I got my flower fix in another way! It is so dreary here and I don't have the best lighting but I wanted to share a couple of table toppers I found (new) on EBay.
This is the center and it is pale and this photo did not do it any justice but the cut work and embroidery is really beautiful. The next photo I actually took in the dark with a flash and you can see the colors better, I don't how, but they are!
Then I found this one
From table toppers that led me to research dishes. I am so glad I downsized, and living in about 1200 square feet of space, and here I am on EBay looking for dishes! I found a seller who had a lovely collection of ceramic dishes and pieces from an estate sale in San Francisco. Not formal, but my colors, my entertaining style, really reasonable, and the seller was willing to work with the buyer on shipping. Not a lightweight package to be sure! It was an intense 60 seconds of bidding, I came away unscathed and with most of the items I wanted. I did lose out on a couple of things. Now I am waiting for the final tally and shipping charges from the seller. I had visions of tablescapes and table tops dancing in my head. At least three posts from what I had "won". I was a happy camper. After two days and no word from the seller, I receive an email from them apologizing profusely that the table on which my precious ceramic pieces were placed suffered a broken leg.........and everything crashed to the cement floor. Nothing was salvaged. I felt more upset than I think I should have felt! When commiserating with a friend, she says, "only you." I seem to hear that phrase alot :(. Not to be, they weren't meant to live here or anywhere else. But I did discover these lovelies, and they were delivered safe and sound and are residing in my cupboard. They are a luncheon set for four of Hazel Atlas crinoline. They also are known as "lasagna", I learned from a friend. No wonder I was drawn to them! (A summer tea luncheon is being planned around these dishes, but shh, it's a secret, don't tell my friend Kathleen.)
Then I am on to napkins. I see a set that would have really worked well with the daffodil cloth and certain dishes I had "won" on EBay. Let the games begin, another 45 seconds of intense bidding and they are mine! Only to receive a note from this seller saying they were sold six months ago, and they had no idea how they became relisted. I wasn't too upset with this, after learning about the dishes. Only you, B., my friend tells me. Only you.
Next venture? Flatware? Glasses? No, most likely storage solutions. Oh, yeah, and getting my yard to be "blogworthy".