Have you heard the saying, “We’re in high cotton”?
Now that we live near cotton fields, we enjoy seeing them bud out reddish and eventually open into white, fluffy puffs of softness. We don’t have the opened cotton blooms yet. With our Spring rains this year, all of our crops in the area were planted later than usual. Soon, though, we’ll see those puffy cotton bolls opening.
Do you remember the fabric I bought for our master bedroom window treatments? I still need to get that project under way, y’all, but I wanted to show you again those cotton blooms puffed up on that fabric. You can see why I was drawn to it, living in the rural South.
Most years, we see healthy stands of cotton. High cotton means you are doing well, you are successful.
The term high cotton, or tall cotton, began in pre-Civil War times on rural cotton farms when they had a good crop and enjoyed high crop prices. Prosperous times.
Don’t we all look forward to prosperous times? Times of reaping the benefits of our labor. The harvest.
Since my centerpiece cotton is fairly delicate, I gingerly stuck the stems into a foam block down inside the old world style container and covered the foam with Spanish moss.
I wanted to continue the old world map theme of the place mats. Old world has nothing to do with cotton, but I love contrast. See how the place mats contrast all the delicate white?
They are Pimpernel place mats, a long time favorite of mine, interesting to look at closely, and they wipe clean easily. Y’all know I’m the queen of using what I’ve got. No need in buying something new. We should enjoy the things God has already blessed us with.
I get hungry for soup about this time of year, in anticipation of cooler weather. That’s one reason for the soup tureen. The other reason is the white color. And I love the styling of it.
I realized something when setting this table. I have no soup bowls in any of my China patterns. Why is that? We love soup!
Let me qualify that by saying we do have them in our everyday pattern, but not the fine China. Or, the not-so-fine-but-sentimental China, which is the Piggly Wiggly plate you see here.
I added a bowl from the thrift store. It’s not China, fine or otherwise. Just an everyday cheap bowl. See? We don’t have to have everything fine and fancy to be in high cotton (wink).
The creamy-white napkins are 100% cotton with cotton crochet rosette ties. You’ve seen them before in Piggly Wiggly China Debut. The stark-white Battenberg lace tablecloth is cotton, another nod to the cotton theme. I like to mix different shades of white. I never have liked things to be too “matchy”.
The bronze wear is a set that my grandparents brought from the Pakistan area, where they lived in the late 50’s while my grandfather fulfilled an overseas construction project.
I like the bronze and black with the old world place mats. Have you seen bronze wear before?
Finally, these painted gourds are made to look like pears, and I put them in a bowl lined with a Battenberg bread linen. If you’d like to see how I painted the gourds, visit How to Paint Gourds for Fall Decor.
Gourds or pears have nothing to do with high cotton. But, they do have a history of association with the old world.
See how we can combine very different things to create contrasts of color, weight, and texture? Use the things you have in your home. Combine them together in different ways, and you’ll have a unique table to enjoy.
Share the memories of your passed-down treasures while you enjoy the blessings of a good meal.
Nothing too fancy. Just high cotton, y’all.
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