Put A Lid On It

If you are like me, I am always looking for something different

to place on decorative items, such as books.

Or just looking for something out of the ordinary to use for everyday purposes.

So what do you do?

You put a lid on it!

Vintage Ironstone Lid-Housepitality Designs

I have been collecting orphaned lids in hopes that I can one day create a gallery wall with them.

Vintage Ironstone Lid-Housepitality Designs

In the meantime, I am using these lids throughout the house to embellish some vignettes,


Vintage Ironstone Lid-Housepitality Designs

You can use it as a paper weight! Like I have it on my desk weighing down my coupons!

  Vintage Ironstone Lid-Housepitality Designs


You can use a lid to corral your magazines . . .

Vintage Ironstone Lid-Housepitality Designs

Or you can just put a lid on it just because.

Vintage Ironstone Lid-Housepitality Designs

Then you have that itty bitty lid looking for the company of a familiar face

as someone is watching over him.


You can put a lid in it.

Vintage Ironstone Tureen/Pitcher-Housepitality Designs


So that everyone can stay together.

Ironstone Tureen-Housepitality Designs

And live happily ever after . . . as it’s a Wonderful World!

Have a most joyous day and a great weekend!

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  1. Teresa Emrich says

    Always enjoy your posts….such clever solutions to so many things. You brighten my day!

  2. Love this idea Shirley, how pretty and decorative it all looks.

  3. How creative of you! Love these ideas. Wishing you the happiest of Mother’s days!!! Enjoy your weekend!!!!
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  4. Wow, you do have a lot of lids. Good idea putting them to work.
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  5. What a lovely idea, Shirley! You have quite a collection of great lids! I love your idea of adding lids to the tureens- very clever. Your vignettes are so pretty and perfect for transitioning into Summer! So sorry I haven’t been able to visit as much as I would like to. My eye had a a reaction to the name brand eye drop after surgery and I have lost my vision in that eye until it heals.
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  6. I love this! I really don’t have any lids but I am going to be on the lookout. I love the look of the lid on the books. Thanks for the great idea! Have a wonderful weekend.
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  7. I LOVE THIS IDEA!!!!!! What a creative way to make something extra pretty. Shirley, you are an amazing decorator and friend!!!
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  8. Cute idea, Shirley. They would make a wonderful gallery wall too.
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  9. Shirley,
    I have seen gallery walls done with the vintage lids and it always looks so pretty. I know when you get your collection all together it will look wonderful on a wall. Love how you are using them for now. So creative and fun. Happy Mom’s Day.
    Enjoy the week end.
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  10. Donnamae says

    What a cute idea! So…how many lids do you think you’ll need to make your lid gallery? Happy Collecting! 😉

  11. You have some wonderful lids….I love all the clever ways you came up with to use them too!
    Have a great weekend!!
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  12. Lady Delores LeBoeuf says

    Me too, always look forward to your posts, love the domino effect, makes my heart pitter/patter and so when I dont get around to peddling around my house & yard; I always have fun viewing your changes and become inspired, gracias…

  13. Shirley these are perfect ideas! Jo
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  14. What a cute idea! Love it!
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  15. Great idea, Shirley. I will have to put a lid on it….that is, my stack of books!!!!!! I have that same letter holder that is on your desk.

  16. What wonderful ways to use those vintage lids!
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  17. Lol! I love it:) I saw this idea on Pinterest recently – a wall gallery with lids, and it looks sharp! I love the title on the post, it made me laugh:D
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  18. so fun, love your ideas for misfit lids. I do love a wall grouping of ironstone and transferware lids, they’re too pretty to not use!
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  19. Your collection is growing Shirley…I’ve always loved the way pretty lids look hanging on the wall! Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Mother’s Day!!
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  20. Shirley,
    You have such beautiful pieces of Ironstone! I love your ideas especially using lids as paperweights. I like tucking my lids in my vignettes also.

    I was somewhat disappointed today when we stopped by Antique Marketplace as it was slim pickings as far as ironstone was concerned. I did find a few other things that were on my list though including some vintage garden hand tools that I wanted for a summer vignette.

  21. Great way to use your beautiful pieces Shirley. Love it!
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  22. Oh I’m so glad to see you give those orphaned lids a home Shirley! I’ve seen a couple just recently and thought to myself they would look good in grouping on the wall together. Hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend. ♥
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  23. Happy Mother’s Day [weekend] Shirley.

  24. This post is full of great ideas for lids, Shirley!! Yours are so pretty, and you’ve inspired me to pick them up when I see them now because usually they’re very reasonable. Love the idea of a gallery wall of orphaned lids!!! I might have to copy that idea when I have enough. You’ve just given me an idea to use one on top of napkins on the porch to keep them from flying away when it’s breezy.
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  25. Love your lid ideas. I have never thought of putting them on walls either. Thanks for the inspiration! Happy Mother’s Day Shirley!
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  26. HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY, Shirley!!! xo
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  27. That’s a cute way of putting it…

  28. Beautiful idea!! Now I need some lids 😉 Love all the uses for them!
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  29. Shirley this is on of the most creative ideas I’ve seen in some time! Love putting one atop a stack of books!!

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