Cardinals & Pinecones

Monday, December 20, 2010
Fair warning to everyone...I went a little nuts with the photos. I just couldn't help myself!

The inspiration for my CHRISTmas table. I love seeing the cardinals and do all I can to attract them to my yard. So beautiful and brilliant red! And their song is so lovely too.

The Northern Cardinal is especially fond of evergreen trees. Lucky for me, there is one right out side my backdoor and my kitchen windows looks out on it.

I get plenty of cardinal sightings and pinecones!

Okay, with so many photos, I need to just be short on words.

Merry CHRISTmas and thank you ALL for the warm friendship you have shown me throughout the year. I've enjoyed visiting with you, getting to know you and learning from you. May GOD richly bless each of you in the New Year!

Sharing at Marty's Tabletop Tuesday and Susan's Tablescape Thursday!


  1. Ann said...:

    LOVE your plates! I have the bowls that match!
    Your table looks great!

  1. Stunning!!! This is just exquisite. I love your beautiful Christmas plates and of course your cloches with the pinecones and the cardinals have me totally drooling. This is truly a beautiful tablescape. Thank you so much for linking to TTT. May you and all your family have a very Blessed Christmas. Hugs, Marty

  1. AshTreeCottage said...:

    Hi Gail! I love your Christmas theme. Your plates are lovely and the cardinals are the perfect compliment. Have a very Merry Christmas my friend!

    Susan and Bentley

  1. Kim McCallie said...:

    Hi Gail! I love your china. I wish I had some Christmas china. I love cardinals, too. Hope you and your family have a blessed Christmas.

  1. Carol said...:

    What a beautiful table! The colors are perfect and the details lovely.

  1. Pam said...:

    Your tablescape is gorgeous! I wish I had Christmas china too. I have always loved cardinals, but it seems I have developed a passion for them this year. I love decorating with a cardinal theme for the holidays. Thanks for sharing!

  1. Sandi (Meme) said...:

    Very pretty table! I really like your plates, they do go with your home, so WELL! Have a wonderful week! Sandi

  1. Very pretty table Gail! The pic of the pinecones looks like it could be your Christmas card-beautiful:@)

  1. How pretty -- I love your cardinals and your pretty Christmas dishes. This is such a beautiful setting.

  1. Very pretty. Love your plates.


  1. Angela McInnis said...:

    Hi, Gail. I am a new "follower" and appreciated the kind comment you made on my blog post. I, too, love all things "redbird"! As a side grandfather grew up in Hastings and came to Mississippi in the 1920's, but the rest of his family remained in Nebraska. Small world, isn't it? Hope you will visit my blog again soon!Merry CHRISTmas.

  1. farmlady said...:

    A lovely Christmas table setting. Is the Cardinal invited to dinner? How charming it would be to have this small red bird sitting in the middle of the centerpiece singing for everyone.
    I love those plates. Just beautiful... all of it.

  1. I'm just getting around to doing my replies, were were gone all weekend!!

    I enjoyed seeing your this soooo much, love the cardinals, etc! Thanks for sharing them with us!

    I have just posted some of my Christmas decorations too, you are invited to come see!


  1. Sarah said...:

    What a beautiful table. Redbirds are always magical! Happy Holidays to you and your family. ~ Sarah

  1. Cindy Cassady said...:

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful table and cardinals.

  1. Cindy Cassady said...:

    So beautiful...thanks.

  1. Garden Girl said...:

    Beautiful! Love all the cardinals! We have a pair that like the bushes at the back of your yard. I put sunflower seeds out for them.

    Your dishes are so pretty! Do you know the name or maker of it? Thank you.

    Merry CHRISTmas!

  1. Those plates are beautiful. I love your sweet cardinal too. My daughter is a collector of cardinal ornaments.

  1. Ldy ~~ Dy said...:

    Hello Gail... thank you for stopping by my blog. I really love your Christmas plates. The prettiest ones I have seen. Your red cardinals are so cute. Very lucky to have them in your yard. Thank you for sharing your lovely Christmas decor. Merry Christmas! Hugs!

  1. Such a talent, and I adore those plates! MERRY CHRISTMAS GAIL!!!!

  1. Cathy said...:

    Beautiful post, Gail. Your table is gorgeous with Christmas red and pine cones. Happiest holiday best wishes to you and your family.

