Feb 9, 2011

Lets Pretend....

It's a bright and shiny day here,
but it sure isn't warm....

(click photos to enlarge)

But we can pretend....

Turn up the furnace,
replace those fluffy socks with strappy sandals....


and bring color back to the table
 the fresh happy colors
 of spring..

The colors that cheer my soul...



I found this gorgeous Campanula at the garden center...

Can't you just imagine a meadow filled with these
softly swaying in a breeze
dappled in sunlight?


I camouflaged her plastic pot
 with a hanky dripping in frothy lace...


I set the table with my Martha Stewart botanical plates,
I love the soft green scalloped edges...


No hot meal here...

just a big bowl for a crisp fresh salad...




glasses to fill with icy drinks...


Tiny rosy plates
 to hold slices of crusty buttered bread...


leaving behind the heavy napkins of hearty meals....

 replacing them with
 delicate lacy hankies instead...


Yes, I am ready for spring
and sunshine!

I am joining
and

Thanks for sharing a bit of sun with me today,

44 comments:

Sherry said...

So pretty. Love the flower wrapped in the linen and love the hankies for napkins. I have done that too. Just beautiful!
Sherry

texasdaisey said...

What a beautiful and romantic tablescape. Just in time for Valentine's day.
Debbie

Vintage Gal said...

This tablescape whispers ~ spring is coming ~ I absolutely adore it ;-)

Pam - diy Design Fanatic said...

Lovely! I saw some Campanula at Trader Joe's on Sunday, and now I'm wishing I'd bought one!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

It is all so pretty and I think I feel a warm breeze....thanks it is 17 degrees out here!

Marie Arden said...

So fresh and so delicate. Gives me hope for spring arriving. Although tonight here in Georgia they say we will have some snow again!!

Leslie said...

Bella, I love the campanula! Question? After all that work, I hope you actually sit down and have a nice cookie and tea on that beautiful setting.

A Garden of Threads said...

Hi Bella, A beautiful table setting and a taste of spring to come. I am hoping the temperature climbs above freezing this weekend:)

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hi Bella... what a beautiful Springtime post, I love it!... okay, I am pretending it is Spring... last year, I planted a Campanula like yours, it is called Get Mee... it bloomed profusely in my garden clear until frost... yours looks so pretty inside for now... xoxo Julie Marie

Tete said...

Love everything! I am so ready for spring, too, and it can't come soon enough. I miss blooms.
Hugs- Tete

Pamela Gordon said...

How pretty and springy! I love the dishes and lace and hankies and...well, everything. Blessings, Pamela

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Just beautiful, Bella!! The gorgeous colors in your plant go so beautifully with your whites and lovely flower dishes! Love it! :)

Marianne said...

Bella, what gorgeous photographs!! Very artistically done. Everything looks lovely with all the white, then that center splash of lavender from your beautiful Campanulas. Your dishes are lovely, too.

It does make one want to bathe in the aura of it all.

I've linked you so I can keep looking in on all your lovelies.

Happiness to you,
Marianne

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Your pictures are so gorgeous, Bella. I love the white linens with the pretty campanulas. I am so ready for spring! Thanks for giving us a taste of it in your post :D

xoxoxo,
Ricki Jill

My Vintage Studio said...

Beautiful table settings!
It was fun pretending with you.
Have a great Thursday!
Sharon

High Street Cottage said...

Bella, this is sooooo beautiful! How inspiring! xoxo tami

Shirley said...

Beautiful! We sure need a taste of spring and summer! It's going to be about -10 here tonight! Love the purple-blue flowers with the lace!!!

Marlis said...

You had me at the flowers.. how lovely the little bells are. the dishes are outstanding on your table. Lovely.

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

I LOVE Campanula AND can NEVER resist it when they start selling it at the market... Oh Yes, I could feel your warmth in your beautiful post! Thank you for sharing...
Happy Valentines Day to you,
Hugs, Donna

Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Bella
After looking at your pretty tablescape, yes I can pretend it's spring....do I have to pretend I'm full too? :-)
Judith

Shirley said...

Dear Bella,
let's pretend I have left this cold snowy place and I'm sitting at your lovely table, and you are so delighted that I have arrived without wearing boots!
Beautiful setting and I will dream I'm there!
Yours Sincerely
~Shirley

THE VERANDA HOUSE said...

