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.

What I Bought at Portobello Road Market

What I Bought at Portobello Road Market

Last weekend I got to go to London for a Girls’ Weekend.  The 4 moms that went left 11 children at home with their dads for 3 days.  Our apartment ended up being just one block from the Portobello Road Market.  It was an ideal location.  We walked by Rachel Ashwell’s Shabby Chic store on Friday night and then Saturday morning I was up and searching for treasures by 8:15.  There are more pictures of my shopping adventures on my Brocante Treasures Facebook page.

Here are some photos of my finds once I had them home.

All of this flatware came from a box of mismatched pieces.  The man selling them said in years past all of these would have been thrown away.  Can you imagine throwing these away?

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I added my new finds to my growing collection of flatware.  Looks like we need to do some more eating around here.

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These little pitchers were being cleared out by a woman that makes her own tiered plate trays.  She wasn’t using the pitchers and they were a good deal.  Now I have them home and I love them.

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I didn’t buy these in London, but I have been working on more Christmas decor.  I love this bust with his santa hat.  My frame with JOIE, joy, is just over our mantel.

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These beauties were in a clearance bin, the woman who I bought them from thought they were of a cricket pitch.  When she put her glasses on later she saw that it was Lourdes, France.  I snapped them up!  They were made in Sarreguemines and they are in excellent condition.

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These little two handled cups have the best colors, blue and hot pink, on them.  I asked the woman, and her mother, what these two handled cups were used for and they said in the 1950s when these were made they could have been used for just about anything.  I think miso soup would be so fun in these cups.

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This Spode bowl with the deer and brown transfer ware pattern will look lovely with the rest of the fall themed dishes.

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I only bought the 2 flowered pieces in this picture, but I love the mix of all the different blue and whites together.  The coffee pot and platter are ironstone from the 1930s.

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Another piece of ‘Genuine Ironstone”  this bowl is very heavy.  I love the purple and all of the soft colors.

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This plate immediately made me think of this canvas I had at home. I love all of the  bright colors in the plate and the canvas.

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