Saturday, March 24, 2012

Makes Me Smile

Do you ever buy things just because they make you smile?
Even when you absolutely don't need them.
I picked up these plastic summer dishes at the grocery store 
just because they make me smile.

 Sometimes I end up taking things back because I feel guilty, but even though I knew I should ~ I didn't.
I set them up on my dining room table and then really fell in love with them.

 I found that they matched so many things I already owned and just had fun playing around with them ~ all the while ~ still fully intending to return them to the store.
But ~ they matched my Goodwill pitcher and turquoise
Ball jar. . .

and these sweet linens I bought to sell on Etsy. 

And one purchase usually leads to another and I ended up with these sweet little egg cups which matched these eggs I already had.  Can you see how I justify all of this unnecessary buying?

Day after day I walked by them sitting on my table, and every day they made me smile.  Before I knew it, they were in my sink and I was washing off the stickers and I knew then they were keepers.  

I guess, in the end, I don't have to understand or even justify why something makes me smile inside.  I just know that is a good thing, and that we can all use a little more smiling
in our busy hectic lives.
Linking with
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Monday, March 12, 2012

Signs of Spring

The snowdrops have been blooming since January and the crocus weren't far behind.  But next comes another favorite sign of spring, which are the pussy willows.

Last fall I had the tree trimmers cut my pussy willow bush nearly down to the ground since it had grown higher than the house.  So that means, this spring I have very few branches to trim and bring inside.  But ~ there were just enough to fill this precious brown transferware vase that I can't remember now where and when I bought it.

As I change over my hutch for spring, I'm trying to fill it with my collection of bee items, and all things yellow and green.  But this corner of the hutch is still brown and white and fuzzy pussy willows.

Can spring be far behind?

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A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday

Monday, March 5, 2012

Teapot Love

I was looking online this evening trying to find information regarding a teapot I bought last summer at a yard sale.  I was hoping to list it on Etsy, but had no idea if it was vintage or had any value at all.

While browsing the internet, I got sidetracked looking at teapots on Etsy.  Would you believe they have 168 pages of vintage teapots, totaling 6,713 teapots?

Found more than a few that I loved and I don't even like tea.  It would be so easy to start a teapot collection, but hard to justify when you don't drink tea in any form.
Well ~ here are a few of the sweet teapots I liked, and the links to check them out or even buy them.
This one is my favorite ~ I think ~ and is from the shop Hopscotch Memories.  It reminds me of cool fall days.

This vintage Stangl teapot in a turquoise onion pattern was a very close second.  It's from the shop Cats in the Cradle from Alton, New Hampshire.

Here's another little turquoise sweetie from Scavengenius.  Actually, maybe this one would be my second choice.

Then I came across this vintage Arthur Wood and Sons chintz teapot made in England and available from Dads Teacups.  This little Etsy shop from California is full of beautiful teacups and teapots.

Next is a vintage basket weave teapot with a hand-painted floral design from Holiday Farm Studio from upstate New York.

And here's a close-up of the pretty detailed painting.

This teapot brings back lots of memories because my Mother had one, or maybe still does.  I'll have to check on that.  It's an authentic cottageware teapot from Price Kensington, made in England, and available at Fab Vintage Estates.

Here's another Price Kensington teapot with delicate blue flowers that remind me of forget-me-nots and it is priced at only $8.  It can be purchased at Shop on Sherman.

And what about this silver-plated teapot marked "New Amsterdam Silver Company" and dates back to the 1890's.  Can you believe this well used and loved teapot is only $20?
It's for sale at Crow and Fig from St. Leonard, Maryland.

And what about these earrings from CM Vision Jewelry?  Too cute.

I do have one teapot I found at Scott's last month.

I think it needs a friend ~ don't you?
I may just have to do some online shopping, but which one do I pick when I want them all?
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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Vintage Barkcloth Fabric

I found this vintage barkcloth fabric at Scott's last month.  I had never heard of it before, but was really drawn to this sweet ballerina print.

Barkcloth is a type of cotton with a special weave that gives it a nubby texture similar to tree bark.  It is defined by its texture rather than by weight, fiber content or print.  It is typically a medium-to-heavy weight fabric best suited for upholstery, drapes, and other home decor.  
The vendor told me this fabric was from the 1950's and she only had two small pieces, but I knew I had to have it to make a few pillows with.

I decided to trim out these pillows with hand-gathered tulle in coordinating colors.

I love these sweet fabrics from the past.  I wonder what their previous use was and where they've been since the 1950's.

Hopefully they'll live another long life as pillows and made a little ballerina somewhere happy.
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Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Mod Vintage Life  for Mod Mix Monday

Friday, March 2, 2012

Pink Saturday

Do you ever feel like you don't have anything to say that anyone would want to hear?  That's how I feel today.  S0 ~ I'll just share a few pictures  for Pink Saturday of a spring wreath I just made.  On this dreary rainy day, it makes me feel like the sun is shining and spring can't be far away.

I hope it brought you a little ray of sunshine too.

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