Purple vintage glass plates pair perfectly with antique glass collection

Most collectors can remember their first collection. Perhaps it was stamps from your grandfather, paperweights, trains, or even something more quirky like rocks or bugs.

I’ve found it’s a distinct personality type – those that like to collect and those who don’t.

Sometimes the same circumstance that makes a collector, makes another person a non-collector. Both my parents and my husband’s parents lived through The Great Depression. My mother, who was just a little girl at the time, reacted by wanting to collect more and more, and had an appreciation of things  – clothes, antiques, dishes, ornaments – anything that money could buy and was worth something. My husband’s mother reacted by not collecting anything, not desiring to own much or be in debt, knowing or thinking that it may be taken away at any moment.

I inherited my mother’s love of collecting, and have collected many things over the years. One of my first was collections was at age 12 when I collected pretty paper napkins we received in restaurants during a trip through Europe. The napkins featured florals, imprinted pictures,  even lace edges, and they were different from anything I had seen in the States, so I made a folder of them and kept them for years.

Another one of my first collections was purple- or amethyst – glass. It started from my grandmother, whose favorite color was purple.  She had several decanters, glasses and bowls that I distinctly remember her using at Sunday dinners.

After she passed, the glasses were given to me, and I proudly use them, and remember her.

Here are the triangle shaped purple glasses with a clear square at the base. I haven’t been able to find the maker or the pattern as of yet, but perhaps a kind reader could tell me.

I love using her glasses and have several purple dish sets, including Spode and both the lilac and plum Fiestaware.  I just recently found this set of purple Arcoroc dishes – eight dinner plates and eight salad plates. I find it difficult to find purple and pink these days, so I was thrilled to discover these.

Here I’ve paired them with reproduction floral rose plates from the Albert and Victoria Museum. I bought them at Marshall’s, of all places.

The purple and silver plated-trimmed candlesticks are from Ralph Lauren and the two baskets are by Fenton.

What is it that you collect?

Yellow and blue florals set off summer green tablescape

I’ve been searching Pinterest for blue and yellow floral arrangements to find some pretty versions for an upcoming luncheon I am making 15 floral centerpieces for.

I visited Trader Joe’s in St. Petersburg because they usually have a good assortment of hydrangeas, as well as tulips, roses and sunflowers.

I made two versions – one simple with tulips and eucalyptus, the other with hydrangeas and tulips. I’m pretty sure I know which one everyone likes best. 🙂

They were so pretty, I decided to set my table with them. I used a new lemon tablecloth from HomeGoods along with my green cabbage Bordallo Pinheiro plates,  which are made in Portugal.

The cabbage plates are surprisingly easy to use and go with summer, spring and Christmas settings.

I think it turned out very cheery!


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Winning Wish Farms berries from #hashed Food and Wine Conference contest

Two weeks ago, I attended the Food and Wine Sunday Supper Movement Conference. On the third day we had classes at the Rosen School of Hospitality and part of the day included a #Hashed contest which involved using CK Mondavi Wines, Wish Farm Berries and Cabot Cheese.

Our groups and we were challenged to make a cocktail with the ingredients  and also taking photos of it.

We were thrilled to win the contest with our Summer wine spritzer.

In addition to getting a ticket to next year’s conference, we also received a Wish Farms Berries Prize package. Wish Farms is based in Plant City, Florida, and has been growing berries since 1922.

Wish Farms blackberries on a lilac Spode plate.

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My Butterfly Meadow Carved floats in the summer season

I was a lucky girl this past April when I randomly won an Instagram contest sponsored by Lenox, for four place settings of their newly-introduced Butterfly Meadow Carved to their everyday dinnerware line.  This is solid color pattern they’ve come out with after the popularity of their Butterfly Meadow pattern (here’s a photo of the tea set), which is white and richly decorated in pastel flowers and butterflies.

This latest Lenox pattern is available in aqua, white and grey. I thought it would be very “springy,” but here I have simply paired it with a paisley blue, grey and beige runner from Pottery Barn, and I think it has a very summer feel.

No telling what other combinations I will be able to create throughout the summer! Stay tuned!


