Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Winter White Tablescape

For a winter dining room tablescape, I chose a mixture of winter whites. Since it is supposed to snow today, it is a good day to finally publish the pictures.

Chargers- Wedgwood Windsor
Plates, bowls, cups/saucers- Wedgwood Patrician
Teapot- Wedgwood (bargain antique find-can't read pattern name)
Water goblets-"Hairlooms" that belonged to Wendell's mother (pattern not known)
Iced Teas-Cherrywood by Gorham (my wedding crystal)
Candle holders-Vintage etched sherbets from the B house (pattern not known)
Crystal pedestal-Gorham cake plate
Flatware-Old Newbury by Towle (family pieces)
Soup spoons-from the B house and are marked Universal
Salt spoons -Mrs. B collected these and they were hers
Salt cellars-from my small collection
Placemats-crocheted and given by Millie Kinard as a wedding gift
Napkins-inexpensive antique find
Linens in center of table-miscellaneous from various places

Friday, January 17, 2014

Friday Treasures

This little green depression sherbet made it to Miss Virginia today. It will go with some other odd sherbets to be used in tablescapes. Bargain!
The lovely lazy Susan has a pretty inlaid design in the middle. It just needed a good polishing to perk it up. David said the seller would likely want more for it, if she could see it now. Another bargain!

Sunday, January 5, 2014


The tribute below was written last summer. For some reason, it never was published. In her memory, I am publishing it today. Madge was one of God's greatest gifts in my life. She was a friend, sister, and mother to me in every way. "I thank my God upon every remembrance of her".

Madge Morgan Blackwell came into my life in the summer of 1981. She is a dear lady who sang in the choir along with her husband, Tullie. One of her favorite sayings is "what you see is what you get". In other words, Madge is always just Madge and never pretends to be something that she isn't. She is a very warm and loving Christian lady.
Her chosen profession was that of hair dresser and her shop was a happy place in the community. She loved her customers and made them feel special. It was a happy place to drop in for a visit.
Madge loves to cook and I love to bend her ear about how to prepare certain dishes. You can always find something cooked or in progress if you happen to drop by. She loves her kitchen, loves to share her wonderful food, and give tips to help others with cooking.
Once I moved away from that place of service, Madge's home became my second home when I went back to visit. One of her extra bedrooms became "my room" whenever it was needed or wanted. All it took was a phone call to let her know that I was on the way. During one hot summer, the air conditioning went out in her house and we spent a week sleeping in her motor home. We still laugh about that.
Upon the death of my first husband, I found myself unable to stay in my own home. Madge told me to pack my bag and come to her house. It was there that I stayed for a month until I was able to manage on my own again.
There were many times when Madge and I would go off on a shopping trip. We talked, laughed, and had wonderful times together. If one observed us, they might think we were sisters or a mother and daughter.
Madge has always listened, encouraged, and accepted me just as I am. She has been such a wonderful blessing in my life. I am so thankful for the gift of her friendship but most of all for her unconditional love.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Sah-dy Finds

It was a nice surprise to find some treasures marked 50% off! Since the original price was already reasonable, I got some deals.
The Spode Blue Room plates will be additions to the collection already started. After seeing other Pickard Christmas plates in another shop for a much higher price, I went back to get this one. It will go in the music office at church. The pretty metal dish has an A mark on the back and looks like pewter.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Mischief in the Kitchen

You think you've got problems........I got into the cooking sherry and could not stop. HELP!!!!!!!! Now, I can't figure out where I am supposed to be. SHHHHH!!!!!!! Please don't tell