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28 February, 2010

More Frenchy Fluffing...and...A Thrifting Find!

diningroom I’m at it again! I’ve been doing  a little frenchy fluffing in my dining room! My hutch is one of the areas of my home that is constantly changing, as you will see!


page3 To guide you through the changes is our co-hostess Isabella…our little calico supermodel. Baby Kitty is unavailable today since he is busy studying for his Grand Diplôme at Le Cordon Bleu Paris. He is hoping to branch out on his own as a gourmet chef with his own cooking show!


page5 Isabella will tell you that rearranging the hutch is a favorite pastime of mine. Just have a peek at the various displays of plates that have graced it in the past…all white, all blue, blue and white and…my favorite…blue and yellow!


page4 This time I have added some of my favorite thrifting finds….a pair of topiaries ($9 for the pair) and a collection of double happiness jars gathered over time (about $9 each). I was also tickled to find this wonderful French country chair to help in the frenchification of the dining room! 


IMG_0878 You will also recognize this  Red Cliff ironstone tea pot that I showed you in a previous post! It was the result of a year long thrifting search for more ironstone to match the real centerpiece of my dining room…


tureen …my mom’s Red Cliff tureen! I think it is the source of my love of the grape motif! As I have told you before, you could put grapes on a stick and I would buy it! lol Soooo…imagine my delight when only two weeks after finding the tea pot…


page6 …I stumbled upon this while Goodwill hunting with my friend Linda at Nina’s Nest! Even through the layers of tape and dirt, I could see what it was…a Red Cliff sugar to match my tea pot!! And do you see the price…$2.52!! Come to Mama!


IMG_0872 And here she is all cleaned up! Isn’t she a beauty? I love how the handles look like grape vines!


IMG_0658 Here she is with her real mama…the tea pot. Don’t they look cute together?  But…wait…my little sugar looks so lonely! I think that she needs…


IMG_0879a brother! So I bought her one on ebay. Isn’t he a handsome fellow? Linda and I searched the GW top to bottom for the matching creamer and couldn’t find it, so I cheated and bought it. I almost felt guilty…like shooting fish in a barrel. Where’s the fun in that? But the sugar was such a bargain that the $16 for the creamer seemed justified. And I must tell you that I have seen the pair for sale at an antique website for $125 so I am very happy!


IMG_0877 And here is the happy family on my hutch! They are posing with their uncle the candelabra. I am on such a Red Cliff roll that I am sure there will be more around the corner…I hope!


IMG_0898 And there you have my frenchy fluffing in the dining room! Isabella would like to say thank you for stopping by!

met mon Be sure to visit Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday where you can get a peek at her gorgeous home and see what sorts of changes she is making, as well as find out who else is playing along!

Then on Tuesday I’ll be joining Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, where we show off  our vignettes and accessories! Marty is the vignette queen and the perfect hostess for just such a party!

 http://linda-coastalcharm.blogspot.com/I will also be linking up to a brand new party here in blogland…Nifty Thrifty Tuesday with Linda at Coastal Charm! Be sure to head over to her blog and get in on the fun as we share our thrifting finds!

And on Friday, I am joining Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday where we show off special things from our homes and our gardens! I can't wait! See you next time! A la prochaine!

79 comments:

  1. Hi Debbie

    Your hutch displays are all gorgeous. I love the new additions, too.

    I'm going to be working on my hutch, today. You've inspired me.

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  2. you have such pretty dishes....great photos..

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  3. Your thrifty find is such a steal! I bet you gasped out loud when you found it. ;) Great job...your dining room is just lovely!

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  4. Lovely!! Love how the kitties keep you in line. :)

    ~Liz

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  5. Oh wow Debbie, your new sugar and creamer are just wonderful. I love that pattern, the leaves, grapes and the vines are just gorgeous. What a fun and wonderful find. I am so glad your GW is having a few treasures for you. I know you are also having a ball with the new Grandbaby. So precious. Enjoy. Thanks for linking up to my party too. You're the best. Hugs, Marty

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  6. I'm so happy that you found that sugar bowl! It's beautiful. And of course you couldn't let it be lonely, the creamer purchase was necessary, absolutely! So what is the title of Baby Kitty's new cooking show? May I suggest "Catatouille"? Or maybe "Cat on a Hot Gas Stove"? Sorry, couldn't resist! Hugs, Kat (and give that new grandbaby a hug too)

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  7. Hi Debbie,

    Wow that is a great buy and sooooo beautiful! I think I am going to start looking for Red Cliff pieces after seeing how beautiful yours are...I got a great bargain this week too at GW and it is so french!

    Come by for a visit!

