Friday, November 12, 2010

Antique Silver Tankards ~


You know how much I love silverplate... 
I can't seem to get enough! 

I'm especially fond of Antique Silver Water pitchers... 
These lidded beauties are generally called Tankards!


Ornate etching of flowers and nature 
can make my heart skip a beat....

{you can click on any picture to enlarge detail}


Stunning details...
just look at this lid....


The handle and spout have a raised floral pattern...


This water tankard has a seashell pattern around the rim... 




The body of this pitcher is rather simple 
but elegant none the less..


The handle is beautifully ornate 
and a nice contrast against the plain body...


By far, my favorite is the Victorian tankard shown above...
It's marked "Quadruple Plate" silver.

I did a bit of research on "Quadruple Plate" and found a few discrepancies as to its meaning. Some silver experts believe there are four layers of silver plate on the silver piece. However, other's believe that a single plating used 4 times as much 'pure silver' in the process.  The term "Quadruple Plate" was not used after about 1900. So, if you have a piece marked Quadruple Plate, you know it's very old.


The spout is beautiful....



As is the body of the tankard...

I have never polished this piece
I simply love the dark patina that comes with time...



The inside is porcelain or enamel...


Some rust and a few bumps and bruises inside...

Imperfections to the liners don't bother me 
since I don't use my tankards to serve water.

I like to use my tankards to display garden roses...


To prevent further damage to the interior and to prevent any leaks, I like to line my silver vessels with a plastic cup.  This plastic cup is from a fast food place... 


It fits perfectly inside the silver tankard!


I cut some amazing pink roses from my garden. I planted a dozen or two dozen (who's counting?) pink roses last spring... They are FINALLY blooming and I am enjoying them so!!


Add water and slip the plastic container into the silver tankard... 

You can't even see it!


Another liner idea is a tennis ball container...


Fits perfect and makes good use of a disposable plastic container...




Add water and garden flowers....




I like to place these floral arrangements in bedrooms...
These blooms can scent an entire room!

Tankards can be found at flea markets, antique stores, estate sales and thrift stores. I love the generous size. Perfect to hold garden roses or a store bought bouquet! Oh, and I love dried hydrangeas in them too!

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Please follow me!
 (Click the "Followers" link at the top of my blog)

Linking to:

Monday, November 8, 2010

Flea Finds in the Kitchen ~

Last week, I found some vintage treasures at my favorite Flea Market. I love to play around with kitchen accessories and change them out. Here's what's new in my kitchen.....

(click on any picture to enlarge)

I had these old bread boards 
but was looking for a way to display them. 

I found this great vintage basket....


It fits perfectly next to my oven.


Love the texture of the wicker
  leather handles
and wooden feet...


The basket was a bit too deep for the bread boards. 
My friend, Deborah, suggested 
I stuff the bottom of the basket 
with newspaper or towels...

Great idea, it worked perfectly!


Love the way this basket displays my collection.

When the kids run and dance in the kitchen
the boards won't fall over anymore!!


I also found this bench at the Flea Market. 
I really liked how narrow it was. 
I almost passed it by 
the wood color was really strange... 

(Of course, I forgot to get a "before" photo...)


The wood was kind of a cheap pine yellow color. 
Don't get me wrong...

I love pine...
Just not the original color of this bench! 

For $20 I bought the bench.
I figured there must be a way to fix it up...


My friend, Cheryl, suggested I try Briwax 
in "Dark Brown"...

I rubbed on one coat and buffed it out...

The Briwax turned the yellow bench 
into the PERFECT color for my kitchen!

Have you tried Briwax?? 
It's AMAZING!!


Another Scale!!

I now have three vintage scales in my kitchen. 
This one actually serves a purpose as my new fruit bowl. 
I have it on my center island to remind my family to eat some fruit!


This old biscuit tin is my new favorite kitchen find!

I love the color of the box....
sort of a gray-green...
and the bird on the front... love it!!


It adds a pop of color to this space
and functional storage too!


I bought another vintage crock. 
 This one set me back $5.00.

I had a much smaller one 
which didn't hold all my favorite cooking utensils.
Love the generous size of this one!


Switched out my rose oil with a vintage cow oil painting... 


I've had this painting for a while. 

For a change, 
I moved it into the kitchen 
next to my silver. 


Placed my vintage bakery box above my kitchen cabinet. 

I was planning on using it in the kids playroom 
but decided I liked it here....


I like the contrast of the wood 
next to the old floral tole tray....


I hope you will consider following my blog!

Thanks for stopping by!
Linking to:


Edited to add:
to let me know that the basket is a French artillery basket

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Christmas Decor at the Thrift Store ~

I pulled off the freeway to make a quick stop at my favorite Thrift Store.  I was hoping to find a transferware platter, maybe a silver trophy.. or maybe even an old book. What I didn't expect to find was this amazing collection of Department 56...........



WAIT!!!!
I know exactly what you are telling yourself...


Isn't this the lady who declared 3 weeks ago 
that she is not a seasonal decorator??


Yes, that would be me.


Well...

I lied!!!


Okay, I didn't really lie.

More like
Changed my mind!!!


At fourteen dollars a house, 
how could I resist?


I bought {most} of the Christmas in the City collection 
just waiting at the Thrift Store for a good home...




The proceeds from my sale went to charity!! 


So...

I picked out a few houses...

And then,
picked out some more!



I even went back the next day {to get another piece}
and the rest was ALL GONE...


My set came with a package of snow...


I haven't spread that out yet,
I mean seriously....


It's only November!






And...
I'M NOT EVEN A SEASONAL DECORATOR!
{LOL}

Thanks for stopping by!

Linking to: