Monday, August 15, 2011

This and That

I haven't written much in my blog this summer, too much yard work and company. But I have been trying to keep up with all the blogs I follow. As a result, I actually won a prize! Savannah Granny had a give-away and I managed to become one of her followers just in time to enter her draw. This also brought to my attention that my settings weren't correct. She couldn't contact me through my email! Thankfully she's very flexible and managed to contact me and help me fix this problem. I'm not sure what I'm more thankful for, winning a prize or discovering my email problem.

I've tried to do a few tablescapes this summer, but the outdoors called to loudly. I even set the table a couple of times and took pictures. Nothing turned out right, the pictures were poorly lit, out of focus (my camera is automatic focus) and just generally uninspiring. I did learn though that a good tablescape can't be forced, it has to flow naturally, like the good art it is.

So, I'll share a few of the wonderful things I've found at garage sales this past week.
This Royal Doulton plate was free. (A friend's sale)

This teacup was $1

This Partylite fairy was $1

This little Japanese dish was 25 cents.

At one Garage sale on Saturday we picked up a load of stuff for $10. The one lonely candlestick doesn't look like much right now, but it is Sterling.
Spode teacups

I now have a set of 12 of these French crystal flutes. All bought at garage sales.

Lead crystal vase.

And today, I picked up a set of Encyclopaedia Britannica for $10.
It would be nice if we had a passion for only one thing. Books or china or silver, etc. Oh well, as long as we enjoy it I guess we'll figure out where to keep putting it all. At least I finally got rid of one piano. I spent more than a year with two large antique pianos in my family room.

Afternoon Tea