One Plate Short

Once again I find myself one plate short of an even number after finding a new pattern of dishes that I just couldn’t resist.  Instead of fretting over it I have decided to embrace the message I have received in my quest to find one more plate.

Recently you heard me talk of my desire to rid myself of all the clutter.  Part of what spurred this on was finding these new dishes.  I immediately fell in love with them and wanted them so badly because I knew in fact these would be dishes I would use often.  I almost talked myself out of them because I have so many other sets filling up my cabinets after a few years of tablescaping.  Can you relate?  I decided instead that it would be better to rid myself of a few other sets to make room for these.  For those of you who asked, that is still a work in progress but slowly the decluttering is coming about.
This is dish number seven.  When I first came across these at TJ Maxx I only found three.  I decided I would get them anyway because surely I would find at least one more.  Several weeks of popping in and out of both TJ Maxx and Marshalls finally resulted in me finding only four more dishes, but only after I also found a few serving pieces as well.  LOL!  I am still hopeful that one day I will find one more dish so I can have a set of eight.   Somehow though, I think if I do I will most likely find four more again which will still result in me being one plate short.  But that’s okay because here’s what I discovered while pulling this setting together.

Instead of setting the table for eight as I usually do for Thanksgiving I have set it for only six.  You see, I can get by with that this year because I’m not hosting Thanksgiving here.  I am going to my mothers house, so this setting is really not even going to be used except that I’ve set it to share with all of you.  Let’s just say this is OUR Thanksgiving table shall we?  

This is for all of you whom I consider my tablescaping sisters.  You are part of a family of bloggers that I always enjoy getting together with when time permits.   

I am so very thankful to each of you for who you are.  Some of you have remained my blog friends for awhile now and that is so very special.  In this busy world of changing times I really do appreciate you who have managed to stop by every so often and keep in touch.  You understand that we all have different agendas for blogging and mine is simply just sharing.  You all were there to fill a void when time was plenty and gave me so much inspiration and encouragement, thank you.  I will always be grateful for that and for the connections I have made through this blogging adventure.

 So grab a chair and I’ll share my latest finds with you and just a little more.

My place setting starts with my dinner plates from Lenox.  Since they are an off white color I knew   my newest dishes would go well with them.  
The background of my new turkey plates is the same shade of off white.  This pattern is made by Royal Stafford.
I just fell in love with the color of these and the pattern as well.  I love the scene of the farm in the background and the fruit and flower border.  But… did you happen to notice the rope pattern on the border as well?  I would say that it also has somewhat of a nautical flair too doesn’t it?  Well, I think so anyway.  Haha! 

I’ve pulled out my grandmothers crystal that is etched in gold.  It has just the right colors for this setting and reminds me of her as well. 

 At this time of year, memories of family members past always surface. Some memories are joyful and full of happiness and good times. Such is the case of my memories of my grandmother.   Sometimes families are left with bittersweet memories of loved ones of a life that struggled that ended tragically.  I share this with you because it is a reality for many including my family in regards to the loss of my sister.  It has been many years since she passed in 2003, but I can assure you our love for her has never diminished as I know those of you who are missing loved ones has not either.
So how do you cope during these times of the year when all the memories come flooding back?  I choose to cope with them by just simply being thankful.  I am thankful for the good times shared and for the beautiful memories that were made. 
I am also thankful for those whom are a part of my life now.  I am thankful for those who can and who will relate.  I am thankful for those who understand that this world often carries sorrow as well as joy.  I am thankful for those who know that a willingness to lift others up is of a godly nature.  Coming along side of another and meeting them where they are is at the heart of Jesus himself.  I have been there and received this understanding from others during the toughest of times.  Now, I often try and bring it to the table for others.  Sometimes all it takes is a listening ear, a smile or a hug from another especially this time of year.  It is sad that so many people do not have anyone else to lift them up or worse do not let others help.  I say just do it anyway!

So for any of you who may be a bit sad I’ve lit this candle for you too.  Remembering the good times and embracing the light of those you have loved is truly a blessing.  For those of us who are believers it is also comforting to remember that one day you will be together again.  
I brought this hurricane from the den to use as my centerpiece for this setting because it just seemed to fit so well this year.  It has a scented candle that smells of orange and clove.  Mmm!

The turkey shakers were found last year at Ross.  I love how colorful they are.
Speaking of colorful how do you like the table runner.  It was a spur of the moment purchase from Joanne’s several months ago.  I just love the paisley background and it even has a reversible side that has only the pattern of the boarder on this side.  

