Have you ever put something away and not been able to find it?  I do that from time to time, and the hunt makes me crazy!  

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFor two years I looked high and low for these candelabra that fit so nicely into a bottle and are terrific on any table. Finally, they’ve been found  hiding in a basket under some books.  How did they get there!!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIroning a tablecloth from Provence, I noticed a border of sunflowers which are the last flower to bloom in Maine.  Right away a tablescape that would combine the found candelabra, sunflowers and the cloth began taking form in my mind. What I liked was the notion that the table would have sunny summer colors and at the same time be a lead in to fall.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFrom there it was easy to make the table happen.  Yellow plates, yes.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt was was a no brainer to accessorize with the cranberry tones of the tablecloth. I’m crazy about the square shape of the cup and saucer….so contemporary looking but from a set of dishes popular in the 1940’s.  Some things just don’t go out of style.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThese little guys, cigalles they are called in Provence, are supposed to keep a table cloth from blowing off the table, but here they are used as napkin rings.  They are fun finds from a street market in Gordes.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn a matter of minutes, the table is set, and I’m off to the kitchen to prepare gazpacho with which to fill those cups.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATomatoes are at their best right now, and gazpacho is one of my favorite ways to use them.  I throw all the vegetables in the blender with Clamato juice (1-2 cups) and blend until they are smooth. Here I used a mixed selection of tomatoes (4-6 depending on size) and a zucchini in place of the more traditional cucumber.  You can be creative with your vegetable choices.  When the ingredients are well blended, add a teaspoon each of red wine vinegar and sugar and salt and pepper to taste.  If you like a bit of spice, add a touch of Tabasco or red pepper.  

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI like to top the soup with diced veggies and a dollop of sour cream and when I have it I throw in some chopped lobster.  Hmm, I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!

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24 thoughts on “Found!

  1. I spend a good amount of my time searching for things around our house lol! The table is perfect..I love the colors

  2. Gazpacho – my favourite soup. Especially with the freshest Mediterranean produce.
    Love your table setting.

  3. Great design! I love gazpacho, and you just reminded me that I have some of those candelabra adapters, too…and I don’t know where I’ve put mine either! Great minds! Thanks for inviting us for a peek. Cherry Kay

  4. Oh I am guilty also!!! Sympathies from another chronic misplacer

  5. Lulu, the candelabra’s are very beautiful. Glad you found them! It’s usually when I put things in a special place. lol! Your table turned out lovely. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    1. Thanks, Jann. I so appreciate your responses.

  6. I have the same red square set of cups and saucers! Your table looks great!😀

    1. Do you have the whole set? I am crazy about these dishes.

      1. I do! I have both square and round sets. I inherited them from my grandma! I love them too!

      2. Lucky you to have received the dishes from your grandmother.

  7. You just reminded me that this summer I was looking all over the place for a piece that I wanted to use, and finally found it. The endless search drives me crazy!! You also remind me of my Ruby Glass collection that I need to locate soon. Thanks so much for sharing with us today at Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

    1. Thank you. It does make one a little crazy when things have a way of disappearing.

  8. Your table is beautiful. Love the candlesticks. Love the little “crickets” is that what they are. Your cup and saucer is lovely. Then everything topped off with the delicious gazpacho. Amazing!

    1. Thank you. I went a little crazy collecting little “crickets” and have ones that serve a variety of purposes.

  9. Margaret Robinson September 22, 2016 — 7:42 pm

    This is not only a beautiful table, but a great story that went along with it! Glad you found the missing items.

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed your visit. Do come again.

  10. Looks lovely, even before you made the delicious gazpacho.

  11. Thank you for sharing the creative process, the end result was pretty amazing.

    1. You are so kind with your comments.

  12. Funny how the little things make us so happy…now you can rest…lol! The table is beautiful and inviting and I like the cups for the soup vs a heavy china cup. Very nice!

    1. Happiness is very often in the little things. Thanks for stopping by.

  13. Linda, I am still looking for napkin rings that I put somewhere, and who knows where! Your tables are always so inviting with rich details from travels and the beautiful things you have collected! I have also visited Gordes…Provence and Italy are two of my favorite places! Happy Fall, Pam

    1. Provence and Italy are great places for collecting special items.

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