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01 April, 2009

Tablescape Thursday: A French Child's Table...and...A Child!

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Welcome to another Tablescape Thursday with our hostess with the mostest, Susan at Between Naps on the Porch! Please be sure to visit her wonderful blog to see one of her fabulous tablescapes and to find a list of this week's participants.

My co-host this week is Baby Kitty, who is looking very pleased with himself tonight. That's because he has a big part to play later on!

I am calling this tablescape A French Child's Table because, as you can see, the dinnerware sports French phrases. Actually, I got it at La Madeleine French Bakery and Café about 7 or 8 years ago and it is made in America. I fell in love the second I saw it! And, of course, the fact that it's blue and white helps.

The bowl says...Eat your soup! I love that little tomato!

The plate says...Clean your plate! (Actually, it says Finish your plate, but I'm translating it the way we would say it.)

The little cup says...Drink...

...your...

...milk! Isn't it cute?

This little lug bowl isn't part of the set, but I wanted to show it to you. I bought it on a trip to Paris when my daughter and grandson came to visit me in France. This is the typical bowl for drinking café au lait in the mornings. Yes, they drink out of a bowl! You can find them in the touristy souvenir shops with almost any common name on them.

This particular one has pictures of all of the major Parisian monuments on it. It's a nice little souvenir from a wonderful visit.

The baby spoon on the left is my daughter's and the one on the right is mine. It matches my mom's flatware...Silver Flutes by Towle. However, you can see that she was one of the first ladies on the block to have a garbage disposal and quite a few pieces of her silver suffered for it, including this spoon!

I found this little silver plated fork in an antique shop and had to have it! I love anything with grapes! It's an 1847 Rogers Brothers pattern from 1904 called Vintage. I almost wish I hadn't found it because now I am on the hunt for more!!

Here's a close-up of the handle. Isn't it exquisite? The little tendrils of the grapevine are wrapping around it. It is engraved...CD. I don't know who you are, CD, but I have your fork and I'm not giving it back! lol

The little duck is another gift from my dear friend Marty at A Stroll through Life and is a brother to a duck that she has! Isn't he a cutie? And isn't she such a sweetie? She sent me a whole box full of wonderful goodies that I've been sharing with you in my last few tablescapes!

And there you have my tablescape for a French child's table. And of course, a child's tablescape needs a child, and here he is...

....our co-host Baby Kitty having his first meal of solid food! Note that he has no manners...sorry, Miss Janice...and has his feet in the bowl! He is about 5 weeks old here and it was a very happy day for me. You see, I found him in the driveway...literally just born and abandoned. We think his mom was a feral cat having her first litter. I took him in and fed him orphaned kitten's milk around the clock for the first 5 weeks of this life. Whew! I was a little old for that new baby thing! Thank goodness it doesn't last long for kittens!

And here is his most recent photo! Isn't he a big ol' handsome guy?? He is almost 4 years old now, but still thinks I am his mama...which I am!! lol
Thanks for dropping by for a visit! I hope you enjoyed seeing my child's tablescape...and my child! Be sure to head on over to Susan's to continue your tour de tablescapes!!
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75 comments:

  1. Beautiful silverware. Love the photos of Kitty.
    Joyce

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  2. Debbie,
    What a darling child's setting! All that blue and white and those cute little french saying's. Baby Kitty is a handsome dude all grown up now! Oh, and that silverware is awesome, I would be looking for more too. Cindy

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  3. What a sweet tablescape! And a sweet story of baby kitty - love animal rescue stories! I just know that they know that they've been given a special chance and it creates a very special bond.

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  4. I love your tablescape and your cats! I have three cats myself and they are just the most hilarious creatures. Mine are old, two are 13 and one is 10, but they are still spunky! They are definitely members of our family!

    Lou Cinda :)

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  5. that is a nice French tablescape, your kitty is so cute!

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  6. Oh Debbie, now this is just the cutest ever and baby kitty is just adoreable. Such a sweetie and always such a great host. I love all the pieces that you chose for the tablescape, they are so pretty together. Your frenchy pieces are always so interesting. Love it all. Hugs, Marty

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  7. I love your French themed table scape. I have a calico cat that I dearly love. I feel like I have neglected her when I see baby kitty's lovely table scape! Ha!ha! Seriously, the bowl is so adorable!

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  8. That is such a sweet tablescape. Some little person would love it and obviously Baby Kitty loved it too.