HI DEAR BELLA IT WAS A PLEASURE THAT YOU HAVE CAME FOR A VISIT TO MY COTTAGE,THANK YOU SO MUCH..I WILL DO THE SAME HAS YOU I WILL WEAR MY STRAPY SANDALS AND PRETEND IT IS SPRING,YOUR MARTHA STEWART DISHES ARE SO LOVELY AND I ADMIRE YOUR TASTE,AND I LOVE ALL YOUR POSTS I ALWAYS VISIT YOU ....THANK YOU FOR SHARING HAPPY VALENTINES TO YOU...SANDRA

Blondie's Journal said...

The flowers, the pretty china and silver and all of your imagination make me think of spring days!

XO,
Jane

Life with L said...

Pure loveliness. The flowers are such a pretty addition. Love the china. The napkins are gorgeous. Perfect for a light dinner. I am your newest follower. I would be delighted if you followed me in return. Linda

Lounging with a Latte said...

Love your tablescape and your photography. Mmmm those biscuits from your previous post look too good to eat...very pretty!

Olga said...

It's so pretty and so spring-like. I love your idea of dressing up the plastic pot with beautiful lacy hanky; it looks so delicate.

Kleines Rosenhaus said...

Guten Morgen Bella
So mache ich das auch. Ich versuche den Frühling hervorzulocken, vielleicht klappt es ja.
Lieber Gruß
Claudia

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Soft beautiful colors, every pic is just perfect:@)

NanaDiana said...

Beautiful tablescape, Bella~and I love those Martha Stewart plates. I have never seen that pattern of hers before. Another picture perfect table. Hugs-Diana

Debbie said...

Totally beautiful! I love the look of the linens on this table best. Using hankies was a great idea because they add to the delicate look of the whole thing. I love the extra one in the centerpiece. I would talk in a whisper if I sat down at this table.

Passionedeco...perchè le case hanno un'anima said...

Oh what a beautiful stroll into Spring!
Thank you Bella!!!
Fra

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady your Tablescapes are Beautiful sweet lady !!!You know how to put at all together just lovely. I put my Valentine's Day post on also. I hope you have a nice day.xxoo
Diane

A Perfect Setting said...

Just looking at your pictures makes me happy and brings a smile to my face. The flowers and the beautiful china make me wistful for Spring, it can't get here soon enough! Lovely!!

Sandy said...

Very sweet! Nice to catch up as always.

Bisous,

Sandy @ My Shabby Streamside Studio
http://myshabbystreamsidestudio.blogspot.com/

Sherri said...

Bella you set a beautiful and very romantic table! Thanks for sharing!

Masha said...

What a great idea, Bella! You sure know how to dream.... Your table looks so elegant, and I love the delicate color of campanula, it goes so well with your gorgeous china.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Very perky and sweet. I'm just crawling with a new head cold and I need all the perky I can get!xx

Roselle said...

Ahhhh.....I can almost smell the fresh spring air just from looking at those photos! Just divine! TU for brightening up our winter days with such a lovely post. I LOVE the hankie around the plant pot.
xo
Roselle

Carolyn said...

This is such a pretty post Bella.

Carolyn

Jo said...

Hope you don't mind, I gave you an award.
~JO
LazyonLoblolly

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

I feel so relaxed after looking at your photos and reading...I would love to see these flowers swaying in the meadow and sit down in a gauzy dress and pretty sandals to sip ice tea and look at your gorgeous dishes! Soon the solid ice in my yard will melt, yes? Please? Love the hankies! Linda

Farah Muzaffar said...

Beautiful one... Bellla you have such delicate and feminine ideas... great... how sweet your salad bowl is... and what a beauty your bread plate has... sparkling cutlery, delicate chaina... heart touching flowers and happy sunshines.. Life is beautiful...
http://craftaworld.blogspot.com/
Love
Farah

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Bella -- this is such a sweet table. Love your pretty dishes and your lavendar flowers. The lace trimmed hankies -- all so soft and delightful.

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Beautiful Bella...I'm your newest follower, I love your table, your dishes are so pretty and that sweet lace hanky! Your lavender center piece is very fresh looking, it make one think of spring. All is perfect. I love what you love. Hope you come and say hello too.
Have a very happy Valentine's along with your love.
XOXO
FABBY