Once in a while, I come across a set of plates that just makes me laugh, and Casa Moda’s Paw Prints fit the bill. An e-Bay find, they popped up one day when I was looking for something else. I was only able to snag one set of four, but after I set this table I went online again and found another set, so now we have eight. A good thing, as I have five granddaughters and four plates would never have done. As it is, we’ll have inevitable arguments about favourites!
It had warmed up enough this week to risk setting the table outside, I’m so happy to be able to use the porch again.
In styling the table, I looked for a hint of colour among the mainly black and white palate. One of the plates features a cat batting a small yellow ball, so I went with yellow dinner plates, yellow primroses and, of course, pussy willows!
I’ve been busy in the garden this week trimming and fertilizing hydrangeas, planting herbs and adding to the perennials, which can take a beating over the winter. The local nursery had a lovely selection of primroses, and these little beauties will join their brethren in the garden after doing their stint at the table.
If I’m allowed a favourite among the plates, it’s this little calico, who reminds me so much of our “permanent kitten”, Ronnie. She was a feral kitten who came to live with us when daughter Lauren was taking riding lessons (she’s the last one, Mummy, and she will be all alooooone if we don’t give her a home), which is how we ended up with six cats at one point… Ronnie, short for Veronica, is now around twelve, and still weighs only four pounds or so.
Here she is, reluctantly sharing the bed with Tigger and Teddy, who you may have met in previous posts 🙂
The tortoiseshell glasses, the yellow plates and black placemats are all from Pier 1 a couple of years ago. The napkins were custom made from Chintz & Co. in Victoria, B.C. about ten years ago.
Looking forward to more meals on the porch!
I’m sharing this post with Between Naps on the Porch.
Naps on the porch and cat plates. Does life get better? Love the table setting as always. Cheers
It’s my idea of heaven! Actually had a nap on the porch the other day… Happy sigh…
Very cute plates. Glad that you were able to find four more. Your Ronnie looks an awful lot my Annabelle that is no longer with us. The whole table is well done.
I’m so sorry about Annabelle. Ronnie was once the sister of Archie (as in Archie & Veronica), but we lost him some time ago, too. It’s the inevitable part of having pets, sadly. But they give sooooo much. Thanks for visiting!
Enjoy your kitty themed table. Love your kitties! We rescued a cat that had a rough beginning. We took her in and gave her hundreds & hundreds of dollars in Vet care right away. She was so fun and a wonderful pet another 15 years. She never made it to 6 pounds tho. 5 1/2 pounds was highest weight but normally just under 5 lbs or barely above 5. Great mouser, she disliked cat food, fancy food and people food, barely ate. Hope you get at least 15 more happy years with your “permanent kitten”!!
Our “permanent kitten” is getting on for 17 years now, herself! She’s a touch arthritic in the back end, though she still springs delicately up onto the bed. I have to lend her a hand with her grooming these days, using one of those mitts with the little rubber modules on the palm. She tolerates it, but I can’t say she’s an enthusiastic participant. But it keeps hairballs to a minimum, and she seems much happier being all sweet-smelling and tidy. Don’t they just steal our hearts? Ronnie barely eats, too. I can tempt her with people food once in a while (finely minced chicken or roast beef), but she can take or leave food. Unlike Dundee – he eats enough for all the cats. Quite rotund these days!
You’re a loving Mommy to the kitties. Awwww. So sweet how each pet is unique.