A girl and a cow

image

Friday I went to lunch and did a little shopping with a gal pal of mine.

She took me to some local shops in her neighborhood that I had not been to before. I was happy to pick up a few doodads & what nots and was having a lovely time.

Then, it got even better. I saw this original piece of art by a local artist.

A cow in the snow, oil on canvas, with a frame made from barn wood by the Amish.

It was love at first sight, but I had to think it over for a minute. She was expensive. More than a piece of furniture expensive. I had to be sure I had a good place to put her and I didn’t NEED her, but I really wanted her.

Ok, enough thinking, she was an investment and I would have her forever.

Sold.

The ladies at the shop wrapped her up, and I brought her home.

I had three places in mind. First I tried her in the kitchen, but she got “lost” in there. Then I tried the second spot, the hallway, and that was it.

I took everything off the wall to accommodate her. She is not large enough to fill it herself, so I had to add some other pieces. Shopping my house, this is what I came up with…for now….

Simple Ironstone and naturals (as to not take any attention away from her) over a bench my Father-in-law made me several years ago. With a picture of my dog (that just passed) in the ocean and some antique doorknobs thrown in a bowl.

I think the whites and browns help the amazing blues in the painting stand out. What do y’all think?

image

image

image

image

small p

instagram

I’m sharing this on,

Dwellings- The heart of your Home, Shabby Art Boutique

Thoughts from Alice, French Country Cottage, Imparting Grace

Rooted in ThymeElephants & Ivy ,The Newlywed Pilgrimage,

Savvy Southern StyleThe Winthrop ChroniclesCedar Hill Farmhouse,

The Heathered NestA Stroll through LifeA cozy little house

image

image

image

Advertisements

Thrifty goodness

image

I recently stopped stopped by the Habitat for Humanity Restore near my house and found some lovely plates, platters and bowls, all for $12.00.

It’s great to find little inexpensive treasures and even better when the money you spend goes to a good cause. If you are unfamiliar, Habitat’s is used to build homes locally and around the world.

I also stopped in another shop next door to the restore, and found a pretty little tureen.

image

image

The white bread plates were about $4.00 for five of them. I usually only need four at a time, so being short was not a problem. They are so pretty and the white will mix & match with anything.

The Blue and White Currier & Ives Ironstone plate was $2.00. I don’t collect the blue and white, but it’s so lovely I thought I could use it for something this holiday. And I needed to spend over $10.00 to use my debit card.

The plates also had a small matching platter that I grabbed and I also found an old Digoin & Sarreguemines serving bowl for $2.00. That’s right, $2.00 for a large french bowl.

I’m so excited, and they will all go in the perfect display cabinet I plan on finding someday….hopefully soon.

image

image

image

small p

instagram

 

Plates & platters


plates

I am one of the many people that have an affection for white Ironstone pottery.

If you are not familiar with Ironstone,  it is pottery first made in the 1800s that is collectible and can be very pricey.

You can also find inexpensive pieces, if you do some hunting and don’t mind imperfections. I actually like them a little banged up, a chip does not bother me, and I love crazing. I don’t have a ” collection” , just random plates, platters, bowls & pitchers that I have found here and there.

So, when I was contemplating what to fill a bare area of a wall with, I turned my thoughts to my Ironstone.

I liked the idea of the simplicity of Ironstone because the main wall in the entry is very busy. I didn’t want that part of the house to be overwhelming.

I don’t like a cluttered feel and I don’t feel the need to fill every empty space, but it needed something. And I already had enough pieces for a small grouping, so it was a low cost solution.

image

When I thought about how to hang the very heavy pieces, I wanted to hang them without the older style plate hangers that are visible.

I wanted a cleaner presentation. Looking into my options, I found adhesive hangers online, and I also found a diy way to hang them on Pinterest. I decided to try both.

The disc hangers are simple to use and come in several sizes for different weights. To apply them, just wet the back lightly until the disk has a nice paste. Place the disk on the back of the plate, let it dry over night and you are done.

Couldn’t be easier.

image

image

image

I also tried out the Pinterest diy version.

This involved using an epoxy glue and a picture hanger. I had plenty of the  picture hangers on hand, so I just picked up a brand of glue that was easy to use and got started.

I found that this technique was messier and the epoxy glue smells terrible. Like a bad 80’s perm terrible. I would suggest doing it outside. But it was simple enough, just apply the glue and the hanger and let it dry over night just like the disc.

This technique does work and would be a cost saver if you are hanging a lot of plates.

image

But after trying both ways to hang my pieces, I would recommend the disc hangers. They are not messy and they are oder free. I found them on Amazon and they came in about 3 days. I even got a lovely note from the vendor thanking me for my second order.

I am happy with the final look and there is enough room to add more pieces as I find them.

It’s so much more special to me to hand pick pieces, rather than just buy a generic something at the store.

image

Something old made beautiful

image

Every so often I make a trip to the Habitat Rehome store. Sometimes dropping off, sometimes going in for a look.

On my most recent trip I did both. While in the store I saw a sad, old stool that still looked promising.

It was ugly mind you, a dark green and beat up. But it was $10. I picked it up and it was heavy. I look at the bottom and there was a makers label. I didn’t even know where I would use it, but I thought, for $10, sold! I’ll figure it out.

I googled the tag underneath, it was made by the B.L. Marble Chair Company in the 1800s- early 1900s in Ohio and was stool #151. Pretty cool.

Well, I had plans for my new diamond in the ruff.

On the way home I stopped and picked up some Miss Mustard Seeds Milk Paint in the color Apron Strings.

image image

After some fresh  paint and and a coat of wax, I had a new treasure. Since the stool was only $10 and the small paint size was $7, it was a steal!

I added some flowers from the yard to an Ironstone pitcher that I bought at Philadelphia’s Clover Market, and my new stool found a home in a bright corner of the kitchen.

image

image

Isn’t it lovely? Not bad for about an hour of work and a few dollars!

Karen