Monday, January 6, 2014

Happy January!

Happy New Year friends! It's probably been the longest holiday season on record for us. We got started early with the decorating and then got sick. Most of the family was under the weather for Christmas too. But everything was jolly anyway. Everyone just left only two days ago, but before they  departed my DIL and I went out and shopped a few flea markets.

Now, you know it's going to be a good year when one of the first things you find is the blue bird of happiness!

This is a rare find around here, and it was half off! The handmade lace trimmed linen tablecloth was a beautiful find too. 

This lovely stack of ironstone plates are from the shop of a Danish friend who sends for things from home. She always has gorgeous linens too.

One of my favorite patterns. I love the little vanilla looking flecks in the glaze, and of course the gorgeous embossed edges. Thank you Karina! I love your little shop.

I don't have the doll to fit this dress we found at another fleamarket. It's tiny. But it will make the most adorable decoration somewhere.

A little vintage pinny for the bears turned up too!

Believe it or not, one of the best gifts I received this year, or ever, was a big box of these dried hydrangeas from Santa Barbara. My brother in law, and Master Gardener, Richard gathered these up for me, and he and his wife sent them on in a huge, well wrapped box in the mail.

Hydrangeas do not thrive in our dry climate, and I have had hydrangea envy for as long as I can remember! What a thrill!

Wonderful in my chippy zinc bucket.

I hope everything's off to a wonderful start for you too! I have been mostly a lurker for the past month, and I'm looking forward to catching up with you. Thank you so much for stopping by with all your kind comments and good wishes!


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White Lace and Promises said...

You always find the prettiest ironstone. I would love to shop your home:) The crusty bucket is great with the dried hydrangeas! Everything you do is lovely!


Con Alma y Color said...

Preciosas imágenes. Felicidades

Salmagundi said...

Happy New Year to you, too. Did you get this last bunch of snow? Really cold today in Colorado. Sally

kerrie of sea cottage said...

What a wonderful gift! It is the simple, thoughtful gifts that mean the most. I love that vintage tiny doll dress. I had a doll collection as a child but only kept my favorite, a bridal doll, out of about 30 dolls. I also had a vintage bear collection in my early 20's but had to part with them when our family moved across states. I do not miss the dolls but I miss my bears. My nickname was Kerbear and everyone gave me bears. Have a beautiful week!

Custom Comforts said...

Glad to have you back and hope you're feeling better. Christmas is a popular time of year for sharing germs. I've been sick 3 times over Christmas in my lifetime.
Love you hydrangeas and even more I love your joy and enthusiasm at having them. You can tell they are a treasured treat.
Great finds at the thrift shop.

Sarah said...

Jacqueline, you have the best flea market / thrift stores. What's not to love about each and everyone of these terrific finds, and then a box of yummy hydrangeas too. Lucky girl you are!
The New Year's card is gorgeous. It's really cold here today, so I'm sitting by a cozy fire writing New Year's notes to friends. I like our card too, but it's not as elegant as yours. Happy New Year!

Bella said...

Hi J,
I am in agreement with the others, you always make great finds! What is a bad day for you would be an excellent day for me you are lucky and a master hunter:-) Blue birds of Happiness indeed!!! Love the plates and that adorable dolly dress... too cute by far! Glad you have solved your hydrangea envy, lovely!!
Looks like the New Year is off to a good start!

SizzleandZoom said...

You find the most amazing things. And new things too, like the New Year's cards. Where did you find those?

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Oh, I am in love with your blue-bird plate, what a sweet find! Sorry you were not feeling great over the holidays, but I hope your new treasures lift your spirits as they do ours! Love all your lovely finds and how nice to get the dried hydrangeas to play with. xo Karen

Pamela Gordon said...

Happy New Year, Jacqueline! It sounds like you had a great holiday despite the flu bug catching up with you. I love the bluebird plates. They are so pretty. And the little dress with the pinnie over it is adorable. I have one somewhere that I wore as a little girl. Pale pink and blue organza. I must dig it out some day. Have a lovely week. Pamela

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Happy New Year Jacqueline!
The hydrangeas look so pretty with the ironstone ~ but that sweet little dress is my fave!

chateau chic said...

You always come up with the loveliest finds, Jacqueline! And you know just how to display them to perfection!! The hydrangeas are wonderful, and I know you'll enjoy placing them among your special vintage pieces.
Mary Alice

Danielle Giannandrea said...

Happy New Year Jacqueline! What a lovely shopping day you had with your DIL! Beautiful finds, and those hydrangeas are so pretty! Here's to getting 2014 off to a great start! ♥

Linda said...

Long time no see!
You must be thrilled with those Hydrangeas...what a thoughtful gift♥
We were all pretty sickly at Christmas as well...Hopefully on the mend here...
Such lovely finds,Jacqueline...
Happy New Year!

Linda :o)

must love junk said...

Oh, I adore dried hydrangeas, and yours look gorgeous in that bucket!! What a thoughtful gift!
Happy 2014 :)

Art and Sand said...

the coal bucket . . . the white dishes . . . the lovely linens . . . the dried hydrangeas . . . all lovely!

