Sunday, December 31, 2017

The Gathering of Friends

Baby is it cold outside? BURRRRRRRRRR about -25 here tonight

Anyway I received and bought myself a new red transferware teapot. The second one a daughter gave me for Christmas says Staffordshire England  on bottom.

My cabinet of mismatched red and white transferware dishes also a plate my friend Gina  gave me yesterday at my luncheon for my blog friends

One of my cabinets in the kitchen

Here is picture of Bernideen and Gina ( who had Wanna Be Victorian ) which she is all about only Victorian ,who came over for lunch my daughter took the picture . It's so cold I made a big pot soup hot tea and made a fresh carrot cake . You who like Mackenzie Childs can see my courtney checked shakers on the bar and my teapot on the stove in the background fyiLOL

See my black and white teapot cozy? Bernideen made it for me. A picture in the studio

Ok here is what I'm doing today, I went to mass last night so staying in all day and relaxing and may play in the studio a while

Happy New Year stay warm going to be negative 25 here tonight in central Missouri

I joined PINK Saturday 

Friday, December 29, 2017

New Dawn

It's almost a New Year and as the sun came across my kitchen I thought this made a fun picture my little bottle brush wreath on my chippy shabby cabinet.
I am at work today however will have 3 days off and thrilled about this

Keep feeding the birds and keep water out if at all possible for them.  invest in a heating element for your bird bath the birds will appreciate it, I got mine at hardware store

Happy New Year to you all

It's been such a great blogging year in 2017, I stared blogging in 2010

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Country Walk

Just a little snow dusting made everything so much prettier for our walk after eating and opening presents, this is a creek area
we walked across the little bridge over the creek , my daughter and I slipped out of the house while everybody was busy with new Christmas electronics and toys

Daughters pretty mail box with snow on the bow,It was a very cold walk however little refreshing and I had new boots on that didn't hurt my feet LOL Have you heard of the brand FYL? very comfortable, I purchased them last summer when I was in New York City

 This was a very good family day for sure

Coastal Charm Party 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Some Favorites

Everything this time of year doesn't have to be a post about Christmas decor, however I could post Christmas items for 2 months everyday I do believe.

I was looking in my jewelry box for a certain pair of earrings and ran across these pins and I absolutely love the portrait pin it's large and a lady painted on a stone it looks like however surely its shell? maybe.
I bought it at a resale shop and as I was paying for it another lady that was not helping  me said oh no we can't sell that pin for that price,it's priced way to little. I did speak up and said yes i'm paying the price on the tag attached. I got it for the price on the tag. Thank You

The pin on the bottom with the couple was a pin that belonged to my Great Aunt Ollie who was my Grandmothers sister, it has a signature on front and marked with a French name on back. My great aunt loved antiques and collected french dishes and jewelry, she worked in a little antique shop in a hotel in Sikeston Missouri back in the 1960's, I still have a dish she gave me when I was in my 30's

OK here is some Christmas my large 12 inch Santa Hello Kiddies mold I got  at a yard sale back in the 1980's for $3 I was thrilled then and still love it, It was in it's original box and I threw it away !!!!

I need to get to work so later


Share Your Cup

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Table Update

Yesterday I posted how was I setting my table for my families Christmas lunch this Saturday December 16th.
I wanted to mix and match my table however just didn't really like the previous blue and white tablecloth so changed to a black and white buffalo check wrapping paper,that I think looks better,it also matching close to my Mackenzie Child's items. Don't you think it's better? be honest. LOL

Also I feed and water birds all summer and winter however I was told the winter is when birds really need water, so I have a heating element inside my bird bath.This is picture his morning looking out my dirty kitchen window LOL Another thing I throw out dry cat food for  a stray cat in my neighborhood and these larger birds are eating cat food !!!!! LOL I also throw out black sunflower seeds for these birds

Posted this at Vintage Charm Party 

Jann Olson Party 

Between Naps On The Porch 

Share Your Style 

PINK Saturday 

Coastal Charm 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Tea For One

I usually don't do a tea post however wanted to join my friend Bernideen in Sharing Tea post about tea and goodies and her Friendly Village dishes.

I bought this little set from Victorian Trading Company a few years ago and have yet to use it however I will be using it soon because I just purchased about 8 tins of different teas to try. I like loose tea however most of the tea in my tins are bags. I have some antique tea spoons that hold loose teas and should have taken a picture to post with this.

Also I am working on setting my table for this Saturday's Christmas pizza party with my 4 grandson and my daughter and husband.

I know it looks pretty dressed up for pizza however I just get to use my pretty Christmas dishes once a year.

These are my little sheep paper napkins i'm using Saturday, I did a mix up of patterns on my table and added the red plaid napkins however I like the sheep best.Also I think I' change my table cloth to my black and white plaid what do you think?

 Oh here I added my red glasses to the table, they will be filled with chocolate milk for the boys

Looking Back from 2014 
Looking Back 2011

Parties I joined

Bernideen's Tea 


Wow Us Wednesday 

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

How Sweet The Sound Blog Shop 

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

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.


 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.