precious...dragons how very interesting and wonderful.
    Your rooster jugs are amazing. YOu have all the neatest of goodies Shelia.
    thank you for sharing your lovely table.
    I hope you've been having a ncie weekend.

  64. your dining room is so pretty - I love all the red plates on the walls!!! and - your dishes!!!
    I love the three plates layered like that! i need to do that sometimes - layer like you did. I love that look. just beautiful.

    from "oh famous one" you crack me up!!!!!!


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