Thursday, April 23, 2015

Collecting White Ironstone

It always starts out small and then the next 
thing you know you have a collection.
 These are the pieces I found on my latest
 day thrifting. The big platter in the back was
featured in my previous post HERE.
Once in a while I get lucky and find a vintage 
piece of real ironstone. This 12" platter
was only $1.00
The hallmark on the back enabled
me to easily look it up on ebay. I could sell
it and it would pay for my entire dish 
purchases that day. 
I'll post the rest of the "stuff" later.
This large white turkey platter will make a
 nice appearance in November. I like to
change the things I lean against the black tile
 behind the cooktop with the seasons.
  This 18" platter was $3.00.
These are some of my past thrifting purchases.
I buy white mugs for 25¢. I have a basketful
 now, plenty for a party or to craft paint.
Teapots for $1-$2
Found this Pottery Barn teapot and
 2 matching mugs.
2 sets of white pumpkin S&P for 50¢.
It's all gathered in my vintage china cabinet. 
It was also a thrift store find.
You can see more about the cabinet HERE,
and see what's in the drawers HERE.


Monday, April 13, 2015

Using A Thrift Store White Platter

I know that I just posted my
but I made a few small changes. I found 
this large 21" white platter at the thrift 
store on Friday. So naturally I had to play
use it as soon as I got it home and cleaned.
For only $3.00 it has so many possibilities.
It won't spend much time inside a cabinet.  
When I'm not using it for food or a tea tray
I can display it against the back of the
cooktop to brighten-up that black tile and be
there ready to grab whenever I need it. 
This is always my favorite way to use 
a platter, a tray, a basket, or a box.
 It's a breakfast table centerpiece when I
 use it to gather a few other pieces.
 Like my orchid!
 I found this little creamer for 25¢. 
 Here's a little tip: When I use glass 
chargers, I use one of these pretty hand
 crocheted dish cloths between the plate 
and charger. That way the plate nestles 
in nicely and there is no clanging.
Don't like wobbly plates-on-plates. 
It's also a nice way to keep hot plates
 warm longer. I find these little cloths 
at craft fairs or sometimes thrifting. 
They work well because they are thinner 
than pot holders and soft.
Always enjoy time playing with dishes.


See the other pieces of white ironstone
I got HERE.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Spring Breakfast Table

Spring means my orchids are blooming
again. I brought this beauty inside.
I'm using my fence pickets again
for the table runner.
The breakfast table centerpiece
has a bit of a cottage look.
My new find is this teapot. I tried to 
resist it in a North Carolina resale shop. 
It was $12.00. Can't pass up a cute teapot,
especially one in blue and white with a 
china handle.  
 I've had this orchid for years and it 
keeps getting prettier. It blooms for
months every spring.  
I also added a small rosemary plant that
I potted in my chippy clay pot.
 That's it for this weeks table.
Links: Facebook,
Between Naps On The Porch,
My Romantic Home, Common Ground,
French Country Cottage,
The Charm Of Home

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Bunny Pancakes

Yes we did! We made Bunny Pancakes!
 These are too cute and too fun to make!
Spoon the pancake batter onto to griddle in
( your favorite recipe or mine)
 the sizes needed; small, medium and larger 
circles for the head, body and feet. 
Oblong shape for the ears.  Assemble adding
 banana slices for the paws and mini 
chocolate chips for the toes. Make a tail
 with a dollop of whipped cream. 
Then fuzz it up with coconut if you have it.


Monday, March 30, 2015

17 Coffee Table Styling Ideas

The coffee table in the family room gets 
rearranged, restyled and tweeked a lot!
Here's what I have now...transitioning
to Spring. I like to change the vignettes on
the coffee table with the 
seasons and holidays. 
Here's one for Easter.
This was Valentine's Day.
The heart breadboard DIY is HERE.
 Blue and white for Winter.
The wood tray DIY is HERE.
You'll see that I used this tray a lot!
Moving into Spring.
Another bread board DIY.
Time to add a Spring bunny.
 Blue and white for Summer
Baskets and beans for Fall.
Red for February.
 Summer shells
Fall colors
A Summer look. 
This post also has one of my most
viewed recipes...LEMON BROWNIES
 Another Easter-Spring vignette.
 Cool blues for Summer.
The button band around the plant
is cut from am old denim shirt I had
cut up for a rag wreath. 
Beginning of Fall.
The DIY for this custom wine barrel
tray is HERE
Another version of early Fall.
 Summer rattan and shells.
I'm going to play around with my 'stuff'
and see what new I can come up with today.

links: Between Naps on The Porch, Coastal Charm,
A Stroll Thru Life