He said it was “Christmas in July” Ironstone and A Grain Sack Pillow

When I was away at the Haven Conference . . .

~ ~ when speaking to my hubby one evening, he told me that it was “Christmas in July” around here.

Apparently, three packages arrived for me that day . . . Oh, I love packages on the porch!

One of them was a package from my sister-in-law of pictures that I will share later.

Christmas in July

I ordered something from Mary Alice’s Etsy Shop . . .

~ ~ and the cute brown tissue wrapped package is from Kelly (My Soulful Home).

I won a grain sack pillow cover from Kelly!!! . . . She was celebrating a “blogaversary”

Chateau Chic Etsy Shop

Love the way Mary Alice embellishes her card with vintage items . . .

~ ~ my key collection is growing!…and this is my very first vintage clock face.

So'ing Pouch

So'ing Pouch

So'ing Kit

Kelly attached this ever “So” cute sewing pouch . . .


I was drawn to the shape and pattern of this piece . . .

Mary Alice has such great things in her shop.

~ ~ such as the great Dundee Marmalade Jar and Breadboard I purchased a little while ago.


I love the basket weave and floral pattern on this Alfred Meakin bowl.

I have a few ideas on how I will use this piece.

Grain Sack Pillow

Here is the gorgeous grain sack pillow that Kelly made . . .

~ ~ I love how she embellished it with the ruffle and denim trim . . . she is so talented!

Grain Sack Pillow

Grain Sack Pillow

When Kelly emailed me to let me know that I won . . . I was ecstatic as her creations are magnificent!

Antique Split Oak Bench/Grain Sack Pillow

And now it has a very happy home on my antique split oak bench in the bay window of my dining room.

It was meant to be there!!!….Thanks Kelly!!

Here’s to a great day of “happy” !!!

Doing the “Domino Dance” . . A Shelf and Ironstone

There was a mahogany shelf in the master bedroom above the wash stand . . .

~ ~ prior to the “Domino Dance” . . the “Relo Shuffle”

Adding a sitting area to the room, meant the shelf was banished to another area.

So I am walking . . . and we are walking . . .trying to find a place for the shelf.

And I found a space!

Great Room Shelf

Can you guess ??? Do you need a hint?

Great Room

The shelf replaced this vignette . . .

Great Room Shelf

Great Room

Other than the mirror and birdcage being replaced and relocated . . .

~ ~ I replaced the Johnson Brothers plates to these Spode Rosebud Chintz plates.

Great Room Shelf

I added a third plate to the left side of the area . .

~ ~ however, I think there may be some upcoming changes.

Great Room Shelf

A small collection of ironstone is displayed . .

Great Room Shelf

Added a piece of pottery and live plant along with a cute bunny . . .

~ ~ both items were gifts (the pottery piece was made by a neighbor ).

Great Room Vignette

My French Apothecary Jar found its way to the table vignette . .

~ ~ along with the Pottery Barn Leah Hurricane filled with moss and a candle.

Great Room Shelf/Vignette

Along with this bee skep that sits upon a Pottery Barn pedestal.

Flowers and Bee Skep

And what goes better with a bee skep than flowers . .

Great Room Table Vignette

Great Room Shelf/Vignette

I am really loving this shelf in this area . . .

~ ~ as it coordinates well with what is on the other side of the room.

Great Room

The bookcase with white accessories . . . that pop against the dark cherry finish.

Great Room Shelf Vignette

Another result of the “domino dance” . . . the “re-lo shuffle” . .

I would like to end this post to show you what I discover each time after my sweetie visits…

~ ~ this little guy keeps popping up in the most unusual places.

Antique French book

I think he has become the new “Waldo” . . . where will he appear next?…Where’s Waldo???

~ ~ However, my sweetie just thinks she is enhancing a vignette.

Hope you all have a most wonderful day . . . maybe you are doing the “domino dance” too !!!

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A Spring Facelift for the Kitchen

I know we all are looking forward to Spring…

….to the milder temps and pops of color from the beautiful colors from trees and flowers.

So, if I can’t have that outside…

…..I thought I would bring it inside.



Yellow flowers make me so happy…yellow tulips and daffodils…

…..plentiful at the stores this time of year.



So what’s best for a Spring menu?…Spring Rolls!!


But absolutely the “take out” kind!!


The other side of the kitchen got a bit of a makeover too…


The bread box that I have had forever was on top of the cabinets…

…..you would never notice it, unless you stood back 6 feet or so..

So it came down and replaced a silver tea set I had there.


A pitcher full of silver spoons and a pitcher on clearance from Williams-Sonoma outlet keep it company.



I added this great vintage tray that I bought at our neighborhood yard sale…for $5.00…thanks Martha!


These faux pears were originally in a decorative glass container…….

…..these pears were purchased years ago from Pottery Barn….they found a new home on this tray.


So let’s move to the other side of the room again…

I have this A&P vintage shopping cart at the end of the counter.


