Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The last days of summer...

Hi everyone! It looks like so many are gearing up for cooler weather, and although I LOVE Fall, I don't like not being able to use the outside space we have. This summer has been so hot we have not eaten outside as much...


...I love setting the table outside on the porch.


My grandparents ate meals outside pretty much all summer so it reminds me of them when we get to enjoy that simple pleasure. 




Since I haven't really set any "fancy" tables outside this summer, I thought I would share some of my favorites from the last few years. Links to all these and more are HERE, or you can click on the link before each post.



This table was a mix of vintage depression glass and new Mikasa "Brava Yellow."


I love this 1956 Brookpark "Pink Hyacinth" melmac.


The girls and I enjoyed tea at this table...




These lilac dishes came with flour sacks to my grandfather's store.


Franciscan "Ivy" always reminds me of Ricky and Lucy...


A mix of Mexican Talavera, World Market and Mikasa "Italian Countryside" plates made this a really festive table.


There are certainly a lot of different looks, but also a lot of common elements in all of them. 

Since I have not been setting tables outside, I have been busy inside making table runners, shopping totes, aprons, tea towels, etc., all inspired by my grandfather's country store here in Balsam, Knight's Store, which has been closed for years. I am so excited to be opening "Knight's Store" on etsy in a couple weeks with lots of beautiful vintage-inspired table linens, etc., so please stay tuned!


Thanks so much for stopping by!! I wish I had more time to visit and catch up on the many wonderful things you are all doing, but time seems to get away from me. Please stop by my Far Above Rubies facebook page if you have not been there, as I would love to hear from you:-)

Anita

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30 comments:

  1. Love the vintage snack sets and pink melmac!

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  2. Your table runners are to die for! They are inspiring and lovely! Beautiful tables every one of them.
    XO Cindy

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  3. Anita, I always love seeing your pretty tablescapes! They are all so beautiful. Congrats on your new Etsy store. I am sure it will be full of beautiful things! How exciting!

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  4. The runner in the first photo is gorgeous, Anita. I remember all these tablescapes and love each of them. All stunning. Hazel Atlas is my fave, I ordered a set after seeing yours.. :) xo

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  5. Beautiful tables! We've not had many opportunities to eat outside this summer either...I'm looking forward to our delightful Autumn weather. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

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  6. I love every single table!! If I lived next door, we would "play" all the time!!
    Have a great day!!

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  7. Your table runner is so pretty Anita! Very excited about your Etsy shop!

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  8. I enjoyed the variety of settings you showed. The one with the burlap runner is so inviting. Love the tablecloth underneath. It actually reminds me of a cool bedspread from my childhood. I love the raised pom pom feel of it and the pink accents. Sweet!
    Liz

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  9. All are such beautiful tablescapes.I always like the snack sets, they are fun to get for a woman's get together, or a baby or wedding shower. The pink melmac is pretty sweet too. Actually, I just like all of the tables. Thanks.

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  10. So excited to hear about your Etsy shop!! I literally gasped when I saw that chenille tablecloth and that simply stunning one-of-a-kind burlap runner! Love, LOVE!!
    And you know how I feel about your pink melmac set. My fav!

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  11. Anita, You always set such a charming table...it's a joy to see your work. Our Summer was overly HOT this year and I'm so thankful we'll have an early Autumn. May it be a lllooooooonnnngggg Indian Summer and allow us to enjoy the out of doors and on the porches time to unwind and relax making sweet memories to think on for years to come!

    God bless and thank you for sharing your lovely pictures.
    d

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  12. MAGNIFICENT runner!!! I love the mix of rough and rich!!! Just beautiful!!! I liked taking another look back at your past "fancy" table posts, too! I didn't know Lucy & Ricky had the Franciscan Ivy dishes!!! I'll have to pay closer attention next time I'm watching that!!! Best wishes for much, much success on your upcoming Etsy store. I am sure it will be an instantaneous hit! Take care of yourself, and have a wonderful Labor Day weekend...laboring away at making runners and such, no doubt! :-)

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  13. Anita- You tables are beautiful. It is just pure pleasure to see what you do. I am soon ready for Autumn but holding onto summer for one more week-xo Diana

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  14. how beautiful!!! my favorites are the green and yellow and the Melmac pink!!! we love to eat outside during the summer as well, but with it being so hot, we didn't do it too much either this year. i'm hoping we have a nice, long, cool fall, so we can spend lots of time outside yet!

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  15. Oh I have so enjoyed this post and these wonderful pics. I had to pin some ya know! Love that green and yellow tablescape.....Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  16. Hi Anita, I love all the table tops you share and blessed to have found your blog, the new burlap and lace over chenille cover is breathtaking, so beautiful, God Bless your creativity and good works, hugs, Emelia.

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  17. You go girl!! I am so excited for you! I am in love with the chenille bedspread/tablecloth. It reminds me of the one on my bed at my Granny's! Jemma starts school next week so I am soaking up being with her this week! Have a great day!!

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  18. Love the bedspread cum tablecloth. So many beautiful tables!

    - The Tablescaper

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  19. Yhank you for the tour of the past as they are all new to me. If I have to choose it would be the pink table and the yellow and green They are all unique.

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  20. Anita, I was perusing your beautiful tablescapes while listening to your GORGEOUS voice praising God... now that was a delight... a heavenly delight!

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  21. Beautiful! You have some wonderful pieces of china and dishes. Thanks for sharing.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

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  22. Oh hello this is gorgeous...all of them! I love the first tablescape with all the soft colors and details! The runner is so pretty and elegant! It has been too hot here to do tablescapes outside so I too am looking forward to fall! Come link up to centerpiece Wed on my blog and enter my giveaway!
    Karin

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  23. Love all your outdoor settings, Anita. They are all so pretty, each and everyone of them...Christine

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  24. So many beautiful tables. I think I loved the Pink one the best :-)

    Jocelyn @
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

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  25. Oh Anita, you sure inherited the gift for al-fresco tablescapes from your grandparents and not only that but you have displayed the most beautiful setting ever!! I do love the pink one, but really, I love them all! Thanks for your lovely and kind comments.
    FABBY

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  26. Loved every single one of these - what a beautiful post!
    Your newest follower - would love to have you come by when
    you have the time and follow back
    Hugs,
    Suzan

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  27. Your table settings are so pretty--thanks for sharing them! I am in love with that tablerunner you made. Love the lace and burlap together--just gorgeous!

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  28. Beautiful, beautiful tables...my favorite is the pink, yes, I said pink! For some reason that one has always been my favorite of any you have done.

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  29. Congratulations on the new store Anita!!! You are the queen of linens and tablescapes in my opinion so this seems like a completely natural extension. :-) Thanks so much for sharing these beautiful table settings as well as your exciting news with us at Inspiration Friday this week!
    Vanessa

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  30. Very pretty...I really like the first tablescape!
    Daisy~

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