Thursday, March 19, 2009

THE BIRDS HAVE LANDED ON MY TABLE


If you haven't heard about Tablescape Thursday, hosted by Susan at Between Naps on the Porch, then I guess you are a new blogger, so let me be one of the first to welcome you to Blogville. If you want to see a lot of wonderful table settings, please click here to go to Between Naps on the Porch and get the links. You will be so glad you did.
Yesterday, when I spotted several bird's nests in a tree in my yard (see post below), I was inspired to do a bird tablescape. I know I promised ya'll last week that my tablescape would not be hodge podge this week. Well, my napkins and my tablecloth match!! That's probably a first for me! I've used this tablecloth before, and I've used these napkins before, but never together. I guess I just don't like to match things (another psychological problem that may require attention!)



Of course, my chargers don't match. That's because they were purchased from a gift store that was going out of business, and they only had a sample of each color. (But do you think that bothered me - the mismatched queen?-The only thing I saw was a sticker that said "half price"!)

My napkin rings have been purchased at various junk stores, estate sales, and yard sales, so they obviously don't match.


I've had these plates for about 30 years. I think they've been put in the dishwasher so much that I can no longer read the writing on the bottom! My flatware was our wedding selection 39 years ago, and I still love it. It is Old Master by Towle.



My bird salt and pepper shakers came from a junk store. I just love their fat little tummies.












The bird cage centerpiece includes bird ornaments that I will give to my guests as a favor.

Don't forget to go see all of the wonderful tablescape link ups at Between Naps on the Porch.
Thank you so much for coming by to see my humble little tablescape. laurie

63 comments:

Brenda said...

I love your table and I also love birds. I like the fact they do not match.

LillyB said...

Beautiful!! YOu know birds are a favorite of mine so I was so happy to see you did this!! You have such an eye for putting things together girl!!!
Have a great day!
Love Lilly

Happy To Be said...

Good grief Laurie I didn't get my foot out the door and you posted again...this looks wonderful girl wheres the nest from the yard?? love that flatware and your dishes where do you guys store all this stuff....I have my under beds buried under my sofa etc...Girl I was just under my stair closet on Tuesday and found 2 more plastic container with more dishes from 10 years ago ha ha!!! IOh and I just got new cabbage leaf and pink ones 2 weeks ago sitting on my DR table waiting for me to find them a home..so thats why I was cleaning out the stair closet and found more haha!! hugs and smiles Gloria

Chari said...

Hey Dearheart...

Laurie, every time I see one of your new tablescapes, it becomes my new favorite! Honestly, I would be hard-pressed to pick a favorite but this tablescape done in the bird theme is just precious!!! You're so talented, my friend!!!

I love this embroidered blue & white tablecloth with matching napkins...it's soooo beautiful! And that beautiful runner that you used under the centerpiece is fabulous too!!! Well, I just love all the mix-matched items...I think they just make your beautiful tablescape...the soft pastel color of the chargers, I adore!!! The little birdie napkin rings...charming...I think I need them, Girlfriend! Hehe! And...I just love your china with the sweet bird pattern...it's all lovely! Then...to use that little bird cage for the centerpiece...awesome!!! Well, I could just go on and on!!! I went through all of the tablescape Thursday posts and seen so many beautiful ones but I believe that yours is my favorite out of them all!!!

Love ya Darlin!
Chari

kimmcl said...

Guess what girl - I don't like things that match either! I prefer to take a risk rather than play it safe. I believe that is an asset rather than a psychological disorder, although I do have a little OCD in me! LOL!! That would account for my need to have symmetry all over my home! Oh well, nobody's perfect I guess. But hey, your tablescape sure is!!!!! LOVE IT!!! Kim

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Does this not match? Looks like it does to me...a bird theme.. blue sky charge plates... I love this table... I hope there is room for one more...ME!! Have a great day!

~CC Catherine said...

