Sunday, January 31, 2010

Silver Sunday #3

I can't believe it is Sunday already, time to join our host, Beth of Gypsy Fish Journal, for another Silver Sunday. Please stop by her place to see what everyone else has brought to the party.

This week I don't have much to show, but thought this pretty silverplate berry/casserole spoon might be a catchy piece with all the detail on it. It is something I picked up at an estate sale for a couple dollars in Sun City, Arizona. It is Wm Rogers pattern Yale produced in 1894.

The large footed tray is 23 inches from handle to handle. It is a W & S Blackinton and the pattern is Chippendale. I picked this up at a thrift store in Dublin, Ohio last fall for only a few dollars.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by, it is very much appreciated. Have a great Silver Sunday!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Green Are the Grapes...

I can't believe another week has passed, since we were last here! Thank you, Susan, for hosting Tablescape Thursday. If you haven't stopped by Between Naps On the Porch, please do, you will definitely want to see what everyone has done to their tables tonight.

Tonight I have used dishes that I have had for at least 15 years. They have just been sitting quietly in the cupboard the last few years. I think I heard them say "pick me, pick me, I'm worthy of a night out", as I was standing near the kitchen cabinet which is their home. Actually, these used to be our every day dishes for the better part of ten years. The pattern also came in blue/white but I really liked the green, which happens to be my favorite color. Thinking back, I should have, also, bought a few of the blue. The blue chargers would have been great with white plates...

There is nothing on the back to indicate what the pattern is. It does say Quadrifoglio Made in Italy.

The water goblets also have grapes on them...they didn't photograph very well so it may be hard to see the grape clusters.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by, it is appreciated.

Grape leaf dishes (charger/dinner plate.rimmed doup bowl)-World Market
Green water goblets-ARC Thrift Store
Flatware-Towle stainless
White linen napkins and tablecloth-ARC Thrift Store
Green Candles/holders-TJMaxx
Green coffee pot (flower vase)-Goodwill

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A Thrifting I Will Go....

I will be joining Leigh of Tales From Bloggeritaville for Thrifty Thursday this week. Thanks Leigh for hosting this fun party.

Another weekly trip to Goodwill and ARC Thrift Stores on Monday produced only a few things. Nothing really spectacular. The pickings haven't been very good the last few weeks, in fact since before Christmas! I thought that people would be donating goodies to make room for their Christmas gifts...maybe they cut down on gift giving this year, like many of us.

I did manage to find a couple Fire King plates, 2 Italian ceramic soup bowls, a clear glass candle holder and 4 tarnished silverplate soup spoons at Goodwill for a total of $5.61, which includes the 25% senior discount and sales tax. The trip to ARC was even less, only $2.

You can see how tarnished the two on the left are, compared to the two I had already polished.

I believe the pattern is Oneida's Wildwood I/Always circa 1958.
The white napkins were the only items found at ARC; 2 very large linen and 6 regular size linen. One can never have enough white napkins, in my opinion.

In my haste to get this posted last night...I forgot to add this oil painting...I found this neat piece of art at Goodwill, Thursday. I collect oils and pastels of florals. Living in the Sunflower state, I thought this was an appropriate painting to add to my collection...a vase of sunflowers. The only frame the size needed was a light colored one, but I think I like it as the painting really shows up quite any event, it will have to do for now. I found this for 99¢. It is one of my favorite paintings to date, probably because it has lots of green! The painting was done in 1966, the same year my first child was born.

You know I really appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment. Thank you, kindly.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Silver Sunday #2 For Me!

The coffee service was from Goodwill, the tray from my sister-in-law, Rondi.

I will be joining the Silver Sunday party, again this week. Thank you for hosting this each week, Beth. Make sure you stop by Gypsy Fish Journal to see what everyone is showcasing this week.

Anyone that has read my blog knows that most of my "silver" has come from thrift stores or yard sales.

Today, I will show you a few of my favorite pieces. None of it is worth a whole lot but they make me smile each time I walk by.

Four little silver cups, maybe mint juleps?
I found these at Goodwill for 50¢ each.
I will use them as votive holders or individual vases.

