Thursday, March 1, 2012

Cusp of Spring Tablescape

Cusp-of-Spring Tablescape



Spring is almost here. Grass and bulbs are pushing through the warming earth,
reaching for the light. Waiting for spring requires a leap of faith. The days are short and dark; the wind and rain seem endless. But if we can just hold on, there is verdance on the other side of winter.

"I believe in the sun when it's not shining,
I believe in love even when I feel it not,
I believe in God even when He is silent.”

                                                                                                    --Irish Saying



St. Patrick's Day is the herald of green days. Today's tablescape was inspired by the irrepressible force of growing things--black soil and sprigs.



 "There is not a tree in heaven higher than the tree of patience."
                                                  --Irish Saying


“Don't give cherries to pigs or advice to fools."
 


"There is no cold to compare with the cold of spring,
nor is there heat to compare with the heat of autumn.”)
                                                     --Irish Weather Saying


"If it is not dry, it is better wet."
(In other words, make the best of bad weather.)


"It won't always be raining."

Cusp-of-Spring Menu
...
Rattlebridge Farm's Roasted Hen with Tart Apples and Pan Vegetables*
Leek and Mushroom Tart*
Apple and Walnut Salad
Potato Bread (click here for a printable recipe)
Blarney Cake*

(*recipes coming soon)

Sláinte!


Note: The dotted Spode "Baking Days" dishes and the green Rachael Ray salad plates can be seen in recent tablescapes: Lime and Sprouts, Twigs and Cabbage, and Country Morning.

A Tablescape Thursday contribution.






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39 comments:

  1. Just lovely, I am so very inspired by these beautiful photos! The Irish sayings are lovely! Ciao, Bella! xxoo

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  2. Absolutely gorgeous!!! I love that tablescape!!!!!

    Love what you have in the header, Recipes & Style for Exhausted People, you are speaking my language!!! Following you now!

    Love your blog!!

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  3. The color green makes everything feel alive, don't you think? Stunning table!

    :)
    ButterYum

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  4. I love your Spring greens. Just a bit here and there and not overwhelming. We're beginning to see some of that lovely green popping up here and there outside. So delightful for the senses and soul.

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  5. So Pretty! I really like that shade of green with the black and white.
    Enjoy the day!

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  6. I love that green and black combo. Such a lovely table and perfect for this beginning of Spring.

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  7. Ohhhhh...this post was written for ME! I am such a spring girl, totally impatient to get my hands in the soil and plant some annuals and new day lilies, my gosh how I love the green and black together, you set a beautiful table my dear!

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  8. Michael, this is gorgeous! So fresh...I love this color green and your table is stunning! Mr. Rooster is amazing! I just noticed your new blog name...love it!

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  9. The green with black is quite fetching...love it!

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  10. Beautiful, beautiful tablescape. One of my favorites.

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  11. Black and white with grass green is one of my favorite color combinations!

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  12. Your table is full of springtime inspiration. Makes me want to go dig in the dirt. Love the pairing of black with that lime green! ~ Sarah

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  13. Love the green. It makes Spring so much closer. And I love the combination of green and black. Great Tablescape.

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  14. Love the colors you used in this lovely tablescape, so vibrant and spring like. Girl, you really know how to pull things together.
    How can you bear to leave this lovely home? Oh well, I know the new home will be just as gorgeous.
    Anxiously awaiting pictures!

    Blessings,
    Mary L

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  15. love the b&w plates and fell in the love with the piggy :)

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  16. Love the concept - the cusp of Spring - and an amazing execution.

    - The Tablescaper

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  17. Love the rooster. Thanks for sharing.

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  18. ML, I have several St. Paddy's tables planned and one of them is very similiar to this withe the black and white with the GREEN accents. Your table is stunning. Love the tablecloth too, subtle but gorgeous. XO, Pinky

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  19. So many wonderful tables from you~ I love it! Green paired with black is one of my favorite color combinations~ it looks so crisp & fresh! I love your handsome rooster flanked by pitchers of Paperwhites :)

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  20. I am half Irish --my maiden name began with a O' -- so I loved this post, and all your other Irish themed posts this week, Michael! I've visited Ireland many times and hope to go back many more times--there isn't a country on earth with friendlier people. I always feel like I am "home" when I am there.