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  9. what a wonderful posting, i love it all the blue and white, the kitty and baby kitty, what a wonderful surprize, thanks so much for sharing!!! and the french music
    kate

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  10. Dear Debbie,
    What adorable dishes, love that blue and white too. We had a kitten from a feral cat as well. I have pictures of feeding her with a doll bottle. She lived a very happy long 15 and a half years.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a Lovely Day~
    Alicia

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  11. Debbie this is just darling girl...and I will hunt for more fork for you on my antique travel girl..love baby Kitty...how special to have your baby spoon and its silver...were you born with a silver spoon in your mouth ha ha!! I suffer from foot in mouth disease myself...may you have a great day girl...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  12. Debbie, that is the most adorable tablescape and story! That china is precious and the fork! Be still my heart! And I laughed so hard at this... "I don't know who you are, CD, but I have your fork and I'm not giving it back! lol" I don't blame you one single bit! :-)

    I got teary reading about poor Baby Kitty being abandonned, but oh, if he were going to be abandonned, how fortunate for him that he was abandonned in your driveway! God smiled on him that day, and God is still smiling on him. What a guy he is, and what a mom he has!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  13. Oh Debbie,i love it all.The childrens set.The flatware.All of it.I think i like your baby spoon the best too.And the kitty,bless his heart.Yes,you ARE a cat Mom and I am a rooster and a bird Mom.Face it!...Ann

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  14. Baby Kitty DOES melt the heart.
    I thought I'd like to be a child again...and be French. Love this place setting. So happy to see the silver baby spoons. Love that yours was what your Mom's silver pattern was. Towle is so timeless!
    My silver is Old Colonial by Towle. I selected it when I was 16and still love it.

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  15. That is one beautiful child's table. I have to tell you though, Baby Kitty steals the show for me. :)

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  16. This was a wonderful post filled with so many treasures.

    I see why you had to have that silver plated fork, it is definitely exquisite. What a sweetie Marty is, that is a sweet little duck.

    Your co-host was such a precious little kitten, and is now quite a handsome little fellow.

    Have a wonderful evening, Nicole

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  17. Debbie,
    C'est pas possible....nous avons posté (un mot? mdr)la même idée...la table des petits! J'avais décidé de ne pas participer ce jeudi, mais au dernier moment, je me suis souvenue de notre célébration familiale dimanche et - voilà - j'ai préparé la table en avance. Nous étions ensemble chez la Madeleine quand tu as acheté ce couvert adorable - je l'aime bien! Linda

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  18. Debbie... I always love your tablescape posts... and this one is no exception... but is exceptional!

    and as for manners... I believe it is entirely appropriate for a wee kitten to place his tiny paws into the bowl while sipping his milk... just as long as he licks them clean upon finishing...

    blessings. Dixie

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  19. Oh how sweet! I love your little kitty...how nice of you to take him in.

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  20. Oh how sweet! I love your little kitty...how nice of you to take him in.

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  21. Deb,

    This is just the sweetest tablescape I have seen by far. I just adore children dishes and the fact they are French make them more coveted! And thank you for translating! ;-)

    Your Rogers Brothers fork is very pretty~I too, love grapes (and by the way, I nearly piddled myself over the "I have your fork...). I have a ton of antique/thrift silver & silver plated pieces and many of them are Rogers Brothers. I will take a peek tonight to see if I have anything with grapes. If you have a chance, let me know how you are able to search for the patterns. And, hee hee, many of mine look like they may have been through a garbage disposal also!

    I did not know anything about Baby Kitty other than he was pretty much Employee of the Month most times! Oh, my heart aches at the thought of him being abandoned. Luckily, it happened in the right place~for both of you! I always tell my dogs (yes, I talk to them~a lot!), "You could have been junk yard dogs!"

    Oh goodness, I've rambled on. Thank you so much for the sweet Bebe Tablescape!!

    xoxo
    Jane

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  22. Tres Beau! I took in an abandoned calico kitty. LOVE her. She is the best. You are great to love your little pets. Adorable dishes.

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  23. Debbie,
    This was a sweet post! Those dishes are adorable and so were the kitty photos. Every time I visit your site it puts a smile on my face, cute, cute cute!
    Cathy

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  24. Hi Debbie! Oh what fun your tablescape is. I love it. Love the pattern on that fork you found. Have fun looking for more!!

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  25. Hi Debbie...and a beautiful child baby Kitty is....I love the French childrens set from leMad....it's adorable....I missed this weeks tablescape but I will be back Friday with my Weekends in PAris...see you then!! Sue.

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  26. Hello Debbie; I just adore they child's table setting, just to to sweet. I love the photo of your little kitty eating his first solid food,,, so so cute. and he sure grew up to be a handsome one for sure..what a sweet heart you are for taking him in and feeding him...

