August 29, 2014

Vintage Ironstone China: Wedgewood Pearl

I shared a great thrifting venue with you a few weeks ago but I never showed you what I got there!
 
Cece's is a darling thrift boutique in the quaint lakeside town of New Buffalo, Michigan. My daughters and I had a great time there.
 
And when I saw this vintage Wedgwood ironstone china bowl I knew I had to add it to my collection. 
 

It's much bigger than it looks in the photo. The inside of the bowl measures 12x10 inches.
 
I believe that it's original lid was missing, but that didn't deter me from buying it anyway.
 
I still thought it would make a lovely addition to my ironstone collection.


I tried to get a shot of some of the details. The fluting on the base is one of the things that drew me to it.
 
That, and the rather intricate handles.

 
You can see some dark age spots here and there.
 
But I don't mind the patina that comes with age.
 
Here it is empty, sans lid.
 
 
It's likely that this Pearl patterned piece was made somewhere in the mid to late 1800's. 
 

Based on it's pedigree and some preliminary research, with the lid
it's probably worth over $250.00.

Granted, I didn't get the lid.
 
But I paid only $28.00.
 
Works for me.


And of course I just had to get in MORE hydrangeas. There's been a bumper crop again this year and I couldn't be happier.
 
What would you put in here? With fall on it's way, my gears are turning in anticipation of what else I can do with this beautiful find.
 
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August 25, 2014

Decorating with Vintage Trophies


I love vintage trophies.
 
I love their patina.
 
I love their shapes.
 
I love their engravings.
 
I don't love their price tags.
 
So I don't own any vintage trophies.
 
But I do have a vintage champagne bucket that will do just fine.


I got it at a thrift store for less than $10.00.

 It was even red-marked down if I remember correctly.

I couldn't believe it! I mean, how did this beauty manage to stay on the shelf?


I love filling mine with hydrangeas from the yard.


Or lovely spring bouquets like this one.

I also scored a small double-handled silver cup a few years ago that I love to use in vignettes around the house.



This one goes great with vintage books.



And it made the cut for my recent dining room cabinet reveal.

But vintage trophies can be used for so much more.


In the kitchen to corral utensils like I found over at Heather Bullard.
.
 
Or filled with pumpkins and feathers for fall décor like these at Must Love Junk.
 
Equestrian Style Decorating & Fashion Inspiration
 
Boxwood balls look beautiful in this equestrian vignette from Atta Girl Says.

Vintage Trophies planted with moss

Via

And this combination of patinated silver and chartreuse is a winning one, and so easy to accomplish.



I'm not yet sure where I'm going to put my vintage "trophy."

But you can see some of the ideas I've collected on my Trophies Pinterest Board.

Which idea do you like best?

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August 20, 2014

Fall is in the Air ~ Salted Caramel Cupcakes {and a surprise!}




I don't know about you but when I hear the word caramel I think of fall. 
 
As in caramel apples.
 
As in salted caramel cupcakes!

The summer is rapidly dwindling and I still have some of my Pinterest Fun Foods recipes to share with you.

For those of you who missed them, the first two were real hits.

I mean, who doesn't love chocolate covered strawberries?
 

This recipe was so easy it was almost like stealing candy from a baby (pardon the pun).
 
And then there's my infamous Whoopie Pies.



Today I want to share with you some fantabulous salted caramel cupcakes
{as well as a surprise at the bottom of this post!}
 
You can find them here on my Fun Foods Pinterest Board.

These were actually the first of the Fun Foods to be created, so I'm not sure why it's taken me so long to post about them!


Don't they look yummy?
 
And no, the white rocks you see on the plate aren't really white rocks.

They're sea salt! (That's fleur de sel for you francophiles!)

 
 


I got my recipe from The Tidy Mom
 
  I followed it with two modifications:

ONE: It appears that Duncan Heinz no longer makes their Signature Caramel Cake Mix.
 I substituted a box of Betty Crocker Super Moist French Vanilla cake mix instead.

TWO: I could not find the Nestle caramel for the frosting, so I substituted Smucker's Sundae Syrup Caramel instead.

Otherwise I thought the recipe was pretty straightforward and they were definitely worth making.
 

 
 
I can't believe that school has started for our oldest (high school!) and the middle kiddo starts next week.
 
Then I start homeschooling Chickadee number 3 after Labor Day.
 
I still haven't finished my French Wire Hamper project.
 
Why not, you ask?
 
Well, it might have something to do with this.
 


Yes, we got a puppy.

Looks like our
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
is a keeper. 

What do you think?

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August 11, 2014

French Wire Laundry Hamper For Less

Ever since we put the house up for sale, my posts have been sporadic at best. I mean, who wants to start a major painting/décor/DIY project when you know the house has to remain "show ready" all the time? Well, due to unforeseen circumstances (like a horrible real estate market where we live) we've taken the house off the market for the time being. It just seemed like the right thing to do, what with the kids about to start school and all. So hopefully I can start a few projects that I've put on the back burner after all these months. 
 
Today I want to share with you a major-brand look-alike that I picked up a while back

at,

yes,

Wal-Mart.
 
You may remember when I shared my joy at finally becoming a proud owner

of this faux "olive bucket" from Wal-Mart's

Better Homes and Gardens Collection.

        
I was beside myself happy!
 
Well, enter another Better Homes and Gardens version of another one of my long-coveted home decor items:
 
The French Wire Laundry Hamper.





My pictures really don't do it justice. It's sturdy and quite large and I love it!
 
Of course Pottery Barn certainly has their version. I do love it, but not the price.
 
$159.99
 
French Wire Hamper & Ticking Stripe Liner
 


They also had a real look-alike version a few years ago.  Again, I like it. Just not the price.

$89.00
 
Look familiar?


(Sorry, the only source I can find for this picture is now on Pinterest, without any authentication. But I know when I originally found it it was on an old Pottery Barn page. I think it was 2010.)
 
Seems like Pottery Barn's not the only place that carries wire laundry hampers.

  I came across this in my local World Market the other day.  

The Ellie Rolling Hamper.

(Also look familiar?)



Original price: $99.00 (on sale for $79.99)
 
They also carried the Claudette Wire Hamper.
 
This one really spoke to me in all it's Frenchi-ness.



Original price: $81.99 (sale price $71.99).
 
Crate and Barrel also has a similar one for $59.95.

So let's recap:
 
Theirs: $89.00.  Mine: $19.89.



As much as I love my Wal-Mart version,
I just couldn't seem to leave well enough alone (surprise).

Stay tuned to see how I personalized it!

Oh, and run, don't walk to your local Wal-Mart if you want to get one of these for yourself. I don't imagine they'll last for long.

WAIT! Guess what I just found on Wal-Mart online?

 

This just keeps getting better and better, doesn't it?

 
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