Sunday, October 31, 2010


 Crowned with the sickle, and the wheaten sheaf,
 ... Autumn nodding o'er the yellow plain,
 Comes jovial on.

James Thomson, Autumn

O wild West Wind, thou breath of Autumn's being,
Thou, from whose unseen presence the leaves dead
Are driven, like ghosts from an enchanter fleeing,
Yellow, and black, and pale, and hectic red...

Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ode to the West Wind

A common grayness silvers everything....
Days decrease,
And Autumn grows, autumn in everything.

Robert Browning, Andrea del Sarto

More exquisite than any other is the autumn rose.

Theodore Agrippa d'Aubigne, Les Tragiques. Les Faux.

An elegant sufficiency, content,
 Retirement, rural quiet, friendship, books.

James Thomson, Autumn

Wishing you many beautiful Autumn days!
Thanks for stopping by! Ciao! for now!


I'm linking to The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


I don't have a barn or a garage, and I think paying for a storage space makes things too "out of sight out of mind." So there is always something waiting in the wings for its big performance.

But that can be tricky if you're trying to occupying the same wing! I know I'm somewhat preaching to the choir here. I'd love to see your piles too, wherever they are! This must be why we are called "dealers." There always seems to be so much stuff to deal with!

Here's a peek backstage at The Antique Theater!

Thanks for stopping by for the show!
Ciao! for now!


I'm joining A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday
Faded Charm for White Wednesday
The House in the Roses for Show off your Cottage Monday

Monday, October 25, 2010

French Blue

I have visited France a few times. Enough to know I could never have my fill of the lace-filled blue-shuttered windows and doors shown on the cover of  The Heart of France, a book Victoria magazine first promoted in the October issue  of 2000.

I've never gone on a shopping trip per se. I'm a light traveler, and begrudge carrying anything harder to pack than linens. Therefore I count anything else from France in my household collections as a cherished souvenir.

Including my French Decorating books of which I have a few.  This one is among my favorites. Leafing through its pages lets me stroll through my day recalling walks I took through beautiful village squares and avenues. Here's my vignette ode to French Blue!

Wishing you a bit of Victoria beauty in YOUR day!
Thanks for stopping by! Au Revoir, and Ciao! for now!


I'm linking to Smiling Sally for Blue Monday
A Delightsome Life for Victoria-A Return to Loveliness
A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Tea Party Under A Halloween Moon

My enchanted tea cups sprouted roses overnight in anticipation of a tea party under the full moon!

There's a crispness to the air, and a feeling that anything can happen in the eerie midnight light.

The woodland birds are just settling in to keep watch.

Candlelight flickers and sets the imagination wild! You might want to keep your eyes wide open on this spooky October night.

If the birds nest in spring, the rest of us do it in the fall. Acorns nestle in as well as eggs for the season.

I haven't taken my Wedgewood out since spring either, but even the name fits the mood for this table.

My silverplate service is vintage R. Wallace. I don't know the name of the pattern.

The underlayer is vintage French monogrammed damask linen with a spidery vintage ecru crochet lace tablecloth laid over.

An heirloom silverplate Rogers Bros. tray corrals my tea service.

Napkins are my plain cream linen standbys.

Leafy McCoy jardinier with dried baby's breath.

The Spode grapevine jug coordinates so well with the Wedgewood Queensware.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you stay cozy! 
Ciao! for now!


I'm linking up at Anna's Frosted Petunias for the Tea Party Under A Halloween Moon!
 Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special
The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays
The House in the Roses for Show Off Your Cottage Monday