About a month ago, Leo and I were at the auction that we always go to on Mondays. I spotted a box of china on the ground, and when I looked inside the box, I recognized the maker and pattern. You see, the day before, I had been to visit Dianne’s Creative Table, a blog that I saw at one of the tablescaping parties. Inside the box were many pieces of the china I had read about the day before, so I bid on the china and got it for a ridiculously low price because no one else seemed interested in it.
Here is the maker’s mark. I’m certainly no expert, but after doing a little online research, I have concluded that this china was made somewhere between 1907-1914. That means the china is possibly 100 years old! And it is in remarkably good condition to be so old.
I just love this china. The background is ivory with a beautiful bouquet of purple and yellow flowers accented with dark brown branches and other designs. A few of the pieces have chips, but that indicates to me that this china was lovingly used. I can just imagine a family using it at each holiday. The colors in this china remind me of autumn, so I decided to pull all of the pieces out of the box and create a tablescape.
First, I looked through all my tablecloths to see what would go with it. I’ll have to admit that this china would be stunning on an eggplant colored tablecloth, but I don’t have anything that color. So I settled on using a light butter-colored cloth and napkins that I already had.
I did go shopping for some purple napkin rings, but I didn’t find any. So my next thought was to spray paint some old wooden ones, but I couldn’t even find any of those.
Since one of the details on the china is a yellow butterfly, I decided to make some napkin rings using butterflies. I even found a graphic that closely matched this butterfly, but I happened to be in Big Lots when I spotted some outdoor lights with butterflies (on sale-50% off!) Some of the butterflies happened to be purple and yellow, just the colors I needed. So when I got home I took the lights apart and removed the butterflies.
I still didn’t know what I was going to do with those butterflies until I was in Hobby Lobby the next day and spotted these.
Once I had my napkin rings, I was ready to proceed with creating my tablescape. I decided to use my dough tray since several bloggers have mentioned them lately. A dough tray is a wooden bowl that people used to use to mix up their dough for bread and biscuits. I’ve had mine a long time. It was given to me by an elderly gentleman who said that his children didn’t care about it. He knew that I would love it so he gave it to me.
Earlier this week, I had found a vase in a local antique store that had some hand-painted flowers that were similar to the flowers on the china.
So I went to the grocery store to get some flowers to go in this vase. I didn’t have much in the yard that was purple, but I did find a few things to add to the bouquet.
Since I wanted to use the dough tray and the flowers, Leo suggested that I put the vase in the tray. And I added some eggplants from the garden and some pears from the pear tree in the yard along with some ivy that I have growing. (And a few of those butterflies, too!)
The pattern is Buttercup by Gorham. I have some pieces of Chantilly, a pattern I picked out when I was younger. But I have always admired this pattern that a friend of mine had. So when I completed my set, I finished it out with Buttercup.
When I first got the china, my idea was to sell it. But now that I’ve done a tablescape with it, I’m thinking I’ll keep it.
Since this is my first, real tablescape that I’ve created for the blog, Leo said I was just playing house.
I’m joining these great parties: