Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Paisley and Hydrangea

Only another week or so before my hydrangeas will be totally done.  Many of them fried due to the heat, but I can still spot a few shy ones hidden in the shade.

Now is the time to dry them, just put them in a small amount of water and let it evaporate. 

There is another method with glycerin, but I have never done  it.  Anyone?

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I like to make wreaths with them, and use them around a hurricane candle.

You can save some to spray for Halloween…

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Or gold…

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Bad pic, but they are sprayed gold and tucked in with the other flowers.

Tonight’s table…

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Tablecloth from WSonoma Outlet.

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Green mat, pale green plate, pink flower shaped bowl…

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Lime green napkin with a pink paisley design , green swirl flatware.

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Lime green fish napkin ring, WS outlet.

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Little rose flowerpot place card holders.

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Green stemware, Lenox, lime green hydrangea with pink roses as the centerpiece.

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When I went shopping last week with my friend A, we talked about savory and sweet. 

So for Foodie and Flashback Fri., I am showing these  Savory peach tarts.

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A mini pie pan …press in the pie crust, fill with fresh peaches, feta cheese, toasted walnuts , a little chopped red onion, and a drizzle of honey and balsamic vinegar.  Bake till the crust is brown.  Tasty, and easy!

This tart is a good way to use all those cherry tomatoes that are ripening now.

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Puff pastry pressed into a tart pan, halved cherry tomatoes, red onion, feta cheese and crumbled  bacon.

Bake till crust is golden brown.

I am joining Susan for Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, and Foodie Friday at Designs by Gollum. I am also joining Suzy at Kitchen Bouquets for Flashback Friday.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Paisley is so colorful and happy your table looks great! Thanks for the hydrangea tips (lovin' the Halloween table!).

  2. Kathleen, your tables are lovely! Where or where do you store all of these wonderful treasures?

  3. Hi , Wonderful tables.The plates, the centerpiece and the napkin ring are gorgeous.Fatima-Scrapart.

  4. It's all beautiful - but my favorite is the little rose flowerpot place card holders.

    Your home must be beautiful.


  5. By far this is one of my favorite tables yet, Kathleen! Love the colors! and the flowers!
    and the first tart is, um, interesting to me! Peaches and feta, different kind of combo.

  6. Lime green and deep pink together are a favorite of mine. I really love this table. The tablecloth is beautiful and your dishes and flatware couldn't be more perfec with it. The flowers add a wonderful touch. Very pretty!

    I have to say your first tart is an unusual combination of things I love. Do you serve this as a main dish?

  7. Surely I am suffering a fever...I actually really, really like that pink tablecloth...so pretty. All the green is such a natural with it. This is one of my favorite of your many beautiful tables, Kathleen.

  8. As I write this hubby is on the phone organizing a weekend with a bunch of friends for Sept. 24 at our cabin. I am going to try and get both these recipes made to take with us. Thanks.

  9. Lovely pics Kathleen,my favourite is the rose place card pots! The hydrangeas are great for drying and spraying, my next door neighbour has a large plant which is tumbling over onto my side of the wall............think I know what to do now!!

  10. "It's DELICIOUS Kathleen"... LOVE the table, I have always loved the combo of pink&green and yours is very different and SO beautiful!!! and YES,YES,YES, I'm making the tarts. Mmmmmm!
    Hugs, Donna

  11. Very beautiful colors, love the tablecloth and the napkins!

    Pretty, pretty!


  12. Savory and sweet - sounds like a fun conversation :)

    Beautiful table, Kathleen! I love the green and pink combination and the beautiful paisley pattern but what really caught my eye is the flatware. Love it!

  13. Lovely--all of it from the hydrangeas to the tabletop. You are lucky to have a WSonoma Outlet. The closest one to us is in Memphis which is a day away!!


  14. OMG is that lovely Kathleen!
    I just adore that paisley print and your hydrangeas are just the best! The centerpiece is just as pretty as a picture!
    Can you do a tutorial on making wreaths out of hydrangeas? That would be awesome!

  15. Wow, the colors are so gorgeous. And the food looks delicious. I will have to try that tomato tart...]

  16. What a happy table with the pretty paisley textile! Kathleen, I've got dried hydragenas from six years ago. It's amazing how long they last. I need to try painting some. I really like the way you used them around the hurricane candle holder. ~ Sarah

  17. This is so coincidental because I made tarts today- but they were lemon, not peach. Yours look HEAPS better than mine though- ha ha!

  18. I love this girly fun table! Nothing says girl time like pink and green! And your food is outstanding!!!! I am making that tomato tart!!!
    I did a post yesterday on drying hydrangeas.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  19. What a great table! The colors are so cheerful! I love the tablecloth and napkins, and how you used lime green placemats. Your flowers look great too. Well done!

