Thursday, March 8, 2012

Circle of Kindness Tablescape

I have wanted to use my Circle of Kindness dishes for a while now. I finally got the chance to use them this week. 

Since this scape is heavy on the green, I'm hoping that this will qualify for Kathleen of Cuisine Kathleen's St. Patrick's Day blog crawl.  When I told Kathleen I didn't own a single St. Patrick's Day item, she encouraged me to use green anyway. See Kathleen? This is just for you!

Now I realize Kathleen's party is not until March 13th, but we have the Great Spring'tacular Link Party Parade set to roll from Monday through Thursday next week, so I wanted to make sure I could participate at Kathleen's party as well.

Anyway, let's get to the table!





Let's see here...

I used a matelasse as a table cover.
Purple dinner plates from Better Homes & Gardens/Walmart a few years ago.
Green salad plates from Pier 1.  They were even cheaper than the clearance sticker stated...I paid $1.18 each!
Circle of Kindness plates from Pfaltzgraff.
Green flatware is Cambridge from Home Goods.
Napkins, another steal, from Bed, Bath & Beyond. 
Napkins rings made by me, see my Pom Pom flower tutorial here.
Green bubble goblets from Target, quite a few years ago.

Want to see something silly about the Circle of Kindness plates?  These were called Topsy Turvy because when you turn them upside down, they display a different character. 


See what I mean?  Same plate, upside down, different character! 

Here are the rest of the plates...I didn't turn these upside down for you.  Go ahead & use your imagination.


Silly looking characters, aren't they? 

***edited to add...the box tells me that these characters have names, topsy turvy names....they are Lord & Lady Entwistle, Connor O'Riley & Riley O'Connor,  Dolly & Molly Periwinkle and Patrick Shannon & Shannon Patrick. 


For the center, a vase of purple tulips.


This sweet little house canister was a companion piece to the set, along with the mushroom salt & pepper shakers and the cow butter dish.



Something about this set just makes me smile.



Thank you for taking the time to visit me today.  I really appreciate it.  It may sound silly but blogland is sort of like a Circle of Kindness, isn't it?

Linking to:

Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
St. Patrick's Day Blog Crawl at Cuisine Kathleen




58 comments:

Jilly said...

I LOVE those Topsy Turvy Plates, I have never seen anything like them! I LOVE them! Great tablescape! How fun!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

LOVE those dishes Gina! Your table looks so pretty!

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

Gina:

I love your tablescape! I never heard of the Topsy Turvy Plates, so adorable!

Have a great weekend! Thanks for your nice comments on my blog.

Something Nice and Pretty said...

I love your tablescape Gina, especially how you used purple with the green, I would never had thought of it! Those plates are the cutest too, I've never seen those before, a real treasure for you!

NanaDiana said...

THIS is a really cute table setting, Gina. I love the Topsy Turvy plates, too. The whole table is just pretty!

Well, I'm guessing there is no Irish in your family if you don't have anything for St. Patrick's Day. We are all about green this time of year here..and as Irish as Paddy's pig...of course, we don't do Pizza as good as you Italians do (you ARE Italian, aren't you?>)
xo Diana

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Gina what a pretty table! Love the green and purple combination. Those plates are so cute and fun! Great job!
hugs, Linda

Debby said...

Your table looks so nice. I like the purple with the green. Very interesting places. Love the S and P shakers andd that little house. Very cute.

Joanne said...

Yes! I love the purple and the green and the dishes.... are ADORABLE!

Great job!

Stopping in from BNOTP.

-Joanne

Jo's This and That said...

Love your table! Love the cow! Such sweet dishes.Thanks for sharing Joann
Thanks for following me back, Too!

Marie Arden said...

Those plates are so unique and clever. I love the green with the purple. Everything looks wonderful I am a firm believer in kindness- it is what I look for in a friend.

The Tablescaper said...

Love your table and I think it will be perfect for the party. Kathleen throws a great one each year.

- The Tablescaper

JenCoen said...

Those plates are just great!!! Love them!! Seriously, Spring is poppin' off in your home!! hehe

Gypsy Heart said...

Gina, everything looks very pretty. I like the purple accents with the green! Your napkin rings are adorable.

Pat

Gypsy Heart said...

Gina, everything looks very pretty. I like the purple accents with the green! Your napkin rings are adorable.

Pat

Linda said...

Funny how we can find green when we aren't looking.
Love your table scape.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Ok, I turned the lap top upside down...to funny! Love those dishes...Oops no shamrocks, girl you are going to get kicked out of blog world LOL!

Carol

Darcie (My Modern Country) said...

This makes me smile, too! Those Topsy Turvy Plates are so cute :) And getting those salad plates for $1.18...that's my kind of deal-way to go!!

Grammy Goodwill said...

I think you've made a beautiful tablescape. I really like the polka dot flatware, but those plates are the most unusual item on your table.

Kathleen said...

I am honored! I love this table, I have seen the topsy turvey, but didn't know about the turning upside down! I have the s and p and I think the butter dish, I have to find it.
This is perfect for St. Patrick's Day, thanks so much for preparing this entry!

Wild Oak Designs said...

Love the dishes and new ideas for tabelscapes...
Nancy
wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

sweet violets said...

Those are great plates!! Your table is looking fresh and pretty....love the cow butter dish!!! hugs...cleo

Debbiedoo's said...

This is really the cutest table I have seen in a long while. those dishes are priceless Gina! I love them and they made me smile.

Fox Hollow Cottage said...

You always have such a pretty tablescape when you do them! Those plates are a trip! Totally made me smile =) The flatware is cute too. Looks like polkadot almost. See ya soon for the party!!!

The Decorative Dreamer said...