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  21. Oh your tablescape is stunning. I love the green and the white rooster is just fabulous. Love him. Hugs, Marty

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  22. I love the green and black together. It is such a pretty combination to remind us that Spring will come - sometime! I love the table linens too. The black paisley is so striking. All of the Spring time tables look so nice and I could be doing a snow and ice table based on our weather. But I will just enjoy the beauties of Spring - the colors just make you happy don't they?

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  23. Love this table and that rooster is beautiful! The spring green dishes are so pretty mixed with the black polka dots! Fun color scheme and those little pigs are adorable. Prettiest table I've seen in a while!!! Thanks for sharing!
    Miss Bloomers

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  24. WOW!!! I love this table. The black and the green are amazing together. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful table.

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  25. This has got to me one of my favorite tablescapes..I just love the colors. So beautifully done.

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  26. I just came across your tablescape on Pinterest and fell in love! Just beautiful. I adore black, white and green combined together.

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  27. I love the colors of this tablescape, so fresh and popping!!!

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  28. I love your tablescape. That rooster is to die for. Is it still available for sale somewhere?

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  29. Om my I'm so in love with your decor.. from window treatments to the gorgeous table setup.. I'm truly sorry for asking but I must.. I really really really love your window treatments and after saving and spending each cent on our new home I want to perfectly decorate it to look as beautiful as yours.. My lack of interior decorating makes it so difficult and I can't across your post. Please advise where I can get this exact look down to the table. I absolutely love it and I'm so happy to have found Pinterest because of you.. marielamiddleton@gmail.com

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  30. Om my I'm so in love with your decor.. from window treatments to the gorgeous table setup.. I'm truly sorry for asking but I must.. I really really really love your window treatments and after saving and spending each cent on our new home I want to perfectly decorate it to look as beautiful as yours.. My lack of interior decorating makes it so difficult and I can't across your post. Please advise where I can get this exact look down to the table. Marielamiddleton@gmail.com

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  31. Om my I'm so in love with your decor.. from window treatments to the gorgeous table setup.. I'm truly sorry for asking but I must.. I really really really love your window treatments and after saving and spending each cent on our new home I want to perfectly decorate it to look as beautiful as yours.. My lack of interior decorating makes it so difficult and I can't across your post. Please advise where I can get this exact look down to the table. I absolutely love it and I'm so happy to have found your pin

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  32. I too love the window treatment. I have the same window configuration and have been baffled on how to proceed. Thank you for sharing.

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  33. LOVE! What a delight to study your decor! Where might I find a ROOSTER like that?? Thanks so much! Blessings! Shan ~ smuessman@gmail.com

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    1. Shan, I found the rooster in a discount store, a place that opened when it wanted. The rooster sat in the window for a week. One Saturday morning, I stopped by--and the store was open. I brought home the rooster in my lap. My friend Susan at Between Naps on the Porch blog found one, but it arrived with a broken tail. The store didn't have a replacement, so she glued the tail. Our roosters seem to be rare birds. I recommend doing image searches on Google, plus check Ebay for "white ceramic roosters." I have seen smaller versions on Amazon, too. Good luck and many blessings.

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  34. I love the rooster, too. Does he have an i.d. on his base? We can try to track him down. Can you check and share?
    Thank you so much.
    Foodie Chick

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  35. I LOVE the rooster, too! Can you possible check under the base of the rooster to see if there is a manufacturer's i.d.?
    Maybe we can track him down. Thank you so much for checking.

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  36. Hi, the rooster has no markings on the base or anywhere, argh. I broke the roo's claw and was able to glue it...but it would be nice to know where to find another.

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  37. Lovely! Green with black and white is a great look!

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