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Christmas Hutch of Red Transferware and Book Winner

My breakfast room hutch is decked out for Christmas! I've incorporated lots of Christmas-ey cheer into my red English transfer ware collection. There are lots of snowflakes!  Including the giant one hanging from the drawer handle. Seven or eight of these white, bottle brush trees add vintage charm...but they're brand new.   I always incorporate birds into my decor, whether it's Christmas time or not! There are a few little evergreen trees I decorated with frosted, miniature pinecones and berries and tucked into creamers or sugar bowls. Some cardinals and faux snow tucked in amongst the evergreens adds a little extra winter cheer.  I like to tuck floral picks here and there as well to add a little color and greenery. This is a new to my collection piece, a hand held candle holder.  Right now, it's holding one of the bottle brush trees. This antique, crocheted dresser scarf perfectly mimics the snowfla

Shabby Apple Dress Giveaway

I was recently contacted again by an online dress boutique that I simply adore..Shabby Apple, to give away a dress to one of my readers. If you've been around blogland much lately you may be familiar with this wonderful company and the beautiful, timeless line of women's dresses they carry. Shabby Apple  offers an array of lovely, time inspired, wholesome designed dresses for women and teens as well as little girl's dresses and maternity dresses .  They also have a lovely collection of jewelry, shoes, and accessories . Here are some of my favorite dresses from Shabby Apple...what's yours? Grand National Block Party Freshwater Pearl (I love white dresses and I love boots with dresses) I'm giving this gorgeous Nothin' Like a Dame dress to one of you.   One requirement to must like Shabby Apple on Facebook by clicking HERE   and leave a comment here letting me know. If you are a follower

Guest Post ~ and Transferware Book GIVEAWAY!!!

(the letter A on a child's plate, from Judies book, Dishy Animals) Today, I have a guest post from Judie Siddall.  Judie is a long time collector and dealer of transferware and has written a charming little book about childrens transferware of the 19th century,   Dishy Animals , which she specializes in.    I have one of the books in my collection and Judie has generously offered to give a copy to one of my readers.  It is so charming and if you have young children or grandchildren you will want this's a fun way for little ones to learn their ABC's!  (front cover of Dishy Animals) Here, Judy shares some of her collection with us and talks a little about herself and how she became a transferware enthusiast. About Judie Siddall:  I was introduced to blue and white transferware pottery by my mother and grandmother. We ate off of my grandmother’s blue Willow plates, which were made in occupied Japan, for years. My sister still has them. I

Lavender Transferware Snowflake Tablescape

Stay, season of calm love and soulful snows! ~ from the poem To Winter by Claude McKay~   Do any of you remember my bird cage dining table   I made from a broken bird cage?   Well,  this table has  become one of my favorite pieces of furniture.   I envisioned something outside of  the traditional red and green color scheme for this setting.  I envisioned a tablescape of silver and white snowflakes and ice crystals with a little bit of soft, pale color added.  I've always liked periwinkle and in fact had a previous homes bedroom wall painted a very light shade of this color.   My  inspiration were these gorgeous, ever so light pe riwinkle / lavender  / purple transferware plates in the Asiatic Pheasants Pattern.    I think this is a beautiful pattern depicting pheasants fluttering amongst a lush floral bouquet.  They seemed to be a perfect match for the table.   These transferware plates are not the typical English pieces I include in my tablescapes,  rather they a