27 December 2014

Holidays and Inbetween











Fringed Tulips


While shopping for groceries, I saw these. I didn't purchase them, even though my heart skipped a beat when I saw them. I took a photo,
because I had never seen a bouquet of delightful fringed tulips in ballet pink.












We had a wonderful Christmas. It was only the three of us, because three of my sisters and their kids were here on Thanksgiving. My daughter and I set the table off the kitchen, while my spouse prepared dinner.










I used simple Ikea kitchen towels for napkins. Everything except the plates were second hand finds. I found the silverware at a second hand store too...  It is  missing a place setting, but so is my set of four settings from when I was married.  This "set"  has seven settings, and when I brought it home, my daughter said, "mom you said you were missing a set, so I can't understand why you would purchase something missing a set."  Well for all, I paid less than the price of one new silver-plated place setting, and it will be okay when one goes missing.








These plates were my daughter's gift to me. I love them. She knows how I love unusual plates and bowls. There are four of these plates and each has a different animal pair.
They will look pretty on top of our blue or mint vintage plates,
but for Christmas they were alone.









And we put out the stable; my mother gave this to me piece by piece over many years.


We are just taking the days slowly, and enjoying the few cooler days we have, before it warms.
I hope everyone's holidays are beautiful and shared with someone close.






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66 comments:

  1. Your day sounds lovely and your table is so pretty! We had a family filled Christmas as well. It was extra special this year, as we had a two new babies to spoil! Babies and Christmas just seem to go together! :) Happy New Year, Su!

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    1. The babies to hold and play with sound wonderful! xoox

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  2. everything here is so wonderful - the flowers, the plates, the peace.

    happy holidays to you!

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    1. Thank you, Sarah. It was peaceful compared to Thanksgiving. xoox

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  3. I too, have enjoyed these cooler days as we always know what's coming! The dishes your daughter gave you are so pretty. I bought two fun dishes this year for my son and I to use. You nativity set is beautiful, Su! Blessings, Cindy

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    1. Thank you, Cindy. Don't we!!! It's so fun to have a few new special dishes to use throughout the year, because it makes meals special. I think it is becoming a tradition here. xoox Su

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  4. The tulips are beautiful - I can see why your heart skipped a beat. Your table is very lovely. I also love unusual plates too. So glad that your Christmas was wonderful.
    Happy New Year.
    Mary

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    1. Thank you, Mary. Unusual plates are so much fun. Happy New Year to you. xoox

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  5. I have never seen tulips like that before but they look pretty special to me. I am sure it was hard to pass them up. Your Christmas table was very sweet and lovely. And the plates your daughter gave you are beautiful. What a thoughtful gift. I do love to shop at Ikea for dish towels. They always have a nice selection.

    Wishing you and your family a blessed 2015.

    Janet

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    1. Thank you, Janet. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. xoox

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  6. Oh my, those pink tulips are stunning! I can see why your heart skipped a beat :)

    Beautiful table, dear Su - thanks for sharing with us. Hugs!

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    1. Thank you, Stephanie. Happy New Year to you and your family and blessings during this Christmas season. xoox

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  7. Those are amazing tulips! I'm so glad you got the photo. Photos don't die. :-) And I love a Nativity that has the added meaning of being given by a loved one over time. Mine is the same. Love it!

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    1. Thank you, Judy. That's why I took the photo. I agree the nativity is pretty special .xoox

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  8. Oh those plates your daughter gave you are just adorable! I have never seen such tulips before...very pretty and interesting. Lovely table setting! xoxoxo Jen

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    1. Thank you, Jen. I was walking by Whole Foods on my way to Trader Joe's when I spotted them. xoox

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  9. Your daughter's gifts are so beautiful and perfect for your cozy celebration! How wonderful to have the nativity collected from your Dear Mother over time - it is so lovely! Everything looks perfect, even the 'imperfect' number of silver settings. Wishing you the most blessed of New Year wishes, my friend. Hugs xo Karen

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  10. I never saw this kind of tulips before.

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    1. Thank you, J. Whole Foods had them on the sidewalk. I saw them as I was on my way to Trader Joe's. xoxo

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  11. Thank you for your good wishes. Your tulips are very pretty and the table setting with the plates from your daughter is so elegant. The Nativity scene with pieces that were given to you over many years by your dear Mother is special. Enjoy the quiet time.
    Linda :)

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    1. Thank you, Linda. Blessings of the season and a happy, and healthy New Year. xooox

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  12. Beautiful tulips you noticed. Can you grow tulips in your garden or are the winter not cold enough? Your christmas table was really lovely dressed.

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    1. I had to look that up, Anne, because I have never seen them grown in the desert. I have seen them in San Diego, but that is a Mediterranean climate. It said I could chill them for six to eight weeks, but I would have to plant them in early January. Too late for this year. We have raised beds, they couldn't go into the ground, because the dirt is cliche, which is clay. xoxo Great question.

