Wednesday, May 18, 2011


I have a few pieces of white ironstone handed down to me from my family. But, until now, I've avoided buying any more. Then, I found this W. H. Grindley platter at a yard sale for $2.00. Now, I'm smitten. Does this mean the start of a new collectible?
It has a charming rope detail around the edge, and is in perfect condition.

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I'm off on a trip to seek more treasures and experience more of life out in the world. Can you guess where one of my destinations is?

I'll be back to blogland in about three weeks.

Jusque-la -- Au revoir

Friday, May 13, 2011


Margo's Junkin Journal recently posted about finding pew pockets while out junking (they are now for sale in her etsy shop!) Our house is quite small and we live in every inch of it. Therefore, pew pockets and narrow shelves are a necessity for us.

The pew pocket below is in our hall bathroom and holds necessary reading material. It even has a slot for a pencil for doing word puzzles.
This pew pocket is in our master bath. We bought it years ago while out junking, and it has been in several different bathrooms over the years.

Not pew pockets, but these narrow shelves are similar. I always look for these - they are usually in an ugly, rough pine, but take a coat of white paint well.

In a small house, you can never have enough plate storage.

I'm partying this week with:

Common Ground for Friday's Vintage Inspiration

French Country Cottage for Friday's Feather Your Nest party

Be sure to check these two blogs out for lots of inspiration.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011


I'm home from a wonderful five-day trip to New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment. Eight of us from all over the U.S. met up in Santa Fe for our 55th (yes, that is right - 55 years) high school class reunion. As high schoolers we attended a girl's boarding school together here in Colorado. The Senior Trip back in 1956 was to Santa Fe, so we returned to celebrate!
We stayed at the LaFonda Hotel, which is right on the plaza at the end of the Santa Fe trail. The hotel was built in the 1920s, as shown in the first picture of the below mosaic. The second picture shows the hotel as it is today. We had wonderful accommodations with great atmosphere and service.

One of our day trips was to the Georgia O'Keeffe Ghost Ranch, where she spent her summers painting. After seeing the landscape, it was easy to recognize her inspiration for some of her paintings.

We spent time touring small churches, the cathedral, the museums including the Georgia O'Keeffe and the Folk Art museums plus a trolley tour with lots of history all around Santa Fe. Oh yes, there was a fair amount of shopping going on, also!

There were many meals of great New Mexican food in several different restaurants. We laughed constantly, shared memories, and passed around pictures of our grandchildren. We were the talk of the hotel for five days - the young people couldn't believe that old lady classmates could be having that much fun!

I'm linking up with the following parties. Be sure to check them out!

Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday

Sally at Smiling Sally for Blue Monday

Susan at A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday