Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Summer Dinner Table

I have spent many months not being able to blog , actually not being able to post my photos . One of the more interesting aspects of blogging but as of yesterday the problem was resolved .  An easy "fix" but I continued to try to fix it myself . The more I tried the more frustrated I got and I not only had given up on blogging but also on photography . Yes , I had become very frustrated . Yesterday my husband had a new computer placed in his at home office so the tech people who does all of his work at his office came to our home to install his new computer . While the tech guy was here I told him , "Don't get away without looking at my computer" . It took him all of two minutes . Why oh why didn't I have him look at it before this .  
Welllllllll, I am just happy to be able to blog again.  For my first blogging post in several months I am going to join Susan's  blogging party , Tabletop Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch .

In our area of North Florida it is so very hot, triple digits often , and humid .  We are unable to eat al-fresco right now because of our intense summer heat . However , my favorite place to serve dinner is on my screened porch but that will have to wait until we get cooler temperatures , hopefully soon .

A Summer Dining Table 

During the summer I use more blue and white in decorating and also for table settings . For a casual dinner it is often in our breakfast room/reading room. Blues have such a cool to the eye quality .

A casual area of your home requires a casual table setting . Blue woven placemats , hotel silver , and French napkins .

The salad plates came from Nell Hills in Atchison, Kansas, some have birds on them while others have bumble bees in black and white . Nell Hills is owned by Mary Carol Garrity . She is an interior decorator and writer of numerous books which I have all of them . A dear friend who lives in Kansas made me  aware of Mary Carol and I have been a fan ever since . The white dinner plate is Vilroy & Boch , my everyday pattern and my favorite since I can use them with most any theme or color combination .
Carrying out the theme of bugs and birds , my napkin rings are iron and painted with a stressed look to make them look old . They are a favorite of mine and the napkins are French .
The little bird salt and pepper shakers may also have come from Nell Hills . I've had them so long I can't remember but they are a nice addition to that botanical theme . I love the little iron basket carrier .

The stemware I bought many years ago while vacationing near Apalachicola, FL . The shop has since closed . It is so sad that so many wonderful little gift shops have had to close in our economy situation . This is a little shop I have missed every time I visit Apalachicola .

My centerpiece was put together with hydrangeas from my garden . These are called Limelight's and they are a late bloomer . I love the almost green ones . When they are first blooming they are white but as they age turn this lovely lime green . I love the contrast and they are similar in shape to an Oakleaf hydrangea but are longer lasting .

A Summer Dinner Table, a simple and casual dinner for four .

To see other participants of Tablescape Thursday you can click HERE . Thank you for visiting my blog .


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

After many months of not being able to post on my blog , I am relieved and happy to say that the problem has been resolved . Now to get busy taking some more photos and I will hopefully be posting again soon.