    Happy Sunday!

    Miss BLoomers/Sonia

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  8. Wow! What great finds and they are beautiful! Congrats!!

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  9. Oh my. I am off to google Red Cliff. I learn so much on these blogs. Yours is wonderful and I love your staff.

    Carol

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  10. Debbie I love all your hutch displays but I think the pop of yellow with blue is my favorite! Sigh just gorgeous. Wow what a great find was that sugar bowl so I agree buying the creamer was just fine. Sometimes we have to help the thrifting gods. I love your Red Cliff, really beautiful.

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  11. Oh, Debbie, I'm smiling with glee knowing that you've added these lovely additions of Red Cliff. All good things come to those who are patient. Your hutch and dining room definitely have a sense of France. Everything is perfection. I, too, like to switch out the dishes on the Welsh dresser in our dining room. There hasn't been a change in a long time, but I need to be working in the garden or cleaning out closets rather than playing with my dishes. I need more hours in a day!
    Thanks for sharing these photos. A visit to see you leaves me feeling happy every time! Hope you are enjoying every minute as a new granny and that all is going well.
    Hugs ~ Sarah

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  12. Your "thrifting" really paid off!! Your teapot set looks beautiful and has a shining spot on your hutch!!
    I have a few Red Cliff pieces and love them..ironstone is a fav of mine also...
    Love all your plates and Isabella was a particular super hostess!!

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  13. Good Morning my Dear friend...Girl I love your new Red cliff Ironstone that candle holder is to die 4 girl..I am glad to see you back Debbie hows that Austin doing...did you wear the skin off his face kissing him ha ha!!
    Debbie where do you put all the stuff from the hutch when you redo it?? I don't have enoung room to store stuff any more sighs...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  14. Ms Debbie...for some unknown reason...your blog will not load into my google reader :(
    I put in a work order lol tech support. And they fixed it!
    I know I am a follower and have been for a long time. But I was not getting updates in the reader...
    I mean even your old blog feeds were gone...

    But now you are back in the reader...to my delight!

    you know how I feel about blue and yellow LOL...viva la france! :)

    your post is the personification of all things bright and beautiful.

    so happy to hear and see you once more!!

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  15. Your hutch looks lovely :o)
    Congratulations on finding the Red Cliff to match your tea pot, they are really classy pieces. Nothing as enjoyable as tracking down a much longed for missing peice is there?

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  16. Debbie~~~

    I am loving all of your hutch arrangements. The yellow and blue is especially gorgeous!! And what a fantastic find and bargain on the ironstone creamer! Lovely. And heck, I'd have paid more for the sugar to make it a set! Very pretty!

    xoxo
    Jane

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  17. Love the looks of your hutch, Debbie. I hadn't heard of Red Cliff until one of your posts, now I am on the lookout for a piece.
    I really enjoy seeing your kitties, especially Isabella, she is beautiful!

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  18. Isn't it fun playing with dishes! You have some beautiful dishes and I love how you display them in your hutch. Darling kitties too!

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  19. Your hutch always looks so pretty Debbie. Mine usually does double duty for extra food storage but I got a china set at an estate sale and am going to try to keep the extra bags of chips from finding their way back in!

    Isn't the thrill of the hunt wonderful!Congrats on your sugar bowl and good shooting on the creamer!
    Hugs,
    DAwn

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  20. Great displays and I love your cute little story. Good to have you back.

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  21. I love...love...love your white grape dishes. Wonderful finds! Makes me want to go to Goodwill.

    Barb

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  22. I am sorry for not congratulating you on the birth of your grandson!! Congrats, Debbie!! :-)

    xoxo
    Janie

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  23. You, my dear, are going to turn me into a plate addict. Not only does it make your house more beautiful, but I will bet that food tastes better when served on such pretty wares.

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  24. Debbie, I have something for you at my blog so please come and get it.
    Kim

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  25. I LOVE that tea set! I'm on the hunt for more ironstone, but our thrift shop never gets anything that good! Gorgeous!
    xoxo Pattie and Allie

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  26. I came over to let you know that my blog has moved and I would be ever so grateful if you would come to the new site and RE-sign up to follow me there.

    www.itssoverycheri.com
    Cheri

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  27. Beautiful hutch arrangement, Debbie. Your Red Cliff collection is growing and they are all so lovely, so pretty shown all together. How is the little grandson of yours?...Christine

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  28. Debbie, I had forgotten how many hutch arrangements you have done, but - WOW - I love each one! Everything looks wonderful and the growing Red Cliff collection is fabulous! I can't wait to see what we stumble across next! Linda

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  29. There is just nothing like a happy ending! Your story of gathering the Red Cliff teapot, sugar and creamer is heartwarming...we are right in there with you Debbie!
    You have changed out the plates in your hutch numerous times - each display lovely, but I'm a purist - I love the all white -

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  30. Girl, you are the unavowed queen of good deals! Love that you found those two pieces for such great prices!!! :-)

    XO,

    Sheila

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  31. Your hutch displays are gorgeous! How wonderful to have found the creamer and sugar to match your teapot at such bargain prices! I just love your feline assistants-they make the visit so much fun!

