This post is a real departure for me, as you will soon see…
…which is not to say that there will not be cats and plates, because there will be…
…but because I am straying from my usual blues and yellows for the creams…
…naturals and textures that I love seeing on other blogs! Not that I am planning on redecorating my house, because I’m not. I just want to try it on for size in a small way. And…as my friend and Goodwill hunting partner, Linda at Nina’s Nest pointed out to me…most of my GW trophies this week seem to fall into that pattern!
First, I have finally collected enough wonderful old silverplated flatware to have eight complete place settings…mismatched, of course! I was looking for one more odd dinner fork and instead found another whole bag of a dozen or so lovely old assorted pieces. I was thrilled to also find a stack of six crazed, chipped and much loved vintage Wedgewood Wellesley square luncheon plates for $4.54…my new favorite find!
I love the well-worn and intricate designs of the flatware…little dings and all! Look at the morning glories in the top design…sigh! They just don’t make patterns like that any more! And doesn’t it look wonderful with my “new” plates? Don’t you love the raised band of fruit and circles?
I have added another GW find…this pussy willow wreath ($3.53)… and some fleur-de-lis finials from Dollar Tree with a little jute twine thrown in for good measure! The cake plate is a flea market find from last year.
I found this coffee/tea pot on eBay during my recent quest for more Red Cliff ironstone. It is identical to one that I bought recently, but this one has no top and only cost $3.87! I decided that for that price, I could use it as a vase or pitcher!
Linda found this basket at GW and grabbed it for me since she already has one. It’s from Southern Living at Home and was only $3.53! I added some jute gauze from Michael’s ($3.99 for 10 feet) for a little interest.
I’m using it to hold the glasses, which were my mother’s, the flatware and…
…these great vintage-looking napkins, which actually came from the clearance aisle at Home Goods last year…99 cents each! The little design looks like another morning glory, too!
And then I took this fleur-de-lis finial that I found at GW for 99 cents and transformed it into…
…this with some white spray paint! I love me some spray paint! I didn’t coat it too heavily, though, because I liked the way the gold was showing through just a little. I think the finial adds some of the frenchiness that I seem to require…
…as does this lantern…a GW find from last year…and the homemade vintage style tag (directions here) keeping the fleur-de-lis theme!
Soooo…put it all together and you have a luncheon using creams and naturals! I don’t think I could abandon my Provençal blues and yellows, but it is a nice change! And…I did it all with thrifting finds!
Baby Kitty is puzzled that I am so excited about other people’s stuff, as is my nine-year old grandson, but somehow brand new stuff with no patina or cracks just isn’t the same! Someone else had done all of the work of breaking it in for me and all I have to do is love it! And…I might add…virtually nothing on this table cost over $5.00! Now I think that’s something to get excited about!
Thanks so much for stopping by! Please visit these wonderful ladies and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Rhoda at Southern Hospitality for Today’s Thrifty Treasures
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Linda at Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
See you next time! A la prochaine!