Snow Day and Great Expectations

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The weather here is still very cold, and today we are under a winter storm warning and advisory. I know that doesn’t seem like much to the rest of the country, but it is a big deal here in the deep South. Lots of schools and businesses are closed, and I am comfortable staying home and doing nothing today!

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When I was growing up, we loved having snow days. Snow days were those one or two days a year that ice or snow would actually be bad enough to close schools and we could stay home and play in the snow. We didn’t get those days every year…usually only every two or three years would the weather be bad enough to declare a snow day.

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Occasionally the weather would be bad enough to miss more than 1 day, and we thought that was wonderful. Even as an adult, I always liked those snow days. Curling up on the sofa with a warm throw and watching mindless tv or reading a good book while the weather is raging outside is still an activity that I love.

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Recently I decided that I could have a snow day whenever I want…why wait for snow? From now on, when I am feeling burned out and need a reboot, I am going to declare a snow day! After a day inside of doing nothing, I am ready to get back to life as we know it and feel refreshed from my temporary escape.

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OK, that’s enough of my soapbox…on to the table. I know that all of my blue and white tables tend to look similar due to the fact that I use the same china and often the same accessories. However, I don’t really get tired of the look, and I love blue and silver at this time of the year. I think that the cool palette really evokes a wintry feel. Today I chose my silver chargers underneath my vintage Salem English Village dinner plates.

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I used my blue and white napkins in sparkly silver napkin rings to go with my color scheme. Of course, the Grosvenor silver is perfect for this table.

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For stemware, blue Dollar Tree goblets and silver eBay stems complement my place setting perfectly. I love the Dollar Tree glassware. Where would we tablescapers be without it?

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I have what seems like a plethora of table runners, and several of them have blue in the pattern. However, I do not have a runner in just blue and white. Note to self: Look for a blue and white table runner. Anyway, I decided to use one of my blue and white placemats as the runner for this table. It will do until I can find one to purchase.

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For the centerpiece I chose a silver compote from my wedding gifts.

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I also found another silver dish in the wedding gifts. I tossed a few blue stones in both to give them some sparkle.

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I found a set of 3 silver candlesticks a few years ago at  a flea market for a great price when I first began tablescaping. Note to self: purchase blue tapers.

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I finished off the table with my favorite blue pitchers.

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All four are Spode reproductions…made from the original molds. Over the weekend, I discovered to my dismay that my internet had stopped working. After doing everything that I knew to do with no success, I called the AT&T tech support. We determined that my modem had gone bad. It was over 10 years old, after all, and the life of a modem is supposed to be 3-4 years. Anyway, I ordered the U-Verse, and only had to wait a couple of days for installation.

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It’s really kind of weird to be offline, isn’t it? I did the basic things that I needed to do on my phone, but I really missed the surfing, looking at blogs, posting pics of a new tablescape, and the other things that you don’t really realize how much time you spend doing it until it’s gone!

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I was promised wonderful things with the U-Verse, and I anxiously awaited this miraculous internet with great expectations.

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To my surprise and chagrin, I saw virtually no difference in my internet before and after U-Verse. What happened to those miraculous speeds I had been promised? I was underwhelmed, but just glad to be back online, so it really didn’t matter that it was no different from before.

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Then this morning I photographed the first table that I had done since the new internet. The pictures uploaded in literally moments of time compared to before! It used to take so much longer to upload pics and even then would sometimes skip one. OK, I am now officially happy with the U-Verse and just glad to be connected with the world again. So for everyone out there, stay safe and warm, and have a happy Snow Day!

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It’s Cooooold at the Friendly Village!

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OK, I know that it is very wrong to complain about the cold here in central MS when so much of the country has ice, snow, and blizzards. But I can’t help it…I live in central MS, people! I don’t like this unusually cold weather that we’re having and am soooo ready for it to warm up, even just a little bit.

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I haven’t even wanted to move around much, but I finally did do a new table in the dining room today. I wanted to show off the lovely flowers that David gave me for Valentine’s Day.

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I started with my fruit-patterned table runner and added my taupe and red check placemats. My square red plates are a good anchor for this place setting.

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I used the square Friendly Village plates on top. I have always liked the way this pattern looks with red, and the snowy covered bridge is perfect for the way I feel today!

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I love my paisley napkins in shades of brown and the sparkly beaded napkin rings. Both of these items were very early purchases when I first started this tablescaping sickness hobby. The San Remo flatware was perfect with the black edges of the plate and the black in the napkins.

