Monday, November 28, 2016



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Thursday, November 24, 2016

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Hutch Decorated For Autumn w/ Brown Transferware Reveal

Day before yesterday I shared with you some pictures of my husband's childhood hutch / Welsh dresser that he had in his room as a boy and of an antique mantle piece we bought off Craigs List.  We decided to place the mantle on top of the dresser top to give it a different look and feel and I had asked you all about whether or not you think I should take the plunge to paint the two pieces to help 'marry' them. Thank you for all your suggestions, input and ideas! There's been a pretty even mix of yay's and nay's about painting the pieces.   I'm still undecided about what I'll do... or not do and have been mulling it over for several years now!   ugh! Whenever I do make up my mind, I'll be sure to tell and show!  

 I also shared this sneak peek at how I'd dressed the pieces for Fall with brown transferware from my online shop. 

Now for the reveal.  I hope you all like it!  I love brown transferware and thought it would be such fun to pull from the pieces that are actually for sale rather than from my own collection.   It was fun except for the fact that now I find myself wanting to keep a lot of these! =)  I included some pieces that I felt represented the Autumn season, such as a few different turkey plates, some with wheat harvest scenes, fruits and so on.  Every piece of transferware is for sale so if you see something you feel you have just gotta have then pop on over to my store.  I'll include some links below to different pieces and if you can't find a particular piece in my shop feel free to email me directly. 
So, let's have a look!

I love a big fat water pitcher not only for the fact that as a large piece it serves to ground all of the small ones, but for all the other ways to use and decorate with them!  This pitcher was part of a wash set and would've originally come with a very large wash basin that it sat in.  I love to use these like vases to hold flowers, whether fresh or faux, and for holding kitchen utensils.  But, to see one of my favorite and probably most unique ways to use a big water pitcher like this, check out this post from 2011.  =)  Some of you may remember it!

The dresser is perfect to serve from, so I set a display that looks like dessert is ready to be served with a large domed cheese keep  or cookie plate, antler forks, napkins, dessert plates and a compote.  A medium sized Bountiful harvest platter sets in the background with turkey plates on either side.

I have several different brown turkey plates in stock right now and used three various patterns in this display.  It's hard for me to choose a favorite!

I love the lace like scroll work of this Aesthetic Movement teapot 

I love the neutrality of brown; it works so well all year long, not just in the Fall.  In the Winter months, evergreens and deep reds add a warm, festive touch while Spring and Summer are perfect times to introduce pastels and cooler, bright colors.  I love the rich, warm Autumnal colors though!  

The two chintz handled pieces on either side of the Grindley Ideal platter below are candle holders.  I meant to add candles and have them lit for my pictures.  I forgot!

These orphaned teacups have flaws but they display beautifully still and look perfectly at home hanging on the cup hooks.  I like the little imperfections anyway.  It just shows they were lovingly used in the past.

The laughing cow pitchers add a touch of whimsy!

I decided to leave spaces along the top shelves of the mantle piece small and / or to a minimum to allow the beautifully detailed floral carvings and fretwork to show.

I actually worked up quite a sweat hauling in stacks of dishes to display here and climbing up and down from a step ladder.   I like to have a selection of dishes in front of me to pick and choose what goes where.   After I was done I pulled out a folding table, covered it with a paisley shawl, added some fruit and flowers, snapped a few pics for another post and then enjoyed myself a nice cup of Camomile tea, even though I was totally sweat drenched.  At least you all don't have to see that picture! =)

I hope you've enjoyed the post and that I've not bored you out of your minds with all of these pictures!

Have a blessed weekend!

“Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves,
We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!”
~Humbert Wolfe~

Rattlebridge Farm

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

An Antique Mantle meets Shawns Childhood Hutch

You guys have seen this hutch many times throughout my blogging years...
Christmas 2010 with brown polychrome transferware
 Spring 2012 with Red transferware
Christmas 2013 red transferware

 ...but you've never  seen it naked.   
Until now. (My cell phone doesn't count!)

 This was Shawn's hutch he had in his room as a boy.  He and his brother shared a room and they each had one of these hutches standing back to back dividing their room.  When he brought it into our marriage it had Colonial shutter doors and white ceramic knobs.  I removed the doors and replaced the hardware with antique glass knobs and some brass pulls (though they definitely need an update again).   We've used the hutch constantly throughout our 30 years of marriage, usually as a place to display transferware and store table linens but when we moved to this house there wasn't an obvious perfect spot for it.  It's been out in the Sunroom, a  room we don't use all the time because it's neither air-conditioned or heated.  The hutch has sat lonely against a brick wall for the last 2 1/2 years.

