Friday, February 4, 2011

Laws of Attraction

Have you ever had guests that stayed too long? I get them all the time. They are all good looking and extremely charming. But they hang around way too long getting in the way and taking up space.

I'm talking about all the lovely things that take up room on my dining table, of course. I'm always bringing in new things for the shop that I just can't seem to move on for awhile. And sometimes never.

The truth is, I never really know the difference. I don't buy anything for the shop that I wouldn't own for myself. 

But I do enjoy the visits! The laws of attraction (which have been scientifically studied) state that the primary factor in determining whether or not you end up with somebody is "propinquity." A fancy word for proximity. In other words, the chances of hooking up with your next door neighbor are much higher than dating someone from Australia (if you live in America, that is). Logical.

So it's no wonder I'm overly attracted to my table mates, and have a hard time kissing them good-bye! My own daughter married her next door neighbor.

There are very few things here at risk of being thrown out into the cold, however. But there's a limit to how many cakestands I can own, for instance. And ironstone platters are more practical for regular use than Limoges.

Some of my linens I would lay down my life for. I am surely devoted to this tablecloth. . . for the moment. 

Ah, I am so fickle. But who isn't completely charmed by a gorgeously skirted table?

In this season of love I say love the one you're with,  . . . at least until it's time to make room for new guests!

YOU'RE always welcome to stay as long as you like, of course!
 Thanks so much for coming!
Ciao! for now!


I'm joining
How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday
The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday


Joyce - Quilted Nest said...

Very cute post! I can't quite relate since I don't have storage enough to keep too many things. But if I could - I would! Is that wallpaper used as a napkin ring? Beautiful!

Brenda Kula said...

I do always feel welcome here, embraced by your wonderful (and beautiful) hospitality.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Yes, Joyce! The napkin rings are made from vintage wallpaper. And thanks Brenda! Jacqueline

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Beautiful pics! Lovin' your cake stand and the dishes under cloche-enjoy your company:@)

Amy Kinser said...

What a fun and very pretty post!

Blondie's Journal said...

I don't think you can have too many pretty things. I wish your shop were closer, I'd snap up the linens in a second!


Lavender Cottage said...

I always enjoy visiting your blog because you show so many pretty dishes and linens.
I was admiring the monogrammed napkins; how I'd love to find some with our initial.

Fishtail Cottage said...

That is exactly what i would do if i had a shop! Bring more home.....& when something would sell - i'd probably regret taking it - your post is cute! & i love the laws of attraction conversation....

Bella said...

Hi Jacqueline,
You answered one of the questions I always want to ask... how do you ever give anything up for the store:-)) I want to open a store (someday) and wonder if I will ever be able to part with things:-))
The Limoge shallow bowl, be still my heart!! and the plate stack under glass, I am heading into the kitchen to rearrange now!
I too believe in the law of proximity :-))
What a beautiful post!!
Have a great weekend,

Grace said...

What a beautiful post! I love the pretty tablescape. It makes me want to come and have some tea and chat with you. Happy Pink Saturday. Grace xoox

Anne Fannie said...

Lovely post and beautiful pictures. I love that china plate but then again that beautiful handmade linen table cloth. It looks so much like my Grandma's work. I am so lucky to have some of her lovely linens.
Happy Pink Saturday.

KarenHarveyCox said...

I love everything, the linens, the dishes and the napkins wrapped in such a lovely embellishment. You are my Pink Saturday mention today.

Happy Pink Saturday

Your blog is gorgeous.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

What a yummy post! I love your napkin rings! What a creative idea! There are some very pretty wallpapers out there and why not use them in this way! Love the linens and the pink floral china is gorgeous. It's hard to let go. I know because I'm there myself! Happy Pink Saturday and enjoy your weekend.


Angela said...

Love those dishes - I have oohed and ahhhed over them in antique store in the midwest but never bought, unfortunately. My friend just looooves to remind me that I do not need more plates. :(

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

lovely Jacqueline!
thank you
for sharing these delites!

Sally Lee by the Sea said...

Love, love, love your dishware and napkins - delightful!

Happy Pink Saturday :O)

Vintage Gal said...

I absolutely adore your pretty dishes and napkins ~ sigh ~ I love dishes and keep collecting ;-)

Alicia said...



Beverly said...

Love your post. You have such a romantic eye.

Nancy said...


I loved this post. Your photos, and your guests, are all beautiful. I feel EXACTLY the same way about the things I buy and place in my shop. I buy what I like and what I'd want in my own home - and many, many times they visit my house for months and sometimes longer before they actually get placed in the shop.

This was so enjoyable not only to view but to read as well.

Going back to read it again,


Tammy@beatrice banks said...

Love your post. Beautiful linens and dishes! I'm happy to have found your lovely blog. I'm your newest follower and would be delighted to have you follow me back!
Happy PS!

Cathy said...

Hi Jacqueline,

What a serene and lovely Pink Saturday Post. It was a joy to sit and read your blog and melt into the beautiful photos.

What a stunning idea using pretty wallpaper for napkin rings. Our imaginations are endless.

Thank you for sharing.


Kay said...

Jacqueline, I know exactly what you mean! As you know, I am closing my shop space, and yesterday I even went to the shop to bring home some guests that I decided I just could not part with!!! Crazy! And I just got back from Funky Junk Sisters and only bought one retro white and pink table cloth to add to my collection. I'm so proud of myself! I love lacy, white cloths, but instead of those, I saw lots of burlap--not my thing particularly, unless it's a lighter color. Good! One less guest I'm tempted to invite home. My guests are really overtaking my home. I think while I sleep they must be partying and bringing in more!! Kay

Char said...

So simple, elegant and just beautiful. I am in love with your platter. Happy Pink Saturday, Char

Sarah said...

Gorgeous images, Jacqueline. I'm determined that I'm going to get to your shop the next time I plan a trip to Santa Fe. ~ Sarah

Gabriela Delworth said...

Happy Pink Saturday!

Your photos are fabulous!

~ Gabriela ~

Scribbler said...

What beautiful things -- I second what Blondie said.

Marlis said...

ooh I love those napkins with the monogrammed B's... swooning, also over the tablecloths. The dishes are divine. This is a great place to come visit. always.

Anonymous said...

You have gorgeous treasures!

The Tablescaper said...

I'm drooling over that platter. How I love Limoges. Thanks for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Jaybird said...

Ahhhhhh but the limoges feeds the eyes and heart....
But I do love the ironstone too!!
Hope the weather is clearing for you folks!
Be safe and Happy Valentines Day.

Meredith said...

Love your Limoges too...such a beautiful table!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

How lovely all these elements are!

Marigene said...

Beautiful china and linens...they are the kind of guests I love!

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