Saturday, April 2, 2016

Spring Has Sprung!

Hello everyone, it sure is looking a lot like Spring here where I live. So I brought out some Spring related garage and estate sale finds from the china cabinets and bookcase for some Spring Vignettes. 

We'll start with this one serving size teapot and coordinating postcard (dated 1908) with jonquils and pansies for my birthday on Wednesday.

When I saw this English Bell China teacup, I totally fell in love with it! 

Jonquils and forget-me-nots, what's not to love? 
And just look at that elegant little handle.

The Yoshino Cherry tree has been so pretty this Spring. 

I even have a postcard (postmarked 1908) that coordinates with it.

With mother and daughter picking a bouquet of yellow daffodils. 
This particular daffodil is called "Lent Lily". 

Below are some of the other daffodil varieties that grow in my garden.

Below is another of my "latest finds" postcards, postmarked 1912. I always thought buttercups were daffodils so I looked it up and this is what I found out.

Buttercups are a large genus of flowering plants called Ranunculus. It has yellow, shiny, petals, and grows wild in many places. It is poisonous to eat for humans and cattle, but when dry the poison is not active.

Below are two estate sale book finds. 

The "Violets" book has a copyright of 1904 and tells of their place in Greek mythology and other Violet customs. No pretty illustrations inside, just a few ugly ones. :(

The cover and the date of the book is what sold me on it. The violet postcard is postmarked 1910, and then there's the vintage Hall's chocolate box that was just too "sweet" to pass up!

So sweet in fact, that I had to show it again with this antique silk purse/pouch and birds nest.

And then, there's the OTHER book! It is quite small, measuring 3" x 5" maybe, and it is my favorite. It is absolutely wonderful, 

from the cover, to the spine...

to the beautiful end papers. (Can you tell I worked in a Library for 10 years?)

to the title page...

and to all the gorgeous illustrations inside! Don't worry I won't show them all! :)
Just a few of my favorites. Are you ready for this?!

Thank you so much for visiting and here's wishing you a world of beauty where ever you may be. 

I am joining the following parties this week...
BTTGC with Bernideen
SHARE YOUR CUP THURSDAY with Jann and the gals
VINTAGE CHARM with Sharon, Cecilia and the gals


  1. Gina...what a lovely post! I so love old books and ephemera and you have blended them all so well. If this doesn't put you in the mood for spring, nothing will. Great job. Your teacup is beautiful.
    Hugs and Happy Spring!

  2. Gina, I love all your Spring sale estate finds!! The china is gorgeous, love your garden flowers and antique books!! Thanks so much for sharing!
    Happy Sunday!! Hugs, Jody

  3. You are truly all things Victorian, Gina!
    (With a little Edwardian thrown in for good measure)

  4. Gina, I love everything, just everything, that you have posted here! What a great job of tying in your postcard collection with it all. The book is gorgeous, the daffodils (oh my!) are so beautiful, and I love that you have the different varieties. The teacup. . .beautiful! Happy Birthday to you!

  5. Gina,
    So much eye candy here!! Beautiful blooms, post cards and teacup!! The book is such a treasure!!

  6. What a perfect tea cup for today. I do love all those vintage books and ephemera. I have a modest collection myself.

  7. Happy Birthday Week, Gina! Your spring vignettes are lovely. The Forget-Me-Not book is beautiful inside and out!

  8. Your spring flowers are lovely, Gina, and so are your teapot and tea cup...Christine

  9. Dear Gina:
    Happy Birthday! Your post is so lovely. Your daffodils and cherry tree are incredible. I love all your vintage postcards and sweet little books. I love your angel too! She will help keep the bugs away..............................maybe! Thanks for sharing and linking.

  10. Everything in your home is a treasure! You have an amazing house. Hope you have a wonderful birthday. Blessings dear lady, Martha

  11. I love the teacup and saucer. When a little girl, mom would hold a butter cup under my chin and tell me if I liked butter by the way my neck would glow. It's a wonder any sisters and I survived by picking some of the things and putting them in our mouths as kids.
    I think we would have to have eaten a lot or maybe we were immune.
    It does look like spring has sprung at your house, great post.

  12. Dear Gina,
    What a lovely post! Your cherry tree and daffodils are so dreamy! I have always loved buttercups too. And what a pretty china cup and saucer. Your little books are really sweet and the post cards are treasures. Happy Birthday, my friend, I hope many blessings will come your way. Thank you for sharing and linking up with me and enjoy your special day tomorrow.


  13. Happy happy birthday my new friend! What a lovely post and such pretty and dainty things! Love old books like that...arent they amazing? Thanks for the sweet comments about my post on the old ruins....hauntingly sweet is a good way to describe that place for sure

  14. Happy Birthday! I hope it was wonderful and filled with tea! I just love your teacup...from a favorite maker and favorite era! Gorgeous. And you know I love your wonderful certainly illustrates the era. Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  15. Gina
    I love your books you find the best things at those estate sales.
    Also your pretty flowers are just so pretty to see
    I always like to see what is the nest vignette you will display for us all
    Hope to shop with you soon

  16. Thank you for sharing such beauty! Your garden is a delight, and those books are exquisite! I adore old books. Those are really beautiful! I love the English teacup as well, so pretty with the soft colors!

  17. What a wonderful spring time post! I enjoyed seeing all of the different varieties of daffodils in your garden along with the sweet postcards. I'm interested in collecting vintage books but running out of space at home. I do like your recent finds. Happy Birthday!

  18. Such pretty things! The "A" on the purse caught my eye because I collect A's. Love those books and postcards. Your flowers are lovely. Happy Belated Birthday! I hope the weather was beautiful for you!

  19. Gina,
    The daffodil varieties that grow in your Garden are exquisite, dear one!
    I adore that you cherish vintage books! I agree their interior papers are magnificent and the pages perfection of art!
    I, too, worked in our small town Library for ten years on the other side of the Prairie.
    Visiting from Home Sweet Home!

  20. Daffodils are my favorites even though I don't know them as well as you do. All of your vintage finds are beautiful especially the books. sb

  21. sweet teacups ... lovely cards ... old books .... what a lovely post you shared with SYC.

  22. Dear Gina:
    I loved your posting and it is featured today on my blog. Your cup and saucer are beautiful! Lovely daffodils!!!

  23. Hello. I loved seeing your beautiful teacup, teapot and exquisite antique books. They are all lovely. Wishing you a great day, Pat :)

  24. Gina, you have so much beauty in all your collections. I love the little books with the beautiful illustrations. I would be like a kid in a candy store in your home..Happy Weekend..Judy

  25. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  26. What a pretty post that made me smile on a cloudy morning!

  27. Hi Gina,
    What beautiful daffodils and cherry tree! I do love your dear dainty teacup and pretty teapot. Your vintage cards are such a treasure too. Spring has Sprung at your Victorian Home. Have a Wonderful Weekend! Karen

  28. Pretty, pretty!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  29. Your postcard collection, daffodils and sweet teacup are so pretty...Lovely post!

  30. Oh gosh Gina, everything is so lovely. Always adore your postcards. The books you found are amazing! Your favorite is mine as well. :) Growing up mom had lots of buttercups. We use to pick one and hold it under our noses. If it showed a yellow reflection, that meant you loved butter. To this day all of us gals love our butter. lol! Thanks for sharing with SYC.