Tuesday, October 28, 2014

FABBY: October Rosary Gathering

Hello sweet friends:

Here is another month ending and as many of you know I host the last Wednesday of every month a Rosary prayer with some friends. Therefore, tomorrow is the last Wednesday of October and have set the breakfast table and the formal dinner table to accommodate the 14 ladies that will attend.

Some friends might remember that last August when we went to Peru for a short vacation I bought this pretty Indian tablecloth with elephants; so I´m using it for the first time tomorrow, paired with my red and white transfer ware tea set.

The round table was set with the 'balsa wood' placemats I bought a couple of months ago too and my Mil's antique dishes from her wedding.

With that said, here are my settings for tea after prayers.

I found out the elephant Indian tablecloths are called 'Mandalas.'

The tablecloth was originally 7 inches to short, length wise for my long dinner table; but the sides were very long, so I had a 7' piece cut from the sides of the cloth... and added to the length and it turned out perfect and had the piece with the elephants sewn back on in the four sides of the cloth.

There were a small pieces of material left from the corners from where it was cut too and I had made 8 cute small tea, or cocktail napkins. You can see them in the pics.

I am very happy as how it turned out; the seamstress I know is very talented to figure out everything I want, lol!

I will use baskets for bread and platters for cheese, along with jam bowls, but didn't want to place them today so you can appreciate the full tablecloth's print, I love...and all the work I had made to lengthen it...hehehe

Here you can see at left the cute little cocktail napkin.


Now the tablecloth still has elephants on all the four sides!

To sort of add more whimsy to my 'elephant' theme tea table... I placed some cute elephant figurines that were my dear Mil's because she always loved them and I know she would have loved this cloth!
I used some of the yellow roses my Bil sent me for my birthday last week, before they start wilting away.

Some more elephant figurines.

Next time I post the rosary for November, you will see it all done up for the Holidays.

My pretty 'vintage French' round table Alejandro bought a few months ago was set with the 'balsa wood' place mats, as I just love how the cutwork shows the wood of the table through them.

The dishes here are antique from my In-law's wedding, circa 1940. A complete set for 24 place settings originally.

Again, here too I used the reticulated-cut work dinner plates as chargers with the cake plate on top.

The glass lazy-susan will not only contain tomorrow what's here, (removing the flowers) but the bread and cheese plates and bread basket as well.

The small bowls with handles are for the jams.

I love how the cutwork shows through the wood of the table!

The reticulated plate as charger as well, paired with the cake plates from my Mil's antique dishes, made in the USA and from her wedding in 1940!

Thank you so much for your sweet and kind visits my friends, as you always make my day.

Thanking the lovely hostesses for having me at their great parties; specially to the ones that have featured me this week, and are so supportive... I can't thank you enough for the honor!


A Creative Princess
Share Your Cup Thursday
Where Bloggers Create
Fabulous Fall Round Up
Bouquet of Talent Sunday

I will be joining this week:

Wow Us Wednesday   www.savvysouthernstyle.net
Wake up Wednesday   www.godsgrowinggarde.com
Fabulously Fall Linky Party   http://myjourneyback-thejourneyback.blogspot.com
Tuesday Garden Party   http://creativecountrymom.blogspot.com
Wednesdays Adorned from Above   www.adornedfromabove.com
Centerpiece Wednesday   http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com
Vintage Linky Party   http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com
Mod Mix Monday   http://modvintagelife.blogspot.com
What's It Wednesday   http://ivyandelephants.blogspot.com

Wildly Original Linky Party   http://igottacreate.blogspot.com
Home and Garden Thursday   www.adelightsomelife.com
Create it Thursday   www.lambertslately.com
It's a Party   http://acreativeprincess.blogspot.com
The Homemaking Party   www.hopeineveryseason.com
Grace at Home    www.impartinggrace.com
Tablescape Thursday   http://betweennapsontheporch.net
Home Sweet Home   http://thecharmofhome.blogspot.com
Before and After Wednesday   www.thededicatedhouse.com
The Inspiration Gallery   www.craftberrybush.com


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

FABBY: An Autumn Dinner Party

Hello sweet friend!

        This Thursday night we are hosting a dinner party for eight, therefore I decided on setting my table with the dishes I designed in Mr. Living's former Ceramic Factory-Monte Turi. The pottery dishes are an inspiration on the indigenous women of Ecuador's embroidered beautiful apparel.

