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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Estate Sales

Gorgeous vintage Christening gown!
Wait, what's that!  It's an estate sale sign.  I had to go!!  This estate sale was full of vintage lovelies that were right up my alley, well, except that everything was way overpriced!  Oh my, there was even a pink mixer!!

Pink Elizabethan English bone china teacup set
 Of course I had to buy something!  I bought the beautiful vintage Christening gown, the teacup set (love the mauvy pink!), and the wonderful Fenton milk glass silver crest two tiered dessert stand!

Fenton milk glass silver crest two tiered dessert stand
 I just might go back tomorrow, when things will be discounted.  I really want that pink mixer set, but not for $90.00!!

Happy thrifting!! Enjoy your weekend everyone!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Vintage Tablecloths

Unique and lovely vintage tablecloths
They just don't make them like they used to!  I can say that about a lot of vintage and antique items, but especially vintage tablecloths!

Vibrant rich colors!
 Vintage linens never seem to fade!  They may get worn and stained, but oh those beautiful patterns!

Great for picnics!

 Vintage tablecloths are a great way to add a cottage feel to your kitchen!  They're also perfect for picnics!

So Mod!
 The last one is one of my favorites!  I love the abstract retro design!  

Vintage linens are also great for upcycling projects!  Make handbags, pillows, and more!

Vintage is the best!!


Sunday, March 13, 2016

Jadeite - New and Old

Vintage Jadeite measuring cups
I am obsessed with Jadeite!
I am in love with jadeite, the old, and the new!  Technically the new  stuff is not jadeite, but just green glass, but it's still gorgeous!

World Market Bowls with Fenton Egg Cups
I am always on the hunt for vintage jadeite!  But recently I have discovered places like World Market for the classic jadeite-look glassware!

Vintage Rabbit and New Covered Rabbit

Vintage Basil Jar with new Salt & Pepper Shakers
Fire King Jane Ray Jadeite Teacups
Whether new, or old, jadeite is stunning!  My "someday" beach cottage will be filled with my jadeite collection!  What do you collect!?


Tuesday, March 8, 2016


Vintage china is inspiring!
I'm inspired by so many things, and so many people!  Funny people inspire me!  Happy people inspire me!  Instagram is so inspiring!!  Another place to get lost in inspiration is pinterest! Sometimes it feels like I'm on pinterest for hours at a time (maybe I am!)!

Roses are inspiring
I'm inspired by Haviland/Limoges, and can spot it a mile away! There's just something special about it!  Not just the look, but even the feel!  I absolutely adore these gorgeous pink rose salad plates!

Gorgeous salad plates!
I'm also inspired (and a bit envious) of beautiful blogs!  I haven't yet figured out how to have a pretty blog, so if anyone is willing to help me, I would love it!

Oh, I am also inspired by the fact that it is almost spring!  Today is a beautiful sunny day, and who doesn't love that!!?

Happy almost spring!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Fresh Flowers

Happy almost spring!! I usually always have fresh flowers in my house, especially during the dreary winter days!

pink roses
One of my favorites, Gerber Daisies!
Fresh flowers are really not expensive, and you can find a nice variety of flowers that will last a pretty long time!  Of course, I use my vintage vases! I especially love my large milk glass hobnail vases!

Spring is just around corner!! I can't wait!  Stay warm!!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Tea Time!

I've been keeping out of trouble by updating my Etsy shops!  The main thing I wanted to do was brighten up some dark dreary photo's!
This is a Hakusan Luncheon Set that got a makeover! 
Since postal rates recently went up, I also needed to go through all of my listings and update shipping costs.  With three very full Etsy vintage shops, it's taken quite awhile!

Harmony House Crinoline vintage bowls
 I was surprised at just high shipping costs have become!  I'm in Ohio, and the difference in shipping something closer to me than somewhere like California, is drastic!

Elegant vintage Fenton milk glass hobnail candleholers
 So off I go to continue with my tweaking of photo's!!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Lunch Time!

Fresh Veggies!

I love making soups!! They're quick and easy! I usually start them the same way, sauteing the veggies in olive and coconut oil (of course you can use butter too!).

Kale Veggie Soup with Cauliflower Steaks
 Right now kale is super cheap, so I have a lot of it, and thus, lots of kale veggie soups!  I also love making kale chips!  That's very easy, just rip up kale leaves, place it on a tray with just a little bit of olive oil, season with whatever you like, low temp, like 300, after about 5 or so minutes flip them over, maybe another 5-8 minutes, until they're cripsy.  Delish!

The cauliflower steaks were so good (although my hubby wasn't as crazy about them as I was).  Slice into steaks, put on an an olive oiled baking sheet, I sprinkled Italian seasoning, pepper, and garlic salt, but you can use whatever you love!  The last time I made them was when my daughter Katherine was home from college, and she loves cumin, so I added that to them, and they were delicious too!

Back to the soup, so I sauteed the veggies for maybe 10 or so minutes, medium heat, I only had about 3/4 cup of chicken broth left, so I added that and then some water, seasoned with fresh thyme, Italian seasoning, garlic salt, red pepper flakes, and pepper.  Use whatever veggies you have, I used kale, cauliflower, red onion, white onion, celery, carrots, etc., after the broth has been added, boil low, for about 5 minutes.  The perfect quick lunch!

Sharing with my Dad and my Mother-in-Law
 And I always make enough to share!  Here I have some ready to freeze and deliver to Grace, my Mother-in-law, and my Dad, who I lovingly refer to as "JRP"!

Make up your own soup ideas, adding beans for protein, pasta for a bit heartiness!



Monday, February 1, 2016

Happy Monday!

Yay for Monday!! A new week ahead and new opportunities!

Vintage mismatched dinner plates

 Here are some beautiful vintage mismatched dinner plates recently listed in my vintage shop! http://www.jenscloset.etsy.com

Rare Fenton milk glass hobnail egg cup
 And this lovely vintage Fenton milk glass egg cup!! Perfect for Easter!  You can find it here: 

Vintage Haviland Limoges Plates
And, last but not least!  These gorgeous vintage Haviland Limoges plates can be found at http://www.thechinagirl.etsy.com

I'm thankful you are reading by blog!! Use code SUNDAY2011 for a 10% discount in all three of my shops!


Saturday, January 30, 2016

Vintage Mismatched China

Stacks and stacks of beautiful vintage mismatched china!
I just love vintage china!  I especially love mismatched china, even more charming!

In the next couple of days I will be putting together mismatched china sets to list in my Etsy shop!

And more!

Vintage mismatched china is a fun way to create a unique and lovely tablescape!  They are also perfect for a vintage wedding!

Layer different patterns together!

 Perfect for tea parties, bridal showers, and garden parties too!

Keep watching! I will soon be listing some of these plates pictured! http://www.jenscloset.etsy.com and http://www.thechinagirl.etsy.com

Have a great weekend!