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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Asian Autumn

"First things first...We are truly blessed to have the means to set a pretty table and invite our friends to join us for good food and fellowship. I am mindful that many are not so fortunate. My daughter has a passion for the work of the Food Bank. As a singer-songwriter, she has written and recorded a song that is the anthem for the world wide Crop Hunger Walk project. Her song, "Raise Your Voice" is featured in their video. I've included a link in the side margin of my blog. During this beautiful season when we celebrate harvest and Thanksgiving, I hope that it will encourage you to support projects in your community that contribute to the effort to overcome hunger.
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Sweet Mister gave me my birthday present early this year.  He gifted me with a wonderful new Nikon 7000D SLR camera and two lenses.  I'm so excited to learn how to use this amazing piece of equipment...it's going to be a loooonnnnggg learning curve, but I'm game for the challenge.  I shot my tablescape pics for today's post with my new toy...all natural light...not one flash!  Hold on...it's going to be a bumpy ride.

I've used my collection of white pumpkins again this week, but I've stretched my design equation by introducing a few Asian elements into the formula.  I noticed that this is one of very few tablescapes that I have created that doesn't utilize any family treasures.  Almost everything on this table was obtained through thrifting, eBay, or estate sales.

 I've been to some really good estate sales in the last few weeks.  The inspiration for this table was the Amber Capiz Shell Charger Plates...

...bought for $20.00 for a set of 6 at an estate sale.  They are quite large; they work more like a place mat than a charger plate.  Placing the dessert spoon on the plate, at the top, was a design descision.

Resting on the capiz charger is a Royal Worcester, "Regency" dinner plate.  I bought a set of these from a dealer in London, through eBay.  They were a good enough price to make it worth the cost of shipping overseas.  

Lending a nod to my Asian motif, the Korean made luncheon plates, with their red and white "chop" design, were also a really good get on eBay.  I decided that the dark bamboo handled flatware, a great deal at Big Lots would fit right into my oriental look.

Returning yet again to the Vietri Amber goblet...this time I have paired it with a Bohemian Ruby goblet, another eBay  acquisition.  The Pier One napkins were chosen because they offered a repetition of several colors used in today's design.

In addition to the now familiar white pumpkins, I was excited to use our pair of antique oriental lidded rose bowls...

...I didn't want to pay the full asking price for these at a recent estate sale, so I left a bid for just a few dollars more than half price.  Rolling the dice paid off this time, and I received a phone call letting me know that I had the winning bid.  I've been looking for a pair of these, in this color, for a long time....Woot...Woot!!!  I've used them with my eBay collection of Barley Twist candlesticks to complete the centerpiece.

I think that I'm ready for my guests to come to the table.  Can you join us?  I'd love it!


Thank you, yet again, to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for hosting her magical meme, Tablescape Thursday.  I'll be linking my post to "TABLESCAPE THURSDAY."   Hop on over and check out the myriad of marvelous tablescape designs, after 9:00 pm on Wednesdays.  You'll be glad that you made the trip...it's a wonderful adventure.

When I think of Fall, I think of sunlit mornings and close friends gathered at my table.  How about you?  With thankfulness for her dedication and efforts, I'm joining the multi-talented Tablescaper for her fabulous meme SEASONAL SUNDAY.  Hope to see you there!



I'm joining the Blog Hop, hosted this week by Growing Old with Grace.  Sounds like fun!



You can check out KC's music at www.kcclifford.com, on iTunes, and on YouTube.  I hope that you'll take a few minutes and give her a listen.  You'll also enjoy reading back through her blog on this site.  The girl can really write!  Her latest CD is called "Orchid."  It is available on iTunes or through her website.  I hope that you'll give her music a chance.  I know that I have zero objectivity where she is concerned, but I think that you'll fall in love with her music and her!  


27 comments:

Alycia Nichols said...

Ooooohhhh!!! Cherry Kay! I love the autumn intermingled with the Asian influence! This is really beautiuflly unique! I don't know what inspired you, but it hit the nail on the head! (Not that I'm calling you a nail! :-)) Congratulations on your roll of the dice paying off, too! You are SO good at estate saling!!!! Here's wishing you a wonderful weekend, Queen of the Sale Circuit!!!

Pondside said...

That was quite a different design for you, and it was lovely. I always enjoy your tables set with heirloom items, but a change can be interesting. Your colour sense is amazing to me!

Martha said...

A lovely table with the white pumpkins and those two Asian jars -- they are wonderful! I love Asian accents!

Marlis said...

Cherry Kay.. what a lovely lovely table. I too love the oriental rose bowls.. such beautiful pieces. I need to get back to the estate sales! Your barley twist pieces are amazing.. love the hollow ones! Your white pumpkins make the prettiest centerpiece. You have a great eye for all things beautiful and your compositions are works of art! xo marlis

Marigene said...

