Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Vintage Trunks

My daughter and I have bought a few trunks and vintage suitcases over the years.

These are stacked in my daughter's room. We use them for additional storage space.

And I found this trunk in an antique shop called "Treasures" in Dublin GA.

It was very clean on the inside, and NO odor!! And the best part, it was only $25! We stuffed other purchases inside and loaded it into the trunk of my car.

Please stop by and visit Coloradoladys' Vintage Thingie Thursday

Would you Buy it Wednesday

and Thrifty Things Friday.

Did you know?

...... that I have a quilting blog? I've been asked to do a review of an amazing light called BeamNRead over at the Happy Cottage Quilter.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Outdoor Wednesday

Nothing like a cart full of flowers to brighten the day!

Joining Susan for Outdoor Wednesday.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Teacup Tuesday

My teacup was purchased a couple of years ago when we traveled to Georgia. It was found at one of our last stops on the way home.

I always keep an eye out for a pretty new teacup when we travel. This one caught my eye. It is "Dolly Madison" by Castleton China made in USA!

I had never seen Castleton China before. Castleton was commissioned during the World War by Rosenthal China of Germany to produce Rosenthal shapes and patterns. In 1951 Shenango Pottery purchased all the stock of the Castleton China Co from Rosenthal. In 1970 production of Castleton China was stopped. In 1979 Shenango China Company was bought by Anchor Hocking Corporation.

Many sets of Castleton China were commissioned for the White House as a state service.

I so enjoy my teacups. It has been fun to find so many different and beautiful cups. My favorites are those made in England. I don't normally come across U.S.A. fine china. So this one is a special teacup to add to my collection.

Enjoy your day!

Dressing the Deck

My hubby recently made a table for our grill (s).

Here are my guys removing the protective finish on the stainless steel table.

Isn't it a beauty?

But now I must figure out what to do on the deck. It is a spacious deck that we recently repainted.

I've been debating as to what kind of patio furniture would look best.

I thought about a cushioned bench for this area -

or should I just stick with a patio table and some Adirondack Chairs?

Any suggestions??

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Words to Live By

As Soon As You Begin to Pray
James 5:16 Daniel 9:23

Prayer sets spiritual forces in motion, although the effect is often invisible, perhaps for a long time.

In the first year of the reign of Darius, Daniel was reading and reflecting about the seventy years of Jerusalem's Iying in ruins. He turned to God in "earnest prayer and supplication with fasting and sackcloth and ashes," confessing Israel's sins and beseeching God for forgiveness and restoration. The angel Gabriel came close to him in the hour of evening sacrifice, "flying swiftly."

"As you were beginning your supplications a word went forth" (Dn 9:23 NEB), he said. The answer was already beginning to be processed when the prayer was offered. It took a very long time. Periods of weeks and years for the nation, and times of mourning, solitude, weakness, and fear on Daniel's part were required before the answer could come to pass.

We should take heart from Gabriel's message. Though our prayers seem feeble and sometimes appear to have gone unheard, a word has gone forth. Spiritual agents from the throne room of the King of kings are mobilized against spiritual forces from the headquarters of evil, and there will be ultimate victory.

"Tremendous power is made available through a good man's earnest prayer" James 5:16 JBP

~ Elisabeth Elliot ~

Friday, June 24, 2011

Foto Finish - Something Blue

The theme for this week's Foto Finish is blue! So I thought I would take you to a place where I find a lot of blue -

I can always find something blue at the fabric/craft shops :-)

Hop over to Cat Patches for Foto Finish - Something Blue.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Vintage sheets

I've been on the hunt for vintage sheets for a couple of years. These are some that I found last year at the Hospice thrift store.

I've noticed that these great old sheets are becoming scarce in our area.

Last weekend I stopped in the local thrift store. As I looked through the linens, I came across this beauty.

I am hoping to make a quilt top using all different colors and designs from vintage sheets. It will certainly be soft and loved.

Joining Coloradoladys' Vintage Thingie Thursday

Monday, June 20, 2011

Savoring Summertime............

with bright and easy livin' ........

I bought this salt and pepper set when I first started collecting S&P about 30 years ago.

I found these cute plates at Target.

I use quilts I've made for my tablecloths.

The cups and saucers are Taylor Smith Taylor.

Enjoy your lazy summer days.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

A New Creature

"For every creature of God is good" 1 Timothy 4:4a

"Oh Sovereign Lord, You are He Who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything that is in them." Acts 4:24

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold all things are become new." 2 Corinthians 5:17

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Beware of Yard Sales!

Not too long ago, my dear daughter joined in with some friends to have a yard sale. She gathered up things that have been waiting to be re-homed, and set up for a selling spree with 3 other families.

Not too long after she arrived at the host house, I get a phone call.

"Mom, there is a dresser here that I want you to come see. It is really neat, but I need you to take a look at it."

Okay, I sez......

So I got myself together, drove out to the said house, and looked at the dresser. It was an old dresser, that had some very lovely detailing. It smelled though, which is usually a put off for me. But my daughter really wanted it, to house the mountain of clothes that has invaded her room.

The price was right, and I told her to do a google search on how to take the smell out of the furniture. I was sure there was a way to take the moth ball smell out, as most good antique stores have odor less pieces of furniture.

So this is what came to our house that afternoon.

It has the little wheels at the end of the legs, and little scrolly design on the top corners.

My daughter found out that kitty litter is good for taking out the odor. She bought some kind of cat product and spread newspaper in each drawer, and let it sit for a couple of days. She used Murphy Soap oil, and then a furniture oil to give it a nice finish.

So the moral of this story is, when you have a yard sale with other people, you are most certainly going to do some cross-shopping. I don't think my daughter actually made any profit at this sale, but she did profit by finding a nice piece of furniture. What is the saying, one man's trash is another man's treasure. In this case, it was one girls :-)

Joining Coloradolady's Vintage Thingie Thursday and

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Outdoor Wednesday

We have a beautiful mall in our area, where just driving into the parking lot you are greeted with this fun invitation.

Joining Susan at Outdoor Wednesday.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Fathers Day Tea

My guy is not big fan of tea. Unless it is cold, sweet and on ice, he always prefers a big mug of coffee.

When my hubby and I traveled to Belgium last year, we visited a tea house for a spot of refreshment. Dear hubby ordered a Russian tea that really hit a home run with him. He had traveled to Moscow 8 years ago and enjoyed their rich hot tea, but never was able to find it here. The tea in Belgium was a good strong Russian blend. So for today, I am honoring my hubby with a cup of Russian tea.

The handsome pocket watch belonged to my hubby's grandfather.

We bought several bags of the Russian tea.......

.... Anastasia

I hope the Fathers in your life enjoy their special day.