Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Brown & White Transferware Cupboard



                                                                             Hello everyone,

                                                        We are having some lovely weather this
                                                        week with sunshine and a hint of spring
                                                        in the air.......perfect for long walks outdoors.
                                                        I have been in painting mode lately and eager
                                                       to do my spring cleaning before garden season.


So,one of yesterdays projects  was
to remove the Friendly Village  dishes
that I enjoy in winter from the cupboard in 
the cupboard in the library.
I wanted to give the cupboard a fresh coat
of paint going with a creamy white paint
this time. 



I have been noticing that my collection of
brown & white transferware has grown  ...
not sure how that happened.Ha!Ha!
Anyway, I thought another cupboard
was needed to display it all.




      As always, I have a mix of new & old.

A birthday gift from a friend
a few years ago.

                                                                My thrift shop find.

                                                                I love all the different
                                                                scenes depicted on
                                                                English transferware.


                                                             Most of my collection was bought
                                                             locally but a few like the soup tureen
                                                              above came from antique malls in Maine.


                                                      I have been asked the name of this
                                                      tea set a few times~ it is Brown Botanical
                                                      by Skye McGhie. It is a newer and I think
                                                      I have seen it on ebay.




I will probably do a little more
fluffing with the display but
my next project is repainting
my other old cupboard full
of more brown & white transferware.

Well, thanks for stopping by and I
have another paint brush if you 
would like to hang around!

Take care,
        Carolyn

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Garden Dreaming



Hello everyone,

I hope you are enjoying your
weekend. It is a long weekend
here, as Monday is family day.
Last week with all the snow storms
school was cancelled 4 days so it was quite
a week . 

However, with the days getting longer
and the sun stronger I find myself
doing a little garden dreaming
over a cup of tea and a
lovely new garden design book
 that I was asked to do a review on
and I am happy to have it added to 
my garden library. 



So dream along with
me.


I love purple in the garden
so alliums are a perfect choice.

                                                                   


                                                                      Lots of good ideas for color
                                                                       combinations for different
                                                                       styles of gardens.


                                                             I love this book because there are over
                                                             300 pages of beautiful ideas for the garden
                                                            with a little description of each photo and
                                                             to me a picture is worth a thousand words!
                                                             My pictures don't do the book justice but I
                                                             really recommend this book to all you
                                                             gardeners out there.

                                                                              Garden Design
                                                                                          A Book of Ideas

                                                                                      by  Heidi Howcroft  &
                                                                                                   Marianne Majerus.

                                                                                                            A Firefly Book
                                                            It is available on Amazon but I am sure many local
                                                            book stores have it as well.
                                                                                                 


                                                               Transferware tea cup and pretty purple
                                                               tulips.

Now, for a little garden dreaming
from our garden.

   I love lupins and look forward to their
return every year.

Peonies are so beautiful and
we have them spread all around
our garden .

I love the abundance of blooms
in the late July garden.




Are you dreaming of your garden too.....
maybe staring to count the days until
you can get out there?