I would like to Link up to Tablescape Thursday Party however I am not sure about all the steps to do that. Maybe, I can figure it all out later today. Please click on the photos for a larger view.
My inspiration and starting point was this Mary Lake Thompson designed Fishing Creel dinner napkin that I found at a little gift shop. I enjoy the detail of her work.
There were a lot of items that I easily found that became a part of this tablescape. The Yellow Flatware has been in my picnic basket since the 70's. The dimensional brown leaf bowls jumped off a store shelf at 50% off after I thought I was finished! What can be easier than picking up pine cones from my driveway that have fallen from my pine tree. And, the lemons are from a bowl of lemons I keep on my kitchen counter. And, these little guys sure blend nice with the color scheme. Salt anyone - Pepper anyone?
The woven brown and black wedge place mats are from Bed, Bath and Beyond, years ago. The place mats were placed on a Burlap tablecloth followed by heavy Koyo Stone Ware brown/cream dinner plates that have a masculine presence.
My focus plate is the salad plate from Rivers Edge with a beautiful large trout encircled with a fishing rod and real.
The brown stemmed Glassware and candle sticks are from a nearby Thrift Store. Votives from Dollar Store. Wine caddy is from my garage!
And, there must be a fishing Creel and fishing Reel thanks to Ebay.
Now, the Piece de resistance - a vintage amber cod-liver-oil bottle with the embossed image of a fisherman carrying a large fish.
It's just something a little different and adds a little whimsy! The bottle is something I had in the garage that I picked up years ago at a yard sale. There are a lot of "bottle collectors" out there. Who would have thought that I would use the Cod-Liver-Oil Bottle some day in a tablescape?
And now for a little trivia about these Vintage Amber Bottles. (Source)
"The man stoops forward, glances out from under the brim of his hat, legs braced under the weight of his load. A thick rope, wrapped around his waist, shoulders, and hands, secures the load on his back—a huge fish with gaping mouth and glassy yellow eye, its tail sweeping the ground. A common codfish, the Gadus morhua is recognizable by the brown and amber spots on its body, the light stripe down its side, and the three dorsal fins. The man has few identifying features, but the words “SCOTT’S EMULSION” appear along the hem of his jacket."
(google images)"By 1900 'the man with the fish' was famous. His image was engraved and embossed on countless boxes and bottles of a cod-liver-oil preparation; printed in full color on advertising trade cards, booklets, and posters distributed around the globe; and in one instance painted several stories high on the side of a building in lower Manhattan. The man with the fish endures today, a testament to the persistence of an age-old tradition, even as scientific and commercial interest in cod-liver oil has waxed and waned."
I am thinking a nice autumn dinner of Sweet Spicy Country Style Pork Ribs and Beans along with some Crusty Bread. Some kind of a salad and maybe some homemade Spiced Pumpkin Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream.
I have not really starting cooking since my ankle/leg injury and I think it is about time. My friend has taken such very good care of me and he seems to always appreciate when I prepare dinner. I will let you know how it turns out. Maybe, next week.
I was amused with a definition of Tablescaping that I recently read. It was something like - Tablescaping is an event where grownups play with dishes and then take photos of what they have created to post on their blogs. Don't you just love it?
I wrote in an earlier post about how my love of dishes started when I was a very little girl. I guess some of us just never grow out of it!
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