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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Prelude to Spring

I am so  happy Springtime is just around the corner.  February was unusually warm here in South Florida so it feels like we jumped right to Summer.  My late Grandmother Dorothy Smith would have turned 99 this coming Saturday so this table is styled in memory of her special day.  She used the Franciscan Desert Rose dishes as her everyday dishes.   I believe she had every piece they made in the collection along with eight or more full place settings.   When it was time for her to move to assisted living she gave personal belongs to her children and grandchildren.  One of my cousins received the Desert Rose collection.  I received her beautiful fine china.    I have picked up a few pieces of the Desert Rose collection over the past few years to enjoy.  It brings back happy memories of great dinners and time spent with my Grandparents over the years.   






I found this pretty rosebud napkin fold on Pinterest.  Once it was complete I added the pink and green beaded berry napkin rings by Valerie Parr Hall to hold it in place. 

All of the pieces used in the centerpiece are part of the Valerie Parr Hill Collection.  The pink illuminated faceted glass hurricane is nestled inside her candle ring on top of a scroll mirror pedestal. I placed the pedestal on top of her round mirror with faceted glass accent piece.


Overhead view of the table. 

The plate stack starts with a pink woven straw placemat.  The next layer is the Desert Rose dinner and salad plate. 


I used a Desert Rose platter in the center of the server.  The seasons of magnolia garland is part of the Valerie Parr Hill collection.   The two lit candle holder pedestals by Valerie are currently in stock at QVC.   These are champagne, but they are available in other colors too.  I placed her opalescent illuminated iridescent crackle spheres on top of the pedestals.  The pink and green beaded berry candle rings match the napkin rings.  The gold illuminated finials are also part of the VPH collection.  They are also available in other colors and are currently in stock. 

Up close view of the pretty garland.  I made the stained glass tulip piece for my Grandmother in the 80's.   

Low light view of the table. 

Low light view of the server. 


I absolutely love the spheres at night. 

This is my beautiful Grandmother Dorothy. We were so fortunate to have her with us for 93 years.  I miss her every day, but I know I will see her again one day.

Happy 99th Grandma!  


Catherine 

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23 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! I love all the color here, it's definitely bright and welcoming.
    Your Grandmother sounds like a wonderful lady, and I 'remember' her with you!
    Happy Spring!

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    1. Thank you so much Tammy. Happy Spring to you too!

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  2. Such a lovely tribute to your Grandmother. It's wonderful to use family heirlooms, whether inherited or not, to keep memories alive, and to pass them on. PS, I love the combination of pink and green - so fresh for spring.
    Sandra @ Dinner at Eight

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    1. Thank you so much Sandra. I think she would have enjoyed the table this week. I have a feeling she's watching over me from above with a smile on her face. :)

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  3. Stunning table Catherine. love those colors together. What a sweet Grandma. She lived a very long life. Treasure her sweet memories.

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    1. Thank you so much Linda. I was lucky to have her for a long time. She outlived my Mom and her son. I'm hoping I have her longevity genes. :)

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  4. Lovely, lovely table! I love the color combination of pink and green and your napkin fold surrounded by pearls is an exquisite addition. Your Grandmother would be so proud of your talent. Thanks for sharing. Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

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    1. Thank you so much Rosie. I think she would love the table. I will raise a glass to her tomorrow night and celebrate her 99th birthday and special memories. :)

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  5. Your Grandmother is surely smiling down on your beautiful table Catherine! My MIL had the same china, it does bring back memories of her...Your napkin creations are gorgeous! Love the pink and green drama!
    Jenna

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    1. Thank you so much Jenna. I believe she would love it! This pattern is very popular. I always enjoyed having meals on it while visiting my Grandmother. My plate addiction started at a very young age. :)

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  6. This is such a nice tribute to your grandmother. I feel that you were very close to her. I do so love the Franciscan Desert Rose pattern and the combination of pink and green on your table. Everything is beautiful.

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    1. Thank you so much Barbara. I think my Grandma would love it. :)

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  7. Super Sweet! My Mom has Desert Rose. I have apple.

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    1. Thank you Denise. It's a very popular pattern and I love the apple pattern too. I should start looking for it when I'm on the search for plates.

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  8. Wow this is so very lovely for spring. Great job! I am so happy to of found your blog via the create with me monday.

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    1. Thank you so much Susan and thank you for stopping by for a visit! :)

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  9. Beautiful plates. I'm sure your grandmother would be happy to know that you are using her favorite plates and creating your own collection. Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty

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    1. Thank you so much Donna! I think she would enjoy it. :)

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  10. So sweet that you're remembering your grandmother. I absolutely love that those dishes. They're gorgeous! And perfect for spring. Wish spring was here in the midwest:) Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Hom

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    1. Thank you so much Kathleen! I know you are looking forward to warmer temps and no more snow. :)

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  11. Catherine, I thought I'd commented on this blog days ago, but maybe I didn't, or it is still floating around cyberspace somewhere. I love that you're using your Grandmother's dishes, and they are so pretty. Your table really sets them off perfectly. My mother had Franciscan "Ivy" as her everyday dishes, and I have a few pieces, but many got chipped or broken over the years. Happy spring, and thanks for sharing this lovely tribute table.

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    1. Thank you so much Joy. I need to look up the Ivy pattern. I bet it is beautiful! My Grandmother loved her dishes and after using them for the week I can see why she enjoyed them so much. I think she would have loved this table. Happy Spring!

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