The Christmas Kitchen

I think the kitchen is pretty much where we spend most of our time during the Holidays or

any day for that matter.

So to bring a little cheer into this room is always a good thing!

Bringing a bit of Christmas cheer that can take me through well into January was my goal.

Joy Wreath Platter-Housepitality Designs

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Tuesday Holiday Tidbits

Have you seen the great mantel inspiration yesterday?

If not, you can see it here along with 10 other fabulous mantels.

I have been busy like the most of you decorating and preparing for the Holidays.

I am pretty much done with just a few tweaks here and there.

Kitchen-Christmas 2014-Housepitality Designs

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Thanksgiving Vignette of Ironstone

I have an area where I display the majority of my Ironstone.

The area needed some “Fallifying”.

Gathering some Thanksgiving inspired items and fall decor and set about creating this vignette.

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Layering Vintage Items and Travel Tidbits

I took a bit of a break . . .

My hubby had a tournament in Las Vegas . . .

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Like “little boys” anxiously waiting for this game to end . . .

~ ~ so they can “play” . . . (hubby is standing on the far right) a gorgeous night in Vegas.

Thanks to my friend Claudia for taking this great pic!

We decided to take a few extra days before the tournament . . .

~ ~ to travel to Sedona, Arizona and the Grand Canyon.

It was our very first time visiting these places and they surely did not disappoint.

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Pictures cannot capture the beauty of the areas we visited.

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Adding to and Starting a New Collection

I need to call the hot-line for “antiques anonymous” . . .

~ ~ seriously, I need to seek a cure from this affliction.

Or do I want to be cured????

I downsize a collection . . . and then what do I do??? . . . start another!!

~ ~ or should I say “many others” !!!

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I saw this bottle in an antique shop in Huntington, West Virginia….

~ ~ an old Lea and Perrins Worcestershire Bottle.

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This bottle was actually the first bottle I purchased of this color . . .

~ ~ from one of those great shops in Carlisle, PA…..A Sawyer’s Crystal Blueing bottle.

I thought I would place it in my laundry room with the other vintage laundry items, but love it here.

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And with the added items in this area . . . I needed more vintage stools to showcase these pieces….

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And a new ironstone soup tureen to add to the collection . . . one of the Carlisle, PA finds.

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The stool is so cute as it has a name carved in the top “Lisa”…

~ ~ I am sure it was made by a dad for his little girl…..or that is what I am believing!

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Adding the velvet pumpkins for the Fall…along side my new sugar bowl ($12.50) … :)

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Found these new pieces in Carlisle, PA too . . . it was a very productive and great trip.

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Loving my new additions and “collections”….

I love this new vignette, but I also loved the previous vignette of ironstone.

~ ~ now off to refinish something to make these two stools “a collection” !!!

Have a great weekend . . . mine will be spent up to my elbows in paint . . .

~ ~ and most likely in my hair too . . . I always manage to get some all over me!

Lavender Love

A few weeks ago, I presented my great ironstone finds.

I found four salad plates and bowls and later discovered that they matched a tureen I found . . .

~ ~ at another antique shop!

I placed these plates and bowls in an antique tool caddy . . .

~ ~ then placed that caddy on the dining room table.

Antique Tool Caddy Centerpiece

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New Ironstone Finds Vignette

Many of you have seen my great ironstone finds while shopping in Pennsylvania with Mary Alice.

I placed two of the tureens on a table in the great room . . .

~ ~ and incorporated the cute vintage chippy stool that I found at Mary Alice’s booth at Rust & Feathers.

Ironstone Tureens

Ironstone Tureens

These photos were taken in the morning when the sun streams through the windows . . .

~ ~ spreading beautiful colors from the Swarovski crystals that hang in the windows.

These tureens make me smile . . . is it because they are so pretty . . .

~ ~ or is it because I got a great deal !!! . . . I think both!

Ironstone Tureens

Ironstone Tureens

The vintage stool is perfect for showcasing and creating different levels . . .

Ironstone Vignettes

Ironstone Vignette

Then you wonder about the “little one” who used this stool.

Ironstone Vignettes

I found a chamber pot with the lid exactly like the one that I use as a planter.

Vintage Mortar and Pestle

While strolling the aisles of the antique mall (Melville Trading, Mebane,NC) where I have a booth. . .

~ ~ I found this cute ironstone little mortar and pestle. Marked Germany on the bottom.

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Ironstone Vignette

Do you tend to start or increase a collection when coming across some glorious finds and bargains?

I do . . Enter the need for therapy!

Have a glorious day!!!

I am joining:

From My Front Porch to Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursdays

Ivy and Elephants for What’s It Wednesday

Antiquing Trip Part 2

While in D.C., I was thrilled to have met with my friend and fellow blogger . . .

~ ~ and she so graciously took me to some of her favorite places to shop for antiques.

If you missed Part One of my adventure, you can view it here.

On the second day, we went to places around the town in which she lives.

The first stop was the antique shop where she has a booth.

Rust and Feathers Antiques

Rust and Feathers . . . just down the street from Lucketts Store.

It is a wonderful place . .

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This is her booth…

Rust and Feathers Antiques

So many cute things in her booth!

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Here is a collage of items in the shop of some items “for summer” . . .

~ ~ that I took from their website, Rust and Feathers ~ Vintage Redefined.

After making my purchase from her booth, we drove into town to visit a couple of local shops.

It is there that I found more ironstone. Yay!

I did a vignette of the ironstone that I found on my 2 day shopping trip.

Ironstone Tureen

This tureen sits on top of a vintage stool that I purchased from her booth.