Beautiful table...those rose bowls are a gorgeous shade of aqua!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

This is certainly fun, lady! And I love the chinoiserie lidded bowls that are pumpkin shaped as an extra special touch. Great color, too. Down to the bamboo handled flatware, you carried through with panache as usual!

Happy Tablescape Thursday...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Very beautiful. And I love those charger plates. I love how they change the whole look of a table. Great tablescape!
blessings,
Debbie

The Tablescaper said...

Happy birthday and congrats on the new camera. Oh yes, there is a learning curve. I so clearly remember mine! LOL! Love your Asian twist on autumn.

- The Tablescaper

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

What an inspired table! I love the Asian touches. The rose bowls have the same shape as the white pumpkins and they look wonderful together!
You got the camera I would LOVE to have!!!! The gold standard for sure! Enjoy learning on it!
And happy birthday!
Yvonne

Donna said...

I love it!!! I look forward every week to a new table...thank you for never disappointing!!

Meredith said...

What an elegant setting! Happy Birthday! Enjoy your new camera!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What a lovely table. I really love your chargers. Everything looks beautiful!

Jocelyn @
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

Phyllis said...

The estate sales in your city have to be the BEST in the USA or it could be that you are the BEST shopper in the USA!! I honestly think it is the second choice. The oriental rose bowls are amazingly beautiful and the colors is gorgeous, too. No wonder you fell in love with them. Your table is outstanding, as always. It is such a treat to see what you have done here.

xinex said...

I love your table with an Asian flair, Cherry Kay. Love the candlesticks holder and the lidded jars. Congrats on winning the bid...Christine

Elaine said...

Oh, this is so pretty, I don't know where to start! Big Lots? Are you serious? I am always amazed when I see beautiful and unique items and then I find out they came from a store like Dollar Tree or Big Lots! Those candlesticks are gorgeous, and those rose bowls are show-stoppers! Such an attractive and eclectic mix!

Zuni said...

I just had to come see your table, Cherry Kay, and as always, lovely. What a fun, interesting twist for fall. The colors are great, so it's a perfect adaptation! Happy bday!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hello...

Ohhh...what a wonderful birthday gift...a new camera! You certainly took some beautiful photos, my friend! Enjoy your new gift (what a sweet honey you have!) and Happy Birthday blessings to you!

Well dear lady, your autumn table is stunning! I love your amber capiz shell chargers...they are GORGEOUS! They make such a GRAND statment for your beautiful place setting! I love your table centerpiece...the white pumpkins are so pretty! Ohh...and your antique oriental lidded bowls are exquisite...I love the color!

Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous autumn table with us, my friend! I sooo enjoyed it!

Warmest autumn wishes,
Chari

Rettabug said...

What a deal you got on that BEAUTIFUL pair of antique oriental lidded rose bowls, Cherry Kay! They are the perfect tie-in for the entire table. Just stunning & I love their pretty colors.
Gorgeous tablescape, as always!

Have fun with your new camera. Learning curve it right~I've had my Nikon D90 SLR for a year now & I STILL don't know all the ins & outs of it. I think I need to take some classes. Wish we lived closer...we could go together!

Hugs,
Rett

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh how pretty this is. Those pumpkins are so pretty and thos chargers are wonderful! A new tabletop favorite.

Kathleen said...

Happy birthday, enjoy your new camera! I am still learning about my Canon Rebel t2 i and it is a year old! I need a teacher!

Love those chargers, great buy.
You are such a good ebayer too!
Lovely table, unique.

Carrie said...

Incorporating the Asian plates and covered vases on carved wood stands provided just the right exotic element to realize a splendid setting! As always you've given us a gorgeous and interesting table.

Barbara said...

Congratulations on the new camera! You will have so much fun! I used to teach photography so if you get stuck or have any questions, send me an email. I love how you combined the autumn look of the white pumpkins with your Asian inspired items. It is a lovely, creative combination. I liked about your finds too!

Summer for Swede said...

I couldn't keep my eyes off the pair of aqua oriental lidded jars! Wow. And they look so stunning with the peach colored capiz chargers and Vietri stemware. Great eye candy!

Chubby N Chieque said...

What a lovely combo.

The capiz charger is actually a placemat. I came from the Philippines and by experience or what we have in our culture, we never use chargers, without a placemats instead.

You did a good job again, CK... Love it.

Greetings from a chilly Stockholm,
/chie

mississippi artist said...

Beautiful table. I love your new jars and they look beautiful on your table.Those barley twist candlesticks are perfect too.

Glenda said...

I love this look! White pumpkins make a table look so elegant. I've looked over your posts and love how your outlook on life and your faith shines through in everything you say. It's refreshing!

Also, thanks for recently visiting my blog and commenting about my yard sale finds.

Karin Şen Cankan said...

Nicely done my freind the pumpkins and the table looks great.

Karin Şen Cankan
karinsfairytale.blogspot.com