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Sunday, June 28, 2009

More Consignment Shop Finds

This post is linked to Today’s Thrifty Treasures and Blue Monday.

Today’s Thrifty Treasures is hosted by superb shopper, Rhoda, at Southern Hospitality.

Blue Monday is sponsored by our gracious Sally at Smiling Sally.

Here are some more items I’ve found recently at my consignment shop. These prices reflect the fact that the store had a half price sale on the lowest price on the merchandise tag.

This tall mug will hold a lot of hot chocolate or other hot beverage. Cost 88cents. I was attracted to the pretty colors and the cup and mug graphics.

This large hurricane shade or glass candle chimney cost $4.38. It is 12 ½ " tall and 6 ½" diameter top and bottom openings.
A Royal Albert "Country Roses" salt and pepper set came in at $2.76.

A Royal Albert "Country Roses" teacup and saucer went for $4.38. I had been wanting this set for quite some time but did not want to pay the regular asking price of $15.99 at the stores. Sure glad I held out!
For my blue and white teacup collection I got three cup and saucer stands for $2.75.
This rose tea cup and saucer, at half off the lowest price, cost $4.50
This pretty china leaf dish was $1.88. Notice how it is divided into sections.

Not from the consignment store but the thrift store, I found this nice modern vase. I was attracted to its lovely blue color. It was 75 cents.

Well, those ar my thrifty treasures for this week. I hope you enjoyed seeing my latest bargains. Please leave a comment and come again soon.

Share a Garden Sunday - Hydrangeas

It's time to share our gardens. Visit Color Outside the Lines to enjoy more shared gardens.

Last July I bought a couple potted hydrangeas at Agway. The plants were all suffering from the hot dry conditions outside the store, so they were priced to sell. I couldn’t miss the chance to finally have some lovely hydrangeas in the garden. Here they are on the front steps waiting to be planted. The white one was the bigger plant of the two. All its nurture went into producing more and more leaves.

The blue one was a smaller shrub, but had more blooms.
Just after my purchase I was looking over a garden magazine in my mother’s doctor’s office. The doctor also gardens, so she wanted to know what plants I had. When I mentioned the Endless Summer hydrangeas, she said "Ah, those will probably not even bloom next year."

But here are those plants now, in photos taken a week ago and also this morning. This is the white one on the back corner of the house:

The blue one is still much smaller, and is in the garden bed at the back fence. But it has blooms also.

From summer 2005 to June 2008, nothing was done with the outside, so I am very happy at the improvements that have taken place since then. As a result, last week was Share-a-Garden-Week here on Oak Rise Cottage blog, as I did three blog posts on the new things happening outside. After sharing on Sunday about how I was developing the new white garden bed, I shared the New Front Garden on Monday. The new Back Yard Enhancements were the subject for Outdoor Wednesday.

Thanks for stopping to see my improving garden. I hope you will come back soon to see more. Your comments are welcome.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Independence Day Tablescape

For my Independence Day table setting I decided to use dishes and glassware made for the US Bicentennial celebrated in 1976.

For the RED: Avon "Cape Cod" ruby red glass dishwares, based on an 1876 design.
For the BLUE: Staffordshire "Liberty Blue" transferware with historic engravings.
And for the WHITE I decided on milk glass pieces, including a patriotic motif plate by Westmoreland.

Staffordshire "Liberty Blue" dinner plates are placed on the slightly larger "Cape Cod" dinner plates. Avon Cape Cod ruby red bowls are for a first course salad. The flatware is Oneida"Raphael."

The two goblets are Avon Cape Cod ruby red goblets and Fostoria "Virginia" in blue.

The tablecloth is white with blue embroidery and napkins are white cotton with blue swirls. The napkin rings are Cape Cod.

In the centerpiece the white milk glass patriotic plate under "Cape Cod" vase is Westmoreland’s Flag Eagle and Fleur de Lis 7 ¼ inch plate.

The Westmoreland Doric candleholders with open-lace base, hold red tapers.
Among the bounties of summer are home-grown tomatoes and strawberries. So I scattterd ceramic strawberries and tomatoes to add a dash of true red.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you found the table setting pleasing. Do visit again soon, and please leave a comment.

See more tablescapes at Susan’s blog, Between Naps on the Porch.


Another Dollar Spree

This post is linking to three Thursday events. Visit the blogs below for more participants.

Thrifty Thursday is hosted by Leigh at Tales From Bloggeritaville.
Thrift Store Thursday is sponsored by Holly at Homebody.

You may see more Vintage Thingies Thursday posts listed by Suzanne at
Last week I got another dollar deal at the thrift store. The bill covered these four items:

This vintage milk glass diamond-shaped footed dish is decorated with daisies and diamond cuts. At 3 ¼" high x 4 ½" wide x 6 ½" long, it is a charming candy dish. It proved difficult to photograph with flash.

The soft blue green plate is a vintage annual made in France. Dated 1971 on the front, the reverse side reads, "Faience de St. Amand/ France/ Edition Limitee." It is 9 ¾" in diameter and is part of a "Wildlife Series" with embossed surfaces depicting deer, birds, fruit, branches and and trees. Faience is tin-glazed pottery, also known as majolica.

This vintage off-white ceramic planter is stamped on the bottom "CP-778/ USA". I like the art deco styling on this piece.

The simple white Corelle plate has a small chip on the underside of the rim. I plan to use it for meal preparation.

The simple tripod candle stand comes in handy to use with other black iron or wire pieces I have. The pink candle was free.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you will return soon. I love reading your comments.

ABCs of the Word – T

Pam at Grey Like Snuffie hosts ABC’s of the Word to focus on a scripture in which the week’s letter is highlighted.

This week’s theme letter is T

And this is the testimony:
God has given us eternal life,
and this life is in his Son.
He who has the Son has life;
he who does not have the Son of God
does not have life.
1 John 5:11-12 NIV

The Word we have is certain – in Christ we have eternal life as a freewill gift of God the Father.

For more ABC’s of the Word visit Pam at Grey Like Snuffie.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday – Back Yard Enhancements

Sometimes the best source of plants is not the nursery or plant stand, but your own plant beds. On the side lawn just across from the garage is an oval with green and white striped ornamental grass. It started out as a small clump I got on campus several years ago. I am not sure of its name –- is it variegated liriope??
Well, with my budget restraints, and having spent a lot on my new plants for the front foundation and the new white garden, I looked around for ways to add to the back yard flora without having to spend any more money.
This photo shows a view of the back yard with three planters that break up the expanse of lawn.
In the foreground is one of two cement planters holding ornamental grass dug up from the front side lawn.
One of two plastic planters that have not done well outside. I’m afraid they are in need of a good powerwashing.
It holds a curly-leaved variegated hosta that was dug up last week from near the driveway.
The ‘Bressingham Blue’ hosta in this planter echoes the ones in the nearby plantbed.

This planter gives the south border a visual break. It also holds ornamental grass dug up from side front yard.

I am pleased to find garden solutions that do not involve spending more money or much back bending on my part.
See more Outdoor Wednesday posts at Susan’s blog, A Southern Daydreamer.