Saturday, November 19, 2016

A Teacart for the Dining Room!


I have been wanting an antique Victorian marble top side board for years now and have not found the right one, in looks or in price, so I settled for a teacart to put in its spot until I get one. 



I got it at one of our estate sales at half price, so for $32.50. It is not antique but is a pretty dark wood that I like. And it is not fancy in the least, but I will fix that by what I put on it.
But first let me show you what I had been using in that corner before. Yes, a school desk, and not Victorian AT ALL!



But with a tablecloth and doily, this is what it looked like. Not too much space for displaying a whole lot...



so that's where I thought this teacart would be better. Better for more stuff! 



And more stuff it got! lol So on the top shelf I put the same three things, the cruet set, wax fruit dome and water tipper. And with it being the Autumn season, I brought out my Rogers Bros. 1906 Charter Oak pattern teaspoons and sauce ladle, only pieces I have in this pattern.



A closer look at the acorn and leaf detail.



And on the bottom shelf, to go along with the acorn pattern on the flatware, is a bridesbasket/bowl with paper mache acorns.



And where is the teapot for this tea cart you may be asking? Well, right here! The "Old Paris" teapot and even a Nippon style chocolate pot, no markings. 



And a few sterling spoons in the glass spooner. A recent estate sale find. Spoons $3 each.



So there you have it, my newly dressed teacart. 
Still not enough room though! ha ha



And now, for my Patriotic Thanksgiving centerpiece...

"Let Thanksgiving, our American holiday...awaken in American hearts the love of home and of country, of thankfulness to God and peace between brethren."

Sarah J. Hale
Editor of Godey's Lady's Book



In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the first national Thanksgiving proclamation, setting the last Thursday in November as a national holiday.



Wishing my American friends a blessed Happy Thanksgiving day!

I am joining the the following parties with this post...
AMAZE ME MONDAY with Cindy
TUESDAY CUPPA TEA with Ruth
LET'S TALK VINTAGE with Jillian
SHARE YOUR CUP with Jann
SIMPLE AND SWEET FRIDAYS with Jody
VINTAGE CHARM with Cecilia, Sharon and the gals
FRIENDS SHARING TEA with Bernideen

Friday, November 11, 2016

Enjoying November in the Back Yard

November will soon be a distant memory, so I wanted to enjoy some of its beauty in the back yard before the frost hits. The mum is still blooming so beautifully, and looks so pretty with the orange of the pumpkin.



Moving the pumpkin over here, where it fits just perfect in the small birdbath That I got at a sale for $10.


The Zinnias mark the spot where my precious little Livy dog is buried, although the blooms are looking a little faded and spent. The purple mum is still bright and pretty, and in the background on the fence gracing the iron planter...



are the vincas showing off their pink blooms.



Lacey wants to get a closer look because she is quite fond of pink.



Deciding against it, she settled here instead



where she could keep her eye on this suspicious fella 



and maybe even catch a glimpse of a church goer or two! Tweet! Tweet!



Thanks so much for visiting and have a wonderful week!

I am joining the following linky parties with this post...
AMAZE ME MONDAY with Cindy
VINTAGE CHARM with Cecilia, Sharon and the gals
SHARE YOUR CUP with Jann
HOME AND GARDEN THURSDAY with Kathy

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Day After

Hello and happy "Day After"! I woke up feeling somewhat happy and hopeful this morning and decided to bring out the red, white and blue to celebrate a bit. And for the upcoming Veteran's Day on Friday.

So out came the large bunting...



the small planter flags, garden flag, and the small buntings...



and inside on the parlor table I created a little red, white and blue vignette


using a 1907 postcard that reads "My Country 'tis of thee, Sweet land of liberty", a pair of antique spectacles, a 1906 ruby flash paper weight,



and 2 antique books... an 1892 "The Beautiful Tree of Life" and an 1899 "Mark Twain A Connecticut Yankee, etc.". I know, nothing really to do with the election, just the right colors for my vignette! :)



I need to go out and dig in the yard now but thank you so much for your visit and may God bless you and yours!

Linking up to the following parties...
HOME AND GARDEN THURSDAY with Kathy
SHARE YOUR CUP with Jann
VINTAGE CHARM PARTY with Cecilia, Sharon, and the gals
SIMPLE AND SWEET FRIDAYS with Jody
HOME SWEET HOME with Sherry

Sunday, October 30, 2016

A Whatnot in the Parlor

Hello everyone, in my last post I told you I would show you my antique Victorian Whatnot Shelf in a different post later. Well later is now, and here it is, in a much clearer photo!



It took me a while to figure out what to put on the What-not shelf, sometimes called an etegere. Although etegeres usually are much more grander and fancier with a mirror and marble shelf on the bottom.


This one is made of rosewood and probably dates to the 1850's or 60's is my guess. Could be later, any thoughts?

