Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Tablescape Thursday: Too Busy for Breakfast



OK, so I'm cheating a little. This is a poor excuse for a tabletop. But life has been crazy busy recently, and believe it or not this is the best I could do today.




Breakfast on the deck includes orange juice in a crystal glass, which I've popped inside my father's silver glass holder. When I was growing up, this always sat next to the kitchen sink, with my father's glass inside.

And yes, I haven't polished it. I could tell you that I left it this way on purpose, because I like the tarnished patina, but honestly, I just didn't have time. ;)

But I do like the patina.




A linen napkin from the thrift store, with beautiful lace edging, is held by a mother of pearl napkin ring from Target.




We tend to live on the deck in the summer, and this has been a really nice one so far -- not too hot and humid. My tabletop is a Chinese garden bench, purchased a few years ago at Michael's.




I like to think of this plate as a "poor woman's Flora Danica." I love anything with a botanical theme, and this is one of a set of four, each with a unique design.




I know several of you have these same dishes. I love them, and have even hung them on the wall in my bedroom in the past.




I love container gardening, because the deer eat almost everything I try to grow in my regular garden.




Many thanks to our beautiful Tablescape Thursday hostess, Susan. Please visit her wonderful blog, Between Naps on the Porch, for more summer tablescapes.

52 comments:

  1. Simple, but beautiful and cozy. Blessings
    QMM

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  2. So pretty, I love those plates! I would love some of those, where did you find them? Cindy

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  3. Hi Mary! Even your tiny little tablescape is very beautiful. I've said it before, but you really have the knack!
    Hope things slow down a bit.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  4. Everything looks so pretty, Mary. I love your little breakfast area.
    Your container garden is just lovely. It is so hot here in West Texas that all my plants are just panting for life. Burning up!!
    xo bj

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  5. This may not have taken you a lot of time to prepare, but it's still breathtakingly gorgeous! Happy TT to you!

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  6. Very sweet tablescape. It looks like you are pampering yourself a bit and that is a good thing when you are a harried woman in today's world.

    The dishes are so delicate and pretty and look so good with the lace napkin and your father's cup holder.

    Now wouldn't it be nice to move on over to that comfy lawn recliner and read a magazine or doze??

    xoxo
    Jane

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  7. I love your yard and flowers. The table is just fine for one and you are comfortable, I'm sure.
    Have a good day.

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  8. Hi Mary,
    I love your sweet table. I think my favorite thing is your Dad's glass holder...so unique. Beautiful plates! Thanks for sharing this lovely breakfast setting for TT! Susan

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  9. I don't think your tablescape is a "poor excuse" at all. I love it! I especially like the silver glass holder that was your Dad's. So nice you that still have it and shared it with us.

    And your china is wonderful, just like something I would buy!

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  10. All very pretty. And I like your containers.

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  11. I love it too!! Very peaceful start to the day. I am just going to have my breakfast in my dining room here in Surrey in the UK. Looks like the weather is going to be warm and sunny but rain is forecast for tomorrow.
    Best wishes to you all, Jackie.

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  12. I know what you mean about being busy! Still the simple things are often the most elegant and appealing...

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  13. Mary, I'm glad you're enjoying your summer. Your special spot for breakfast is so pretty.

    And, that Chinese bench is fabulous.

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  14. I could just sit back and munch on a bagel right there!

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  15. The perfect place to start the day. I love the black eyed susans. Karen

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  16. It's the simplest and "littlest" details that makes everything special :-) JUst like what you've created :-)

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  17. Your tablescape looks so inviting. It's absolutely lovely! And the close-up of the black-eyed susan is beautiful!

    I hope your day is as lovely as your morning!

    Roban

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  18. Mary! I love your tablescape and I wouldn't consider it cheating at all. So fresh and pretty. Blessings on your day...

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  19. I love it! This is REAL LIFE and sometimes ya gotta just go with the flow! Perfect!

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  20. That is a LOVELY space for a quick breakfast... I don't think I would want to leave the chaise!

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  21. Very pretty set up- I love it! Your photos are nice as well.

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  22. Beautiful garden tablescape! Christine

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  23. Altho I don't do tablescape, I came across your lovely post and wanted to leave a comment. I think your side table is not only inviting, but very beautiful. I love the simple things and calming colors. Yours has it all, thankyou, Char

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  24. I think it looks like a great way to start your day! Very relaxing...now all you need is a good book!

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  25. Yes, we all have those days. My tablescape got rained out! Still very simple and pretty.

    Christi

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  26. That is a sweet place to sit back and start your day. Totally charming!

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  27. Well Mary, this is just beautiful! You can make the prettiest settings! I adore that Chinese garden bench. If I saw that I would snap it up too. And the dishes, well, I love anything botanical myself. So I love everything you have here, including the scenic setting.
    Brenda

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  28. I love your little spot on the deck for breakfast. How cute and cozy! Your botanical plate is so pretty. What a way to start every day in the summer. Lovely! Amy :)

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  29. Simple but so pretty. Your deck looks so lovely with the containers of flowers and all your pretty things:>)

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  30. I love it!!! And the setting is fabulous as well. Love the silver cup holder and it's patina.

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  31. Mary, I think your table was great, I love those stools. I know they say breakfast is important, but sometimes I just want juice. Thanks for sharing .

    Purple Hugs,
    Barbara

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  32. The deer will eat anything won't they Mary! We had a bear this evening go through our subdivision!!!! Your scape is a lovely little still life. Glad your enjoying your porch this, xoxo~Kathy~ @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

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  33. I have deer troubles too. We are having some luck with DEER Out!
    Love your deck setting, the dish is so pretty..
    We have been enjoying the porch and deck too..the weather has finally been good!

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  34. What lovely little spot for breakfast! I love your plate, it;s just beautful! :O) Mary @Boogieboard Cottage

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  35. This is simple - but simply beautiful! Lovely for breakfast! Thanks for setting the table for us today.

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  36. Just beautiful....I want to come live in your world.

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  37. Your table is gorgeous as well as your photos..

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  38. Beautiful! Love the plate!

    Katherine

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  39. Love the silver cup holder, Mary. I have never seen anything like that for glasses...only larger ones for wine bottles. And you could have used paper plates, cups and napkins and it would still look like a work of art the way you photograph it. You can really work that camera! Nice!

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  40. It is still very beautiful.Thanks for sharing.

    Cheri
    www.itssoverycheri.blogspot.com

    give away still going on-3rd week

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  41. It's beautiful. Sometimes we need simple and beautiful in order to take a breath and be able to enjoy a breif moment. Thanks for sharing.
    Alicia

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  42. Mary, that plate alone would make a beautiful photo for blogging! I wish I was one of the bloggers who had those. They are so pretty. Love your garden bench you have it on. This all looks like a very comforting breakfast setting. laurie

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  43. I love it, especially the glass holder mostly because of the story that goes with it.

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  44. Well, I happen to think that your tabletop looks pretty stylish anyway ! I wish that doing my best could look that good !
    Thanks for your wonderful and inspiring blog.

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  45. It does not get any prettier than this! Simole AND beautiful! Oh to sharea little morning treat, al fresco, with you among your beautiful flowers!

    Love,
    Sue

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