Friday, December 16, 2011

Plum Perfect Friday - We're On the Same Page...

Just wanted to quickly show off my bookpage tree display! Love them, but they were extremely time consuming to construct...I won't be making more any time soon, but I'm glad that I now have them, and that they are DONE!

Have a great weekend!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Plum Perfect Friday - Tartan and Traditional!

I've missed not blogging for the past several months. I have been doing a lot of traveling, turned '50' and had my first grandbaby! Thought I'd better get back to it...and "IT" started with a wreath makeover. go along with the tartan bows and tree skirt.

I usually do maroon and forest green, but decided to change it up a bit this year, and I'm loving the red and white.

I saw these sheet music ornaments on Pinterest and had to make some.

So cute, I love the way they turned out!

Here again is my "famous" tarnished silver bowl that I acquired recently. It is so versatile...I have used it in various centerpiece displays already! (More shredded sheet music...I adore it!)

I have always liked tartan plaid, and pulled it from the archives this year to mix with the musical scores.

My old door gets a new wreath with some more music scrolls. Simple and understated.

My coffee table vingette with more tartan plaid and a fun framed verse. (The book page tree idea came from here. Isn't it fun!)

Three Wise Women would have...
Asked directions,
Arrived on time,
Helped deliver the baby,
Cleaned the Stable,
Made a casserole,
Brought practical gifts and
There would be
Peace on Earth

This is one of my favorite "new" acquisitions this year. I found this fabulous vintage song book on eBay. I'm pretty sure my mother had one very similar to this when we were growing up.

She loved to sing and had a fabulous voice. She was a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir at one time during her life. But every time she sang in any choir, I could always single out, and actually hear her voice! I remember us gathered around the piano and her teaching us to sing many beautiful songs, not just at Christmas, but all through the year.

I am absolutely in love with this!

I've got more new Christmas crafts and decor that I am working on, so check back! Happy Christmas!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Plum Perfect Friday - Splendid Silver

As promised. more show and tell! I have been fortunate enough to come across some fabulous "silver" finds, along the way, throughout the summer, that I have picked up here and there. The round tray is actually a family heirloom that I have had tucked away, (for what, I don't know) so I finally got it out.

My silverware collection is pretty.

I am absolutely in love with this piece! I adore the intricate and ornate floral detail. Check it out:

I almost hated to put something in it, but I scored these vintage buttons at a garage sale and love showing them off, as well!

I didn't have to go far; this silverware was another score from a garage sale in my own neighborhood!

...And I have been able to fill in my spoon collection!

Silver, to me, isn't necessarily always in the pure form. I love the "silverish" lid on the ball jar (and love that blue glass).

The tiny forks and butter knives were an exciting acquisition.

A Goodwill trip landed me with a fabulous large serving bowl! THIS item will be so versatile...

On an excursion with my daughters, I spotted this charming creamer.

The creamer on the right, I think, is such a beautiful design.

Like, I said, silver can come in different forms. I consider these fantastic antique books to be like tarnished silver, in their age and appearance. So-oo COOL!

These pages were published in 1899, and written by Honore De Balzac, who was from France. I am thoroughly enthralled with these books!


(The house, Rue Fortunee, Paris, in which Balzac died.)

I adore things with so much history...Hope you have an historical day!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Rusty Rave Monday - Pretty Plates & Tempting Tea Cups

Whew! I've had an extremely busy summer and fall, thus far. Lot's of travel and other things have presented themselves, so it's been quite awhile since my last post. Throughout my jaunts, I have come across a number of, most exceptional and economical, items, that I just have to share! Today I am obviously focusing on some divine dishware.

I love to collect teacups and pretty plates, and found all of these for a steal!

The color and floral design is significant to me.

I prefer china with little or no gold trim,

so I adore this one with the lavender edging...

AND I love pansy's so that was double the noteworthy find!

So fun to mix with other pieces.

A couple of cute saucers to go with some teacups that were missing their other half.

Like I said, I love mixing patterns.

Last of all, three charming dessert plates.

This one is beautifully hand painted.

I'll have some more show and tell on Friday...

Hope you had a sumptuous summer, and are having a fabulous fall!