Sunday, July 19, 2015

A Blog Win, Latest Finds and a Cake

Hello everyone! I was lucky enough to win a wonderful giveaway from Deborah at The Beautiful Matters blog.  Thank you so much Deborah! Just look at the adorable card she sent! I did not put the hand cream tube in the photo staging but it is nice hand cream. :)


The teacup is made in England and is quite lovely, I just love it.


I wanted to share with you this beautiful English cake plate that a friend gave to me last year.



I made a birthday cake for my boss and decided to photograph the cake on it and do a little photo staging.

So on went the cake (on its foiled wrapped cake board)...


and out to the patio went the cake on the cake plate...


and out to the patio came my teacup for some more staging fun...


The patio is where I sit every morning to eat my breakfast, read my Bible devotion, catch up on a magazine or two, and watch the sweet little wrens who have taken up residency in the birdhouse that I bought at the Estate Sale in Hermann.
I don't have a fancy camera so I couldn't get a real close shot but I snuck up on it when it went inside the house and when it came out I was ready!



Here are a few of my other recent estate sale finds. This gold trimmed Limoges dinner plate and bullion/cream soup bowl with its saucer totally took my breath away!


So much fancy detail...


I even bought a few dollhouse miniatures! I got this cute marble top washstand and the china doll.


I put them in my Old Curiosity Shop room box...


And then decided to move the china doll to the dollhouse so she can join the other antique china doll. They have something very unfortunate in common, neither one has arms anymore! I think they were played with a little too much in their day and a little too rough! Poor things! So I have rescued these lovely ladies! Instead of an Old Ladies home, as they used to call places for the aged, it could be called the Armless Ladies Home! Just kidding!


This past weekend we did a sale for an older couple and they the most beautiful backyard garden and courtyard. So of course many of those pieces were for sale so I spoke up first and got these two wonderful vintage wrought iron pieces.
The first one is this adorable little table. I will use it to set my glass of fresh squeezed lemonade on or my glass of iced tea on it when I am sitting out on the front porch enjoying the day and a good read.


The other piece is a planter and I got it to add a little interest to the backyard fence...


I thought it was so pretty with all those curvy lines and all. I added a pot of petunias to add to its beauty.


I also bought another little pot of petunias for this beauty!! Ha, ha! My son made this pot in Art class at school and he said it didn't turn out quite like he wanted it to but that it was supposed to have its nose and ears a little out of place. It is definitely not Victorian but because he made it and suggested I use it as a flower pot, what else was a mother supposed to do?!  :)


Have a wonderful week and thanks so much for visiting!

I am linking up to the following parties...
AMAZE ME MONDAY with Cindy
TUESDAY CUPPA TEA with Ruth
TUESDAYS AT OUR HOME with Maria Elena
A RETURN TO LOVELINESS with Kathy
TEATIME TUESDAY with Sandi
LET'S TALK VINTAGE with Jillian
WHAT'S IT WEDNESDAY with Paula
SHARE YOU CUP THURSDAY with Jann
HOME AND GARDEN THURSDAY with Kathy
HOME SWEET HOME with Sherry
FEATHERED NEST FRIDAY with Courtney
SHOW AND TELL FRIDAY with Cindy

28 comments:

  1. Gina, I love your beautiful dishes and your cake looks scrumptious!! Have a wonderful week!
    love and blessings~
    Lynda @ Gates of Crystal

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  2. Congratulations on your wonderful win from The Beautiful Matters. The Tea Cup and Towels are so pretty. The cake you made is a masterpiece! It is beautiful. Love your new dishes. You have added to your wonderful collection of estate sale finds. The planter from your son adds a bit of "whimsy" to your garden. I have enjoyed all your showings today.

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  3. I'm so glad you enjoyed your win! You found some wonderful things, especially that Limoges. I have a dollhouse, too, and enjoyed seeing your treasures, and the armless ladies :) The planter your son made is pretty cool -- it looks like an expensive piece of modern art!

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  4. Congratulations on your blog win! Lovely! And I love your new Limoges set. Tres elegante! The dollhouse is so cute! Pretty neat planter! You have a lovely and inviting garden...perfect for a cup of tea!
    Ruth

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  5. Lovely new teacup! You have found some wonderful things ... love the Limoges. You are so lucky to be able to sit outside and enjoy your tea. Too hot here to do that. The cake looks delicious and love the cake plate. Happy Tea Day and Happy Monday!

