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Monday, December 11, 2017

Courtney Check


Now that I have the bug of collecting  Mackenzie Child's Courtney Check I just had to have these. They are a nice tall size. I already have them full of salt and pepper,went to the grocery to get new to put in them.



I am almost ready for my family Christmas party at my house this Saturday. I stared a few years ago to have my youngest daughter son in law and the 4 boys come for a before Christmas lunch and gift exchange at my house.
The boys love Pizza so I special order each boy a small extra cheese Shakespeare's  pizza. They love it, then I bake a fresh carrot cake or blackberry cobbler . Then of course other goodies.

Below is a sweet picture of memories of one of my grandson's, it just happened to be setting by my Grandmothers little Hallmark Mouse ornament I gave her years ago. I love this little mouse sewing .

 Also I have 7 grandson's no granddaughters


Well I have a few more things to get done like running the vacuum and mopping the kitchen floor them i'm ready after I set the table with my Christmas dishes , I'll try to get pictures later

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

My Christmas Present

I just happened to read where there was this big beautiful red transferware mason tureen for sale and thought maybe I should go check it out. I waited a few days because I had forgot about it. Anyway I went out to the flea market and there she set.Just waiting on me I was thrilled !!! and still am LOL


I have several pieces of the Mason Vista dishes and always on the lookout for a good price on them.




Isn't she just beautiful ? I am thrilled to have her




I was in such a hurry to take her picture I didn't set her on the platter she sets on which I already had.
I am using a large soup ladle in my Mom's pattern named Coronation

I thought the occasion called for the candleabra to be lit up to celebrate the arrival




OK one more picture and i'll tell you how I found this gorgeous beauty.
Do you ever read Bernideen's Tea Time and Cottage blog?
Look at this post where she is showing off her red transferware and her tureen
I am thrilled to own it ! did I already say that ? LOL






Thursday, November 30, 2017

Sweet Sheep

 I don't even remember where I found this cute sheep with a red ribbon and bell already on it, I think I got it at a thrift store for 50 cents It's very lightweight and looks so cute standing besides my little Nicole Sayer dolls.




I am doing just a short post because of i'm short on time before I head out to work and I'm going out to dinner after work with my friend who is 102 years old and his son and grandson from Munich Germany.

I am still trying to get Christmas out a little at a time. It's always so fun to get it out and arrange it. Hope we all have a great day.
Thanks for stopping by also



Parties to check out



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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Getting Started With Christmas Decor

Well the dig is on to get boxes of Christmas stuff out of the basements closets and storage room.




I am also trying o decide which trees to use this year feather trees, aluminum trees or my big white tree ? I bought a small green tree at an estate sale not long ago and may try to use it somewhere.




I brought my Byers Carolers Stove and Granny making cookies upstairs to set on my kitchen bar. Do you remember when these were very collectible? They still are in some stores I have seen anyway


I have had 3 days off work and it's been wonderful. I got to do a few things around my yard which still needed done before really cold weather and got my outdoor wreath up on my house and a few little Christmas decor out .
It's back to work tomorrow so will try to do a little after work in the evening which I'm not good at.
I come home and want to  set in my recliner and unwind from my stressful job

I even wrapped 4 Christmas packages today !!!! I'm going to wrap them as I buy them instead of waiting till Christmas week then trying to wrap 50 packages at one time.
Which way do you do it ? Also which trees are you going with this year?

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Turkey Time

I am almost ready for Thanksgiving Day at my house, it will be a late Thanksgiving dinner since I get off work at 4:30 pm. However it will still be delicious.

I worked on setting my table last night after work and cleaned my silver turkey dome and large tray it sets on. The serving tray was a trophy for some horse show, it has an engraving on tray and I seen it last night for the first time and I have had this tray for years, I like it because it has the handles on the ends and feet on the bottom

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Also this year instead of using a table cloth I purchased this paper with leaves and acorns on it and using it for a table runner on the table and my counter. I set my huge velvet pumpkin in middle of table till we put dinner on the table



Used my green glasses I got at Tuesday Morning once, I usually use clear crystal glasses but wanted some color with any brown and white transfer plates



Since I don't have enough large turkey plates I fill in with my brown and white transfer ship plates



My dome is so shinny clean you can see me taking the picture. When I was much younger I remember older friends and family saying they quit using their silver because it was to hard to clean, I understand that is why usually just one piece at a time is clean at my house .