  20. Oh your colors are so beautiful! Love your table linens. I would never have thought of spray painting hydrangeas -- how clever.

  21. Very pretty! I really like the tablecloth and all the pretty colors used throughout! I love those green lenox goblets the most!

  22. I love your tablescape, great tablecloth and adorable card holders. I love pink and green together. Your flowers and food look great too!

  23. How bright and cheery! The colors are gorgeous together. I especially like your napkin rings and flowerpot place cards.

  24. This is just beautiful! I love these colors together so much! Love the tablecloth and those napkins!!

  25. Your Paisley cloth reminds of April Cornell. Thanks for the hydrangea tips!

  26. So flirty and fun! I love the colors and the pieces came together so nicely. Your flatware is terrific!

  27. I just love this table..it is so cheerful and fun! Pink and lime green..delicious!! The flatware is so pretty with the placemats and tablecloth! Fabulous tablescape! The tart looks so delicious, I'm going to have to try it!

    Miss Bloomers

  28. This table is so pretty, Kathleen. The colors are just the right combo. I love your fish napkin rings. Do you always have to end your tablescape with your attractive food? I always get hungry after I leave your post, lol....Christine

  29. O, I love this pretty, cheery table. Think it just might be my very favorite..I do love that tablecloth.
    xo bj

  30. I can't begin to tell you how much that pink and green table appeals to me. I LOVE pink of all shades, and that particular shade, with that shade of green, is an all time favorite.

    The fact that you used a beautiful linen of paisley (one of my favorite patterns) is the icing on the cake.

    I just really love this one.

    (I also LOVE the black sprayed hydrangeas! Now, THAT's clever. I wish that I had some hydrangeas in my yard to dry.)

  31. I adore every detail of your lovely tablescape. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

  32. This is my first visit to your blog and I love it. I so am going to do the black hydrangeas for Halloween and I love those rooster napkins in your header! Love the pink and green table. I am joining your blog right away!

  33. What a beautiful color scheme! Love all the details! I wish I had some hydrangeas to dry!


  34. Kathleen, your hydrangeas are always so lovely and you use them in such creative ways! I LOVE your pink and green tablescape, the colours are wonderful together and that tablecloth is gorgeous. The rose placecard holders are the perfect addition. Both of those tarts look super delish!


  35. Love, love, love those colours!! What a pretty table.

  36. Oh, so much to say! First -- love your new header! Second, thanks for the great ideas for using dried hydrangea. I especially love the sprayed black version with the white pumpkin! For your table this week, you really had a wonderful head start with that gorgeous tablecloth! W-S has the BEST linens, don't they? The little rose pots are fabulous, and I love the green handled flatware!

  37. Hi, Kathleen! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog; so happy to "see" you. You have the most amazing pictures in your posts - really. I LOVE this table cloth! My poor hydrangeas did not fare so well this summer with all the heat...

  38. Hi Kathleen!
    What time do we eat?!
    This is LOVELY!!! I love everything about it...of course the fact that it is pink and green just nails it for me...and then the paisley patterns...and the flowers...WOW!
    It's beautiful!
    Thank you for stopping by and for your sweet comment!
    Have a beautiful weekend~
    ;-D Kathleen

  39. Kathleen, you've outdone yourself. Love the hydrangea wreath.

  40. Mmmmm! The tart and puff pastry items look awesome, and the tablesetting is SO pretty. I love the look of hydrangeas, but they just don't like Kansas very well. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment on my bird tablescape. I always love having you over. Sandi

  41. It is all so gorgeous. I never thought of painting the hydrangeas. I'm lovin' it. Gonna 'harvest' mine today. They were a nice pink, but are a little faded at this point. And I am definitely going to try the sweet and savory tart. Can't wait.

  42. Oh, that tart looks DEVINE!! Kathleen, your tables are always TOP-NOTCH!!


  43. This is just beyond delightful!

    Tablescaping artistry truly at it's best! ~ Every single exquisite detail, from the paisley fabric tablecloth to the napkins and dishware; every delightful accesssory and those fabulous Hydrangeas in those yummy colours!.., Wow!~ The mouthwatering savoury recipes are the 'icing on the cake'!

    I simply must try them!..,I'm tickled pink that you have shared these exceptional delights with us today!

    Please pop by for a wee visit sometime and let's share some 'cyber tea and treats'; my tea party tablescape vignette is set in my dressing room closet this week!

    Thanks for sharing today, there are so many innovative and delightful details to feast our eyes upon!

