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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Tiny House Collection

I've collected many different things over the years and my tiny houses has been one of my favorites. I started collecting them as a newlywed in the 1970's and I think they were a popular theme because several companies started putting out miniature house collectibles.

 My collection is very eclectic - some houses are very simple and rustic,

while some are historically accurate. This is the John Benbow Farmhouse in England. It has great detail.

I have houses made of wood, ceramic, paper, glass and tin.

A few are functional - I have a butter dish, mugs, cookie jar and cruets.
But I find that my tastes have changed over the years and I rarely notice my little house collection any more. I'm thinking of taking my houses into my antique store and selling them.What do you think? Does one keep a collection forever or clean out the old to make room for something else?

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Wedgwood Old Chelsea

Look what I found at the flea market last week. A gravy boat you say? This is not just any gravy boat. It is the Old Chelsea pattern by Wedgwood and it matches the china I received when I got married. I knew it immediately when I spied it on a table of random bric a brac. There was no price on it. Oh no, this could be expensive. How much? Only 5 dollars? Sold! 

 The Old Chelsea pattern never achieved great popularity and was only produced from 1969-1982 so pieces are very difficult to find.

I love the colors of warm browns, greens and rusts and find it perfect for fall tablescapes.

Here my new gravy boat fits in nicely with my collection of brown tranferware pieces. 

Finding a treasure at the flea market is a little like winning the lottery. You won't find anything if you don't go! 
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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Halloween Decor Ideas

Two of my good friends, Denise and Debbie, are decorating divas and when it comes to Halloween they go all out! They live next door to each other and between them have at least a dozen grandchildren. Every year they host a Halloween party for their kids - and what a treat they are in for! I was in the neighborhood the other day and just had to share their fabulous decorations. Many of these items they crafted themselves. Enjoy!

Amazing! I hope it gave you a few ideas for your own Halloween decor!

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