    Blessings,

    Kim

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  32. Hi Debbie, In anticipation of Baby Kitty's graduation at Le Cordon Bleu, I would like to apply as his Sous Chef!

    It was lovely seeing Isabella, she was a lovely model, soooo Vanna!

    Love the Frenchified of your hutch. I'm sure there are more Red Cliff's on the horizon.

    How's the new grandbaby doing?

    Love, Bonnie

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  33. Love your hutch and the special white ironstone and what a treasure -- finding the sugar at such a bargain (which is why GW is such a great place to shop!)

    Congratulations.

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  34. Debbie! Everything is so beautiful! I love it and how special to find the teapot!! Oh, you have the prettiest things!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  35. Oh la la! You did well. They are beautiful! Such a lovely addition to your collection!
    Congrats on the new grandbaby! Just wonderful!

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  36. Congrats on your new find. Looks like your kitties agree. ;)
    Allison

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  37. I love your hutch and all your collections. The ironstone is wonderful...especially that darling teapot!

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  38. Hi Debbie!

    Everything looks absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! I can't even pick out a favorite because it is all my fav!!

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  39. Honestly you and Linda find the best things up your way. Sue and I need to make a road trip up your way one day to follow you around at your GW as you have the magic touch for finding some amazing pieces of china. It all looks so pretty sitting on your shelf.
    Joyce

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  40. Hi Deb all of your changes look so wonderful and your new red cliff items are amazing. You are so good at editing and adding just the right amount of accessories to your vignettes. Love it all!! Kathysue

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  41. How exciting that you found more of your pottery! I'm beginning to catch on to the thrill of thrifting. I had never done it before blogging...but, I'm starting to like it.

    Sue

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  42. Oooh la la ~ so pretty! I love your dining room chairs.

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  43. You don't just change your tabletop, you change your wall (hutch) to go with it! What fun!

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  44. Debbie, I love all your white finds. You are the luckiest GW shopper I know. I never find anything that good at my GW.
    Isabella is doing a wonderful job as co-host but I do miss Baby Kitty.
    Congratulations on you new grandson. I know you are spoiling him rotten.

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  45. Debbie your hutch is just gorgeous the way you arranged it!

    I adore the precious kitty pictures too. Isabella and Baby Kitty are both so lovely! ;)

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  46. What a lovely story with such a happy ending! I love family reunions!

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  47. I am so happy to see you back after the "Baby Break!"

    The hutch is a wonderful focal point in your room, and you always keep it fresh. I had never heard of Red Cliff till you wrote about it,so you have taught me something new.

    Your kitties are the cutest!

    Scribbler

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  48. Wonderful finds Debbie and it is displayed beautifully. I love it all and I would like to thank your staff for showing us around.

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  49. Debbie, I just knew I was going to come over here and find that new grandson all dressed up in some Frency outfit! But, seeing your hutch in all of it's blue, white and yellow glory is almost as good. Your entire tea set was such a bargain (even the creamer on ebay), and it looks beautiful on your hutch. I don't remember seeing those great rooster candle sconces before, but I must have seen them. I love those! I can't wait to get some gourmet French recipes from Baby Kitty! laurie

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  50. Hi Debbie, It is always such a treat for me when I see a new post of yours. This one did not let me down ~~ DISHES! Oh yes! Love your photos and what great finds. Wow, I would love to have seen your face at GW when you spotted the sugar bowl. I think the creamer on ebay was a good decision. :)
    Donna

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  51. I love those rooster candle holders!!~ And you have some beautiful dishes!!~ I can understand now why you are the plate attic!!~

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  52. Debbie, I love your hutch arrangements and all your wonderful thrifting finds. The little topiary is so cute.. and a pair of them, no less. Wow!

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  53. I always enjoy coming here and seeing your lovely tablescapes. All of your dishes are so pretty. Your little co-hostesses are adorable ♥

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  54. Hey there! Thanks for the visit today...I'm going to have to add begonias to my list. ;)

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  55. What a beautiful set. I'm so glad you were able to find the sugar and creamer. They're beautiful. Love that frenchy chair. All of your dishes are so nice.

