Blueberries and Sunflowers

I have collected and used antique and vintage pieces in my home for a long time. As I write this I am sitting at our kitchen table. A table we bought from Goodwill in Colorado Springs 15 years ago is still the table where we eat almost every meal. I am sitting on a vintage church pew that I bought from a local resale shop a decade ago (just one of several pews in our home).

Today I wanted to show you how I use some of my gorgeous vintage pieces for a beautiful tea and muffins minute. All of these antique and vintage items are available and will be making their way to Marburger Farm in just 3 weeks so you can create your own moment to share.

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This pewter tray makes everything look more elegant. Literally lay whatever item you would like to highlight on this heavy, gorgeous French tray and it will look so fancy. fkOe47HeS6a2IyRV9ZmP1Q

A small bouquet of sunflowers, a few sprigs of limonium, and some clippings from the back yard fill a vintage enamelware piece in such a fun way. This flour enamelware container is direct from England and oozing with British charm. The ironstone plate is simple and elegant and makes a few simple muffins ready to serve.

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This green mug is a vintage piece, made in Japan. A great size with amazing color. This green can go through every season depending on what you pair it with.

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I am currently reading Placemaker by Christie Purifoy. I first heard about this book on the podcast, The Next Right Thing, with Emily P. Freeman. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but this book has been so helpful for me. Having moved as many times as I have it is easy to feel rootless. Placemakers has helped me look back at the value every place we have lived has had, and as we prepare to stay put for a while I look at our situation here in Texas with more intention.

See what I did with the book here, I just put the book on the pewter tray and a sprig of flowers and doesn’t she look fancy?

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Polka dotted tea pot, vintage creamer, antique green glass jar for sugar and a copper stand make a tea and muffin party complete.

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Do you like to put together a tea party? I love a tea party and I am embarrassed at how many of these muffins are gone at this point.

Going to Waterloo in the Big Truck

Have you ever been at a market or store and thought, ‘If only I had a truck to get this treasures home!’ ?  That happens to me all the time here in France.  There is one store I go to that has an awesome delivery service and I usually only buy my furniture there.  I had been to Waterloo, Belgium a couple of times and they always seem to have a ton of fun BIG things there.  I have been contemplating the idea of renting a truck for a while, but the cost and time and logistics have always held me back.

After some careful planning and some other big adventures that are coming into the picture I was able to rent a truck and take a friend from Paris to Waterloo.

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On our adventure we saw this sign for a “Vide Maison”.  In the city where I live you are not allowed to sell things from your home like a garage sale, but that is exactly what this vide mason was like.  I pulled that giant truck right onto their street and stopped to look around.

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We got to Waterloo Saturday evening and stayed at a hotel in the city.  We were up at 4:00 am and at the market by 4:45 am. I had made my first purchase by flashlight by 5:20.  It was crazy, but we were not the only crazy people there.

This giant window was just stunning, but it did not come home with m.e  We walked by it so many times as we shopped and carried treasures back to the truck.

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This vendor had such a beautiful selection of china.  There were pieces from Belgium, France, and England. I love this picture even thought I didn’t buy anything from her.

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Now on to some of the things I did buy!

This metal piece and of course copper.  This stack of copper was so heavy, thankfully I had my rolling back with me.

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This sign is in Flemish and thankfully the vendor spoke great English.  He did his best to explain what it translated to, but I didn’t write it down so I am going to have to ask my friend that was with me.DSC_0928

This sweet little book had an inscription with 1945 on the inside.DSC_0935

All of these amazing tins!  There are almost 30 different shapes and sizes and they are in great condition.DSC_0941

This bowl caught my eye, but I was trying to buy bigger pieces so I passed it by.  Then my friend that was with me picked it up.  I checked out the back, saw what good shape it was in and decided to get it after all.  I think the mark is from 1968-1990 from the German Democratic Republic.

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Chicken feeders! I am hoping to use the one on the right as a plate stand.

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Isn’t she beautiful?  I found her while I was shopping in the dark with my flash light.  I knew I wanted her, but I didn’t know how much I loved her until I saw her in the day light.  She has Paris and the name of an artist on her back shoulder.

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This is a bread board, with initials carved at the top.

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This is coffee table height and I love the legs and the color of the top.

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Here is my find of the day, a 19th century farmhouse table.  This was my first purchase of the day and my favorite one.

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My friend and fellow shopper took this picture of me on the road, driving the big truck.  This was a big adventure, and the start of an even bigger adventure and I have been so anxious about everything according to plan.  I am so thankful that this weekend went off with out a hitch.

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I hope you enjoyed seeing my finds and following along on my trip to Waterloo in the Big Truck.

I am sharing with

Coastal Charm

The Scoop

Let’s Talk Vintage

Vintage Bliss

Elephants and Ivy

Vintage Inspiration Party

Treasure Hunt Thursday

Feathered Nest Friday

Copper Love

  I was talking to a friend the other day about what kinds of treasures they would like to find while living here in France.  One thing that came up was copper, or le cuivre in French.   I love copper as well and I have slowly but surely been building my collection.  I gathered as many pieces as I could from around my house, there are a few that I couldn’t reach, and arranged them in my dining room. DSC_0027   These pieces have come from all over; local brocantes, the Waterloo Brocante, and Emmaus.         DSC_0023 This little copper scale is one of my favorite pieces.  I am hoping to have a big enough kitchen when we settle down one day to display some of these classic copper pieces that I have.  Many of the copper pots I have still have the tinning on the inside and I would be using them, except that copper does not work on an induction stove top.  Just another reason I am dreaming of a gas cook top one day.

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I also have a Pinterest board full of some of the most inspirational photos of copper.

Do you have a favorite piece of copper?

Sharing with

Coastal Charm

The Scoop

Vintage Inspiration Party

Elephants and Ivy

Treasure Hunt Thursday

Feathered Nest Friday