Join me as I embrace and share American country style by reclaiming the past...my family's past. Come along as I make my house a home on a $0 budget with reclaimed, repurposed, recycled and found treasures all out of my grandparent's old house, local junk shops and my parent's attic. And since we have to eat too, I'll sprinkle in some gardening, country recipes, and a whole lot of southern hospitality.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Blue Willow Autumn

Thank you Susan for hosting "Tablescape Thursday." This is my first one! I am so excited to see all the beautiful ideas out there. Thanks for visiting me!



I decided to do something different for Autumn and have used my Blue Willow with the beautiful, warm fall tones.


Most of my Churchill Blue Willow was given to me by my grandmother, which she collected a few pieces at a time. Some is by Royal China and belonged to my great grandmother. My mother has since added to my collection, and I picked up numerous pieces while in Japan. I have always loved this pattern based on a Chinese love story and find that it fits practically any occasion.




These napkins are from Walmart, and were the inspiration for combining the colors. We always use cloth napkins, and these really wear well although I do have to iron them. The bamboo napkin rings are from Bed, Bath and Beyond.

This bread and butter plate is by Johnson Brothers. The Mother of Pearl and sterling butter spreader is antique Landers, Frary and Clark.

This teapot was one of my finds in Japan. It has five lovely cups. Every set I bought in Japan was in odd numbers.

Although not a traditional Asian table, I have used some of my beautiful treasures. Rice bowls are from Japan as well as the chop sticks and rests. I have included the tea cup, as that is generally brought at the beginning of the meal. Also included is a water glass and a small cup for Japanese Saki.

The tall centerpiece is removed for meals and includes branches and wildflowers from our property.

I hope you enjoy my Japanese and Chinese- inspired American autumn!!

Please come back Friday for the weekend recipe...the BEST apple cake you have ever eaten!!

20 comments:

  1. Beautiful table. I love the fall linens with your Blue Willow dinnerware.

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  2. Anita, another lovely table setting. I love your blue willow pieces and that centerpiece made from things right outside is wonderful. Can't wait for that apple cake recipe. I love to smell an apple cake baking. Yum, yum....Kim

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  3. This is all so pretty -- my mother had that same china. Can't wait to see the apple cake recipe -- sounds delightful!

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  4. I love blue willow. Very pretty table!

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  5. I love the blue willow with the asian touch to the tablescape, I have been wanting to try one, it is so wonderful, thanks for sharing your creativity....I am a new follower....come visit

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  6. It was fun to come across your tablescape for a unique one combining fall with the Asian look. Terrific! Your blue willow dishes are perfect with the other colours you used!

    DD

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  7. Beautiful blue and white table for fall. I think blue and white works for any season. You certainly used it with style here!

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  8. This, I LOVE! I am such a fan of blue and white, and it's so beautiful in this setting! Thank you for sharing this ... I'm having a giveaway worth $175 you're GOING TO LOVE LOVE LOVE! Please stop by soon - it ends quick! Thanks for sharing, and inspiring! :)

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  9. Anita I was wondering when I would see a Oriental table this is so pretty. Everything is splendrous!!! Have a wonderful evening! thanks for sharing it all with me/us.

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  10. I love that this is a 3 generation china collection! I also love the chopsticks-myabe if I owned some this lovely, I could master the art of eating with them!

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  11. Thank you so much for visiting my blog, I have been doing this for about 1 month, so I am also new. I just kept trying to learn along the way....yours is wonderful already...thanks for sharing...

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  12. Chopsticks are so pretty and add such detail to your pretty TS. I have to say that your header is just lovely!
    Joyce

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  13. I really did enjoy your fall table with Blue Willow. Love those goblets!

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  14. Oh how pretty! Love your blue with the fall oranges, great job!
    Happy Fall,
    Linda Q

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  15. The blue and white with the brown and tan is a nice change that I will have to try with my own blue and white dishes. Very nice. Thanks for sharing your first table with us. Come visit.

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  16. I have some of those same dishes. I love how you combined the blue, brown and orange. HEY, I don't know how you eat with those slippery kind of chopsticks--I have one pair that I also purchased when I was in Japan---but we prefer some brown wooden ones which I purchased as a teen in Chinatown, NYC. I just can't seem to eat well with the non-wooden ones. Love the bowls--they are elegant and your centerpiece is beautiful too!!

    My house blog is spindle cottage so if you click my comment it won't bring you directly there since I have more than one blog.

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  17. Beautiful post! My MIL has a lot of blue willow and I hope to be featuring them on TT soon! You did a great job!

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  18. Very pretty! Love the flowers, and blue dishes! The recipe sounds good too!

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  19. I love the Japanese chopsticks and rests.

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