Friday, July 17, 2009

My First PINK Post!

When I e-mailed Beverly of How Sweet the Sound to inquire about participating in "Pink Saturday," I assumed it might be something I'd try NEXT week ... not now! But she graciously said she'd add me to the list of Pinks. Then I had to think pink .... and think fast!

The first thing I thought of was the big crepe myrtle in front of the house. I went out and cut a few of the low-hanging blooms. As I was headed inside, I noticed several other pink blossoms of various types. The casual arrangement below is the result. If you're a gardener, you can probably name the various components (one or two I'm a bit unsure of myself). The urn came from an antique mall and cost $5. The round "chop plate" in the foreground (holding rolls in a napkin) is by Theodore Haviland. The pattern is "Apple Blossom." The little round dish with the hibiscus bloom is from Goodwill and cost around fifty cents.

The feather wreath is from Goodwill, and I featured it in one of my first posts. The ironstone plates on top of the stack are also GW finds. The pattern is "Snow White Regency" by Johnson Brothers. The large plates used as chargers are from Crate & Barrel. The pink flowered tablecloth was a yard sale find (the same one I used for "Morning Coffee on the Terrace").

The lace placemats are from a yard sale, and the "Sum & Substance" hosta leaves are from .... the garden. The flatware is "Patrician" by Oneida, introduced in 1914. I paid around $15, plus shipping, on eBay for a service for 10. It has an intitial engraved on it (an E or an H ... difficult to tell). I suppose that's why no one else bid on it ... it's one of the reasons I like it!

The pale pink damask napkins were an estate sale bargain. The simple decanter was $1 at a local thrift store. The glasses are "Flanders" by Tiffin. The pattern was introduced in the 1920's.
They had rim chips, which I filed down to make them usable. I'll show you how it's done in a future post.

The pitcher is made by Cash Family-Clinchfield Artware Pottery. Cash was a small company in Erwin, Tennessee. Family members had worked for Southern Potteries, manufacturer of Blue Ridge dinnerware. All the pieces were hand-painted. In it's heyday, Southern Potteries was the largest manufacturer of handpainted dinnerware in the world. Both Blue Ridge and Cash pieces are highly collectible (and not terribly expensive).

It's nice to have fresh flowers from the garden, isn't it?

After the "Pink" shots were taken, only the flowers remained. The Gorham silverplated candleholders were 2 for 49 cents at GW.

I hated to waste the large hosta leaves, so I used one to line this vase. Most of the daisies were left from this week's "Tablescape Thursday" post.

Hope you enjoyed. See you next time!



  1. Hi Bill! We meet again. Welcome to Pink Saturday. I am so thrilled you decided to join. Kiddo you did another beautiful post as usual. Love that feather wreath and that urn is just gorgeous. The flowers looked beautiful also. Great post. Stop by and say hi, see what I posted today. Country Hugs Kiddo, Sherry

  2. Bill,
    Very nice! Welcome to Pink Saturday.


  3. Hi Bill,

    Welcome to Pink Saturday. Your flowers and table scape are gorgeous. What wonderful finds from the GW.Happy Pink Saturday.

  4. Congratulations on your first pink Saturday -- your table is beautiful -- love all of your pink!
    You are truly a bargain shopper -- and such neat pieces at such great prices!

  5. Hello Bill,
    Welcome and Happy Pink Saturday!
    The tablescape is just wonderful... so many excellent finds!
    I love how you arranged the flowers in the urn and added the feather wreath.
    Thank you for sharing!
    Have a beautiful day,

  6. Welcome to your first Pink Saturday, Bill. I am glad you decided to join us.

    I like your idea of using your hosta leaves under the plates. I had no thought of that, and it looks great. Your table setting looks wonderful. It was very interesting to learn about the Cash pottery. I have a few pieces of Blue Ridge.

    I believe your crepe myrtles are the same color as ours. I love all crepe myrtles, but this is my favorite.

  7. Wow Bill, I'm impressed. Everything that you showed was soo romantic and went together perfectly. Are you a design professional?

    Stop by The Old Parsonage anytime, I love company.

    Enjoy your day!

  8. Welcome to Pink Saturday, Bill! Just beautiful - everything! I love what you did with the flowers and your tablescape is fantastic. Thanks so much!

  9. What a totally gorgeous setting for so little money. You really show us all that shopping wisely and inexpensively can really yield beautiful results. Thank you for the inspiration. Happy Pink Saturday. You did a great job. Amy

  10. ♥Happy Pink Satuday♥
    Really cold (50s) in upper Michigan today with a dark sky. I need all the pink I can get this morning. Thanks so much for helping lift my spirits!

    Isn't it so much fun to find things that others no longer want and give them new life! Welcome! Love your blog☺

    Wishing you a weekend filled with sunshine and happiness.

  11. WOW, Bill! First, let me welcome you to Pink Saturday. Second, let me say ....YOU HAVE A GREAT GOODWILL!

    Loved your leaf idea. Very creative!

  12. Bill, Happy Pink Saturday. Your post is beautiful. Your china is out of this world gorgeous..Love, love, love the flatware.. anything with initials is wonderful in my book. Have to agree..fresh flowers are always great... hope all is well your way..hugs ~lynne~

  13. I love your "pinkness". The feather wreath is just perfect. Thanks for sharing.


  14. Hi Bill,
    Thanks for the follow. The flowers are so lovely. Can I pull up a chair? lol What a wonderful table setting! Have a great week!

