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07 August, 2010

Some Leggy Love...and...What Is It?

IMG_2753I have found another old and interesting silver plate treasure to go in my bedroom redo! I was at the junk/flea market when I saw these little legs peering out at me from the clutter. It was love at first sight! Sooo…I brought it home!

IMG_2717Baby Kitty has checked it out and thinks I am out of my mind…dragging home this tarnished old thing! Do you know what it is? I will give you a look at the after and maybe it will be easier to tell.

page Taaa daaa! After attacking the old quadruple silver plate with some Wright’s Silver Cream and a lot of elbow grease, I found a delicate floral border intertwined with ribbons and a lovely carnation etched in the center. It is an old Victorian calling card receiver from the Derby Silver Company and dates between 1872 and 1898! Did you guess correctly?  I had to do a little research to figure it out. In Victorian times, you would find one of these on a table in the hallway to receive the calling cards left by visitors. It sounds simple, but there was actually an entire set of etiquette guidelines for when to call on someone and how to fold the cards!
Click here for a  lovely site with wonderful information about calling cards and receivers,  here for a more detailed history and here for a look at some beautiful old examples of Victorian calling cards.

IMG_2784 I have added it to the vignette beside my bed to hold my earrings. I am constantly forgetting to take them off until I am in the bed. This way the staff won’t knock them off of the bedside table and play street hockey with them! lol And I love the way it looks with my spooner!

IMG_2787I'd also like to show you another set of frenchy stool redo! I just love that fabric...covered with frenchiness...and those cute little legs peeking out from underneath that ruffled skirt! Do you recognize it?

IMG_1911 It’s the less-than-lovely Bombay Company stool that I found at Goodwill for $3.50 several weeks ago! I have finally managed to get Kitty to let me have her new favorite perch long enough to finish it!

page1 Don’t you love this fabric? I was so happy when I walked into the fabric store and found it! And…it was only $18 a yard! Yes, I know you are saying…whaaaat? But most of the frenchy script fabrics are about $40 a yard! Yikes! And I only needed half a yard…so for $9 for fabric, a $1 package of batting from Goodwill, and $2 in clearance aisle trim…

IMG_2786 …I not only got a new frenchy stool, but had enough fabric left over to make a matching pillow! Woo hoo! I have added it to this corner of my living room near my painted chest.  I have to give credit to my friend Linda at Nina’s Nest for some inspiration on this project!

IMG_2746 And finally, I have another set of legs to show you…my new chair that will be added to my Parisian bedroom redo! But it is the back that I love with this one! I bought it with the intention of painting it chippy white, but when I put it in the room, I liked it as is! Once I get to the point where I can show you more, I’ll give you a better look and ask you to tell me what you think. Our CEO Ozzie seems to approve!
I am making progress very slowly in my bedroom redo, it seems. Grandchildren and gardening keep calling my name, so please hang in there as I reveal it bit by bit!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my finds! 
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!
Beth at Gypsy Fish Journal for Silver Sunday
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
Jessica at A Few of My Favorite Things for Favorite Things Friday
Laurie at Bargain Hunting and Chatting with Laurie for A Few of My Favorite Things Saturday
See you next time! A la prochaine!


  1. You have an amazing eye for beautiful things! I love your Victorian calling card receiver, what a find! Do have to say, your frenchy script fabric is just fabulous, your footstool and pillow look just incredible!

    Always a treat when I drop in to see you!

    Have a wonderful weekend.


  2. Great legs! Love your repurposed calling card holder -- wonderful idea for the earrings and I think it was so nice of Baby Kitty to let you borrow her stool!

  3. Wow, loving everything. The stool couldn't be more perfect. The chair is wonderful and the calling card tray a true find. All perfect in your home!

  4. Fabulous find, Debbie. I would not have guest calling card receiver, although I do know about calling cards.

    Love your makeovers!

  5. I'm starting to love more and more the old Victorian silverplate. I have my eye on a piece at an estate sale I'm currently working on. I love your piece, and am happy you rescued it!! Have a great weekend. Sally

  6. Debbie, you always find the most unique things. Which store did you find that calling card dish? I went to the Buford Junction for the first time the other day and left with nothing. She had some big crock jugs I liked, but a little pricey even though they were probably a good price. That store is hard to look through. I have one of those bombay stools and I need to pull it out and redo it. Yours looks great. Have a great weekend and hurry up with that room. We are waiting.