Laurie, I vote you the BEST TASTE in Mismatched Tablescapes! I loved everything...and the plates are just adorable, I'd never guess they weren't new. So adorable., all the little birds., especially the ones with the fat little tummies. ;) Cool and "Tweet" post today! ~CC Catherine

salmagundi said...

The birds are all adorable!! You didn't tell us about that cross-stitched runner - it looks like a great treasure. Have a good week. Sally

Kim Chalfant said...

Love the birdies and the plates. Spring has definitely sprung on your table.

Mama said...

Pretty perfectly un-matched Laurie, I love the way the different colour pastel chargers look with your bird plates and the centerpiece and all the little birds (rings and fat tummied) are adorable. Happy Thursday, Kathy.

Raggedy Girl said...

What a beautiful table and how full of spring with all those sweet little birds coming around.

Have a Thankful Thursday
from the Raggedy Roberta Anne

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

My goodness Laurie, You have surely captured my heart with this tablescape. Love the birds!! It's true that the Easter Bunny gift tags have sold out on my website but there are some at my Etsy shop. Just look on the sidebar of my blog. xo Lynn

Chandy said...

What a beautiful table for birds to perch on! Great choice to share today! Your birdcage centerpiece is adorable.
I love the colors, too! Happy Thursday to you!

Connie said...

Laurie, I love the birds! You are so creative. I have to ask ~~ where do you all store these beautiful items ? I would need to build a separate room just to hold them.
I have reached the age where my friends and i go out to eat. Nothing real fancy, but it's a treat. I go from breakfast at noon-ish, to diner at 7. Just don't get hungry. I think for me to join this group, you all would have to buy me a husband, and children. Would I want to start again ?
Good question.
I have to go out in a few, but i have an email coming your way in reference to some previous posts of yours that I am sure will interest you. Pressed for time now, but will get it to you tonight. Con :-)

ginny said...

Great table! I love your dishes too. My wedding flatware is long gone, as are my dishes. I do like the bird theme....so springy!

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

It's beautiful Laurie! It's more interesting when it's not all matchy-matchy! I just wish that I'd learned that oh so many years ago!!! Great post! (I really need to find a birdcage, cuz I'm a little bit green right now...) ☺

Zoey said...

I think your table looks great.
There are few things as boring as when everything is perfectly matched!

Cathy said...

Laurie,
Love how you put the birds together, it works and is not matchy, matchy. Your guest book TV is cute, I somehow put my photo on twice, tried to make it bigger obviously that did not work, sorry. This is my first Tablescape Thursday and I posted late so guess I am the caboose!

Carrie said...

You've made another delightful tablescape...all the bird elements are so sweet.
Thanks for your kindness as I am trying to recover from my bout of sickness.

KBeau said...

The bird theme is great, Laurie. You and I share a love for Old Master. I actually have two sets, the set I got when we married and a set that my aunt gave me that was hers. I still think it's one of the prettiest patterns.

Kathleen said...

That is adorable..love your little birdies! So Springy!

Linda said...

Really sweet table this week!!
Linda Q

Dixie said...

Laurie... your tablescape is just beautiful. I think everybody loves birds... yours is just the perfect mix and match of old and new... and I love it! What time would you like me to drop by for dinner?
hugs... Dixie

Judi said...

Laurie
Love your birdie salt and pepper shakes I collect s&P shakers too. The whole table looks so invitingly lovely...pretty dishes too.
thank you for sharing
have a lovely evening
Judi

Kathleen Ellis said...

Fabulous tablescape, Laurie...you pulled all those "mis-matched" pieces together and created a lovely spring tablescape!
Happy Spring!
;-D

Ginger said...

Hi Laurie:
I think your title is cute. I am so glad birds are getting so popular. I really like them and everywhere I go I am buying different kinds. I think your table looks great.
Ginger

Kristen said...

Beautiful as always!
The napkin rings are soooo cute as well as the salt and pepper shakers.

