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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Just My Cup of Tea

What's It Wednesday #129
Recently, while rummaging through some junk treasured keepsakes I ran across this cup and saucer. It is the “Rosalynda” pattern by James Kent of England. I remember buying it many years ago because it reminded me of a full set that my grandma owned.

I happily smiled and enjoyed many cups of tea and warm memories for years.

But much everyday use caused it to craze and crack and it sadly got relegated to a cabinet of seldom used dishes and knickknacks.

Well today I decided to give my dear set the status it deserves. While out junking I ran across this cup and saucer holder. It too is old, but very unique.

I'd never seen this type. Have you?

The older I get, the more I appreciate a few imperfections and signs of age. I think my old cup has a few more good years yet. It's still just my cup of tea!
Hugs,
Patti

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sparkle and Shine

What's It Wednesday #128
Those of you who follow know I have a few things I collect. I realize that there should be a 12 step program for people like me, but until then, I digress. I've gone and started yet another collection!

You know I'm a magpie and love sparkly glittery things so I'm taking that love right into the dining room. I'm now gathering crystal knife rests and silver napkin rings.

Now lots of people collect these I'm sure, but you know I’m not quite normal. I only collect singles. You have no idea the looks I get from dealers proud to tell me they have a set of six or eight.

I enjoy the variety and uniqueness of each design, and the hunt of ferreting out that one I don't already have. It is fun with the knife rests, (after you explain what a knife rest is! Lol)

but finding napkin rings can be a real hunt.

I only want the frilly, girly, froufrou ones. Aren't they romantic?

So you see all that glitters is not gold. It might be silver or crystal.

Wish me luck on my collecting I plan to fill this brides basket with as many as it can hold as a unique centerpiece for the holiday table. Perfect with candlelight.
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Patti

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Smoking Hot Treat

What's It Wednesday #127

Many of you know that I am a collector of tobacciana. Mind you I have always detested  smoking, but am fascinated by many of the gorgeous artifacts that have come out of the smoking industry.

Pass by my Up in Smoke post and check out the majority of my tobacciana.

My favorite part of the collection are my cigarette cases that I use as picture frames.

Recently, while in an antique store, I ran across this 1950s brass and crystal ashtray stand with marble base. Each crystal tear drop was intact. I absolutely fell in love with it. But at first was not sure what to do with it because anything I buy must have a purpose. No dust collectors allowed. 


I kept staring at the ashtray...there must be a simple solution to this dilemma. Then it hit me. 


Voila! But of course...a candy dish.


I placed the ashtray stand...I mean candy dish in the dining room next to the coffee bar. Right after dinner, anyone can grab a smoking hot treat. 

Have you repurposed anything lately? 

xoxoxo
Paula

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