Sunday, April 21, 2013

Bluebonnets Beauty

The joy of our family pets as seen through the camera lens and wildflower tablescaping.
The bluebonnets are blooming and this year we are taking pet photos in the Texas state wildflowers.
 To celebrate this spring,
the table is set with the bluebonnet theme in the breakfast room of our city home.
Our place setting is of course colored in blue and white.
A bright blue salad is placed with a card of bluebonnets on top for a name to be written for each guest.
The dinner plate with bluebonnets were a wonderful thrift store find a year ago and have been awaiting their debut.
A close-up of the bluebonnet on the panel shows the darker blue of the bonnet shape. 
Stripe place mats, blue tea towels and blue handled flatware add to the blue and white hues of the place setting.
Just days before creating this scape, it was our fortune that we walked in a thrift store to find this lovely hand painted glass set with bluebonnets and the yellow butterflies which are always darting in the fields.
The set contains the pitcher plus six glasses which will be used to serve lemonade or sweet tea. This $19 surprise was a signed set by Debbie, who is an accomplished painter of  Texas wildflowers.
 The Texas boot centers the table filled with a bouquet of bluebonnets and Texas flags.
The boot will travel to my son's home for a surprise!
His home is decorated with a Texas theme.
A sugar bowl and creamer of hand painted bluebonnets creates a homey feel with the centerpiece.
Boot stomping dancing on the bluebonnet cards is part of the theme and a state law "forbids" the picking of  wild bluebonnets!
The youngest member of the family, Ranger, is having his first portrait made in the bluebonnets. This is one of my favorite photos of my son. 
As you can see there were tiring times for dog and son, 
and impatient times! Please note the expression our son's face in  all the photos!
This is a true family portrait in the front of our house by the lake.
Mr. Swagger aka Ranger is not quite ready to leave even after a long day on a photo shoot.
~THE END~
 
I am surprising my wonderful wife with a 20+ year photo of our son Christopher in a field of Texas Bluebonnets. Note his blond hair has turned brown but eyes are as blue as the flowers in the field.
 
Each week I love visiting, Rose Chintz Cottage, Artful Affirmations, Cuisine Kathleen and Between Naps on the Porch plus The Tablescaper. Their link button can be found on the right side of my blog and you will enjoy their great postings!
A special spring theme at Cuisine Kathleen was the fun reason for these photos!
Pam


52 comments:

Sylvia said...

What a wonderful post. I love all the blue tablescape. How lucky for you to get the sst for $19.

Snap said...

Happy Spring! Your Texas/Bluebonnet themed tablescape is wonderful. Looks like a lot of fun in the bluebonnet field with all the family members. Happy Tea Day!

Stephanie said...

What a delightful post! Your pictures were beautiful to look at and the hand-painted glass is stunning!

Have a wonderful day!

Hugs,
Stephanie

kitty said...

Hi Pam, I LOVE your bluebonnet theme. I can't believe your found the beautiful dishes and the glasses and pitcher in thrift stores!!! Your boot is wonderful all decked out as your centerpiece. Yes, we were on the same wavelength, weren't we?? I loved the pics of your son... long ago and now.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello Pam,
Those bluebonnets are beautiful and what a lovely background they make for your dear son and doggies! Love the photo of your little toddler standing in them; so adorable!

You have done well finding so many dishes with the bluebonnet theme on them. The boot is a cute idea for a centerpiece too. Thanks so much for coming to Tea Time and sharing with us. Have a lovely week.

Blessings,
Sandi

Lavender Cottage said...

I've heard the meadows of bluebonnets in Texas are a sight to behold. Nice idea to photograph the dogs with the blooms and your hand painted jug is pretty.

Two Cottages And Tea said...

What a beautiful table of bluebonnets! A few years ago while camping in Texas the bluebonnets were blooming everywhere! I still have a tiny bouquet of the dried flowers to remind me of the trip. Thanks for sharing!
Nancy

Diane said...

Wonderful table design, great colors and fun pictures.

Regards diane

Botanic Bleu said...

Pam,
Recent research says there is no state law forbidding picking bluebonnets. The illegal activity is in trespassing on private property. Bluebonnets in ditches are fair game. :)

Judith

Monica @ Texas Fiesta Ware Fan said...

Fabulous post! Thanks for sharing. We do not see very many blue bonnets this far west. Your table is fantastic. I do love the boot. The plates snd pitcher set were waiting for you to find them. Great deals!!

