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14 January, 2011

My Hutch Has "Gone a-hunting"...and...A First Edition Frenchy Find!

IMG_5235 I an so excited to show you my hutch! I have some fabulous Goodwill hunting trophies who have taken up residence there!  Can you spot them?

page1 It’s this trio of hunting dogs…that is, dogs dressed in vintage hunting attire! Aren’t they cute? And best of all, they were only $8.00…total! Woo hoo! Now I know you are wondering what I am doing buying dogs…my staff was a little puzzled at first, too...but if you have been following my blog for very long, you know I have a thing for little animals wearing old-fashioned clothes. I know, weird, but true! I think it comes from the time I spent pouring over the illustrations in my favorite childhood book…The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame.

IMG_5234 I have scattered them among my bargain Wedgwood from GW, my Red Cliff ironstone tea set and some of my favorite silver and pewter pieces. I think they look right at home! What about you?

page2 And I have some great vintage frenchy finds to show you, too! I found a wonderful addition for my little collection of French cafĂ© au lait cups and lug bowls…most of which have names on them! I found this one at GW for $2.52! It’s from the picturesque little French fishing village of Honfleur…one of the places on my must visit list. Someone must have bought it as a souvenir years ago. I love the little hand-painted man in traditional Normand costume! Georges…I have your lug bowl and I’m not giving it back!

page And…my best GW hunting trophy in a while…a first edition of Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking: Volume Two! Woot! Woot! It’s up to $100 on eBay…and I paid…are you ready?…$2.50! I can add it to my first American edition of the Larousse Gastronomique…also a GW find at the same price! Can you believe people give these things away?

IMG_5254Meanwhile, I have finally gotten the Christmas decor back in the attic and started pulling out my favorite frenchy accents. My fork  candle is once again wearing its blue and yellow Provençal ribbon and the little silver dish has been replaced by my Bonjour sign…welcoming visitors into my home!

IMG_5250 The snow and ice here in the South are finally beginning to melt a little and life is slowly returning to normal...after five days of being snowed in! Baby Kitty has been enjoying watching the birds flutter around the feeder outside the window, but he’s ready to have a look at them from outdoors…in my presence, of course! And with no hunting allowed! lol Isn’t he a handsome little man? And as for me…I am ready for some restaurant food...French onion soup and a seven pepper sirloin salad at Longhorn!! Now that really sounds good!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my hutch!  Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Stephanie Lynn at Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party
Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday (first Monday of the month)
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Mary at Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Linda at Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Before and After Party on Wednesdays
Gina at The Shabby Chic Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Linda at A la Carte for Junkin' Finds on Fridays
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Fridays
Laurie at Bargain Hunting and Chatting with Laurie for A Few of My Favorite Things Saturday
Donna at Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special
Denise at First a Dream for the Re-Party
See you next time! A la prochaine!


  1. Oh, Debbie, those hunting dogs are darling! What a find! And the lug bowl is, too. You always find the coolest things at GW, and that is super that you found that JC cookbook. Amazing price!

    You know I love your Frenchy look with all the colorful china, and I love that Baby Kitty. Hope you both get out of the house soon. I know how you feel. I've been stuck inside forever with this respiratory thing that has recycled itself.


    Sheila :-)

  2. Debbie i love the cute little dogs all dressed in their hunting clothes how cute are they..I also love all the blue/yellow you have going again..Stay warm my dear friend..How's that new baby baking?? Hugs and smiles Gloria

  3. Love those dogs!!!LOL! If you get tired of them, let me know! Congrats on finding that Julia!

  4. Oh Debbie, your little dogs are just the cutest. What a wonderful find. They look wonderful in your hutch. I also love your cookbook, that is a great find too. You always have the best stories about your finds and the lug bowl is so interesting. Hope you are able to get out and about soon. Love ya! Hugs, Marty

  5. Hi Debbie, I LOVE everything! What a stupendous find with that JC book. But what I really love are those dogs. If I had seen those dapper dudes I would have snapped them up in a heartbeat. They make a lovely addition to your hutch.

    Speaking of weather, we are drying out and have enjoyed sunny skies this week. Too bad I had to be indoors but there is the weekend!
    Hi to Baby Kitty and the rest of the staff.

    xoxo, Bonnie

  6. Debbie, I love those dogs everything looks so nice Have a wonderful weekend. come back a visit soon.

  7. What a bargain hunter! The dogs are so your ironstone pieces. You have such an interesting collection, always anxious to see your GW finds.

