Wednesday, June 30, 2010


Here is a 4th of July Tablescape
Red, White and Blue
I used $1 blue place mats from the dollar store
Large Red plates as chargers bought at the thrift $1
I  layered a white Pfaltzgraph plate 
and a white with blue flower edge salad plate
Both bought at thrifts & pulled from my dish closet
 Dark blue napkin in a white napkin ring
I added a red ribbon to add another touch of red
I found this table runner at a thrift new with tags
from Kohls!  Love all the stars!
 I used my brand new plate rack bought for less then
$3 at World Market!  I had a $10 gift certificate from the store for my Birthday and this was $11.99 + tax 
I added three plates to the rack to decorate
A cute tin star on top
A blue berry candle(gift) and rubber duckies($1)
Cute bowl 
This white ironstone soup tureen was found last week at the Goodwill!  Also found this little blackboard!  It would have been even cuter if I could have found my chalk!
Flag Pinwheel 
I found this vintage juice pitcher last year at the longest yard sale
 matching juice glasses
Salt & Pepper shakers
I added red handled silverware 
and blue water goblets
Everything on this table was thrifted or bought
as noted for very little money
Wishing you all a Happy 4th of July

I am joining in these fun parties

Suzanne at Colorado Lady

Hope Everyone has a wonderful and safe Holiday weekend!



This was by far the hardest post to date on our journey through the alphabet!  Not many words start with X and those that do are hard to understand!  Thinking about this I asked myself how do I use the letter X?? 

Now the Question
  Why does an "X" mark stand for a kiss?
In medieval times, most people were unable to read or write. When it came time to sign a document, people who could not write usually made an "X" mark. Of course, an "X" is not much of a signature. To add a sense of commitment, it became customary to kiss the "X" after writing it. Kissing the "X" was "performance law," a ritual act that bound the parties the way legal documents bind us today. This act, witnessed by the person who wrote the text, represented a solemn guarantee of the truthfulness of what was written, and an oath to carry out whatever obligations were stated in the document. Over the years, the "X" and the kiss became interchangeable. Today, people who can read and write might still add one or more "X" marks to their letters, maybe with a couple of "O"s thrown in for hugs.

So there you have it!  Kisses and Hugs....
X's and O's!! 
Which makes this bracelet very speical

Italian Gold X's and O's

One of my favorite pieces of jewelry
It was a gift from long ago!

I hope you will go over to Miss Jenny's and see what 
X words others have come up with
Should be very entertaining! 


Monday, June 28, 2010


Several weeks ago I won a book giveaway 
I got to choose a book of my choice from

I choose a wonderful book 
American Dinnerware  by Jo Cunningham
Since I have been buying more dinnerware lately
this book seemed like a great addition to my
reference library

So here was my first use of it!
I found this little plate at a thrift 
It was made by Sebring Pottery Co
The is pattern is called "Fortune"
Photos and there was is my 7" plate!
It is very cute!
Next thrifty find was also in this great book
This pattern is called "Apple Blossom" and is
made by HLC Eggshell Nautilus 
Similar makers mark helped me identify this company 
and this pattern
This plate is in such great condition!
Pretty Pattern! 
Both of these plates are in my Etsy store now!

The author is Jo Cunningham and she resides in Springfield, Missouri with her family.  She has been an active collector for many years.  This was first published in the 1970's and after many years has been updated in this Second Edition in 2005.

This book is wonderful and covers so many American Pottery companies.  I am so happy to have added this to my library!

Linking up to these great parties:
Hope you visit these other fun parties!

Sunday, June 27, 2010


Monday~ Thrifty Treasures at

Here are a few of my thrift finds from last week!
This little baking dish is in bad shape
lots of chips and discoloration but 
I love the green design and only .25 

I have a 'thing' for clear glass and if it
happens to be a little divided serving dish
be still my heart! 
This one was .50

What is it about cups?
The yellow Fiesta cost $1.60 for cup & saucer
The flowered one was .55 
This lovely blue snowflake mug by
Starbucks was .55

One of it not The Favorite find of the week
is this pink bird....just too sweet
$1.21 a bargain!

Hope you had some good luck this week! 


Friday, June 25, 2010


I have been enjoying my deck garden this summer
 while thrifting this week I looked for some items for the deck
I found these great planters Monday and all of them 1/2 price
Also the flower stakes will hold candles
I think the little rain boot planter is too cute!
 I fell in love with this little wheelbarrow planter
I will probably change out the pot to a terra cotta one
This Bird House jumped into my cart at the Goodwill
Mr ALC says no self respecting bird will ever live in there and he may be right, but it sure is cute!!
I was able to buy two of these great new plant stands at
Home Goods with a Birthday gift card
Thanks Sandie!!
I love the detail on these stands
This one is holding my begonias!
The tomato plants are getting tall
Hope I get some tomatoes

This cute little hedge hog is from last summer
and is one of my favorite outdoor things
New Pink Zinnas
I added a new plant to this corner pot
The petunias didn't make it
So this is my yard salen, thrifty, favorite things and 
fertilizer Friday post! 
Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, June 23, 2010



Whimsiclay Cats by Amy Lacombe
Colorful and playful ceramic WhimsiClay cats have been artist Amy Lacombe's medium since 1994. Her hand-made fashion jewelry sold through major department stores and catalogs in the 1980's and '90's until she turned to cats. Inspired by her family and friends, Amy developed fanciful felines with her signature whiskers - bendable wires with decorative ceramic tips. These hand painted cats arrived in gift stores in 2001 and have clawed their way up the popularity charts ever since.
In 2001 a co-worker gave me a Whimsiclay Cat
It was love at first sight!  
They all have a name but I've lost his tag :(
Still I love Mr Heart Eyes and he is dated 2001

This one is called Sweet Sue and is dated 2004

Isn't she cute! 

This guy is also dated 2001
I call him Vegie

But WAIT I have another W word
 What could be more Whimsical then a Flamingo 
Now many of my readers know I have a collection of
Flamingos which I blogged about Here
For my Birthday I received a huge box in the mail
Thank you Diann, Troy and the little Princess!
I set this table outside on the deck
I started with these striped place mats from the box of goodies
Used the cute matching plates 
Matching tea glasses and my blue handled silverware
I also have bowls and margarita glasses on
a Flamingo tray
The Flamingo coasters were a birthday gift from another friend
Thanks Sandie
I had the pink napkins but the fish napkin rings came from the  amazing box!  Oh and the cute little Flamingos on each plate
from the box!  Also the candle holders & tea lights..from the box!
I couldn't resist using my 'yard' flamingo as a centerpiece
He is wondering what the heck is going on?
I only have one of these, really only one!! 

When it gets dark beside the candles we can 
plug in the Flamingo & Palm Tree Lights!
I hope you enjoyed this table full of Whimsy!

I am also joining Susan for Tablescape Thursday
I wanted to show that
you can use plastic and silly to make a really fun table!