Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Easter, Second Verse

"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. As you consider your own philanthropic opportunities, I hope that it will encourage you to support projects in your community that contribute to the effort to overcome hunger.


I had such fun creating my EASTER CONFECTION, but in the end, we didn't dine at my table for our celebration.  My sweet sister-in-love called and wanted the family to come to her home for Easter lunch.  I'm blessed to welcome the family to my table so much of the time, and I would never deny her to joy of hosting family and friends at her table. I immediately said, "Sure".  I asked her what dishes she wanted to utilize, and then I proceeded to pull a variety of accessories to enhance her table.  I popped over to her house on Saturday and pulled her table together. 

I took the flip-top table top extender to turn SIL''s 48" round table into a 60" round table, suitable for 8.  I used one of my white matelasse tablecloths to get the ball rolling.

The "flower petal" bunnies hopped over from my house along with the Fitz and Floyd bunny ring and the "flower petal" carrots.  The pot of Azaleas has served me well throughout the holiday.

I designed the charger plates, glazed, and fired them as a gift for my SIL a number of years ago.  The blue, yellow, and white striped rim added some additional color to the table.  It means a great deal to me that she still enjoys using them.  I haven't done much clay work in the past few years; maybe I'll get back to it this summer.  

The Lenox "Beltane" belonged to my mother-in-love.  It's one of my favorite Lenox patterns.  My SIL no longer had a full service of it; then one day, I found a large set of it at the tail end of an estate sale.  I picked it up for her for a great price, and she's enjoyed using it often ever since.

The hot pink hemstitched napkins were an eBay purchase from Online Napkins.  I told you about them several posts ago.  Rhett from The Gazebo House wrote to tell me that she had ordered some and was quite pleased with them.  They are offered in a plethora of colors.  I encourage you to take a look at them!  Today I caught them in silver-plated napkin rings.

My SIL and I found her lovely Waterford Marquis optical crystal stemware several years ago at Dillard's.  I think that the pattern in "Montfort", but I could be making that up...or having a brain freeze.

It was a glorious Easter Day, and we gave thanks to Sweet Jesus for loving us so much that He endured the cross to pay for our sins and overcame death to make a way for us to receive eternal life in God's glorious heaven.  We shared a delicious meal, and we lingered long at her table to visit and enjoy precious fellowship.  I pray that you had your own peace-filled holiday surrounded by family and friends.

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 April, I think of rainy days that give way to glorious sun-filled skies and the blessed Easter holiday.  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!

Tonight is the fifth 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!  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!

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Hello, I'm Cherry Kay I was 40 before I realized that I am an artist. I love to paint, work in clay, rubber stamping, design tablescapes, entertain, and share ideas. I'm an interior designer wanna-be...no credentials, but lots of experience.


  1. Cherry Kay,
    Isn't this just the best weather ever? The Easter table at your sister's home is just lovely! How wonderful to have a sister to share your love of dishes with. Those dishes you designed are awesome..how talented you are not only setting a table but a dish designer as well!
    Have a wonderful week..I'm working (at the hospital) tomorrow of I would be out in the garden with my fingers in the dirt!
    Miss Bloomers

  2. I loved reading about this table - and not just for its beauty. I enjoyed the undertone of affection for your SIL that ran through the post. You two are blessed in your relationship.

  3. A very pretty table. The charger plates are really pretty as well and how special and what a delightful gift!

  4. The table is absolutely stunning!
    I wish my sisters lived closer so we could share dishes. Enjoy. You're both so lucky.

  5. The table is beautiful. The charges are so pretty, so colourful. Deb

  6. Cherry Kay.. you are incredibly talented. Love those charger plates! Goodness!!! I love the pretty Lenox. Had not seen that pattern before. Her crystal is gorgeous. Aren't you two the lucky ones to get to "play" dishes together.. Very pretty. xo marlis

  7. Wow...you MADE those chargers?!??! Excellent job! I like how they can have more than one look depending on whether or not the center is exposed. Cool! Beautiful table, Cherry Kay! I visited that napkin site, too, and have chosen the ones I want to order. Had it not been for having to send Uncle Sam a couple of big fat checks yesterday, I would have ordered them already! The moment I get the go ahead from Ramon, I am gonna go nuts!!!!!!!! There were so many colors from which to choose! Thank you for the heads up!

  8. Just beautiful! What a lovely gift with those charger plates!! The pink in your flowers is so nice with the napkins...lovely!

  9. I am sooo impressed that you made those chargers! They are gorgeous.

    Great to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays. Be sure to check out my most recent post for info on my GIVEAWAY.

    - The Tablescaper

  10. What a joyous Easter arrangement! I love your handpainted chargers too.



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