Friday, January 3, 2014

Ready for a New Year…Welcome 2014

Well, the Elf on the Shelf group has been packed up and put away for another year…

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The lighted Dickens Village is off the counter…

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and back in the boxes…  Christmas 2013 is over, done, finished. But after all those colors and lights and all that shimmer, I have a hard time letting it all go. I could wait for take down until Epiphany like my mother used to do. But that’s just putting off the inevitable for a week. the house will seem so bland and plain. I could jump the gun and put out Vallentine’s Day and my card collection, but I’ve come up with an interim  holiday that suits my purposes…Chinese New Year!!!. It’s celebrated on January 31 this year so that will be perfect…IMG_0405

The vintage ornament tree in the dining room is transformed…I got a dozen of these cute silk little Oriental monks from my sister-in-law many years ago. They go on first.

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I add some sparkle grass and

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a few estate sale finds…

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And some dragons from Chinatown in Vancouver…

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And cute little shoes…

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And an ornament or two from Kohl’s

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They may not have a story, but they were probably made in China. Now I won’t go into total sparkle withdrawal and I’ll only have the one little tree to put away at the end of the month.

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Then on  January 31st when we usher in the Year of the Horse…more specifically, The Year of the Green Horse, I’ll probably be way tired of trying to remember to turn it off every time I leave the house.

I’ve been away from Pink Saturday for a bit and this is my first post trying to use phone pictures…not too keen on the format…even with the improved camera, they just don’t have the same qualities as a real camera.

It’s time for me to visit Beverly and the ladies of Pink Saturday to see who is posting pretty seasonal things. Hope Beverly is warm and toasty this weekend.http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/my_weblog/

Limping Deer and the Twins

Limping Deer and the Twins
They are still spotted at this time.

Show and Tell Sunday June 15

Flea Market Finds...sounds like my whole house and yard...

Milk Glass Collection

Milk Glass Collection
Who knew that a 25 cent flea market find would unleash such a collecting frenzy? I never pay more than a dollar unless it's a really nice piece. They are great grouped with a single daisy in each.

These used to be inexpensive florist vases in the 50's and 60's. Everyone's Grandmother had bunches.

Mexicana Dishes

Mexicana Dishes
My sister found these for me at Bussy's Flea Market in San Antonio, Texas. I had seen pictures in her Fiesta reference book. Mexicana was also made by Homer Laughlin in the 30's. I had been looking for several years without ever finding even a single piece when she found the set...with a promise to hold it for us, she came running to find me and I bought the entire set...60+ pieces for $50.

Mexicana

Mexicana
I've added to the set over the years, but the price and experience will never match that first amazing find.

Vintage Kitchen Hutch

Vintage Kitchen Hutch
When my hubby found this hutch it was Pepto pink and I was not 100% sure about it. But with a new red back and fresh white paint and refurbished hardware, it became one of my favorite pieces.

Nancy made me save the vine

Nancy made me save the vine
The vine and flowers painted on the inside were in such bad shape that I was ready to remove it all. Nancy -My Crafty Little Page convinced me to keep it and after some touch-up work, I'm glad I listened to her. My husband restores vintage Cushman motorscooters and he tries to make everything "mint" condition again. The Shabby Chic movement came along just in time to keep me from making some terrible mistakes.