  Several years ago, Shawn and I found this antique mantle piece on CraigsList for next to nothing.  The lady we bought it from said it had been in her family for many years and was part of a fireplace mantle in her parents home where she grew up.  You can't tell from the photos but there were a few breaks here and there and it needed some work.  Shawn glued a few pieces back in place and sawed the very tip off since it was damaged beyond repair.  

At the last house we lived in (dump nightmare house of all time), we had a perfect spot for it in our tv room.  I inserted a vintage transferware chop plate into the back where a mirror had been originally.  Sorry for the horrible pic, but you can get the idea of how it looked.  The shape followed the lines of the wall to ceiling and looked nice.

I had a chop plate that perfectly fit the hole in the back!

After a few months of having the mantle piece setting on the floor and being in the way, I realized it would probably fit on top of Shawn's hutch.  Guess what?  It does!

While the style of the two pieces are different and from the pictures it is obvious they are two pieces, I decorated it with brown transferware for Fall (sneak peek below) which helped tie them together.  I can almost hear a bunch of you chanting to me, "paint it, paint it".   I have entertained that idea but just haven't fully found the nerve to make the decision to go for it.  I do love a nicely painted piece of furniture if it's done right (which I am not fully confident I can do) but in my heart of hearts I still prefer the look and warmth of wood and haven't jumped onto the all white bandwagon.  Even though I like seeing all of the furniture makeovers with paint that are so popular now I admit that, a few times, I have cringed a little after seeing an antique piece of furniture painted; especially if there is no damage to it or if inlaid wood involved.   But, that's just me.  I do think a sage-y green color would be pretty and might just 'marry' the two pieces.  What do you all think?  I would love to have your opinions!

Today the hutch finally got dressed again!  I decorated it with pumpkins, corn and brown transferware for Autumn!  I shopped my own store for each piece of transferware so they are all for sale.  
  I hope you'll stop back by tomorrow to see the whole display!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Come on in to my Halloween House Tour!

Welcome to our Halloween house!  I'm sharing photos I took last year around Halloween.  I went all out with my Halloween decorations because I was planning a big surprise party for Ashton's 18th birthday, which is the day before Halloween.  I only had a small window of time between her being away from the house and all of the guests arriving in order to surprise her so I knew I wouldn't be able to decorate for a birthday party besides some balloons here and there.  All of the Halloween decor never threw her off.  In fact, she helped me put out some of the decorations but was never none the wiser! 

Entering the house, you are greeted by Bonehead Bob;

 who's become entangled in a web of spiders.

A creepy skull that omits fog and changes light colors sets on an antique transferware warming plate on the entry table.

The dining room is on the left of the entry way as you're coming in and I put some blood over the door that looks like it's oozing out of the top.

I like to have creepy little unexpected surprises that you have to  take a double look at, so when I found a realistic looking and feeling (gross) tongue, I stuck it just under the lid of the soup tureen.  Hungry anyone?

A few things here and there in the living room add just enough Halloween flair; a ghost in front of the fireplace, and see the books on the coffee table?

The book is displayed in a chain wrapped forearm and hand skull.

But that's not the best part.  The best part is the name of the book.  Check out the title of the red book!  Lauri (my sister) and I each found a copy for .50 during the Summer and we both looked at each other and said, "This will be perfect for Halloween".  We are both October babies and grew up loving everything Fall and Halloween!  But, I have to admit, not everyone has gotten the pun.

And, I don't know why.  Hmmm.  I think it's sort of hilarious... well you know, creepy hilarious and perfect for Halloween. 

Anyway, back to the house tour. A little bat hangs in front of my Mom's painting from the picture lamp above.

And I went around the house and put these bloodshot eyeball light bulb covers on several lamp finials.  Just enough lamp light shines in to make them light up.  If you want to do this at home, the lights are from the kind of lights made for the yard that stick in the ground.  The eyeballs are the light covers and there are so many different ones available...skulls, skeleton, etc.  

Pumpkins line the stair steps...

...and as you leave the living room and enter the family room on the other side of the wall we have a doll house bar that I like to decorate for Halloween and Christmas.  It's covered with ghosts (does anyone remember these from Pizza Hut years ago?), tombstones and lights to make it look sort of like a haunted house and graveyard.

Lace spider webs cling to the lampshades on the table.

They show up so well when the lamps are lit!

Another subtle touch...a skeleton hand hanging over the armoire door.

Out in the sunroom, I filled a vase with branches from around the yard and strung lights throughout.  It makes it look a little like a dead tree next to the huge birdcage where a crow is perched atop.

Back to the entry way where another crow has landed on top of the lamp...

 ...and out the front door where Heads Up Harry says 
Happy Halloween everyone!