  7. The stool remake is fantastic. I really do love the result, and I am not usually a frilly type of person. Of course I would be afraid my "staff" would spend the night poofing the tasseling. (Oh, you know what I mean.) The matching pillow is a delight.

    Thanks for introducing me to a meme I was unaware of.

  8. Deb, I am in love with the reciever dish, It is beautiful. I talked about you yesterday. I went GW hunting with my friend who has never been before. I was telling her we needed YOU with us because you find so many wonderful things!!! I miss your company!! Great finds as always, have a wondeful weekend sweet friend,Kathysue

  9. i absolutely love each one of your projects. can't wait to see the finished room. i've just gotten into silver're calling card holder is gorgeous.

  10. Debbie, your new silver dish is wonderful. I havn't ever seen one with detail like that in the bowl. Fabulous. I sure wouldn't have know it was for calling cards. Great find. I LOVE the fabric and fringe you did on the little footstool. It turned out fabulous. Your new chair is gorgeous too. So pretty. Your new room is coming together so beautifully. Can't wait to see the whole thing. Hope you are having a super day. Hugs, Marty

  11. Beautiful calling card dish with lovely detail. Like your new stool also.

    I was first introduced with the tradition of leaving your calling card when visiting your commanders home as a military wife. As has wearing gloves in formal receiving lines it is an old tradition that has gone by the way side.

  12. Hi Debbie, you are such a crafty crafter! I used to love going to the Bombay Co. I miss that store.
    Well, the staff seem to be enjoying themselves. Kitty and Sadie send their regards!

    XO, Bonnie

    PS - I may get that interview soon!

  13. Wow Debbie! You found some beautiful things! The calling card holder is gorgeous with tht design on the bowl...I love it! The chair is wonderful...I love the detail on the back too and your stool redo is amazing the fabric and trim are soooo pretty!

    I love everything...can you tell;)?!


  14. Deb I LOVE your legs!!! Absolutely gorgeous girl!! Have a great weekend! ~ Laura

  15. You amaze me! The calling card dish is so pretty and I love that you have a little history to tell with it. The footstool is adorable! Love the frenchy fabric. It's perfect!

  16. Hi Debbie, You seem to always find the best things. The calling card receiver was a wonderful find. Love the bench makeover and of course the fabric is gorgeous!
    Hugs, Sherry

  17. Debbie, the only one I know in Braselton is the Antique Mall. Is there more? Wish I was at QH in Alpharetta. That is my favorite. They just have better booths there. The one in Buford has had a lot of people move out. Must have gone up on the rent or something. Nothing good left there. I hope we can get together some day.

  18. Debbie,
    What a lovely treasure! I love the delicate flowers along the side of the dish and then to add to it, the beautiful etched flower in the inside. Good eye on snagging that treasure!! Also, your stool redo is fabulous! I love the fabric and the fringe~great choices.:)
    The Tattered Tassel

  19. Waaaaah! That calling card plate is fantastic! I got a flea market rush just reading about your find!
    thanks for joining in....see you next month!

  20. Debbie,
    What a great find with that calling card how you are using it...awesome idea you had there!


  21. The calling card plate is a really neat find, Debbie. The stool and pillow are too cute. I think you may have a problem getting that chair away from Ozzie! Have a great week...

  22. Hi Deb:
    Visiting for Silver Sunday. I love the treasure that was revealed by a little elbow grease. It's a real beauty.
    Happy Silver Sunday.

  23. Great legs! Very pretty re-do :)

  24. The calling card receiver is absolutely beautiful! I love what you've done with the stool and the sheild back chair is fantastic... wonderful pieces to treasure :o)

  25. She's got legs...She knows how to use them....

    Love your new silver piece and stool redo. If the owner of the stool could see it now, she'd certainly regret sending it to Goodwill!

  26. Hi Debbie, well, I wish my legs looked as good as all those legs! Great finds! The chair is fabulous, the stool is absolutely adorable, and the calling card holder is fascinating - love it! What a surprise to find the beautiful design in the top. That bedroom is going to be in a magazine somewhere - you are really pulling together some wonderful things!!! Can't wait! Linda

  27. what a treasure you found! .... you lucky thing. Love the etched carnation and your repurpose idea is perfect. Happy Silver Sunday. :)

  28. the calling card holder is gorgeous! i would not have guess what it was, but now i have something new to be on the lookout for!

