Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Mr. & Mrs. Tablescape




The beautiful Mr. & Mrs. cardinals outside my kitchen window have given me inspiration for my tablescape this week. Surprise, surprise.....more cardinals ;o) 







During the bleakness of winter, the cardinals are the constant color at our feeder. 




And who could pass up a bargain on these cardinal plates. You know you wouldn't be able to resist them either. One of my favorite locally owned gift shops was having a sale on their Christmas items last week. A 75% off sale!  They only had two dinner plates and four salad plates but I am content with a table for two. The plates are made by Park Designs and called "Cardinale".  I love the wide, textured rim on the plate


A while back, I found a Petite Waffle maker marked down to $10 at Tuesday Morning so I grabbed it in a "heartbeat".  It's a deep pocked waffle iron, so I made Belgian waffles. You can mix additional ingredients into the waffle batter, so I tried raspberries with good results. I also kept some plain and froze them for a quick breakfast.  Anything heart shaped tastes better anyways. 



We have a two tiered glass cart that we use on our back deck when dining al fresco, so I bring it indoors for the winter and use it to set up tablescapes in our sun porch.  



The black and white table runner that I received as a gift is getting a LOT of use. Last week, it was used in the rooster tablescape



Thank you for stopping by! I love reading your comments!
I'm joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for
Tablescape Thursday. What a wonderful host Susan is!


Debbie

32 comments:

  1. Debbie, Love your table today. The cardinals are a beautiful inspiration during the dormant winter landscape! We had a few come visit last year, but so far this year not a one. I love your new dishes..you not only got a steal, but you also got some beauties. Your table today is perfect. the runner is a great accent!

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  2. I love your new cardinal plates, Debbie! The textured border is beautiful. I'll have to look for that Valentine blend tea ;)

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  3. Those plates are beautiful! Very pretty table. At first I thought you got Joe to set the table with you, LOL. I can't even get M to look at my blog or tables!
    Just the food!

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  4. OOO, Debbie, this is so so pretty. I just love your cardinal plates.
    and those waffles are just adorable. I have a 75.00 CSN gift code and I wonder if they have a waffle iron like this/ I will check right away.
    You always have the best inspiration for me. :)))
    Oh, and if ever your Mr. MB goes to look at WHITE paint chips, he will realize white IS a color and there's a million different shades.
    I have used White Linen for 20 years, too.

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  5. Pretty plates, Debbie! I love those waffles, would love a stack, good idea with the raspberries!

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  6. Great plates for a winter meal! I like the textured border...sorry you couldn't find more dinner plates.

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  7. No, I don't think I could have passed up those plates -- the texture on them is so unusual. I always love anything in red. Joni

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  8. Oh, your heart shaped waffles are getting me in the mood for Valentine's Day! LOVE your toile runner and all of the red you use. Gorgeous photos!

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  9. You know how much I love this setting, LOL! What a beautiful tablescape - those cardinal plates were a "Kathleen worthy" bargain at 75% off! I agree with you the thick textured border really is striking.
    Red, black & white is becoming one of my favorite color combinations as well.

    How did you like the taste of the chocolate & rosebuds tea? I have never heard of anything like it.

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  10. Very pretty table. I love redbirds. That couple is so cute.
    D

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  11. Your cardinal table looks lovely! They are one of my favorite birds. The black and red combination is classic. You put everything together so beautifully! ~Susie

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  12. Yet another pretty table from you! I loved last week's table, and this week I think is even prettier. Those cardinal dishes are wonderful. You can use them at Christmas and all through the year. Love them with the black and white.

    And I love those cute heart shaped waffles!

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  13. Nothing says winter like cardinals. Your table looks warm and inviting for a cold evening. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Your table is a beauty. Cardinal plates, perfect. I never hesitate to buy two of a setting. It's usually the two of us eating anyway, plus, much cheaper to buy two, isn't it?
    Your waffles - yum. Makes me want to pull out my iron right now.
    You did a lovely job and have given me new inspiration.
    Linda

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  15. Those cardinals are stunning! I want to make these waffles for Valentines. They are beautiful and I am a huge raspberry kind of girl. What a fun table.

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  16. Debbie, that is just SO cute! And I am wild over those cardinal dishes. I think they are some of the cutest I've seen. And the heart-shaped waffles make the the perfect romantic setting. Great job!

    Happy Tablescape Thursday...

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  17. Wow! Love your table. Those plates are amazing. Not only is the cardinal beautiful but the border is amazing. You're so fortunate to have such lovely visitors.

    - The Tablescaper

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  18. Love your table, love those dishes, WANT that waffle iron! Lovely!

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  19. I LOVE the heart-shaped waffles! Those are so sweet!!!!!

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  20. I love your cardinal tablescape! Beautiful. What a great sweetheart breakfast.

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  21. Debbie,
    What an amazing use of red, white and black with cardinal accents!I adore those plates, we sold them in the Antique store where I work. Not only did they move quickly. .. we had none for the after~ Christmas Sale. Lucky lady to find them at such a reasonable price! Thank you for this gorgeous post!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  22. Oh My, this is SUCH a WONDERFUL post!!! I LOVE how you started with the beautiful cardnals(I never could understand why they STAY SO RED in the middle of winter with NO CAMOUFLAGE,I always worry about them out there GLOWING). Everything about your tablescape is PERFECT, I LOVE THOSE DISHES!!! and the little waffles are wonderful, Mmmmm, Yummy!
    Thank you SO MUCH for the beautiful peek at your world.
    Warm Winter Hugs to you,
    Donna

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  23. Debbie, what a gorgeous table! Those cardinal plates are just perfect -- wonderful border design! And those waffles look so cute -- and delicious!

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  24. First off: I just love your cardinal photography -- just breath-taking those birds are! And your new china for two is beautiful! Thank you for sharing. Rebecca

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  25. Debbie...

    I love your cardinals inside and out!!! Your dishes are beautiful and I am so curious as to where you shop in the area.

    Your waffles looks wonderful, especially in the heart shape...great for valentine's day!

    Tess

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  26. The quilted border on your new plates is the perfect compliment to the cardinals in the center. Love the mix of the red, black, and red. Thank you for sharing your delightful design. Cherry Kay

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  27. Debbie,
    Thank you for your sweet comment and visit today On Crooked Creek. You'll be seeing those placemats again in the near future! Stop by again, soon!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  28. Oh I love the cardinals Debbie!
    You have the most unique collection of dishes!
    I know it's a JOY to sit and ENJOY those adorable waffles at your lovely table!
    I just love to watch the birds feed!
    Stay cozy!
    Snuggles to KiKi!
    Love Tersa

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  29. Beautiful, Debbie! Thanks, I can never have enough cardinals.

    Just tonight Ken asked me how is my friend in Utica, I don't talk about her so much anymore. I said we're still friends and I'll talk to her tonight and say hello!

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  30. Hey, Debbie girl...hope things are ok..I see you haven't posted in awhile.
    I am about to start on a few projects around my cottage so I may not be posting quite as often, either. :)
    hugs, bj

    O...I have only 1 little pie birdie and I would LOVE to start a little collection of them...I just love 'em.

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  31. Love the new plates and especially the bowls :-) Great find! I always love your tablescapes. Is that the tea in your glasses? I'm curious :-)

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