A Touch of Germany Tablescape by Helen
|November 3, 2011||Posted by Helen under Home Decor & Travel|
Last fall, Bob and I had just returned from our “Dream Trip” to Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and The Prague. Yes, three wonderful weeks with our longtime friends, Betty and Jim. They have traveled in Europe more times than we have. Jim planned a terrific itenerary for us. We flew from Houston, Texas, to Newark, NJ, and then onto
Munich, Germany. When we landed we found our rental car and piled in the Skoda station wagon for our big adventure. And what an adventure we had in our 1500 mile round trip back to Munich.
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Betty and I have traveled together over the years, but the “Dream Trip” was our first time to include the men. So, it’s not a surprise, that she and I looked for deals on whatever we wanted to buy. We looked in toy shops…like the good grandmothers we are. We kept moving along, and one night we happened upon a fun and funny guy, who helped us locate the style of miniature houses, that were sold in their village. That was great, we both selected the one we wanted and were on our way.
The next day, we four window shopped a good bit. It was wonderful to check out the shops with prints and suddenly there it was….a fabric store! OK, many of you know that I do not sew. I could if I wanted to and did years ago. Imagine, if you will, my delight at seeing gorgeous fabric. Suddenly, there was the fabric, that I had to have! So totally out of character for me to choose this yellow fabric with some fall orange in it and would you believe black olives? Well, they look like black olives. Maybe someone else, who has lived in that area, might tell me they are not really olives. Right away, I was visualizing our breakfast room table back home in Tennessee!!!! I was so seeing that fabric made into a table runner for my off white farm style table. About the time, I was ready to leave without the fabric, I saw something I had not noticed in all that time. The two ladies, who I had asked about the fabric were sitting there sewing! Yes, there they were sewing!!!! I shyly asked if they did custom work. Not only did they do it, but I wanted to know if they would ship to me in the USA. These ladies asked what I was wanting to have made. OK, I did the math and decided the table runner needed to be able to fit both the breakfast room table and also our formal dining room table. And I did want it to be long enough to hang off the ends of both. And also, it had to be wide enough to not be lost on the dining room table. (Bugs me if a table has a narrow runner if the table is very wide.) The nice ladies gave me a price, that I could not believe was so reasonable for custom work. Back to shipping…they wanted to know if I would be able to come back in 30 minutes to pick it up. YESSSS! I could absolutely not believe they would be finished with it in that short amount of time. Believe it! It turned out lovely and easily rested safely in our luggage the rest of the trip. Today, I was decorating the breakfast table with a new centerpiece that I found at Sam’s Club. I do think it goes perfectly with the German made table runner. How do y’all like it?
Included in the tablescape are Fostoria Jamestown (Amber) Iced Tea Goblets, French Quarter dinner plates by Pfaltzgraff.