Welcome to my blog about things I love to collect, refinishing furniture and decorating using flea market finds (with a few crochet projects now and then).Thanks so much for visiting!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Tipp Shakers

I like the old Tipp City shakers. Both my mom and my grandma had a set of salt & pepper shakers and I managed to save them but my favorite pattern is the cattails. While searching for a cattail set I found this cute little sugar shaker...

This larger pair belonged to my mom, I still use them...

This set belonged to my grandma and they sit beside my moms pair...

And unexpectedly sitting on a bottom shelf in an antique shop last winter I spotted this!

Just what I was looking for, the set of 4 with the carrier. They look like they have never been used. Not a chip or scratch anywhere. I guess if you have patience eventually you will find what you are looking for. I could have bought a set online but I missed out, they were not as nice as these yet still the same price. I'm very happy I missed them after all because I have these instead!

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Linking with Faded Charm for White Wednesday.

Thanks Kathleen!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Turkeys for white wednesday...

Look who showed up just in time for Thanksgiving!
Turkeys in the snow. (I hope that qualifies for 'white'.)

He's also a peeping Tom!

Happy Thanksgiving!
(no turkeys were harmed in this production)
Linking up with Faded Charm White Wednesday

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Wild Roses and Bluebirds

It's been one of those days where you run around all day and feel like you get nothing accomplished so my White Wednesday post is a quick and easy one today.

I like heavy plates with pretty designs. I found this at a flea market for $2.00. I like it because it's a little rough, crazed and aged. I think the flowers are beautiful.

I found this at a sale and again it's pretty well worn but I just love Bluebirds and decided it needed a home.

This plate sits on the bathroom vanity holding a couple of ring holders and odd things.

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Salt & Pepper Shakers

I was looking around the house for something to post for Tete's 2nd Hand Collections Party and I spotted a few of my salt & pepper shakers and thought this will work. I started taking pictures and discovered I had a few more than I thought.

I've never really considered collecting shakers, some of these were in my husbands family but most I picked up in an antique shop just because they caught my eye.

My favorite is this kangaroo because to me it is so unusual. I didn't buy it the first time I saw it and it stuck in my mind after I left. When I went back to the shop months later and it was still there I decided it needed to come home with me.

I like the fish...
I have always had a thing for donkeys, I picked this up in an antique shop. The 2 little chickens on his back are the shakers...

I also have a thing for longhorn cattle, couldn't walk away from these...

The pheasants were from my husbands Grandparents...

And another donkey...

Once I gathered all the shakers together for photos I decided they should all be in one place so here they are...

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And Tete's blog Beyond the Garden Gate

Saturday, November 13, 2010

A little bit of heavy wet snow!

This is what we woke up to this morning! I guess it's that time of year and there is no stopping it. Everyone loves the first snowfall. This was a heavy and very wet snow.
Every time we get our first snowfall I grab my camera and warm clothes and I trudge through the snow and take pictures.

This is our driveway, somewhere under all that wet stuff...It was so wet that most of the trees are bending and many of the tops of the pine trees snapped off....

Further down the driveway in the pines....a little water on the lens as now it was starting to rain...
The 1931 Model A 'lawn ornament'.....

The old 1938 Chevy 'lawn ornament'....
Yes, I love all junk and even these old cars and trucks look cool to me.

And it's still snowing out there, they are saying we'll get 10 inches of the white stuff.

Added later.....For those of you who are asking where this is....This is Minne-SNOW-ta!
You bet'cha, we are always prepared for anything that has to do with SNOW! Eh?

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

White Box Makeover

I picked up a cheap small black box at the thrift store last week.

I have a thing for those little cream bottles from many years ago. My mom would take me shopping downtown and we would always eat our lunch at some nice restaurant. Back when I was really little they served your coffee with little bottles of real cream. I can remember drinking the cream out of the little bottle. So when I started finding these small bottles I started to buy them. I don't care if the dairy name is painted on it...I prefer just the plain bottles.

When I spotted this box I thought it had the perfect size cubby holes to hold the cream bottles filled with vintage pearls, rhinestones, mop buttons, little mini skeleton keys and bits of old fancy lace.

I just finished painting it today with an ivory white and lightly sanded the edges. It sits on top of an old doily my Grandma crocheted along with a little vanity jar that was my moms.

And here is what the box used to look like!

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Linking to Happy to Design for Sunday Favorites

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Rose Teapot

She's a little rough but I think she's pretty!

I saw this teapot and just had to have it. I love that crazing and even more so when it has a little browning. It's been well used.

I look at this and wonder, where did it come from? Who owned it? What was she like? Was she a quilter and brought it out when she had the ladies over to work on her quilt and served them tea before they went home?

She must have used this a lot for the wear it's seen. The only real damage is a chip in the spout and how many of us have chipped that! I want to believe she really cherished this pretty rose teapot.

I'll take good care of it, I won't use it to serve tea but I will enjoy seeing it every day. It makes me smile to look at it and think about what it could tell me about it's past life.
That will remain a secret.

Isn't she a beauty!

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