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For stemware I chose my ruby red goblets with the clear stems. Because it is cold outside, I also used mugs. A cup of hot tea or chocolate is what we’re needing down here in the deep South this week!

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OK, here it is…my Valentine’s bouquet! It is still lovely and hasn’t begun to droop or fade at all. When he gave them to me, I was looking at my vases and pottery pieces when I spied my Friendly Village pitcher. I have always liked the way red looks with Friendly Village, so I stuck them in it and love it! My beautiful red flowers in the Friendly Village pitcher were the inspiration for this Friendly Village table.

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I added a red pillar candle, then I felt like I needed a little something else. Once again, I turned to my pottery collection.

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I chose this Fenton Silvercrest compote with the ruffled edge. I added some sparkly stones to it to zip it up a little plus add some red colors to the table.

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I love my centerpiece, I have to say. My goal was to showcase the flowers, and I think I have done that.

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Today I attended an ecumenical Ash Wednesday service at noon at our church. It was such a nice thing to do and served to remind us all that the Lenten season is for all, not just once particular denomination or branch of Christianity.

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It was quite moving to remember what Christ went through and a good reminder that he suffered for all of us.

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Then I went to the grocery store with ashes on my forehead and wondered if people just thought that I had a smudge on my face.

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I would have preferred that someone ask me what it was so that I could explain how important it is to take these 40 days to remember what Christ did for me. Alas, no one did, so I just kept that special feeling to myself and tried to reflect on the Lenten season during the rest of the afternoon.

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Now as I sit here finishing up this post, I am preparing to go wash my face and go through my other bedtime rituals before retiring for the night.

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My resolution is to practice my Lenten disciplines and to reflect on what Jesus did for me every day. I wish all readers a spiritually full Lent and peace during this special time of the year. Also, of course, warmth and health during cold weather, no matter where in the country you happen to be!

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Mardi Gras Madness

 

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Lent is such a very special time of the year to me, and I try to take it seriously. Remembering the 40 days leading up to the death and resurrection of Christ is a part of my Christian heritage that I try to honor. Of course, I am only human and some years I am more successful than others in sticking to my Lenten disciplines!

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Case in point: it suddenly struck me today that Mardi Gras is in a few days. Although the secular world has taken over many Mardi Gras celebrations, we will still remember what it is intended to be…a time to use up the fats and oils in the home in preparation for the fasting time of Lent. No Bacchanalia here…just a good fattening meal and discussing what our Lenten disciplines will be…I have not decided yet. I have given up something for the past few years, and I am thinking of taking on this year instead of giving up.

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However, I do love the festive spirit and the colors of Mardi Gras, so that I was what I had in mind when I did my dining room table today. Some people might think that a Christmas green table runner and purple striped placemats would be a terrible combination. Of course, we Christians know that green (faith), purple (justice), and gold (power) are the colors of the Mardi Gras season that lasts from Epiphany to Fat Tuesday.

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I love to use my Thomas Kinkade Spode china for Mardi Gras. It has lavender and green shades which are perfect for the season.

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I would be willing to bet that most tablescapers love Dollar Tree! I got some great inexpensive Mardi Gras beads to add to my table décor. Don’t you love the masks on these beads? I tied them in a loose knot to use as my napkin rings.

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I wanted them to stand out, so I used the gold and the green with the purple napkins. I love the way the colors pop!

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I found my purple goblets, of course.

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How do you like my wine charms? Santa put some Christmas wine glass charms in my stocking. Several of them are Mardi Gras colors, so they are perfect for this table!

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I like the San Remo flatware with this table setting.

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For the centerpiece, I pulled out my purple and gold pillar candle. I actually found this one at an after Christmas sale a couple of years ago and purchased it with Mardi Gras in mind. I wound some of the Dollar Tree beads (these are coins) around the base.

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I used this mask to evoke the Mardi Gras feel as well. I scattered the rest of the Mardi Gras beads around the centerpiece.

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I tried to make sure that the gold and purple beads ended up on top of the green runner. I wanted them to show up well, and I like the final look.

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I had a few beads left over, so what to do with them? Maybe my guests would like a souvenir of the night! I tossed the leftover beads onto the center of the salad plates, and I was done.

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My final look is simple, but still festive.

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I was supposed to work at the flea market today, but it did not work out. Unfortunately, business was really slow yesterday, and there was just no need for me to come in today.

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As much as I did enjoy being home today, running errands, catching up on chores, and doing a tablescape, I do hate to miss a day of work.