I hope everyone including our homeless have a good meal someplace this Thanksgiving . I just have a few of the colored luncheon plates




Happy Thanksgiving to you all

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Happy Birthday

Well it's time to celebrate another Happy Birthday to me. I had such a great fun day with my local buddies . Karen who is a Tasha Tudor fan had lunch for me and some more of our friends at her charming wonderful house.

It was a Downton Abbey luncheon minus the head butler LOL We had a beautiful table setting all the china, silver and of course hot tea was served.



My daughter Terra, Karen, Bernideen Jo, Me and Gina was there and Karen's two large cats

We toured her wonderful house after lunch and looked in and under all her cabinets at all the fabulous china and dishes she has collected through the years. Also looked through several books about Tasha Tudor Karen has

Then of course here was presents for me !!! yeah Look at this adorable Tea Cozy Bernideen made me . You hardly see my Burleigh calico tea pot however it's there

of course lots presents


I got truffles for my Mackenzie Childs recipe box that I said I would use for candy or jewelry not recipes



I got grocery's  LOL yum





I got this Downton Abbey clip board Bernideen made and added my Louis Vuitton luggage to the Down Abbey scene . Matching pencil box or utensil box ?


love it



It was a great day 


I get to do it again at my daughter's house this Saturday , Thanks girls for this very nice day of eating and visiting with the best friends a gal could have

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

New Love


Once again I have fallen in love with another kitchen item. I have seen this black and white MacKenzie checked items for a few years however I always bought blue and white china for my kitchen. Now I have the bug for these items.
I was surfing through TV channels one evening and run across Evine and the MacKenzie Child items. It was just overwhelming to see so much of course I wanted it all. I knew I would use the Teapot so after seeing it two different days I ordered it

I ordered what they call a recipe box however I will use it for a different use in different rooms in my house. What about putting some chocolate truffles in it ?  I thought also I could put it on my dresser and put some bracelets in it. It's a good size not like the small recipe boxes from the 1970's




I set the teapot on my Burleigh cake plate to see how the blue and white and black and white will blend together in my messy kitchen.




I hate to use it now. The bottom is white and my glass top stove needs cleaned so will do a good cleaning before I use it ,I don't want the bottom of the white teapot dirty after using it,right? I got the large size also.




LOVE IT

 I bought some material at Joann's to make me a plaid tablecloth black and white with a red thread run through it, now I need an apron ,don't you think? since I spend lots time in my kitchen

Tell me not to buy anything else to match the teapot and recipe box in Mackenzie Child's pattern LOL

because it cost so much I'm sure this will be my entire collection.

I'm going to a luncheon / tea party Saturday and I want to take these along for show and tell LOL
Then I'm going to visit some old friends who are dear and near to my heart

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Charles Dana Gibson

Years ago I purchased this book at a local book store while shopping for another book. Soon as I flipped through it I knew I wanted it and the gorgeous Gibson Girls drawings in it by Charles Dana Gibson. I bought this back in 1977 and the book was published in 1969.




This is an office girl hard at work before our sweet computers came about. I just love the pencil drawings he captured of life back then, especially the clothing of the Victorian era


This bride doesn't look very happy however.


Here I am with a friend talking about the unhappy bride ? What do you think they were talking about ? I think it's just amazing how any person can just set down and draw something such as these drawings. I can only draw a straight line with a ruler



Love the hair doo's , reminds me of my beehive hair do in the early 1960's ? don't you think so also?    well I need to get ready for work so must get going



Also while I was doing laundry I set at my creating table in my studio and made a few little Christmas creations I'll show you later after the glue all drys. Nothing great just plain fun.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Sweet Saturday





It was so nice to stay home today and play with my blue and white dishes and get some cleaning done also. I also have enjoyed going shopping and visiting family but a gal needs her alone time sometimes?

                         

I really like the pattern on these cups and saucers, I picked them up in a resale shop . I can't resist blue and white china or transferware.




I just love all these books and enjoy looking through them over and over. I took several breaks today and looked through all these books



I'm going to join PINK Saturday

Coastal Charm 

Bernideen's Tea Time  

Blog Shop 

Friday, October 6, 2017

Me and Paula Deen Today

Hey ya 'all Paula Deen came to town, Columbia Missouri and I had to go out after work to Barnes and Noble bookstore  and stand in line almost 2 hours to get up to her





She was signing a picture of me in front of her 1st Lady and Sons restaurant in Savannah Georgia back in 1998 when I first met her, not even knowing who she was. Really she wasn't popular yet.




