Thursday, December 13, 2012

Spode Spit Polished And Shined

One time a long, long time ago..
in a house far-far away,
I set the table when we were
having company for dinner.
After it was set I noticed that
there were some smudges 
on the knives.
Child, I said,
and I won't tell you which one
lest I embarrass them to death
and they will do something hateful
to get even with me.
Child...Could you please take a cloth,
go around the table,
and polish all the silver
to get rid of the smudges?
A bit later I said...
The silver looks really good,
did you use a bit of water
on the cloth?
Nooooo....said the child.
I just spit on them
and wiped it off.
Double yuck!
Did I rewash the silver?
Did I have time?
What's your best guess?

Here's the table today.
These silver chargers belonged to
Grandmother Clara.
They are very very heavy silver.
Spode takes center place here.
The centerpiece consists of a
Fitz & Floyd Santa and Reindeer.
Gifts from my kids several years ago.
 The reindeer is about 18" tall.
Santa is about 24" tall.
This table makes my
heart happy.
This  is a wider shot of the 
dining room.
This chandelier has a long
story behind it-but we
love it.
And here's a peek at the 
dining room mantle.
I found these sweet birds 
a few years ago and they
hang off large candlesticks
on the mantle.
One Little Birdie
Two Little Birdies
Three Little Bir......
What the Heck?
Ohhhh..There is another
one of Mark Roberts
Danged Santa Fairies
keeping his eyes on me.
And after I promised to 
be good and all.....

My Gosh-
I just checked my email/blog
this morning and I am over-whelmed
with all the well-wishes from
yesterday-Thank you ALL
so much-Now I think I
might have to have a little cry,
or something-
Love to ALL of you!
your photo name


Tete said...

Beautiful! Now come and do mine! LOL
It's a shame you can't see those chargers for the plates! They are something else. So where do you store all of this stuff out of season? I would be so afraid of breakage.
My mom used to call that spit shining! She did it often, and we all survived.

Musings from Kim K. said...

Your formal dining room is just breath-taking. The chandelier is just gorgeous. With all your special details on the table spit-shined silverware and all), I think I'd find excuses to stay in that room all day.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

It's beautiful and love the centerpiece. What wonderful chargers. Spit shined, huh? Super.

Susie said...

Well did your son the one who just polished all your silver, spit shine the knives??If we knew everything our kids did..ewee.
I absolutely love your table setting. It's pretty enough for a magazine. xoxo,Susie

Christy @ Our Southern Home said...

Beautiful table. I love the Santa. New follower, sweet lady!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Everything is so sparkly and gorgeous! Your photos deserve to be in a magazine! Hope you're still celebrating today! Sweet hugs!

Patty Patterson said...

Everything looks beautiful!
And I'm so sorry I missed your birthday yesterday! Happy Belated Birthday!
I was up early yesterday morning as I had a 3:30 am NILMDTS call and I had to get up and get going. Then I had studio sessions with a newborn and a two month old and I was babysitting Brilyn on top of it all. Now - I'm playing catch up and clean up..... and going to Brilyn's house to watch her so Fed Ex can finally deliver. They've been missed twice and if no one is there today the package goes back to the sender and someone doesn't get a Christmas gift.

Julie Marie said...

Everything is so beautiful Diana... just like in a fairytale!... your chandelier is stunning... would love to hear the story it has to tell... hope you had a fabulous birthday!... xoxo Julie Marie

Amber ~ The French Pressed Home said...

OH! Diana! Everything is breath taking. I'm raising my hand if you are asking who would love to have those chargers. No, really, I'm jumping up and down saying "me, me, MEEEEE!" Your home is gorgeous. Merry Christmas. xo

Donna said...

Your dining room is just gorgeous,Diana! Everything is so beautiful, and I am in love with your chandelier and pretty table setting! Those chargers are amazing! Hope you had a great birthday, and did something fun! Oh, good thing your guests didn't have a clue about the spit polish! eewwwww!

Kim Gillian said...

Beautiful pictures, that spit and shine is funny to me, lol!

Nellie said...

Such a gorgeous table setting, Diana!
Even with the "spit-shining!":-) xo Nellie

Ruth Kelly said...

I remember when I was 12 that I had a job cleaning this lady's house and she would always have me polish the silver. I can honestly say that I never spit on it.

Connie said...

Your dinning room is so festive and elegant. I'm sure that the White House isn't putting on a lovelier dinner party than you. Wow!!!
Have a marvelous time with friends and family.
Your blogging sister, Connie :)

tlcukjourney said...

You decorate so beautifully, your home should be in magazines... and I don't want to be the one to break this to you... But spit is the best cleaner!! hahahaha!!!

Lucille said...

Well, I guess memories are made of stuff like that! Your house is a treat for the eyes. You certainly have a knack for setting a beautiful, festive table, Diana!

