Thursday, July 23, 2015

No Meat? No Problem. The Perfect Vanity Tray!

I made the suggestion to Shawn that we might consider doing Meatless Monday every so often.  With a wry smile on his face, he agreed. 

 I knew as well as he did that if I made, say a big green salad absent of meat, that he'd ask where's the meat?  I know he knows that I know his idea of Meatless Monday really means Meat Less the vegetables Monday.   mmhh, hhh.  
That's my carnivorous husband.

But, if you can forego the meat and you like to re-purpose things in unexpected ways like I do, then I've come up with a perfect, and beautiful, match.

This stunning teal transferware Well & Tree Platter  needs nothing altered to convert it into an instant vanity tray or soap dish!  

As I admired this piece today while photographing it to list to my shop I thought that the well (which is where the juices from a roast or meat would pool in) would be a perfect spot to hold coins, rings, small bath items like q-tips or what-nots.  

In a guest bathroom, wouldn't it be gorgeous with a bar of soap in the well and the fancy, thick, disposable hand towels (or regular ones rolled up) laid at an angle on the platter?  Perhaps a small bud vase filled with a single rose would be nice on it as well?   I think it would be lovely.

I like this idea a lot.  The teal sure looks pretty paired with some of my purple transferware, but I'm holding out to find one that is purple. 

As I played around with this today I wondered what the original owner (back in 1830 or so) would have thought about me using it as a vanity tray!  

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  1. Nancy, it a gorgeous mix here and certainly a clever use of the meat platter. The lavender "Bath" pieces are pretty too. Are these vintage or new production?

    1. Hi Sarah, The lavender 'bath' pieces are vintage, but not antique. I think these were sold in the 80's at Crabtree & Evelen…not positive about that but I think so. I think I've gotten most of the set now!
      Hugs to you friend~

  2. I certainly understand about less meat. My hubby enjoys the beef too! ;) Now aren't your the smartest little one? This tray is gorgeous and it does look so pretty in the bathroom with lovelies poked all over it.Hope you're doing well.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  3. Nancy it is beautiful! I know the original owner would surely approve . I invite you to share your post at my Thursday Blog hop ( you can still link up until midnight tonight) we have missed you. Hugs!

    1. Thank you Katherine! I will link up now!

  4. I love your dish and how you are using it. That way you get to see it in a different way! Visiting from Treasure Hunt Thursday. Enjoy the rest of your week! Diane

  5. Beautiful idea Nancy! I always love your transferware ideas! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!


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