Sunday, December 29, 2013

Rambling Find

This afternoon, we rode to Donalds and rambled through the antique mall. I spotted two goblets that I almost bought on the last trip and decided they were meant to come home with us. They still had the West Virginia Glass factory sticker on them. Most likely, they will appear in a tablescape at some point.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

2013 Holiday Knitting Projects

Being under the weather during the Christmas season has given me a lot of time to knit. Below are pictures of snowmen and snowflake dishcloths for January and Valentine cloths for

Today's Find

While thrifting today, I happened upon these two Bordallo Pinheiro salad/dessert plates. They were made in Portugal. I love the soft yellow. My only regret is there were only two. Can't you imagine them in a tablescape using pastels?

Friday, December 27, 2013

Christmas 2013 Tablescape

We did not entertain this Christmas but I did set the dining room table for the season. Plaid was on my mind and the placemats are actually napkins. The colors in those were used to build the tablescape.
Placemats-napkins from Tuesday Morning a while back
Green napkins-thrift find
Brass napkin rings-thrift find
Brass Chargers-consignment store find
Dinner plates-Wedgwood Patrician
Salad plates-Vintage glass with cranberry rim (likely Anchor Hocking)
Bowls-Green Castle by Taylor Smith
Cups and saucers-Old Britain Casltes by Johnson Brothers
Flatware-Rogers silverplate
Water goblets- Gorham Rosewood
Tea glasses-belonged to Mrs. B
Votive holders-wine glasses that are part of a set from Venice
Cording in centerpiece-belonged to Mrs. B

Treasures of the Day

The first find today was a set of eight salad or dessert plates. They are The Topiary Collection of Andrea by Sadek. There are four different designs and I liked the colors as well as the topiary theme. A local thrift store had these.
Wedgwood bone china was the second find of the day and it spoke to me in a consignment shop. The pattern name is Kutani Crane and there were eight dinner plates, six salad plates, and three cups and saucers. It had just come in and did not have tags yet. The owner saw me eyeing it and quoted me the price per piece. It was such a deal and hard to believe. (Upon checking Replacements prices, I see that it is a better deal than I realized! ) After examining each piece, I told her we would think about it. My idea was to walk down the sidewalk to another shop while thinking. The only problem was that I could not walk away from the table. So, after asking hubby if he liked the pattern, we carried them to the checkout to purchase. The wheels in my head are already working on a tablescape to use it.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Pantry Cabinet

Several weeks ago, it came to mind that we needed a pantry cabinet for extra storage. Thus began a search for the perfect one. After looking for ideas online, we went to an unfinished furniture store and found a possibility. It would have worked, but I really wanted something with character and a glass door.
We made a trip to Greenville to check out the unfinished furniture store there. On the way, David suggested that we make a stop at Southern Housepitality, our favorite consignment shop. Would you believe that he found the perfect cabinet there and spotted it before I did? It was love at first sight. Just to make sure, we did go on to the other store, but guess what would not leave my mind alone? Yes, it was the other cabinet. So, we could not get back fast enough to get it. Luckily, we were in the truck, so we brought it home that day.
Below is a picture of the empty cabinet and then another after it had been dressed. It has been a nice addition to the kitchen as well as being very useful.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Gingerbread Kitchen

After rambling in the attic, I decorated the kitchen table with some gingerbread items. The plaid tablecloth belonged to Mrs. B. The supervisor has a good view of the kitchen from her place by the sideboard.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Things with a Story

Years ago, the Boykin family owned and operated a jewelry store in downtown Anderson. After the store closed, David's grandfather did watch repair out of his home. When we were cleaning out the B house, David found many things that were from this business and kept them.
The picture shows a few of the items that he found. My hope is to find a display cabinet to house more of the items. It would be interesting to find someone who knows what are the tools are for.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving Table 2013

We used a mahogany drop leaf table for Thanksgiving this year. The dinner plates are Delecta by Royal Worcester, the goblets are vintage and likely Anchor Hocking. Gorham Shell is our everyday stainless. The plates and chargers were both finds at Southern Housepitality, one of our favorite consignment shops.
Burlap always captures my attention and we purchased three pieces of it to use on the serving tables and buffet. David had the idea of using the horn of plenty basket for the bread.
For the centerpiece, I used a plaid tablecloth, fall wreath, artificial fruit, and candle/candlestick. All were things we had on hand.

Friday, September 27, 2013

A Love of Charleston

One of the blessings of living in South Carolina is being able to drive to
Charleston in a few hours. It is a beautiful historical city with so much to see and do. I never tire of riding and looking at the houses and churches.
We have Charleston prints in our house and lake cottage. Some of these belonged to David's mother, a big lover of Charleston. Mrs. Boykin also collected the Sheila Charleston houses and buildings. Many of these are displayed in our lake cottage and some are in our den at home. The sweet grass roses and little sweet grass baskets are treasures from Mrs. B's collection. Her favorite Charleston house was 2 Meeting Street.
There is a surprise behind two of the Charleston prints hanging in our living room. My bridal portraits from the first marriage are behind them. We looked for prints that would fit into the frames to continue using them. Someday, someone will discover them and wonder who the bride is.
Several years ago, we found a set of dishes with Charleston buildings on them. They are used for entertaining at the lake.

Thrifting Treasure

Plundering through thrift shops is so much fun. You never know what you might discover. Today, I found this beautiful blue transferware plate with the embossed border and could not resist it. It is one of a set of 12 and research shows that Christie's sold a set of 12 for $3360. A single plate in the set with a different scene was priced at $35 on another site. So, I am rather proud of my $4 purchase.