Business, Events, Flower Designs

Antique Faire Find

My home town of Petaluma, holds two antique faires a year…and let’s just face it…it might as well be Christmas Day for me. Those days are marked on my calendar months in advance. I like to get an early start in the day, not to jump on the good deals but because I like it when it’s less crowded and the temp is cooler.

This past weekend was the spring antique faire and I have to say I didn’t find much that were must haves. I’m always on the look out for Royal Copenhagen or Bing & Grøndahl porcelain. Sometimes I find some linen and other times I find something unique to plant or arrange flowers in.

I was about half way through the faire and my reusable bag was still empty. I had a few ideas for things to go back and get if they were still there. And then I came across something that I have been searching for. My search had been for a chair that I could plant in. Something that wasn’t really usable as a seat any more but that wasn’t total trash…because let’s be honest here…I’m not a very good DIYer. Low and behold someone else had the same idea and had done some of the prep work, but hadn’t completed the planting stage. Score! There was no question about purchasing them and my co-shopper helped me carry them home.

Now my biggest dilemma is if I should keep them with this paint or should I repaint them…I’m thinking bright yellow! What do you think? I would love your opinion.

My plan is to work on these this summer and to post step by step instructions so you can do the same. Or maybe I should say we can learn together. Lol!

The next antique faire is in September…I can’t wait to find a new treasure!

Don’t forget we are only 11 days away from my pop up shop. I would love to see you there!

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Table Designs

Tea Tables

Hosting tea parties gives me such a feeling of satisfaction.  My guests leave full and happy and I hope a little pampered feeling.  It’s the social aspect of tea time.  Friends and relatives gathered around the table communing over a meal and drinking tea…and in some cases champagne…is what it’s really about for me.   But I love the other aspects of tea: the tea sandwiches, the scones, the little desserts, and the table décor.  Notice the lack of tea mentioned.  Don’t get me wrong, I like tea, I enjoy tea, but I’ll take the champagne, please.

I hosted my first tea party many years ago…probably 10 years ago…for a luncheon that the girls in my family would do twice a year to celebrate our birthdays.  Usually we would go to a restaurant for lunch, but I had been wanting to host a tea and since it was my turn to plan the lunch, I surprised everyone with a party.   I was given pieces of Royal Copenhagen and Bing & Grondahl porcelain from my Bedstamor (Grandmother) and other family members.   I had always been reluctant to use it, as some of it is very fragile and had been my Great Great Aunt’s originally.   However, since this would be a gentile (Ha!) event, I felt it was ok to us them.   I love the vibrant cobalt blue designs against the white porcelain.   So using that as my theme I added a bright yellow as a contrasting color.   I even made little menus for each person.   I loved every moment of it.  Unfortunately, I have no pictures to show you.  Bummer, right?

The teas have become a yearly tradition and I have extended the invite to more people, as it is no longer tied to family birthdays.   I have even been “taking them on the road” as I set tea tables for a Danish Sisterhood tea party the last two years and I’ve done them on my weekends in Bodega.  Picking a theme is always on my mind. I always have a table design (or two) going in my brain.

Though I’ve hosted a lot of tea parties, I’ve only used my Danish porcelain a few times.  The fall design I did for a Danish Sisterhood party was my very favorite…still is my favorite.  I like the wood tones that ground the design and then the pops of orange that are the perfect complimentary color to the cobalt.

Winter Danish Porcelain Tea Table

I also used it in a wintery design for a party in January on a weekend in Bodega.  Yes, those are plastic plates.  Who said, plastic and porcelain don’t go well together?  It’s sort of like wearing pearls with a t-shirt.   Casual yet elegant.  Here the blue adds to the icy look to the winter themed table.  I didn’t use any flowers in this table design but it was still fun design.  Considering the party was only a few weeks after Christmas, it was easy to incorporate some of my Christmas décor for the look.

 

 

May your day be filled with beautiful flowers.