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Friday, February 24, 2017

Linen & Pitcher Portraits




Here we are, the last weekend of the month. And that calls for a bit of a change up to both the mental and the physical state of things.





It has been spring for weeks now. We have forsythia and apple blossoms already. But inside I'm just freshening up the display in my wicker planter with linens and pitchers. The biggest jugs are my favorite. Perfect for so many things from bouquets to wooden spoons.





I have a large basin for each, and the large bowls are wonderful for both display and more practical use as well. Am I just crazy for ironstone? Yes!!!










Our dining room overflows with collections, so it's easy to pick something to fill in for a shoot.






Some of my favorite platters are stacked nearby.





The french wire baskets are coming down from the top of the china hutch for a cleaner look.











One of the first I ever collected, this old girl shows off her curves in a basket of linen in the morning light.






But this little gravy boat is the newest to be added. So much character in a little piece of china! Quite a few of these brown transferware pitchers have passed through my hands in recent years, but I think I will hold on to this one for awhile.















I enjoy having a bit of linen strewn about too, and a few old favorites are getting an airing for a change as well.





Nothing cheerier. And I like the chance to appreciate their delicate details more fully in plain sight.










The table arrangement will be cleared of all too soon, but I am already enjoying the jaunty line up of pitchers until I need another change of scene.





A wire egg basket hints of spring.





I do a lot of mix and match, but this pretty transfeware basin is the actual companion to the tranferware pitcher above.





This homespun towel with the lacy edge is among my long time favs as well.






I hope you enjoy the parade!




















I just love the artful china marks too!





Though not a match, this little platter goes perfectly with my latest transferware gravy pitcher. Serendipity!





One of my recent runner finds. I love the ivory tones of natural linen. The lace underneath has been featured here on the blog many times.























I'm off for more treasure hunting this weekend!
 I hope it's a great one for you too!

Jacqueline





Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Nudging Toward Spring





Sometimes it doesn't take much to inspire me. This little chamomile bouquet is enough to do it for today.




Such a cheery bloom! And just perfect for "cottage."




We have emerged from the latest cold snap, and it has me thinking of spring. That, and all the newest magazine covers. Have you noticed how gardening always turns up as a theme in January? But even this month is already over!





I've been paring things down and getting rid of stuff. Do you find yourself doing that too at the start of the year? But in my case, that often means just making room for something new.





I'm still gravitating toward a simpler farmhouse style. Still loving ironstone, textured linen, and grain sacks.





I am living with fewer accessories. (At least I am telling myself that!) And I no longer collect little vintage embroidered dish towels like this one. Except when I do! Haha!





Just too charming to pass up. It takes me to some place that I doubt exists in the real world anymore. (If it ever really did!)





But "china" is one of my other inspirations, like this set of old mixing bowls I recently found. (One of the things to make room for.) I find that these hefty old things hold up better than anything new that I buy.




So lucky to find a set of four, even with all the signs of wear. . . .















A turn of the calendar can leave me feeling energized. 





Ready to take on something new.





But then again . . . , maybe it's only the chamomile talking! 













What's inspiring you today?

Hope it's a great new month for you!

Jacqueline







Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Winter Mantel







Hello friends! We are well into the new year already. And I did finally need to look at something new. 





I like how much a little snippet of linen can change a room. A few of the same elements are still here, but the look is a little more crisp than the ecru lace I had on the mantel for Christmas. 




I am thinking of garden themes already, and I know I am not alone. I'll be pulling in a few vintage garden objects as time goes on. 









I'm thinking of what I want to fill up my cement garden urns besides the obvious. (I'm not so great with live house plants even though live green is what I prefer.) For the moment, I have a few fire starters tucked in.




I also kept my nests out as another hint of spring. That's about as fussy as I want things to be for now.






I can hardly seem to keep the days straight!

 But I hope you're having a great weekend already.

So nice that you stopped by!

Jacqueline








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