Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Last White Wednesday for 2009!

Several months ago, I posted about my dilema with my green stepback cupboard.  I just didn't like it with the tv, and was considering painting it....Well, when it came right down to it, I just couldn't paint the piece.  So I called my friend Shelley, Sweet Pea, and asked what she might have that would work....much better, don't you think.  The top of the cupboard is zinc with a zinc drawer...I just love it!

So then, I saw this hanging cupboard  last month at the antique show in Mt. Dora (in Shelly's beautiful booth), imagine that?  Well, hubby & son tried to hang it (big mistake)...so I patiently waited, and finally he called Rex, aka Mr. Sweet Pea, who graciously came over and hung it in no time flat!  Also gave us an opportunity to visit and catch up on things!

Now, I just need to fill it up!  Hummmm, might need a new collection of something...nothing's happening yet!  Any suggestions?

~ I moved my sign over the opening to the dining room ~

Many thanks to our hostess for White Wednesday Kathleen for the opportunity to show our beloved whites!


Sunday, December 27, 2009

Why can't I just throw it away?

Do you ever have one of those items that probably should be thrown away, but ya just can't do it?  I have this vintage English trug with remnants of original green paint that has been slowly deteriorating over the last few years.  I just can't throw it away....

I think it still has a couple'a good years left!!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

May You Have a Blessed Merry Christmas

Away In A Manger

Away in a Manger, no crib for a bed,
The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head;
The stars in the sky look down where he lay,
The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.
The cattle are lowing the poor baby awakes,
But little Lord Jesus no crying he makes.
I love thee, Lord Jesus Look down from the sky
And stay by my cradle till morning is nigh.
Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask thee to stay
Close by me for ever and love me I pray.
Bless all the dear children in thy tender care,
And fit us for heaven to live with thee there.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

It's a Wonderful White Wednesday

~May you have a wonderful, blessed Christmas~

Paperwhites and Amarylis in White Ironstone

~ Vintage European Bundt Pan ~

~ Paperwhite Bulbs in vintage turpentine pots in kitchen window ~

~ I gather this wonderful 'willowy' pine every year ~

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Christmas Whites

This is the first year that I have decorated my tree with a little glitz....mercury glass ornaments and silver sparkly ornaments.  I decided to put on some of the vintage icicles that I had......so's here's tree "A".

I then decided I wanted to add more white...so then I didn't like the icicles....here's tree "B" (the glass ornaments aren't showing up in this picture, which makes the tree look a little sparce!).  I am going to attempt to make some white icicles this week to add to the tree.

I started my paperwhites a little late this year....

Gotta have white candy canes!

I came across this cute white wreath while blog hopping the other day, which made me think of some white snowflakes that I had purchased several years ago at Target after Christmas (sorry I don't remember the name of the blog)....

....so, with a little creativity....here's my version. I still need to embelish it with some bells and a ribbon!



Thanks again to our wonderful hostess for White Wednesday, Kathleen.  Be sure to stop by Faded Charm
to visit and also for a listing of more participants!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Vintage Christmas Monday

Thank you Joan at Anything Goes Here  for hosting Vintage Christmas Monday.  It has been so much fun visiting all the blogs and admiring the many wonderous vintage Christmas items.  Here are a few books I have collected over the years.

I had almost forgotten about my antique Christmas Books until I went searching for something to post for Vintage Monday. The first two books are in pretty bad shape, but I do so love the graphics and the wonderful sepia tone of the pages!

This book completely fell apart when I pulled it out of my cupboard this year.  The pages are so brittle, they just crumble!  I still love the graphics, and guess I should scan some of them for better clarity.  The book dates to the late 1800's.

Fa la la la la...la la la la!!!!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Plan C?