  29. Your vignettes are lovely. Yes, I guessed a calling card holder, but this is one of the prettiest I have seen. Very unusual with the carnation design. Your stool project turned out lovely and the fabric is gorgeous. Thank you for sharing all of these lovilies with us ~~Sherry~~

  30. You make magic happen in your home. Everything you do is so gorgeous. I would like to hire you please if you are ever in this area. You would have help by this staff too. Give them all a big hug for me on this World Cat Day. Hugs, Deb =^..^=x5

  31. Great legs!
    Saying that made me think of ZZ Top.
    Everything is wonderful as usual-

    I linked to Silver Sunday too-

    White Spray Paint

  32. I love your beautiful silver, and your stool with that fabric is just gorgeous!!! This is my first time to join SS hope you'll stop by for a visit! Happy SS... Blessings~~~ Daphne

  33. The redo of the stool is so cute!! Love that fabric. I must say I love love love the calling card dish. Just one of the prettiest silver items I've seen. Oh and Charlie also thinks my earring are hockey pucks!

  34. Loved your treasures, but even more I loved your kittys.


  35. I Loved seeing the Silver Calling Card Stand & Thank You for linking to read more about Caller Cards....
    Great Post

  36. Hi Debbie!! Oh, that is a pretty piece! I'm just amazed at all the beautiful things you find. The little stool is so cute and the fabric! OH, my!! It's you!!
    Thanks always for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  37. Très Bien !! Another S--C--O--R--E!!!!

    I, too, have one of those Bombay stools & will be on the lookout for some similar fabric. I told you, my whole house is going to look just like yours someday. (sans chat...G'kids are allergic) :-(

  38. Your receiving bowl turned out great, and I'm lovin' your new stool-very pretty!

  39. Another great fun find, Debbie!! I would never have guessed what it was. I need to find me some Frenchy fabric for a chair and ottoman I need to cover. Your stool looks so sweet accented with the fringe.
    hugs, Sue

  40. Debbie, you definitely have vision. Your new foot stool is darling and the fabric choice is definitely a hit with me. The new silver find is perfect for the bedside table. Love the little vignette this all makes. Your bedroom makeover is going to be Frenchy perfection! ~ Sarah

  41. That was a great deal on the fabric. You did a great job on the stool. So much better than how you originally found it.

  42. The stool turned out perfectly. I love it! I've never seen a design like that in silver...that was quite a find.

  43. Your kitties are so sweet!!
    Love the silver plate - it's legs are fantastic and it's perfect for beside your bed!

  44. I want to shop at your Goodwill store! LOL

  45. I adore your french stool makeover, WHERE did you find that fabric?? Hope kitty can read french...

  46. Hi Debbie,
    I can't believe that calling card silver you found! What an amazing find and especially after it was cleaned, you made it look brilliant!
    And the stool, wow! you have created such a lovely piece! Kudos to you and the staff for sharing all these lovelies with us today!
    Can't wait to see the big room reveal, it's coming along beautifully!

  47. The card holder is just the perfect touch to your side table, Debbie. It's beautiful! and I love your footstool redo, really pretty!..Christine

  48. Another great piece of silver to show us! You get the best finds. Hope you'll stop by as I think you'd enjoy seeing our kitchen. Jane F.

  49. Wow!! I love that fabric. You did a great job on the stool and the pillow is wonderful too! Do you mind if I ask, where did you find that fabric? I's gorgeous.

    God Bless,

  50. your stool and pillow are awesome!!!! Great job!!!

  51. Debbie what a beautiful and unique silver dish. Baby Kitty is always the most precious little kitty.

    Blessings, ~Melissa :)

  52. That silver piece is just beautiful. As is the foot stool.

  53. Thanks so much for the info Debbie, I'm going to email them and see if they'll ship me some, I just love it!!

  54. Great silver vignette! I simply adore the french material and the matching stool and pillow! Great projects and great prices!!!
    Thanks for sharing!

  55. Hi. Just found your blog. Love, love your stool! and your chair!!! I also love french country, and I see you also have toile :)
    ~ Julie

  56. Debbie,
    A few people asked but i didn't see you answer -- would you mind sharing where you got the fabric?
    Many thanks!