The pottery has hand decorated birds, flowers and orange Fall tones, along with cobalt blue; so I decided my friends will love them, as they are not on sale anymore.

The dough bowl is arranged with mostly pinecones and small gourds around it to match. You will probably see my dough bowl from here to the holidays, lol..

Anyhow, let's get on with the pics instead!

Here it goes.

Dishes by Ceramica Monte Turi; our former factory.

Dough bowl decorated with pinecones, gourds, little pumpkins and orange candle...flanked by antique, church bronze candle sticks gifted to us by my dear Mil way, way back.

Hand made place mats that look like daisies, or lets just call them 'sunflowers' for today.

I will be serving cream of veggies, as I love it on a chilly evening.

Stroganoff, baked potatoes and a green salad, for a second course. 
Pumpkin pie for dessert. Tea or coffee.

The place set: dinner plate, salad plate and cream bowl with handles.

Oil and Vinegar bottles.

Gravy boat...I once did a post on the 350 pieces this china set has.

A little salt seller with real gourds and a ceramic rustic pumpkin.

In the other side, another rustic green ceramic pumpkin with real gourds and a salt shaker.

The beautiful yellow roses was a gift for my b'day last Monday from my Bil, who owns a professional rose farm called "Altaflor."

The napkin holders look like candy cause they are orange glass rings.

There's something 'primitive' about wood bread bowls that I just love about them!

I added green water glasses for an extra pop of color.

Love my bread bowl, so I'm keeping it for the holidays too and will be replacing the orange candle for a green come C'mas.

The amber wine stems are Italian.

I'm also keeping my bread bowl for my next Rosary gathering next Wednesday.

Thank you sweet friends for your kind comments, as you always make my day!

Thanking the gracious and lovely hostesses for having me at their great parties and specially to the kind and generous ladies that honor in featuring my posts.

Marty for Inspire Me Tuesday
FABULOUS Fall Linky Party
Jann for Share your Cup Thursday
Terri for A Creative Princess
Richella for Grace at Home


I will be joining:

Have a daily Cup of Mrs. Olson   http://jannolson.blogspot.com
Wednesday's Adorned from Above   www.adornedfromabove.com
I's a Party   http://acreativeprincess.blogspot.com
Home and Garden Thursday   www.adelightsomelife.com
Tablescape Thursday   http://betweennapsontheporch.net
Creative Ways Party   www.posedperfection.com
What's it Wednesday   www.blogger.com
Thursday Favorite Things   http://katherinescorner.com
The Homemaking Party   www.hopeineneryseason.com
TUESDAYS AT OUR HOME   http://mariaelenasdecor.blogspot.com
Inspire Me Tuesday   www.astrollthrulife.net

Simple and Sweet Fridays   http://rotedinthyme.blogspot.com
Grace at Home   www.impartinggrace.com
Home Sweet Home   http://thecharmofhome.blogspot.com
The Inspiration Gallery   www.craftberrybush.com
Before and After Wednesday   www.thededicatedhouse.com
Junking Joe and Party   http://thecottagemarket.com
Saturday Show Off   http://malevikrosentradgard.blogspot.com
Say G'Day Saturday   www.natashainoz.com
Say G'Day Saturday   http://whatsonthelist.net
CLIMB   http://sewcraftyangel.blogspot.com
The Bouquet of Talent   www.lifeonlakeshoredrive.com

Saturday Sparks Party   http://piecedpastimes.blogspot.com
DIY Showcase Linky Party   www.vmg206.com
Social Media Mixer   http://sewcraftyangel.blogspot.com
Creative Mondays   www.clairejustinexoxo.com
Make it Monday   http://distresseddonnadownhome.blogspot.com
Amaze Me Monday   www.dwellings-theheartofyourhome.com
Inspire Me Monday   www.createwithjoy.com
A Return to Loveliness   www.adelightsomelife.com
Tuesdays at our Home   http://mariaelenasdecor.blogspot.com
Show and Share   http://linda-coastalcharm.blogspot.com

THE SCOOP at:   www.stonegableblog.com  www.cedarhillfarmhouse.com 
http://confessionsofaplateaddict.blogspot.com   www.worthingcourtblog.com


Sunday, October 19, 2014

FABBY: "Little Fall Touches"

Hello sweet friends!

Now that my sweet darling grand- girls went back to their home last Thursday; besides missing them a lot, I've been cleaning, washing and putting things in order in my house.

Along the way, I also decorated here and there with 'little Fall touches' not much, but I love to see the pop of orange, it simply makes me happy!

Hope you like it.

The friends that follow me might remember  I (had to buy it) bought this gorgeous cobalt blue crystal Murano compote back in June when I lost the 'Soccer World Cup' bet!

I sprayed painted some dry little pumpkins I kept from last year... pine cones and gourds a month ago and so I placed them here.

I also dragged out from storage my bread dough bowl and decorated it with just pine cones of every size and some gold ones, as well.

I will be using it as a centerpiece for my Tksgiving table this year.
For the holidays I will replace the orange candle for a green, red...or a gold one.
Some small touches of Fall in the dining room buffet on my Meissen two tier server, since I always keep it here.
A small bouquet of sweet pansies.

Love the pansies bouquet...now that today is my birthday, lol...

In the other side of the buffet I arranged flowers in my other Meissen piece; again with some little pumpkins and gourds...and ducky, of course.

The mantel with blue and white Dutch Delft pieces.

This antique, Egyptian piece I love and is one of my very fav; it was a gift Mr. Living gave me for my birthday nine years ago, therefore, I arranged a vignette for my birthday too, which is today, as you read this post; Oct. 20th..., along with my Royal Albert October teacup that my dear Mil left me, as her own birthday was the following day from mine.

I 'm honoring her too with this small vignette. 

Everything is mostly pink for my birthday, and to honor 'Breast Cancer Month'... like the tall German urn, the vintage French soldier marmalade bowl, the 'Capodimonte' tray with putti and finally my 'Royal Albert' heirloom teacup. 

Thank you so much sweet ladies for your lovely visits, as you always make my day!

Thanking the lovely gracious hostesses for having me at their great parties...and specially to the generous and supportive ladies that honor me, featuring my posts and they are:

Ma. Elena for Tuesdays at our Home
Clairejustine for Creative Monday  


I will be joining this week:

Amaze Me Monday   www.dewllings-theheartofyourhome.com
Make it Pretty Monday   www.thedeicatedhouse.com
Inspire Me Tuesday   www.astrollthrulife.net
Make it Monday   http://distresseddonnadownhome.blogspot.com
The Sunday Showcase   www.bystephanielynn.com
Art Reveal and Linky Party   http://boogieboardcottage.blogspot.com
Inspire Me Monday   www.createwithjoy.com
A Return to Loveliness   www.adelightsomelife.com
Show and Share Party   http://linda-coastalcharm.blogspot.com
Tea cups and some Favorite Things   www.marthasfavorites.com

The Pin Junky Blogiversary   http://livingthegourmet.com
Tuesday Cuppa Tea   www.antiquesandteacups.com
Bernideen's Tea Time Blog    http://blog.bernideen.com
You're Gonna Love it Tuesday   www.kathewithane.com
Tuesdays with a Twist   www.godsgrowinggarden.com
The SCOOP   www.stonegable.com
Fabulous Fall Linky Party   http://myjourneyback-myjourneyback.blogspot.com
Woe Us Wednesday   http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net
Vintage Inspiration Party   http://bec-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com
What We Accomplished Wednesday   www.greenwillowpond.com

Centerpiece Wednesday   http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com
PINK Saturday   http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com
Saturday Show Off   http://malevikrosentradgard.blogspot.com
Anything BLUE Friday   www.thededicatedhouse.com
Metamorphosis Monday   http://betweennapsontheporch.net


Monday, October 13, 2014

FABBY: Halloween Tea Party with my G'girls

Hello sweet friends!

Today we had a little Halloween party at our breakfast room's table... and the four of us had a great time!
Actually grandpapa was taking some photos but didn't want to participate in the celeb, lol!

Victoria 10 and Cayetana 7 1/2 helped me set the table, where we had tea, 'Oreo mud cookies' and candy snakes, lol... Of course, after they had pancakes and hot chocolate too...hehehe..  I had coffee, alone!

The girls are going home with their mother and father who are coming to fetch them tomorrow, after staying 10 days with us, therefore, we celebrated Halloween 2014 a little earlier. 

They had no Halloween customs in my house, so I dressed them up with some of my black cloths and a couple of face masks I found...they loved my custom creations, though...hihihi..

Hope you like our Halloween 2014!

I kept the lace tablecloth from my previous post as I was using it lately and placed a Halloween-cobweb on top.

