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


Martha said...

You found a lot of good treasures!!! Your tablescapes will come -- just be patient.

Tess said...

Looks like a productive shopping week and I suspect we will see these pretties in the future! ;-)

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Wow! What a treasure chest of goodies you have found yourself! Love the pink teacup and many of your items really speak to my heart. Thanks for sharing and have a lovely day. I'm a Canadian blogger too and I would love to have you come visit me.


Designs on 47th Street said...

I love EVERYTHING you found at your summer sales! Do you use the flutes only for champagne? They are beautiful. The other day I pulled out an encyclpedia and really enjoyed browsing through it. I think our world is going to really feel a loss (and won't know it) when books disappear from our lives. It's wonderful to skim the pages. Thanks so MUCH for your comments on my wingbacks! I so agree with you and am truly glad I am going to use them for many more years to come. BTW my blogging has been very sporadic this summer too. That's okay! :)


Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

You found some wonderful treasures. I'm hoping to stop by a shop on Monday.. depends on how things are going around here. :-)) Your silver won my heart..hugs ~lynne~

Marlis said...

your treasures are fabulous.. wow.. love the free plate. Would love to go shopping with you! xo marlis

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi darling, thanks for swinging in to say hello. I hope you're finding time to enjoy those treasures.. you know they all stole my heart. hugs ~lynne~

The Tablescaper said...

Such wonderous treasures. That cup and saucer for one dollar is amazing.

- The Tablescaper

Babs said...

Oh my! You found some lovely pieces at fabulous prices. I love silver, especially sterling, so I know what a good find you got there. Can't believe the teacup was only a dollar. So pretty.
Thanks for stopping by and have a good week,

SavannahGranny said...

Wow, you did find a boat load of treasures. I been busy here with various things. I need to go out thrifting and find so good stuff.
BTW, did you get your package yet? I hope it got there OK.
Have a great weekend.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Wow, you really did find a ton of treasures this summer. I couldn't pick a favorite, but I always love silver. I just have to quit buying it. The books are always a treat too. Thanks also for stopping by and for your gracious comment. I really appreciate it. Hugs, Marty

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Each visit I make I see some other little treasure I fall in love with.. lol.. love the silver warmer... gorgeous! Yes, darling Mary Carol has many books, you can find them on Amazon or Ebay priced nicely now. My favorite to date is O Christmas Tree.. I believe she's suppose to have a new one come out soon.. hugs ~lynne~