What would you experience if you walked through the woods in early March to a “woodcutter’s cottage,” like Sleeping Beauty’s little home with the fairies? Hopefully, you would see gorgeous trees, pine cones, bracken, and shamrocks. The scent of wildflowers would waft through the air as you gazed upward toward a magnificent rainbow. What would the table look like in that little cottage? Now, the scene has been set for the Woodland Walk March Tablescape.
The showstoppers of this early March tablescape are the Vernon Gingham salad plates. I bought them last year, but only used a few on my 2019 March Garland and Mantel Scape. I echoed the gingham pattern on the salad plates with yellow gingham flowers in the garland. The burlap in the shamrocks coordinate well with the woodsy feel of the tablescape.
Gold chargers set beneath my Martha Stewart Holiday Pinecone plates. Of all the plates I own, these are my favorites. The plate beneath the Gingham salad plate is Thomson Yellowstone. It has a lovely swirl and a beautiful brown rim. I have about 6 sets of earthtone dinner/salad plates and a fairly large collection of amber/marigold Depression and carnival glass. If it’s warm tones we need-I’ve got them!
A Providential Meeting
Last year, an older man on the next street had a few tables outside, loaded with dishes. I was on my way to the grocery store when I saw something glimmer in my peripheral vision. Even my kids know that I have tunnel vision, so noticing this small spectacle was novel for me. His driveway is on a little hill, so his sale tables were tucked off to the side. He offered to sell me the entire 2 tables of Depression and carnival glass for $100. Of course I said, “Yes!” He had patterns of pink, rainbow, green, and amber glass I’d never seen before. Then he took me to some sheds he had in the back yard. He had boxes upon boxes of Fiesta Ware and other goodies, that weren’t for sale. I said, “What dishes do Y’all eat with?” He said casually, “Currier and Ives.” Wow. I gave him my number and told him to call me if they wanted to sell anything else. He said his kids didn’t want any of their “old” stuff. Can you imagine that? Anyway, pictured below is an amber cruet condiment set I bought from him. If you recognize the pattern, I’d love to know its name. My daughter made the rainbow in Sunday school a few years ago. I like to incorporate my kids’ arts and crafts in my displays, when possible.
My grandmother, Alma, had a set of Homer Laughlin Castilian plates. As an adult, it took me years to figure out their name and pattern. The dark golden color and black trim stood out in my memory. Now I own the whole set, accessories included. Read How I “Won Back” a Stolen Piece of My Childhood Through the Purchase of Homer Laughlin Dishes. The Castilian shakers and cream and sugar set coordinate perfectly with the amber glass. I wanted the Fenton Button and Daisy hat toothpick holder to look as though a leprechaun had left it behind. I only have two hat toothpick holders. I wish I had more! You can also see the Mayer China restaurant ware Lawson bowls in the background.
The curved tumblers are Pfaltzgraff Tearose, and the coffee cups are Mayer China Lawson. This Mayer China vintage pattern also comes in a set with a green stripe. I like the feel of restaurant-grade dishes. I imagine I’m eating on a train (with Cary Grant in North by Northwest), or on a cruise ship (again with Cary Grant, in An Affair to Remember), when I drink from that coffee cup.
Someone in my town must’ve had a rustic wedding, because the thrift store had a ton of these homemade candle holders and wooden coasters (you can see the coasters in the picture above). They’re pertect for a woodland trail tablescape!
I made the rainbow pine cone centerpiece last year. Read Rainbow Pine Cone Tree Piano Scape. The rainbow is a sign of God’s promise not to flood the earth again, although it’s been used to symbolize other groups and ideas over the years.
13 I set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth. 14 It shall come about, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow will be seen in the cloud, 15 and I will remember My covenant, which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and never again shall the water become a flood to destroy all flesh. Genesis 9:13-15 NASB
The amber bowl holding the rainbow pinecones is Fenton Thumbprint.
The teapot with the warm glow is Demdaco Cottage Hill. Doesn’t she look like Mrs. Potts? If I see a teapot in a thrift store in good condition, I usually buy it. The longer a nice piece sets on a thrift store shelf, the more likely it will be broken. Are you wondering where I keep all of this stuff? Soon, I’ll have to write a post about the “dish shelf” my husband made from a coat closet. Also, I have an eBay store, The Little Dish Cottage, where I sell some of my things- after I use them. The store keeps my house from getting too junky, and helps me to recoup the costs of decorating and tablescaping. My eBay store widget is attached at the bottom of each blog post.
I hope you enjoyed my Woodland Trail March Tablescape! I sure enjoyed sharing my treasures.
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