  15. Oh, Bill, this is such a pretty pink post, and I love your arrangement... crepe myrtles are so pretty. They just speak summer to me.

    And your little dish was such a find! More of my favorite (white china) and another lovely tablescape. You do good work! :-)

    I'm so glad you joined us for Pink Saturday and hope it's extra special for you!


    Sheila :-)

  16. happy 1st pink saturday. love your table, especially love all the great deals you got! have a wonderful week.

  17. Hi Bill,
    Love your table! Such a pretty post for Pink Saturday. Welcome, to your first and enjoy your weekend.


  18. Oh how wonderful!!! Congrats on your first Pink Saturday!!! You really know how to flaunt the pink!!!

    I love the pitcher and the fresh flowers are gorgeous!!! Beautiful post!!!

    Have a lovely weekend!!!

  19. Hello Bill and Welcome To Your First Pink Saturday,
    QUESTION: Are you available for adoption? lol
    This is my first time to your blog and I love everything especially that beautiful green feather wreath around your gorgeous arrangement.....of course I the white pottery....I love your little class on Cash Pottery.
    Wonderful, thoughtful, creative post
    With this being your "FIRST" Pink Saturday Post, I can't wait to see the others
    Angel Hugs

  20. Welcome!
    How lovely. Nice post.
    Happy Pink Saturday and a nice week ahead.

  21. Welcome to PiNk SaTuRdAy, Bill!! What an absolutely beautiful table setting and great finds too!!! I'm looking forward to more PiNk SaTuRdAys from you! Marsha

    P.S. Where in TN are you? I lived in Knoxville when I was a youngster and recently visited a girlfriend in Franklin. I came home and told my husband, I want to MOVE to Franklin!!!

  22. What a fabulous 'scape you put on for Pink Saturday!

    Happiest of Pink Saturdays to you!

  23. Welcome to Pink Saturday!!!
    Love your table!
    What an absolutely beautiful!!

  24. Welcome! It appears that you will fit nicely in our
    little pink world! FABULOUS table...especially the feathers!

    m ^..^

  25. Hi Bill ~ wowza, I am so glad you joined Pink Saturday so I could have so much fun reading your blog! It's fantastic as are all your finds! How come I can't find great things like that at GW?

  26. So beautiful. I love all the pinks, they are just gorgeous. You do have such pretty dishes and accessories, and a real knack of putting them together so beautifully. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Marty BTW, we will be having another "Cloche Party" on Sept. 11th. You can check out my blog for the details. It is just a party to show how you decorate with cloches and apothecary jars. We will be featuring Fall decorations this time. If you would like to join us, we would love to have you. Last time we had 120 participate and it was a ball. Hugs, Marty

  27. Wow Bill, I love it! Everything looks sooo pretty! Thank you for sharing with us.

  28. What a pretty table setting.

  29. This is so beautiful - and as always, you give us such great information about all your dishes. I love all the finds - always a thrill to find a treasure that someone else tossed!

  30. I enjoyed your pictures very much! All of your finds are wonderful and it's fun to hear where they're from. I really like the square ironstone plates. You have the knack for putting it all together.

  31. This is beautiful! I always enjoy seeing all your thrifty tablescape finds. You really have a knack for creating centerpieces with fresh flowers.


  32. Bill, Everything you put together looks fantastic. From the feather wreath to the hosta leaves and all in between. Pretty things for some thrifty prices, too. :-) Sue

  33. Welcome to Pink Saturday. What a perfect 1st pink post :-)
    Happy PS

    Stop by at Something To Share anytime, I love company :-)


  34. Happy first Pink! :-)

    I love your dish with the soft pink flowers in them. but have to say, your table really just looks beautiful.


  35. Your table scape was beautiful! I love the flowers and the use of the leaves, on the table and in the vase. Welcome to Pink Saturday and have a terrific Sunday!

  36. I love all of it!I love that you can set up beautifully decorated tables without spending a fortune.
    I showed this post to my husband and together we admired your lovely tablescape.

  37. This is gorgeous, Bill! I love how you used the hosta leaves!

  38. What a stunning table!
    You truly have a great sense of beauty!
    Found you through Beverly.
    I was going to send you a Happy Pink Saturday, but that's a little late now... so have a happy pink and sunny week!

    Please come by and see my pink Saturday post:

    Take care and enjoy your life!

    Greetings from Spain!

  39. My goodness, I leave you alone 5 minutes and look at all these posts! :-) This is the best PS post I've ever seen! Gorgeous table setting and that arrangement is stunning! I think I see hydrangea, butterfly bush and crepe myrtle. Can't remember the name of the varigated stuff, although I have that same bush, too. I definitely want to read a post of filing edges of chipped stemware...I have several old pieces I was given that need that terribly.
    Happy PS!

  40. Welcome to your first Pink Saturday, Bill! And what a lovely post you had for us! The table is just gorgeous, but my favorite is the flower arrangement . . . well done!

    I'll spend some time later going through your blog . . . you have some great stuff here!

    Hope you enjoyed your first Pink Saturday!