    Hugs;
    Alaura

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  27. Oh no! I can't stand the pressure. If my dogs see this they will demand a tablescape! very pretty!

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  28. What a sweet child's table - I can see why you are on the hunt for the flatware..it's beautiful and intricate!
    Baby Kitty is adorable as ever!!

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  29. Awww...Baby Kitty is so sweet! I love your tablescape, and especially the silver fork with the grapes!

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  30. What a wonderful set of dishes! I think my favorite is the little bowl with the name and the pictures of Paris on it. Great post! Sally

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  31. Awww Debbie now you know Baby Kitty has stolen my heart. I will forever remember and LOVE this story. Bless you.

    The childs place setting is precious and the little birdie is darling too!

    Have a great week.
    ~Melissa :)

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  32. What a cute table...Unique..but then that is you!
    Love the sayings on the dishes..:)

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  33. Well Debbie you've done it again. This is so lovely and sweet! But you know me, my favorite part of this post is the picture of baby kitty as, well, a baby! How adorable. It is so much work to raise on orphaned animal, but look how well he turned out! Hugs, Kat

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  34. Lovely .... lovely lovely! I adore the dishware and the photos are awesome. Beautiful kitties! Thanks for sharing!~Katy

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  35. Deb, this is just precious,I love the dishes, You always do such an amazing job. You have just the right amount of interest on the table. Simple and Sweet. I love the bowl to drink coffee out of. Someday I just might have to buy me some ,they fascinate me. Hugs,Kathysue

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  36. Deb - all four of my babies were abandoned, too. We also hand fed Baby Omi and Miss Prissy. Their little eyes were not even open yet.
    My heart belongs to my kitties. :-)
    I just love your dishes, and I love seeing and hearing all your little stories about the bowl and spoons. What a wonderful and touching tablescape. Thanks dear friend - and I will be on the lookout for more silver for you. :)
    Hugs, Barb

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  37. What a sweet tablescape. Love those dishes. A great find. And your kitten -- he is adorable.

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  38. Hi Debbie, my friend! Oh, first of all, look at Baby Kitty! How precious he is and I loved your story of how you rescued the little precious one! He's adorable.
    I love your little dishes and being blue and white - they look just like you! The silverware is gorgeous.
    Take care my friend,
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  39. Such a sweet tablescape, but the best part was Baby Kitty eating his first solid meal! ♥

    Baby Kitty was so lucky his mom left him for you. You did great job there mom! He's such a beautiful boy! ♥

    Okay, love the grape fork, you must find more of them! ☺

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  40. First of all I love the cat pictures , the one with the Easter bonnet and the deep thinking cat, they are adorable. And of course your tablescape is beautiful again with the wonderful siver and dinnerware. I love your co-hosts.

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  41. I love hearing how Baby Kitty started out in life. Worked out great for the both of you. I love the cute dishes. But then I love anything french as well.

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  42. This was adorable. Love the beautiful blue!
    Love you cats too! I may need some Kitty Advice from you soon!
    Happy Thursday!
    Robin
    All Things Heart and HOme

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  43. Hey Girlfriend...

    What an adorable child's tablescape! I love the little french phrased dishes...just darling! Love your cute little blue spongeware duck that Marty sent you too...so sweet!

    Girl, wished you could hear me oohhh and aahhh over Baby Kitty's baby picture! He really is such a handsome fella!!!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari

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  44. Debbie, what a darling tablescape. I especially love baby Kitty..just too cute for words..your flatware are definetly treasures...thanks so much for swinging in with your sweet words of encouragement..they mean the world.. that's all I'm doing right now darling, taking it one hour at a time..many many hugs ~lynne~

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  45. My how fast the kitties grow! Such a sweet little children's set. Very fun!

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  46. Hi Debbie, a lovely tablescape once again! I love Baby Kitty's story. My kitty, Kitty, adopted me on my birthday in 2000. I was cleaning the house with the backdoor open and he walked right in and never left! He has brought much joy in my life just like Baby Kitty!

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  47. Debbie, This tablescape was so precious. I love the silverware. The music is perfect.
    Hugs, Terrie

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  48. Debbie, I forgot to mention that Peter Rabbit, over at my place has been looking for your sweet little Petunia... poor little guy even has a basket of flowers for her! LOL

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  49. Debbie, what a cute post for a cute table and kitty! I love those dishes, very cute!

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  50. How adorable...I love blue and white!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  51. Love the dishes. The kitty is just too cute with the paws in the bowl.

