Monday, April 9, 2012


 Just a normal amount of 'hunting and gathering' going on in the Salmagundi household.

When we went to Round Top, Texas last fall, my one goal was to come home with a dough bowl.  But, the lowest price I found was $95 -- I figured with patience, I could find one cheaper; so I came home without a dough bowl.  Sure enough, I recently found this one for under $30 at an antique show in Pueblo, Colorado.  It is heavy and has a nice patina, and just the size I was looking for!
This past week, we had to go to Denver to deliver one of my quilts to be photographed for a new book.  After a nice lunch with our son who was on spring break from teaching, we did what the three of us have always done -- go antiquing.  I vowed I wasn't going to buy any more brown transferware -- my goal was to find a plaid lunch box.  Of course, right away I found a piece of brown transferware in my under $20 price range.
 It's a 9" vegetable bowl in the 'Dado' pattern with a wonderful "cookie" of a sailing ship.
 It also has this wonderful border on the outside.
 So, I came home with a bowl, but no plaid lunch box.  The boxes I saw were $40, so that remains a quest for another day.

Speaking of plaid -- I recently completed these plaid pillows to go on the twin beds (see post here), and have been thinking and looking for months for something to hang over the beds to warm the space with all of the neutral bedding.
 I should always remember to shop at home first.  It finally dawned on me that I had this wonderful antique quilt in my quilt stash.  Yes, I have a very LARGE stash of both antique and contemporary quilts.
 In the 1990s I bought 81 Log Cabin blocks of all different sizes for $10 for the lot. They were made from glorious 19th century wools; but the sizes made it impossible to set them together in a quilt which is probably why they were still in block form.  After working on them for a month trying not to destroy the integrity of the time period, I set them together in the 'straight furrow' pattern of a traditional Log Cabin quilt.
 You can see all of the wonderful 19th century plaid fabrics in this quilt.
Last night, we hung the quilt and it was just what the room needed.

On the party circuit this week with the following blogs; please check them out for a plethora of inspiration.

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday Treasures
Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
From My Front Porch to Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
White Ironstone Cottage for Treasure Chest Friday


Susie Q said...

Oh Sally! $30 for such a beautiful bowl is amazing! What a wonderful find! LOVE the transferware too. I so love the brown and you have such a great collection! Thie plaid pillows are so pretty and that quilt is the perfect thing for that room! Your home is so truly cozy and warm and beautiful and is such a reflection of the lady who lives there!

Anonymous said...

Your pillows turned out great Sally! That room really came together with the gorgeous vintage quilt!

What a beautiful dough bowl- I can't believe it was only $30! That is a great price! Love those filled with pine cones and greenery in winter. Of course it would look real pretty too,if it was used for it's intended purpose- can smell the break baking already!

Will you be going to the quilt show in Pueblo this weekend?

bee blessed

Shelia said...

Hi Sally! Oh, look at that beautiful transferware bowl you found! I love it! Your pillows are so pretty too and that quilt! You are so good and congratulations on your quilt about to be published!
I was cleaning out where I sew and going through old fabric and found some little squares I had embroidered in 1975 to make a little quilt for my daughter. It's a days of the week and I'm missing Sunday! But guess what? I used polyester fabric! So, I'm going to try and do something small with it just so I can pass it on to my grand daughter. Wish you were my neighbor, I'd pick you most glorious quilt brain! :)
Be a sweetie and I hope you had a wonderful Easter,
Shelia ;)

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

That is a wonderful new transferware piece! I'm at the point now that I pray that I won't find any! I am so in love with brown transferware. Helplessly. I have been trying to actually USE more of my collections so i can enjoy them even more. Your plaids are sensational looking in your room. What a beautiful quilt!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Happy to hear that you found a dough bowl...great price too!! Thanks so much for coming to my Nifty Thrifty Tuesday party.

Marilyn said...

Shopping at home is always the most economical way to find the perfect thing. The quilt looks great! Spring break was over much too soon for me because all the best weather for working outside was the week BEFORE. Still lots to do outside, watering being the No. 1 priority as it's been so dry here. I'm ready for that early finish in May!♥♫

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

This looks great. You have a lovely blog. I am visiting you via Tuesday Treasures. I look forward to seeing you at My Dream Canvas.

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Lovely finds! I love the look of your plaid with your white bedding and the quilt is an amazing vintage piece! Such a great look. Thanks for sharing.

Sandy said...

Your bowl was a wonderful find, and I love the quilt and pillows.
They make the room so bright and cheerful.

Shelia said...

Hi Sally! I forgot to comment on your dough bowl! I want one! In my neck of the woods I don't know if I could find one, but I'll keep looking! :)
Have a blessed week.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

chateau chic said...

What a beautiful dough bowl you found. That was sure worth the wait!
Mary Alice

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Sally...

I'm so glad that you found your dough bowl, my friend! It's a beauty and what a great price! Love the beautiful brown transferware bowl that you found as well!

Ohhhh Sally...I think your "log cabin" quilt is FABULOUS!!! are sooo's perfect for your guest room! I really do love all of the beautiful plaids that you have used in that room! It's gorgeous, my friend! You did GOOD!!! I think your quilt is the perfect piece and such beautiful art...I love how it looks with your new plaid bed linens!!! Thanks for sharing your new pretties with us today!

How are you doing, dear friend? I hope that my note finds you all doing well. We are doing okay. Today I'm just trying to stay warm. The morning started out very humid and foggy...something that is strange to our area. It has been rainy and windy of course...eeks! Take care, my friend!

Love ya,

Anonymous said...

that quilt is so gorgeous! I'm literally ready to jump through my computer to get a closer look :) log cabin quilts are my absolute favorite. I was at round top just last Thursday and saw a beautiful antique log cabin quilt but sadly it just was not in my budget to acquire it. Thanks so much for sharing this treasure!

Robin said...

After losing you on another linky party, I'm so glad to find you on Common Ground. I loved your picture of this magnificent quilt. I love quilts, but only have 7-10--all made by members of my family! I even have one I made, but didn't quilt myself. I hired a church group to hand-quilt it for me. I love it of course. I love you dough bowl, $30, seriously you stole that bowl! Good for you. highpointcircle

Sue said...

Oh outdid yourself this time....first the platter is great and what a bargain....but that quilt is's just what that room looks fantastic...

PAT said...

I love seeing your brown transferware, Sally.

The quilt above the beds is the perfect addition!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Great price on the dough bowl. Love the quilt behind those twin beds. Cute.

Sherry said...

Great finds! Love that quilt! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!