Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Which came first?

Which came first the shakers or the Shmoo?

Eva Zeisel's Red Wing Pottery Town and Country Salt and Pepper,
designed1945-1946, produced 1947-circa 1950

Al Capp's Shmoo became a national craze when it appeared in his
classic comic strip Li'l Abner from August - December 1948

Shmoo savings bond issued by the US Treasury Department in 1949.
Read more at: Al Capp's Shmoo Facts

A Spring tablescape with a variety of vintage and contemporary elements.
Shmoos reproduce faster than rabbits, although I haven't been lucky enough to
have my shakers spontaneously reproduce as yet.  More details at the end of this post.

Thanks so much for coming by again this week!

Vintage tablecloth
Contemporary Fiesta in Sunflower and Paprika
Turquoise bowls are vintage Fiesta
Turquoise Ball Pitcher and Creamer, yellow sugar are vintage Harlequin
Turquoise gravy is Homer Laughlin Rhythm
Cutwork plates, flatware and napkins from Home Goods
Glassware from Target
Napkin rings from Sunland Home Decor
Votives from Michael's

I'm joining:
Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps On The Porch
Vintage Thingies Thursday at Coloradolady
Alphabe-Thursday at Jenny Matlock for the letter "X" - this week's tablescape
features two eXceptional talents, Eva Zeisel and Al Capp.  I've added eXtra links so you can read more about them.
Open House Party at No Minimalist Here
Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home


  1. You certainly have an amazing collection with which to create tablescapes!

  2. Hi again!

    Great post!

    Have a great weekend ahead & look forward to *seeing* you again next time,


    Btw Alphabe-Thursday

  3. "X"trordinary Candy! Your collections are mind blowing!~Ames

  4. Certainly a table built for Shmoo! The colors are so bright and fun just like the crazy shmoos.

  5. Candy, I love your fun and colorful table. It is so cheerful I don't think you could sit at this table and not smile. Thanks for sharing your pretty tablescape at my party.

  6. Look at all of the wonderful color you are surrounded with! It makes me happy just to look at the photos...I can imagine you smile every time you enter the room! ♥

  7. I love the ribbon woven through the plates.

  8. Gosh, where have I been? I never heard of Shmoo. Thanks for sharing. Your table setting is stunning!

  9. I love to see what table you have done and this is so pretty. I had dinner at my sister's last night and she has some pieces of fiestaware and I told her about your tables and how wonderful they are every week!

  10. Candy, I think you set the happiest tables in bloggland! I love all the sunny colors. Those napkins perched on the bowls are so fun! I love every bright and cheery element! And Shmoo, I have never hear of that!

  11. As usual ... love the colors! One of my friends had the "want winter to be over" blues the other day and I sent her to your blog site! You have a way of making every day seem like summer! Thanks for sharing.

  12. Nothing says spring like yellow! Love your cheerful tables! You are super talented.

    From Virginia

  13. Shmoo!?! I want a shmoo! I remember seeing him as a character on The Flintstones? All I remember was that I thought he was too cute.

    Your tablescape brought a smile to my face, everything about it was beautiful! Although spring is around the corner, sometimes the weather leads me to feel otherwise. Your tablescape was very reassuring. ;)

    I'll be sharing a link to this on my blog's facebook page. Have a great night!

  14. Oh You American girls take all that HOMER Laughlin china for granted! I was lucky enought ot find a whole dinner set at a thrift store last year and hae fallen in love with it. I love your settings so much. They are so bright and happy. I wish I could get a lime green set to co-ordintate with my Cinnabar set, but unfortunately I think it will be cost prohibitive to get it sent all the way to New Zealand!! I will just have to be content looking at yours. It's gorgeous!!

    JO x

  15. I have never seen salt and peppers like that, and the ad is just amazing. As always, what a lovely table and dishes!! Love. Happy VTT!

  16. Candy, your posts always include something information. You amaze me with the details that you have to document and highlight your dishes. Love this color combo. ~ Sarah

  17. Oh, my goodness you are right...those DO look like Schmoos!!!! I remember being a little kid reading Lil Abner and falling in love with them. I remember crying because they would get eaten! Neat table. Thanks for the fun memory!

  18. Oh my goodness, this is all totally breathtaking!!! I am in awe!!!

  19. Absolutely gorgeous!
    Love the salt and pepper shakers.
    The blue and yellow are so pretty together.

  20. What a whimsy little setting! I have to admit, I'd not heard of the Shmoo before! I love all your gorgeous pictures and how everything just sparkles! It must take a lot of time to set up each of your beautiful settings...but how inspiring!! :)

    HaPpY vInTaGe ThInGiE tHuRsDaY!

