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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Spring Tablescape - Spode Buttercup versus Spode Wicker Dell

 Last weekend it was my turn to host the family dinner party.(My siblings still have tried to get together a few times this past year and now most of us have been vaccinated!) 

 Many years ago my mother gave me several Spode Buttercup dinner plates. They have sweet yellow buttercups and forget-me-nots in the center surrounded by a wicker border with brown filigree. I thought they would be perfect for a spring get together! Only one problem, I had 8 plates and needed 10.


I turned to Ebay to see if I could find a few more.  No luck, but someone was selling another pattern by Spode called Wicker Dell.  They were a very reasonable price so I bought all five that he was selling for $30.

Can you tell the difference? Look closely.

Buttercup has...buttercups and Wicker Dell has primroses.

The filigree borders are also slightly different.

Even side by side you can barely tell the difference.

Buttercup was in production from 1924 until 1992. Wicker Dell was made from 1933 to 1964.

I used wicker chargers from Pottery Barn and a lovely mint green damask tablecloth inherited from my mother-in-law. The goblets are Fostoria Jamestown also in a minty green. 

An ironstone bowl filled with Ukrainian Easter eggs made for a  colorful but easy centerpiece.

I also added a white Kaiser bunny and a milk glass hen with a blue specked egg.

Everything looked perfect for welcoming Spring.
And by the way, no one noticed that the plates weren't all the same!

I will be joining 

Sunday, January 3, 2021

"Quarantine" Quilts

It's been a good nine months since we all went into lockdown and social isolation due to Covid-19. I realize that this has been a terrible hardship for many and in fact, a tragedy for others.  My family has been very lucky so far, my son-in-law had a mild case and the rest of us have remained healthy.

So, what to do with all of that time spent at home? I quilted.
 A lot. 
I put together 7 quilts in the past few months, most of them Christmas gifts. I was determined to use up my fabric stash as my shelves have been overflowing!

    Sometimes the back is almost as fun as the front. I used up the scraps to make this  backing.



What have you done to keep yourself busy?

 Bake? Paint? Read? 

Please stay healthy and safe. Best wishes for a better new year!

Monday, December 21, 2020

Duncan Royale Santa Collection

 My parents were avid collectors and I have shared some of their collections before such as their glass pumpkinsvintage toys and crystals.

 They loved Christmas and their house was a feast for the eyes during the holidays. 

One of their favorites was a Santa collection made by Duncan Royale. Duncan Royale made Santa figurines in the 1980’s and 90’s, but the company is no longer in business. They are exquisitely made with lots of detail. They represent different forms of “gift givers” through the ages and different countries.  Originally the figures cost over $200 a piece.


Unfortunately, we lost both Dad and then Mom this year. So now it was time to divide up all of their cherished collections. We are a large blended family of 10 kids and the parents had 12 figurines so we each would get at least one. I discovered that several of us siblings liked the Duncan Royales so much that one was not enough! It's possible to find these collectibles on ebay , etsy or if you are lucky antiquing. 

So several us us have already added to our new collection and are fondly displaying their treasures and remembering our parents and their love of all things Christmas.

Wishing you all a safe, healthy and Merry Christmas!

Monday, August 17, 2020

Stunning Silver Casserole Spoons


 I saw pumpkins in front of a store the other day. Wait! What? Is it Fall already? Well, the kids in our neck of the woods have gone back to school - we hope safely! So is it time to start thinking about the Holidays? 

Hopefully we'll be gathering with family and friends this year like we've always done. One easy but stunning way to dress up your table is with beautiful vintage silverware. This is my small collection of casserole spoons. Aren't they gorgeous?


Casserole spoons are a nice supplement to your serving pieces, noted by their extra large bowl. They are perfect for dishing up mounds of creamy mashed potatoes, herbed stuffing or even fresh fruit.

Of course silverware comes in styles to match anyone's taste- from sleek and clean to sumptuously ornate.

I particularly like the spoons with a scalloped bowl.

You can find vintage silver spoons like these in most antique stores or sometimes if you are lucky at a thrift store. They are only about $10 each so a very reasonable price for making any dinner party look elegant! 

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