I’m not often a fan of painted glasses, but something about these appealed to me.
The birch trees are nicely rendered, and the spacing lends a scalloped feel to the shape of the glass, though it’s a visual trick.
Online, it looks like the rim of the glass is curved.
Not so, I discovered when they arrived. I did wonder what it was going to be like to drink from an undulating rim! That settled, I began to plot the table setting. Flowers first, naturally.
The rich gold of the roses contrasted sharply with the deep rust and pale yellow of the daylilies. They’re tricky flowers to use in an arrangement as they close up as the day draws to an end (hence the name).
Add in a few Annabelle Hydrangea and some Japanese Maple leaves and we’re set. Arrange, admire and take the photo. Quickly!
Merletto Aqua has been getting a workout this year. I used the soup bowls…
…and the dinner plates with Twig flatware in rose gold from World Market.
Farmhouse Napkins from Pier 1 (still available) and grapevine napkin rings echoed the deep tones in the flowers and the glasses.
Ontario is known as the “land of the silver birch”. Native to Canada, they were the first to spring up and re-forest the ground after all the damage from acid rain in the 1980s.
I’ve always loved the papery silver bark, which glows luminously in the dusk. Purists describe them as “weed trees” and they are prone to bugs. But they’re kind of magical – a ghost tree.
It’s been such a hot summer in Canada, our leaves are not producing their usual quality of rich colours, but are simply turning brown and sloughing off the trees. It’s not a complete capitulation, but a bit disappointing. So I’m glad to have the painted glasses to serve as a reminder.
You take your blessings where you can find them! Some flowers from the garden, a mellow sunny day, a little tableware arrangement and voila. Instant fall.
I’m sharing this post with Between Naps on the Porch.
Love your brilliant flower arrangement and adding japanese maple tree leaves gave me a new idea for using my cut branches. The flowery glasses pull it all together. Another lovely table setting complimenting the fall landscape.
Thank you, Maura! I’ve done arrangemetns with just Japanese Maple leaves – they have such a lovely texture and deep rich colour they can hold their own.
Absolutely lovely: a warm, inviting autumn table and I LOVE those plates!!!
Rosie @ The Magic Hutch
Thanks Rosie. I’ve had those plates for years and still love them. The clay is actually black, so it shows through beautifully on the blue glaze. Always a treat to use!
I love those glasses, and your table is beautiful! Those plates are such a pretty color and I love the lacy design.
That Merletto smoky blue works wonderfully with the gold and orange! Thanks for the beautiful setting, but I have no more room in the cupboards until the new kitchen is built next spring. Then I get whole room for a pantry (one of the old pokey bedrooms, fitted with antique painted storage chests, oak shelves, and a large sink so I don’t have to clear party refuse to the kitchen). At that point, Katy bar the door! Aren’t Japanese maples wonderful? We put in a fine-cut standard by the door, and I’m waiting for it to grow enough to gently prune it for floral arrangements. It’s just starting to turn red now. My other fave is rose hips, which form hedges hereabouts.
A new kitchen, Beatrice, with a full room pantry? Oh, swoon!! I can’t wait to hear how it all goes and see the result.
We have several Japanese Maples in Canada. They’re quite big now, and contribute their gracious, gentle presence around the stone patio and porch. The ones we have in the Cape are recent additions, so still finding their feet.
I love these glasses! I’ve looked all over online and can’t find them for sale even on eBay. Any ideas where I could find some to purchase? You are very talented and your tablescape is beautiful!
Thanks, Jen Ann. It’s quite a zany hobby. LOL.
Have you tried Etsy? Sometimes they have items like this. My other suggestion is to save a search on eBay. I’ve picked up things months after I started looking for them.