Jane, Naples, Florida said...

When I was looking at the pictures of your dining room, I was in awe! It is beautiful! Everything! Can I come for dinner???

Flora Doora

Pat M said...

Sorry I missed your birthday yesterday! I hope it was a very special day for you!
I love this Christmas table, spit polish & all! LOL
Hugs, GraceinAZ (Pat)

SImple and Serene Living said...

Oh my gosh. I can't believe I missed your birthday yesterday. I had the crepe paper and the cake all ready. What was I thinking...... I hope it was wonderful.

Your dining room is just beautiful. I can see why it makes you so happy.


Celestina Marie said...

Oh Diana, Everything is simply gorgeous. Your home is magazine worthy my friend. I LOVE your chandy and the table is so inviting.
You sure had me LOL with the silver smudges!! Oh my goodness that is too cute. OH well, what's a few germs among family ~~~~~LOL

So glad your birthday was special just like you.
Have a wonderful evening.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Sew a Fine Seam said...

Lovely! Looks so warm, cozy, and welcoming!

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Beautiful! My best friend has all the F&F Christmas stuff. I love the little animals under Santa's coat! It's so sweet. Your table looks incredible, spit or no spit!
Sparkly and happy, just like you. :)

NanaNor's said...

Happy Belated Birthday Diana, I'm so sorry I missed your big day but pray you were blessed. I love your dining room-it is so gorgeous and elegant and the silver story is so cute. Hope you are enjoying the season-I'm burning the candle at both ends. Sending love your way.
Hugs, Noreen

Anonymous said...

Hi Diana! OH, your beautiful table makes my heart happy too! I'm still giggling about the spit shined silver! :) Love it! Your home is so beautiful and try my best not to be jealous every time I pop in to see you.
be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Anonymous said...

Diana, your silver chargers are lovely! You have the most amazing things and I love that they all have a touching story! The Spode china is one of my favorites! I also adore the Fitz and Floyd centerpiece! They just don't make it like this anymore! I have enjoyed seeing your beautiful home! Your dining room is stunning!


Stunning! I love your table sweet bithday girl! Let me start by saying your heiloom silver chargers are gorgeous and a treasure. The Spode china is ever so classic and pretty and that handsome Santa, adorable. Your F&F centeriece is to die for. Loving the pretty mantel. Thank you for sharing.. everything is beautiful like you! Happy holidays.

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

Happy Belated Birthday!!! You don't look a day over 29!!

Your Christmas table is beautiful! The dining room is gorgeous! I love that chandelier and can't wait to hear that story!

Actually I can't wait to hear the stories behind most of the rehab and items in your home!! :0)

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

Oh yeah...I forgot to say that Clara had the best stuff!

Leena Milligan Lanteigne said...

As soon as child was mentioned, I knew spit was involved LOL! Love your table! So festive and ready for Christmas! Love the chairs too - so pretty! Your entire home must look like one big Christmas wonderland! Hugs, Leena

momto8 said...

oh very beautiful!! lucky lucky you!!
happy birthday too!!

pembrokeshire lass said...

Absolutely lovely! How many wonderful treasures and memories you have! Looks like its going to be a beautiful Christmas! I'm glad you. Had a good birthday. Joan

Maria Elena said...

Diana, what a gorgeous table!!! Your centerpiece is amazing and I just love the little birds on your lamps! So pretty and original! Spit shined??? Oh, well, what time is dinner? LOL

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Again, Stunning, stunning and stunning!!


Savannah Granny said...

I am still laughing. That sounds so much like that happened and happens around here. At a Christmas open house, one of the grands was about four, we caught him using the shrimp as a spoon for delivering the cocktail sauce. He put the shrimp back into the bowl. We got that one but don't know how many we missed.The guests ate all the shrimp left!

Your dining room is gorgeous, I just love all the Spode and Grandma Clara had great taste. The centerpiece is lovely, don't you just love Fitz and Floyd? Their pieces look so real. The wide shot is breathtaking. I love your chandy and china cabinets.
Diana, thank you so much for sharing your beautiful dining room. Love to you and the family, Ginger

June said...

Oh My Gosh! This room is beautiful Diana!!!! I love it and the way you have decorated it for Christmas.

Sue said...

Beautiful Diana! I love the chargers, it is so special to have those old family things. And the chandelier ~ wow ~ love it!! Thanks for sharing.
Merry Christmas

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

G.g.g.g...gourgeous! Your table is beautiful and so is your chandelier! Love the full shot showing your beautiful cabinetry too! Those Fitz & Floyd pieces are beautiful! I love how santas coat is opened up and reveals the woodland creatures! I got the Nikko version of the tree dishes like these but I always wished I had gotten the Spode. Those silver chargers are fabulous!! Lucky you!

farmhouse-story said...

i love,love your dining room and all of it's christmas cheer,diana!