Thursday, May 31, 2012

Would you pass this up??

Several months ago, I stopped in at one of my favorite thrift stores. It happened to be their once a month 1/2 price day.

As I was looking around, I thought I would check out the linens that are in the back room. I've never found much there, but you know, you just have to take a peek.

And guess what I found all waded up?

This beautiful vintage table cloth plus 8 matching napkins!!

The price??? It was marked $12.99. Sooooooo..............
for $6.50 I brought home these gorgeous vintage table linens.

And just to make sure it all would work, I tried it out, with a tablescape :-)

Now tell me, how could I pass this up??

Wednesday, May 30, 2012


A few months ago I read an article about collecting. The Antique Week newspaper was encouraging it's readers to keep collecting. The article mentioned items that were being collected were going up in value. Now I have always said, the items that are for sale are only worth the price if someone is willing to pay it.

But getting on to starting a collection. What is a collection anyway? The dictionary has several definitions but this is the one we will look at today -
"something that is collected; a group of objects or an amount of material accumulated in one location, especially for some purpose or as a result of some process: a stamp collection; a collection of unclaimed hats in the checkroom; a collection of books on Churchill."

You know how a collection starts? Let's say you pick up something that you like. Then you see another piece somewhere else and you add it to the first one. So now you have two, and you have started a collection ;-)

Years ago, I would shop with an Aunt who loved to collect Bristol vases. After years of collecting, she amassed quite a lot of them. It was something that she liked and she enjoyed hunting for a new piece to add to her collection.

There are different ways of collecting. You can collect a line of something, like Limoges china, first edition books or the work of an artist you admire. You could also decide to collect things specific to areas, ie. pottery made in Italy, or Poland or even in the US.

I always loved tea cups. When I first started collecting tea cups, I was not too specific in what I bought.

If I liked it, and the price was right, I added it to my collection. Then I started looking more specifically for tea cups made in England. So now I have a nice collection of English Tea cups.

I also have a nice collection of Tea Pots. Some are made in England, Russia, and the US.

The point is, if you find something that you enjoy, and you have a way to display or store them, make your collection work for you. Whenever I have friends over for tea or lunch, I really enjoy using my pretty tea cups and tea pots.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Patriotic Holidays

Patriotic holidays are normally the time when we enjoy picnics, bar-b-ques, football games and other crowd pleasing outdoor events.

But sometimes......... it is a time of quiet and reflection.

It's time to fire up the grill

and enjoy a peaceful dinner on the porch.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is celebrated on the last Monday in May. It is a day set aside for remembering and honoring those who died while serving in the American Armed Forces. This holiday has also been called "Decoration Day", and is the unofficial beginning of summer.

The holiday began around the time of the American Civil War. More Americans died in this war than in any other US war. According to tradition some women chose May 30th to decorate the graves of the Civil War soldiers.

In 1971 Congress passed a law making Memorial Day a national holiday. Originally it honored those who died in the Civil War, Spanish American War, World Wars I and II, and the Korean War.

People of the Christian faith see a spiritual application to Memorial Day. According to Biblical writings and history, Jesus died in a spiritual struggle for the destiny of mankind. Without His death, which paid for man's sins, all humanity was lost, and had no future with God. Because of Christ's sacrifice, Christians enjoy a relationship with God and know their sins are forgiven. Churches have a memorial of Jesus' death. It is often called The Lord's Supper, Communion, The Lord's Table and others.

I am thankful for the men and women who gave their lives to keep our country free. I am thankful for a Savior who saved me from the punishment I deserve and gave me the free gift of Life eternal.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast
(Ephesians 2:8-9).

Friday, May 25, 2012

A day filled...........

This morning I opened the window in my family room and let the rays of sunshine flood in. I just had to breathe in the smells of Spring. And then, as I was sitting here reading some of your delightful blogs, I heard it. The sweet melody of renewal.

This little Blue Jay was singing his little heart out. Singing and drawing my ear to the wonders of God's world. Oh how I love to hear the birds sing. They don't need to read music, or tune their instrument. They just follow the Great Conductor and sing their songs of love and praise.

And so I am filled. Filled with the warmth of the sunshine and the music of the little creatures.

"For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. " 2 Cor. 4:6

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Summer Breakfast

With Memorial Day right around the corner, a touch of red, white, blue and a splash of yellow graced this table.

Honoring the men and women who have died while serving in the American Armed Forces. Thank you.

Tablescape Thursday
The Charm of Home
A Delightsome Life
Say G'day Saturday
Seasonal Sunday

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Car Show

Last weekend my daughter and I ended up in Plant City. Every month there is a Car Show where dozens of vintage cars are brought out for display.

Sometimes I cannot imagine how much money people put into restoring these vintage cars.

Do you like vintage cars??

As we were getting ready to leave, I stopped dead in my tracks.

My very first car was a gently used 1963 Chevrolet Impala. Four door, 357 engine, white with red interior.

It wasn't a convertible, but boy could that baby run ;-)

Monday, May 21, 2012

The Tea Blues

I love my blue tea cups.

The two tea pots and sugar and creamer are Russian. Don't they look so regal?

Thanks for joining me today for the Tea Blues.

Friday, May 18, 2012

In the Morning, O Lord

"In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice;
in the morning I lay my requests before you
and wait in expectation."

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Goodwill finds!

So far the Dollar is holding it's value at the Goodwill!! I found this set of compotes the other day for $1.06 each.

Now I know they might not be THE right bubble, but I thought they were pretty and there were six of them!

I also grabbed up these Haviland Limoges pieces.

They are small, like you would use to serve jam or Devonshire cream for a Tea party.

I'm joining The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday

and Cap Creations Thrifty Love

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Fruit Bouquet

A bouquet of fruit is a terrific way to start Breakfast in the morning!

I'm ready to start my day. Are you??