Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Crowing Roosters, Sunflowers, & PIF

Pewter Pitcher with Sunflowers, Seeded Eucalyptus, Hypericum Berries, & Milkweed

It's fall and the perfect time for roosters and sunflowers. Welcome to Tablescape Thursday with our hostess, Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch.

You must be wondering what this pink box could possibly have to do with a tablescape or for that matter, roosters and sunflowers . Well, it was a Pay It Forward gift from Jacque @ Campagne Maison. I've waited till this week to share its contents because I wanted to spotlight one of the gifts for Tablescape Thursday.

Jacque had received a Pay It Forward gift in late August from Deb @ Garage Sale Gal. Then she posted photos of her gift and left this message: "If you would like to participate in Pay It Forward, just leave a comment on this post. The first three people to leave a comment will be my next Pay It Forward recipients. You must have a blog so I can read your postings and learn a little about you. That way, I will know what to make just for your! Then, when you receive your package from me, you post pictures of what you received, just as I have done, then add the Pay It Forward button (which is above) to your post, and wait for three comments on your blog...and the game continues on. If there are any questions you can ask me anytime! It really is a whole lot of fun! Let's see how far this PAY IT FORWARD can continue."

I happened to be the first one to leave a comment on Jacque's post that day. So I was in the game! When Jacque visited my blog, she must have noticed that I'm a huge fan of roosters. So her crafty, talented hands made this for me.

Jacque pieced and quilted this topper with two beautiful 

coordinating fabrics. Can you hear the roosters crowing?

The reverse features a center with strips of alternating sunflower fabric and the rooster fabric. Either side of this beautiful table topper brings sunshine and joy to a room.

On this gray, cloudy day we could use a touch of sunshine. I decided this misty morning calls for a hot cup of tea with a soft boiled egg and hot blueberry muffin.

We have a small gate-leg table in our morning room off our kitchen. It's a cozy spot to enjoy a leisure breakfast and while away the morning reading in a comfy wingback chair. I've just started Kathryn Stockett's The Help which is set in Mississippi during the early 60s. I've been on a waiting list at the local library for a copy of this book since August, so I'm eager to read this book. What are you reading at the moment?

A morning breakfast of ...

a perfectly cooked 

soft boiled egg,

and a piping hot 

blueberry muffin.

The deep blue of the juice glass

 is perfect for my new table topper.

I'll have a cup of hot tea served in 

Wedgwood china in the Nantucket pattern.

Tea is Citrus Mint from Tea Forté. Not only is this tea delicious, the presentation in the silken tea infuser is so elegant.

I used a mix of my Wedgwood Nantucket, 

Italian pottery, and a glass figural egg cup.

The napkin is a vintage linen in sunny 

yellow with a pewter napkin ring.

The small tea pot was made by T Grove in Victoria, Canada. It was a souvenir from a visit to Butchart Gardens in the 1980s. I immediately fell for the denim like glaze.

The small dish for the muffin and 

the pitcher holding the flowers are both pewter.

The pitcher, an ebay purchase, 

caught my eye because of the sassy rooster.

So if you want to join in the fun of PAY IT FORWARD, leave a comment below. The first two that comment will receive a gift box from me, though I can't promise that it will be anything handmade like Jacque's gift. Remember you have to have a blog to participate so I can visit and see what kinds of things you like.

There was another gift in the box. It is pink so I'm sharing it on Pink Saturday. If you come back on Saturday you can see what it is, and the first person to comment on that post will be my third PIF recipient.

So please leave your comments below and then head back to Susan's @ Between Naps on the Porch to visit this week's Tablescape Thursday participants.


The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. The blue glasses and rooster vase are just gorgeous. Such a wonderful spot to dine. Thank you for sharing your ideas.

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  3. Hi Sarah, What a pretty spot ... love the pretty pewter pitcher...

  4. I love that pitcher with the rooster on it. Just gorgeous!!

  5. What a sensational gift you've received, Sarah! Its vibrant colors made for the perfect backdrop in your TT for today.

    That pewter pitcher you found on Ebay is really unique & I can see why it caught your eye. I like your little egg cup, too.