Macy’s Instagram video: Charming Lenox and vintage china placesetting gets me

I’m absolutely in love with this tablescape setting video from Macy’s Instagram! Using Lenox’s French Perle Groove Bluebell and French Perle Violet, the video shows several other mix and match patterns with  a vintage feel to show the amazing amount of options you have while setting your table.

How can you decide which is your favorite!?

Proof that even our tabletop is coming up roses #brunchgoals 🌹🌹🌹

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A lovely floral find on a summer day

Sometimes you just walk right into something.

A job, friendship, love.

And sometimes it’s serendipity with a china pattern.

It can happen!

Some of us love china. So some of us feel it is serendipidus when we happen onto a beautiful pattern.

Today I found Minton Bone China in the Haddon Hall pattern. Based on a lovely town in England, the floral pattern is encircled in green, and holds up today just as well as when it was introduced to the market in 1948. It was made in both green and gold trim, and I was glad to find it in the green trim, with makes it more suited for a spring and summer table.









Three were 25 dinner plates, salad plates and cups and saucers.They were stacked haphazardly in the china cabinet, which I promptly rearranged (not pictured.)

I probably should have only purchased four place settings, but there was something so sweetly captivating about this pattern, and it Was Minton Bone China, that I had to buy 10 place settings.

I’m sure it will be a good investment and serve many summer dinners.

Purple and yellow makes Easter table memories

I just love the combination of purple and yellow for Easter. It seems I used to wear the combination a lot as a child in the 60s, and for some reason it always it just brings me back to my childhood.

This is one of my favorite combinations for a tablescape, and one that always gets great comments from friends and followers, and received the most compliments at the luncheon at the Safety Harbor Spa.

The combination of the purple Spode, matched with the toile of the Williams-Sonoma tablecloth – I think they are just made for each other!

I added small rabbits from House of Hatten to surround the florals, which are irises and sunflowers.

Have you made a tablescape in purple and yellow?

April Cornell tablecloth a welcome addition to Holiday table

Have you ever seen something – say, on social media – and you knew you had to have it? That’s how I felt when I saw this April Cornell holly tablecloth on the feed of Instagram user The Tablescaper, who has been one of my favorites for years.

I have several holiday tablecloths, and two or three Lenox tablecloths that match my Lenox Holiday pattern, but this one took my breath away.

However, it happened to be Christmas day that I saw it, so I wasn’t sure what kind of luck I would have. The Christmas supply would probably be already sold out, and anything worthwhile would probably have been picked over already.

Since my local HomeGoods often has April Cornell, I took off in the morning as soon as they opened.  It wasn’t Really early. It was probably about 10:30 and I just wasn’t going to get my hopes up.

But I am a bargain shopper too, and I sometimes have a way of sniffing these deals out. So I headed in.

I searched the Christmas aisles, the holiday aisles, the clearance aisles. There were some nice things still there, but no April Cornell.

I wandered the aisles looking under other tablecloths, picking through items that had been tossed aside and into the wrong category.

Disheartened,  hearing my cousin’s voice in my head: “You’ll never find it!” I headed to the front of the store toward the exit.

I noticed some holiday candles and pot-pouri and other castoffs on the white shelves near the check out.

Looking, looking, looking.

And there it was. ONE lone tablecloth, still in the plastic, still in tact. April Cornell. Holly pattern.

And of course it was 50 percent off the day after Christmas.

OMG! Well all I could say was thank you Home Goods and thank you to the God of Christmas!

I grabbed that baby so fast and brought it home to where it was meant to be.

It’s the day after Christmas so I just set it up to get a glimpse of how it will look.

Next year it will be my tablecloth for the holiday table! And it couldn’t be more perfect.

Create the perfect holiday table with tips from Plate Girl and WFLA


This month I was honored by WFLA’s Gayle Guyardo to be asked to be on her Pinterest segment. Gayle loves featuring crafty how-tos and the people who love to pin!

She heard that I loved setting tables and l knew how to do it on a budget — visiting thrift stores to find many of my great finds.

I was able to share several pieces of my Christmas china – Christopher Radko, Fiestaware red, Noble Excellence’s ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, vintage Scio’s Holly and my favorite, Lenox Holiday.

I showed how to make an easy floral centerpiece using flowers from the grocery store, and how to swap out different collectibles or candlesticks from an existing collection.

It was so much fun to be able to set a lovely holiday table in Gayle’s own dining room!