Saturday, February 17, 2018

"Toile de Jouy" for my Dining Chairs


Hello sweet friends !

Last January, while we were visiting with our dear Alexandra and her family, I had plans to buy a "Toile de Jouy" material for reupholstering my dining chairs, that had seen it's days.

So we just got them fresh from the shop yesterday. I can't hide my excitement at how elegant and wonderful they look, thus refreshing the entire dining room.

I decided upon using another pattern material for the back of the chairs and found a 'Houndtooth' in navy and salmon just like the background color of the front of the chairs, of course.
 
I was saying to Mr. Living this morning when I first glanced at them, that it looks like a whole new dining furniture !

Here I'm sharing them with you, I hope you like them as well.



My dream was always if I ever reupholster my dining chairs, Toile would be my first choice.

Isn't it petty ? This is a 'Paysannerie' French pattern Toile de Jouy.



 



We loved this combo for the back of the chairs. A small navy and salmon  'Houndtooth' material, that blended perfectly... we thought.


I was thinking of gray, blue and white, others that might catch my eye, etc.
Then, walking front, right, left and back of that huge warehouse all of a sudden I saw it and that was it, color and print !

Love the classic 'country scenery' print of it... the pattern name is 'Paysannerie.' 


The before stayed like this for 26 years... uff !
The material had a pale pinkish and blue streak, that long since had faded with time, lol..  











Thank you dear friends for your sweet and kind comments, you always make my day !

Thanking the lovely hostesses for having me at their great parties.

LOVE,
FABBY


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Monday, February 12, 2018

Romance is here, for sure !


Hello sweet friends !

I created a tablescape for Valentine's Day with red and ivory, plus I love Valentine's and all that goes with it. The hearts, the red, the champagne, the romance, the flowers, etc...

In some countries there's also a celebration of Carnival in February, like In Rio de Janero- Brasil, New Orleans Mardi Gras, Venice-Italy, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. Spain has ten Carnivals throughout Spain. I'm sure more places in the world celebrate it. 
There is a long weekend here in Ecuador too, to celebrate Carnival, although nothing special happens, except great family and friends get together with special food for carnival time.

Our breakfast area is all set for Valentine's Day, that is, with a table all ready for the romantic 14th. of February and our buffet.

When we were just recently in Miami, I bought a beautiful "Toile de Joue" printed material with a background in a pink salmon and the French figurines, classic, for our dining room chairs, as their upholstery had seen it's days.

Next Wednesday the shop will deliver us the chairs, so I can't wait to share them with you, I'm so excited !

                             Happy valentine's

This setting was arranged on top of my red check topper. Ivory reticulated china, flowers and champagne glasses too.

Fresh strawberries on a heart bowl.


        A simple bouquet in red alstroemeria and white callas.                                


The buffet with cute red teacups paired with some more pieces from my reticulated china.

Borrowed this red flower plant from my kitchen window sill.






I love the Cupids, they are so romantic. The berries in the heart bowl were soo delish !
 

Red teacups and cupids, what more to wish you all a very Happy Valentine's 2018.





Hubby gifted me with this gorgeous ivory reticulated china, complete for twelve place settings, 12 teacups and saucers, 12 chargers of the same, plus serving pieces, some 8 or 9 years ago and I loved it since.

Charger, dinner plate, salad plate and soup plate in the stock, except for the teacups which are not showing. I love this beautiful china Mr. Living gifted me some 8 years ago.


 Happy Valentine's Day to you all.

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Thanking the lovely hostesses for having me at their great parties.

LOVE,
FABBY

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Sunday, February 4, 2018

Thinking of Valentine's and Chocolate Cake





Hello sweet friends !

Well, after our trip to Miami we are back home, happy although we are missing our kids, but specially baby Maxima who is simply adorable, talking in her half tongue and been a little mischievous. She sure entertained us grandparents to no end !

Our daughter Sofia and her hubby are coming tomorrow for the weekend with our older grandgirls, they are so sweet and such a delight to be with and have conversations as Victoria is a teenager already. Therefore, I baked a cake for them, for a bunch of chocolate lovers and grandma has to oblige to make memories, right ?

I also added my cupid couple just to remind us that Valentine's is just around the corner and I will bake a heart cake and set a table for the two of us.

Our 11 year old's birthday Cayetana, was last January 26, so in a way I am doing it for her specially. I will post a couple of family pics from Miami as well as  Cayetana's birthday too. I also loved her cake !