  21. Great post! I stopped by from Jenny and Alphabe Thursday

  22. Hi Candy...

    My friend, I have never heard the word "shmoo"! I learned something today! Hehe! I love your pretty table...the yellow, orange, and light aqua are a beautiful color combination! You always think of all the details, my friend. Love the pretty color cordinated striped ribbon that you laced around your pretty plate! What a great look! Thank you for sharing your pretty table with us for Sherry's Open House party this week!

    Warmest spring wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  23. Fun colors and Shmoo salt and pepper..too cute. I love the ribbon trimmed plates and your celtic cottage on your island.

  24. LOVE the shmoos, the napkin rings - all of it! Thanks for always!!

  25. Al Capp caused quite a craze with Shmoos! Thanks for reminding me of them!

  26. Schmoos and striped ribbon threaded through those still my heart.

    I love the schmoo shakers. They are behond sweet. I may have to spend a little time on E-bay and ETSY today looking for those.

    Another X-cellent and lovely tablescape from the Queen of Tablescaping!

    Absolutely gorgeous!

    Thanks for linking to Alphabe-Thursday's letter "X".

    This was quite X-citing!


  27. Hey this was interesting facts,beautiful tablescape and I love the way you linked up with the letter "X". I'm visiting fro Jenny Matlocks Alaphbe Thursday.

  28. I spy some of my favourite dinnerware! And don't the shmoos look good with it? This is such a fun table.


  29. Don't know where the X is but a lovely tablescape.

  30. Wow, I do remember the Shoomos and they were such funny little things. Your S& P's are darling and I have never seen them before. Your colorful table setting is so festive. Love your post today.
    Hugs, Jeanne

  31. Beautiful! The colors are sooo pretty! Love the tablecloth and all your accessories!
    Blessings My Friend,

  32. what a wonderful happy looking tablesetting!

  33. Oh fun, I always love your colorful tablescapes!
    Schmoo knew??!! Thanks for joining in for the party!

  34. Beautiful spring time tablescape. I have never heard of a shmoo. They are too cute. Thanks for sharing and the information about them. ~~Sherry~~

  35. Peeking into your kitchen each week and your lively use of color give me such pleasure....thank you!

  36. Gorgeous tablescape! I love the ribbon around the plates and all of the fun colors. I'm so glad I came across your blog. I'm a new follower.

  37. Beautiful table. Just possibly my favorite so far, but I pretty much love them all. I am crazy about red, yellow & turquoise together. Swoon!

  38. Wow those are some snazzy plates with the ribbon

  39. Your kitchen is so colorful and beautiful! I love these vibrant colors..

  40. A very charming tablescape. I'd love to know where you found the teacup napkin holders.

  41. I have never seen flatware like this! How fun.

    I am currently hosting an auction of vintage and antique linen treasures. Stop by and take a peek.

    Be blessed!

  42. Candy,
    Your table is delightful. I love the cheerful colors the vintage tablecloth and the ribbon woven in the plate. So pretty!
    Thanks for linking up!

  43. Great table, so much fun seeing it and every detail! I just love your plates, and the ones with the ribbon woven in the steeped plates, so different! That vintage tablecloth is unique, what colors! Such happy table. Love it!

  44. I'm so pleased you all enjoyed this Shmoo-scape! Love my little Shmoo shakers and they are always a topic of conversation.

    I've added a link to the source for the napkin rings to the post and here as well:

    The little ribbon plates have appeared here on The Little Round Table many times. So easy to change out the ribbons for a variety of color schemes for holiday tables.

    Thanks for coming by!


  45. What a lovely tablescape! So much color! I remeber reading Lil' Abner! Remember the Kickapoo Joy Juice?

  46. OH! I love your shakers ;o) They really do look like schmoos! And your whole tablescape and kitchen is full of beautifu, cheery color!!! I love the ribbon in the plates. (Now, I will be on the look out for plates like these and a variety of ribbons, when we are out and about! fun! It is like playing dress up with the dinnerware!)

    Blessings & Aloha!
    Making my rounds through Alphabe-Thursday ;o)

  47. Hi there~ Oh goodness I remember the shmoo!! So sweet!! Darling table scape- those ribbon plates are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing at FNF! :)

  48. What a great post! I love the colors! I love the tablescape! I love the little shakers! What a cheerful looking post to look at!

  49. Candy, Very colorful again this week. I love the turquoise and the cup napkin rings. I had never heard of Smoo. Maybe before my time. I always look to see what you do each week. I used to live in the Bay area also 13 years ago. Loved going to Napa Valley.

  50. Such sweet comments and sweet memories from long ago! Yes, I do remember Kickapoo Joy Juice ..... such a great name, made by a couple of shady characters in the old comic strip.

    Thanks so much for coming by to visit!



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