Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Let's Go On a Picnic!
Yesterday, I wrote that I would post some pics of my new Shabbified picnic basket and the silver, glass and linens that I had "shopped" the house for. Below you will see a closeup of the silver ware that I purchased at the St Vincent de Paul Store. It is made by Rogers and the pattern is Magnolia. I scooped these up for 50 cents each. I bought two dinner knives, two teaspoons, two dinner forks and two soup spoons for $4.00!! They were black with tarnish, but are sparkling after a good polish with Silvo. The glasses are pink swirl tumblers by Arcoroc. I received them as a shower gift from my dear friend Muriel, twenty-seven years ago!!
Here are the plates etc. ready to be packed. The plates are J&G Meakin "Bridal Bouquet". I started collecting this pattern a few years ago. I have eight luncheon plates, two cups and saucers, a platter and a large milk jug. I'm using the plates for the basket because the lavender coloured flowers is similar in colour to the lavender in the fabric. The linens I picked up a few years ago on one of my thrifting jaunts. There is a small tablecloth and four matching napkins and four other napkins all in a lovely, faded pink. They are made of linen. I paid probably $2. for all of it, so I am not afraid to throw it in the washer. I iron it when it is wet until it is dry. This gives the linen a lovely look and feel.
See the hand crocheted tablecloth???!! I paid a dollar for it in a joblot at an auction about a month ago. SCORE!!! There is a white linen tablecloth underneath it which I bought at another local thrift store....price?....$1.00.
I love picnics. I can remember going on picnics when I was a toddler in France (I am an Air Force Brat!). Here I have assembled a bottle of Perrier, an (opened!) bottle of roseh (LOL) wine (had to have a glass last evening on the porch!), a luscious ripe tomato, a piece of medium aged cheddar, some olives, a hunk of polish sausage, a piece of baguette, two pinkaliscious apples and a sharp paring knife.
I packed everything into the basket. I suggest that if the food will not be eaten within an hour, that you pop in a small freezer pack to keep the perishables cold until you do eat them.
I was at Value Village a few weeks ago and saw this beautiful Ikea wool plaid blanket. I thought at the time that it would be a great picnic blanket, but I talked myself out of buying it. The day after I bought the basket I went back to VV and the blanket was still there!!! I brought it home this time!!! Now it is ready for our picnic! Hop in the car!!! We will find a pretty field just down the road!!!