Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Owl Always Be With You!

If ever there is tomorrow 
when we're not together,
there is something you
 must always remember.  
You are braver than you believe, 
stronger than you seem, 
and smarter than you think, 
but the most important thing is,
 even if we're apart...
I'll always be with you.
                                                      Winnie the Pooh

~ Happy 99th Birthday, Mother ~

Well over a hundred years old, 
this oak table now sits in my sister's dining room.
As a little girl, my sweet mother and her siblings spent many hours 
playing under their family's oak table.

My sister and I played under this table too.
Little girls pretending or dressing paper dolls.
Oh the stories these old legs could tell 
of family meals through the years
and children at play beneath these old table legs. 

Four generations later, little ones still delight in the magic
beneath the big old square oak table that has been in our family 
all these many years.

In honor of my mother's October birthday, I created a mini
 tablescape on this family heirloom to celebrate the occasion.

A single setting for the
wise matriarch of our family.

Black and White
With Orange Delights

A Wise Ole Owl
Touch of Plaid ~ Dots ~ Stripes

Paisley Ringed 
in Rattan

Checkered Bows
Round the Stand

This cleverly painted lazy Susan sits atop
the old oak table during the month of October.
Last fall at the annual 
Round Top Antique Market Days,
I came upon a booth full of vintage items
embellished with seasonal decor.

My sister has the collector gene too.
I collect dishes; she vintage 
wooden kitchen items.

I knew she would appreciate 
a few of these charming pieces.

Rolling Pin ~ Pestle
All you DIY girls  
take note of these cute ideas.

Join me Friday for all the details about
the edible centerpiece of this tablescape.

Foodie Friday  
@ Rattlebridge Farm

You're sure to smile
with delight at how easy it all is. 


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. Am I reading that right? Is you Mom 99 years old? God bless her. That is a long life and it sounds like it might have been a good one! Congratulations to her.

    Love your sweet table to honor her. It is really darling. AND I LOVE that fun little noisemaker at the end. I can remember getting those when I was a kid- xo Diana

  2. Happy Birthday to your sweet mother.

    Talking about the antique family table reminded me of the table in my childhood home. My sister and I played for hours under the legs of that table like you and your sister.

    Where oh where did you find the sweet orange and white flatware?

  3. Dearest Sarah,
    Very sweet of you for still remembering your Mother in such a loving way! Love the poem from Winnie the Pooh and it is so true; one can sense it!
    Beautiful post with lots of sentiments and still keeping that oak table as a family heirloom with so many fond memories.
    Hugs to you,

  4. Oh Sarah, that table must bring back so many memories for the whole family, I love the detail on the beautiful piece, I also loved all of your moms vintage Halloween things...I do love that wonderful white plate with the tiny owl,,,how sweet is that...Phyllis

  5. Lovely table setting and photos, Sarah, but even lovelier words. Your mother's birthday and thoughts of the table that sheltered her play and yours, and now that of another generation - it all brought a lump to my throat.

  6. What a beautiful tablescape to honor your dear sweet mother. Oh the wonderful memories your post brought back. I love all the decorations - they are great.

  7. How nice to have that great table still in the family Sarah! I love your cute setting and that lazy Susan is really neat:@)

  8. What a fitting way to honor your mother...Your joy-filled decorations are sure to brighten anyone's day. Happy Birthday to your mom. I hope she has a very good day on her birthday.

    How wonderful that little ones are still playing under the antique oak pedestal table.


  9. Sarah~ Your table puts a big smile on my face...from the owl plates, painted lazy Susan, and to the little munchkin playing under the table! How clever to bring new life to worn kitchen treasures, it makes me want to start a collection and pick up a paint brush! Looking forward to seeing your MIC post! Happy 99th Birthday to your mother!

  10. This table setting is wonderful. Love the tribute to both your mother and your table!

  11. Sarah, I could feel the love you have for your mother in every line that I read of this post. What a loving tribute! We had a special table in our family that had been my grandmothers that we used for play. A place on the top was ruined by a Halloween Jack-o-Lantern with a candle inside, which is really why I mentioned it. Definitely, an October memory! Love that orange flatware and those adorable rolling pins!

  12. So many memories made and so many still to be made:)...Happy Birthday to your MOM! God Bless her!
    Love the tablesetting!

  13. Sarah, what a fabulous heirloom. Happy birthday to your mom!

  14. Happy Birthday to you mother. I smiled at your memories.

    And, your table setting is splendid - and so fun.

  15. Hi Sarah - How much fun to celebrate with old memories and new. Hugs, Holly

  16. Now I am going to find something cute to paint on one of my wood rolling pins..I've been admiring the colorful marble ones all painted up..or are they ceramic? Cute cute..and my grandsons play under my grandfather the judge's conference table that is here:)I don't know how old he would dad would be 102..

    Very cute owls:)

  17. What wonderful memories four generations have of that family heirloom table! I hope your mother has a fabulous 99th birthday! I am eager to read the details of your edible centerpiece.

