It seems to me this year the strawberries have been particularly
sweet and very reasonably priced, especially considering how
much other grocery prices have increased. I know I have
enjoyed them every morning on my cereal this summer and
sometimes even on my ice cream on a hot summer night.
So my tablescape today centers around a beautiful strawberry
tablecloth I found at a yard sale this spring. It is a generous tablecloth
at 60 x 78" and the owner told me she got it in England.
The strawberries are appliqued on, and each square is joined by
delicate tatting. It is really a beauty ~ the essence of summer.
I wanted to do at least one tablescape with it before I take it off
to the store for resale, but even now as I look at it's delicate
details, I am tempted to keep it. It's only me and my daughter,
and she is moving away, so it seems rather selfish to keep it when
others could be enjoying it. It's one of those treasures you
rarely come across. I forgot to get flowers for a centerpiece, but when I went to put it on the table, I found that it didn't need one because of the strawberries down the center of the table. Can you believe I've had it for several months and this is the first time I've opened it?
I set my table with red dinner plates from Kmart's Country Living Collection and the desert plates are from Sweet Olive Designs, the Fancy Scroll Collection. The little desert cups are simple glass votives that I found at a flea market several years ago.
A few weeks ago, this lady had a second yard sale and I was able to acquire six napkins that match the tablecloth.
And look at the beautiful sides of this tablecloth.
This tablecloth is in excellent condition with no stains which is surprising considering she used it with her collection of Wedgewood Strawberry dishes. I was afraid I'd get something on it just setting this tablescape. I think I'd be so nervous serving a meal on it, that I wouldn't be able to enjoy the food or company. I think I just made my decision to take it to the store to sell. I know someone will love and cherish it.
I'm a mother of one "out-of-college" daughter, inheritor of one cat,a dog and four chickens, full time medical secretary, gardener, painter of furniture, fixer-upper and handy woman around my house, passionate about decorating, lover of flea markets and yard sales, restorer of old things, but most importantly, a daughter of God. Blogging is a way to journal and share my life, passions, and journey with anyone interested enough to follow along.