Ironstone plates and tureen

In a local antiques shop I found 4 matching ironstone plates and bowls. . .

~ ~ it wasn’t until I unpacked everything at home. . .

~ ~ ~ that I discovered that the plates and bowls matches the tureen that sits on top of the little bench.

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Oh Happy Day!

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This particular vendor used vintage postcards for tags.

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Two out of the three tureens were very close to excellent condition.

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The third with a few blips here and there…but that just adds to the character right???!!

Ironstone Chamber Pot

This chamber pot is quite common; however, I was thrilled to find one with a lid! . . .

~ ~ and this was $8.00 with 20% off !!!

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So here is my “loot” . . . I am still giddy over my finds!

Now, the following are snippets of rooms of my friend and fellow blogger’s home . .

~ ~ can you recognized these rooms and vignettes?

Chateau Chic Dining Room

I only had my “point and shoot” camera with me . . so at a little disadvantage with taking photos.

Chateau Chic Dining Room

Love how she showcased her ironstone on top of the vintage stools!

She told me that her grandmother loved ironstone, and is the one who started her on collecting it.

Many of her grandmother’s pieces are displayed in her home.

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Beautiful vignettes of vintage pieces, ironstone and architectural elements are throughout the house.

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She has a wonderful talent of showcasing her beautiful collections. . .

~ ~ like this one in her kitchen.

Vintage Breakfast Room-Chateau Chic

What a wonderful vintage breakfast room . . just swooned over the cabinet in the corner . . .

~ ~ and the vignette on her table ~ ~ and how about that great chandelier?!!

So, have you guessed who I spent 2 days with running the roads from Virginia to Pennsylvania???

Probably so . . .

Bloggers night out!

It is Mary Alice of Chateau Chic! She is on the left.

We were so busy shopping and dining and me swooning over her house . . .

~ ~ that I forgot to take a pic of us!

This is a pic of when Kim and I met Mary Alice for the first time during the Lucketts Spring Market weekend.

I had a wonderful time and I thank Mary Alice for her gracious hospitality. . .

~ ~ and taking me across three states to shop!!!

Have a most wonderful day being with the ones you love and doing what makes you happy!

P.S. A big congratulations to Whitney and John of Drab to Fab Design . . .

~ ~ for winning the 2nd Challenge of Flipping The Block. Their bathroom remodel was genius!

I am joining:

From My Front Porch to Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursdays

Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays

Southern Hospitality for July Thrifty Treasures

Antiquing in Pennsylvania

I have been a bit M.I.A. as far as posting . . .

Within the past 2 weeks I have been on 3 separate trips . . with only a day or two in-between them.

It has certainly been a whirlwind for us.

Just got back from our trip to D.C. . . . Hubby had a business trip there.

While I was in D.C., I met up with a fellow blogger and friend. . . .

~ ~ and had 2 great days of adventure.

You will know later who that “friend” is as I will be doing another post on our adventures!

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I arrive at her house an hour later than I anticipated . . .

~ ~ even with my Garmin in the car . . . I rode in circles trying to get out of the heart of D.C.

Her hubby called me and talked me through getting through the D.C. streets and on the the main highway!

Yep, I was going in circles within a 2 mile radius in D.C. for an hour!

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When I arrived at her home . . .

~ ~ she asked, “do you mind taking a 2 hour trip” . . . I am always up for a good road trip!

So off we go . . . from Virginia to Pennsylvania!

Antique Marketplace

We arrive at this beautiful storefront.

My hubby called me from the office . . . just to “check in”

He asked where we were . . . I told him Pennsylvania!

“Well, he said, I guess it’s better than Canada, as you won’t be back in time to pick me up” !!

P.S. . . . we were running late, so he took the Metro to meet us for dinner!

Susquehanna River

When we arrived at the Antique Market it was lunchtime . . .

~ ~ we decided to go to lunch first, so that we would have nourishment to have lots of energy to shop!

This was the view from our table . .

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The restaurant had beautiful views of the Susquehanna River.

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The Marketplace was huge . . . sometimes while strolling through the aisles, I felt “lost”

There were hundreds of booths . . . and many of them were having sales!!!

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You can spend the entire day there! . . . Seriously.

The prices were great and when there was a discount . . . well, it was even better.

Most sales that some booths had were an additional 15 to 30% off!

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So here is my “loot” prior to them wrapping up the pieces . . .

~ ~ 3 ironstone tureens . . . all made in England.

~ ~ ~ ~ one chamber pot with lid . . . (this one was $8.00 with 20% off) :)

The total including tax on all 4 items was $67.00 . . . OH HAPPY DAY!!!

My “friend” got lots of deals too!!!…and one of them was a vintage scale for $5.00, yes, $5.00 !!

So stay tuned for Part 2 of my trip to D.C.

But in the meantime . . . I want to share our granddaughter’s Moshi Monster (our Flat Stanley) . .

~ ~ his name is Oddie.

Oddie in DC

My granddaughter gave Oddie to my hubby as good luck charm and he travels everywhere with us.

Oddie and I tried to convince the White House security to let us take a picture on the “lawn” . . .

~ ~ we both smiled and asked nicely . . . they said “no way”!!!

Oddie in D.C.

So he settled for a pic through the fence!…a bit out of focus from his pleading and whining.

Oddie in D.C.

After a long day of seeing some sights . . . Oddie relaxed with us at a D.C. Steakhouse . . .

~ ~ saying, “it was a good day” ! !

And Oddie and I wish you a good day too!!!

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 . . .

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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.

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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” !!!