Setting a festive fall and Thanksgiving table for four

The ladies at Chloe’s Consignments  saw my tablescape at Lemon Tree Vintage Market, and called to ask me to set a tablescape for them at their new store off West Bay Boulevard in Tampa Bay.

Um, Yes!

The shop is located just off the Pinellas Trail and close to the well-known Silver Queen. They have several vendors there that offer many styles, including shabby chic, painted furniture, florals and wreaths, shell crafts, and more.

They will have a grand opening open house Nov. 10-11, Friday 10-7 Saturday 10-5. If you’re in the area, come out and check out my table and see their finds.

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Adding pink to the Thanksgiving table

I wanted to add some pink to the fall table this year, since I keep seeing it every where I go on social media.

I paired Bordallo Pinheiro pink cabbage plates from Portugal with Johnson Brothers “His Majesty” turkey plates, along with  vintage pottery and pink votives from Robyn Story Designs.

It doesn’t have flowers yet, but I think I like it. I think white hydrangeas and some pale pink roses would be gorg!

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Red, white and blue vintage china adds to luncheon to honor women Veterans

I was happy to be a part of honoring women veterans in the community for an early Veterans Day luncheon put on by Dress for Success Tampa Bay.

Dress for Success held the luncheon last year  at the Robert W. Saunders Sr.  Library Foundation. When I asked CEO Katie McGill what she served the guests on, and she said plastic plates, I said – No way. Veterans deserve real plates!

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Hawthorne Bottle Shoppe uses vintage glasses, silver platters for eclectic whimsy

St. Petersburg is known for a lot of different things – its art scene, breweries and eclectic local stores that line Central Avenue west of downtown. Here you’ll find vinyl shops, brocante markets, consignment stores and enough hipster hangouts to fit in your disco purse.

New to the restaurant/brewery scene is Hawthorne Bottle Shoppe. Owned by Amanda King and Pegan Foster, the shop opened six months ago in February 2017.

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Mix and match vintage china easy to put together

I attended the On Point Book Fair with 100 authors, writers and publishers at  WestShore Plaza in Tampa to talk about my blog,

I set up a display of mismatched vintage china  – because it’s ok not to match all the time! I have many sets of china, but I started buying random smaller sets of dishes, thinking I might use them for my daughters’ weddings one day.

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China Finders in St. Pete a great find for china addicts and searchers

If you’re a china-holic like me, you know Replacements, the warehouse in North Carolina known for its 425,000 china patterns.

In Tampa Bay, we’re lucky to have China Finders. It’s not as big as Replacements, but for the china afficianado, or just someone looking to restock a retired china pattern, China Finders is a great find.

Located in Central Avenue in St. Petersburg, it’s just across the bridge from Tampa. If you’re a dish fanatic, it’s a must see.

I love the new mural painted on the side of the building, a tribute to Alice in Wonderland’s Mad Hatter tea party.

Inside, aisles and aisles are chock filled with china, separated by company and pattern.

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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….

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