Thursday, March 31, 2016

New Grain Sacks & Feeling Farmhouse

One of the things that I like about a neutral color scheme is how easily it translates into different styles.  Tweak it one way or another and you can get a whole new feeling for a space.

I recently stopped into a very small shop in a very small town and found a wonderful stack of grain sacks. Now if you live in farm country, that is nothing remarkable, but here in the desert southwest we have to get a little lucky.

I selected four of the best samples, and they washed up so nicely that I may have to go back for some more!

They add a lot to upping the farmhouse feeling around here, and I like that each one is different. I have always enjoyed seeing the luxury of a simple stack of vintage grain sacks and now I can have my own!

Even though I love the graphics and clean lines, I like a more romantic farmhouse style for myself than what you get with a strictly primitive style.

A few curves and softness adds to the appeal.

And nothing beats a beautiful stack of textured linens!

I usually keep the cupboard doors closed in the living room because I like a less busy tone, but I need a few sweet cows that are usually hidden away to add to the ambiance today.

This covered dish never gets enough press on the blog.

Ironstone jugs are a weakness of mine too.

I have been thinking about at a lot of light blue lately, but brown transferware, especially in the lighter patterns and colors, seems to have no season.

Who ever saw a farmhouse without an old dish cupboard?

Finally, this old flowered bowl adds just the right amount of romance to that farmhouse feeling for me.

The aged color, the rose sprays, and all that crazing just capture my imagination and transport me to another time.

I even love the speckled underside, and would display it on that side too.

I love the difference that just a few small changes can make once in awhile!

Are you feeling like changing things up a little lately too?

A little goes a long way for me.

Well, here we are at the end of March, and I know it is going out like a lion for a lot of you.

Wishing you many beautiful days ahead!


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Tea Plates and A New Silver Pattern

The first thing I thought when I saw these dainty little plates was that they were something that Rachel Ashwell might own. So I snapped them right up!

A perfect set of four.

I thought they would look nice with my Old Country Roses teacups. But with the all over rose design they will make a nice mix with many other tea cup patterns as well.

The teapot is Johnson Brothers.

We also found a lovely set of French style flatware with my favorite monogram.This Signature pattern by International Silver Co. was last made in 1950. Still quite commonly found with a variety of monongrams. 

A matelasse cover makes for a nice early morning stage by the windows.

Such a sweet way to start the day!

I hope this last week of March is a good one for you!

So nice that you stopped by!


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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Vintage Finds

The days fly by, and it's been an active springtime for me. As much as I want to simplify, I seem to add more to fill my days instead. All the grandchildren have different times for Easter break, so lots of visiting going on. My cup runneth over.

But no matter the season or stage of life there is always room for vintage! And I still manage a stop or two at my favorite getting places. 

I thought you might be interested in a peek at the latest booty. (Which all tends to run toward the same type of thing, I know.) 

Up first is another gorgeous old bottle! You can't really see the lovely faint purple of this old bubbly glass with a scrap of a label still clinging to it, but it is a pleasing old thing to behold.

A stack of linens in a basket caught my eye in the soft early light too, with their pleasing texture and beautiful old monograms.

I have discovered a wonderful new local artist that makes these adorable mixed media originals from his own photography and vintage scrap. His name is Mikel Robinson, and here is the link to his website for you to see more about him.

These samples are about the size of a small postcard. I love the nature themes best, and want to hang them in groupings. The old elements incorporated are so soulful and just stunning. I will show them again when I have them hung the way I want.

And I was so lucky to find a gorgeous stack of lacy linen this week from a single source.

Nothing gives me more pleasure to use, or to gift. . . .

The following pieces of natural Irish linen with the white embroidery are my very favorites.

This one is a runner, and the larger one with shamrocks is a small tea table coth.

Simply luscious!

I hope it is a wonderful Easter Weekend for you all! Thanks so much for stopping by!


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