    Hugs from Wanda Lee @ http://theplumedpen.blogspot.com and http://silknpurse.blogspot.com

  44. Kathleen, what a stunning tablescape. I just love hydrangeas and with the added roses, that is just a wonderful centeripiece! Okay, I am a huge fan of paisley and pink, so now you know, your entire setting is just fabulous! Love it all!

    Hope you are having a great day!


  45. Hi Kathleen! What lovely tables and designs with the hydrangeas. Lovin the lime and pink. Those recipes look sooo yummy too.
    I'm so happy you got to stop by my blog today and became a friend. If you come by again you'll notice yourself on my blog list on the sidebar. Now that we know where we are in Blogland, let's not be strangers!

  46. Just looking at your post makes me smile. The colors in the tablecloth just make your table setting zing. I tried hard to pick out one thing I especially liked but just like all of it. This is a very coordinated tablescape.

  47. Kathleen:

    I love this table. The colors are so bright and crisp. Great napkin rings and you already know how much I love the place card holders. Just a great all around table.

    Thanks so much for another view of the peach tarts and the inspiration for the cherry tomatoe one. I love how you throw things together and they come out simply magnificent.

    - The Tablescaper

  48. Yes the hydrangeas have had a tough time this summer and they were so great this spring with all the rain we had then.
    It doesn't make sense to glycerin them it's way too expensive.

    I think that's the prettiest table I've seen you do. All the colors are fabulous.

  49. Gorgeous tablesettings and delicious food, Kathleen.

    My hydrangeas are just about done for. There are a couple down in the shade, but they are pretty pitiful.

  50. Just coming back to say I LOVE your new header.!! :)

  51. Thanks for your kind comments for my latest post. BTW, we have a wonderful store that carries the entire Mackenzie-Childs line. www.onawhimokc.com They periodically have sales...that's when I picked up my Courtly Check...also asked the family to give me gift certificates for a couple of Christmases and birthdays. Didn't take too long at all. I mainly wanted the chargers, not the dinner plates, etc. + some serving pieces. I even incorporated them in my Christmas table last year. I may choose to do that again for at least a couple of events. Such fun! Cherry Kay

  52. Wow! Your table is just beautiful. I love the colors, the tablecloth, the flowers and all the special detail. I am going to have to see if there is a William Sonoma outlet somewhere near me. Thanks for visiting my blog and for your kind comment.

  53. I had to come back and tell you I love what you did with the hydrangea. I am going to cut what is left in my yard soon and try to dry them. Your food looks so yummy too.

  54. I have tried to dry my hydrangeas but they just go limp and don't seem to dry out nicely :(

    Your tablescape is so pretty. I love those colors together and those little napkin rings are just darling. My weakness you know, is napkin rings :)

    I've been around and I've been stopping by but have to busy to leave messages to any one. I know how bad of me. I'm trying to be better.


  55. Lovely and colorful table. I love the way the pink and green play so nicely together.

  56. We were upstate all week, and I thought of you when we went to the County Fair - even the blue ribbon winners for tablescapes had nothing on you! You'd have swept every single category!

  57. You could give me a run for my money with all the table settings you have! I have many, but nothing compared to your amazing collection. Lovely setting! What time should I be there for dinner/

  58. I just love this all - the table cloth and napkins seem French, and I ADORE your twisted handle flatware!!!!

    Also, your rose placecard holds - fabulous idea!

    Thank you!

  59. Kathleen, this is such a delightful table! Love the color combo. Love the place card holders, the fish napkin rings, the napkins, the cloth - okay, I love it all! Have you used that flatware before? I don't remember it. I love it too! I'm going back to look at this table again. I'm going to avoid looking at that food. It made me sooo hungry! laurie

  60. OK, I'm back. Where did you find that flatware? Do you know the brand name? I'm coveting it. laurie

  61. Pink is my favorite color and I just love your paisley tablecloth. The lime green compliments it fabulously. Everything looks so wonderful on your tablescape. I especially like the pink flower-shaped bowls and the place card holders.

    Stop over at tablescapingescapades.blogspot.com. I'm having my first give-a-way.

    All the Best,


  62. I've said it before but I'll say it again. Pink and green is my favorite combination! You did it up so pretty too. You can stick that tablecloth in the hope chest you are setting up for me... :-) Thanks for playing along with Flashback Friday this week.

  63. Hi...that peach tart looks wonderful..I never would have thought to add feta cheese to peaches...are peaches are great this year so I will have to try this since the Boss is on a feta cheese kick....the table looks lovely as always...love those fish napkin holders...have a great weekend!

  64. Kathleen, I think this is one of my favorite tables of yours. I love the tablecloth and the greens/pinks of the color scheme. Your centerpiece looks like ones I've seen at several weddings with the hydrangeas and roses - just gorgeous!


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