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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Tea in the Library #26



“After all," Anne had said to Marilla once, "I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string.”
L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea


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Please Join me at these Great Parties

Mod Mix Monday @ Mod Vintage Life
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Inspiration Monday @ I Should Be Mopping the Floor

Where I learned how to make Soft Pretzel Bites from Lou Lou Girls


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Tuesday Cuppa Tea@ Teacups and Antiques
Don't miss Miss Ruth's lovely and very interesting post  - especially if you're an Anglophile. Fascinating!
Teacup Tuesday @ Artful Affirmations &
Tea time Tuesday @ Rose Chintz Cottage 

Don't miss the special Bird Lovers Tea!

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Don't Miss this great project using Book Pages at An extraordinary Life

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 Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olsen 
Don't miss seeing what Ruth finds when Cleaning out with Antiques & Tea cups


Don't Miss this  no calorie donut pin cushion

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Don't miss
The Sheep picture at Salmagundi


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 Where you won't want to miss this and other  great vintage make overs at


 

Saturday, March 22, 2014

My Rustic Victorian Spring Dining Room

 
My Rustic - Victorian Spring Dining Room
The dining room has finally transitioned from
 Winter to Spring.  
From snowflakes... 
To birds  and flowers . . .



 A touch of Rustic . . .
a touch of Victorian . . .
 Gilt sconces and mirrors
 Daisies and burlap...

A Black and White transfer ware collection  has room to grow...

 Whimsical Woofer  investigates a basket . . .
Raggedy Ann is from a friends collection . . .
Rustic Victorian Spring floral arrangements
A 'fire' takes the chill from the air. . .
A velvet and gilt chair. . .

Painted plates and  fancy hat...
 Love my timer candles!

 Curly willow and ducklings ...


And an abundance of Forsythia. 
 The chandelier bow is made from wired burlap ribbon.
 Victorian postcard seen above can be found at The Graphics Fairy.
 A few more branches of forsythia.  
Raffia 

A big burlap bow for the china cabinet.

More fruit, fewer cupcakes! 
You cannot tell from this picture but the window is lovely stained glass original to the house.

If this end of the room looks a little barren - it' because I like to set up my ironing board there!

My center piece is a simple lantern.  I added a few moss rocks and a bird nest (Dollar Tree). 


I layered a strip of green satin ribbon (it's blanket binding)  over the table runner. 


 Is anything more welcome than those first spots of bright green in Spring? 


These lovely Depression cake plates were a  recent
thrift shop find.  ($4.00 for 6 plates)

And there you have it, my Rustic Victorian Spring Dining Room!

Please Join me at these Great Parties

Mod Mix Monday @ Mod Vintage Life
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Inspiration Monday @ I Should Be Mopping the Floor
Where I learned how to make Soft Pretzel Bites from Lou Lou Girls


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Teacup Tuesday @ Artful Affirmations &
Tea time Tuesday @ Rose Chintz Cottage 

Don't miss the special Bird Lovers Tea!

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What's It Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants


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Don't Miss this great project using Book Pages at An extraordinary Life

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 Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olsen 
Don't miss seeing what Ruth finds when Cleaning out with Antiques & Tea cups


Don't Miss this  no calorie donut pin cushion

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Don't miss
The Sheep picture at Salmagundi


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 Where you won't want to miss this and other  great vintage make overs at









Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Doves and Old Lace

 
 White doves and  old lace were not for you.  Your doves were
 
 grey and soft brown.  Found broken under a window
 
 
 
  and brought  to you.  They lived in a
 
box with a threadbare towel thrown over  as a lid. 
 
 
 
 
Then one day the box began spending afternoons on the porch .
  You sat nearby , tea cup at hand.
 
 
 
Eyes on your Zane Grey, the only sound the soft flick of a turned page. 
 
 
 
 
 
 Every afternoon until one day with a flutter of wings the Injured Party flew to join it's cooing friends picking cracked corn out on the long  gravel drive.
 
 
 
You were not a delicate teacup  grandmother.
 
 
 
 
 You  preferred
 
sunflowers and zinnias, to more delicate blooms. 
 
 
 
 And watching dust motes in a sun beam to the sparkle of  exquisite crystal. 
 
 
 
 
 A pinch of salt and box of Old Bay  all the cooking spice you ever needed
 
 
 
I play with pretty things. Arrange and rearrange tea cups and lace. 
 
 
 
 
 I sit among my found vintage  finery like a child playing make believe.
 
 
 
Like the child I was at your feet. Your little magpie picking through shiny objects. I take glitter and glue and turn scraps into pretty baubles. 

 
 
  And houses like the ones we made from boxes and paper grocery sacks. We made villages of houses. A story for each. I laid them out around your chair. I would still lay the world at your feet.


Spring is coming, and I am suddenly impatient to box up the Pink, the Frills, and get my hands in the soil.




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 I step out side with a scoop of cracked corn in hand and listen for the coo of doves.




Please join me at some of the Best Parties Ever.


Teacup Tuesday @ Artful Affirmations


 Tea time Tuesday @ Rose Chintz Cottage 
 
 
 

 Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olsen 
 
 
 

* I saved this template last year and now can't find it online to provide a link back. My apologies.