Antique English Hutch

I have been on an unintended blog break these past few days…

~ ~ Had problems with my existing web host site and moved to another . .

~ ~ ~ ~ and all is right with the world!…

So…there’s a new hutch in town…

~ ~ a neighbor is moving . . downsizing . . and selling many treasures from England.

I went over to her house to look at a dresser for my granddaughter . .

~ ~ and spied this cute old hutch that is from England.

The owner had bought this cutie in an antique shop in England . .

~ ~ and had it shipped here when they moved to the U.S.

I have a collection of Fiesta and decided to place this collection in the hutch.

I started this collection many, many years ago . . .

~ ~ buying my first pieces at $20.00 for 4 place settings!!

The English Cottage Ware was a gift from a friend many years ago.

My Vintage Lipton Tea Pot set is also nestled among the Fiesta and Cottage Ware.

And there’s my Shirley Temple Pitcher and Mug…:)

My Shirley Temple vintage RC Cola fan…

~ ~ I so remember having those types of fans in church a looong time ago.

I have a collection of vintage Jell-O little cookbooks all dated in the 1920′s…

~ ~ I love the patina of the hutch’s countertop..it is pegged into the lower cabinet.

I love this so very rustic, handmade hutch with all its flaws and age . .

Placed some of my vintage items below . . . .

~ ~ on the hunt for some great baskets for this area . .

~ ~ ~ ~ and notice the crayons in one of the jars?..my son’s . . .

And don’t ask me how old they are!!!

A collection of vintage items on the top of the hutch . .

Do you spy the milk bottle with the Japanese letters? . . A “souvenir”

When you get milk (a treat) as a snack in Japan . . it is served in these bottles . .

~ ~ that you have to return…OOPS!..forgot to return mine!!! :)

So are you wondering where my pie safe that was in this space “walked to”?? Stay tuned.

Am I sad that a great neighbor is moving….

~ ~ yes, however, downsizing from one large house to 2 smaller ones . . .

~ ~ ~ ~ one here, and one in the Sunshine State . . a good thing.

I purchased many things that day . . so stay tuned for more of my finds!

Have a wonderful day . . and so glad that “I am back” !!!

I am joining:

From My Front Porch to Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday

Common Ground for Be Inspired

Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays

The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays

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.

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

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

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

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But absolutely the “take out” kind!!

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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:

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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…

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

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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.

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

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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…

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

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From Dear Lillie…love her work and her blog…

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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…

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

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

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

Have a wonderful day!!!

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