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My Love for Transferware

Monday, August 18, 2014

FABBY: Walking Back to my Fall Settings

Hello sweet friends!

I'm walking you back to my first Fall 2011 table settings up to last year's Thanksgiving tablescape.

It's fun to remember and to see how I didn't take good photos while going through the posts... not that I take great ones now either!
I also used a big Canon semi-professional camera I inherited from DD Alex, who is a 'real' photographer and now I have a gorgeous small Power Shot, SX50 Canon I bought last year in Orlando. 

Anywho; I hope you like my past tables, even though I know there's still another month before we can start decorating Fall, but I just love Fall decor, as in my neck of the woods weather is getting cold like Autumn. 

I love the warm burnt orange colors, golds and greens, so here they are.

To me it's good to go back to memory lane and see what dishes I've used, etc. and I can start planning for this 2014 Fall and Tksgiving settings.

Ok, here you have them, starting from 2011, the year I started this fun, fulfilling road with wonderful human beings I have met in my blogging journey, as you all are. 

Autumn Leaves 2011. The tablecloth was hand embroidered by me.

Fall Table for Four 2011. My mother crocheted this gorgeous tablecloth you've seen many times before.

Pumpkin Bread Pudding 2011

Kitchen Chocolate Time with 'Pull out Bread' - 2011

Thanksgiving Table 2011

Fall Table Setting 2012

Wooden Dough Bowl and Pumpkin Soup 2012
October 20, 2012 - my birthday. I always loved Fall, maybe cause I am a "Fall-Girl!"

Fall Harvest Tea Tablescape 2012

Thanksgiving Table 2012

Fall Lunch Table 2013

Pumpkin Cake Tea Table 2013

Thanksgiving Tablescape 2013

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

FABBY: Holiday in the Coast of Peru

Hello sweet friends!

I'm back from our short vacation to the coast on the border of Ecuador and Peru, called Vichayito.

We went along with my Sil and Alejandro's brother Pablo and their special daughter. We had a real fun time, as the beach is gorgeous and the weather is wonderful and great food too!

Here are some photos of it.

They mobilized us to our tents in this car, almost like those golf type ones!

Here are the four of us. Alejandro, me, Juanita and Pablo, his brother.

Ok, here you'll see the great Peruvian food dishes they had in the zone.

The hotel was beautiful, with the distinction that they were bungalows and 'tents,' like in Africa. We where in a tent each, yes, you heard right!

 Inside they were fabulous, with a great bathroom, beds, closets, flat TV, you name it, really fun... I felt I was on Safari in Africa, lol!

Here you can see the tents and in the back a bungalow. They were gorgeous, but for more people, as families, thus, they were full with lots of families with children.

The entrance of the hotel.

Beautiful sunsets every late afternoon by the gorgeous, white sand beach.

Everything went perfect. We had a terrific time, thanks to our Lord.

Thank you for your sweet and kind visit, they always make my day.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

FABBY: What I Have in the Foyer

Hello sweet friends!

I will be going on a small trip to Peru with Alejandro, his brother Pablo and his wife.

Ok, some of you remember we went to a coastal tour with his older brother and his wife back in May. 

 Pablo and Alejandro were very close when they were growing up because Pablo just follows hubby. We have a wonderful relationship with all 6 siblings, they are seven with hubby.

I will be visiting you when I come back. We are leaving this Saturday and returning home the following Sunday.

I'm sharing my 'almost fave' piece of furniture in the house, although, let me be clear, I love them all.
 Since I was a child I had a special attraction for things Oriental, I mean the Chinese, Japanese kind. I always loved furniture, porcelains, dishes, screens, you name it!

Ok, so here is what's in my foyer...speaking of Oriental.

I bought this gorgeous Chinese secretary almost 15 years ago and it was love at first sight!
The chair is Scandinavian with real leopard skin on it! We inherited from my in laws.

I loved the black enamel, hand painted doors with mothers and children in a garden, playing. I might add it's painted inside and out of the secretary. 

The other half of the secretary has drawers, where I keep tablecloths, doilies, napkins and who knows what else!

Now, this is what it looks like opened and it's so much fun! 
I decided to place my Oriental teapot collection inside here, before they were in the kitchen's window sill.
The painting is of Cayetana and Victoria, my grandgirls, when they were very young.

The left side of the secretary with some teapots. In the middle the three wise men.

The right side with some more fun things and teapots.
The pretty yellow teacup I received from lovely Deborah's great blog, 'The Beautiful Matters.'

  I love to change my things here, like I just added the teapot collection, that was previously in the kitchen sill...some of you might remember.
I keep lots of memorabilia too.

This is what really got me, all those cubbies; when I first opened the doors back in the store.
I immediately envisioned myself decorating each cubby with all my pretty treasures.

Than I also have some of my dog collection on the desk top.
Also some family photos and the telephone.

I don't think I've ever shared this Oriental blue and white porcelain pot I bought a couple of years ago and I have a small jade plant on it.

The white crocheted big doily here was made by my grandma. 

This is my vintage, marble top French foyer table.

This is a lovely chest, an antique, as it was Alejandro's grandfather.
Besides the picture frames, I have my Delft garniture set, more dogs and an antique small oriental box that belonged to hubby's great aunt.

Some of you remember I shared how I cleaned my silver in the dining room...well, I did clean some of the silver and sterling frames here too!

Love the carvings in this you see, I really love all our furniture.