  18. Oh how cute!! And what a wonderful story! I can't wait for more!

  19. Happy 99th birthday to your mother, Sarah.

    Your table is wonderfully set but best of all is the story.

    My grandparents had a round oak table. I played under that table as a child. There were little places to hide "treasures". Of course when the leaves were placed in the table, the hiding places were found.:-) Thank you for sparking sweet memories this morning!

  20. What an amazing birthday it'll be! And the table is beautiful.

  21. Sarah,
    What a sweet post to honor your mom. The table looks like it has some beautiful detailing and it's great the it's still in the family.

  22. Happy 99th birthday to your mother!
    Your family table is gorgeous.
    What a fun the flatware and those cut owl plates.
    Have a great week, Sarah...

  23. What a treasured piece - if only it could talk - imagine the stories it heard over the years!! Love the painted wooden kitchen pieces - love the style of painting!

  24. A very charming post, Sarah - I was moved by your tribute to your mother. I have the privilege of having my parent's dining table - it is sentimental to me too. LOVE the owls!
    I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,

  25. How exciting that your Mom will be 99! Happy Birthday to her. I'll bet she loves your fun tablescape. Vintage Halloween things are my favorite, and I love all the black, white and orange patterns you chose. Hope your mom's day is as special as she is.

  26. Hello Dear Sarah, Sending Birthday wishes to your Mother! What a sweet way to celebrate her birthday than celebrating with a beautiful tablescape on the antique table she grew up with. How wonderful it is still being enjoyed generations later with this sweet little face playing underneath. Love the owl theme with all the lovely autumn colors.
    Hope all is well with your mom.


  27. What a nice table for your mom's birthday. Love your collection your sweet owl drew me in!

  28. Sarah, I adore that rolling pin/pestle. I might just try my hand at a DIY project. What a sweet, sweet post to honor your mom's birthday. And I love owls!

  29. Sarah, It is always amazing how you create your charming tables. Love the story about your Mother and the 4 generations playing under the table. The owl is precious with your Mother's special owl plate. My Mother is 91 on the we must enjoy each of their special moments. Have a great week!


  30. Happy Birthday to your dear Mom, Sarah! Wow, 99 years old! Thanks for sharing the beautiful table and all your cute Halloween decor. Blessings to your Mom.

  31. This is lovely and what a great story about your Mom and her great table!

  32. What a beautiful tribute. If walls could talk, if table could talk. What if china could talk. Oh what they would say!

    - Alma, The Tablescaper

  33. That was a wonderful post! What an amazing table.
    Happy Birthday to your mom, God bless her!
    Love those owl plates, and I covet your flatware.
    Thanks, Sarah!

  34. You and I will always have common. They always make me smile, although I must many sisters have sent me owls as bread and butter gifts that I'm O O'd....that would be Over Owled. I also spent years playing paper dolls under my grandmother's dining table. I always felt like my paper dolls lived in a beautiful Southern plantation! I love that you did the same thing. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  35. I too love the old table and all it means to your family. Happy birthday to you mom and bless her heart.

    The Halloween treasures are so much fun as well. The owls are my fave.

    Happy Pink Saturday,
    xo, Jeanne

  36. I so love the olden pieces with such beautiful feelings and memories and stories.....
    Love this post!!

  37. Sarah, this is so delightful! And a sweet tribute to your mother. I love the table and the stories it could tell. How fun to see unusual things like the rolling pin painted. I may just have to do this sometime. The owl theme is perfect and I love, love that silverware! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  38. Your family's heirloom table is wonderful. I have an inherited dining room table and chairs too. It's a treasure. I think family pieces like that are what makes a house a home.

  39. I can tell you had lots of fun putting your table together. There are so few things that have been passed down in my family and when I think about some of the things that have been lost, it makes me sad. You are lucky to have something with so much history and memory.

  40. What wonderful memories that table holds, and what a beauty it is! Again, I love the vintage H'ween décor, and those wooden pieces are adorable! laurie

  41. Happy Birthday, Sarah's Mom!!! I know you had a great day with your girls.

    Sarah, I love the tabelscape you put together in honor of your mom's October birthday! I adore the vintage look of it, and your cute finds at Round Top truly make it special.

    The family heirloom dining table is so pretty! It's so sweet to see little ones still hiding under it. What an adorable photo!

    Thanks for linking-up to My Happy List. You are truly blessed, Sarah. I feel blessed knowing you through your blog! You are a true sweetheart!


  42. Happy belated birthday to your Mother, Sarah. What a milestone to reach! God bless her.

  43. How special! I hope your mom's birthday was wonderful. Such a treasured family piece, your table is beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  44. What a fabulous vintage setting, just perfect for a tribute to your mother! I love the thoughts of you and your sister playing under the family table and the fact that many before you and after you will do the same!!

  45. Wow Sarah! What a lovely heirloom, filled with so many cherished memories!

    How wonderful that your mom is 99!! She's lived many years without her husband, but no doubt has been surrounded with much love.

    Thank you so much for your visit and thoughtful comment today. It was very much appreciated!


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