Have a wonderful 2014

Pondside said...

Happy New Year, Jacqueline. I wish I lived near your friend's shop - what lovely things she has there. I love the little doll's dress you found in your rambles - adorable.

Celestina Marie Design said...

Hi Jacqueline,
Happy New Year. Beautiful post filled with such inspiration. Love the dishes and your gift of dried hydrangea is the perfect present. We can grow them here but they do not get real big. I dried what I could.
Love them in your chippy bucket.

We just got back from The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell and I am doing a 3 part post with the first one up now if you'd like to take a peek.

Wishing you a wonderful 2014 filled with many blessings.

A Paris Flea said...

Happy New Year! Love the blue bird plate...makes me think of spring. The ironstone is very pretty. But the best is Hydrangeas in the mail...when I opened my shop a friend brought in bundles of dried Hydrangeas for me to decorate with, they are a wonderful gift.

Pat Cantwell said...

Lurking is always allowed here on the Prairie, dear friend!!! Glad you're feeling well in 2014!!!
I adore that your brother~in~law Richard, totally, gets you!!! What a precious gift for Christmas...dried hydrangea!!! Gorgeous hues!!! Perfection in the galvanized pale and the ironstone dinnerware!!!
I've not seen any ironstone in that pattern before, exquisite!!!
Here's to wishing 2014 holds some wonderful adventures in store for you at Cabin & Cottage, dear one!!!

Cynthia said...

Happy New Year and I am sorry you guys were under the weather but it sounds like you made best of the situation, good for you guys!!! I LOVE your treasure you found, the dishes are so gorgeous and the hydrangeas are beautiful. I have such envy over them too. Hoping I can't plant some at the new house.


erin's art and gardens said...

that bluebird of happiness platter is to die for!
happy new year from frigid tennessee!

Cathy Hickman said...

Bless your heart!! What beauty.

Lin said...

Amazing, gorgeous dishes, and I'm a huge hydrangea fan as well. Score! :)
I've always wondered where you find your beautiful things. Apparently, there is plenty of wonderful shopping right in your neighborhood.
Happy New Year, Jacqueline!

Susy said...

Happy New Year! I love that your family sent such a meaningful gift of hydrangeas. I enjoyed your review of favorite pics from 2013.

Thank you, thank you that you always ensure that there is beauty surrounding us.

Blessings, Susy

Curtains in My Tree said...

Yes it was a long Holiday season for all of us here also from all our snow & ice and below zero temperatures.
Love all your finds and the sweet little doll dresses will be cute in a vignette. I have doll dresses hanging in my studio

Jeanie said...

So happy you and your family are over the sickness! It's going around!

I understand why you love the hydrangeas so much and why it was such a wonderful gift. I dry mine every year and they are my favorites. They look lovely with all your white!

"Create Beauty" said...

Beautiful! Found you on Timewashed.

Happy New Year!
~ Violet

Amy Walton said...

Hi Jacqueline :) Im so sorry you were all so sick for Christmas. I makes it so hard since it is something we only get to celebrate once a year :( But all of the pretties you found sure do make up for that! My gosh, you hit the jackpot! The bluebirds are so pretty for dreaming of spring. And I LOVE the white ironstone plates! Hydrangeas are so pretty, one of my very favorite flowers!
Glad you are feeling better :)

Haworth said...

What a lovely present, Jacqueline! It's so sad that you can't grow hydrangea in your climate. I love the plates you found, and the adorable jester New Year cards. What a shame there was illness in your house for Christmas, but I'm glad to hear you still had good times together. Hoping the year ahead will be a healthy and happy one for you, too.

Mom E. said...

Happy New Year to you! Oh, you were sick over Chritmas as well?
Hubby and I were too. We were just saying at lunch how fast Christmas seemed to go. But when you spend it in bed it is NO fun! WE didn't get to do many things we planned, but we will still work on them! Love the hydrangeas and the Plates are magnificent!

Roselle said...

Gorgeous!!! LOVE that wee tiny dress too! The ironstone dishes are amazing. You have such a way with decorating!

Things and Thoughts said...

All these finds reflect your elegance and good taste Jacqueline!I wish you an inspiring new year full of lovely things and lot of creativity!
Hugs from me!

Fishtail Cottage said...

all beautiful! but my favorite is the bluebird lovely!

Cindy said...

Beautiful photos! especially the ones of the heavenly hydrangeas. How sweet of him to send those to you...


Candy S said...

I fell in love with the ironstone dishes when I first saw them this morning when I took a quick peek at your post before I left to go shopping. I even went on Ebay to see if I could find any American Traditional Ironstone there. I only saw a few miscellaneous pcs and an eight place setting group. While I was out I stopped at the Volunteers of America to see what they had. I found 4 Canonsburg Pottery American Traditional dinner plates just sitting on the shelf waiting for me to buy them. I am so thrilled to be that lucky.

Attic Clutter said...

Lovely doll dressesI love to use them too for wall decor
...and my favorite..dried hydrangeas(:)

Sherry Thecharmofhome said...

I am so glad everyone is feeling better. I love the bluebird platter. They are hard to find here too and they are never in good shape. That one is awesome!

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