Ok, my chocolate cake came out fabulous and delish, I recommend anyone who adores chocolate, as it is a very rich one with black coffee too.
Look on Pinterest for the recipe.

"Chocolate and coffee Bundt Cake with Cranberry Glaze." 

http://www.cookthecake.com/2016/02/bundt-cake-de-chocolate-y-cafe.html 

The cake is in Spanish, it may be lost in translation when you look for it. Here is the link. Translate it all, it certainly is worth this very 'scrumptious chocolate delight.'


My cupid couple figurine in porcelain-bisque, gives my post, just the touch of Valentine's soon to be here.
This is a great Chocolate and coffee Cake, you must try. A hit with my daughter Sofia, hubby and grandgirls Victoria and Cayetana. We loved it too !
 



Really delish !
 

One of my favorite tea sets I own. The set is for eight place settings, teacups and saucers, dessert plates, a chocolate pot, a sugar bowl and creamer. 

 

 



 

Oh goodness! The first slice of cake was fun cause the girls wanted each first, so I gave it to their mother so they stopped yelling, lol.. 

Yummmmm


Enjoying a few days with my little Maxima


Cayetana on her 11th. birthday. Her mother bought the cake and decorated it in such a fun and clever way with some donuts... isn't it adorable !

Later in the day she had ten friends from school for lunch and to help her blow the candles and to sing for her 'Happy Birthday.'

Thank you dear friends for your sweet and kind comments, you always make my day !

http://www.cookthecake.com/2016/02/bundt-cake-de-chocolate-y-cafe.html

The recipe is in Spanish; here is the link and you can translate the entire recipe to make it. It's worth it, it's an amazing cake !

Thanking the lovely hostesses for having me at their great parties.

LOVE,
FABBY

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Transferware Tea China for January Rosary


Hello sweet friends !


Here I am hosting my first January Rosary 2018, for my monthly Ministry and thus praying for the new year, as most of you who follow me know... so that dear sweet Jesus and Mother of God bless our families and friends, as much as our world and the countries we live in and may we preserve the peace there is and perhaps the war torn countries of the world find peace and be blessed.

Please feel free to request prayers, we always oblige.

We are also going to Miami to meet our daughter Alexandra, baby Max and SIL Sergio this Monday.

I will visit you all after I come back, it must be around 14 days from now.

Here is the tea table I prepared for my humble first prayer of the new year; for my Rosary friends, using my always favorite 'red tranferware' tea china.




I first thought of my red transferware tea china for twelve settings for this table, as my friends love it.
I set it on top of my red elephant table topper, which is a cheery and fun one.


The teapot and creamer on your right hand is "ENOCH WEDWOOD" - Made in England - The Ports of England.

 

For a simple centerpiece I placed some snowed-painted pinecones inside a "HISTORICAL PORTS OF ENGLAND" - Made in England - bowl and serving platter. The tacups just say: Made in England.
My dear MIL's little elephants I'm so glad I saved for when I set a table with the elephant, Indian tablecloth. 

STAFFORSHIRE -Made in England, 'Scotney Castle Kent' teapot and creamer.




Three tier Lady Carlyle, Royal Albert server at your right.


The dessert plates are "Cambridge - Old England."
 
Old Country Roses, Royal Albert three tier server at your left.

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LOVE,
FABBY

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Simple January Winter Vignettes 2018


Hello sweet friends !

Here we are again facing a new year and hopping you are all off to a good start.

I haven't been around much thru the holidays as it is such a busy time, although we declined to go to NYC as you all know the freezing weather worked against our wishes and it was a pity.

We are going to Florida to meet our daughter Alexandra and her family instead and spend a few days together, since our vacation got cut in half.

Anyhow... I started to fix new vignettes around the breakfast area and dining room, simple ones but, not elaborate, specially using my blue and white favorite pieces and others.

Again, I wish 2018 be a wonderful, healthy and prosperous year for all of you dear bloggy friends.



I love blue and white in Winter... and all year around, it's so versatile.



My big English bowl with some snowed DIY pine cones.

I won the bowl a few years ago.

Tea serving from the pull out shelf. I love this feature on some antique buffets, such as mine.

Here I worked around my Friendly Village soup tureen and platter with a couple of white tureens.




January is a trout fishing season, therefore, I arranged my plate rack with salad plates and soup bowls from my fish china, along with some serving platters.



 
The service entrance to the kitchen is where the plate rack stands, behind the door and in front of the fridge.
 I loved how Mr. Living found this 4inch. space, just for storing platters and plates.
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LOVE,
FABBY

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