I've been out skimming the markets a lot lately looking for vintage ornaments. Can you ever have enough? But I must say I have mostly come up empty handed. The upside is that I have come across a few other fun things like some pretty pieces of chippy china.
It's fun to load up on items that may not be in good enough condition to present as a gift alone, but when filled with soaps, flowers, or edible goodies make a cheery presentation.
And while you're thinking of the perfect gift, or considering the right person, a pile of pretty chippy dishes sitting around is as cheerful as a bouquet of flowers! (Well, almost. . . )
I am seriously in love with a pale worn design on something with a few age spots thrown in. It would also make a great soap dish.
The muted colors blend beautifully and are wonderful in any season.
And of course I have a thing for the interesting markings underneath too!.
I wonder if I will be able to give away this darling romantic pitcher? (My life is just full of these little mysteries!) But I can just see it full of cellophane wrapped cookies with a satin bow attached.
I love considering all the sweet details in ironstone china at close range, like at your bedside for instance. This little platter would make a great place to stow a few pretty luxuries next to your pillow at night. Or a sweet tea-tray-for-one, before sleep.
Makes for pretty sweet dreams. . . .
Really, some of these items, like this platter, were found at a "junk store" in perfect condition for very little money (like two to four dollars, or even less.) That's pretty cheery all by itself!
And it's the weekend!
I hope it's a cheery one for you. . . .
Join me at