Friday, April 29, 2011

Vintage Inspiration Friday #35 British Country Living

Hey Everyone!
I'm excited, after 12 days of non-stop rain and chill,
the sun is shining and my deck is begging for some sweet blooms.
Hopefully, this weekend I can get some potting done.

Are we ready for the wedding?
I can't say I'll be up at 3 am,
but I'm planning on catching it on all the news stations.

And since we've been celebrating "All things British" this week
I wanted to share with you a great magazine that I subscribe to.

I'm sure many of you subscribe or find it at Barnes and Noble,
and love it as much as I do.

It's a publication that I look forward to and savor over and over.
It's similar to our stateside Country Living Magazine,
but it really celebrates the "country" and rural lifestyle of Britain.

I'll take this one, please!!

And since I've always dreamed of living a country life in England,
well then you can just imagine,
that's it's really my "cup of tea".

The latest on home furnishings and decor trends, with a vintage feel,

Gardens from formal to wild...

Features on artists and craftspeople...

And wonderful layouts of country food and recipes;
Rustic to refined.

It's a little pricier than our American mags
 but really worth it if you like a fresh take on "English Country".

And here are a few posts from last week's
Vintage Inspiration Friday.

reminded us that Easter is all about "the Lamb"

Babs At Upstairs Downstairs gave us some Vintage Inspiration 
from a wonderful book.

Cami from Creating Yourself

shared this wonderful photo of Bleeding Heart
 and the story behind these lovely flowers.

Hope you'll join in today,
Anything vintage or vintage inspired!

Please remember to link up or share the button within your post.

Hope you're having a great week.
Tomorrow my sis and I are heading to
The Seed Box Spring Open House and Barn Sale.
You know what that means...
awesome overload!!!!!
Lot's of photos next week!

Thanks to all of you who leave comments or join in for the party!
I appreciate you all and love seeing what you're up to.

Monday, April 25, 2011

A Royal Powder Room

Hi Everyone, hope you had a wonderful Easter. We've met our St. Louis kids halfway for Easter dinner in Rolla, Missouri for the last several years. Since Erin is in real estate and works on the weekends, we get together for a fun lunch and then spend the afternoon hanging out.

It's been raining at a constant downpour here for the last week, windy and cool. Blah...can you believe I had to wear "cuddle duds" under my new linen pants for Easter?

To celebrate the Royal wedding this week I'm sharing a few British items that are commemorative. My powder room has "all things British", and my favorites are my vintage biscuit tins. The Brits are big on their "biscuits", what we would consider butter cookies or shortbread. Royals and weddings give rise to tons of collectible pieces.

Bookshelf in powder room

This is a tin of Princess Elizabeth before she was crowned queen.

It was in such terrible condition with some large scratches,
 that I tried to minimize it by painting part of the horse.
(don't look too close!)

I believe this is Prince Phillip in Scottish regalia

The Prince Phillip tin.

A sweet little toffee tin;
love the tartan plaid and castles.

Another of my toffee tins with a Staffordshire soap dish,
English cottage, and my favorite Crabtree and Evelyn "Gardener's" line. 

A commemorative small plate for Charles on becoming the Prince of Wales.

Loving all English countryside prints,
sorry for the glass glare.

And here are some other images of Royal tins from Google Images

images are from her site!

Blessings to William and Kate and their families

I'll be linking to these parties this week

Have a wonderful week,
hope it's sunny for you and the Royal Couple!


Friday, April 22, 2011

Vintage Inspiration Friday #34 Inspired for Easter

Today I wanted to share with you a few of my special religious Easter pieces.

The old Easter Postcard Images are some of my favorites.
The crosses adorned with flowers and lilies,
inspired me to remake a florist's cross base
that I retrieved from my father-in-law's funeral last September.

It had been covered in lovely fall flowers,
so a few days later when we went back I took it home,
instead of letting it be thrown away.

I covered it in glue and then lightly pressed moss to cover it.
Then added two peace lilies and a cluster of green hydrangea and ivy.

Now, it blesses me each time I see it.

Antique crucifixes and prints are a few other things that I collect
which remind me of Easter.

These next two prints are on reverse mirrors
 that are setting on the buffet in the Dining Room.

(did you know, I just love lambs?)

And this old print of the last supper hangs in our Dining Room

And another antique crucifix in my entry hall.

(a photo entry for Photo Feature Friday)

One more Easter vignette;
a little moss covered rabbit setting in an ironstone vegetable dish...

I imagine he hopes he's not on the menu.

And here are a few links from last weeks VIF:

The Summer Kitchen Girls put together this adorable little planted teacup

Sandi at A Cottage Muse took us shopping

The Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore
showed us how He and She decorate together.

shared a silver memory

Hope you'll join in today with your Easter Inspirations, or
 anything vintage or vintage inspired

I now have a Vintage Inspiration Friday button
and a "Featured on VIF" button
on the sidebar.

I'm joining in on these great weekend parties:

find the links on my sidebar 

Have a wonderful and blessed Easter Weekend!


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