Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Let's Dish Christmas Challenge 2013

I'm linking this up to Thrifty Things Friday
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I hope you will join Diann and I and share your thrifty posts!

It has been so long since I've joined in a Tablescape challenge and this morning found me deciding I would not miss this one at Cuisine Kathleen's Let's Dish!  We were to find a photo of a tablescape that inspired us. Here is mine!
Mary posted this last December,
she called it, Trimming the Tree!
Well inspired I am so here is my version!
I did not try to copy her table, I mean she is the most amazing tablescaper, but I was inspired!
The Christmas tree plates are what caught my eye initially!  I have this set by Staffordshire Engravings called Yuletide.  I found them 5 years ago at a Goodwill.  Love them and they are my everyday dishes during December this year!
I used a Matelasse bedspread and my burlap runner to mimic her setting. 
I tied a white napkin with a red ornament and a pinecone and some berries
I bought this little tree for my kitchen at Michael's 1/2 price.  I didn't have a white urn but put the tree in a cut glass bowl lined with white. I hung little red cardinals and pinecones on the tree.  I used one of my aluminum trays and lots of ornaments!
 Mary used many of her vintage ornaments.  Mine are still in storage so I used some new ornaments instead. 
I really like the little red cardinals.
  I only have six that I bought a few years ago at Target on clearance.
Water goblets and some red tea lights in my new votives sent to me by my good friend Sue!
Mary did her table outside and had lovely light, mine was inside 
and I tried to add some beauty with some candles!
I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.
Please visit Kathleen and see how everyone else did with the challenge this week.

Wishing you JOY,

Linda


37 comments:

Kathe said...

I love your take on your inspiration table! I have never seen one in real life but, cardinals are my favorite bird! And those votive candle holders! You know I love those! If I had those dishes I'd use them everyday too! :-)

Vicky Hunt said...

Your table is just beautiful Linda! And I can't believe you found those gorgeous dishes at Goodwill! What an amazing find! Love the table cover and burlap...it's all just lovely.
Blessings, Vicky

Diane Jordan said...

Hi lovely lady.
A beautiful festive table. I love your cardinals. Best wishes for a very Merry Christmas.
xxoo
Diane

Chatty Crone said...

You had the same plates and I love them with the red tree. Very nice.

Ivy and Elephants said...

It turned out beautifully! You did your inspiration setting proud. The dishes are so pretty, how nice to be able to use them everyday during the holiday season. Great job!
Hugs,
Patti

Sue said...

Great job lady.....love those dishes...

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Nice job on the copycat! Love those dishes! Isn't this a fun challenge!

Merry Christmas!

Katherine

Kathleen said...

Wow! Those dishes are beautiful! You did a great job on your take on Mary's table. She is fabulous isn't she, week after week such great tables!
So glad you jumped in! Love your header too!
Thanks for taking the challenge at Let's Dish, Linda!

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Beautiful Linda! love your sweet table. It was a fun challenge.

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi Linda, I remember Mary's table from last year and I loved it too!! She is one of the best ever, isn't she? And every week!! You did a great job--I can definitely tell this is the table you are using for inspiration! Those cardinals are so cute on the tree and the burlap is perfect. Enjoy your pretty table! Linda

Tea in Texas said...

China from a Goodwill what a great idea. I found a great Goodwill in Eugene Oregon on a trip a few years ago on vacation. I made my husband take me 6 days in a row. I got glasses, china, and other items for my posts. Your Christmas china is very festive. Merry Christmas, Pam

Lady Linda said...

Just love those dishes. That's a pattern I haven't seen. Very pretty.
How is your grandson healing?
Linda

Barbara F. said...

Beautiful table, Linda. xo

Kathy Moreland said...

Your table looks pretty, Linda! Love those plates, and now I want a tree for my kitchen!! :) Have a great day!

Mary said...

Linda, I love your Yuletide plates! The candlelight from your votive highlight the beautiful detail on your matelasse coverlet. I love your tray with the pine cones added to your ornaments and those sweet Cardinals on your tree! Your kind works make me blush :)

Tricia said...

Excellent follow-through, Linda! Your table turned out beautifully, thanks to your creative additions to the inspiration table. Love those dishes -- and can't believe you found them so inexpensively!

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Love it Linda! The plates are so pretty and the little tree is perfect on the table.

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Very pretty, Linda! How nice to have a set of red & white transferware to use at Christmas time!

kitty said...

Oh Linda, what a great copycat design, inspired by Mary. Your thrifted plates are beautiful and your tree is darling, especially on the tray. Great job on meeting the challenge.

Jane and Chris said...

Love the soft glow the candles give the whole scene!
Jane x

Mary @ Ms. Redo said...

It's so much fun to be a copycat, and your table looks beautiful. Bet you enjoy dining there during the Christmas season with the gorgeous plates and your tree - love those cardinals, they're my favorite bird. Great job, Linda!

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

I love your version of the inspiration table! You may not have copied every detail but you did get the overall same look. Those dishes are fabulous- lucky you to have found them!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

What a great inspiration and so similar!! Lovely little tree and even better yet are your plates!! So nice - always!!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Your version is gorgeous Linda. The plates are so pretty and your little tree is adorable. You'll definitely be enjoying all your holiday meals in style.

Susan said...

I love your table...as usual. The bedspread is ingenious! It reminded me of an episode of Ellen's sitcom show when Martha Stewart was coming to an "autumnal" dinner--she used the wedding dress, her mother bought her, for the table cloth! XOXO

tablescapesbybev said...

Love this! Your table is the perfect copy with your own touches to vary it from the inspiration. Kudos!

Diann said...

Very pretty Linda! You did a lovely job of recreating the tablescape in your own style!

Diane said...

Beautiful job, Linda! I, too, like your birds. The Cardinal is the state bird of Virgina, where my brother lives. I am always looking for cute ones to send his family for Christmas decorations. Love your dishes, too!!!

thepaintedapron.com said...

Great job Linda! It is so much fun to see how one table transforms in the hands of another tablescaper! I love the tray full of ornaments!
Jenna

Diana Petrillo said...

The things I love: the cardinals, the cranberry glass ornaments on the tray, and the Staffordshire china. When we lived in England, I picked up a lot of it--some of it I haven't even unpacked! Lovely table, Linda. Thanks for hosting.

Sarah said...

Linda, your table is inspiring too. I adore all of Mary's creative posts, and you did a great job following her lead. Great job! Love your Christmas dishes. What fun to have a special set for the month of December. Hugs to you…….Sarah

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Looks like you had some fun with this as it is oh so pretty! :)

Marigene said...

I would say you met the challenge wonderfully, Linda. Love those plates. What a cute little tree.

Lulu said...

Great job, Linda, giving your own look to the Mary-inspired table. Lucky you to have found the dishes.

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Great inspiration table, you pulled it off perfectly and it's gorgeous! Love the cardinals too!
Thank you for your sweet and kind comment. Have a lovely C'mas week ahead.
FABBY

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Love this!

Candy S said...

I love the Staffordshire Yuletide dinnerware, lucky you on this fantastic Goodwill find. You did a marvelous job of replicating Mary's inspiring tablescape. Bravo!!!