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Oh well, it happens, and I am hoping that tomorrow will be busy. Until then, let the good times roll!

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P.S. Click here if you are unfamiliar with Shrove Tuesday pancakes and the season of Lent.

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Mystery of the Missing Magnolia

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I have not posted in a week, which happens rarely, but my week has been crazy. Between the flea market, the paper, and some medical appointments for both of us, I have not had a moment to breathe, much less write. As a matter of fact, I am working at the flea market the next 3 days in a row, so I am making the time to post even though I need to be doing other things. I look for it to be probably another week before I have time to post again.

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I am a little weary of Valentine’s tables, but I wanted to do something fresh in the dining room. Then I thought of the magnolia dishes…the great impetus to the gut-wrenching purge…I’ve not showed you them since I first purchased them. I wanted to wash my tablecloths plus I had some recently washed placemats to put away, so it was a good time to go through my placemat storage to find some that will work with these plates. I really like the way this green stripe looks…the dish both blends with the colors and pops.

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Here’s the problem: I only have two of them. I do have the same placemat in blue, but I didn’t think that the colors of the plates would look good on them. I only have 2 of the blue also; these are early tablescaping purchases from Wal Mart before I realized that I really should always have 4 of everything. But the plate doesn’t look as bad as I thought it would on the blue, so I decided to go with it. Do you ever do that?

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Of course, I topped it with the small plate and decided to use the napkins that matched the placemats.

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These napkin rings are by a Mississippi artist who is not as well-known as Gail Pittman, P. Silkotch. I found them on eBay years ago. I like how the colors in them blend perfectly with the magnolia dishes.

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I chose the San Remo flatware. I really like the way all of these items ended up looking on the green stripe placemat…the blue, not so much.

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Of course, I had to use the matching goblets. Since I have not used the champagne flutes that my mother-in-law rescued from the garbage recently, I decided to use them as well.

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I love my place setting! I think I am going to enjoy coming up with different ways to showcase this lovely set of dishes.

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For the centerpiece, I put my Gail Pitman candlesticks on my burgundy table runner and then looked through my vintage pottery collection to find some other things to use.

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I grabbed the small Camark pitcher, but then I was stuck. I just couldn’t think of anything else to use as the centerpiece. Then I remembered that I haven’t shown two of my Christmas presents yet. My daughter-in-law completely surprised me with this lovely pottery bowl that she made. Apparently, she had taken a pottery making class last spring after they moved to TN, and she told no one about it so that she could make some Christmas presents. I love this piece!

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Santa left me this cute little pottery container. I have salt in it, but it can be used for anything. I love it and know I will enjoy using this container for a long time.

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I like my finished centerpiece and also enjoyed using this beautiful china pattern again.

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However, I can’t close this post without telling one on myself. When I was getting magnolia dishes out of the china cabinet, there were only 3 small plates. No problem…I had just put it somewhere else, right? It was nowhere to be found in the china cabinet.

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It was not in my kitchen cabinets nor in my china storage containers. I was really puzzled. I would remember breaking it, wouldn’t I? I’m positive that David would have told me if he had broken it.

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It wasn’t in the Hoosier, and I moved to the buffet to search there. Yep, there it was…in plain sight and I had posted about my new buffet vignettes just a couple of weeks ago! Boy, did I feel like a dummy!

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Well, I guess my temporary (I hope) Alzheimer’s led to something good…I straightened up the china storage and kitchen cabinets while searching. I found some more things to purge…nothing worth mentioning…all stuff I rarely use. I straightened up the napkin drawer in the buffet and the placemat storage box as well.

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I am a little embarrassed to share this story…but if I can’t laugh at myself, who will? Have a great week of dishes and tables!

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And the Losers Are…

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If you have not read any of my last few posts, I will try to keep you up to date as briefly as possible. I have a policy of something in, something out when it comes to tablescapes. For the past 3 1/2 years, I have had no trouble getting rid of something when I purchase or receive as a gift something new for tablescaping. However, a few weeks ago, I reached a breaking point…and seriously had a meltdown. I had purchased a lovely set of dishes but had nowhere to store them and nothing…seriously nothing….that I was willing to part with.

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I am glad to report that I am in a better frame of mind and have taken some time to objectively (well, as objectively as possible) to decide what I was willing to part with. I took some things to the flea market this morning, so now there is no turning back…well, unless something doesn’t sell.

Fiddle-de-dee, I’ll think about that tomorrow.