Gina those plates are the neatest thing! I've never seen anything like them. I love how unique and fun they are. Thanks so much for sharing them they made me smile!

anangloinquebec said...

You are so good at the tabletop design! I love it all and just a heads up for you Gina....the whole "clan" is talking about packing up and heading over for a wee bite to eat!! Are you ready?

Elaine said...

Gina,

This is a delightful table! The plates are such fun and the companion pieces are adorable! LOVE the tulips, too!

Elaine
Creating Wonderful Spaces

ImSoVintage said...

Gina, your table looks so lovely, and if it's not quite spring outside there, it certainly is inside :)

Pat's Pink Apron said...

Gina,
What a pretty table. I love your center piece of Tulips.& Love those friendship plates too.
Pat

Cindy F. Adkins said...

What a pretty table! Love the colors!! The Topsy Turvy plates are so funny - I've never seen anything like them. The tulips are gorgeous (my fav flowers) and I love that butter dish with the cow on top! Wish I could find one like it.
Hugs, Cindy

Tanya@takesix said...

What cute dishes!!! Your table is great for St. Patrick's day! Your tulips are such a beautiful color!

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

Hi Gina,

i love those plates!!! Your tablescape is so cute.

Dee

Ana said...

Oh Gina, those plates are so cute. I love them! Your tablescape is very sweet. Wishing you a wonderful weekend my friend.

Much love,
♥Ana

Shannon @ Cozy Home Scenes And Cozy Home Kitchen said...

I bet those topsy turvy dishes are a real conversation starter at a dinner party, at least before the food is served. I've never seen those before, but they look like a lot of fun! Your tablescape is very nice with all the pretty things you have.

Thanks for stopping by my blog tonight. Have a great weekend!

Cindy Adkins said...

OH MY GOSH, Gina, this is spectacular!!! And I love those plates--aren't they amazing and I adore your tulips....purely exquisite!!!
XO
Cindy

reFresh reStyle said...

I love your table Gina! I've never seen such cute plates! Everything looks wonderful!
Have a great weekend!
Debbie

momto8 said...

I love your tablescape!!! everything about it!
you have a treasure in those plates!

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Your table scape looks very Irish with the thatched cottage! I love the green with purple!

Mt father is 1/2 Irish and 1/2 Italian. My life has been immersed in both cultures.

I love just saying and writing "Topsy Turvy"! Your plates are wonderful!
Happy Weekend, Gina!
~Lynne
[w/L]

PⒿ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

Gina, this is beautiful, charming and truly fun! What a great tablescape!

Connie said...

Your dishes are fascinating and so amusing. I don't think you could eat at that table without a big smile on your face. I just found your blog and it's Sunday a very busy day for me. Plus this is the day we loose an hour. Will definitely be back. Your new fan, Connie
Come visit, I'm new to blogging, but learning as I go.

thistlewoodfarm said...

Your tablescape is so cute! I love those plates. They must make everyone smile!

blessings,
karianne

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

What a whimsical tablescape! I cannot get over those dishes...I would probably stare at them all day! How did they do that??????

Guess what! I have actually almost finished my craft for your party, and I am writing a tutorial for it...can you believe it???? (but it does involve painting)

xo,
RJ

Entertaining Women said...

The characters in the plates are so very clever. I love them. I went back and studied them a bit. So cool that the artist figured out how to place an eye on each neck, and double up on the mouths, too...pretty ingenious. I think that this is a wonderful St. Pat's table. I have to get busy today and start pulling mine together. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

I think this is all just perfect. From the tulips to the cow butter dish. Those plates are incredible. I really had to study them to figure it out...I probably shouldn't admit that. :o) See you for your craft party!

Alycia Nichols said...

Yes, I stood up and tried to turn my body upside down enough to see the flip side of those other 3 plates! Those are so cool!!! I love them!!!!!! Your table is spectacular with the touches of deep purple, especially those fabulous tulips! This is so pretty, Gina. It totally qualifies for St. Patrick's Day or any Springtime day! Beautiful!

Judy Bigg said...

Beautiful tablescape Gina, love the centerpiece too and the little cottage. I have a little Easter cottage, I need to find it.

Marigene said...

Very festive table...love the plates!

Babs said...

That is such a sweet tablescape. The salad plates and little house are darling.
Have you read the book "The Circle of Kindness"?
Babs

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
I love your tablescape!!! everything about it!
you have a treasure in those plates!
I hope you have a wonderful week with your family and Happy St.Patrick's Day.
xxoo Diane

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Very pretty, love your green goblets:@)

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

I have never seen those dishes! They are quite clever. I had to turn my laptop upside down to catch some of the faces! The little cottage is so dreamy, isn't it? Couldn't you just move right in? Linda

Kathleen said...

Thanks again for taking part in the Blog Crawl, Gina!

Micupoftea~ said...

Charming table, Gina~ Happy SPD!

Priscilla said...

Kindness is the greatest decoration.

Sarah said...

Wonderful title and darling tablescape. Sorry I'm late to arrive, but I've been away from my computer. Happy St. Patrick's Day! ~ Sarah

lulumusing said...

Silly the faces may be, but I love the idea of a circle of kindness. I have a thing for butter dishes so yours got my attention.

Monica @ Texas Fiesta Ware Fan said...

You did a great job. Love the s&p shakers! Happy SPD.

Linda Young said...

That was a great tablescape, and you thought you didn't have any St. Patty's Day stuff! Very pretty! Those Topsy Turvy dishes are really fun! I loved all your dishes! I am joining your circle of kindness today! I am your newest follower! Happy Spring!
Linda

Andreaqdip said...

I love your tablescape!!! everything about it! you have a treasure in those plates!

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