Mother's Day Tribute

I'm joining Cuisine Kathleen's Let's Dish Mother's Day Challenge. Thanks, Kathleen for hosting. Click on her name for lots more inspiration.

I've created my Mother's Day Tribute using a few of my mother's favorite things. This brown felt handbag (we always called them purses!) was my mother's. She loved purses and shoes.
I should have stuffed it before taking the pictures as it didn't stand up right. Anybody remember when the purses had a change purse inside?
and a little mirror!
I filled the purse with iris silk flowers. Iris was my mother's favorite flower.
At one time Mother had over 200 iris planted around their yard! They were gorgeous!!

I also added my mother's white gloves and pearls to the centerpiece:
I needed a framed picture of my mother when she was young, but didn't have one :-(
I started looking through some of the old pictures and found this one taken when she and my Daddy were dating, about 1934:
The snapshot size is 2"x 4" and her best friend was also in the picture. I took the picture to Walgreen's and they cropped it for me and made a 4x6 shot!
I was thrilled to get this picture and the quality isn't grainy at all! It also cost only forty-nine cents! It was perfect for this frame!
And completes the centerpiece perfectly!

Here's the overall tablescape!

I bought these pretty plates at TJ Maxx last year:
Pearl napkin rings from Ross a few years ago. I tucked an iris bloom in with faux ivy. The cream handled flatware was also from Ross (if my memory serves me right!)
To the left of the centerpiece I placed a hand crocheted pearl belt my mother made back in the 70s. She loved to do crafts and was very creative.
I tied it into a bow as it looks better than just laid out:
I had planned to use it in the centerpiece, but it worked better to the side.

My mother's name was Geneva and she was called Genny or Gen! She died in 1991 at only 75 years old. She had Addison's disease which caused a lot of complications.
Her favorite color was green. She loved to garden and cook. In her younger years she enjoyed sewing and made most of our clothes, she was very creative with her sewing and my sister and I wore beautiful clothes, sometimes being voted "Best Dressed!"

She and my Dad owned a restaurant and she worked very hard there, doing a lot of the cooking and baking pies.

I thought about adding my purple plates (from Walmart) but decided I like the more plain and simple look since this fits my mother more. She wasn't a fancy person, but she was loved by all, especially her children and grandchildren!

Happy Mother's Day, Mother! I'll always love you!
(Yes, I called her Mother)

Thanks, to Kathleen for hosting. I'll also post to Tablescape Thursday.



Robin said...

What a wonderful table to honor your mother's memory. I love how you used the purse as a container for her favorite flowers and the other touches make a wonderful centerpiece. I like that you kept it simple like you remember her. She sounds like she was a remarkable, talented, hardworking woman and I'm sure you miss her everyday.

Robin Flies South

Nancy @ The Headmistress said...

This has to be one of the sweetest displays I've seen all evening! You have so effectively and lovingly used your mom's things! I know she is proud.
Happy Mother's Day!

xinex said...

What precious keepsakes of your mom, Katherine. Your table is lovely! How wonderful to have all those mementos.....Christine

Sarah said...

Lovely tribute to your mom, Katherine. Her garden of irises must have been an amazing sight. I like you idea of using her favorite purse as a vase, and your table setting is beautiful.
Happy Mother's Day to you!

Debbie said...

Your mother was so pretty! I recently discovered how easy and inexpensive it is to have wonderful prints from Walgreens. I just scan mine and then I can crop them at will.

This Mother's Day table is so lovely to me, and without a doubt it's the centerpiece that steals the show. I love the purse (That's what we call them here too, and I still do!) and the gloves, picture, pearls, and belt are perfect.

And I can only imagine how beautiful her yard must have been when the iris were in bloom. They are a favorite flower here too.

Happy early Mother's Day!

Tanya@takesix said...

What a loving tribute to your mother. I like how you used the purse for a flower vase. It looks sweet! What a treasure your "new" picture is.

Creations By Cindy said...

How precious Marty! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Tricia said...

What a sweet post about your mother! I really enjoyed reading it, as well as seeing the marvelous table you set in her honor. I love the idea of using her purse to hold her favorite flowers! The photo in the old-fashioned frame and her gloves were a lovely touch. Very elegant table!

Marlis said...

You have so many beautiful things from your mother. Made for a lovely table. I think I'll have to get some photos enlarged and cropped.. thanks for the tip.. have a wonderful mother's day weekend.. xo marlis

Jacqueline said...

I agree, the pure white with the color all in the flowers is absolutely exquisite! What a beautiful tribute to Geneva. My mother has been gone for 22 years now and she was gone at the young age of 64. Isn't it fun to have things to remember her by? I always called my mother "Mother" too where I called my father "Dad". I just love Mother's Day and the chance to remember and pay tribute. You did a beautiful job!

Anonymous said...

A lovely table and tribute.

Entertaining Women said...

Our moms had a lot in common; I'll bet that they would have been great friends. I still have a box of gloves from my mama. Your tablescape is beautiful, and I absolutely adore the irises in the purse as your special. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

LTD said...

Oh Katherine, your table is totally breath taking. I love how you did the centerpiece with belongings of your Mother's. I really enjoyed reading about her, she sounds as though she was a very creative and caring person. I think that yours and her smile are similar. The photo is so lovely and how wonderful to have it larger and by herself. Lovely, lovely work!!!


Debby S. said...

Your tablescape is wonderful beyond words. A awe inspiring tribute to your Mother!!

Kathleen said...

Katherine, I love how you used your mom's purse as the centerpiece! Her iris must have looked beautiful! Your table is such a sweet tribute to her, she would have loved it!
Thanks so much for linking this to Let's Dish, and I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day!

Karen's Place said...

What a beautiful tribute to your Mother's. Love the purse and coin purse, too. Sweet table settings and the iris just pops with the white dishes. Happy Mother's Day!

bj said...

Such pretty things you have of a very pretty woman.
Your table is very nice.
Happy Mother's Day, bj

Diane said...

Love that beautiful tablecloth and the way that you tucked the flowers into the napkin rings! Great photo of your mother - thanks for sharing!

All The Pretty Dishes said...

I love your tablescape. You have so many wonderful ideas. This is a beautiful tribute to your Mom.

The Tablescaper said...

Such a tribute.Thanks so much for being a part of my 100th Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
This is a beautiful tribute to your Mom. I'am so sorry I miss your Beautiful Mothers Day Tablescape !!
I hope you are having a wonderful Sun day with your family.
XXOO Diane