You can feel hope crackling from this table. 

Cheerful critters, fragrant blooms and popping pastels.

Who can resist their charms? Especially on this first day of March. We did it! We’re through the worst of that thing we call winter.

I’m just quacking to get going! Those feet!

Painterly Creatures by Pier 1 was a gift from my daughter Kirsten for a recent birthday. (ahem – we needn’t disclose which one – yikes!).

My daughter Lauren brought the flowers for the same occasion. Serendipity – they went perfectly with the plates. A ready-made table at your service, ma’am.

Bright and early next morning I was up and at ’em. The tulips had opened nicely and the scent of the hyacinths filled the air. Pure heaven.

The four abstract animals are straight out of the 1960s. Flower power! The squirrel looks like he’s got a nut stuffed into his little cheek.

The duck plonked firmly on his backside.

The bird reminds me of an exotic parrot, but I suspect it’s intended to be a songbird.

And the adorable bunny.

Are you looking at me??

Another bird flew in to join the table. It came from Pier 1 a couple of years ago.

Vintage water glasses added just the right amount of heft in the right shade of pink. They’re formally known as King’s Crown cranberry flashed by Tiffin Franciscan and were produced in the 1940s through to the 1960s. 

The depth of the pink varies a bit from glass to glass, but I think that adds to their charm.

The runner is actually a tablecloth folded lengthwise. I started with it spread out in its full glory, but it was too much pattern. The bold buffalo checks fought mercilessly with the bold abstract design of the plates. More than a riot of colour; it was just a plain riot.

The small print of the napkins (Pier 1 a couple of years ago) seemed the right scale to complement the large check of the runner-cum-tablecloth (HomeSense, this year). The napkin rings are from many years ago – and I can’t remember the source. They’re all garden themed – from a basket of roses…

…to a floral hat…

…a watering can…

and a bushel basket of apples.

Still quacking!

I’ve spent the last couple of days with my friend Elise Abrams, owner of Elise Abrams Antiques, playing in the Aladdin’s cave of her tableware collection. Stay tuned for some photos. We focused mostly on polychrome plates in vibrant spring colours, particularly that vintage green represented by Versailles Green Depression Glass by Fostoria (photo courtesy of It always reminds me of lime sorbet. For a more poetic (and less gastronomic) comparison, it’s also the tinge of early spring when the leaves are just breaking free of their buds. It’s a-coming!

Let’s finish up with one more look at Painterly Creatures, and smile at their antics.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone.

I’m sharing this post with Between Naps on the Porch.