Monday, January 12, 2009

Tablescape Tuesday: Monkey Business


I couldn't decide which dishes to use for Tablescape Tuesday. I believe I've shown most everything (except for the Bethany Lowe dishes, and the gray ones, of course). Then I remembered some dishes I hadn't unpacked.

But first, I placed candles around the white tureen. And I put the tureen on a green Bordello platter.


Next, I added my monkeys.

And "Monkey Business" was born.


A view from Dr. G's chair.


I've showed this little jug before, but he's so cute, I decided to use him today.


I love the detail on the tureen.


This is the smiling monkey.


And the giggling monkey.

Another view.



I added my old nut dishes.

Here's a close up of the old silver. I love to mix it.

Several years ago, I bought little bobeches for the candlesticks. You'd never know they're plastic.



Some of the candlesticks were my mothers.

The silver was bought one piece at a time at tag sales.

I have a weakness for midcentury pottery, and I love the old Metlox "Sculpted Zinnia."

I paired it with green Depression glass.



The ecru napkins looked blah. I tried florals, and they were too wild. The green Thanksgiving napkins (K mart) look much better in person (not quite so dark), but I do wish I had a flirty plaid.
I get lost looking at crystal.





See you at Susan's house, Between Naps on the Porch for more tablescaping.

59 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! Wonderfully creative. I love the monkeys!

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  2. How adorable with the little monkeys; just love these little guys and the green stemware.
    The plates are so pretty with the large yellow flowers look like they are fresh and ready to fall off the plate. Too lovely Gollum.
    This is one of the best you have shown.
    Blossom

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  3. Ok, I probably wouldn't have thought of it, but the monkeys are cute! Love the green goblets.

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  4. I love the green stemware and the depression glass, I think I have a creamer, of the depression glass. The tureen details are so lovely. All the crystal looks great! Plastic, never would have known! The Monkeys are adorable! Makes the table look so magical, with the Monkeys! Sorry about Dr.G. I know that hurts! No fun! Can you believe, no baby goat yet! Now we are just hoping and waiting! I wish I knew the due date! Its driving me crazy, watching her all the time! lol She has a great bag! My leg is healing from my goat horning! Just came from the chicken house, gave away a Rhode Island rooster tonight. It was dark and I hope I did not give away Big Red! He eats from my hand. Will check in the morning light and make sure he's still here, if not, I going to trade him back! lol Love your table, my daughter J. will have a fit over your Monkey's! She has a jungle in her home! lol

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  5. Miss Ruby's Chicken Salad Recipe is on my side bar.

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  6. *** OH MY GOOOOOONNNNESS GRACIOUS, GOLLUM~~~ by GOLLY, you are GOOOOOD, GIRLfriend!!! Wonder if anyone ELSE here is enchanted w/ the "wearing out" look at the bottom of that fab tureen~ I ADORE it when I see that! Makes me feel like it's not "just for show" but has been lovingly used & appreciated over time! And as a fellow crystal lover, but not too knowledgeable about it all, I MUST SAY all your green glassware is to-die-for endearing!!! ~~~ it has a warm, simple-yet-elegantly-comfy look about it, & the fact that you collected old silver, one piece at a time, is a testament to your dedication of just "doing what feels right"... (that's part of the flair that makes you so GOOD at all of "this"!). THENNNNN, mixing in PLASTIC BOBECHES?!?!?!~~~ It's DARING,so IRREVERANT, SO FUN... WHO WUDDA THUNK?!?!?!?!? (And remind me, PLZ, to tell you about a the flair of a woman, a "fledgling Rothschild" quite a while back, w/ a "special style & approach" too, ok?). BTW, when I "cut back", I had to "get rid" of monkeys ALMOST IDENTICAL TO YOURS, and OH! How I ADORED THEM! This made me smile thinking of "Cuff" & "Link"!!! THIS BLOG was UBER DELIGHTFUL~~~ THANK YOU!!! This was soooooooooo DELIGHTFUL!!! XO

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  8. P.S. Did I THANK YOU for the info on your tureen, w/ the pheasant on the lid, on yesterday's posting??? ~ Yep, I found it, ordered it and it's on it's way to me! Yippee!!!

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  9. Gollum! Your tablescapes, dishes, dining room, dining room table always wow me. So beautiful. What a great collection you have. I've enjoyed your place setting today...
    Have a wonderful week...

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  10. MUST HAVE MONKEY.... AND ZINNIA DISHES...and I love your tureen!

    and we both used the green platter...

    sigh...I love visiting your site!

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  11. Your china collection is so beautiful. I love the faces on those monkeys.
    Kathleen

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  12. Excellent mixing and matching!
    May I borrow your green glassware in March?:) It is beautiful!
    Monkey business...very cute!