  8. Lovin those dogs! I'm going to GW at lunch, I'm sure mine will have some too!

  9. Your posts always stop me in my tracks. Those dogs are adorable and add some whimsy to your hutch (which is gorgeous, by the way) You really did well at the GW. That cookbook is a real find. I think Baby Kitty looks a bit put out by dogs arriving into the home:) Hugs, Deb=^..^=x5

  10. Salut Debbie....Love the way the doggies look in the hutch - really cute. You have quite a collection of French bowls "Authentique"! Wow - what an eye, girl! Linda

  11. HI Debbie! Oh, if these little doggies upset the kitties too much, just send them to me. They'd look darling in my dog house! :)
    How cute cute cute! Love how it all looks in your china cabinet. Love the bowls and you're so Frenchy! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

  12. Debbie,
    Your hutch, truly, has become enhanced by some handsome fellows in their hunting attire!Oh~h~h, yes! My thoughts immediately went to "The Staff" and their reactions!
    But, by the expression on Kitty's face, they don't seem to mind at all.
    You found some real bargains @ GW! Lucky you. . .and a great eye for spotting them! Enjoy each and every treasure. I'll be awaiting the arrival of more of your "frenchy" items from the attic!

  13. Oh how I love my visits here to your blog. I always feel as if I had a nice visit in your home. I love love the dogs in clothes, they are whimsical and very handsome I might add. I remember the first time I had a latte out of a bowl. It was so much better than a cup. It was at a little Italian sidewalk cafe. I have never forgotten that. I think you just reminded me of something I need to collect. xo Kathysue

  14. Just so pretty, Debbie. I love how this looks.

    You undoubtedly have the very best Goodwill, ever! Ours are not nearly as much fun.

  15. Your hutch looks darling and votre chat(the co host) est tres joli!

  16. Wow awesome finds! I want to shop with you!

  17. Great finds Debbie! Can't believe the super price on the cookbook, my son just bought the set as a Christmas gift for his GF and all be could say was "ouch"! Enjoy your steak:@)

  18. You never cease to amaze me with your GW treasures. Unbelievable, over and over again. When I go, I don't see anything great like you find. They are building a big new GW just blocks from my home, so maybe I'll spend more time ther. How often do you go?
    The hunting dogs are perfect on the hutch.

  19. Oh Debbie, you really scored, my friend. This are just so cute, I love anything hunting scene, must be because of where we live now. Love how you decorated your home....Christine

  20. Debbie you find the most unusual and fun things. Dogs in hunting cute!! Love the French items and just so bright and happy. I am ready for some restaurant food also and getting out of the house!! Thanks for joining JFF!! hugs, Linda

  21. LOVE the dogs!
    I am continually amazed at what shows up in our local Goodwill outlets. Lucky for me!
    Your display on the hutch is gorgeous.

  22. What great finds! The hunting dogs are just amazing. You have a great knack for finding special items.

  23. That is truly one handsome cat! I've always loved cats with those colors. You got some great finds. You may wake up some morning and find that your staff has hidden the dogs though.

  24. That's a lot of loot....but the 1st edition cookbook??? Lucky you!!!

  25. they are just adorable...and such a good price too....

  26. Those are just so darn cute Debbie!
    But Sheila's right, they could probably scare the kitties! lol!
    You get the best finds at GW and I swear I should fly to your area just to visit your GW!
    Happy Weekend,
    Who's still in sunny and warm AZ. but not for long!

  27. Hi Debbie The little dogs are adorable and I would have grabbed them too! Great finds all around.

  28. Ooooooo Debbie I love those doggies!! And a 1st edition Julia Childs cookbook for $2.50? Score Big-O!! Love ALL of your fab finds! Vanna

  29. Oh how I am enamored with those dogs, Debbie! What a great find. Our GW never has such finds- must be that its donors don't give up much when they clean out or move or re-decorate. LOL
    Your little fork candle is adorable- I really should do that with my little gold spoons. Hope your weather clears up soon- we are still cold, gray, and blustery in Ohio. No snow forecast any time soon, I don't think....
    Take care! hugs, Sue

  30. Oh Debbie...I adore the little doggies they are adorable all dressed up for the hunt and the frenchy dishes are gorgeous!

    Love it all!

