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September 21, 2011

Rosy endings....

I had some roses still blooming so I decided I had to cut some and enjoy this last bit of summers offerings.

Since they are pink it was a little tricky working them into a fall arrangement.

I still have hydrangeas so I cut a few of them and some stems with leaves for bulk and color.
I cut some leaves of the cordyline spike plants that I have in some containers outside hoping to add a little drama to the arrangement.

I tried to help create more fall tones by using my sunflower vase and my amber stemware.
I did not visualize these little bowls as ever going with my April Cornell placemats. I found the placemats on mark down last spring and the bowls late last winter.  I also was pleased because it helped carry the floral theme from the arrangement.
The table cloth is a ivory colored burlap piece I picked up at Pottery Barn.  I liked the texture for this setting and the napkins I recently acquired had a nice woven texture to them too!
I decided to keep the napkin fold simple and it repeats the straight lines of the bowl and the placemat.  The Mikasa Italian Countryside dishes came in handy again and the new ivory flatware did too!
Since it's a table for two and informal I kept it simple.
My daughter gave me this little Waterford votive
and it makes a nice accent.  I strung the
plastic beads around to add a little color and give it a touch of glam!
 I made a quick little cake
 (some people call them a dump cakes)
It has cherries on the bottom, cake mix, chopped pecans
 and butter.
 I know my husband will be going back for seconds!
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed the visit.
for her weekly tabletop party!


  1. So pretty, Liz! I love your flower arrangement and your stemware!

  2. Hi Liz, as always, you set the most beautiful tables and your flowers look great! I think you need to share that recipe too, it sounds yummy! ~Marcy

  3. Hi, Liz... I think that is a GORGEOUS centerpiece, and I love the dishes you used with it. Just lovely!

    Happy Tablescape Thursday to you...



  4. Liz, You worked in pink just perfectly into this fall arrangement. Love the vase! I love the pinks/purples with the beginning of Autumn theme. I see you also have Italian Countryside... and it looks lovely!
    So pretty!

  5. Liz this is just beautiful!!1 I would never have thought Pink could be so beautiful in a fall centerpiece but it is perfect!! Your table setting is wonderful very classy!!!

  6. Hi Liz,

    I love that you combined unexpected colors in exciting ways and achieved a beautiful, cohesive, truly expressive effect. That's what creativity's all about!



  7. So perfect the sunflower vase. Your flower arrangement is spot on perfect. Isn't it neat when something unexpected come together. The mats and the beautiful bowl work great together.
    I know the recipe you served. I would certainly be going back for seconds.
    Blessings, Ginger

  8. This is so pretty...I love your flowers and the color scheme is beautiful. The square bowls are charming (and also what is in them!!!). Lovely table!!!

  9. Hi Liz, you've set a wonderful table. I adore your centerpiece. How fortunate for you to have fresh flowers, they are gorgeous.. Mary Carol is the infamous Nell Hill, she has 3 stores and has authored many books. If you haven't discovered her, girl you must. She is just the sweetest person you'll ever meet, her books are wonderful inspirations. My fav of all of them is O Christmas Tree, you can find many of them on Amazon for a song and a prayer if you're interested in having them. Love when you come by. hugs ~lynne~

  10. You did a GREAT job with your floral arrangement!!! I tend to keep mine extremely simple because I don't feel very comfortable with arranging (even though I worked parttime as a florist back in the day!). You really made this one stand out beautifully! I want to ditto what Lynne said about Mary Carol Garrity and Nell Hills. Now, I should be totally ashamed of myself because I have never visited the original Nell Hills in Atchison, KS, but I have an excuse. Wait...trying to find that excuse, but it seems to have eluded me! :-) I DO have 4 of her books, though, and visited the Parkville, MO location about 3-1/2 years ago. I am thinking of going up there in October while Ramon is out of town. I've also got to make it to Lynn's store in Richmond. I think it's only about an hour or so from here. Oooh...I can hit some more Cracker Barrels on the way! :-)

  11. Such a pretty table you've set. The last blooms of summer are often the dearest.

  12. Charming table and I do love your floral display.
    You are so fortunate to have gorgeous flowers to
    use for a centerpiece. The dishes are so versatile.
    You can mix and match perfectly.
    Perfect table for two and a fruity dessert.
    Xoxo. Linda

  13. Hi Liz,
    Small world, I used to RMS with you. I think I lost you in a FB update :( Super pretty room and I love the flowers. So glad I recognized your photo in the comment section of another bolg and hopped on over.

  14. The roses are gorgeous! And I love the table of course. Looks like you are keeping busy. Is your weather turning cool now?

  15. So beautiful roses Liz... perfect Pink.... And your table looks great fresh and pleasant one...

  16. This is so pretty, Liz! I love the colour scheme. What a wonderful tribute to the last of your beautiful roses!

  17. I love this table setting, Liz! I can't believe that you still have ROSES!!!! Lucky you! I really love those rose bowls too! XO, Pinky

  18. This is a very pretty table! I love the little bowl and your roses! Just beautiful....glad you shared with us.
    Blessings My Friend,

  19. Hi lovely lady.
    SO sorry I miss your Gorgeous Tablescape your rose bowl are so you sweet lady !!! The roses in the Vase are Beautiful Liz. I love the way you have put this all together.
    Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my Tablescape for fall.
    XXOO Diane

  20. You have such an eye for flower arranging! Arrangement looks great! And those bowls look so perfect with your placemats! Daughters are so thoughtful, I'm going to miss mine when she moves out, but I'm excited for her. Luckily she's close by. Once this move is over, my next project is organizing my tablecloths lol Ok, love your tablescape, great colors!! Have a great weekend!!

  21. I was going to ask that you save me a piece of that scrumptious cake, but I'm a little late checking this post. :( The table is gorgeous, Liz, and those roses are so beautiful that they don't even look real.


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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