Thursday, June 24, 2010

Tablescape Thursday-My Mother's Table...Last Day For Giveaway!


As most of you know, my mother passed away last month and I'm in Florida with my dad. We are going through her things, deciding what he will keep, what my sister and I will now have and what we will be donating. I finally got into her "dish room" the past two days. I thought it would be nice to do a tablescape on her table.


     My parent’s dining room and living room are an open space. I can’t show you the entire room, because I still have several card tables set up with things for my sister to go through when she gets here on Saturday. The table is marble based. Most of my parent’s home is done in white, with pops of coral and aqua.



     The china I used is Carlton by Castleton China. Both my grandmother and my mother had a set. My sister and I will both be taking it home with us. The sterling flatware also belonged to my maternal grandmother. It is Alvin Sterling, French Scroll. My mother gave it to me when I got married, but I never wanted it…until now. I guess I finally grew up (or starting blogging). It will also be going home with me. My sister will have my mother’s sterling flatware to go with her china.



     The crystal ice tea glasses are Fostoria Buttercup. Once again a pattern that my grandmother, mother and I all had. Mom had recently given my sister part of hers and now we will be filling out her set.



We gave my parents the Waterford shell for Christmas several years ago.



The centerpiece is a bowl my mom got last year at HomeGoods. It was sitting on her table when I got here and I still liked the look even after I added the runner to the table.



The little Lladro angel is very special to me and it was to my mom. I bought it for her when I was about 13, with my own money. It wasn’t for an occasion, it was “just because” and she always really loved it. I thought it needed to come out of the breakfront and watch over the table.


I didn’t use real candles because with my luck I would burn the place down. I actually broke the lid to a vintage Lenox sugar bowl today and I still feel terrible about it.


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Please join our hostess Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch for today's Tablescape Thursday



31 comments:

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

It's a very pretty table Sue!
I love the china and flatware and the pretty soft glow!
Take Care of yourself,
Cindy

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Beautiful china and crystal. This is such a hard job, take care and God Bless. Hugs, Marty

Donna (Timeless Settings) said...

Such a pretty and elegant table!

Donna

dee dee said...

What an inviting table! I love the soft colors that play against the white backdrop!
I'm sure you will treasure the pieces you are taking home with you. They are so elegant!
God Bless... Dee Dee

Anita@Theycallmejammi said...

Beautiful table. You'll always have the memories associated with these treasures that your Mom has left for you. I chuckled at your comment about your Mom giving you the flatware and you did not want it at the time...isn't it funny how stupid we are when we are young. Hang in there and God bless.

Jude@ThisJewels4You said...

Very beautiful and it has an elegant summer feel about it. Thanks for sharing your memories with us. Jude

Maria said...

you have such a special way, Sue~
It was sweet to visit "your Mom's table"

I can see that her "little angel" is still very busy at her house ♥

~Maria

koralee said...

Soooo beautiful..i adore your chairs my friend. hugs for a great day. xoxoxo

Bill said...

It's wonderful that you have such a deep appreciation for your mother's and grandmother's beautiful things. I know it's a very difficult time for you and a thing like breaking a sugar bowl lid can take on further intensity than it normally might. Perhaps you can find a replacement on eBay (might be worth checking from time to time).

Hope your dad's doing OK. He's fortunate to have you and your sister there to help him through this process.

Warmest regards,
Bill

Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful said...

What a wonderful post! A table full of sweet memories! We've just been through a similar process after my mother-in-law passed away and my father-in-law downsized. I so enjoy using the beautiful things they loved and remembering my mother-in-law each time I do.

Blondie's Journal said...

This must have brought back so many memories of wonderful dinners with your parents! I love the china and the beautiful star shaped dish. Your mom certainly had an eye for beautiful decor~I love all of the pretty colors in her home.

xoxo
Jane

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Sue, what a beautiful table, and I think it is wonderful that you are going to have some of your mother's beautiful things to remember both her and your grandmother by. This is a lovely home and a lovely tablescape. And your little angel is so sweet. I think that was the perfect touch to this beautiful tablescape.

Hope you are enjoying being with your father and that all of you are doing well. Thinking of you...

XO,

Sheila

Barbara said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I hope it will be a comfort to you to have these lovely dishes.

Shellbelle said...

Oh Sue, this just gave me goosebumps. I love that you did a tablescape with your mother's lovely things and that the little angel is watching over everything. How perfect. Honey, you did your momma proud!

Mimi said...

Sue, you always do such beautiful tables. I love that aqua bowl you have for the centerpiece.

GrannySue said...

As someone who didn't inherit anything my heart is with you setting that table. It's a beautiful tribute. I have a set of Castleton that I really like, and I have some Fostoria that I've been collecting for a while. Don't worry too much about the lid, it WILL show when you least expect it.

bj said...

Just coming back by to ck out your sorority project...not here, tho. I sure hope everything is ok....?
hugs, bj

MosaicMagpie said...

I came by to see your Sorority project and wee you are quite busy with one of things life throws at us. Sorry for the loss of your mother. I will check back soon.
Debbie

bj said...

Sue, when I was here before, your blog background was black with purple writing...and I couldn't read the words. Now, everything is normal on here.
This was the reason I didn't know what was going on. :(
xo bj

Leann said...

Hi Sue

Just popping by for the Sorority Rush party. So sorry to hear about your Mum.

Leann

Silver Strands said...

Sue ... do you remember we met in blogland a couple of months ago? I'm so sorry to hear about your mother. How are you and your dad holding up? I'm thinking of you and praying for all of you.
oxox
Denalee

Tess said...

So sorry for your loss. But this is a lovely tribute to the graciousness that seems to have been your mother. Thank you for sharing this personal tablescape and I hope that her lovely things will be great memories for you.

Mollye said...

Hello sis and I am so happy to be your new sister. I ask you to forgive me for pasting the same message on all of the sorority sisters bloggys as I am never a “cut and paster” but with the recent death of my son, I am overwhelmed right now and just wanted everyone of my new sisters to know I am following you and hope I will soon be able to truly visit you so we will get to know each other as a sister should. Thanks for visiting me. Mollye

ps I just read that you lost your dear mom and I will pray for peace to return to you. XXMollye

Monica H said...

The little angel compliments the table perfectly.

FrugalMom said...

What a beautiful table setting Sue. It must be very hard to go through your mothers things, but I am sure it also brings back a lot of wonderful memories.

shannon i olson said...

very pretty table, the centerpiece is quite unique.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Such a soft and pretty setting. The angel is the perfect touch. We just cleaned out and sold my father-in-laws house. We've thrown away, sold, and brought home a ton of stuff. There are things I sure wish I knew the story behind....some mysteries for sure. Loved your Mother's dishes.

Beth said...

Sue, This is a touching vignette and a lovely table. Take care now.
Beth

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Beautiful tablescape.....love your blog..So glad to meet a new sorority sister....Hope you will stop by and visit me...I have a giveaway I am drawing for tomorrow...

Holly said...

A beautiful table...what a special way to pay tribute to your mom by doing a tablescape on her table with her things. It really touches my heart and makes me want to hug my mom (she's 400 miles away).

Angie said...

It's a lovely table setting! I really like that centerpiece, too. How cute is that little angel and the story that goes with it?!