Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Thinking Spring

Happy Wednesday! I'm thinking spring! How about you? I have managed to keep a little green alive since December when these little pots of ivy arrived on the scene. Thank goodness they don't need much attention!

I've been really drawn to every garden style vignette that I see lately, so I thought I would start one of my own. And nothing warms my heart more than a little chippy vintage mixed in with my usual china and linens.

I have quite a few little bits of linen that have a spot or a hole but still have the cheeriest snippets of lace attached and are ready to peek out here and there. I find them just as cheery as flowers!

I just have to show you the paper whites that I potted in early December too. They did absolutely nothing for weeks. But when I went to toss them after Christmas, thinking that I had just gotten duds, I spotted a single bit of green popping out on one of the bulbs.

Here they are just really only starting to take off. I'm thinking that there is a problem with the gravel medium I have them in. Any ideas? They have been so slow growing that I wonder where they will end up. Anyway, they have all finally sprouted and I am feeling a little redeemed!

I am cheating with a pot of faux something from Ikea that I had in the shop. It's a good stand in until I can get to the nursery.

I'm due, too, for some cut flowers for my pitchers that spend time in my wicker plant stand. Sometimes I enjoy seeing the chippy lattice, but for now I have just changed out the linens that drape over covering the side.

I am also enjoying a new chippy cement planter vase that I found last summer. I am just crazy about vintage garden stuff, but haven't used it inside very much.

 Not many days left in the month. And our forsythia is already in bloom! But we have lots of windy, cold, and unsettled days ahead.  think just a bit of green here and there is going to get me through!

Happy Hump Day!

And a happy White Wednesday too!

So glad that you stopped by!


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Little French Valentine Tea

I don't really think of France when I think of tea. And I don't have any hearts for this Valentine tea yet either! LOL! 

But I went digging deep into the cupboards for something sweet to put on the table anyway, and when there isn't a bouquet, there is always pretty china! And Limoges gets me off to a start with the "French tea" part.

I have a lot of one-offs of things. I like a mix of china patterns on a table the way I like mixed linens on a bed. 

This whole table is made up of china odds and ends, which also keeps things informal.

My stacked cups are from my collection of Rose Point by Pope Gosser. I have them paired with a few pretty saucers that I hung onto because of the darling little rose motif on each of them.

They also have a delicious creamy color.

I sold the rest of the set, but kept an orphaned butter plate too.

A lacy napkin added, and voila!, we have a festive occasion!

There is this set of four Limoges dessert/salad plates in yet another pretty pattern.

And the French galettes I discovered over the holidays tilt the theme the rest of the way.

I have since found these on Amazon for twice the price I paid for them at Costco.  I expected them to be more like a sable. But they need a little something, and I serve them with a bit of cheese with fruit.

A little sweet. A little savory. A dainty little tea with a little french accent! Oui?

Happy Valentines Day my sweets!

So lovely that you stopped by!


Saturday, February 10, 2018

Back in the Linen Nursery

The changes in the "nursery" are going at a snail's pace. That is the speed at which most things are done here these days. I have nursery in quotes because the nursery kids are now between eight and fourteen years of age!

We have also shared the nursery with the linens all these years, since my nursery girls are only sometimes occupants of this tiny room, and it's a handy place to manage my linen collections in between times.

But I also seem to cultivate a great number of linens and laces here. So it almost seems that they are grown in this space the way plants do in a greenhouse nursery!

The ironing board is no longer a standing fixture in here at all times. (Sad face.) There is barely room for the four beds lining the walls. (One is a trundle.)

Less ironing goes on, and I am slowly changing things up to look less "baby" and more "lady," since the seven regular visitors are all girls.

We are doing less pink, and more white. And I am supposed to be clearing stuff out to get ready for new carpet. But every time I grab a box or basket to clear a closet or a corner, I get majorly distracted!

There are plain linens and fancy ones. Gorgeous antiques that need a mend or iron mixed up with the workhorse linens like those from Ikea, and even the paint department at Home Depot that are fresh from the wash. (Actually I got that all cotton drop cloth from Amazon. It's big enough to cover my sofa!)

Before I know it I've done nothing but play with linens for an hour. . . .

But it's a happy place. And worse things could happen.

This is a giant antique pillow sham that I got over last summer that needs a few stitches.

LOVE those buttons! (last year we went from summer to Christmas in two weeks! so no mending got done.)

And then I unfolded this FABULOUS crochet bedspread from last summer's jaunts too. I think it was something like forty dollars. It is heavy, and dreamy laid across a bed.

So what's a grown woman to do? I knew you would want to see too!


I guess I'll get back to my Saturday things now like I'm supposed to!

Happy weekend everybody!