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I’m not going to say that giving up any of my pieces is ever easy, but some are easier than others. Both the Havilands are going, and both of these decisions were really tough.

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Meadow Visitors, goodbye! Fly away to another meadow where you will be enjoyed as much as I enjoyed you.

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I love both of these patterns, but this one, the Haviland Schlieger 318A, is one of my first loves when it comes to tablescaping.

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It’s really hard to say goodbye. So long Haviland! I hope you have a long and happy life in another home where you will be appreciated as much as I appreciated you.

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I mentioned in some of the previous posts that stemware seems to be especially hard to purge. However, since it also takes up the most room, it needs to be thinned more than the dishes. Two sets of wine glasses, one with black stems and one with teal, said bye-bye this morning. I like these glasses a lot, but don’t really use them all that much. When I reached in the cabinet to find these wine stems, I looked at the literal plethora of juice glasses that I never use. Why I had not thought of culling them until today?

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I pulled them out, put prices on them and packed them up.

 

It really was not as hard as I thought it would be.  When I got home from the flea market, I felt a huge sigh of relief that those things were out of my house. I’ll keep you posted on how they sell. Now for my Valentine’s table in the kitchen.

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I decided on gold chargers since none of my placemats really looked right for the table I had in mind.

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Of course, I topped them with my vintage Sunrise dishes. Love these plates!

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My conversation heart napkins from the Napkin Lady with the napkin rings that I made recently are perfect for this table.

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I finished the place setting with my everyday Chateau flatware and pink tulip goblets.

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For a casual, yet festive, look on the table, I chose this pillar candle on my black candle tray and scattered around the pink crystal hearts from the Dollar Tree.

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By the way, don’t you love this candle? I found it when I googled “pink pillar candle” a while back. It says “A Cheerful Giver” on the tag if you can’t read it. I love it and the variegated soft shades of pink, green, and cream are perfect for the many pink tables and vignettes that I do.

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I pulled the pink glitter hearts out of the DT table scatter and put them in the middle.

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And, because this table is all about Valentine’s Day and conversation hearts, I tossed the heart candy onto the plates. Love the look! Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone!

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Pink and Red

Some people do not like pink and red together. I do like the two colors together, although they can be done in a way that is not always harmonious. I decided to try pink and red together on today’s Valentine table.

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I started with my new red tablecloth and silver chargers. I topped the charger with my small red square plates from Wal Mart. I did not use the large plates because they would cover the charger, which I had used to break up red on red, and would therefore defeat the purpose of the charger.

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I used my pink flatware and the heart napkin in shades of red and pink.

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Here is a close up of the heart napkin ring. I went to Dollar Tree hunting for table scatter and some cheap Valentine’s ideas for this table. These glitter hearts came from the table scatter package. I hot glued the small heart onto the large heart.

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Then I cut the Dollar Tree necklaces into strips, hot glued them into rings, and hot glued the heart onto the ring. Voila! Valentine’s napkin rings for a couple of bucks and a little effort. They are a little flimsy, but it really doesn’t matter since they will only be used a few times a year.

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OK, here it is…pink on red…I put the Limoges Haviland Schlieger 318A small plate on top of the red. Isnt’ that pretty? I like the mix on the pastel on top of the red. By the way, I am still thinking about my future purge…the Meadow Visitors is definitely out and I am still contemplating this one.

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Of course, I had to use both a red and a pink goblet since the theme of this table is red and pink. Unfortunately, because of the red tablecloth in the background, my small pink tulip-shaped goblet just did not photograph as pink.

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While I was at Dollar Tree, I found some crystal heart table scatter in both pink and red. I scattered the pink around on the tablecloth with the glitter hearts. I put the red table scatter on the black candle tray so that it would show up more.

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For the centerpiece, I used my one of my standby candle holders (an old Wal Mart purchase). I did not have a pink pillar, so I pulled out red ones leftover from Christmas and a white one. I draped the Dollar Tree necklaces around the candles with the red crystal heart scatter and some of the glitter scatter.

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I liked my finished table and it looks very festive.

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The only drawback to my new red tablecloth is that it tends to dominate the photographs and not all of my tablescape details show up well.

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By the way, on my last Valentine’s tablescape, I used a silver tray as the backdrop to some sparkly beads. Do you remember that I told you that I had purchased it for my booth at the flea market?

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Both of those trays sold right away!

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I am dead serious when I say right away… they sold not just the first day that I put them out, but in the first 15 minutes!