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  13. Everything is very pretty - like your goblets a lot.
    Glenda

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  14. Very elegant & stylish! Love the green depression glass w/ the pottery!

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  15. Gollum,

    I think I got a little excited when typing your comment. (LOL)

    I love your everything! The candlesticks and the Tureen work well together!

    xoxoxoxoxoxox
    Donna Marie

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  16. Love the tureen...and the crystal is gorgeous...could sit and stare at it allll day! But those monkeys...they stole the show...so funny! Wonder if they might escape and start appearing around blogland? Hee Hee. Love all the colors in this tablescape...very warm and cozy to me. :-) Susan

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  17. Very nice, really loving those monkeys!
    Linda

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  18. Hi Gollum...Love the monkeys! Your soup tureen is
    gorgeous...beautiful details! I don't know how you do a tablescape every week. It's hard work! I was sick this weekend and dreamed about tablescapes for 48 hours...lol! Too bad I can't count them today. And they were good, too! Have a great week...Debbie

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  19. G - love your beautiful tablescape as always... The Zinnia Plate is beautiful! and I adore green depression glass... but the monkeys add the whimsey that makes your tablescape truely delightful!
    Blissfully,
    Dixie

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  20. Okay Gollum,

    When your through 'monkeying' around ;) head on over to my blog to pick up an award.

    Love all of your tablescape pieces, I have a great time mixing all of mine too. After carting the china, etc. back and forth these past weeks,and cleaning it all, by hand, I'm afraid I wasn't up to 'tablescaping' (is that a word?)this week.

    I want time to get back to writing.:(

    Hugs
    'D'

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  21. Everything you put on the table is sooooooooo beautiful. Except for the monkeys. They just freak me out. And I don't think I could sit and have a meal while looking up a monkey's ass either. LOL

    Justine :o )

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  22. Oh my! We have very similar taste and I'm just loving your table. I love Metlox china and debating on which pattern to start. I collect soup tureens, green depression glass, etc. Your glasses are to die for!

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  23. Looks Fabulous, Darling!! I need to get a white soup tureen...can you belive I don't have one?!

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  24. Gollum, you've done it again! How can you create a tablescape that is both beautiful and whimsical? That green crystal is magnificant! I've never seen that china pattern, but I'm going to start looking for some (as if I had a place to store any). The sparkle of the candlesticks adds the perfect touch. I love it all. laurie

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  25. Love the whimsy of the monkeys set against the elegance of the candles and plates. Fun!

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  26. Good morning G.. this is incredible. On sunday I was playing with a "few" pieces of ironstone I found around here and some green depression glass. Wish I would have gotten on the train and gotten it posted.. Your monkeys are just the most fun.. They are adorable..so unique and so different. And I'm all about different.. What a great post..I'm off to work in a bit.. have a super day...hugs ~lynne~

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  27. Everything is just Lovely my dear! Love the monkeys and the Tureen is just to die for! Deb

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  28. Gollum, I love the monkeys. How cute are they? I am sure they bring smiles. Since I am one that really loves.. pottery I adore your zinna dinnerware. The colors are so pretty. And I really adore your soup tureen and glassware. This was just perfect!
    Hugs, Terrie

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  29. GM Gollum...now girl you know I love those monkeys..and thanks for the lesson on Bobenches..I never knew what they were called I just some some of those like 2 months ago..love your green glasses this is all just Beautiful like everything you do..how are you feeling today any better? give that Mister some loving for me..hugs and smiles Gloria

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  30. Hi Gollum...You have such wonderful collections of china & stemware...and silverware, too. There is just something about monkeys that makes anyone smile... & they do seem to be having a great time on your table today...
    Fun! ;-) Bo

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  31. Everything - PERFECTION! When I look at your precious monkeys I am reminded of Phantom of the Opera (the film version)and the charming music box. Also, in a funny way of my sisters and our monkey faces. Thank you so much for the flatware info, I just may purchase what I found on Amazon ... but I'm still looking for a better price.

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  32. loads of fun! or should i say mad monkey fun~ your pics look super! the tureen is beautiful. i love your dishes, like a summer garden. green glasses are so ... ME! i call your mirror placemats a diet maker, to have to my huge jowls and chins wavering with every bite, its enough to have me run into the kitchen and eat a side of beef standing over the kitchen sink! great tt, thanks!

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  33. What a lovely Tablescape presentation~ We have much in common, adore the "getting lost" in crystal pics! You see the "freeze frame" moments and pull the reader in! The green depression glassware is like a fresh spoon of whipping cream, it tops it off! I really have enjoyed my visit today! Thanks so kindly! ~CC Catherine

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  34. Wow, looks beautiful! I have a lot of depression glass I would like to sell, no more space for it! lol
    Love the green glasses...