This 6 bottle castor set was found in Hilliard, Ohio, this past fall. I couldn't pass it up, all the bottles appear to be originals, plus the price was right! The bottles are all etched.
The candlesticks are from, where else, but Goodwill.
Finally the sugar scuttle is a recent purchase from e-Bay.
It has some pitting which doesn't really bother me.
On a recent blog, I am sorry, I can't remember whose,
I noticed they were using their scuttle as a nut holder...I thought it would make a cute M & M candy dish.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting! It is very much appreciated.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Mythical Bluebird (of Paradise)...

It's Thursday, time to join Susan of Between Naps On the Porch for Tablescape Thursday. Please make sure you drop by our gracious host, Susan's, after leaving here, to see what other porch guests have done with their tables.

You may enlarge the pictures by clicking on them.

Tonight's table was inspired by one of my favorite vintage tablecloths. I love the bright blue against the white.

There are only two larger than life birds, on diagonal corners, the rest has a floral border.

Dinner plate border has same type of mythical bluebird as the tablecloth.

Vintage tablecloth-e-Bay
Blue charger-Vera Bradley
Blue/white dinner plate-Queen's (no pattern listed)
White salad plate-Ralph Lauren 'Boxwood'
Blue ramekin-Cuisinart
Cobalt water glass-TJMaxx
Pale blue wine glass-Goodwill
Silver flatware-Oneida 'Afterglow' 1956
Small water pitcher-yard sale
Pitcher with faux flowers-ARC Thrift Store

Thanks for taking a peek and leaving a comment.

Sparse Pickings...

I will join Leigh of Tales From Bloggeritaville for Thrifty Thursday. Please stop by to see what everyone else has found to be thrifty. Thanks for hosting, Leigh.

I have been suffering a nasty winter cold, so haven't been out haunting the thrift shops too much lately. I did go to Goodwill and a small church thrift shop the other day. The last few times out there just doesn't seem to be a big variety of dishes, which is what I look for, mainly. I don't know if it is the time of year or if more people are looking for them, too. It probably is a good sign that I have enough as I am running out of storage space.

At Goodwill, I did find 3 creamy white soup bowls (49¢ each) to go with the set of dishes I used here, a small basket (49¢), and a little chalkboard (99¢). The church thrift is very small, but I did find 6 nice little eared bowls ($2.50 for the set) and a couple sunflower napkins (25¢ each). The bowls are just right for soup at lunchtime. They are gold rimmed with little flowers inside the bowl and are marked Bavaria Germany of the bottom. They remind me of vintage cream soup bowls, but don't have the handles.

The silver is some I picked up last week at Goodwill. I tried not to match any of it, other than 4 soup spoons that, unfortunately, weren't in this picture. The vaseline glass spooner is from my small collection...not a thrifty deal!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Thank You, Susan...

This week I will be joining Beth at Gypsy Fish Journal for Silver Sunday. Make sure you stop by to see what others are showing at the silver party!

Back on my December 23rd post, I showed some silver that I didn't know the pattern, but had 2 serving spoons, that I loved. Susan of Between Naps On the Porch e-mailed me with the maker and pattern name, which is International Silver's Frontenac. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! She also warned that the pattern was fairly pricey!...she was not exaggerating! Not to be deterred, I looked on e-Bay and found several pieces. I bid on 6 teaspoons and got them at a price that I never dreamed possible. I just plain lucked out! They were mailed on December 28, 2009, and I finally received them today. I thought for sure they had fallen into a black hole when I didn't get them after a week!

Here are my long awaited teaspoons. I just love this pattern, in fact, I am obsessed with it, which is unusual as I tend to move toward something a lot less ornate! Thank you, thank you, Susan, for knowing the pattern!

I will be checking out a couple antique stores to see if I can find a few more pieces at reasonable prices...I just know I won't get a deal like the teaspoons!

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Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend, y'all!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A Little Bit of Cheer...

It is Tablescape Thursday with Susan of Between Naps On the Porch. Thanks for hosting, once again.
You can click on the pictures to enlarge them.