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I was truly shocked because I have really not had good luck selling silver in the past. That same week I also sold a vintage piece of silverplate that I had for sale forever. Well, you just never know in the flea market game…a lot of the reason that I love this business!

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Happy Valentine’s Day and happy tablescaping!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Tablescape Tuesday at Every Day Living,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday,   Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Homemaking Party at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now,   Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design

 

 

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Valentine’s and Dining Room Updates

I can’t thank all of my readers enough for the wonderful comments that you have left on my last few posts about the difficulties I am having in purging my dish hoard collection. I have tried to use humor to show that I am really serious that I need to downsize, and I think all of you really understood that. I have even laughed at the wide range of comments. One end of the spectrum went something like, “You’re not a hoarder, you just need more space,” (by the way one of my good friends said, “Just get another china cabinet”).

The other end of the spectrum was, “Keep it up; you’re doing great.” Well, I am somewhere in the middle. I have purged a few things…no great numbers, but it’s a start. The best comment that I got was today from an acquaintance at church who said that I am trying to do too much…take it more slowly. So today I am officially taking a break…no purging, although I can’t promise that I won’t think about it a lot!

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My mother-in-law gave me this great red tablecloth (it was in the hoarded house), so I decided to do Valentine’s Day a little early. I started with my off white Mikasa plates.

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I bought these small Valentine’s plates on eBay back when I first started tablescaping.

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I only have two of them, so I used my Fire King peach lustre plates on the other two place settings.

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I found these wonderful red striped glasses at a flea market after Christmas, and I used my silver goblets, another eBay find from a long time ago.

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Napkins were an early tablescaping purchase from The Napkin Lady. I used my heirloom Grosvenor silverplate. I love that silver!

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OK, before you say something like, “I thought she was purging, and here she is showing a new silver tray,” let me defend myself. I purchased a set of 2 silver trays from the hoarded house specifically for resale. I even pulled the price tag off so that I could use it for this table. I love the way my sparkly stones look on the silver tray.

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I put red pillars on my tall silver candlesticks, and I was done.

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To be perfectly honest, doing the tablescape did not really take my mind off things much, but I still enjoyed doing it. I can see many more uses in the future for this lovely tablecloth, and I am so excited about having it.

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I also recently updated my buffet and Hoosier. Because I love those magnolia dishes so much, I wanted to have some of them out for display. I won’t even mention the fact that I have nowhere to store them except out in the open.

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I have actually used a burgundy and pink color scheme for my buffet for almost the entire time that I have lived in this house. I rarely changed out the displays on it until I started the tablescaping hobby, and I still go back to the burgundy and pink that I love fairly often. The burgundy trim platters were my grandmother’s, and the large pink one was an early auction purchase. I love these platters and used them as my basis for the burgundy and pink color scheme.

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I love platters and have collected them since way before I began tablescaping. These two were also my grandmother’s, and the platters that you see on my dining room walls are probably the ones that started my love of pretty platters.

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I love to use the bowl which matches the platter on the wall in my dining room decor. This is an old Johnson Brothers set that I just love.

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I also used another platter with burgundy trim; this one is an old Salem china one.

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Coffee cups take up the most storage room, so where would I put them? How about in plain sight? I love them stacked on my teacup display! Very striking!

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I love my updated buffet vignette. I plan to leave it like this for a while.

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I move some of the blue that I previously had on the buffet to the Hoosier. I love my grandmother’s cobalt blue refrigerator dish and my Spode pitchers.

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Thanks for all of the encouragement that I received from both near and far! I will keep you updated on my purging projects!

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Until then, have a great time decorating and tablescaping (and collecting)!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Tablescape Tuesday at Every Day Living,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday,   Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Homemaking Party at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now,   Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design

 

 

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More Purging Options (and More Pink)

If you are bored with reading more purging drama, just scroll down to the tablescape. Yesterday, I did something that I have actually been planning for quite some time. As much as I love our flea market, it does have some drawbacks. One of those is that it is only a flea market, not an antique mall. We sell antiques and collectibles, yes, but we also sell clothes, toys, and other random items (such as old crock pots!). It is not a place where I can sell some of my antiques that I would like to get a good price for.

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I loaded up some of my higher-priced collectibles and took them to a consignment shop in a nearby city. For example, this Mason’s Vista pitcher has a $60 retail value. Even though I would not ask that much for it, I also don’t want to give it away. The nice guy who runs the shop seems like he will be easy to work with and I am really hoping that I get good prices for everything.

