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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

"Stepping Up" My Ironstone Collection

What's It Wednesday #177
Hi everyone! So glad to be back and sharing two of my favorite farmhouse style goodies with you, ironstone and this old ladder.


I love the weathered look of old ladders and they are so useful for displays. I've seen them in just about every room of a house holding everything from linens to book and plants. I literally BEGGED my friend (Margaret) to sell it to me, soooo glad she finally did!!!


The patina on this ladder and the smooth surface of the wood worn from use just makes my heart sing. The splotches of paint just add character. I'd never dream of painting it, but I needed a contrast for it so it stood out.

After trying many and varied items (you know I have lots of those! ha! ha!) I settled upon the creamy white of the ironstone and the vibrant green of the plants.

I chose pieces from my collection that had a variety of shapes and functions, just to mix things up.

I think it gives prominence to an empty corner and allows both the ironstone and the ladder to grab your eye. So, although I didn't get any new ironstone pieces, I sure think the ladder has "stepped up" my collection!
Hugs,
Patti

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Gone to the Sea...

                          What's It Wednesday #176


Every summer the family and I pack up and head for the sea for a much needed holiday. This is where we rejuvenate and recharge our batteries. The kids don't think about school, instead they focus on building sand castles. I love to take long walks on the beach and engage in long conversations with God and contemplate the good. Every grain of sand represents everything we are grateful for. 

So, "sea" you real soon!

xoxoxo
Paula

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Annie's Noms

Over the Apple Tree

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Party On!

What's It Wednesday #175

Hi everyone, I'm having out of town guests and am running around like crazy. I'll not be sharing anything this week, but it's okay because the features are awesome!


Try Fabiola's salmon with sweet onion's and mango at FabiFabu.

While you're at it, grab a slice of Pattie's Italian cream cake at Olla-Podrida. Yum!


Tara did an amazing Anthropologie inspired dresser at Tara Grangroth Designs.


LuAnn's wreath at Lovely Livings is gorgeous!


Be sure to check out Terry's house and gardens at Forever Decorating!, part one and two, you won't be disappointed. So fabulous it took two parts! 
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Patti


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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Summer Blues

What's It Wednesday #174

This summer I am embracing the blues with a Staffordshire collection that was designed by Sir Hugh Maxwell Casson.


Hugh Casson was a brilliant 20th-century British architect, interior designer, artist, author (I have one of his children's books), and broadcaster. 
These pieces were designed in the 1950s and are meticulously hand engraved.


This earthenware teapot is very difficult to come-by. I fell in love with the French cafe scene called the 'Riviera'. 

I also love the 'Cannes' collection. The colorful boats are detailed by the hand-coloring which cleverly enhances the beauty of each piece. 


With this collection of historical British pottery, I am happy to say I have the summer blues. 

Do you have a favorite piece of pottery?

xoxoxo
Paula

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Give A Little Squeeze


 Hi everyone! Today is a true "What's It Wednesday". As a hint, all the items are related. Look closely and no scrolling ahead! What are these weird items and what connects them?

Okay, I guess I kinda gave it away with the title, anyway, but let's look closer. This has a handle and spout. Pretty, huh?

Teeny cute forks. Two wide prongs, three "bent" prongs? I wouldn't try to eat steak with them.

A saucer with a carry handle? Snack for one? Who knows, but isn't the hand-painting pretty?

Give up? See the lemons? Remember the title? Now, let's look again.

This is a lemon juicer. The halved lemon fits over the pointy part, and you squeeze and twist. The juice goes through the holes into the container (seed free), the lid goes on, and the juice is poured from the spout. Pretty and practical. This one has survived about 65 years at least!

This dainty dish is a lemon server. How cool is it to have a dish just for serving lemon? They had a lot of time back then, didn't they? I love the happy hand-painted flowers too.

I LOVE these cute forks! I snap them up each time I see them. The shape and detail of each is so unique. They are for taking the lemon slices from the server. Did you guess? Are there "what's its" in your cabinets too?
Hugs,
Patti

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