Friday, January 31, 2014

Be Inspired #174

I felt totally out of the loop being away just one week! I missed seeing all your great ideas and decor from last week, and I'm in real need of some fresh inspiration! We're settling in to the lease house but have a long weekend of packing at the other house ahead of us. blah. But I DO need to find my Valentine goodies so I'll keep on a happy face. It's been so cold, all I want to do is stay home with a fuzzy blanket wrapped around me. OK, no whining...Here are some of the great links from the party two weeks ago.


Melissa from Shabby Love has a wonderful Home Tour, 
that you won't want to miss.





The Making of an Antique Cupboard
Angie from Knick of Time



Mary from Home is Where the Boat Is
shares her Potting Shed with a Bird Themed tablesetting.




gave us some care and handling tips for White Ironstone



gave us some wonderful farmhouse kitchen inspiration



Jennelise captured some lovely pink vintage items



and Mini Oven Puff Pancakes from Simply Suzanne at Home


thanks gals!!


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    thanks for joining in!


    xoxo,




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    Wednesday, January 29, 2014

    My New, Old Cupboard

    I still have boxes sitting around, but last weekend I just had to unpack my ironstone and transferware. Each time I'd look at my cupboard in my new little sitting area, it called my name. So, the bathroom and office could wait. I needed to have some fun with dishes.




    I debated on using my red transferware in the upper cabinet since it's close to Valentine's Day, but since I'd never styled my brown, the brown won out. As I've mentioned before, I don't have "sets" of any pattern, although the "Old Britain Castle" by Johnson Brothers is probably my favorite. Some of the plates have chips, but that wouldn't keep me from using them for display...just use a well placed sugar bowl or pitcher and no one's the wiser.




    The ceilings here are high, so that gives more room for some displayed items on top... yay. One of my antique laundry baskets that received a whitewash last year is holding my boxwood wreath, an ironstone tureen, and some ironstone platters. I'm thinking "Spring" in here, so an old watering can, some clay pots, and a ivy topiary are squeezed in.



    You might not be able to see her, 
    but a little birdie is nesting in a clay flower pot.






    I still have more brown at the other house that needs to be packed, but I only took what I hoped would fit in the cupboard. It's a little jammed in, but I wanted as much to enjoy as possible.


    Some barnyard cows are here too, the brown and white one in the back is Meissen, very old, with a faint crossed swords mark and "Germany" engraved on his side. He/she has a horn busted and shows some wear, and I can't remember where I found it, but I knew he was valuable. He only cost a few dollars.



    I'm not sure about the all white mamma and baby, but they are also bisque porcelain, although I can't find any markings. I don't know that I'd ever shown these, they were in my powder room at the other house. This is a Cordon Blue creamer, but an older and more detailed one than most.


    No markings on this cutie.



    I stole  permanently borrowed these cream and marmalade jars from my husband's crockery collection to include in the cupboard. He collects Civil War era pottery, crocks, and bottles, etc. Actually, he was collecting demi johns before they became so trendy. You'll see those too, soon...on the fireplace hearth, I think. 



    So here's the bottom part of the cupboard; it's housing my red transferware for now and more misfit ironstone and brown transferware. I have to get the rest of it together and see how much I can fit in without totally breaking those shelves. I still have a load of green and a few pieces of blue. yikes. 




    I don't have room to leave the doors open in here, but a few times a day I peek inside, and smileI've wanted a dish display cupboard for ages. (Ever since I sold my first antique pie safe about 15 years ago.) Who knew moving to a smaller house would get me one?


    Things are coming together over here. It's a little frustrating at times since there are some changes that I would like to make if this house was mine, but I'm having to do my best to camouflage them and work around them. 
    I thought about starting off this post by saying how dang cold it is, but you all know that. Hope you're staying warm and inside with a fire and some hot tea or cocoa...I know I am.

    joining in with these party people:



    love ya bunches,



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    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

    The Marketplace: Etsy and Boutique Showcase

    Hi Everyone, and Welcome to The Marketplace!
    It feels good to be back in a routine, since this is the first full week of trying to get some things unboxed and put away, find my way to the pc and get my office/studio together. There's only one thing worse than trying to move into a bigger house and that is trying to find a place for a lot of stuff in a smaller house. But we're making a lot of headway, and I know we'll be in better shape by next week. So let's see what great things have been going on in your shops and online stores since I've been gone. Here are a few links from 2 weeks ago:


    Alice W Collection




    Vintage by Nina Book
    Vintage Flea Market




    La Croix Rosion





    Nostalgic Artifacts





    Vintage Goodness 1



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    Friday, January 24, 2014

    Honey, we're Home!