    Buffie

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  35. Oh my! What a fun and whimsical, yet very elegant centerpiece you've created! Love those monkies!
    Your glasses are beautiful! I've recently decided to gather unmatched silver for myself...don't you just love all those beautiful patterns?!
    Have a happy week!

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  36. Ahhh, be still my heart - beauty and whimsy together as one! Love the zinnia dishes. I adore Susan's daisy dishes but these are gorgeous too. ♥

    Please drop by my blog. I tagged you to play the Photo tag. ☺

    Diane

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  37. What a beautiful, elegant table. I adore old silver and crystal. Yours is gorgeous!

    XO...Kathy

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  38. psst, come on by, i got a little something for you, no cal even~

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  39. I love the green depression glass as part of the setting! The beautiful pale greens paired with the yellows bring a freshness and elegance to your table. I've been a collector for years and love seeing new combinations.

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  40. Frankensheep does sound rather scary Gollum, you sure got your exercise for the day after being chased, so don't feel bad about the jellybellies, hope Dr Gollum and Billy Bob have recovered.
    WOW your tablescape is enchanting, the monkey's remind me of Phantom too. those candlesticks are genius, your collections are perfect, I love your tureen.

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  41. You could put anything in that gorgeous room and it would look elegant! AND, you always manage to do a tablescape that is equally elegant! Love it. Sally

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  42. Gollum~ ~Everytime I arrive at your place I have to smile at that silly donkey face.
    Love the tureen too. I really should have one for the Bloggers Soup Swap I am hosting. It would make a nice table but alas, I have yet to aquire one. I'll not give up looking.
    Thank goodness the monkey at Dr. Gollums end of the table was facing sideways! They are so cute.

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  43. Love the monkeys. The fabric on the wingback chairs in our living room has monkeys in it.

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  44. Lordy woman I wish I had half your dishes (grins) Love the monkeys!! You know I am a sucker for anything that appears slightly tropical;) You have a real knack for this! Really you do;) French

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  45. Oh, Dear Gollum - how beautiful is your table! I love those dishes. I've never seen that pattern before! Your candles around the tureen remind me of a cage for your little silly monkeys! How precious are they! Now the crystal with green feet - oh, I want some! Your dining room is just gorgeous! You've brought a little bit of sweet spring to us today, Dear Gollum.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  46. Came back for a quick visit ... scares the pants off of you literally I would say! It WAS funny to read though, I can just picture you running for shelter and safety.

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  47. Your table is gorgeous and I love love love your stemware!

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  48. Dear Gollum,
    I ADORE your MONKEY BUSINESS tablescape! How creative! I too love the Zinnia pattern - absolutely gorgeous. The candlesticks are exquisite. It is wonderful to have items passed from one generation to the next. Your table is wonderful. I love the pairing of silver, stemware and whimsical monkeys. Too fun!

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  49. I love your zinnia plates, depression glass and I especially love how you talk about your things like old and dear friends that you have just invited to dinner. This is such a treat.

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  50. LOVE the zinnia plates...never seen that pattern before, as well as love the glassware and monkey stuff. Great job!

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  51. Hello again, Love those zinnias on the china! And monkeys..why I have a monkey with a fez, but he cannot be put in a tablescape. All that green depression glass... some of it actually looks similar to vaseline glass. (I have a big weakness for that) Does it glow under a black light? Not that you'd have black light shining on your tablescapes!! ;) I may have told you I sold a set of vaseline glass sherbets from the 1910's for pennies, really, without knowing what they were worth. sob...thanks for the fun post, Jan

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  52. P.S. Dear Gollum, My older son would describe your tablescape as having some 'light hearted buffoonery' which is a huge compliment in his estimation...

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  53. Another beautiful table scape. I love the green depression glass. So very pretty! Hugs, Bobbi Jo

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  54. Oh, I'm so jealous of your monkeys! My childhood nickname, given me by my aunt and uncle, was "monkeyshiner," they always bought me monkey-themed gifts.

    Your dining room is so beautiful, and I have enjoyed looking over past posts to see all your lovely dishes. I'm a bit of a dish-a-holic myself.

    Mary, at Little Red House

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  55. Love your tablescape and LOVE those darling monkeys. The china pattern, depression glass, and goblets all work so well together! It's all beautiful and displayed in such a lovely room on a beautiful table!

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  56. Can't get enough of that green depression glass! I never though of pairing it up with such a mix of items, but you know what? It looks great! Well done!

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