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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Destination Fantasy Land Tablescape

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. 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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Our grandson Jack stayed with us for four days last week.  We had a ball, and I slept most of the day after he went home.  One of our adventures was a trip to the Oklahoma Museum of Art and the Dale Chihuly installation of his magical works.  As I photographed Chihuly's works, I kept choosing different pieces that I wanted to use to set a fantastical tablescape.  I thought that you might enjoy a stroll through some of the exhibit, and you can select elements for your own fantasy table design...from plates to centerpiece delights...I can only dream because even if they were for sale, I couldn't afford them.  Won't you dream with me?




Soup Bowls




 Floral Centerpieces




 Candelabras


Dinner Plates





Charger Plates...Be still my heart!
   
Accent Plates
 


Buffet Tables
  




Magical Goblets


And this one is for Alycia at Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One.  It brings to mind all the amazing tall centerpieces that she uses with such skill.  Can't you envision a trio of these marching down the center of one of her tables?  I can!

I can already see my tablescape beautifully laid out.  Which pieces would you add to your stash? We can always dream!


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 10:00 AM on Thursdays.  You'll be glad that you made the trip...it's a wonderful adventure.

When I think of July, I think of precious times with my grandsons, during their summer vacation.  How about you?  With thankfulness for her dedication and efforts, I'm joining the multi-talented Tablescaper for her fabulous meme SEASONAL SUNDAYS.  Hope to see you there!



Wednesday evening is the sixteenth edition of Cuisine Kathleen's meme, "LET'S DISH".  So excited to be a charter member.  Pop over (pun intended for the Chef Supreme Kathleen) and join the 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!  KC has just released her 5th studio CD project, "The Tag Hollow Sessions".  The sold out CD release concert was this past weekend.  "The Tag Hollow Sessions" 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:

xinex said...

Wow! Those art sculptures will surely make gorgeous centerpieces. They are all so pretty. How fun that you got to spend some time with your grandson, Cherry Kay. You must have had so much fun at the museum..Christine

Denise at Forest Manor said...

Hi Cherry Kay,

These sculptures are amazing; the colors are truly breathtaking!! I have to tell you that about seven years ago, I accompanied my husband on a business trip to Las Vegas, and we stayed at the Bellagio, as that was where his conference was being held. Dale Chihuily(?) has some permanent sculptures there, and they were just marvelous. If you go to the official Bellagio website, you can see pictures of these sculptures. When I saw your pics of the "dinner chargers", I immediately recognized his work.

This is a neat idea for a post; thanks for sharing! I'm glad you got to spend time with your grandson. :)

Denise

Mary said...

What artistry in glass! The colors and patterns are fantastic!

Bonnie said...

Amazing. Such talent.

Glad you had time with your grandson.

I am new to Pinterest and I enjoyed viewing your boards. Hope I pinned one of yours correctly.

Marlis said...

Cherry Kay.. aaaah. I want! Your photography is absolutely stunning. Takes my breath away. I can see a whole table of the chargers with accent plates. Or even the flowers dancing down the center of a table. A chandelier in a perfectly appointed room. OOh my mind is just filling with wonderful dreams.. thanks for sharing this art with us! Have a blessed week. xo marlis

Barbara F. said...

I am in awe of Dale Chihuly's art. It is breathtaking. xo

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

A gorgeous post, Cherry Kay. Amazing images.

We have seen Chihuly's work up close at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St Louis. Fabulous work!

Sarah said...

Cherry Kay, Chihuly's work is full of fantasy. I've seen one of his exhibits in San Antonio and hope to get to Dallas to see the current one at the Dallas Arboretum. This was a clever idea for a post. Certainly a fun exhibit for your grandson. Glad you had this time together.

Chubby Chieque said...

What a whimsical treasure if we can own one or two of those.

Ahhh... absolutely. Lady A, could do her never ending gorgeous centerpieces and setting §:-)

I know she would and I won't amaze. She have the skills and the will.

Happy TS,
/CC from Stockholm

Robin said...

Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures. I'm wondering how your grandson liked seeing these (did he inherit your artistic eye?). I had my neice and her family here this week and all we did was visit the aquarium! You have really raised the bar here! Good for you!

Robin
Robin Flies South

A Cottage in the Clouds said...

Wow! Gorgeous pieces! Your photography is beautiful.

Alycia Nichols said...

Oh, wow!!! I've never heard of Dan Chihuly, but I love his stuff!!!! You are SO right...I would be all over that last piece!!! It reminds me of the Disney movie "Fantasia", and I could just imagine it as part of a centerpiece!!! Or maybe something under the sea! Oooh...or a Beatles-type "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club" table!!!! The possibilities are endless!!!!!!!!!!! Maybe you and I should concoct a scheme to nab a few of these fabulous pieces of art and collaborate on a table? :-) Thanks for the shout out! You're sweet as honey!

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Oh, my goodness! I thought my post this week was "possibilities overload," but it's not in the league with this one! What amazing glass sculptures -- and photography. How exciting to share this exhibit with your grandson.

CJ Foss said...

Cherry Kay,

Stunning pieces of glass artistry, and stunning photographs. You always ramp it up for your fans. Happy Summer. ~CJ

Dianne said...

Chihuily is one of our favorites. We went to a similar exhibit in San Fransisco and then visited the glass museum in Tacoma. His designs are amazing and his team that creates them is like watching poetry in motion. I could totally see your choices for table pieces! Thanks for bringing back some fond memories. Dianne

Kathleen said...

Beautiful art pieces.
Glad you had fun with your gson!

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

Dale Chihuly's art is a favorite of mine. Such talent!

SavannahGranny said...

As soon as I saw the name Chihuly, I knew I was in for a treat. I love everythink he and his studio does.
My daughter and I saw his exhibit at Nashville's Frist Museum and Cheekwood Gardens. They wouldn't allow inside pictures but we took lots at the Gardens. You can see those outside exhibits here:http://savannahgranny.blogspot.com/2010/10/dale-chihuly-at-cheekwood.html
I think those "buffet" pics look just like little veggies, I could just see the little squash.
When my adult grandsons were small they spent summers with us. We always had a ball and I treasure each memory. I know you were having fun and I also understand the resting after they are gone. Whew.
Hugs, Ginger

The Tablescaper said...

I've seen some of his work. It is just stunning.

- The Tablescaper

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Fabulous, stunning, wow sculptures!! Every piece is a treat to see. So happy you spent some great times with your grandson Cherry Kay, now that is priceless, wheather you got any of those marvelous pieces or not, it's not as important..or fun as our little ones! Thanks for sharing.
FABBY

Penny said...

What a wonderful post! His work is amazing! Thank you for visiting me! I am now following you! Hugs, Penny

Cathy said...

WOW what great colors and shapes. I know your time with your grandson is very special.

Cathy <;)

Pondside said...

I love any of his blue pieces - they are so like the sea. I always go to the Bellagio when we visit Las Vegas, just to see the glass in his shop there, and on the ceiling.

Shel said...

These are absolutely stunning!
What gorgeous bright colours. I wouldn't mind those chargers at my dinner table...
Thank you for sharing.
Shel

Tricia said...

What a wonderful exhibit! It must be glorious in person. I know what you mean about grandchildren tiring you out. I usually go to bed about ten minutes after I'm sure they're asleep! Thank you for visiting my table last week -- I'm late returning the favor, as we were out of town.

Judy Bigg said...

Oh, what an exhibit, all the pieces are so beautiful, I love the colors in each.

william said...

Thank you for this post! I enjoyed the Chihuly pictures. Have fallen in love with his work both at the St. Louis Art Museum and the Missouri Botanical Gardens. Your idea of viewing this art through the lens of table-settings is a good one.

Francie