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  56. I always try to pick out my favorite thing, but in your case, I love EVERYTHING in this post. It's just all gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

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  57. Ironstone. I love it..I learn so much on here. I had never heard of redcliff Ironstone. It's beautiful! And the price for the lovely sugar bowl! :) That would make anyone smile!

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  58. Oh my, What precious kitties and fabulous dishes and iron stone!! I adore that dish display in your dining room also!And the Frency, Blue and white toile, so fabulous!

    I almost posted a picture of my calico kitty 'Peaches', who had jumped up on the table today while I was doing my photo shoot for my, 20th, Tuesday Tea For Two, meme.~ Perhaps I'll add her sweet picture tomorrow..,

    You are most warmly invited dear lady,to 'come to afternon tea' and to also enjoy my antique white porcelain teapot, amongst the others afternoon tea lovelies!..,

    Cheers from Wanda Lee @ The Plumed Pen

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  59. Wow, The displays in the hutch are awesome and the white stone ware is something to be jealous of. I see I must renew my search for some.

    Barbara

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  60. I enjoy your different displays in your hutch. It is certainly a versatile piece.

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  61. Your hutch looks beautiful. I think hutches like yours are made to be changed out often...it's redecorating without a big hassle :-)
    Great finds on your Red Cliff pieces. I bet you were doing a happy dance in the aisles of GW when you found that sugar bowl!
    Jane

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  62. Hi Debbie,
    Loved seeing the way you change the display on your hutch I do that too on my French country style buffet. The yellow & blue combo is my favourite and the table with the Provencal cloth makes all the blues just pop.
    Are those Quimper candlesticks on the table??
    ~Maggie~

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  63. Hi Deb: I am new to blog-land and I am amazed at how we have so much in common. I LOVE cats, dishes & now blogging and we both are Deb's. I have to say I have followed your blog (quietly) for awhile now and I just am always in awe of your photos. Your home is beautiful, your cats are lovely and I love to look at your travel photos. I would love to show you my cats. Please take a peek.

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  64. gorgeous!!! I love your dining room all the ways you have it decorated...how fun.

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  65. Thanks for stopping by Debbie. When you have a moment, please come again. I would love your input on a french country fabric from my lastest post.

    I just giggle every time I see your sweet kitties. :)

    Donna

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  66. Your dining room is just gorgeous and your hutch is beautiful..a perfect place to display your additon, which I think is a good thing.

    Your Red Cliff sugar is a great find, so pretty...hugs, Linda

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  67. I so want to start collecting those pieces. I've looked on eBay, but nothing has struck me yet. I wish I could find that kind of stuff at Goodwill. I must be going at the wrong time of day or something. Your pieces are quite beautiful. And so are your kitties!
    Brenda

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  68. What a delightful find! I bet you were so excited, and I think the cheating on eBay was fine. That was a good price, too.
    Mary Lou

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  69. Debbie,
    I'm so happy to see that you made it to my first NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAYS party! I love that awesome deal that you got on that beautiful sugar bowl...it's always so much FUN finding deals like this one. Hope to see you again next week:)

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  70. Always enjoy seeing your "Frenchification" and your fluffing...love the stuff on the hutch too!!How's the new baby doing??

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  71. Hi Debbie,

    Nice to meet you. I am a Debbie too. Love your pretty hutch, and all the different looks. Your kitties are so cute. Isabelle and Baby Kitty are my favs.

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  72. Just beautiful!

    I am so glad I found your site I have linked up, and I am now following you. Pop on over and see mine. I would love to hear from you.

    I love that you change you hutch so often.

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  73. Wow- i love your plate collection!! I can't believe you found that sugar bowl for $2.50!!! What luck!

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  74. wow I am so jealous of your Ironstone collections. What a find at GW!!! Love your dishes and your french style too. Smiles, Marla

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  75. Beautiful treasures, I'm so jealous of your white ironstone! It is all gorgeous!

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  76. oh my, that white ironstone is so gorgeous. what great finds!

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  77. Beautiful!!! You were SO lucky!! I am never that lucky at our Goodwill!!

    Have a great weekend!

    Lou Cinda :)

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  78. Gorgeous! I have to agree with you the blue and yellow is my favorite too! I love your Goodwill finds. My mother always tells me she finds such great deals there but the handful of times I went I've found nothing! Your hutch is just beautiful, as was the co-hostess! Have a great weekend! -April

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  79. Love the Kitty's hostess! I love the dishes! I adore the the teapot!!! Oh what wonderful finds you have! The tureens are so pretty! Glad you found the creamer! Lucky Lady!

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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie