Happy Fall 2014

Happy Fall 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014

FABBY: Visiting our Daughter Alexandra

Hello sweet friends!

Alejandro and I have been for almost a week visiting our Miss Living, Alexandra, for her birthday, September 16th.

Here are some photos from the dinner party we did that very evening for her, her boyfriend and us.

I cooked a real great dinner, (if I may say so myself, lol)

Here goes part of Alexandra's beautiful high rise apartment in Quito-Ecuador.

I love her apartment, it's just great and so comfy with two big bedrooms and three baths and of course, laundry room, fabulous storage, lovely kitchen, etc.

We were four for her birthday dinner...Mr. Living, me, Miss Living and her boyfriend.

The gorgeous dishes in pink and green were designed by her at our past Ceramic Co. and the design came from a dwindle embroidered skirt she saw on an indigenous woman and took a picture for me to reproduce it in the china.

Here, at left you can see the style bowl where the pasta with pesto was served as an entree. The small pan contains the Parmesan cheese.
Here is the design of the dinner plate...of course these dishes have lots of pieces!

The salad plate was made in pink to contrast the green in the dinner plate.
Both, are made by potter's wheel and hand decorated as well.
Which mean that both procedures are hand made...as all our dishes from Alejandro's past factory were.

Cream of soup bowl with handle.
For the dinner I served in another style bowl, the pasta I made with pesto.

The dining set is vintage French and upholstered with blue leather, which I love.
I mentioned to Alexandra that blue transferware would look great in the table and she said: 'I don't like that look'...I felt soo sick, lol!

Alexandra has also modern dish wear too... and a set from her grandma she loves, with lots of strawberries...so I can't expect 'everyone' to go for transferware, right?

Isn't this view to die for? Some of the spectacular view from her apartment window, which in real life is so much panoramic and more stunning than what you see here, in the pic! 

Both, in the day time and evening the view is over the top gorgeous, with the highest Andean mountains in the world and snowed up peaks, but down in the city weather is dry, sunny and about 80.

If you'd like a tour of beautiful Quito- Ecuador, I posted a while ago... here is the link:

My dearest birthday girl!

The friends that always follow me know I sent my gorgeous alabaster round table to DD Alex, after hubby bought another lovely vintage French table for our breakfast room. 
Here it is in Alexandra's foyer now! As you enter the house there's a long corridor and at the end you hit the table, so it's perfect here!

Thanks for your sweet and kind comments, as you always make my day!

Thanking the lovely hostesses for having me at their great parties.


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Show and Tell Friday   http://myromantichome.blogspot.com
PINK Saturday   http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com
Say G'Saturday   www.natashainoz.com
What's it Wednesday   http://ivyandelephants.blogspot.com
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Thursdays Favorite Things Blog Hop   http://katherinescorner.com
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Saturday Sparks   http://piecedpastimes.blogspot.com
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The Bouquet of Talent   www.lifeonlakeshoredrive.com


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

FABBY: My Kitchen has Fallen

Hello sweet friends!

I decorated my kitchen for Fall specially cause mother comes for lunch and spends every Wednesday with Alejandro and me.

I've set a table for three, plus the Fall décor my mom loves and reminds her of Astoria-Queens, NY, in the Fall, which is my home town. 

Fall is our favorite time of year where there is a four season climate and here where we live is right now chilly, but for most it feels like Fall, so yes, I feel really ready, lol!

Ok, here is my Fall Kitchen.

I fixed a lunch table for mother who always comes for lunch and to spend the day with Alejandro and me every Wednesday for many years.

The table in our kitchen nook is sort of a butcher block and I kept it from our country home, some 34 years ago... so it's 'almost' vintage now, hehehe

I love that warm rustic look it gives to our kitchen, but I do need to have it sand down and fixed those opened slits caused by so many years of use.

I bought two rustic ceramic pumpkins for $2.50 each; like this green one and the other in a gold tone, at your upper right hand.

I found them in the 'folkloric-art fair' sale the other day.

I also found this adorable wooden tool box in the fair for $12.

Mother loves soup and the custom here is a bigger lunch, starting with a soup and a second meat dish, since dinner is  very light.

Some of you might remember I bought this great shell-roos back in May when we went around the coastal region of Ecuador.

My tool box is done up with gourds and little pumpkins, blue and white dishes and red teacups, and the flatware is inside antique pewter teapot.

The burnt orange, 'straw-shawl' hand made place mats were also bought back at our May vacation. They are hand made little daisy's.

I love the ceramic rustic pumpkins, though!

Looks like the rooster flew up to here now, lol..

The yellow and green ceramic pumpkin in the corner of the sink; is the other one I found at the 'folkloric-art market.'

A very old tarnished pitcher is now my flower vase.

English-Staffordshire red teapot for some tea with dessert.

I love the blue and white transferware dishes paired with the burnt orange place mats.

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

Thanking the lovely and gracious hostesses for having me at their great parties.


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Friday, September 5, 2014

FABBY: Slow Transition to Fall

Hello sweet friends!

          I saw some gourds and small pumpkins in my local grocery store the other day, so I bought some and started to create a few small vignettes around my dining room, just to sort of go into a 'slow transition to Fall'... not that we have a four season weather in this country, mind you, but it's gorgeous out like a warm Fall, very windy and even some leaves are falling from the trees, besides pumpkins, gourds, etc are been sold in the market... and really it's a beautiful time of year around here as well, which always reminds me of Autumn in NYC.

