Thursday, March 22, 2012

My Smocking Friend’s Tables

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I completely forgot that I wanted to share

with you my smocking friend's beautiful Valentines Day tablescapes!

You don't mind seeing them a little late, do you?

Nicole & I gather to smock & sew once a week, along with several other very talented women, who willingly share their ideas, tips & projects.

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I happened to have my camera in the car with me

when we met at Nicole's lovely home in February &

she graciously allowed me to photograph her pretty settings.

Nicole is blessed to have inherited some GORGEOUS antiques,

this pair of candlesticks being some of them.

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I am head-over-heels in ♥♥♥ with her beautiful dining room!

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Her exquisite wedding china is the Lenox pattern,

Monroe from their Presidential series. *sigh*

The burgundy & black bands of color are accented

with gold twisted rope patterns around the rims.

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Her crystal stemware, another wedding gift,

is Waterford's Castlemaine pattern.

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She has TWO of these gorgeous antique

Imperial Acanthus Leaf carnival glass compotes.


(check out that pretty bolster pillow in the background that she made)

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This hammered metal serving tray is from

a well known local artist, Don Drum.

I have a few of his pieces & must remember

to photograph them to share with you soon.

None of mine are as pretty as this one, though!

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I love how Nicole used her little shaped

place card holders to display words from Corinthians 13:4.

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And lastly, get a load of these desserts!!!

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Aren't they wonderfully yummy looking??

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She also made individual little martini glasses of chocolate mousse &

attached a shaped cookie to the side of each glass.


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"...And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."

Thank you, Nicole, for letting me share your beautiful home!

I'm joining Cuisine Kathleen's newest weekly party

Let's Dish!

along with Susan's Between Naps on the Porch

Tablescape Thursday &

The Tablescaper's Seasonal Sunday.


  1. I'm glad you remembered to post this. Love the martini glass and cookie.

    - The Tablescaper

  2. Love that metal tray... but what the heck is smocking? No clue.

    1. Hi Diane,

      Smocking is a method of first, putting tiny little accordian pleats into a swatch of fabric by running it through a "pleater" machine. Then tiny little decorative stitches are taken across the tops of those pleats to make a design & to hold them together.

      You can see my pleater & a nightgown that I made for my granddaughter here:



      Thanks for asking!

  3. Thanks for showing us this lovely room and thanks to your friend for sharing it! I love the idea of the quotes on the place card holders! Must remember to copy that. Linda

  4. What a beautiful table! The desserts are really pretty. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I'm pretty much swooning over her dining room too. I'm in a swoon over her table as well. I absolutely love the way she used her place card holders. I'm pinning that so I don't forget such a good idea.

  6. Oops. Well, I guess I'm not pinning. I'll just have to remember it. I'll count on the dark roots to remind the blond hair.

  7. The china is exquisite, the table gorgeous!

  8. That is such a beautiful table setting. I loved it all.

  9. Beautiful table! Those little heart name holders are adorable.
    I can't wait to see how you use the vintage shamrock table topper...I know you will do it justice, as Saint Kathleen did!

  10. That pillow is the verses in the name holders....really pretty pieces on the table...I am glad you shared it!

  11. Thank you for sharing Nicole's beautiful Valentine's Day table with us.
    Visiting from Let's Dish today.

  12. You get together to smock! I didn't even know people did that anymore. In fact, I wonder how many people know what smocking is.

    The table is beautiful. The china pattern is especially gorgeous. So nice that it's presidential!
    Thanks for sharing. I loved every detail.

  13. Absolutely lovely...

    Beautiful tablescape...

    Happy TS,
    /CC from Stockholm,

  14. What a gorgeous table, Rett! Nicole knows how to set an elegant table that people can feel at home at. Love the mousse filled martini glasses!


  15. Hey, Rett! I'M in love with her dining room, too! Wow! So pretty...and spacious, too! I'm thinking that table can fit 10? Our dining room is just so teensy, and with the Mission style table we have, we can only get 6 in there. I'm determined to get a table that will allow for at least 8. I LOVE that china!!!!!!! That really does look presidential! It's beautiful! So many pretty touches to make this a special table!

  16. Her china is just gorgeous, very presidential indeed.
    A sweet table,it must be a lot of fun to meet with the gals. All my friends leave for FL, so no one around till May!
    Thanks for sharing at Let's Dish! Now start thinking about the challenge!
    So if you reply to me here, will that reply get emailed to me???

    1. I don't think so. I've had several people "reply" to me on their blogs & it has never come to me via email. It just seems to keep the conversation going on the thread & other people can chime in, too, if they want to talk to the person making the comment.

  17. Beautiful, Rett. This is one of my favorite bible verses.

  18. Beautiful and elegant and those little martini mousses are so cute and such a great idea to use all that old glass wear someone may have.

  19. Just gorgeous! So festive and appropriate for February. Doesn't it make you feel very special when someone does this for you?

    My step-mother used to do smocking...such an incredible talent.


  20. Rett...your friends table and touches...everything is just gorgeous. I'm so glad you posted this. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

    Also THANKYOU for your very kind comments to me on my last few posts. I'm kinda glad now that the 'pinterest' thing happened because I feel I've made a wonderful new friend. Its like they say turning lemons (thanks to pinterest) into lemonade. And pretty special and sweet at that.(new friends) I'm now getting your posts by email and am so glad I am. Your blog is incredible!!!



  21. I'm so glad that you remembered to share these wonderful designs. The china cabinet is so stately and gorgeous. I do have the recipe for the Venison Stew. Yours is one of a number of requests. I'll share it soon...before I forget. Thanks for stopping by for a visit and for sharing a peak of your smocking friend's tables. Cherry Kay

  22. Thanks for sharing your friend's lovely dining room! It's always fun to peek at other people's beautiful homes. I loved the darling place card holder with the scripture verses. Isn't that creative?!! I posted my Easter decor and another table topper, Rett, if you want to check it out. xoxo

  23. It is never too late for love!! We need a little Valentine everyday. I love the sweet cookie withe the mousse?

  24. How lovely, Rett. I don't think it's ever too late to share something so beautiful.

  25. Rett,
    An absolutely beautiful table and everything is wonderful for valentines day. Love her dinning room! Very nice.Thank you for sharing this.

  26. Back again for Seasonal Sunday! Our shopping trip was fun, more stuff I don't need! :)

  27. What a joy it is to walk into a friend's home and see her caring reflected in her table! It's a lovely table with lovely pieces, and yes, the bolster chair is wonderful! Thanks for sharing it, Rett! ~Zuni


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