Paula is promoting her newest cookbook. It was a fun event





Sunday, September 24, 2017

Velvet Pumpkin Time

Well guess it is officially fall now so I will set out my sweet velvet pumpkins named Hot Skwash. Have you seen these at different decorating shops ? and here in Columbia they are at Kent's florist I know for sure.
I got mine at an estate sale for much less than originally priced. I love them and set them out year around in the studio .



Yesterday I had lunch at Wanna Be Victoria house , Gina that is. Her house was decorated so cute with all her fall items like leaves and pumpkins.Her house is the decorated like  an authentic old Victoria home, furniture dishes accessories which are beautiful. Bernideen was there and Karen from a small town close to Columbia, I don't think Karen has a blog? I need to ask.


Look at he the tiny pumpkin sitting beside the quarter. Some in the florist are covered in crystals for $300-400 each !!! ouch. Should I cut the name tags off the pumpkins? I like seeing the name myself?



LOVE THEM LOL

Well I'm going looking around some blogs which I really miss now that i'm a working gal again. course I always was a working gal just had a great job previously and could blog all day. Not now.

Enjoy today.

Oh and please say a prayer for a friend Nancy who lives on the island Vieques off  Puerto Rico . The hurricane hit hard and I haven't heard anything from her since last Tuesday at 2:29 when she sent pictures of the shelter she was going to, a high school gym on her island.



Coastal Charm Party


Sunday, September 17, 2017

My Crops and Janis Joplin

Happy Sunday

I am glad to be home today.I have been clearing out my 2 flowers beds as the flowers and elephant ears start sagging to the ground. I cut down my 14 foot tall sunflowers.The biggest sunflower I grew this year is 14 inches across then 12 inches and 8 inches. They were so heavy the stems were almost bent completely over.The biggest one has my sunglasses on it for comparision size.


Here I am standing in front of my giant elephant ears which my grandsons loves because they are so big


I am hoping to get in the studio this afternoon and finish a project, one of many sitting around. I love being in the studio with my pretties and rhinestones etc.
                                                                   

Yesterday I went to Arrow Rock Missouri to the Lyceum Theatre to see the production of BeeHive , It was 6 girls singing songs from the 1960's . All that was there was a bunch of old people like me that was a teeager in the 1960's haha. It was lots fun and I sang all the songs and screamed and hollered haha right along with others. The men liked the Janis Joplin personation the best, they was yelling and clapping when the girl sang Cry. Then she sang Piece of My Heart
The singers were all excellent however she was most authentic.

Well better get busy, I miss joining in on the weekly parties. I'm still hanging in at my new job


Saturday, September 2, 2017

White Plates

Hi

I am still plugging away at my 40 hour a week job at my ripe ole age. Making money for a new Mercedes or a 2nd house on an island LOL

I called a friend this morning and we got to talking dishes imagine that anyway we was talking about collecting odd white lunch and dinner plates.So I got to looking in cabinets and drawers for what white plates I still have.

My Favorite are these 8 inch lunch plates that remind me of the majolica green cabbage dishes

             


Then I found 12 of these small pie plates in a resale shop once for 50 cents apiece I just had to bring them home and have never had 12 people over for a piece of pie yet. They look as they never was used


      

This stack of  Ralph Lauren plates I found at Dillards on a clearance table in the pattern whipstitch

              


     


I had to show some lace today also since I was looking for a lace tablecloth in mt stack,I want to make a large oversize top out of. Pictured these are just lace collars I have on a mannequin in the studio . I'm in the mood to sew and since I am also off Monday for the holiday maybe I can get my sewing table at least cleaned off to get started on my project

                                   





Thanks for checking in one me

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Just Checking In

Hi You'all

I have finished my first two weeks working full 40 hour weeks and I''m pooped LOL

I can't say I have enjoyed any of this new part of my life but things can always be worst?

I'm so glad to be home Saturday and Sunday's to drink lots coffee and eat cookies on my patio.

Just a few pictures around my house of blue items that I love



Just is one of 4 plates I found at a local resale shop once





I  will keep you posted on my progress or no progress LOL My cat sure misses me being gone all day