    My FL bookclub is currently reading Crow Lake ...I must catch up with them. We'll be down in Jan. for 6-8 wks. They will start a trilogy of sorts by reading these three books in sequence like a trilogy: The Help by Kathryn Stockett (about black help in Mississippi); The House at Riverton by Kate Morton (about English manor help during WWI) and The White Tiger by Aravind Adlga (about help in India).

  6. This is so cute, Sarah! I love your post, and isn't that sweet of your friend to make that rooster cloth for you!!! Love your pewter rooster, too, and I have some Nantucket Basket pieces, too! :-) That's one of my favorite patterns.


    Sheila :-)

  7. Hi Sarah! Oh, what a gorgeous table topper you've received. It's gorgeous and looks wonderful on your lovely table. Now that Rooster pitcher is amazing! I've never seen anything like it before and your flowers are just so lovely in it. I love all of the details on your pretty table.
    Thanks for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  8. Oh, Sarah! You were so lucky to win that beautiful runner in Pay It Forward. I love your Frenchy table. That pewter pitcher is awesome!

  9. What a nice gift you received! I really like that pitcher. Looks like a very nice breakfast!


  10. Everything is so pretty but I LOVE that egg cup. That is so different. Girl, you gave me such a called me how did you know that is how I feel some days??!! I may have to change my name to that permanently!! Thanks for coming by and Happy TT!

  11. Sarah, how pretty is this?! I just love it all and the muffin is out of this world.

    Barb ♥

  12. Hi Sarah, What a cozy nook you have there, so sweet and inviting! I also love the pewter pitcher. That's a very unique find!

  13. I love the idea of a Pay it Forward gift and you've done a wonderful job of sharing it with us too! Everything looks great! I LOVE the Butchart Gardens in Victoria! We had high tea there one time after our stroll around the gardens, it is a wonderful memory! Wish I would have bought a nice souvenier like you did!


  14. Oh what pretty dishes!! I always love those little egg cups. (I am off eggs so hmmm I wonder what else could be eaten in one! Scrambled tofu? HA). I like all of the colors you used to tie into the placemats--nice.

  15. Lovely I can smell the coffee from here and the blueberry muffin looks delicious. What a great gift from the pay it forward! Have a wonderful evening.

  16. I love the rooster with the flowers in it and I only wish I was there for that wonderful breakfast. I love the idea that you are actually serving refreshing, thanks for sharing

  17. This is such a lovely setting. That little egg cup with the rooster is just the cutest! Thanks for sharing and happy TT to you!

  18. LOVE the sunflowers!!! Looks GREAT!

  19. Good Morning Sarah!

    What a gorgeous tablescape you created with the table runner. I knew you would have the perfect accessories to compliment those sassy roosters. You have so many beautiful and unusual pieces and the eye to co-ordinate them, AND you actually USE them for their intended purpose.

    I am so please that you participated in Pay if Forward. I know that you will have just as much fun continuing it on. I can't wait to see what you choose to share with those who join in on all the fun.

    I will post about your PIF today on my blog. Have a great day and enjoy that book!

  20. The tablescape is so elegant, even if it is a breakfast for one, which I think is great. Congratulations on winning the handmade piece. I love, love, love the egg cup. I have been drooling over many on eBay for awhile now. I went to a spa and had tea using those silk tea bags. I felt so pampered. I also love the blue juice glass. This was a lovely post.

  21. Sarah thanks so much for your visit and you sweet words. I love your pewter pitcher. I'm seeing some wonderful eye candy here and am going to mosey around your older posts. Come back soon to visit.

  22. Sarah, what a wonderful gift and you've done it justice with your beautiful accessories. Love them all, especially the pewter container with the rooster. You do have a great eye!

    Have a beautiful day!

  23. What a lovely little breakfast, I love the sunflowers and the rooster vase was a GREAT find. I like your egg cup, too. I just found 3 at an antique-y store. I'm hoping to use them on my next tablescape. :)

    Thanks so much for coming by!


    P.S. Happy Birthday wishes to your Mother.

  24. Such a lovingly made gift for you - it's perfect for your table Sarah.
    I love a soft boiled egg too - usually with whole grain 'toast soldiers' to dip, the quintessential English nursery breakfast!!

