Tuesday, March 23, 2010

An Easter tabletop

Yesterday I showed you the pillar candles I made for Easter.




These are a simple little call to rejoice at Eastertime. . . and rejoicing is possible because of the Resurrection. Christ's death and resurrection give me the knowledge that I will once again see people I love who have already left this life--like my mother and grandmother. They both died in 1999, and I really look forward to seeing them again!

My dining room is one of the most sentimental rooms in my house. It holds my mother's dining room furniture, along with a deacon's bench from my grandmother's church. So it seemed only fitting that at Eastertime I use the dining room table to hold my mother's Easter egg collection.

My mother, and her mother before her, were big collectors. They both took real joy in building various collections. They each kept an eye out for the things that the other collected. It was quite common for my mother to receive a package in the mail from her mother. The package might contain a book, some candy, and all kinds of little things, but almost always it would hold an item for one of my mother's collections. I remember those packages so well. . . my grandmother worked as a school cook, and she would save the plastic bread bags from the school cafeteria. She used those as stuffing in her packages, and then my mother used the bags in various ways in our home. They were ahead of their time in recycling!

So here's my dining table holding my mother's Easter egg collection:






It's very simple--just my Easter candles and my mother's eggs. I don't have a spring table runner, so I just used an old white tablecloth, folded in half, as an improvised runner. I could use your help here: Do you like the cloth, or do you think the eggs would be prettier just on the wood of the table?



Mama used a magic marker to label many of her treasures with the date she acquired them. Like this:




This is one of my favorites. My mother loved butterflies (another collection!), and I love the way this porcelain egg looks as if a tiny butterfly just landed on it:




Today I'm joining Marty at A Stroll Thru' Life for her weekly Table Top Tuesday party. You should look at all the beautiful tabletops there!


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Holly said...

That's so cool that you have your mom's collection of eggs. What a special keepsake!

Rebekah said...

What a beautiful collection. Do you have a tiered dessert stand of any kind? I have some lovely painted wooden eggs that I put out for Easter, usually in a large footed bowl. This year I put them on a cupcake stand and I love it. The height is really nice. You could probably find something pretty at Goodwill if you don't have anything like that on hand. That's where I got mine (of course). :)

Melanie said...

The candles look really nice. I love how the dates are written inside the eggs.

Patti said...

The first thing that caught my eye was how you draped the cloth on the table! Love it...the whole table looks so pretty - love the eggs. Also went back to see how you did your candles...very clever!

Ticking and Toile said...

beautiful tablescape! love the candles and all the sweet eggs & decorative touches!

Be sure & come by and see my final bedroom reveal and enter my fabulous giveaway!!

Shellagh

Melissa Miller said...

Richella your home is gorgeous! I enjoy a warm, welcoming feel and you and your home have *it*.

Thank you for always being so kind to me. I'm feeling a bit bummed out after reading another post today. I would never try to make anyone feel bad after reading my blog. I really do not understand other bloggers sometimes. Sigh.

Have a blessed week. ~Melissa :)

cottage and vine said...

What special treasures and I could stand to learn a thing or two from the generation before me. It seems like they were so good at keeping records and dates.

I'm not too far from you in Greensboro. Love your blog!

Dawn said...

love your candles and the egg collection! but most of all... i love that your mom wrote in them. do you ruin your fingers over the numbers and feel all kind of wistful thoughts? i am thinking them from here :) love you!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I think it looks great, Richella! :) I love the egg with the little butterfly resting on top...it says "Spring!" to me. I think it looks good with the cloth!

Patti said...

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Victoria@WhimsybyVictoria said...

What a great collection of your eggs!! Love them! Your table looks beautiful...great job!

Hugs,
Victoria

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

That is a beautiful tablescape--love the candles! Thanks for your sweet blog comments.

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Carmen said...

I love the glimpse into the lives of your mother and grandmother. So sweet. I like how you have your table now but instead of the tablecloth, do you have a tray? I think that would look nice too. I love the egg collection. Beautiful. I believe I commented on your candles yesterday but if I didn't, I love those too! :)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your candles are gorgeous and the egg collection is stunning. Each one is such a work of art. You have them beautifully displayed. Lovely. Thanks so much for joining the party today. Hugs, Marty

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

Just beautiful! How special that you now have your mama's egg collection. i love how you have it displayed and the decopauged candles are great! Thanks for sharing, friend.

~Amanda

The Scooper said...

I love your sentimental tablescape. Your mama and grandmother would be proud. It's beautiful. I am wanting to make some of those pretty candles...but you saw my kitchen table. I'm thinking the "rejoice" would be smeared with Ranch dressing by meal's end!

Marla at Always Nesting said...

What a beautiful way to honor your mother. She would be so happy for you to be sharing your treasures with us.

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Embellished Bayou said...

So sweet that you are able to display your mother's treasures. Your table looks great!

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