The part the girls loved the best always is to crash the Oreo cookies and make it resemble soil, with the candy snakes protruding from it and than after they can eat them too, lol!

The English buffet all decked out for Halloween!

In the other side, the vintage Belgium buffet set up for the event, as well.

We had tea in the teacups later, plus the girls had pancakes also...not granny, though!

So many creepy-crawlers in the table!

Look at that creepy and scary black 'gargoyle!'

Here are my Halloween stars...Victoria 10 and Cayetana 7 1/2.

Oh...we came back to tell you that the white 'Ghosties bags' are for trick'or treating'...and we made them ourselves.

Victoria is serving tea from a 'black teapot...' of course.

Wearing orange lipstick...hehehe..

They had such fun and so did we!


She's such a hostess, lol..
OMG!...a rotten pumpkin in the witches cauldron!

Our Halloween 2014 tablescape and fun with my G'girls!


Thank you so much for your sweet and kind visits, you always make my day!

Thanking the lovely hostesses for having me at their great parties...and a special thanks to pretty Kathryn, from The Dedicated House who featured me at her great meme: 'Anything BLUE Friday' this week.
Also, thanks for featuring me to lovely Claire Justine ate her fun meme, 'Creative Mondays.'

Thanking a ton for featuring me to sweet Maria Elena from her fabulous meme: "Tuesdays at our Home."


I will be joining:

Make it Pretty Monday   www.thededicatedhouse.com
Tuesdays at our Home   http://mariaelenasdecor.blogspot.com
You're Gonna Love it Tuesday   www.kathewithane.com
The SCOOP   http://confessionsofaplateaddict.com
Amaze Me Monday   www.dwellings-theheartofyourhome.com
Tea Time Tuesday   http://sandimyyellowdoor.blogspot.com
A Return to Loveliness   www.adelightsomelife.com
Tuesdays Cuppa Tea   www.antiquesandteacups.info
Tea in the Garden   www.blogbernideen.com
Inspire Me Tuesday   www.astrollthrulife.net

Halloween Tea Cup Tuesday   www.marthasfavorites.com
Creative Mondays   www.clairejustinexoxo.com
Show and Share   http://linda-blogspot.com
Mod Mix Monday   http://modvintagelife.blogspot.com
Mandarin Orange Monday   www.mandarinorangemonday.com
Tuesdays with a Twist   www.godsgrowinggarden.com
Tuesday Garden Party   http://creativecountrymom.blogspot.com
Fabulous Fall Linky Party   http://myjourneyback-thejourneyback-blogspot.com
Wake up Wednesday   http://sewcraftyangel.blogspot.com
Wow Us Wednesday   www.savvysouthernstyle.net

Centerpiece Wednesday   http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com
Vintage Inspiration   http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com
What's it Wednesday   http://ivyandelephants.blogspot.com
Fall Recipes   www.thecraftysideofsarcasm.com
Real Housewives Round Up   www.housewivesofriverton.com
Share Your Cup Thursday   http://jannolson.blogspot.com
Tablescape Thursday   www.betweennapsontheporch.net
Outdoor Wednesday   http://southerndaydreamer.blogspot.com
It's a Party   http://acreativeprincess.blogspot.com
Creative Ways link Party   www.posedperfection.com
Wildly Original Linky Party   http://igottacreate.blogspot.com
Grace at Home   www.impartinggrace.com
Home and Garden Thursday   www.adelightsomelife.com
Thursday Favorite Things   http://katherinescorner.com
The Homemaking Party  www.hopeineveryseason.com
Foodie Friday   http://designsbygollum.blogspot.com
Home Sweet Home   http://thecharmofhome.blogspot.com
Show and Tell Friday   http://myromantichome.blogspot.com
Friday Favorites   http://thediaryofarealhousewife.blogspot.com
Weekend Blog Hop   www.clairejustinexoxo.com

Mid Month Report and Linky   http://kate-lifeinpieces.blogspot.com
Saturday Show Off   http://malevikrosentradgard.blogspot.com
Say G'Day Saturday   www.natashainoz.com
DIY Inspired Linky Party   http://falksandfun.blogspot.com
Show and Tell Saturday   www.bedifferentactnormal.com
  Linky CLIMB   www.godsgrowinggarden.com
Saturday Sparks   http://piecedpastimes.blogspot.com
Bouquet of Talent   www.lifeonlakeshoredrive.com