Thursday, January 20, 2011

Old Lace

I've been digging through my vast collection of doilies, table and bed linens in search of just the right piece for my table.I figured I would show you just a few pieces my favorites. This is one from my mom that I have never seen before. It is not one that was done so easily.
 Here is closer look at the grapes(?).  Alot of work went into each one.
 I love this piece but have never found the right spot for it yet.
 Pillowcases with crocheted trim in variegated trim.
Oh how I wish I had the talent and patience to be able to do work like this!

One of about 3 of these bread doilies. I'm not sure how they were used. Anyone have a clue of how they were displayed?

 I like to use this piece at Halloween. Reminds me of cobwebs.
Just a few odds and ends.

These pieces are still in one continuous piece. I assume they came from pillowcases that were long discarded.

I love these two. They are so feminine.

I would love to be able to show you all the pieces I have stored but you don't want to be here all day with all the other parties going on. So be sure to stop by these other great blogs!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Staying Warm On A Snowy Day

Hello Ladies! I hope everyone is staying warm. We had a brief snow storm here but it quickly passed and left a fluffy blanket behind. I love snow but only when I have the day off! So in prep of what might happen my hubby got the fireplace ready in case of power outages.

 Who says being without power is boring? It all depends on how you look at it. We love to sit in front of a cozy fire and just soak up the warmth. Since there is no tv or radio, we crank up the victrola and listen to vintage records.

 For those who have no clue what a record is, they were round plastic discs that would emit sounds when played . LOL!

We bought this victrola from a man who was in the same room as my uncle at an assisted living home.

 He had this stored in the attic and was selling his home and contents in order to stay there. He told us this was one of the first things he and his wife bought.

We buy alot of antiques, but I love to know some of the history behind them. I like to think of it as preserving memories. This serving tray I bought at a yard sale ages ago.

 I want to insert a doily under the glass when I find the perfect size. That might take me awhile until then,I hope everyone stays warm!

Monday, January 10, 2011

On the Hunt

Winter doldrums must really be taking its toll on me. I have been cleaning and rearranging things ever since Christmas. One morning ( afternoon for me really) I woke up with the urge for a coffee table.

We did not have a coffee table for years. When we bought my late uncles antique marble end tables my old (newer) set was sold along with the coffee table that matched.

Of course we really at the time did not miss it since it really was a head banger for the kids as they learned to walk. Now with the baby about to graduate I think she can walk good enough without falling into it, HA! I have been scouting e-bay and auction listings with no luck. I really do not want to buy a newer old version if I can help it but so far the search has been unsuccessful. I have found one or two listings, but I'm not about to go hundreds of miles to fetch it! Not only that the cost of shipping was more than the table.

 So if you are out and about  shopping and see a crazy lady asking "hey got any coffee tables?" that would be me. I really think this search will drive me batty.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Bathroom Organized

Well, I did it. I got started early on my organizing part of the house we tend to shut the doors and drawers on. Of course I cheated and started with the bathroom!

 But one has to start somewhere. I have to admit I really did not have to do too much here except throw alot of hair items away that were from my daughters younger days and old make-up.

 Most was putting things back into their proper place again. Even so I'm really happy with the outcome. I still want to find a glass jar to put the Q-tips into. Baskets are filled with necessities.

 I really need to buy some newer towels though. I'm really wanting some big fluffy white ones for a change.

 I also want to add some lace edging to the end of the shelves but that will have to wait. Maybe in my cleaning house I will find some that I put away and forgot about.

 Wouldn't be the first time I found a treasure like that.  Even the dog has a shelf for his bath supplies. Another basket holds all the extras like candles and make-up travel cases.

Finding even  my cleaning supplies neatly arranged will make cleaning time more stress free.

 Next stop the hall closet! UGH!!!!!
Joining Domestically Speaking

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Rosy Glow

I have been busy trying to find my house as I remove my Christmas decor. Why is it you find things after everything is supposed to be put away? Of course I'm in my I need a change mood trying to redo things as I go. Could be why it takes me forever!
I decided to touch up my mantle by adding this pair of lights. I had them just sitting around and never could decide where to put them. The banquet light is my hubbies pride. He insists it needs to stay here since it is so tall for fear of it being bumped and broke.

 We bought these lights at an auction and discovered when we got home upon further investigation one shade was cracked. So after searching on eBay we found replacement shades. What luck!

 Even the base of the lights have etchings.

 I love the way they give off a rosy glow when lit.

 I can't wait till spring when I get to remove this ugly paneling and add my wallpaper!

 Now all I need to do is find a doily to put under and it will satisfy me for awhile. That will be another project.
Joining these parties:
Colorado Lady,
Brambleberry Cottage,
and My Romantic Home.