On my sideboard is the two serving pieces I found while searching for an even number of plates.
One day I found this large bowl at Marshalls and then….
…later I found the small bowl at TJ Maxx.  I love that they fit my plate holder so well.  Boy, do I have some eliminating of other pieces to do now.  LOL!

I was reminded by another blogger, to bring out my Turkey platter when I saw she had featured hers.  I shared this one I inherited from my inlaws with you last year.   I had forgotten all about it but am glad I was reminded of it.  Thank you Sharing Shadymont! 
I was tickled to see it seemed to coordinate pretty well with my new dishes too.  It’s not exactly the same but sure does have quite a few similar pattern designs, don’t you think?
Having this platter displayed brings out more beautiful memories of two more loved ones we have lost and miss, both my mother and father in law.  I think I will hang on to this platter for quite a while longer.  Heehe!

Thank you so much for coming to the table today.  I hope you enjoyed my settings as well as my message.    Time is so short and getting together or coming along side of another really is so important.  It’s what creates memories that really do last a life time.   We all touch each others lives in one way or another, even in blog land. 
Setting a beautiful table for those you love is wonderful way to share yourself with others.  Thank you to each of you who have helped me to embrace this world of tablescaping.  I am ever so grateful.  I pray each of you will also be celebrating Thanksgiving with family or friends somewhere.
Most importantly if you find yourself thinking you are one plate short like me, maybe you just need to look at it a little differently and you will see that what you really have is an extra space for someone else who just might want to join you given the chance.

Please stop by the following parties to see some more great tablescaping inspiration and ideas.

Happy Thanksgiving Y’all!
(Big Hugs!)


16 thoughts on “One Plate Short

  1. What a beautiful, beautiful, heart-warming and touching post. Your dishes are lovely- I have some that I have uneven numbers for and I have some that I really need to get rid of. It's like I am getting to the point of “the one that dies with the most dishes” wins…lol

    Your tribute to your sister is beautiful. Blessings-xo Diana


  2. You reminded me Mary, to get my turkey's out:) I found a white one at GW so I need to get them out soon!
    I love your plates, love the blue in them also, the runner is gorgeous with the plates and goes so well with the candle. I can just imagine the smell of it!
    Yes, I'm thankful to for memories of loved ones gone, like you though I'll be with them someday!


  3. Susan from BNOTP blogged about missing two blue chargers. One of her followers found it for her and they arranged to have it mailed to her. I thought that was both sweet and thoughtful.


  4. What a great post, Mary. I am so thankful for all my blogging friends too and that includes you of course. Your new plates are really pretty and I am sure you can complete them, if not these year, by next Thanksgiving. Beautiful tablescape, too bad you are not using it. You can still eat there before or after Thanksgiving….Christine


  5. http://www.amazon.com/Royal-Stafford-Turkey-Dinner-Plate/dp/B0083SJ9YO Here is a link for the plates. They are temporarily out of stock but should get them again. I hope you can find what you are looking for. This was a beautiful, heartfelt post, Mary. I, too, am so grateful for all the friends I have made blogging! I also LOVE your BIG dining room! We just moved and our new dining room is TINY:( We are having our dinner group this coming Sat. and we will be tight. Have a blessed Thanksgiving. XO, Pinky


  6. Doggone it!!! Just lost a very long post. Maybe I wasn't supposed to be so verbose.
    I'll just say this time that I love your plates (saw them and wanted some too). I am pulling up a chair to your table for six!

    (Loved your thoughts as you presented this, too.)

    Trying again.


  7. You remind me of one of my favorite teachings in scripture…”God will comfort you and in turn, use you to comfort others.” I think that you are a loving example of that with your post this week. I'll jet by Marshall's and TJ Maxx tomorrow and see if per chance they have your plate. Maybe I'll have good fortune. Thanks for inviting us for a peak at your beautiful Thanksgiving table. I'll start mine tomorrow. Cherry Kay


  8. Oh Mary, I can't tell you how this has touched my heart. I have been missing my momma so much lately. It isn't always holidays, but just spells. She has been gone for 15 years and I just miss her so. I wonder what she would think about me, my life, and my baby girl. Deep down I really know, but how I would love to hear her say it! This post really reminded me to be thankful for all the times I did have and all the blessings I have now. Thank you.

    Your table is gorgeous and I am in love with your Turkey plates! They looks so beautiful with all your lovely colors! I am hosting this year and planning my tablescape now! Thank you for the inspiration!


  9. Your china is gorgeous and so perfect for the fall! The runner on top of your tablecloth adds the perfect colors to your tablescape. I hope you find these lovely plates. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family!

    Thanks, Pam


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