If I saw this display at the store I would definately be looking for a price to buy some...you could have a new career!

Happy Spring tomorrow

"Blossom" said...

Those little birds are adorable.Their little tummies are so full because of the beatuiful table you have set. They came to rest on your table after eating all day.

Miss Janice said...

Love your little "tweetie birds" scape! I think it's precious!

xinex said...

Hi Laurie! Those bird plates are so pretty! Actually I love all your bird table accessories, the napkin holders, the salt and papper shakers and the birdcage centerpiece. Beautiful tablescape!...Christine

Melissa Miller said...

It's all so pretty Laurie.

Love the precious napkin rings and plates.

~Wonderful TT! :)

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Beautiful! Love the bird napkin rings and the plates are so unique and pretty! ~hugs, Rhonda :)

puddin07 said...

Laurie this is so cute, who wants matchy-matchy? Your's is so much more interesting,and fun! I love the little birds, and of course, that blue and white pitcher. Your flatware is beautiful, also. Your last post with the little dove sitting on her nest was so sweet, and things are sure looking Springy and beautiful there, such a difference from the ice! Love Ya! Connie

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Oh...you know I love this! I'm so glad you don't go for matchey, matchey...'cause it's way more fun without everything matching. I love your chargers...especially the robin's egg blue colored ones...soooo pretty! Great centerpiece! Oh...and almost forgot...those are the cutest napkin rings!!! :-) You find the best stuff! :-) Susan

Cynthia said...

Laurie,
You've done it again! Made your table just so delightful. Who wants matchy match? Not matchy matchy is so much more interesting. Those napkin birdie rings are just the cutest and so are the fat little birds. If you get a chance come and see what Gloria sent me. She is a doll and so are you. Cindy

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a cute tablescape!

prof en retraite said...

Hi Laurie! I love your birdie tablescape...and I love the way you think outside of the box and aren't matchy matchy! It's lovely!!!...hugs...Debbie

Cass said...

I love all your birds! Fabulous. Love how you put together this fantastic fantasy of a spring table ... just gorgeous!
Cass

Martha said...

What a terrific table -- love the bird napkin rings and the fact that they don't match and were bought over a period of time, the plates are apretty pattern too and how sweet of you to gift your guests with the bird ornaments from the cage!

A really pretty table.

Cindy J. said...

Oh Laurie this is so pretty. I just love these dishes and you know I love things that love each other but aren't twins... you always display so much creativity and when I see all of your collections I feel like I have really been wasting my time. I should of done more shopping!!! Always so beautiful and your post is always so much fun.. Love, Cindy

mbkatc230 said...

This is so pretty and fresh for Spring! I love the tablecloth and napkins, and the table runner is just beautiful. The napkin rings are so cute. And what pretty dishes! Kathy

Martha said...

Yes, the silver "egg cups" are really egg cups -- a Victorian way to elegantly serve eggs. A way today to display pretty Easter eggs!

Linda said...

Laurie, love those little birdies! I just went out and the the Target birdie s&p because everyone has been showing them. Do you have them? Can't remember. Anyway, your little birdies are adorable, and who said things had to match? Not me! Linda

Alicia Robbins said...

Can I just tell you how great this looks! I love that it is a little more casual than we usually see, and those cute little blue birds.
I am enjoying all of the 'birdy' decor, our last name is Robbins so I've been going with this for a while.
HINT:If someone important could be calling you, it is not adviseable to answer the phone with, "Robbins Nest, which egg do you want?" (yep,I did that!)
Have a Lovely Day~
Alicia
babyrobbinsnest.blogspot.com

santamaker said...

What a tweet little tablescape full of cute birdies! How did you do the scrolly thing on the pics? Looks great.

Mary said...

Oh, this is adorable! I LOVE your napkin rings -- so sweet. Birds and nests are a favorite theme for me. :)

bj said...

