Friday, May 31, 2013

Easy Elegance: A table dedicated to my aunt!

What a departure from my normal tablescapes! I usually go for fun and bright colors, but I purchased this vintage tablecloth with matching napkins at a thrift store and decided it needed something more sophisticated.

The dinner plates, cups, and saucers came from a garage sale of all places. There was a box sitting at the end of a lady's driveway during her garage sale, separated from the rest of the items for sale. I asked the lady if it was for sale, and she said, "Yes, $5." I said, "Will you take $3?"  She said yes. Then, she added that it was her wedding china, and she was getting a divorce, and she just wanted to get rid of it. She then offered me her ex-husband to be's golf clubs!  I passed on the golf clubs! 

The cake plate is from Home Goods.

The soup bowls are from Crate and Barrel, on sale!

The silver pieces are from my dear Aunt Hyacinth. Last year for Christmas, we decided to thrift our gifts to each other. It stressed me out, but I think we both found neat stuff for each other. I love the little creamer and sugar. She also found the water glasses, the butter dish, and the crystal salt and pepper shakers.

The shell planter was a purchase from an antique store for just $3.

The cake server and the cake knife were a match set found at a thrift store.

The saucers under the soup bowls are Vintage Turquoise A.D. Fiesta saucers that go with the demitasse cups. I thought the soup bowls needed an underplate.

Notice the post-86 Fiesta Juniper Tripod candle holders. I finally bought a pair of white taper candles just to go with this tablescape.

This is the large post-86 Fiesta Juniper vase. Juniper has since been retired.

This is the sugar and creamer from the garage sale wedding china set. I decided to put a creamer and sugar bowl at each end of the table so that items would not have to be passed down the table.

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Fiesta vs. Bauer: A Comparison

I have often wondered if Bauer had a spy in the Fiesta factory since some of the early colors are so close. Or maybe it was vice versa. Here, we have a new Fiesta baking bowl in Marigold for size comparison purposes. The Bauer #3 bowl dwarfs the largest of the post-86 Fiesta Baking Bowls (or mixing bowls). 

The Fiesta Marigold bowl on the left measures 11 inches across.  The Bauer bowl on the right measures 14 inches across.

The Fiesta bowl easily fits inside the Bauer bowl with plenty of room to spare.

This is the bottom of the Bauer #3 bowl. Notice the three spots where the firing prongs went into the bowl. This is a wet foot bowl, meaning it was completely fired all over. Also, the words Bauer Pottery Company and the number 3 are clearly imprinted in the base of the bowl.

This is a side by side comparison of the bottom of the bowls. Again, the size difference is incredible. Notice the white ring on the bottom of the Fiesta bowl. This would be a dry foot--meaning the bottom of the bowl sat on the firing surface, so it was not fired all around.

This is the post-86 Fiesta Persimmon covered casserole inside the Bauer bowl. The Fiesta looks so tiny in the largest bowl I own. The best part is I bought the Bauer bowl for $20.00 at an antique store. I have never met a bowl I didn't like. This is my one and only piece of Bauer, but it works well with the mass of Fiesta I own.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Salsa for Hyacinth!

Cantina Laredo Inspired Warm Fire Roasted Salsa

2 (15 oz.) cans of diced fire roasted tomatoes (I like Muir Glen)
1 jalapeno (remove seeds if you like a milder salsa)
3 green onions, including green tops (I just trim both ends of each onion and rinse them)
2 small cloves of garlic, chopped
½ cup of cilantro, I usually just break off a handful of cilantro leaves
½ lime, juice only
¼ tsp. cumin
¼ tsp. oregano
¼ tsp. sugar
¼ tsp. salt
1/8 to ¼ tsp. black pepper, depending on taste

Place all ingredients in food processor and pulse until smooth. Pour contents into sauce pan and warm. This makes a delightful warm salsa that is excellent with tortilla chips. Cantina Laredo, my favorite Mexican restaurant in Oklahoma City, serves a salsa similar to this one. I like to have both a warm salsa and a cold salsa.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Color for Memorial Day

I decided to go with color for Memorial Day instead of red, white, and blue, and I think it was a good decision. I love the tablecloth with little birds on it that came from Kohl's. Not every tablescape has to be on a vintage tablecloth. I mixed vintage and post-86 Fiesta and added a few other vintage pieces of non-Fiesta. The flatware and goblets came from Tuesday Morning. I tried to mimic the floral motif in the tablecloth in the floral arrangement. The colors are bright and cheerful. I took two sets of photographs. The first set was taken at night without natural light, and the second set was taken during the day.

Night time photos:

Day Time Photos:

I am participating in Tablescape Thursdays over at Between Naps on the Porch.
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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Fiesta de Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo, or as I like to say, Fiesta de Mayo. 

I love this vintage tablecloth with the bold red and black designs. The bullfighter is my favorite on the cloth. I found the red stripe glasses at an antique store. This table uses Post-86 Fiesta in Scarlet and Black.  It also has P-86 Ivory with red stripes on the salt and pepper and the disk pitcher. The gravy boat, creamer and sugar are HLC nautilus with delicate red and black stripes.

So, are you ready for the Fiesta with Fiesta?

I am participating in Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.