Highlights of Green Tablescape

Now that I’m home, I have a confession to make.  HH and I took a short trip to Chicago early this week.  America is truly the beautiful,  and we love to take it all in.  HH loves to drive and drive and drive (while I nap and nap and nap – wink).

We left early Monday morning after the wind destroyed our beautiful flower blooms.  While gone, I wrote the What’s Blooming Wednesday #22 post for you yesterday.

I hadn’t intended to publish a post today, and certainly not a tablescape post.  But, when we got home late last night, I had a sudden burst of energy and was inspired to set this table for you today.  (It must have been all those refreshing naps in the car!)

Highlights of Green Tablecape

There’s lots to do today in The Land of Making Do.  HH is mowing quickly this morning before more rain arrives.  (Notice my dark pictures.  Sorry, that’s what happens on cloudy days.)

I’m heading out to replant the arbor vitae and eucalyptus tree that blew over Sunday night.  Since my flowers are gone, this flowered table-cloth will do.

Tabletop of Green Highlights

I went to the porch this morning and cut some sprigs of apple mint.  I wish you could smell the scent…heavenly!

Apple Mint Cuttings

Last week, PAM (Painter Artist Mom) and I visited a thrift store in search of a bargain or two.

Place Setting

I found these bread and butter plates – seven of them.  It’s just cheap stoneware, but definitely worth it for three bucks.


I had a really fun time last week…a visit with my parents, and then home for a visit from my other mom, the mom of my best friend during teen years.  She’ll always be a part of my life.  I’m so blessed to have a wonderful mother, and a bonus mom, too.

Mom 2 wanted me to display the sunflower plates on my shelf, in front of these green Bordallo Pinneiro plates.

Bordallo Pinneiro Plate

With no extra shelf groove, I tried to balance them, but crashed one to the floor.  That’s why there were seven…someone knew I would break one!  😉

Table with Plate Shelf

Have I worn out using the dot plates from T. J. Maxx?

I used an extra sunflower plate to display a ceramic dogwood under this cabinet knob cloche, an easy and fun DIY project.

Dogwood Under Cloche

I’ve never placed napkins in stems before, so I took the opportunity today.  It balances the vertical of the cloche, I think.  Dollar Tree is my new favorite source for stemware.  They are cheap, pretty, and dishwasher safe (my favorite aspect).

Napkins in Stemware

Well, it’s time to get my digging digs on and get to those replanting projects.  Maybe I’ll get to some weed-pulling, too.

Apples and Tea Towel

Sorry to rush off, but I’ll be back tomorrow for a closer look at today’s center collection.

It’s always nice to travel, but it’s even better coming home!

Do you like to travel?  Can you sleep well in the car, or am I the only one who’s really talented at that?  Ha!


125 px Signature

I’m sharing this post at Tablescape Thursday.  It’ll be such fun!


  1. Sheryll & Critters. says

    I think that is an absolutely spectacular table setting. How great to find thosbeautiful Sunflower plates. Sunflowers always remind me of my daddy. When I was quaite little, he trained the men in basic at Great Lakes (outside of Chicago) and he used to baby sit me and had to take me to work with him. Yes, I could march, knew all the flag signals to land a plane, etc. Anyway, there were lots of Sunflorwers planted on the base and he would take his pocket knife and scrape a few seeds off and crack them open for me to eat. I still think that is so cool. Memories……..

    And I too love those particular goblets…….. in blue for me. I get them at my Dollar Tree a whole mile away.

    Have a really wonderful day and I am so hoping your tree and bush live. Remember God loves you.

    • says

      Thank you for sharing that memory, Sheryll. What a fun thing for a child to learn – landing signals! You’ve shared before what a special guy your dad was, and this story of the sunflower seeds is another good one to tell. Your comment has truly brightened my day! And, God loves you, too. 🙂

  2. says

    Great combo! Love green, black and white together. I used clear plate stands on my plate rack because I don’t trust the grooves that are there. I had one slip into my hands right off the shelf when I was trying to lay it out once. Looks like you found some great thrifting items! I haven’t had any enthusiasm lately to do a tablescape- I need to get some back!
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    • says

      Thank you! That’s a great idea, using clear plate stands. I’ll have to look for those. There’s nothing like new dishes, thrift store or otherwise, to get your tablescape juices flowing. 🙂

  3. Libba Criddle says

    You come up with some of the cutest ideas. I love this. I saw Mom across the way Sunday but didn’t get down to speak. Was glad to have her with us. Proud you and HH had a safe trip too.

    • says

      Thank you! We had a fun weekend with Mom 2 – always do. And, our quick trip was a good little business trip and get-away all rolled into one. See y’all Sunday!

    • says

      Thanks, Jann. We didn’t take the I55 route, but it’s nice to know you’re along there somewhere. It really is a small world. 🙂

    • says

      Thanks! Buying seven wasn’t exactly by choice. They were taped together as a group, but I was glad to take all seven for $3! 🙂 Good thing, eh?

    • says

      Thank you! When you don’t have flowers in the yard, there’s always a flower print fabric to use. 🙂 I hope you have a wonderful day!