Starting at the top of the whatnot is a beautiful fretwork piece and nice finials. I moved the lamp over a bit so you could see it all but the lamp is normally in the center of the shelf with a Staffordshire dog on either side (see above photo)


Moving on down to the second shelf is a small collection of Victorian velvet photo frames. The lady in the center red frame is my 2nd great Grandma Viola May. On the far right are my kids when they were small. :)



On the third shelf I have my pink bristol glass vases, hummingbird dome, small Staffordshire Pug and the sweet boy and girl pair.


Aren't they just darling? I think they are Staffordshire as well. 



On the fourth shelf I have a pair of "Old Paris" fan vases, an iron lady who sits upon my mantle clock, which is at the clock shop so for the time being sits here, and in front of her is an ink well with mother of pearl pen.


For the final and fifth shelf, I have my bisque boy and girl pair, an 1893 shell art piece and a pair of hand held face screens, or maybe just fans?


They are pretty neat, on the one side is a flower pattern...



and on the other side is kind of like a persian scene maybe, one with an elephant and the other with a camel. Sort of a paper mache and handpainted design on a thin piece of wood.



And lastly, this whatnot even has a hidden drawer! I haven't decided what will go in there yet though.



So there it is, I hope you enjoyed seeing it and thank you so much for your visit! Have a blessed week!

I am joining the following parties with this post, please come and catch some inspiration!

AMAZE ME MONDAY with Cindy
LET'S TALK VINTAGE with Jillian
SHARE YOUR CUP with Jann
HOME AND GARDEN THURSDAY with Kathy
VINTAGE CHARM with Cecilia, Sharon and the gals
SIMPLE AND SWEET FRIDAYS with Jody

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Decorating for Halloween!

Hello everyone, it's me! Wow, what a busy 3 months it has been! Hard to believe I haven't posted for that long. Our sales have slowed down now and I will have more time for blogging.

Today I did some Halloween decorating and thought I would share it with you. I am trying to show mostly new estate sale finds.

We'll start in the living room. I always have fun decorating the mantel. I left the mantel clock there and the kids pictures but take away all else.



This year I covered the mirror with a panel of muslin, I guess that is what you call the stuff. And I made a banner to hang. Well actually I bought the supplies for it at Target and then put it together.



I hung it over the spiderweb black lace mantel scarf which is hung over the burgundy velvet tasseled mantel scarf that always stays there. :)



I thought the newspaper print pattern was cute, kind of nostalgic looking.



For my son's side of the mantel I decorate with pumpkins...



and on my daughter's side are the black cats...



and on the floor is this metal gold tree (estate sale find) topped with a blackbird. His mate is perched on top of the mantel clock watching over all.



Moving back to the parlor area I put together a vignette on the marble top table.



Black lace over the lampshade, my skeleton bird dome and the jack-o-lantern all aglow make for a spooky scene!




But turn on the lights and it's not so spooky after all! 



At the estate sale I have been working at this week, I bought the adorable handkerchief and the Fortune Telling playing cards. I thought they were cute and Victorian's loved that mysterious kind of thing! 


Changing out the vignette on the Parlor table with a few more latest finds...oh, speaking of latest finds, the 1860's rosewood etegere/whatnot shelf in the background was bought last Friday at an antiques auction. (I will show it more clearly in a later post)



So anyway, the "Old Paris" teapot (or is it a coffee pot?) was bought a couple of months ago when Bernideen, Janice (Curtains in my tree) and I went antiquing. And so was the gilt porcelain base/riser, a bowl sat on that base at some point in time. But not in my time. :)



I bought the Royal Albert "October" teacup at a sale. No one in my family has an October birthday but is mine and hubby's anniversary month.






On the Library table is this fun candle, lighting the way for you to enter the kitchen



where I pay tribute to the yummy "Candy Corn"! It has its place of honor in the antique "3 faces" compote. The candy corn beanbag I bought at a Hallmark store back in the early 80's when I was in Junior High! lol



Over in the dining room I have the table dressed in a burgundy cloth and crocheted cloth over it...(estate sale find)



and a estate sale find centerpiece...



I liked the witch's shoe, and so does the black bird!



And then there's the paper mache acorns, also an estate sale find...



and for a good laugh, here are hubby and I dressed up as Kim Kardashian and Kanye West! We won first place out of fifty or so couples!! It was a marriage conference at our church. ( I even have a look-a-like diamond ring on that was stolen from Kim in Paris when she was robbed, and our dressing up event happened before the robbery did!)




Have a spooktacular Halloween and thank you so much for your visit!

I am joining the following parties with this post, please come and join in the fun!
FRIENDS SHARING TEA with Bernideen
AMAZE ME MONDAY with Cindy
SNICKERDOODLE CREATE, BAKE AND MAKE with Sharon
TEACUP TUESDAY with Martha
TUESDAY CUPPA TEA with Ruth
LET'S TALK VINTAGE with Jillian
SIMPLE AND SWEET FRIDAYS with Jody
SHARE YOUR CUP THURSDAY with Jann
HOME AND GARDEN THURSDAY with Kathy
VINTAGE CHARM with Cecilia and the gals
HOME SWEET HOME with Sherry