K is for Keene

Saturday, August 1, 2015

I think most of us have read Nancy Drew Mysteries!
They were my first mystery books and I loved them.  I could not wait to read more and more.  Mostly I checked them out of the library but my parents did buy me a few.
Over the years I acquired a few more until this was my collection!
Carolyn Keene is a pseudonym for the author of the Nancy Drew Mysteries and also the Dana Girls Mystery Series.  These were written by several authors including Mildred Wirt who wrote many of the first 23 books in the series.
I found some interesting history about the series here.

How many of you read Nancy Drew as a girl?

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Breakfast on a Tray

Sunday, July 26, 2015

I have a few pieces of some unmarked china 
with a sweet dogwood pattern on it.  
I thought it would set a lovely breakfast tray
A pretty pink place mat picks up the pink in the dogwood pattern
I used a medium size candlewick plate to anchor the small plate
Topped with a berry bowl.  White handled flatware keeps the setting light and bright.
I love these white napkins with the pink edging and design and the flower napkin rings.
A pretty pink wine glass for orange juice 
and of course a great cup of coffee!
I am downsizing some of my dishes and now that I have set a tray with these, they will now be going to the thrift shop.  

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J is for Junk in the Trunk

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Junk in the Trunk is a vintage mall near me
I go there from time to time and enjoy browsing and of course sometimes I find treasures! 
My very first visit I found these two pink pottery pieces for my collection.  Both under $5 each
This USA mini piece was $5 and I added it to my collection earlier this year
This McCoy piece was also $5 and came home with me!

I thought this frog planter was unmarked McCoy but wasn't sure.  I went home and checked my books and yes it is!  So the next day...
Home it came and only $6

I also get great ideas from the displays
Like this one, using a painted metal tray as a magnet board
This Pyrex divided dish was a steal for $3

I'm in love with this shelf and just might have to purchase it if it's there the next time I go

So much fun to browse this fun vintage store! 

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Family Treasure's #3

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

One of my favorite family treasures is one I've had for a very long time.  It belonged to my Dad's Mom and
 he gave it to me when I was a child.
This small cedar chest! 
I've kept my 'treasures' in this treasure for many years.  It's been refinished by my Dad once but 
it needs some tender loving care once again.
It is small and would be called child size I think.
25" long, 10" deep and 12" wide
I can't find a makers mark but Dad's 
Mom wrote on the lid of the chest.
I love that she wrote her name in cursive
I have two of her hankies

I tried to find some info online and did find a company called Farley & Loetscher from Dubuque, Iowa that made cedar chests.  She was from Dubuque, Iowa so it seems likely this chest was made by this company. 

It's not worth tons of money, but it is priceless to me!  This will be passed on to Miss Rosemary one day! 

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I is for Ivy

Thursday, July 16, 2015

I must say I had a hard time coming up with a post for the letter I
Then I remembered a little something I found at the thrift shop last week
I've seen these pieces in vintage stores so when I saw it for .25 I had to pick it up!   A little research showed that is a piece made by Royal Copley and likely dating back to the 1950's
so about as old as I am! 

Royal Copley was the brand name the Spaulding China Company used for its affordable line of ceramics found in department store chains such as Woolworth's. The company only lasted for 15 years between 1942 and 1957, but their lovely ceramic pieces have become more and more collectible over the years.

This pattern came in several shapes and I've seen some with the ivy trailing down like mine and others where it goes up.
Still for .25 it's a sweet planter! 

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