Tonight I am using my thrift shop dinnerware, Arcopal and the pattern is Provincial; it is white, looks like milk glass but is translucent, with red, green and blue flowers. I first found the dishes at a thrift store down in Fort Scott, Kansas and the other part at Goodwill in Ottawa, Kansas. I have 4-piece place settings, service for 4. I am on the look out for 4 more salad plates, 4 cups and 2 soup/cereal bowls, for 8 place settings. I am sure they will show up at one of my thrifting haunts, when I am least expecting to see them, just like the soup/cereal bowls and a few more dinner plates did recently. I looked them up at Replacements. Ltd. and was floored at their asking prices.

The dinner and salad plates have the same bright floral center design.

The cup and bowls have the same pattern design.

Closeup of the wine glass. I love the shade of blue they are.

The centerpiece is just an old pitcher with faux sunflowers and a few roosters from my collection.

My little AJ tried to get in the way....oops, I mean help out! He is a tailless feral that was born the day of our big straight line wind storm back in July...sweetest kitty I have ever owned. He now is one of 6 neutered/spayed kitties living in our home. I fed his mama/sister/brother and found them all good homes, too!

Let's roll the credits!
Dinner/salad plates/soup cereal bowl/cup-Thrift store (most were 37¢ each)
Blue wine glasses-Thrift store
Sterling (Afterglow 1956)-family, the soup spoons are Rogers & Bro. A1 IS silverplate, I haven't had time to look up the pattern...99¢ each
Blue salt/pepper shakers-Thrift store
Little cow milk pitcher-estate sale probably 20 years ago
Individual butter bells-TJMaxx
Clear candlesticks-Probably the thrift store, they have been around for years
Blue linen tablecloth-Thrift store
Napkins-Not really sure, may have been Walmart years ago
Silver napkin rings-Burlington Coat Factory, several years ago
Centerpiece-pieces I have had for several years

Thanks for stopping by today...make sure you go check out Between Naps On the Porch so you can see more great tables.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Darned Snowy Weather...

I must be getting old...2009, just seemed to fly by! Here we are, ready for the first Tablescape Thursday of 2010, with Susan of Between Naps On The Porch. Thank you, once again, for the invitation to join you, Susan. Please, make sure you stop by her gorgeous porch to see who else came to the party!

Actually, we were supposed to be in Columbus, tonight, celebrating my husband and his twin's birthday, but due to the snowy weather, we decided to not take a chance of getting caught in a storm, we our own dining room while we are watching it snow! We are supposed to get high winds during the night and the temperature with wind chill will be down around -25°/-30°...that is cold, especially when it is so flat, there is nothing to break that wind!

Happy Birthday Howard and Wade! Wonder if they will be upset with me for posting the picture!

I couldn't quite make up my mind what to set the table with, so knowing my husband would say he didn't care other than where's the food. I wanted to use the toile, so I chose cream colored dishes with a sprinkling of red and amber.

The "tablecloth" is a piece of cranberry/cream toile fabric I found at Savers back awhile ago for a couple dollars. It wasn't quite long enough so I put it diagonally on the table. When the leafs are up the table needs a 90" round cloth and they are not easy to find so I make do with what I think will work. This is a huge, old table!

The dishes came from where else, but, the local ARC thrift store. They are a creamy white with a little detail on the rims but no markings on the back. Someone told me they thought they might be Homer Laughlin. I have the dinner, salad and bread plates, soup/cereal and berry bowls, cups and saucers. I have service for four. There is also 1 rimless soup bowl that I will use as a vegetable server tonight and two small platters. I keep my eyes out for more of the rimless soups. Most of the pieces were 25¢-50¢ per piece.

The amber water glassware is TAG from TJMaxx. They were $1.99 each.

The red transferware teapot, sugar and creamer also came from TJMaxx a few months ago. It is from the Queen's Collection.

The salt and pepper shakers are thrift store finds, no more than dollar. Candlesticks were brass when I bought them for 25¢ each, but sprayed them ivory. The flower basket, you have seen before, came from Goodwill.
The napkins, I have had forever and a day. Sterling is my Oneida Afterglow, from Howard's mother.

I thank you for stopping by...I will see you at your table in a few minutes!