Cream Soup for One Tablescape

tablescape thursday

I set a cream soup tray for one since I was dining by myself:

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I absolutely loved the shape of the cream soup bowl.  The handles make me want to sit up a little straighter and mind my table manners a little better.  Here, the cream soup bowl is sitting on a cream soup stand, which in turn sits on a salad plate, which in turn sits on a silverplate filigree tea tray for a layered effect:

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Of course, with a pattern like Lady Carlyle that exudes the beauty of an English garden, we have to have some kind of rose accent!  I am sorry I only have blossoms from my one and only Jude rose bush to impress myself and you.  It would have been nice to have a St. Cecelia, or Queen of Sweded to match that cupped rose in the center of the soup bowl.  But for now, my Jude would have to do:

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Some accessories to go with the tablescape – a Florentine glass goblet, Lady Carlyle salt and pepper shakers, and Lady Carlyle napkin.  I had bought the Lady Carlyle fabric in my pre-quilting days.  Now, I wish I had bought more of the fabric to make a quilt:

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Of course, when I eat alone, I have to have something to read… in this rosy setting, what can be more apt than the David Austin rose catalog?

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Just to set the record straight, I rarely set the table when I eat alone (or Vicki would surely prohibit me from ever joining her Craft Week, hehe.  I am just giving Vicki a hard time).  But once in a blue moon when the mood strikes…. I do indulge and make myself feel extra-special by setting the table just for ME!

Thank you for stopping by.  I wish you a wonderful day!

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Beauty Unraveling

My Jude is reveling in the cool early June weather we have had. I happened to stumble upon a few rose blossoms that were in the process of stretching their petals and unraveling their beauty:

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Pretty soon, my Jude will not enjoy the warmer weather that keeps on getting warmer as much. The blooms will be smaller, and won’t look as perky. So, I am glad I was able to capture the shots I just showed you.

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I hope your day goes well for you. I should have some quilting pictures to show you tomorrow. Meanwhile, today is the last day for you to help me name this quilt. These are what I have so far to give away to the one who came up with the “winning”name. I am sure I will have a couple more things to add to the stash:

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Spring picture with autumny implications

Vicki graciously did a color palette for me on one of my Jude the Obscure shots:

Jude_PaletteRevisiting the picture with the color palettes makes me think that these colors would make a great color combination for an autumn quilt.  I don’t have an autumn quilt, and have always wanted to make one.   These colors gave me a lot of ideas.    So I am off to a search for a quilt pattern!!!

Have a marvelous day, everyone!

Blooms and Blocks!

Thank you for your kind comments on my Jude the Obscure blooms in yesterday’s post. I brought the cut roses to present to my dear friend, and I was very happy that she found the roses delightful! Here are a few more shots for the weekend:

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I agree with Raeann – my Jude the Obscure is anything but obscure!

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Meanwhile, I have also been making these blocks for my next quilt. They were so much fun, and quick too. I was thinking as I was making them that I might even be early for my deadline this time. Now, that would be a much welcomed change from my usual style of running behind.

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That’s all for now, my dear bloggy friends. I wish you a restful weekend. See you next week!

First Blooms

I showed you my Jude the Obscure “bud-dies” a couple of weeks ago:

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This week, many of the buddies have turned into full-fledged blossoms. I am prodigiously excited:

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Since I only have this one English Rose bush, I left most of the blooms on the bush except for a few for a friend later today:

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The blooms are fragrant. Somehow the fragrance is more subtle than heady, as compared to last year (maybe we’ve been getting too much rain? I don’t know). But combined with the fragrance of these Cath Kidston bath melts my cousin has gifted me, the smell is simply…. heavenly!

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As always, thank you for stopping by.  I know many of you are getting ready for the weekend.  I wish you a meaningful Memorial Day weekend.

“But grow…

… in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.”

(2 Peter 3:18)

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I took this picture when I finally had a chance to work in my pitiful looking flower bed. I had feared that the ice storm we experienced earlier this year had killed my Jude the Obscure (my one and only David Austtin), but to my absolute delight, it is growing quite well and budding profusely:

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I hope these babies continue to grow, and will give me some of these in a few weeks:

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Then, I will be a very happy girl!  Have a marvelous weekend, everyone.  I am always glad you choose to stop by.  Do drop me a line so that I can visit you back.

Individuality

I am by no means a rose gardening expert. In fact, this is my very first year attempting to keep just ONE rose bush alive through the growing season. So far, my David Austin Jude the Obscure has done beyond my expectations. I am absolutely delighted that it has flowered non-stop since we brought it home in the spring, and what has really thrilled me has been the individuality of each rose bloom. Each is ever so slightly different in shape and shade from the others. Here are some shots I was able to capture whenever I am out and about working in my flower bed:

And the latest from this morning:

I can promise you NO Photoshop operations have been performed to alter the colors of these blooms! I am reminded that God has made and gifted each of His children with individual beauty, just like these rose blooms. Isn’t that a wonderful thing?

Have a wonderful wonderful (and perhaps even rosy) weekend, my bloggy friends! Just be assured that each of you are special in your own way!

I am so happy because…

… my David Austin Jude the Obscure is STILL blooming in the heat of summer, and it’s been HOT! The picture below was taken this morning when I returned from the Post Office. I love the open, but not quite open look of this particular blossom. And, and… don’t you just love the different shades of peach playing out among the petals?

My gardening history is such that I have killed more plants than I have successfully planted. So, now you know why I am SO happy! You may read more of my gardening posts here.

It’s been so fun chatting with you this week, my bloggy friends. I hope you are having a blast this weekend – whatever you are doing. I will be back on Monday! :)

Apricot Pretties

My one and only David Austin rose bush, Jude the Obscure, has so far brought much delight into my life. I love the apricot colored blossoms that would soon fade into a lighter and much softer shade.

These darling blooms have done great things to my confidence as a novice gardener. However, I do have a slight problem… my groundcover roses that are supposed to be blooming from spring to fall are NOT doing anything as far as blooming goes. They seem to be content only in being photosynthesis factories — anyone has any idea as to why that is? This novice gardener is getting a bit concerned.:(

Have a pretty weekend, everyone.  I will see you again on Monday!

While they are bursting at the seams…

I am definitely bursting with excitement because my last count of buds is close to 40 (40!!! The newbie gardener asks, “Can that be true?”):

You see, this is my first ever bona fide rose bush. I had bought it at the nursery two weeks ago. My heart went out to this bush simly because of its name — “Jude the Obscure“. My heart was moved with pity and really wanted to bring it out of obscurity…. okay, end of my melodrama! Truth be known, I couldn’t make up my mind which bush to buy (imagine that, there were only about five different types of David Austin rose bushes at the nursery, and I couldn’t make up my mind!). Once again, my husband gallantly came to my rescue and made the decision for me. We love the color; we love the shape; we definitely love the scent.

What fascinates me is the drastic color changes these rose blossoms undergo. I am showing you two different blossoms on a particular day (again, the newbie gardener asks, “Is that normal?”):

Just one day later (taken at the same time of day as the previous day), these blossoms became:

Then, they “matured” into this subdued shade of subtle apricot, cloaked in an unmistakable air of elegance:

I hope I would be able to keep this rose bush alive and well through this growing season, and hopefully by then, I will feel much more comfortable and confident in venturing out even further in this business call rose gardening. Don’t get me wrong, I love the end results (beautiful rose blooms). I am just a little uncertain about my care-taking skills! :)

It’s been fun chatting with you my bloggy friends. I will be back on Monday. Meanwhile, have a blessed weekend!