Thursday, March 5, 2015

Winter Violets Tablescape

"Surely as cometh the winter, I know there are spring violets under the snow" ~ Robert H. Newell.

It is yet another snowy day at Aspen Hill, but surely spring is around the corner.  I've always loved violets, my February birth month flower.  It is fitting that violets, which were the very first china collectibles that I received as a child from my Grandmother, should be the theme of my very first tablescape, and my very first blogger post!

I had fun on this unexpected day off from work gathering the things to set the table in the conservatory with the wintry scene as a backdrop.

A closer view of the tablescape.

I used an antique soup tureen for the centerpiece and filled it with ivy.  The small violet swan, cup, and covered what-not in the foreground were among the childhood birthday gifts from my Grandmother.

The water pitcher is the elegant Cambridge Rose Point pattern.  Mike and I waited all day at an estate auction for it to come up for bid.  This was one of my first depression era glass purchases many years ago, and at the time I had no idea if I was paying too much as I got caught up in the bidding frenzy.  Heaven forbid, after waiting so long I wasn't going to be outbid LOL.  I fell in love with this pattern that day.

The depression era glass goblets are also the Cambridge Rose Point pattern.  The purple tumblers were picked up at Kohls, and one of the few things that isn't vintage.

I have never folded napkins before either.  It has been a lot of firsts for me today.  I found this simple style on a google search.  Well, it looked better before I took a close up of it.  I'll have to remember to tuck the bottom in better next time.

The violet teapot was another antique store find.

I decided to bring in more of the violet theme to stage on the nested plant stand.  The plants needed some attention anyway, so it was good timing to move them to the counter where I could work on them.

I found the violet coffee pot at an antique store, and the vintage planter was found at a thrift shop.

My Grandmother also gave me many violet themed vintage post cards.  Even as a child, I loved these kind of gifts, and I think she loved that I loved them.  Making the framed collage was a DIY project.  

A closer view of the plant stand.

The vintage terrarium was a yard sale find from my neighbor friend Cheryl.

 More violet china collectibles from my Grandmother.

This covered dish is a companion to the soup tureen used for the table centerpiece.

In keeping with my Grandmother's tradition of violet collectibles on my birthday, my Mother gave me these beautiful sugar and creamer sets.

Ending with a final view of the tablescape.

Table Details:

Violet patterned china Dinner and Salad Plates:
     Mikasa Valerie, Pattern D4951 (Discontinued Actual: 1981 - 1982)
Purple Depression Glass Plates and Soup Bowls:
     Hazel-Atlas Newport Amethyst (Discontinued Actual: 1936 - 1940)
Clear Elegant Depression Era glass Ball Jug Pitcher and Goblets:
     Cambridge Rose Point, Pattern 3121 (Discontinued Actual: 1934-1958)
Purple glass Tumblers:
     Kohls, Libbey fundamentals, Classic Colorings, Violet
Violet patterned china Soup Tureen Centerpiece and Companion Covered Dish:
     Limoges, pattern unknown
Tablecloth and Napkins:
     Kohls, patterns unknown
     Oneida, pattern unknown

Participating in Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch


  1. Absolutely beautiful table, Terri! And the pictures are so good - you can see so much detail and you give names and information (which is why I read tablescaping blogs - I want to learn and see how to use dishes, etc. that I don't own and/or probably never will get.) Thank you for a wonderful treat. I can't wait to see your next table.... Katie

    1. Thanks for the feedback Katie. This was my first tablescape, my first blogger post, and yours is my very first comment! A friend and I discovered BNOTP and Tablescape Thursdays about 2 weeks ago. I was thrilled, and at first I was caught up in the eye candy content, but then I started to think that maybe I could give it a try. It was challenging, but I enjoyed learning. I especially appreciate your feedback about the photos, because I am not very good at photography. Getting good photos to use was harder for me than setting up the blog was. I hope to share many more tables, and I'm sure that now I have the first one under my belt, the others to follow will be much easier. Thanks for looking... Terri

  2. Love the look you created. Such beautiful glassware and centerpiece, and the brownies are so tempting.