Blue Danube Mosaics





The blue and white bunting is a recent purchase from a vintage store in Eastern Washington. It’s double the size you see. I folded it in half to hang in this spot.


A cousin of mine was in Washington State and we invited her and her husband for dinner. The table was set with our Aunt Anna’s Blue Danube tablecloth and napkins. I added pewter chargers with a combination of blue plates since I don’t have 6 Blue Danube dinner plates. I used the Blue Danube tea pot, tea cup, and sugar bowl for vessels to hold my waning white hydrangeas. We enjoyed tri-tip, a favorite Russian salad of ours called vinaigrette and barbecued beans. We had a cucumber/tomato salsa for an appetizer and for dessert we had my Creamy Cheesecake. We were so engaged in conversation and catching up that we forgot to take any photos of the people who enjoyed all of this! Oye.

Linking up to Mosaic Monday with Maggie at Normandy Life.

We had a good weekend and are ready for a new week. There was an estate sale at my neighbor Pat’s home and I bought something to remember her by. I’ll share a photo soon of Pat’s Tea Trolley.

In Honor of Smiling Sally…

I decided to re-post my very first Blue Monday that I participated in back on September 8, 2008 in honor of Smiling Sally and as a tribute to her. Smiling Sally left this earth confident of reaching her eternal home in heaven. We received the news on her Blue Monday post on March 7, 2016. I participated until 2011 but then other things took over my Mondays. The following is my original post.

I’m joining in with Smiling Sally’s new Monday Photo Challenge called Blue Monday. I love the color blue and thought it shouldn’t be difficult coming up with some blue to shoot and post on Mondays. If you want to join in click over here and see the guidelines.

One of the things I like to do besides blogging is to search for treasures at thrift stores. I always complain about the Goodwill’s in Southern California compared to Washington State but I finally found a goody.

This Blue Danube teapot cost me $7.95. Would anyone like a nice cup of Earl Grey?

Choose a cup and I’ll pour…

For more Blue Monday visit Smiling Sally here.

Sally has moved on to her eternal home and she asked a bloggy friend to continue Blue Monday in her absence. Jeanne at Backyard Neighbor is carrying on the meme. Thank you Jeanne.

Here we are on Monday of Easter Week/Holy Week. I love Easter and am looking forward to all that it involves for us and the traditions we carry on. Most importantly worshiping Jesus Christ and being thankful for his sacrifice that has brought reconciliation with God by the forgiveness of our sins. Grace upon grace. So because of that with joy we bake Russian Easter bread (Kulich, Paska). We make our sweet cheese spread, Seernaya Paska. We set an Easter table and enjoy a meal together after an Easter service. At our house the main protein is lamb. This year there will be ten of us around the table. All adults this year so no Easter eggs hunts. But wait…maybe the adults would enjoy a little hunt!? I’m going to reconsider that.

Do you celebrate Easter?

Tablescape Thursday ~ Mother’s Day

Since the table was set for Mother’s Day I’ll be able to participate in T.T. this week. I’ve been buried with other jobs around this old homestead and haven’t had the time to scape much. Please visit Susan at Between Naps on the Porch to see other tables set to dine.

There were 6 of us for dinner on Sunday night. Dear barbecued steaks and baked potatoes, Katie put a frozen pie in the oven, and Josh & Laura made a salad and salad dressing. It was all real good and wonderful to be around the table together. Katie’s boyfriend from Florida was with us, too.


I have 5 of the Blue Onion plates and 4 of the Churchill plates that look like Finlandia. I decided to mix and match with 3 of each.



I mixed and matched some more by using 3 of the Finlandia cups and saucers and 3 of the Blue Danube. The Tea Pot with the Rhododendrons in it is Blue Danube.



The napkins are Blue Danube also. I layered the plates with a blue glass dessert/salad plate and used my pewter chargers.


It was a wonderful evening.

Photobucket replaced all my photos with ugly black and grey boxes and they are holding my photos hostage until I pay them lots of money. I’m slowly going through all my posts and trying to clean them up and replacing some photos. Such a bother.

Tablescape Thursday ~ Bedroom Tea Tray

I’ve so enjoyed this weekly meme. It is a creative outlet that brings me lots of joy. It starts with the searching for treasure at thrifty prices then putting them together to create a pleasing result. It’s also fun to look around at what you already have and see what you can put together that you didn’t think of before.

Thanks to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for being such a great hostess of this weekly event.

Photobucket is holding all my photos that I stored on their site from 2007-2015 hostage replacing them with ugly grey and black boxes and asking for a large ransom to retrieve them. It is a slow process to go through all my posts deleting the ugly boxes.