Friday, October 21, 2011


I love this vintage Martex linen cloth... and thought I'd post at least one Halloweenscape before I head out of town.  The dishes are of course vintage and P86 Fiesta, the flatware is Bakelite, and the glassware is Anchor Hocking Banded Rings.  My sneaky pumpkin is an old Hallmark friend, and the napkin rings are from Kohl's last year. 


Monday, October 17, 2011

On the table today... Ken Scott

The vintage cloth on today's table is a Ken Scott "Bouillabaisse" by Leacock in a Red colorway.  I had such fun choosing Fiesta colors for this table, since in my mind, none of those colors "go" together!  Where else can you see lilac and plum cavorting with scarlet,persimmon, marigold, tangerine, and sunflower?

My camera battery pooped out after four pics, so I am going to post one photo now, and maybe I can add a few more once the battery is all recharged!

My friend Daphne, at Tabletop Time has this same cloth, but in a beautiful blue,chartreuse, purple colorway.  Have a peek at her Bouillabaisse table .

Sunday, October 16, 2011

A milestone achieved

Recently, my friend Kari helped me complete one of my collecting goals: acquiring a vintage Fiesta figure 8 tray in turquoise.  She attended an auction where one was to be sold, and agreed to bid on it for me!  Usually the vintage figure 8 tray was dipped in cobalt, and both cream and sugar bowls and lid were yellow, and they are fairly easy to find,  but there was also a more unusual color combination:  turquoise tray, red creamer, and yellow sugar bowl and lid.

I really loved the more unusual set, of course.  I knew from the beginning that it would be somewhat difficult to assemble, but that was part of the appeal for me.  I love the hunt! I didn't have much trouble at all finding the cream and sugar bowl in great condition, but the figure 8 tray proved elusive.  I've seen them sell for quite a bit more than my budget allows.  I've seen damaged pieces out there, but I wanted to wait for the right piece.  When Kari called to tell me that we had won it in the auction, I was delighted!  Best of all, she delivered it in person when we got together at the Homer Laughlin tent sale this past week.  Thanks, Kari!  Dish friends really ARE the best!

Here's a peek at my treasure: