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.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Supper Eight

Our church has Supper Eight groups. One group met at our home for the first gathering. The centerpiece is a collection of things related to those around the table: books for readers, a Hummel figurine for those who teach children, a Pendleton trivet because our church is in Pendleton, a music bell for the musicians, an antique wooden box for former antique shop owners, and a pocket watch for those who must keep up with time in their classrooms. On top there is a cross bookmark representing the tie that binds us all because we are brothers and sisters in Christ.
The dinner plates are Royal Doulton Royal Gold, salad plates are Royal Doulton Belmont, crystal is Gorham Cherrywood, and flatware is Lunt Eloquence. The tablecloth is a Ralph Lauren that was a thrift find and the napkins came from Tuesday Morning a while back.
Drinks were served from an antique pedestal table that belonged to my mother-in-law. The salads were served on a piece of marble that came from the Daniel building project in
Greenville. One of David's cousins was an engineer for that building and gave his dad the marble. The dessert table was purchased from a local consignment shop and serves as extra dining space when needed. In order to seat more people, we purchases a 4x8 foot board and placed it on top of our dining table.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Redressing of the Sideboard

Even though blue is not my favorite color, I have an affection for blue and white dishes and cobalt glass. I chose to redress the kitchen sideboard in blue and white.
Royal Doulton Romney is the pattern name of the china and it was a recent thrifting find. The blue and white teapot is a Boykin heirloom and the Blue Willow pitcher is a Hair heirloom from my first husband's family.
The white teapot is by Wedgwood and was found while antiquing in Georgia. The white cups and saucers are part of a set found thrifting and the pattern is Wedgwood Queens Plain.
The cobalt silver overlay revealed a nice surprise when it was polished. There was a pretty scene on it. Not bad for $4! The little cobalt lamp was found while cleaning out the Boykin house recently.

Monday, September 2, 2013

English Tea Set

A love of pretty things is something that has been with me for a long time, even as a 17 year old. In the summer before my senior year of high school, it was my privilege to tour
Europe for a month. The auditioned group I was with, was composed of youth from all over the US. We gave choral and band concerts as we toured.
While in England, I visited china shops and wanted to purchase a tea set. Because there were so many patterns to choose from, I could not make up my mind. The sales lady gave me brochures and said that I could order it later.
After getting home, I chose a tea set, ordered and paid for it. Thus began a wait that would last for two years. Yes, that is right, two years. My family thought that it would never arrive and that my money was lost. While a college student, I went home one weekend and was greeted with this, "you will never believe what came this week!" It was my tea set.
Needless to say it has always been a special treasure and has been on display wherever I have lived. Yes, it has even been used! The pattern is Arcadia by Royal Doulton and I still love the pattern. Presently, it is on a tea table in our living room.

Sunday, September 1, 2013