Poppy said...

Hi Pam,

So nice to meet you! I have never seen such beautiful bluebonnets in my life, especially when they serve as a floral wonderland to your loving family members! Those lucky bluebonnet finds were waiting for you! Thanks so much for sharing and for stopping by my place!

Poppy :)

Johanna said...

Hi pan,
whow, this Bluebonnet tablesetting is really spectacular. Your dogs are so cute. And what a handsome son you have.
Best greetings, Johanna

Miss Jane said...

Hi! Thank you for visiting my blog!!
Your photo are lovely!I love blu color too.!
Nice to meet you on the web!

Donna Heber said...

Hi Pam,

What a gorgeous field of bluebonnets! It is the perfect backdrop for your two sweet dogs. Your tablescape is lovely in blue with the hand painted glass.

Terri said...

Hello Pam,
I hope you are enjoying the springtime. It is finally feeling like spring in our areas. Hopefully yours too.
Beautiful pictures! The blue tablescape is wonderful.
Hugs,
Terri

Tazas y Cuentos said...

Such a wonderful tablescape!
Your photos are fantastic, those bluebonnets are gorgeous.
Besos, Silvina

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KathyB. said...

The bluebonnets are such a beautiful shade of blue and the see fields of them must be inspiring. Your table setting is lovely, and since blue is my favorite color I might be biased, but the color combos are perfect for a bluebonnet theme , especially combined with the Texas flag.

Veronica Roth said...

This is lovely. I love how you've pulled all the blue/blue bonnets lunch together Pam. Just beautiful. I must get to Texas to see the blue bonnets one day. Have a lovely week and hugs to you. :)

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Beautiful blue!
So elegant and gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Love your Texas Bluebonnets! Sweet photos of your son & dogs too. Visiting from LEt's Dish.

Sherry Hahn said...

I always love seeing photos of the bluebonnets. Great pics!
Sherry

Marlis said...

Love your collies and the bluebonnets. We don't get them up here in Lubbock!! Love the new glasses and pitcher.. fabulous!! The plates are a great find too. Your table just makes me want to say yeehaw with gusto. Love the boot and the bluebonnets. It turned out wonderful. xo marlis

kitty said...

Thank you for your visit and sweet comments, Pam. I know that I already commented on your bluebonnet theme, but living in Texas, I appreciate it so much.

Alycia Nichols said...

I have heard tell that you have not lived until you have experienced the up close and personal glory of the Texas bluebonnet fields. I think you brought it pretty doggone close, though! What a pretty tablescape! I have a pair of those boots, but being a Missourian I had no idea they were a "Texas boot." Now that I see it in your centerpiece with the flag, I can plainly see the resemblance!!! If it will bring me absolution, I will tell you that I used them in a tablescape to celebrate our annual American Royal which has a pretty "Texas feel" to it.

That last photo is just as sweet as it can be! (visiting from Suisine Kathleen's blog party)

Lady Linda said...

I am just in love with you lovely post. All the colors I love and the bluebonnet fields are amazing.
The closest I was to Texas is the airport at El Paso when our daughter was going to grad school in La Cruses NM.
Thanks for visiting my blog.

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

So glad you found my blog today! I love your blue bonnet inspired table with a Texas theme. Those glasses and pitcher are so pretty. What a find! The whole table is lovely....but...the thing I loved seeing the most were the photos of the dogs in the blue bonnets. Oh...you have some pretty dogs there. Pretty much all I care about in this world are dogs and decorating and the two often times don't mix well.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I'm a Texan by birth but now live in Georgia! I visit my Mom several times a year and have always loved Bluebonnets. Your table is wonderful and what awesome thrift store finds!

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

I can just imagine how your eyes lit up when you walked into the thrift store to find the lovely hand painted glass set! I love the pics of your son. What beautiful furry children you have too.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

What a beautiful post. Love your sweet pups they are priceless. Your tablescape is gorgeous, blue always wins my heart. Your glasses are incredible. fondly ~lynne~

Marigene said...

Oh, those bluebonnets are beautiful! Your plates and glassware are so pretty...great finds, too. ♥ the pearly blue flatware.
Have a great week, Pam...

Lulu said...

You have the bluebonnet theme going in spades. I was recently in the Roundtop area and the fields of blooms were stunning.

xinex said...

I love all the blues, so pretty! How lucky of you to find plates with blue bonnets on them...Christine

Laurie Ritchey said...