Each year, just before Christmas, I am fortunate to be a part of a group of  twelve wonderful ladies and friends who gather together to celebrate the season.  We come from all over the State of  Florida, and each year the event is hosted by a different gal.  Our common denominator is our love of all things antique, primitive and country!  Of course, the hostess's home is ALL decked out for Christmas.  Oh, we just have the best time together.  We each bring our finest culinary delights and 11 gifts to share (all the same....well, with the exception that some of us are divided.....We're either a "white girl" or a "colored girl", so sometimes the gifts are separated!  The "white girls", of course, love all things white...and the "colored girls" like primitive, original paint with more color.  Needless to say, these are the very best gifts of the season.  We each take a turn passing out the presents, and all at the same time....open 'em up!  Sometimes, not everyone opens theirs, but waits to see what it is.....because the packaging and presentation are always almost as wonderful as the gift itself!

I have been pondering this year and racking my pea brain on what to do.  When I finally decided, I ordered the necessary ingredients...and waited, and waited......nothing in the mail!  Today was the final day...tomorrow is the "Big Event"!  (I'm not going to share my original idea...I'll post it later if the stuff ever comes).   Oh, I had plan "B" sort of, which was to make a cute pillow or sachet or something cool out of burlap since it's so 'hot' right now.  I had the stuff...but not the ambition to get out the sewing machine.  Sooo....last night I was blog hopping, praying for inspiration for plan "C" just in case the mailman was once again a disappointment today.  I found a really cute blog (http://blomsterverkstad.blogspot.com/) with a post for a bird feeder....alas....Plan C!  Could be done fairly quickly and I had most of the stuff...just sent hubby to the store for apples and cranberries.  Luckily, also I had found the cutest tea towels at Ikea a few weeks back for $.49 and purchased a dozen....so I also had a way to wrap the gifts......so here's the pics!

"For the Birds"
I always like to make edible ornaments for an outside tree for the birds this time of year!
~ Wire, Apple, Cranberries, Sweet Annie ~

 Cello bags with a little shred in the bottom.  I have had these vintage bird cards for many years....perfect!

~ Tea towel gathered with ticking and a piece of greenery ~

~ All packed up...and ready to go ~

So I need to get some sleep....have to be up very early to meet up with the gals driving together....we've got about a 3 hour drive to be there by 11!

I'll post pics of the day this weekend....

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

White Wednesday

Well, better late than never...!  I had great plans to post my Christmas tree and decor for todays White Wednesday, but....(I'm not done yet)...Imagine that!  I did put this little tree together with the ice skate ornaments...kinda cute?

I have this dilema with this cute little child's swing...I just can't seem to find it a home...or purpose.  Right now, it's just hanging on a nail in my carport. The seat leans downward, so it really isn't useful as a shelf...(I guess I could try to rig it up to hang flat....well, stay tuned for that!

 I found these cute little white pansies today on my lunch break.
They make me happy!

Look what I found at Target....the cutest 'mercury glass' style birds.  Of course, they are by Smith & Hawkin....really cute (sorry not the best pics!).

These 'mercury glass' ornaments were at Lowe's (4 for $7.00).

This will be the first time I have decorated my tree in silver....still a work in progress, but with the help of these bargain bulbs...it's starting to come together for me.

Thanks again to Kathleen for hosting White Wednesday!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Vintage Christmas Monday

I got a set of beautiful, vintage transferware dishes just in time for the Holidays!  The set is on a creamy white background with black transfer called "Liverpool Birds" by Wedgwood.  There's over 100 pieces.  They belonged to my girlfriend's grandmother and date to the late 1800's. I just love 'em!

I couldn't believe it when I found this vintage Santa stocking....it is exactly like one I had as a child!  My Daddy owned a Sunoco Service Station and these were a give-a-way in the late 50's.  I found two of them, so when my brother was here for Thanksgiving, I showed him one and asked if he remembered having one.  Sure enough, he did, but said "Man, it sure is an ugly santa"!  He took it home anyway.
They were always filled with oranges and nuts...no candy or toys back in the day!

I also found several boxes of vintage icicles.  These are actually metal...so much prettier than the plastic kind they sell today.  I remember having to 'oh so carefully' string one at a time on the tree!  When we took the tree down, my brother, sister and I would take the icicles and wad them up into giant balls, making perfect  weapons to throw at one another! Oh, those were the days!

Be sure to visit our hostess, Joan at Anything Goes Here, for more wonderful vintage posts