Monday, December 13, 2010

Through the Woods to Grandmother's House

A cherished Angel holds the place of honor at the center of our table setting.

She adorns our fireside table along with some earthy treasures, burlap and favorite white cloths from my grandmother.

I'm joining Cuisine Kathleen for her second blog anniversary, and she suggested that we create a white tablescape for her event. Her instructions were quite simple "White dishes, white linens with silver or gold accessories. Greenery can be used too. You can bend the rules, it's a free country! :) Or white food if you aren't into dishes!" The needlepoint Angel on plastic canvas was made by my grandmother. It was the inspiration for this white tablescape. 

Cute white sandwich plates from the Village Basement second hand shop.

 Sugar cookies are just coming out of the oven, and we'll enjoy them with a cup of tea. 

 My grandmother loved linens, and would be thrilled to know I am using them.

 Powdered Sugar Cookies (Polvorones Sevillanos) are my son's favorite Christmas cookies. When he was taking Spanish in high school, he signed me up to make cookies for a class party. The teacher gave him the recipe, they are typical Spanish cookies and are of Arab origin. The recipe also stated that just about every country in the Western world has some version of a sugar cookie. Sevilla is famous for its cookies, but they are also found throughout Spain. The Spanish sometimes serve these cookies in the afternoon to guests accompanied by a glass of anisette liquer. They are simple to make and include butter, egg yolk, powdered sugar, flour, cinnamon and a tablespoon of brandy. We'll munch on a few with our tea, and the rest will be making a delivery ;o) The picture was taken after dark, so the quality is not very good.

Bird cloche purchased from Hobby Lobby.
Brown sparrow covered mug and strainer purchased from The Teapot Shoppe.

The Christmas tree in our entry hall is adorned with magical white lights, sparkly white and gold poinsettias and shimmering ribbon.

Thank you for your visit,
Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. Beautiful! First off I love the sentiment behind this tablescape using items from your grandmothers. The angel is gorgeous as are the beautiful linens. Secondly, as a nature lover myself, I love the natural treasures surrounding the angel and of course the bird cloche and teacups.

    Gorgeous - all of it!

  2. Beautiful, Debbie! I just love the Angel! Such pretty things, I love the cloche! And your tree is just beautiful!

    Wishing you very happy days! Merry Christmas, Debbie, to you and yours!

  3. How beautiful, and what sentiment! I love that angel! Thank you for joining in the White Christmas Party!

  4. Oh it does look so pretty. I love your little bird cup. And, now I want some sugar cookies and a little cordial...I don't like anisette very much so perhaps I would settle for some Bailey's.

  5. OOO, I love the angel, the cup, the beautiful linens, the COOKIES...:)Beautiful post.

  6. What a treasure to have your grandmother's handmade angel! I know she's smiling, seeing you enjoy her beautiful linens, as well. Lovely table!

  7. Just simply lovely!

  8. Your grandmothers linens are so beautiful and the angel is such a wonderful treasure! In peeking into other homes in blogland I find that the things most people treasure most are the decorations a loved one made by hand. They are irreplacable aren't they? Wonderful tablescape!

  9. What a dear angel and linens from your grandmother, Debbie! I love Polverones or Almond Crescent-type cookies too (except when I choke on the powdered sugar - LOL).

    What a darling tea cup and your tree is gorgeous!

  10. What a sweet little bird cloche and cookies. They look delicious and would taste so good with a cup of tea.
    Your tree is lovely and the staircase is done up very prettily, too.
    Hugs, Cindy

  11. How nice that you have used your grandmother's sweet little angel and gorgeous linens...I am sure she is smiling down on you. Cute bird cloche...the cookies look delicious.
    I see some MC on your beautiful tree!

  12. Debbie...what treasures you have from your grandmother! I just love your table and those little birdy cups are gorgeous!

    CHRISTmas Blessings!

  13. Your tablecloth is exquisite! I have some old pieces from my grandmother, but nothing like this! Treasure it.

  14. Hello Debbie,
    you inherited a lot of wonderful treasures. And you set so charming vignettes with them. Your grandmother would all love them as much as I do.
    Greetings, Johanna

  15. Aren't family treasures just the very best! The angel makes me smile. Your grandmama was blessed to have a granddaughter who honored her like you do. I too, am an advocate for vintage, antique linens. They bring such a wonderful substance to our tables. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Merry Christmas! Cherry Kay


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