Remembering the Mothers

Our mothers won’t be with us Mother’s Day, but they will be remembered as the table is all about them.

I will start with these pieces, all of which are very special to me.

The placemats were crocheted by my mother-in-law to go with the china (Richelieu by Bavarian) that belonged to my mother.  She collected it piece by piece over a number of years.  She gave it to me some time ago, and I will be passing it on to one of my daughters when I can bear to part with it.

The napkin rings were a gift from Mother.  Once, when we were together, I admired them and she bought them as an early birthday present. As fragile as they are, it’s amazing they have survived so long.

The Fostoria glasses also belonged to Mother.  I remember there being many more, and when I asked her what had happened to them she said she had given most away to one person or another.  Eight water glasses are all I managed to claim!

For as long as I can remember I have collected glass and crystal bells, and both Mother and my mother-in-law added to my collection.  Since this table is set in their honor, the bells have to be included and I’m betting their sweet sound will be heard on Mother’s Day.

Both women loved flowers, and the lilies and alstromeria remind me of each.  Mother was always excited to receive flowers and the more pink the better. The lily’s fragrance reminds me of my mother-in-law’s sweet spirit.  She loved us all so well.

Though neither of these much loved mothers will be with us, as I walked through the dining room tonight I felt their presence and was very happy to have all they left behind.

Enjoy your day with family or with your own special memories.

Joining Let’s DishTablescape Thursday,  Thursday Favorite Things and Pink Saturday.

28 thoughts on “Remembering the Mothers

  1. Beautiful tribute to your mom. Great presentation of these lovely crystals with flowers and crochet placemats! 😉

  2. I’ve thought about collecting crystal bells for so long…you may have pushed me over the edge to actually get it started. Your mother’s china is glorious, and I love your entire table. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  3. What a beautiful tribute to your mother and MIL. I love the china and the crocheting is gorgeous! Have a wonderful Mothers Day!

  4. Oh – my mother loved flowers, too! What beautiful things your mother left and how sweet of your mother-in-law to crochet those wonderful place mats. Beautiful tribute to both of them. Thank you for sharing your memories with us.

  5. Such sweet memories, Linda! Happy Mother’s Day!

  6. Oh, your mother’s crocheted place mats are gorgeous and so special of course. What a lovely treasure to have! Hugs,

  7. Really a gorgeous tablescape for Mother’s Day and in honor of your mom. The Fostoria glasses and dishes are a real treasure and I’m happy your lovely napkin rings are all with you! Thanks for your sweet comments and lovely visit. Have a very blessed MOTHER’S DAY along with your dear family.

  8. I love your table. what a beautiful tribute. Those little flower holder napkin rings are so fabulous. I am glad they have lasted. The Fostoria glasses are beautiful. We were arguing over where my mother’s pink ones ended up and my niece ended up with them in her garage! I could be using them. Have a lovely Mother’s Day.

  9. What a lovely table setting! Love your pretty dishes and glasses.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  10. Tremendous Mother’s Day tribute to your mother and mother in law. You set a lovely table!

  11. Not only did we both do pink, but we both used the same napkin rings.. I love your table. The crochet placemats are so pretty with the china. Love love your table. Happy Mother’s day, xo marlis

    1. Does this mean I’m getting to be more like you? Yahoo!

  12. I am just a crying mess! I have read the most beautiful tributes to Mother’s over the last couple days! You tribute is so so touching! You must love to use those lovely pieces that belonged to your Mother an Mother-In-Law! And setting this sentimental table filled with your Moms (plural) passed down things to honor therm shows the love they felt for you and you for them. You table is stunning!!!!
    I wish you a beautiful and happy Mother’s Day, filled with their presence!

  13. You shared many special memories with this tablescape- it’s such a sweet tablescape.

  14. Your table is so special with all those treasures and memories on it. I used crocheted doilies on my table this week as well. Two were made by my dad, and one of them by my MIL. Have a happy mothers day!

  15. What a stunning table, Lulu! I love your plates, so exquisite!..Yourlilies are gorgeous too and I love how you placed them on the table….Christine

  16. I love a table set with sentimental treasures! I can see why you are reluctant to part with that beautiful china. It looks wonderful with the crocheted placemats and the pink flowers. My grandmother had glasses in that pattern, and I so wish I had them — I don’t know what happened to them. Guess I should start my own collection!

  17. Your table definitely reflects the love you have for these women. Really a beautiful setting, Lulu.
    One of your daughters is going to treasure the china just as you have. Happy Mother’s Day to you!

  18. Wow, Linda….this table is really, really pretty! I love the way you displayed the flowers down that mirror!!!!! (Gotta love those mirrors!) The fact that you used different shapes of vases makes it look very stylish, too. I really like what you did with the napkin. It gives it a little extra oomph without taking away from the pretty design. Beautiful Fostoria. I hope the other people to whom she gave it have cared for and loved it. The bells are a great finishing touch! I know it has only been a few months since your Mom’s passing, but I hope this Mother’s Day is a good – if not just reflective and quiet – one for you. Take care of yourself, sweet one!

  19. Very elegant and creative way to honors your mothers ~ thanks, namaste, ^_^

  20. Hello Lulu! Such a beautiful table with so many treasured pieces from each of your mother’s. I have so enjoyed stopping by to visit with you!

    Kindly, Lorraine

  21. What a beautiful tables cape for Mother’s Day! My Mother gave me the same Richlieu pattern as a wedding gift along with Pink Fosteria glasses and I will use them Sunday also! She collected china and crystal and I have already given each of my children a set of hers that I inherited. The Richlieu is my favorite, and I use it every holiday to celebrate her!

  22. Billie Keirstead May 10, 2012 — 6:46 am

    I made all this easy by having only one child (daughter) who has an only daughter, so no worries about splitting things up. I have been giving my daughter pieces on her special birthdays (30, 35, 40, 45) so she can start incorporating them into her decor. I’ve also promised some special items to my 8-year-old granddaughter, but I’m not ready to part with my Lalique crystal fish collection just yet.

  23. Billie Keirstead May 10, 2012 — 6:41 am

    A lovely tribute.

  24. shirley@housepitalitydesigns May 10, 2012 — 4:34 am

    Such a lovely tribute…I so love the cherished placemats…I have the same Fostoria pattern and they are wonderful…So nice that you have such a pretty heirloom….I am sure your mothers are looking down and enjoying the beautiful table you set for them!!….

    Happy Mother’s Day….

  25. Really lovely table filled with so many pretty pieces and memories!
    My mom had 3 surviving daughters, so she made sure she had 3 diamond rings, one for each. I gave the one I inherited to my only child, who inturn used it as an engagement ring for my now dil.
    I think you better buy some more china so each child gets a set! 🙂
    Happy Mother’s Day!

    1. Not to worry. After I determined which daughter got this particular china, Mother gave the other daughter another set so that all was equal. Now I need to add pieces so what I have can be divided between two granddaughters.

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