Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Let's Dish ~ Shells

Let's Dish about sea shell dishes.

The sea shells above are real shells with a grove cut in them to hold place cards. They are from Two's Company, but since this is a tray scape, I'm using them as added details rather than place card holders.

I brought home a wonderful wicker tray from

my trip to the Texas hill country

and few thrifty finds from a

recent trip to Dallas & Ft. Worth.

The shell dishes are by Maxcera.

I purchased them from a

clearance shelf at TJ Maxx last year.

The shell shaped plates feature an

embossed edge with a starfish among sea shells.

The shell shaped bowls have the same fluted

edge with a turned shell detail at the top edge.

They are rustic white with brown under tones.

Absolutely perfect for serving clam chowder,

fish soup, or perhaps a shrimp or crab salad.

I chose clam chowder for tonight's dinner.

It felt like the perfect comfort food

for the rainy evening we are having.

The set of chowder spoons were a thrifty find

this past summer when we spent a week in Maine.

The Cherished Home is a wonderful shop in Belfast, ME.

They were having a great sale the day we visited.

These four coin silver chowder spoons were $25 for the set.

Two are marked Fifield & Brackett with the monogram

N. J. Furber

in gorgeous script.

The other pair is marked Vertelt

with crossed swords and the #12.

A simple TH is the monogram.

Found the napkin ring at an antique store in Ft. Worth.

There was a box of odd pieces, each priced $4.

I can't find a mark, but this little gem has

gorgeous engraved details of flowers,

none of which really show up in the photo.

No doubt it will polish up, but I rather like it's aged patina.

So there you have it.

A sea shell inspired tray scape

created with thrifty finds.

The shell dishes are Rustic White Shell by Maxcera.

TJ Maxx only had 3 bowls and 7 plates.

If you know of a source,

I'd love to find more, especially more of the bowls.

I'm playing along with

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this week with a review of


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and a bowl of delicious clam chowder.