  25. Hope you enjoy THE HELP as much as I did. Great read.

  26. I love the idea of Play it Forward. Can I play too? Maybe I should just post about it on my blog and get it started.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  27. darling! i love your rooster, never seen one like that, it is great with the sunflws~

  28. Oh I love sunflowers! Especially with blue they are gorgeous! The teapot is a prize! Thanks so much for stopping by! Please come again:-)

  29. Sarah, this is such a wonderful post. Your table is charming, and the PIF tradition continues. It's a good thing.

  30. Lovely post, candy for the eye...beautiful sunflowers and rooste assemble and the breakfast looks inviting ;-)

    I'll be right over ...

    Have a great day!

  31. It's me again Sarah, I forgot to tell you how much I love the topper you received, it is hard to believe it is not just one piece of fabric, I think that would be fun to try...thanks for sharing..come visit

  32. Sarah,
    What a nice gift. You did a fantastic job bringing together all the elements on your tablescape. It would be an honor to join you at your table! Love, love, love the teapot.
    Dee Dee

  33. Really cute fall table. Love sunflowers in the fall.

  34. Your breakfast setting is exquisite and looks so yummy too!

  35. What a tremendously wonderful gift to receive! I'm doing good to read the weekly Time and Newsweek right now. Oh, and blogs of course!

  36. Morning at your house must be so wonderful. Your table looks so inviting with the beautiful sunflowers and that giant scumptious muffin! Pleasure for the eyes and the taste buds.

  37. What a wonderful gift, and your other items go so well with it. I loved visiting your table. The "denim" teapot would have caught my eye too. Thank you so much for stopping and visiting me today. I'm new around here and your comment was truly appreciated.


  38. Hi Sarah,
    What a lovely gift.
    Your breakfast setting looks so pretty!
    Wish I could pull up a chair and join you!
    I noted the book, I will have to see if our Library has it.
    Right now I am reading that Potato Peel Society book. My sister brought it to me when she came from TX..can't seem to get into it yet!
    Still nice here, so I am trying to enjoy the outdoors while I can!

  39. What a lovely breakfast table, it looks so inviting to me... All I would need is my Vanilla creamer and I would call it good!

    To answer your question on how I did the Spooky Table... I used an old tablescape and made it black and white, then pulled it up in scrapblog and used their fun things to make it looks Spooky! If you have anymore questions you can email me.
    Seriously Spooky
    Really Rainey

  40. Hi Sara,
    Thank you so much for the sweet comment on my post!
    Sara, this muffin looks so delicious! I am sure that yours are much more better than the ones in Belgium!


  41. What a perfect gift that darling table topper is. It looks perfect in your kitchen. Love you big checked wallpaper too.
    Very nice to meet you.

  42. What a wonderful pay it forward gift....I love that whole idea!

    I LOVE your pewter rooster pitcher. It looks perfect on your table setting...

  43. I love your table Sarah, and what a pretty gift you got. Love the colors in the topper.
    I've just started reading Home to Holly Springs, one of Jan Karon's books in the new Father Tim series:)

  44. Oh Sarah, what a lovely table you have set. It certainly looks cozy and inviting.
    The table topper is beautiful!!! You are a girl after my own heart...Roosters and Sunflowers. Don't they just go great together?

  45. Hi Sarah,
    Lovely post! Perfect way to create a cheery, relaxing mood for breakfast on a dreary morning. Beautifully done!


  46. I love the cozy warmth of your breakfast room. I will be back often for morning tea!

    Thank you for visiting me and leaving your kind comment, because it might have taken me awhile longer to find you (and follow) if you hadn't...

    Have a great weekend and let's hope this Texas weather stays calm during the seasonal change.

  47. What a lovely way to eat breakfast, Sarah. I love your pewters and the rooster quilt you got for Pay It Forward is so pretty...Christine

  48. Beautiful, Sarah! I love this tablescape...the colors are so wonderful. Your Wedgwood china is beautiful and does that muffin look yummy! Love the pitcher and the sunflowers...such a cheerful breakfast!


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