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  52. Hey Debbie! I totally love the French Child's theme today., and Baby Kitty was soooooo adorable as a real Baby! ;) You did a fabulous job of narrating, as always! Your blue and whites and French theme were so fun to view! ;) ~CC Catherine

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  53. This is such a sweet tablescape Debbie. I just love the little bird. What a treasure and how lovely that your friend sent it to you. Your cats are all so precious. I hope you have a happy day!

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  54. Hi Debbie...wow, you have your own baby spoon! That's fantastic that your mom rescued it from the jaws of the disposal...I've had a few recent issues with that...I wish I knew how to speak or at least read French...it sounds/looks so pretty! Someday maybe you can post about what motivated you to become a French teacher...This is one sweet little tablescape & give my hugs to Baby Kitty... ;-) Bo

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  55. Your tablescape is adorable, and so is your kitty!!

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  56. This is the sweetest tablescape! Loved the blue transfer ware, story and the whimsy fun for a French child.
    Your daughters spoon is the same pattern of silverware I grew up with. Mom still has it. It is so great you have your own babyspoon.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  57. Debbie, I love the child's place setting. It is just so charming. Thank you for the translations. I enjoyed seeing those precious dishes, and I enjoyed learning something. I bet your students loved you and also thought you made learning fun. Baby Kitty has grown into such a beauty! laurie

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  58. Debbie...I love this darling childs tablescape...I can see why you had to have that adorable china! Baby Kitty is one lucky sweetheart...to be found by you...he is a beautiful boy! Great tablescape for TT! Susan
    P.S. Cameron Diaz called and she wants her fork back. :-)

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  59. Your kitty is precious! love the plates and silverware! Bad influence!

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  60. If I miss a single post of yours..I am always so sorry because I miss so much! How I miss having a kitty around. Mine died shortly after Pat passed away and I never got another. This post made me want another so much!
    GREAT POST!!
    Love and Smiles~
    Mona

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  61. P.S. I SCREAMED when I saw I was added to your favorites! What an honor!! wow...thanks so much Debbie!! Just...thanks!!! :)

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  62. Oh, where to begin? Love the dishes, the flatware, the bunny. LOVE the kitty. ;) Such a cute table!

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  63. Debi, j'aime beaucoup les vaiselles en francais! Bonne journee!

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  64. Oh your dishes are always so unique and fabulous. You kitty cat is one handsome fellow and one smart guy for finding his way to you. What a great match!
    Happy Twirls,
    Libby
    Jackson, TN

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  65. HiYa Debbie!!!
    I know it has been awhile since I posted!!! We bought a home and just moved in two weeks ago!! Soon as I can I'll post some pic's.

    I like your FRENCH CHILDS TABLE...so sweet. Adore your baby spoons!!! CHEERS! Michele

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  66. You are like Adam on American Idol...I can't wait to see what you do next! I love this darling tablescape...those dishes are precious! Your kitties cheer me up all the time and the new one is sooooo soooo cute, feet in the bowl and all!

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  67. Love your tablescape. Those dishes are so cute. Again kitty steals the show. Deb

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  68. Tres magnifique! And that includes that ultra cute kitty.

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  69. What a cute post. Your cutie pie guy looks just like a cat I used to have named Muffin. She disappeared on my wedding day! My Mom didn't have the heart to tell me until I got back from my honeymoon. I was devastated.
    I have some appetizer knives and forks that have grapes on them. I love them! I got them in Paso Robles at a winery (imagine that!) A lady was kind of looking at them. Her husband called her away, and she left them behind much to my delight! I snatched them up and was paying for them when she walked to the counter and asked if they had any more. Nope! I kinda felt bad, but hey, she left them there! I love finding just the perfect thing.
    Have a good day! Karen

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  70. Baby Kitty is so adorable and handsome! Great post!! Especially love those adorable bowls and plates. :)

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  71. I love your sweet French table setting :) And what a precious kitty!

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  72. What a darling little table setting. Little people should be allowed to dine this way instead of using plastic all of the time. The Vintage pattern is also one of my favorites. I started with a few thrift shop pieces and then expanded to other grape themed patterns ~ the grapes are addictive! And your sweet little kitten is so adorable =^..^= !!!

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  73. Debbie, I'm having a leisure afternoon reading some of your older posts. How I adore to visit Confessions! Your posts leave me feeling happy and inspired. This child's table is full of delights. I have some of the French lesson cups that La Madeline sold for many years. I wish I had purchased each one because they have now discounted having them made. A friend in Dallas was the original designer and painter for these, but she moved to CO a few years ago. My cups a the large latte cups. I like to use them for soup. I've got a post planned using them. Just need to get my act together and get it posted. LOL
    Thanks again for sharing your creative spirit....Sarah

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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie

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