"I am sad about how fast great comedian 'Joan Rivers' past away this week and it looks like maybe she shouldn't have, I've been hearing comments on the news."

" Anyway, she will be missed, I was a huge fan of hers. She had such an immense stamina and energy for a lady of 'just' 81. I simply adored her witted and fast humor, as she played 'Fashion Police' on E-TV and criticized the stars red carpet BAD choice in dressing, lol!

God bless her soul and thank you so much for making us laugh, she did me, for sure! "

Ok, here goes my Fall tweakings..

This vignette is done at the right side of the Italian buffet with gourds and small pumpkins on a Czech Onion bowl and some in the Meissen two tier server.
The teapot is Indischblau-Bavaria, Germany as well.

My collection of blue and white transferware plates and others, such as Dutch ones, Oriental and some are from our former Ceramic Factory, Monte Turi.

To the right wall, (not shown in the pic) there's more plates hanging.


The Onion bowl with such cute gourds and pumpkins that are showing up on the market around here lately too.

On the left side of the Italian buffet; as this piece has two sides with a china cabinet in the center....I arranged some Pink treasures
with the Lady Carlyle three tier server and some gourds on the Meissen bowl with girls playing hide and seek.

The candle holders are Bohemian from the Czech-Republic.

My third vignette is done on my vintage, American nesting tables that were my Mil's.

Some of you might remember I DIYed the blue cake stand a couple of years ago, using a lovely pretty cobalt blue Italian platter and I glued on a small blue bowl for a pedestal.

I did two; the other in crystal, which I gave to DD Sofia.

And my last and fourth Fall vignette is on the antique Egyptian console type.

I used my long cupcake cloche with small pumpkins, along with some antique liquor bottles from Alejandro's parents.

The cute  soldier holding, what looks like a big strawberry, is vintage French. 

I call it a 'slow transition' because there is not much here to indicate BIG FALL, but just some small cute gourds and pumpkins added to some of my fave things around the dining room.

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

Thanking the lovely hostesses for having me at their great parties.


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Sunday, August 31, 2014

FABBY: New Vignette Changes

Hello sweet friends!

Over the weekend I've been tweaking, changing and rearranging some of the vignettes around the house.

 I was tired and bored with the old look, it screamed UP DATE ME!!! 

I had for so long the same things on top, specially on the antique chest, a heirloom from Alejandro's grandparents.

I've also been inspiring myself through Pinterest great pins from Ralph Lauren's classy décor, I just adore!

Some of you might remember I had it filled with family mementos in silver picture frames, in the foyer.... but if you don't, it's not important, here are my 'new vignettes' around the house, now. 

 I'm also sharing a couple of new finds. A 'Friendly Village,' soup tureen and big serving platter (perfect for Thanksgiving) and an Indian tablecloth with elephants I bought when I went to Peru on vacation...very inexpensive!

Ok, here it is, hope you like them.

                                              HAPPY SEPTEMBER!
The fireplace is in our den, so here too I had almost the same things for so long, except when I decorate it for Fall, now that September is here...or C'mas time.

At left you have a vintage French urn, and a Delft flower vase.
In the center it's one of my latest finds from a couple months ago, a hand painted Delft centerpiece bowl, which will be decorated for Fall sometime in September. 
Next to it, another Deft flower vase with the gorgeous Delft ginger jar, which is part of the three piece garnishing set you see here.

At the far left side of the mantel, I placed a couple of photographs of my dearest 'four girls.' This was an inspiration from a Ralph Lauren's mantel idea.

At the far right end there's a photograph I love of Alejandro with Victoria, our eldest grandchild, who is ten now!

This is how my mantel looks right now and I do like the final look.

This chest in our foyer is an antique heirloom from Alejandro's grandparents where I've had silver photo frames for at least 10 years, lol!

All I've done here before to change it a little, was in the center part of it with the blue and white garnishing set, now in the mantel top... and come C'mas some holiday decorations, but basically, it stayed the same!

I kept here only the big photograph of me and my DDs some years ago... and the rest was brought to the chest top from the mantel.

The indigenous woman with the young boy is a sculpture made by a famous Ecuadorian artist: Gonzalo Endara Crow.

The gorgeous French 'Art Nouveau' bowl you've seen many times is now with shells... and it's from the early last century and it was hubby's other grandparents, which I will decorate for Fall next month.

Doggies from my personal collection and at the end, inside a cloche is the 'at least' 100 year old 'Virgin Mary' we inherited from my Mil.
Now for my new finds:
My latest find, which I'm so thrilled with, is this lovely 'Friendly Village' soup tureen and big serving platter. I'd like to add that it's difficult to find transferware here right in a store, so I am very happy, indeed!

I fixed this vignette in our antique English buffet from Alejandro's grandparents, which is at our breakfast area and where I do lots of tweaking almost every month, to enjoy while we have our breakfast and lunch here . 

In the inside of the tureen is a summer scene, a cabin and water well.

The plate under it and ladle is from my white ironstone soup tureen.

Here is my new vignette with my Friendly Village tureen and platter and my bird Polish teacups in our breakfast area - English buffet.

And my second find; is this pretty beige and red elephant, Indian cotton table linen I found very inexpensive in Peru while vacationing there three weeks ago.

Elephants on the sides and the center...I love it! Elephants are good luck and are so adorable. The red and beige caught my eye, and in real life is very beige, not white.
I think it'll be pretty come Christmas time too.

Thanks for visiting sweet friends, your comments always make my day!

Thanking the lovely hostesses for having me at their great parties.


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