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  6. Congratulations on winning Deborah's lovely giveaway! You found some great treasures recently. I would love to sample your yummy chocolate cake!

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  7. Congratulations on your lovely win... Lucky You ... and what sweet miniatures you have found for your sweet doll house... I love those little things...The limoge set is stunning... Were you able to buy more than one setting? Your son's planter looks great in the garden...I'm a big fan of garden art... especially the edible kind9 ha Ha)..Your cake looked yummy !!!! Hugs

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  8. Your dollhouse is lovely! Congrats on the win!
    Sherry

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  9. You have found some fantastic treasures, Gina!! I particularly like the gold-edged crockery, so rich looking.
    Your garden is pretty..I can't believe the wren actually went in the birdhouse, they never want to in my experience.
    Your passion for Victoriana is quite infectious..think I'll go off to some thrift stores this week end : )

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  10. First thing,I want a bite of that gorgeous cake
    love the limoges china
    I really like your son's art face flower pot, there use to be old jugs with faces on them similar to that
    Lucky you for winning the pretty tea cup and saucer
    The little ladies without their arms are sweet also, nobody would have know
    see you soon

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  11. Your win from Deborah is lovely, Gina! I love the sweet shape of it. You have a wonderful garden. We are not allowed to have fences here in our subdivision which always made having a garden difficult. I have always admired those of you who have a fence because it makes building a garden so much easier. Of course I always enjoy having a peek at your doll house. Thank you for joining me for tea today.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  12. Oh, I forgot to mention your cake. It's fabulous!!

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  13. You know how much I adore any of your miniature postings. I just love your dollhouse treasures. Such beautiful dishes and your cake looks heavenly!

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  14. Lucky you to win that pretty teacup! Your cake is a work of art--chocolate and roses are two of my favorite things. And the wrought iron pieces are great finds. About your armless dolls, have you thought of taking them to a doll hospital?

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  15. Love all of your finds! Where do I begin? Love the iron planter, plant stand, and bench.... the Limoges is stunning .... and I just love the doll house miniature displays! All of them, even the armless home for the aged. Tee hee!

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  16. What a beautiful give-away, and I love your vintage finds. I agree your Limoges pieces are stunning and the wrought iron garden pieces are lovely too. You have a great eye, Gina :)

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  17. Congratulations on the beautiful win. I think the Limoges set is stunning. Great find, Gina. You are a talented cake decorator. The cake is really lovely!

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  18. Gina, the teacup and saucer from Deborah is so pretty and I especially love your cake plate. I spied those cute birds on it, and your cake is beautiful! The Limoges set is so elegant. I love the wrought iron pieces. The planter is my favorite! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  19. That cake is going to make someone very happy.
    Amalia
    xo

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  20. So nice! Beautiful cake too!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  21. Everything is lovely. Congrats on the win. Happy Birthday! (Belated)

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  22. Wonderful treasures! That cake is fabulous....a piece of art to eat!

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  23. Gina,
    Love the planter on the fence and the plant stand!! So pretty! I see you and I have the same Victorian magazines.....I just posted a Victorian Homes Christmas magazine over on my Christmas blog if you are interested even though I suspect that you may already have it...

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  24. Hi Gina, you are one of my features today for Let's Talk Vintage! Hop on over after 9 am Eastern time. Have a day filled with blessings! ~Jill

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  25. I like that green pot your son made, a touch of unexpected whimsy to happen upon in your garden- love that!
    Everything is so green and pretty. I have always liked mushrooms such as you have at your edging with those very pretty hibiscus flowers (I hope I called it right).
    Congrats on a fine win, very pretty teacup set.
    I can't stop coming back to the cake, aahh - that rich and delicious looking cake.
    Happy Wednesday
    Betsy

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  26. First things first - I LOVE the head pottery your son made - it's awesome and it looks gorgeous with the petunias - green and purple make such a lovely combination! What a lovely gift you received! And the cake you made looks sooo good! Your backyard is just beautiful. I imagine you spend a lot of time out there. Thanks so much for visiting our bedroom makeover!
    Donna

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  27. Lucky you! All that you didn't win you got at the sale! Love the plant hanger
    and your son's art is the best of all!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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