I have a fascination for lighthouses. I've only been inside one of them, but I've visited several. As I moved around my house looking for story ideas, I came across the lighthouses I had collected during various travels and thought I'd build my tablescape around them.
The red ones are mine. They're salt and pepper shakers that I made during a children's play date. We went to a ceramics place for kids and this is what I chose. It was fun. Both the kids and the adults loved it.
I love the blue dishes. They seem both calming and happy. The lighthouses and the glasses gave the table a touch of whimsy.
The color reminds me of the island waters in the Bahamas. The first time I saw the clear blue water, I was dazzled by the color.
|Cape Hatteras Lighthouse|
This is probably the most famous lighthouse in the United States. Everyone seems to recognize it. If you buy calendars with lighthouses on them (like I do), this one is always prominently displayed.
|Thomas Point Shoal in Annapolis, MD|
The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse was my own inspiration for the red and white design I chose for my own. Of course, mine looks like a second grader painted it.
|Concord Point, MD|
Last summer I took my daughter to the Cape May Lighthouse in Cape May, NJ. I love the city. It's the last city in NJ before you walk into the Atlantic Ocean. There are some lovely old Victorian houses across from the ocean. My favorite house in the world is in Cape May. All I need is for the people living in it to move out and give it to me.
|Cape May Lighthouse|
It has 199 steps to the top and I climbed all of them.
There are rest areas ever so often. I had to stop at most (not all) of them.
While these blues are vivid, our day at the lighthouse turned grey and rain was imminent. The lifeguards cleared the beach and made us all go inside a building. Most people climbed in their cars and drove away. Lightning is dangerous.
|View from the top|
Can't you imagine the sea in the blue of the dishes or hear the crashing of the waves on the sand?