Drop Down MenusCSS Drop Down MenuPure CSS Dropdown Menu

January 13, 2014

Crabby with the Blues!

 I thought I'd set the table for the two of us and since I've been feeling blue and a bit crabby lately I chose my blue crab dish and expanded on that color a bit. 
I rummaged through my dish stash for more blues.  The dishes with the seashells were bought from the same place as the blue crab piece but they have absolutely no brand name on them or anything to trace back to.  I chose the red charger because there is a bit of red in the tablecloth even though it's not easily seen.
 I layered my paisley tablecloth underneath just to even out the whole look and it goes with the yellow dining chairs.

The placemats are from One King's Lane (last year). I thought they looked good with the tablecloth.
The bowl and coffee cup are from Bombay and they help carry the blues for me and add a little Asian influence.  I think the square shaped chargers add to the Asian feel and I fashioned the napkins to keep it minimalistic. 
A full view of the seashell dinner plates

The tablescape felt a bit nautical so I added these bread plates with pieces of old world maps on them.
~Sailing sailing over the ocean blue~

I used these pieces in a previous tablescape as seen "here"
with my Tribute to the Edmund Fitzgerald

The centerpiece sits on a wood charger with a carved rope edge from Pottery Barn 2 yrs ago that added to the nautical feel.  To play into the Asian influence a bit more I added the bird and a touch of dogwood.  The feathers were used (thinking about birds) for color and texture.
  I like the mercury glass mixed with the cool blue tones and it feels watery to me too.  Ooh speaking of water I forgot water glasses!!

I wanted some color and a distraction from the outside winter weather we're saddled with up here!
 Compared to the last week's weather (-5 with a windchill of -25) it's warm today (34)!
Time for a hot dinner wouldn't you say!

I'm joining
Between Naps on the Porch
Tablescape Thursday 

The Dedicated House
Anything Blue Friday  

This post has been featured on


  1. Oooh, so pretty, Liz! The next-to-last photo is breath-taking! I always enjoy following your thought process as you assembled all the table elements. So many good ideas here!

  2. Love the blue!! Beautiful table and a nice collection of plates. The snow is gorgeous out your window. We haven't seen any yet.

  3. I love blue and White, just gorgeous sweet Liz! You do have an amazing collection of plates and yes, your view out your window, in the last photograph is a Winter wonderland at it's best! Love it!!! Thank you for your kind visit sweetie.

  4. There is nothing more soothing than blue and white, Liz. And you know I love the crab plate.

  5. With the weather warmed up that much, it's time to get out your hoola skirt and lay out to sun yourself...in the glare of the snow that still knee high to a jack rabbit!!! Geez....it'll be MONTHS before all that snow can melt!

    I'm sorry you've been feeling crabby. Happens to the best of us, so hang in there. This is a good therapeutic way to exorcise that blue right outta your body.

    I was just humming "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" earlier today while cleaning. LOVE that song SO MUCH!!! I just saw Gordon Lightfoot on "CBS Sunday Morning" a few weeks ago and, of course, that's one of the songs he talked about. Have you seen him lately? Wow...he really looks different! Still seems like a genuine, heartfelt soul, though.

    I love the crab plates and the old world map bread plates. I also absolutely, positively love that you added the red placemats to the mix. That one detail makes all the difference and takes this tablescape from pretty to fab! The color really awakens the senses!

    I hope you feel better soon. Perhaps a little retail therapy is just what the doctor ordered. I'll have Ramon to write you out a script for it if needed! :-)

  6. Liz, feel better soon. The crazy weather you have been having is no fun and give a lot of people the blues.
    Love your idea with the crabs. The blue and white is so crisp. Adding the touches of red is wonderful.

  7. Liz, this is beautiful. I love any table sone in blue and white but this is really special. Love the use of the sea and asian influence. Each element works so well with the whole.
    Thanks for sharing, Ginger

  8. You had me with blue and white. This table is so pretty and so inviting. I love all of the dishes, but I especially love those map dishes. Adding red to the mix was a great idea, and I don't see many square chargers. I'm always on the lookout for them, because I think they add so much interest. Well done, Liz! laurie

  9. I know this table has brought you out of the "crabby blues!" It sure helped me! Gorgeous!

  10. Just lovely Liz, I would have never thought to use these dishes in winter, but it looks wonderful!

  11. You've taken the "blue and white table" to a whole new level. I love the addition of the pop of red and the layered tablecloths, placemats and chargers. You've done a wonderful job, and hopefully, the fun of setting this up has brought a smile to your heart. It brightened my day!!! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  12. I love how you mixed the different designs of the plates. Your setting is beautiful and I noticed the pretty curtains in the back round. Your setting will make anyone smile.

  13. Liz, I love the mix of plates! Thank you for sharing. You will be one of the features tomorrow at the Anything Blue Friday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you again tomorrow at the little blue soiree. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse


Thank you for your comments! I don’t always get a chance to reply but I do read them!


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
 Follow My RSS Feed  Follow My Google+  Contact Me Follow Me on Pinterest