Oh, I am in love with your collies. They are beautiful! Your talbe is so pretty, and I'm envious of the great deal on the pretty drink set. It's a beauty. I also love the plates with the yellow border and Bluebells. Yellow and blue are a favorite color combo of mine, so you know I love your table. laurie

Mona said...

Pam, this is beautiful...I love the bluebonnets...a little story..my Daddy is 87 years old and he told me several years when his health began to fail that there was one thing he regretted never doing in his life...seeing the bluebonnets bloom...I wrote that down in my Bible as a goal for me to fulfill..I have several pieces of little china with bluebonnets on them to remind me of this wish...thank you for showing me the bluebonnets and reminding me of my Daddy's one unfulfilled wish....and I love your dogs and your son's pictures..
Love, Mona

Designs By Pinky said...

I just LOVE your table! I have never seen blue bonnets in person and to find the dishes, pitcher, cream and sugar is wonderful! Love the boot centerpiece too. Your son is a cutie! Thaks so much for your visit to my blog too. Have a great weekend. XO, Pinky

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Those doggies are adorable! I've never seen real bluebonnets before so I really enjoyed seeing them in the fields as well as on the china!
Love all of that pretty blue!

Katherine

Rosemary and Thyme said...

So so pretty... Those Bluebonnets are just gorgeous. Sweet pictures of your family. I also enjoyed your pretty table. Thanks for visiting me also. I truly appreciate your kind words.

Bonnie said...

Lovely post. Bluebonnets are so pretty as are the sweet puppies. My DIL went to college in Texas and has a neat picture of her in a bluebonnet field. I wish I could see them blooming. My son and his family will be moving back to Texas so maybe I will get to see them before too long.

Your tablescape has so much pizazz and because blue is my favorite color it speaks to me. You captured all the elements of design.

Terri said...

Hello Pam, I am late to the party as I was away from home last week. I am happy to visit you today and to see your tea post. Your sweet doggies are beautiful! The flowers really making a beautiful surrounding. What a deal for $19!
Hugs,
Terri

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Hello Pam! Gorgeous Bluebonnets everywhere!!! I have so enjoyed seeing your beautiful photos. And your dogs are precious (cute son too).

A joy scrolling through your earlier posts.

Kindly, Lorraine

Christina said...

Such a charming post! Love your beautiful table- and the pet portrait session is too precious!

All The Pretty Dishes said...

I love your bluebonnet tablescape. The glasses and pitcher are beautiful and a real find. I especially like the bluebonnet placecards. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving your nice comment.

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi Pam, I'm dropping by from Seasonal Sunday link party. Your beautiful collies are so amazing and grand. I have always loved collies since discovering Albert Payson Terhune at an early age. I dreamed about having one then but never was so lucky. Love all the bluebonnets and your table settings..Happy Weekend..Judy

Ann K said...

Howdy, Pam! What a Texas Tribute Tablescape!(say that fast 5 times!) Love the beautiful glasses and matching water pitcher!! I'm from Indiana, so to my knowledge we don't have Bluebells that grow naturally here. They are a gorgeous shade of blue!! Thanks for stopping in at my blog and leaving a comment. I started following you adorable blog!
Ann @ Cairn Cottage

The Tablescaper said...

Your blue bonnets are amazing as are your gorgeous dogs! that pitcher and glasses were an amazing find.

Great to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Just wanted to say thanks for your kind comments on my post. We spend entirely too much time at In-N-Out Burger.That being said we have started to get the lettuce burgers, thought it might be healthier. No buns just big, crispy, Iceburg lettuce leaves. Yummy!!..Happy Monday..Judy

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

Pam,
Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Great post and love all your blues but the 2 sweet dogs stole my heart!!

Hugs,
Debbie

Kathleen said...

I love the colors! Would love to see those blue bonnets in real life someday!
Thanks for linking to the challenge at Let's Dish!

Susie said...

I love your blog! Chrystal, Shelby and Ranger are adorable! Don't pets just make your life so rewarding! Thanks for dropping by and leaving such a sweet comment. I can see your Old British Castle's transfer ware in on your hutch. I love it :-).

Jeanette Ann O'Donnell said...

This sure is a beautiful very blue post. x

Sarah said...

I'm trying to catch up a little on your posts this afternoon. I've had very limited time on the computer recently. This table is fabulous as are all your bluebonnet photos. Oh, this makes this Texas Girl smile.