Thursday, November 29, 2018

Royal Copenhagen Table Setting

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Royal Copenhagen Porcelain from Denmark celebrated their 240 year Anniversary in 2018. 
We inherited Grandmother's Dinner service and tons of odds and ends and Mom's coffee service in this lovely pattern originally designed in 1779. 

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The pattern is the second pattern of RC, simply called Bleu Fleur meaning Blue Flower began production in 1779.  Every pristine porcelain piece was unique and hand-painted with cobalt under the clear glaze. Each item of dinnerware was marked with a unique dating system and signed by the artist who painted it. While no longer in production there are oodles of pieces out there if you want to pick up a 'Blue Flower' item.

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Gathered and collected from various family members from Denmark and America---we are blessed to be able to host more people than our small house can hold.


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The centerpiece was very low and designed for conversation I added a few leaves all set in my antique enameled fish poacher with dried gourds, garden pumpkin and super market squash. This arrangement left lots of room for serving pieces on the wide table.

I'm not a professional blogger, by all means I'm not a professional anything anymore. Retired and aging---I get a bit 'fermisht'--at times, not sure on that spelling. But, it means getting scrambled in the head, a perfect Yiddish expression that sounds exactly like what it means. 

Anyway---Thanksgiving came and went with much preparation and enjoyment----AND, I never got proper photos of my formally set Thanksgiving Table. 

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Except after the fact. 
Well, everyone imagine adding a bit of green and some red candles--- and you could do Christmas with my Thanksgiving Table Setting!

The tablecloth is April Cornell...vibrant and forgiving cotton. 
Our Sterling is Danish (Princessin) and a I added a few pieces of American. Denmark doesn't believe in salad forks, so my mom's salad forks were added.

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Our fabric creamy yellow napkins were still not washed from TD, and we had a few fleeting moments of sun. I substituted these cute paper ones for this photo session. 
The silver pattern has a very George Jensen-look. The pattern is discontinued, but was a perfect choice for my style, way back in 1963 when I picked it out at age 15, long before I even met my husband.

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The tall goblets were my grandparents'. The smaller goblets are Orefors (1968)---we chose for our wedding.

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I have many unusual silver serving pieces passed down from family to augment our own pattern.  Some have hallmarks of the late 1700's. The meat fork was part of a set I purchased in an antique store for a song. The carving knife and fork are sterling---it's heavy, and Danish, and very unique. The silver gravy server I purchased for my parent's 25th wedding anniversary. You can never have too much gravy at a meal.

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I love this detailed flowered spoon, a sand rose grown on the shore dunes of the North Sea, from the 60's.


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The large potato spoon (or berry spoon) was a gift from my maiden aunts in Denmark for our wedding in the Princessin pattern.

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We had a lovely Thanksgiving...a mere memory now---and dishes washed and silver freshly polished it is time to think of Christmas...I'm 'fermisht' all over again!

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Midwest Gardening STORM November 2018

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For those of you who follow my Chicagoland gardening posts---
this post pretty much ends the gardening year! 
Sunday afternoon and evening through the next morning, we were blasted with 50mph winds from the NE and a wicked storm coming up from the SE...rain/ice/sleet/snow to the tune of 10"+.

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The three trees in our frontyard..take on a Whoville look, and one has been topped I dont' even know for sure where the top went.


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You can see the mosaic bowling/gazing ball with it's cap. I took these pics on Tuesday---we spent 1/2 of Monday digging out, wasn't in the mood for photos.

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Those two lumps are the fishing pond kids. 

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I slogged through 10+inches in the east yard to put the last of the tools away. I don't know how much kitchen waste will be going in the composter.

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This morning we already long icicles. Sun is as fierce as winter storms. Oh, a comment on the dish---which basically is a pain in the butt in bad weather. We will be shopping for another alternative, soon.

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More on the garage---note all the decor---frosted...LOL. Tie a few bows on and I'll be done.

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Still is something magical about icicles, unless you are bonged by them.

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I had removed all the Fall decor---but missed this lamp, bow, and the leaves on the wreath.

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Our mailbox...now a snow mound

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Already a snow piled almost 4 feet high next to the driveway.

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Sore muscles forgotten as I take photos today. Every branch is encrusted in glorious sparkles.

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The poor birds, the feeders need more seed. 
Our outside Christmas decorating may be a bit curtailed this year.
I suppose the seed catalogs are only a few weeks away, LOL!


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