  57. Hi Marsha! I went back to answer them on their inidvidual blogs! But for those of you who are interested, here's the information:
    I got the fabric at a small fabric chain in the Atlanta area called Frugal Fabrics. Here's their web site:
    They do not currently offer online sales, but might respond to telephone or email requests. I went by today to let them know that they might be receiving some calls and discovered that one of their locations only has one yard left, but more is on order. Shhhh! Don't tell them that Horchow charges $41 a yard for the same fabric! I hope that helps! Have a great week!...hugs...Debbie

  58. WOW! The pillow and footstool are wonderful!
    And what a great place for your earrings!
    You are so creative!

  59. Debbie, this is an adorable bench! Such character! It's just perfect!

  60. All the fabric is wonderful! But, I am still eyeing that spooner! LOL! Beautiful work, Debbie.

  61. What wonderful treasures. Sometimes I think I would like those calling card days. Or at least more manners. I love the fabric, too. Thanks for sharing your source.

  62. Love the stool...especially the fabric - great choice! Now I am on the hunt for similar fabric!!

  63. Oh! You made that stool look FABULOUS!! Love the fabric!

  64. Debbie,
    It's "back to school" for me so I've missed a couple of posts. Catching up now and I must say I am green with envy! I love the calling card receiver. I became very interested in calling cards several years ago and actually have a couple that I found on e-bay but I have never found a receiver. You have a great eye and reading your blog has made me look more carefully when I thrift.

  65. Oh that fabric! I'm at a loss for words...lovely...

  66. I love the stool. It is my favorite. Cute cute cute.

  67. WOW Beautiful and your kitty is so cute!
    I would love if you link this on September 1st to The French Obsession party! It is splendid and you are so talented!

  68. Oh, I just love the stool! And....
    Want it! ha ha
    Thank you for sharing!

  69. love the ideas.. I love seeing all of your helpers.

  70. Good morning my friend...Girl you do come up with the best stuff..Now you know I just love that carding call dish..oh for those times again ha ha!!
    That stoll turned out just beautiful girl love the fabric on always baby kitty stole the show..Hope you have a GREAT weekend and all's well in your world my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  71. This is Lovely :-) I am hosting a jewelry giveaway on my blog. Would love for you to visit.

  72. Debbie, What a nice surprise to find the floral pattern under all the tarnish. What a beautiful piece!

  73. What a lovely post! And, it looks like your cats are as spoiled as mine! HAHA! love it!

  74. Good morning Debbie, such a great treasure find... you are always finding so lovely things for your beautiful home!!! I have to hurry now for my favorite flea and antique market... looking for a sofa for my husband´s office.
    I want to see your bedroom redo but will come back later,, treasures are wainting for me!!!!
    Many hugs to you my darling,
    maria cecilia

  75. Hello Debbie

    This is my first visit to your wonderful blog and it won't be my last.

    What a lovely post!
    We have so much in common, I love china plates too AND all things French.
    Especially my French granddaughters!!

    Please come and visit me and I'll get out my prettiest teacups and make you very welcome!

  76. What a beautiful calling card holder. The legs are fantastic. The Frenchy stool is darling too. You've got beautiful taste!



  77. Debbie, you are amazing! Every time I come over here and see some new find that you have transformed into a wonderful Frenchy-looking treasure, I am impressed all over again! of course, this time, I find several wonderful refurbished finds. I adore that little foot stool, and your new chair is fabulous. I got so tickled about the "staff" playing with your earrights. I could just visulize the feline olympics! Your calling card tray is beautiful, and no, I wouldn't have known that is what it was. So glad you linked all of these treasures to Favorite Things Sat. Hope you are having a great weekend. laurie

  78. YOu have very good luck at Goodwill! Love your post!

  79. That looks fantastic! I love the fringe you used - so ooh la la!

    I'm going to go to your Goodwill - mine hasn't had a good thing in about a month (which has saved me money)!


  80. That little stool is too too cute and I am loving your assistants! I have two of those myself!:)

  81. What great finds!
    And Kitty is quite handsome. We just adopted a 4th cat this weekend. He is black and white (white face with a little black nose too!) He is not ready to be appointed CEO of the house yet though :) You have a great staff!


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