The bottom portion is filled with magazines and vintage kitchen tools and cookie cutters…


The upper portion originally contained the “vintage kitchen items basket”…

…..now that I moved it to the bottom portion..it left me room to place these:


I brought up some of my vintage tablecloths from the pie safe downstairs in the media room kitchen…

I have been collecting these over the years…


I thought I would place the happy daisy tablecloth on the top (made by Vera)…..to welcome in Spring..



I have an entire set of these adorable “days of the week” tea towels…

…..this one seemed more appropriate for my Spring time decor…

Across from the shopping cart is a new “towel bar” that I purchased from Ikea…

…..it is actually a bar that you can hang little pots and hanging shelves from.


The “towel bar” fit perfectly there…any larger and it would not have fit!


Bought these beauties from my friend who collects and sells antique linens…love them! (Martha again!)..

She also is an artist…I have featured her before…she painted this apple…


And the last thing that I added to the kitchen today was this beauty that I just received…


From Dear Lillie…love her work and her blog…


I love that song…”A Wonderful World”…

And it is wonderful when a friend comes by and leaves a “care package”…when you are down with a cold…


Of homemade chicken soup and wonderful homemade cookies!…Thanks Chris..!!..she is an angel on earth!

So you see, it is a “wonderful world” !!!


A world filled with wonderful people like you!!….

Have a wonderful day!!!

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Treasures found in Florida and a Sisters trip to {IKEA}

Last week I tagged along with my hubby on a business trip….

…..one of his clients was close to my sister’s home, also where my mom lives.

My sister took a couple of days off from her busy shop. Thanks to my other sister filling in for her.

We scoured the local antique shops and thrift stores….and this is some of what I found.


Hello my pretty…she was waiting for me on the shelf of my sister’s church thrift store…


Score!!…Wedgwood ironstone small covered dish for $3.00…

…..I couldn’t pick that little pretty up fast enough!!


It has a blip or two…but barely noticeable…and who cares for $3.00!!!


I love the pretty lid…


And the wonderful crazing…

As I move things about in my kitchen this week…

…..waiting for something to be delivered before I do a post….


For now..this pretty will find a home here…

At the same thrift store … I found this beauty…


Do you know what it is?…Well, other than the obvious…

I saw this and had my sister turn the chair around to verify it….

…..and my suspicions were right!!


It’s a Hitchcock signed chair…for $17.00. Score…twice!!…


I am not sure where this will land…but I have an idea…

On Saturday…the “four sisters” went shopping….to Ikea in Orlando…

…..it has been YEARS since all four of us went shopping together.

Ikea was never the same!!

My sister eyed this beauty and placed one in her cart.


This pretty tray…for $9.99..


It is a very light cream color….I picked it up…then thought about where I would use it…

…..I stood there….thinking….(I always do that!)….then I put it back….

……….thinking that it wouldn’t work in the area that I wanted to use it…


Then I saw it displayed in another area..and saw how pretty it was…so while my sister babysat my cart…

…..I raced back to get it!…and I am glad that I did.

We all had a great time at Ikea getting great things at great prices…


Like many pretty faux plants like this one (still practicing with my macro lens!)…

…..we headed to Cheesecake Factory at the Millenia Mall and like Ikea…the place will never be the same!

And I cannot believe that I did not have a picture taken of us!!…Having too much fun….uuggh!

I will end this post with another bargain…found at a major chain thrift store, The Salvation Army….

My sister and I looked at this item…thought it was a fantastic price at $195.00…but did not buy it.

When we went to the cashier, I discovered a sign that said, “Red tag items 50% off”…

Now, wait a minute, that piece had a red tag…we raced back…and my sister bought it for my mom!


A Baldwin Fun Machine Organ…for $100.00….scored again!

My mom played the organ as a child in Japan…she was so excited to be able to play again…


She stands proudly along side the organ…

She will be celebrating a birthday soon…88…which is a milestone birthday in the Japanese culture…

…..meaning double infinity!…she can still run circles around us…it is her happy attitude on life!


My brother in law had to pick up the organ the next day with his truck…

…..and in the meantime, my sister and I had to do some furniture and painting rearranging…

……….that post to come later.


And mom will be enjoying many hours playing…and relearning her tunes…

…..a good thing for “the brain and dexterity”…

Then my sister remembered that she had an antique metronome…go figure…and we placed it on the organ.



In the meantime…mom is always having fun…she opened her Valentine’s Day gift from my brother and sister in law..

…..they sent her Shari’s Berries…oh yumm…glad I was there when they arrived!


She immediately took off the ribbon/bow and put it on her head…she is such a goof!!..but goofy is good!



So my sister and I had a great thrifting day…and my mom was happy too!!


More to come on my Florida adventures…and my new adventure that I am soon to embark upon…

…..with the support and encouragement of family and friends, I am going to do something I have always wanted to do!

Stay tuned :)

Have a wonderful day and thanks for visiting!!!

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