    I'm so glad this last week is behind us. It's been non-stop packing and stressing since the middle of December when we decided it was time to take that big step with the move. Just in case you haven't been by here for awhile, we've moved to a smaller lease house so we could start updates on our big house. The move went smoothly, and our younger daughter and her hubby were here to give us some help over the weekend. Amazing what 30-somethings can accomplish when you hand them some cardboard boxes!



    We only took less than half of our furniture and "stuff" with us, but we quickly filled up the new "little house". But I have to say I'm loving the coziness and convenience of this smaller place. I wish the rooms were a little bigger, 'cause it's a little tight, but all in all it's super comfortable and I'm having fun putting things together. 


    One bonus that I hadn't planned on was having enough room in the eat-in kitchen area to make a small sitting area with some wicker and my baker's rack. It helps ease the withdrawal of leaving my sunporch behind. And once I had things in place, a few things that I hand carried over found their way to the baker's rack.


    My galvanized bucket full of paperwhites started blooming the day of the move, making it a sweet little "sign" of blessings to come.


    I have a few things that stay on the baker's rack no matter the holiday or season; my wooden seed crate is one of them. Now it's filled with my old garden tools and some pots and seed packets. Hard to imagine, but it will soon be time to think about Spring...really hard, since it was about 5 degrees last night.


    The move was a little harder on the kitties, as they cried all night the first few nights; they were ok during the daytime, but at night it was a turf war on the bed. Miss Wrigley kept trying to nudge us out from under the covers so we could go home, where she is queen of the bed. Her little sister is vying for the "top cat" position, although right now they are both hiding behind the headboard of the bed; their go-to spot when the garage door goes up or the door bell rings.


    Next on the list to get unpacked is my studio/office. I think I'm going to leave a lot of my many boxes of vintage papers and ephemera, etc. boxed up. I just don't want to think about unpacking all of it to turn around and repack it again once we have permanent plans. I may change my mind later, when I'm feeling an urge to create something...




    I can't wait to show you more of this room and how it's coming together. I still haven't tackled all the many boxes of ironstone or transferware, but I'm excited to get around to playing in the old pie safe. You won't recognize most of this furniture in here because it was downstairs out of "camera range", which is code for bad lighting and bad decorating.


    I'll be back next week with The Marketplace and Be Inspired,
     hope to see you then.

    joining in with:

    Stay warm, 
    and may all your kitties be happy kitties...

    xoxo,
    p.s. I missed you all this last week!

    Friday, January 17, 2014

    Be Inspired# 173

    I knew this week would be crazy and it has been. Last minute switcheroos on coffee table and accent tables have had me busy doing some painting instead of finishing packing. Amazing how furniture grows from the showroom floor by the time it gets to your home! But things are coming together. Some of you were amazed that I could get things packed in a few short weeks. The answer is that we are only taking a little of our furniture and "stuff" over to the new little house. The rest will go into storage or be part of a sale. I have several months of packing left to do once we move out. So no, I'm not super woman...

    I've had white cupboards on the brain lately: they are always a favorite with all of us in the pottery, transferware, and ironstone crowd. One of my favorite bloggers, Kathleen, has a wonderful example from last week's link party. Here are the top visited links from last week:


    Faded Charm
    Adding to My Collection




    Meg from Oliver and Rust shared some decorating tips from
    The Gianetti book, Patina Style





    And Rita from Panopoly gave us great side-by-side views
    of how she took her sunroom from Christmas to "Winter".


    Thanks so much, gals for always coming to the party!


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  • Please have an individual link back to Common Ground within your post. I'd love to feature you. This is just part of the Party Etiquette.
  • Please remember to turn off word verification. I've tried leaving comments that didn't go through. I'm sure others have tried also.
  • Please no direct links to Etsy or Advertising.
  • Link up to three of your current posts.
  • Take a minute to visit a few of the other links.
  • Please be a follower of Common Ground.
  • Thank you to all of you who come over each week to link up to the party, I may not get to leave a comment, but I try to visit each of your posts. You are a never ending source of inspiration to me and others, so just know how much I appreciate each one of you!



    This will be my last post until after the move. I'm not sure, but hopefully you'll hear from me by next weekend. If not, don't worry. We're working on a new Internet plan which is a little complicated. I'll have a few pics of the new place to share by then.
    See you on the other side...
    xoxo,



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