Sunday, February 12, 2012

Lucky China

Coveting Susan's cutout chargers, led me on a eBay search that ended at with the winning lucky bid on these sweet salad plates and one dinner plate.  The mark on the back says Lucky China, and so they are my lucky plates!  I've been thinking about them for a couple of weeks, dreaming of ways to use them.  Yes, this is how I spend my dreaming hours.  So this morning, this pink and green table was born.  I also wanted to use some of my aluminum with delicate cutouts and chiseled flowers.  Sort of Valentine's Day appropriate for the week.  Makes me smile, and feel a little cotton candy giddy.  And as Alycia Nichols at TableTwentyone, recently posted about her pink tablescape, " I remember feeling all girly and giggly and size 6. Yes, ladies, pink can actually DO that for you!"  Lucky indeed.

 I love the delicate lacey rim, and hand painted flowers.  Oh, lucky me for finding these!

The pink napkins are an eBay find, heavy and soft.  The napkin rings are a thrift store find, 8 for $5.  Flatware hail from World Market.  But oh, my Lucky China Salad plates from
 I love this old punch bowl.   My husband and I found it while antiquing along the Kern River, California.  We both gasped when we saw it sitting on the shelf.  You know that feeling, don't you?

Pink Alstroemeria flowers floating are cut from last week's tablescape.   Love how long these blooms last!

 Homer Laughlin Georgian plates with deep burgundy edge sit atop a simple silver charger, adding some shine and masculine weight to all the pink.  The burgundy brings it more to a size 10, and that's still ok.

 Red goblets (that really look pink) and hammered aluminum tumbler, delicate and chiseled, sort of opposites attracting.

Butter, jam, and condiments 

  The one dinner plate I could find, placed on an aluminum tray.

 For sweeping crumbs off the table. How gentile is that?

Previously displayed collection and post on collecting hammered aluminum, the "poor man's silver."

Happy Valentine's Day on February 14th and any day you're with your love, or loving yourself in or out your nest.  

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  1. Beautiful Tablescape!! I am a HUGE Goodwill fan but I have never purchased from them on-line.

    I absolutely LOVE your crumb sweeper!! I have never seen one before but I will most definitely be on the look out for one!

    Happy Valentines Day!


  2. Love your table and your collection of Hammered Aluminum is amazing. Love the lacy edged plates. They just make this table glow. Hugs, Linda

  3. What a beautiful table. I love all of it's detail! I'm so happy that you decided to join Seasonal Sundays. Hope you'll be here next week too!

    - The Tablescaper

  4. I like the red pillows on the chairs!

  5. Stunning tablescape!
    ... thanks for stopping by my lil'blog and leaving a sweet comment :)

    Greetings from Australia♥

  6. Love that you incorporated hammered aluminum in your tablescape. I need to do that with my next tablescape. By the way, we have the same crumb sweeper!

  7. Thanks for stopping by My Valentine's Day post

    I am liking your punch bowl very much also the hammered alumium

    most people don't know what a crumb sweeper is

  8. This is the first time I've visited your blog. What fun! Love your profile.
    You have a nice collection of hammered aluminum, and I intend to visit that post later.

    Glad to get to know you.

  9. Fabulous tablescape, I love it all! The hummered aluminum is great and very unique. I'm loving the lace plates with the rose bouquet in the center. Lovely. Happy Valentine's month.

  10. I'm a pink lover too. I love your hammered aluminum. I have a couple of pieces that I adore. Those lace plates are fabulous. Just gorgeous.

  11. Beautiful table setting! I am absolutely drooling over your aluminumware pieces!!! I collect it, too, and have the crumb butler as well. You have some pretty and unique pieces! For my last post, I set up a coffee station for a party I hosted Tuesday night, on a large aluminum tray. Love that stuff!

    Great blog you have! I'm your newest follower! Thanks for stopping by to visit my blog and for the kind comment! :)

  12. Beautiful table. The GW plates are lovely.

  13. This is gorgeous! I love the hammered aluminumware! The silent butler is great! Thank you for stopping by my blog, so I could find yours! I'm a new follower!

  14. Wonderful table and lucky you! Your dish find is great. Don't you just love ebay! Hope you had a great v-day!

  15. You are SO funny!!! Love all the pink, CJ!!!! This should have gotten you down to a 4, even with that heavy "size 10" burgundy factored in! :-) Your plates are fantabulous!!! You will get a LOT of mileage out of those puppies!!! I had no idea there is a out there! What a great concept! I don't need to go anywhere near it, though. I'm already in the doghouse! I like the way you described the napkins as both heavy and soft. I can almost actually feel what that must feel like. That fabulous crumb catcher....Ii have wanted one of those since forever! Had a chance to buy one several years ago and passed on it...foolishly. Your is really cool!!! I have a few pieces of "poor man's silver" myself and wish I had more. I...again foolishly...sold a bunch of it when I retured & sold the contents of my store. Dumb, dumb, dumb!!! Hey, I meant to thank you again for your post re: alternative sites to Picnik. I finally settled on Picasa. It is taking some getting used to, but I'll have it down to a science in no time. Take care, my sweet!

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  17. I say that this is your most sophisticated and beautiful tablescape, yet! Just glorious! I have such a soft spot in my heart for reticulated plates. I just bought a set of creamware bread and butters at an estate sale this weekend. Your new salads are gorgeous. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  18. ♫♫ Lucky-Dog, Lucky-Dog ♫♫ CJ, those plates are fabulous!! What a lucky find...I'm jealous!

    Your entire tablescape is just beautiful. That punch bowl is TDF & I love how you used it for flowers as a centerpiece. I have 2 (not as pretty as yours) & I never thought to do that. Thanks for sharing all your pretties!


  19. Beautiful pates, definitely a lucky find. The whole table is lovely!
    Hope you will join in my 4th Annual St. Patrick's Day Blog Crawl on the 13th. Show us your green!


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