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.
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?
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. ~ Linking with
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.
I'm a mother of one "out-of-college" daughter, inheritor of one cat,a dog and four chickens, full time medical secretary, gardener, painter of furniture, fixer-upper and handy woman around my house, passionate about decorating, lover of flea markets and yard sales, restorer of old things, but most importantly, a daughter of God. Blogging is a way to journal and share my life, passions, and journey with anyone interested enough to follow along.