Everything looks just beautiful and I love all the birds.
Oh, and it was ANOTHER bj over at Susan's....wish I could set a table that pretty!! lol
xo bj

Smilingsal said...

Who needs matching when you have a winning theme?

xashee's corner said...

oh i think the napkin rings look WONDERFUL, especially since they don't match! ;) i really LOVE your bird tablescape but then i really LOVE ALL your tables! :) Thank you so very much for sharing!! Have a TWEET, er i mean SWEET day! :)

Helen said...

Hello there cutie! I am playing a little catch up today. Your post on having a designated person who could alert blog friends should you be injured/sick and unable to blog was so timely and so important. Pick up sticks reminded me that Spring will eventually come to Central Oregon and your little birds with all the mismatched pieces was adorable.

LisaLisa said...

Wow!! Very beautiful and very very creative. Love the bird cage centerpiece.

Joy said...

What a pretty tablescape! I love the little bird cage centerpiece and napkin rings!

nikkicrumpet said...

Actually the non matchy matchy really appeals to me. And the little bird napkin rings are the cutest dang things! I love this springy table!

Heidi Pocketbook said...

Love your tablescape. It's even more charming that it doesn't perfectly match--much more character☺

Sue said...

What a cute table...I love the little bird napkin rings and how you got them different places at different times but they all go together so well....I always see you visiting all the other blogs I go to so I thought I would stop by and say hi!! Sue @ rue-mouffetard

tardevil said...

That's such a cute table. Your plates remind me of Debbie at Confessions of a Plate Addict b/c they look like those french dishes she taught us about. I couldn't even tell the chargers and napkin rings didn't match. They looked perfect to me. LOL! Oh, and that pitcher was pretty too.

Linda/"Mom" said...

Hi, Laurie!

Darling, darling! One of the BEST things about YOUR tablesettings is the "personality" that shines thru~~~ "matchy matchy? NO, not YOU!" ~~~~~~

SIMPLY ADOOOORE your napkin rings, to the nth degree!!! (I collect them now~ silver, porcelain, you name it!). Am always looking out for NON-matching ones & they're actually pretty difficult to find (the good or nice ones!) & often very $$$, but well worth it just FOR the fact that they DON'T match!!!

Tried a garage sale or two for fun & delightful bargains like so many others get to enjoy, but HEAVENS! They're not "fun" OR "good" here in the Tucson area!!! REALLY!!! If I hop a plane to visit you, may I join you on a Saturday for some "FLEA FUN"???

Love, hugs n' thanks,
Linda

Soosie said...

I love the Bird posting the very best! I think your dishes look like mine..Spode Queen's Bird..there is a little difference in the branch, however. Love the napkin rings also..what a treat to get a bird's eye view of Eve's tablescape..and an up close view of the real live nest and dove(I think)..Spring has sprung!
Beautiful!! Thank -you..Sarah Frost and I have a "bird-nest" thing..now I see you do, too! Susie

Tomarie said...

Beautiful tablescape! I love the adorable birdies!! :-) L~

SueLovesCherries said...

Whatdoyamean the chargers don't match? Of course they do! Anything that's half-price automatically matches everything!!!

Oh, by the way, look out for bird poop! lol!

Lady Katherine said...

I love the cage, the birds, the dishes are wonderful! I think when you put things together, it makes a prettier table than, all the china bought together! I trying to collect a few more to be abe to change out. Your table is so Spring! Just love it. Love the napkin rings! Your table designed by Laurie is wonderful!

Pinky said...

Hi Laurie! I LOOOVE your bird table! I will be doing one in the future too, just love bird things! Your napkin rings are gorgeous! I am collecting napkin rings now too...along with dishes, linens etc., etc.!!!!! Happy Spring to you! Hugs, Pinky

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

It's so wonderful! I love how you brought together all of your mismatched items. I'd give anything for those birdie napkin rings!!! Thanks for the inspiration.
Cheers, Andrea