Beautiful Blue Wine Glasses – Great for Winter Desserts Too

Not a fan of wine? These blue works of glass artistry could show off a special dessert too. What about a parfait, a trifle, or just plain pudding or jello?

Nothing wrong with simple treats like we enjoyed back in the days of childhood – in a perhaps unconventional, but lovely, still, presentation. Something special on a wintry evening, a cooling refreshment on the warm summer days we hope will arrive before too long.

Cute Calico Turkey Coordinates With Delicately Patterned China

The thrift shop staff chose a great way to display this cute handcrafted turkey, nestled in the pretty set of china in a similar hued pattern.

It would make a great accent piece for a Thanksgiving buffet.

Feel Like You’re Walking Right Out to This Lighthouse . . .

When you hang this lovely framed photo found in a second hand store. I believe it’s on Nantucket, one of the prettiest spots in Massachusetts I’ve not yet seen in person.

Today I watched a DVD which followed an auto tour from Maine to Florida. To my surprise, one of the lighthouses they showed was the one in this picture Brant Point – the identity of which I had not previously known.

I’m ready for a trip northest. It’s been several years since I’ve seen the Atlantic. For now, I’m watching recordings of the old TV show, Wings, set on idyllic Nantucket Island. Though it’s not so idyllic for the characters in the show who live there, as it is with most residents of places tourists see as paradise.

Wherever you go, there you are, and you must find a way to make a living . . . but waking up to attractive scenerey counts for something.

A Bevy of Boxers Chained to their Mother

What a cute secondhand store find. Such a beautiful, whimsical design. Is it an ashtray, or a soap dish? Who would take the chance of actually using it? Oh, maybe it’s one of those dishes men keep on their dresser to hold change?

If anyone knows the true identity of this item, please let me know.

It’s The Easter Beagle!

I don’t know if Snoopy wears a lavender suit like this one, but it was a nice surprise on a dreary spring morning, oddly lying is the middle of a display of china in the window of a  local second hand store.

The Owl and the Pussycat Went to Sea . . . a Fun Vintage Find

I’ve always loved this charming poem. So delighted to find these figurines in my favorite thrift shop!

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat

I
The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
   In a beautiful pea-green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
   Wrapped up in a five-pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
   And sang to a small guitar,
“O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love,
    What a beautiful Pussy you are,
         You are,
         You are!
What a beautiful Pussy you are!”
II
Pussy said to the Owl, “You elegant fowl!
   How charmingly sweet you sing!
O let us be married! too long we have tarried:
   But what shall we do for a ring?”
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
   To the land where the Bong-Tree grows
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood
   With a ring at the end of his nose,
             His nose,
             His nose,
   With a ring at the end of his nose.
III
“Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
   Your ring?” Said the Piggy, “I will.”
So they took it away, and were married next day
   By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
   Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
   They danced by the light of the moon,
             The moon,
             The moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.
Source: The Random House Book of Poetry for Children (1983)
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Vintage Towels in 100% Cotton Seem So Much Softer than the Materials of Today . . .

I collect vintage linens. Not the fancy ones from Victorian times, but the ones from the mid-twentieth century, when quality of fabric production reached it’s peak.

I discovered this pretty pink and white set in a quality second hand shop, complete with sparkly ribbon. What fun to take them home like a gift received from a friend.

The ribbon cutting has been put off for awhile while I enjoy my fun vintage find. Eventually one day, I will snip the ribbon and throw my fluffy new towels in the wash, permeating them with the scent of my favorite laundry soap. I will pull them from the dryer, touch them to my face and savor the spirit of the time when the towels were woven, in a thriving textile factory of a few decades ago.

Perhaps they were purchased by a housewife as she shopped with her children, maybe they were opened as a gift at the wedding?

I so enjoy making up stories from impressions triggered by second-hand bargains.

Fun Vintage Find – Winter Rabbit

Discovered this lovely plate in a thrift shop in December – passed it up, and can’t remember for sure, was is of Scandinavian origin? Photo doesn’t do it justice, of course, but it evoked the beautiful spirit of wildlife in winter.

I don’t go on as many winter walks as in the past, but stepping through snowscapes, sharing the experience with those whose only shelter is a fence row or a burrow can be quite inspirational.

Lovely Winter Robin Collectible Plate from Goebel

I believe the bird featured in this whimsical display is the European robin for which our brighter American species was named?

Fun Vintage Find – Turkey Platter

A visit to a favorite quality thrift shop unearthed this lovely turkey platter. Didn’t purchase it as I don’t actually need it, but I know I’ll dream about it tonight.

Didn’t pick it up to view the imprint, but the quality of the design is wonderful. I can almost imagine myself stepping into the lovely day enjoyed by the turkey.

It’s triggering some mixed feelings though. I love the tradition of the turkey dinner, but also see all animals/birds as companions. The most important thing, I believe is to treat other living creatures with respect, and be thankful to them also.