Baby, it’s cold outside!
But there are several months to get through before that happens, so I borrowed advice from the incomparable Dowager Countess of Downton Abbey. I’m “a woman with a brain and reasonable ability” so I decided to “stop whining and find something…”
The Winter Wonderland effect erased my despair over this challenge, and my only problem became editing the pieces I wanted to add to my table!
Or perhaps he is the cause of it?
We used to look for him on the lawn, hoping that his antics would bring a snow day.
On those precious school holidays I would often work on my scrapbook. Each month of the year had several pages allocated to it, with the name of the month carefully printed at the top. Stickers, greeting cards, and pictures snipped from my mother’s magazines adorned the pages, but the first items for each month were the flower and birthstone!
I don’t have a scrapbook anymore, but I think January’s symbols of
soft white carnations and warm, intense garnets
are appropriate additions to a wintery table.
Thank you, Mr. Fun, for finding these lovely carnations.
The delicate scent is truly heavenly.
A quick search of my jewelry box, however, yielded only
the puniest of garnets, and I feared they would drop into the soft blanket table covering and disappear until spring, like Nellie’s tennis balls
that appear all over the lawn when the snow melts.
(Note to self: I think I need a garnet.
It is, after all, the school color of my college!)
While I wait for it, I have other wintery elements.
~ Mr. Snowman~
(Wade~Red Rose Tea)
(the red reflection in the Pierre Deux cup is me ~~ does that count as garnet?)
~ glittery pine cones ~
~ vintage, ice-like crystal stems ~
(see them used HERE for Valentine’s Day)
~ more snowflakes and silver ~
~ and shiny votives, some filled with carnations ~
~ some waiting to be lit at dusk ~
Is romance possible in the cold, icy weather? I can’t think of too many better ways to warm up than cuddling with your honey. My parents were married in January, and Mr. Fun and I had our first date in January.
In honor of these important events, I added these feathery love birds ~~
~ and my beautiful wedding china and silver ~
The china has tiny blue flowers and a silver edge ~
~ and the lids of the sugar bowl and teapot have dainty points
that look like snow capped mountains.
The handles of the teacups, ~
~ teapot, sugar and creamer ~
~ are heart-shaped.
~ It was discontinued soon after we were married ~
~ so it is important that nothing falls on it,
even dainty snowflakes.
Freshly fallen snow is so pure and perfect,
and I never like to see it trampled and dirty.
To keep the snowy blanket covering the table from becoming stained with drops of tea and cream I used my china set’s platter to place them upon.
Sometimes I use my dishes (china and others) as a plate under vases, too.
Night began falling and
still there were no garnets to be found.
So I lit the votives ~
and inspiration struck.
National Pie Day!
And inside my pie ~
~ huge, juicy cherries the color of garnets.
(well, close enough!)
It’s easy to see why it’s called
“the warm glow of candlelight”
when the table is set with wintery elements.
And even though the scene says
“Snow, Ice and Winter” ~
~ the candlelight ~
~ helps it say “warm.”
Which is just what we are needing now.
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Thank you all!
I hope it is warm where you are,
but if it’s cold outside, well, set a pretty table, and
baby, it can be warm inside!
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