Sunflowers & April Cornell Dishes

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Some things say summer....others scream SUMMER!! Sunflowers are screamers! I just love them. While we were vacationing we drove past fields and fields of sunflowers in western Nebraska.....BEAUTIFUL as far as the eye could see. If you've never seen a complete field of sunflowers, you have really missed out. Add the experience to your bucket list!

Sunflowers don't require fussy vases and fancy table linens. My choice of a vase is a 1/2 gallon canning jar. Just perfect to show off the flowers!

I've been holding on to some lovely April Cornell bowls that I picked up at Hobby Lobby on clearance a few months back until the *right* mood stuck me. The beauty of summer sunfowers was the inspiration I needed.

This covered butter dish came from Goodwill. I was thrilled when I found it!

Simple tablescape but may be my favorite one this year!

Sharing at the lovely Susan's Tablescape Thursday!


  1. Perfect, I love sunflowers they scream summer!

  1. Kathleen said...:

    Simply lovely! What a great find! Are the red plates from Pottery Barn? They look like the ones I got at the outlet.

  1. nannykim said...:

    I really love the colors you have used in this table setting! So pretty. I so wish things were not made in China however...I don't trust them to make things without lead etc!

  1. Sunflowers are such happy flowers. I can't imagine seeing an entire field of would be like Dorothy in the field of poppies! Your dishes are perfect with the sunflowers and what a great deal you got on them. Everything is really lovely.

  1. It may be simple, but it is smashing! Beautiful colors! The sunflowers are perfect in that jar! I like the rooster bowls with the red plates!

    We traveled across Kansas once and saw the sunflower fields, it's everything you said!


  1. I love the dishes and your table setting is so beautiful! I have to agree with you about sunflowers - when you see them out in nature hundreds and hundreds of them all together creates quite the beautiful display! Have a lovely day!

  1. Lady Katherine said...:

    I just adore Sunflowers and roosters! You have me loving this! Love your new bowls! I had bettter not go near Hobby Lobby, Oh, I do have to go pick up some more silver leaf for a chandy makeover! lol I just love that you used a jar!!!! Covered dish clonche is wonderful find! Stemware is wonderful too! I love this Tablescape!

  1. Anita said...:

    You are kidding!! I love those bowls and I can't believe you got them for that! This is a great table, and I'm jealous of your sunflowers! I tried to grow some and got about 4, and they weren't the greatest. My mom has lots but they are in her garden, not mine!

  1. Julie Harward said...:

    Two things I love...sunflowers and roosters/chickens! I have a large display of the sunflowers on my dinning room table and chickens and roosters inside and real one on the outside! ;D

  1. Marie said...:

    How beautiful, I just LOVE this table setting! I adore sunflowers too! xxoo

  1. suzyq said...:

    Gail, what a lovely table. I have a bucket list and have just added a field of sunflowers to it!! One of my top things-to-do is a trip to USA - I'm an Aussie but would love to come to the States at some stage.

  1. Beautiful! I would love to see a whole field of sunflowers with my own eye some day!

  1. Sheila said...:

    I just added sunflowers to my bucket list too!! Wow--they are lovely. I love the tablescape and the dishes are just perfect. I visit Hobby Lobby frequently but I've never looked at their bowls and plates. I see a trip in the near future!!

  1. Sharon said...:

    Very nice Gail :)
    I love sunflowers and my favorite vase is a Mason Jar too :)

    Have a beautiful day!

  1. DarcyLee said...:

    Sunflowers are so homey to me. They can take the simplest of things (like a canning jar) and make it special. I'm beginning to love the rooster motif in kitchens these days.

  1. Mimi said...:

    Yes, fields of sunflowers are breathtaking...but so is your table this week! The red and yellow are such great colors together, then you added those fabulous rooster dishes...roosters and sunflowers are such eye candy for me! Thanks for sharing, Gayle!

  1. Mary Elizabeth said...:

    What a great buy on those dishes!
    Love them!
    I had an outdoor party a few weeks ago, and every table had a Ball jar with flowers, it's my favorite look : )

  1. cindy said...:

    You always manage to out do yourself with each blog!
    I need lessons!

    Take Care

  1. The sunflowers were the perfect amendment for your darling new dishes. Great tablescape! Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

  1. LOVE IT! I missed April's stores when she "MOVED OUT" of the USA... I love how different and fun everything was! I'm drinking from one of her mugs right now. Those are beautiful dishes and with the sunflowers "It's PERFECT"!!!
    I'm following you, I would LOVE for you to follow me too, I LOVE company!

  1. Sandi (Meme) said...:

    What a pretty tablescape and I love your blog! I've joined as a follower, and hope you will come back to look around and maybe join mine too. I wanted also, to thank you for stopping by and leaving comment about my bird tablescape. Have a blessed week! Sandi

  1. What a great deal on those April Cornell plates! You've set them off beautifully with those linens and the gorgeous sunflowers. I really want to do a sunflower table before they're all gone!

  1. Your tablescape is gorgeous, as are your dishes. I LOVE THOSE!! I didn't even know Hobby Lobby sold dishes :0! I've got to get out more :0!!!!! Have a blessed day!

  1. Lady Farmer said...:

    I love your tablescape! The sunflowers and the rooster bowls are fabulous! Simple is beautiful! ;~P

  1. xinex said...:

    Beautiful table! The sunflowers and plates are gorgeous....Christine

  1. love sunflower fields! What a beautiful photo you took!

  1. Renae said...:

    Beautiful sunflowers!
    I also love the dish set! And that butter dish is a great find!

  1. I LOVE the idea of using a canning jar for those lovely sunflowers. That's a great idea!!!

    Oh, just curious was that I vintage radio/record player I saw in the background of one of your photos? I saw an old record player/radio from the 1930s at Goodwill once..It was $50..If I'd had the money at the time I might have bought it and then seen if I could rewire it somehow..

    Anyway, I loved your table setting..very nice !!!! Have a great weekend. Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

  1. Sue said...:

    Gail, Your table looks so fun! The bowls are so colorful, and of course, I like the combination of the red and gold together. The sunflower field near me will be gorgeous soon. I'll remember to take pictures this time! ~ Sue

  1. Meg said...:

    Hi Gail! This is Megan from Mikasa. Just wanted to thank you for sharing our video with your followers - we appreciate the support!

    I LOVE the look of the sunflowers in the simple jar! I would have never thought of doing this on my own - so lovely!

  1. Vintage Girl said...:

    I have a white ironstone jug filled with sunflowers on top of my fridge. Nothing cheers a mood better than looking at sunflowers. You table is stunning, love the dishes!! Heather

  1. Kathy said...:

    I LURVE those plates!! What a find and they make your tablescape just beautiful..

  1. Marlis said...:

    Sunflowers and roosters.. so perfect together. Congrats on the plates.. they are wonderful. I love your setup, it's very summery!

  1. This is so sweet and simple. Roosters and Sunflowers just go together like salt and pepper. Love the field of sunflowers - amazing!

  1. Kate Dickerson said...:

    Love your idea of putting the sunflowers in a canning jar!

  1. Coco Coterie said...:

    Aww...sunflowers make me miss Kansas. Have a lovely day. Beautiful banner ~ Alexandra

  1. HiLLjO said...:

    Which highway was that will all the sunflowers in west NE?!

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