The chest is flanked by two pretty Frenchy chairs.

And of course, our antique Carrara marble top French table is the queen of the foyer!

The floor in all our social area is marble with black onyx-marble insets. There are wonderful marble mines here in Ecuador.

Ok, so this is what our foyer looks like and what's in it.

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

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


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Friday, August 1, 2014

FABBY: July Rosary Gathering Tea

Hello my sweet friends!

      Here is another Rosary gathering with friends, that has come and gone, the last Wednesday of each month.
It seems I'm often sharing these tables but no, they're are each month it's just that time runs between our fingers and we are now celebrating the First of August, my goodness!

Wishing all of you a wonderful August and may God bless you too!

For the July Rosary I chose my ever lovely, ivory reticulated dishes. I might add it's a complete set for 12 with chargers, as well.

This set of dishes came with two pretty hurricanes too.

The tea set is from another ivory and lace pattern, as my dishes didn't come with a tea service, but they matched pretty well, as you can see here...right?

I also found this ivory bowl in another place a few years ago and it became a fruit bowl for the centerpiece, opposed to flowers for a change.

We had the usual food: 'home made bread, bakery bought bread and home made jams and cheese.'

Here are my homemade jams, blackberry and strawberry.
The small cloches were a giveaway I won from lovely Chie and they are four and came with their small and cute spoons.

I used the dinner plate as chargers for more of an effect and to add more lace volume.

 The set for 12 has soup bowls as well and big chargers. It also came with service bowls and long platters and I bought two extra chargers, to use as serving big round plates.

The runner was crocheted by mother as a set with the big tablecloth she made for me several years ago.

Some of the friends that follow me know that the yellow tablecloth I re- purposed when I changed my 'yellow silk moire' draperies from the living room and family room to 'Hunter Douglas' shades a little over two years ago.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

FABBY: Hi-Yo Silver...away!

Hello sweet friends!

    Alejandro is sick in bed with a bad cold, so while I've been a 'sweet nurse,' and the fact that I feel alone, as he's busy been sick, watching TV and working with his computer... I decided to get busy myself and started to look at all my dirty and dark-gray silver in the antique buffet.
I gathered them all and headed for the kitchen, determined to start my chore, Asap!

Here is my 'shining silver' after polishing it like a mad and a half hours later! 

All of a sudden I felt like screaming...hi-yo!

You all remember that great cowboy TV show from the 60's, 'The Lone Ranger,' who had a horse named 'Silver' and dad, my brothers and me never missed it, hehehe..

I also created a table for lunch tomorrow, when we'll be four, with my new 'balsa-wood' place mats. Balsa wood is very light weight and light in color, like a cream beige and there's a lot around here and there are very pretty products made from it as well.

I found these very pretty cut out place mats, which I know you would've bought them too, if you saw them.
They're made here, in Ecuador.

Ok, here goes my lovely silver.

The antique Belgium buffet had dirty, dark gray silver for so long; sadly displayed on top of it, as the last time I buffed and shined and polished them was last October for a dinner party...hehe..

I'm so happy and proud of my work so I wanted to share before I forget to shine them again... not that I loved doing it, either, lol!

Shining, ha!

This antique piece has a tier where I have the small silver and sterling heirlooms. The antique Dutch teaset is pewter, so no need to clean!

My lunch table for Monday. I used my 'Spanish country dishes, I haven't taken them out in a very long time.'

I loved these 'balsa-wood,' cut out place mats I bought the other day. I have eight of them. The painted finish is just like the 'Spanish country dishes' I used for this setting.

I know these dishes don't make a great contrast with the placemats, but I liked the softness of it, like 'beige on beige.'

I also made yesterday some 'Italian Anisette Cookies' hubby loves.
The recipe is at the end of this post.

I love the contrast the placemats make on the wood table.
Some of you know hubby bought this gorgeous vintage 'French' table a couple of weeks ago. In the back side board my new blue and white finds.

I'm still admiring the lovely carvings of the vintage French table, which is what made Alejandro decide on it.

The amber wine stems are 'Italian' and the water etched glasses are 'Bohemian-Czech Republic.'

Thank you so much for coming sweet friends, as you always make my day!

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


Italian Anisette Cookies with Sprinkles



Units: US | Metric




  1. 1
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. 2
    For cookies, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each addition. Add anise extract.
  3. 3
    Blend flour and baking powder. Start by adding about 1/3 of these dry ingredients to the butter/sugar in your mixer, then add 1 T. milk. Add another third of the flour and another 1 T. milk. Finally, mix in enough of the remaining flour until your dough is like a brownie batter (it should be softer than a drop cookie dough).
  4. 4
    Use a 1 T. cookie scooper to make simple round drop cookies - use wet fingers to pat any rough edges OR for an Easter-Egg look, roll 1 T. dough into an elongated ball.
  5. 5
    Bake cookies 10-12 minutes (they won't be brown but the insides will be soft and cake-like).
  6. 6
    For icing: mix sugar, milk and extract to make a sugar glaze. HINT: When I make the icing, I make it thick but then I microwave it for 10 seconds so it is thin enough for dipping. Also, I like to divide the mixture in thirds, and then add ONE DROP of food coloring to each batch (pink, green, yellow).
  7. 7
    Hold cookie in your hand and turn upside down so you can dip the top half in the glaze; turn over and immediately top with sprinkles so they will stick.
  8. 8
    Allow icing to harden overnight; then store in air-tight containers or freeze.

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