  31. Are those plates in the photo with Baby Kitty from Haldon Group? I bought 4 salad plates at a yard sale ( and they look so similar! I put them for sale in my booth, but can't quit thinking about them. I think I'm going to bring them home.
    If you have time, I would love for you to link this post (or any of your other ones) to my blog party at

  32. Love the dogs! They look great perched in your beautiful hutch! The French pieces are fabulous. And, your furry baby is adorable. Have a great day, Becca

  33. Debbie, you do have the best luck at GW. Love those adorable dogs dressed for the hunt. Like you, animals dressed in clothes make me smile with delight. Guess it's the teacher in me and the hundreds of children's books that I've enjoyed through the years.
    Your home always looks charming, but especially so in its French mode. LOL
    ~ Sarah

  34. The hutch looks great! Love the dogs so much.

  35. Debbie, those dogs are just so cute, and such a good looking accent for your hutch! Once again, I am soooo jealous of your GW hunting! Of course, I love your French china finds! I am always so excited and shocked by what you find at your GW! That cookbook is another incredible find. Baby Kitty really is pretty, but I had a difficult time seeing him, because all I was seeing was your wonderful Quimper collection! Thank you so much for linking to Favorite Things. laurie

  36. Love the figurines! We weren't snowed in for five days, but it took longer than that for the icy snow to finally melt away! Hope you'll come see the picture wall I helped DD2 create for her home.


  37. Debbie, I am always amazed at the finds people show from GW!!!! Our GW never has great stuff:( I go there pretty often but maybe not enough??? I love your hutch and the dogs are GREAT!!!! Also the bowl! I hope you make it to that village:):) XO, Pinky

  38. Hi Debbie, I love your hutch and everythin in it, and I adore your cats too! Thank you for linking up to Masterpiece Monday! Mary :O)

  39. Debbie,

    You really got some neat stuff. The dogs are just amazing. Everything looks just lovely. The fork candle is very clever.

    Have a wonderful week.


  40. I want those dogs! They are so adorable. I guess I like clothed animals too, just never really thought it about. I have quite a few rabbit figurines wearing clothes that I display almost year round, some more in the Spring than others though.
    Anyway, I think your hutch is charming and the dogs add such a touch of fun color and whimsy.

    Thanks for sharing,


  41. Debbie, I have seen those dogs at a decor shop in Alpharetta that I blogged about early last year. I can't believe you lucked up on them at GW. You always find the best stuff. I find crap. That book is up to $100 on ebay? Wow. You did get a good deal on that for sure. Love the bowl, too.

  42. WOW...those dogs are so darn cute and what a great price for that book.


  43. Hey Debbie, didn't find anything today, I love the picture of your kitty.

  44. Like your blog very much. All beutyful trays and I also like goats. Got two of my own.

    Se them at baldershage,

    and I also have Kakfatsmakaren at facebook.

    I made cockietrays of recycled plates and candle-sticks, Have a nice day!!

  45. Debbie,
    Oh my, what a nice visit from you today! I, totally, think that black and white are so classic a combination. My all time favorite to mix with those two is a limey green. .. coming soon! Stop by again soon ,dear!

  46. Hi Debbie! Thanks for stopping by. Christine and I did have lots of fun but we only made it to ONE antique store! We were there for 4.5 hrs!! It was a doozy!Lol! And you were the first one I thought of when I saw that display of plates! Isn't it spectacular? Took my breath away! Vanna

  47. I am in love with those hunting dogs!!! The Wind in the Willows is still one of my favorite books.

    Susan and Bentley

  48. I love the dogs! They have character!

  49. OMG! I thought for sure those dogs were some kind of pricey designer decor. What a great deal! How fun are they?

  50. Nobody & I mean NOBODY does Goodwill Hunting better than YOU, Debbie!! BRAVO & CONGRATS on such wonderful scores!
    The doggies are cute but I'd rather your sweet kitties any day. What a handsome fellow Baby Kitty is!

    You & I & Mid-Atlantic Martha & Bill all have the same vintage carafe! He put OJ in his! LOL

    Thanks for the sweet birthday song & for sharing your pretty collections with us, too. I just love *coming to visit*

  51. Hello Debbie,

    Love the hunting dogs! What a great price on the first edition Julia Child cookbook. Your hutch looks great! Seeing your sconces on each side made a light bulb go off... I have been trying to figure out what to put on each side of mine. The area is not large so sconces or something similar would be perfect.

    I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

    ~ Tracy

  52. Your hutch looks wonderful with your new GW finds! And your Quimperware is just gorgeous, I'm a big fan! I've really enjoyed seeing your staff over here on the sidebar, I'm a kitty lover bigtime!
    Thanks so much for linking up with VIF!

  53. Those dogs are so cute, but, don;t tell your sweet kitty I said so ;c)

  54. Darling little doggies!!! I love them and your hutch looks beautiful with them in there with your white treasures. What a score on the book!!! WOW! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

  55. the dogs are super! what a great collection! adorable!


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