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  13. The plates are very charming. Such a wonderful gift. Sounds like a nice Christmas. Oh, those tulips, never seen anything like them. Very pretty.

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    1. Thank you, Jenny. Someone further down said the bulbs come from Oregon. xoox

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  14. Your tulips and your table are very pretty and lovely. Happy New Year!
    Kisses
    Alessandra

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  15. Beautiful tulips and the tabble looks so cosy and inviting. Love

    Hugs from here

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    1. Thank you, Bente. Blessing of the seasons. xoox

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  16. I'm glad you had a lovely Christmas. That plant is stunning!!! and I love your dishes too.

    Have a happy new year Su!

    xox

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    1. Thank you, Anne. A commenter in my feed said you can get the bulbs from Oregon. xoox

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  17. What beautiful plates....I've never seen any like these! And the flowers are so unusual and pretty. Hope your day is nice my friend! Hugs, Diane

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  18. What a lovely gift from your daughter, very unique and stunning. LOVE them.
    We had a rather quiet Christmas day as one of our family members came down with gastro.
    Those tulips...are amazing. :)

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    1. Thank you, Donna. Oh no. I'm sorry someone got sick! I hope every one else stayed well. xoxo

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  19. What a great day. Love those tulips I have never seen those before. Great will power I do not think I could have passed on those. They are so different and pretty.
    I love the plates they are super sweet. Sometimes those quiet dinners are the best. Have a great week as we head on to the new year.
    Kris

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    1. Thank you, Kris. You too, but you are going to be busy! xoox

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  20. What lovely tulips-Happy New Year!

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  21. Your Christmas looks like it was sweet and quiet. I love the use of the Ikea kitchen towels, they look so chic done up that way! I am envious of your small 3 person Christmas, I am so exhausted after jumping from my mom's family, to my partner's, to my dad's. So glad to rest now :) Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer. I'm glad I didn't have to do what you had to do. With all the visiting on Thanksgiving that was quite a bit until the next time people visit from out of town. xoox

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  22. Your table is beautiful, Su, and I love the plates your daughter gave you. As I've said before, she has great taste. . .just like her mother. I've never seen fringed tulips before. They're gorgeous; so unusual. Your nativity is lovely. I'm glad you had a beautiful Christmas. Enjoy this special time of peace and relaxation. xxx ~ Nancy

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    1. Thank you, Nancy. She does. Rose L. says they are grown in Oregon and they also sell the bulbs! xoxo

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  23. Cute Christmas plates. The tulips are grown here in Oregon and thye even sell the bulbs!

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    1. Thank you, Rose. They are spectacular and how wonderful! I don't know if it gets cold enough here to grow them. I've never seen yards with tulips here.

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  24. Merry Christmas
    I just love your photos.
    The plates are so fun, I just love nature, so I do love your plates.

    Happy New Year,
    Carla

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  25. Your table looks lovely.

    I have lots of sets that are missing a piece or two, but I like mixing and matching.

    I am hoping that IKEA makes those dish towels with blue one day. I have dozens of them in white with red.

    Happy New Year

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    1. Thank you, Carol. Me too. Happy New Year to you and your family. xoox

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  26. The silverware is really lovely and I understand why you purchased it, missing set and all! Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you, Magali. I love your sensibility and your eye. xoox

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  27. Oh my goodness, I have never seen anything like those fringed tulips. They are beautiful. And what a sweet daughter you have. Those plates are adorable. Lovely silverware, plates and napkins made for a lovely tablescape. Wishing you a very Happy New Year.

    Hugs,
    ❤️Ana

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    1. Thank you, Ana. A reader named Rose told me you can buy the bulbs in Oregon. xoox

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  28. Happy Holidays! I am loving the touch of blue on your table, the silverware is exquisite and the pot with the pretty flower adds a nice fresh touch. Thank you for sharing!

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  29. Lovely photos! Those gorgeous tulips certainly make me wish for a very early spring this year!
    I am so glad you took a photo of them for all of us to enjoy. Many thanks.

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    1. Thank you, Judith. Happy and Healthy New Year to you and your family. xoox

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  30. The plates are so beautiful that I would be afraid to eat from them, I would just keep them on some shelf. Everything looks beautiful :)

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    1. Thank you, Rory. I know; she did buy these new. But I mostly have vintage plates, so I can enjoy using the plates. Happy New Year! xoox

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  31. Beautiful photos of such a special Christmas.
    These fringed tulips are delightful, and our new Whole Foods is just about to open! Can't wait.
    Happy New Year,
    Jemma

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  32. Oooooo I love the tulips! And your table vignettes! Visiting your little cottage always makes me happy, Su.

    Your daughter has fantastic taste….the plates are perfect. I also LOVE your turquoise bucket! It looks like it was made for your home….so cute…

    Happy New Year!
    xo,
    RJ

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    1. Thank you, RJ. It's fun to see girls come into their own taste. xoox

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  33. I adore those plates, what a beautiful gift!

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