  1. Kathleen said...:

    Gail, that looks beautiful. Love the cardinals and pine cones. Such a beautiful table!
    Merry Christmas, to you and yours, many blessings!

  1. Miss Char said...:

    Gail your table is just so inviting, I am a big fan of cardinals too, especially at the holidays. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful table with us at this busy Holiday season. Merry Christmas.

  1. Carmen said...:

    I love it! And the plates...beautiful!! Merry Christmas!

  1. HollyC said...:

    Beautiful post! I love everything about your Christmas table! Those dishes are stunning! I love anything with birds on display and your red cardinals are precious! Thanks for sharing. Happy TTT and Merry Christmas!

  1. flutietootie said...:

    Nice table setting. The cardinals work well.

  1. Pat said...:

    This is so beautiful!

    I love lots of photos and cardinals!:-)

    Merry Christmas!

  1. Olive Cooper said...:

    Gail, your table is splendid and I love the china. Funny I had a cardinal tapping at my window this morning. Merry Christmas♥

  1. Miz Helen said...:

    Just stopping by today to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

  1. Fabulous table! Love the plates. I almost bought those same ones. But lack of funds stopped me. At least something did. And how, I wish we had cardinals here in SoCal. They are so beautiful. Just love everything about your tablescape. And thanks for stopping by my blog.

  1. What an inviting table! I love all of the touches. What time's dinner :)

  1. Brenda Kula said...:

    Ah, I too love the cardinals. Well, all the yard birds. Such a joy to watch their antics! Merry Christmas!

  1. Dena E's Blog said...:

    And a BIG WOW on this one too Sis,,,truly stunning!!!... BTW,,do you have a recipe for Cherry Wink Cookies???? I'd like to make some up for our boys while they are on school break..
    Christmas Blessings continued~~~Hugs Dena
    I haven't been by for tooooo long and its sad because your blog is just wonderful as always!!!

  1. Gail, this is a lovely post. The table is so pretty and inviting. Merry Christmas! Linda

  1. Susan said...:

    Wow! Cardinals ! Your table is beautiful !
    Merry Christmas !

  1. Carrie said...:

    Your festive table setting is beautifully is also warm and welcoming!

    Merry Christmas and a Happy and prosperous New Year!

  1. I do enjoy visiting Faithfulness Farm, and your table/dining room is just beautiful. Congratulations on becoming a GP reviewer, what an honor!
    MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your entire family, have a very blessed day and new year!

  1. Beth said...:

    What a lovely table, Gail! I love your cardinal photos as well as your tablescape. Lovely centerpiece with the pinecones in the cloche. I really like your dinnerware too. I've not seen anything like it.
    Hugs, Beth

  1. Gail, I don't think I've ever seen your plates before -- and I love them! The cardinals are the perfect pairing! Very nice tablescape. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  1. Marlis said...:

    I love those plates... omg.. and your bread and butter plates!!! They are the coolest. Your cardinals are perfect with those dishes. I really love your table. Merry Merry Christmas.

  1. Debbie said...:

    I love those plates! I enlarged just to get a better view. The only thing that I love more than the plates would have to be the cloches in the centerpiece. I'm such a bird lover, and cardinals are my favorite. This table is just a natural winner to me.

    Merry Christmas Gail!

  1. Anita said...:

    I can see why...I LOVE this china!! This is a breathtaking table! Love the natural elements too. Beautiful!!

  1. Rettabug said...:

    Exceptionally Beautiful...inside and out!!
    Your china really makes a statement & I love the fancy candle stands you've collected. I see some my Mom had years ago. Wonder what happened to those???

    Have a wonderfully Blessed Merry Christmas & more importantly, a HEALTHY New Year!


  1. Dolly said...:

    I looooooooove those Christmas plates!
    Do tell who made them and where you found them! I really really need a set! :-)

    Merry Christmas,
    Hugs, Dolly

  1. Donnie said...:

    What a beautiful table you have made. I loved all your pieces especially the cloche centerpiece. Have a Merry Christmas.

  1. I so adore cardinals...spend many hours on my back porch watching them flit from tree to tree. They also bless me by perching on the backs of some of my patio dining chairs while I sit. For wild birds, they always seem quite comfortable with my presence. Your tablescape is beautiful! Thank you for sharing your charming design. Happy New Year! Cherry Kay

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