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The Watt 2-leaf apple refrigerator pitcher retails for $300. It would be a miracle to even get $10 for it at my flea market.

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The other high-end items that I took are this Hall Blue Bouquet teapot, creamer, and sugar. The retail value of these 3 together comes to around $270, but I have priced them much lower.

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I also took a couple of mid-range priced items, like one piece of my Hull magnolia. I want to see if it sells before I decided whether or not to cull my collection. I’ve had a little trouble finding a current book value on the Hull, but this vase is probably around $40.

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Of course, you knew the Avon Cape Cod set would be in the sell box, didn’t you? Although the retail value on this set is not as much as I had hoped, (between $35-40) I still should be able to make a profit…if it sells.

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I also took a couple of low-end items, which I won’t mention. I decided to take a couple of things that had not sold at my flea market and see if he could sell them. Yes, getting rid of these items helps my storage space, but it also is not exactly purging since all of these were bought as investment pieces with the intention to resell at some point. So back to the purging.  I have definitely decided to sell the purple martini glasses. I know, I know; it seems harsh…but they take up so much storage room and I don’t use them as often as I use the purple goblets.

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Since I’ll be selling the purple martini glasses, I might as well sell the purple plates. I had actually never planned to keep these for long and had even put them in the booth for a little while. However, they had not sold before it was time to make room for Christmas items, so I will just wait and put them back out when I can display them with the martini glasses. I think that will look nice.

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So now what? Once again, I’m going to try to work through my thought processes as I do a new tablescape. Turning to pink, I put my HL Sunrise plates on my pink floral placemats on the kitchen table.

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Another of my very favorites in the category of pink china is my Haviland Limoges Meadow Visitors. I have a set of 6 small plates in this very old pattern, each one picturing a different butterfly and bird. I bought these at our church sale a few years back, and they all have a few of what collectors call “flea bites.”

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I love these plates and don’t want to think about purging them. But I have got to have more room. Today I paired these pretty plates and placemats with the matching napkin in an old floral napkin ring and my Chateau flatware.

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I have mentioned in the past that my mother loves dishes and glassware, but I don’t think that I have ever mentioned that my mother-in-law does also. I guess I just get that dish nut collector trait from all sides! Anyway, when I visited her yesterday, she had the most wonderful surprise for me. Don’t you just love that champagne flute? She gave me a set of 5 that she rescued from the trash when her neighbor was throwing them out. Yep, you read that right…the neighbor had put them on the street for the garbage truck. The one above has a yellow foot.

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The flute at my place has, of course, a pink foot. All 5 of these flutes had different colored feet…yellow, pink, blue, brown, and black. The brown has a small chip, but I don’t care.

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As much as I like my Dollar General glasses paired with flutes from the garbage, I will be removing the flutes after I take the photos. We won’t be using our flutes for our Sunday dinner of spaghetti and meatballs…but we could if we wanted to!

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I had actually been thinking of purging the purple martini glasses for a few days, but the gift of the champagne flutes enabled me to definitely make up my mind. I would much rather store the flutes than the martini glasses.

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I did a simple vignette at the end of the table with a variegated green and pink candle and some sparkly stones.

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Well, dear readers, I am no closer to making up my mind about purging Meadow Visitors now that I was at the beginning of the post! OK…so what do I do?

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Get rid of Theodore Haviland?

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Haviland Meadow Visitors? Feel free to chime in with your opinions!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Tablescape Tuesday at Every Day Living,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday,   Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Homemaking Party at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now,   Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design

 

 

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Pinking and Purging

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Wow! Thanks so much for all the nice comments on my post about crossing the line. I think that most people realized that I was mostly being humorous with a touch of seriousness, rather than the other way around.

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Since I’ve written that post, I have been seriously looking at tablescaping items to purge. By purge, I mean to take to my booth at the flea market. I decided that it wouldn’t hurt me too much to get rid of this Dollar Tree set. They sold the first day that I put them out.

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So I have gotten rid of one set of dinner plates (remember the other 2 sets were small plates) and one set of stemware. Hmmm….need to do some more, I’m thinking. I store a great deal of my stemware in the china cabinet that holds my pink and aqua dishes, so I decided to take a good, long hard look at those items. What better way to look at them than to do a table?

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I started with my silver chargers and put my HL Sunrise dinner plate at the base of the plate stack. I really love these plates, and it is such a great story of how I got them that I just don’t think I can get rid of them!

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I was also thinking extremely seriously of purging my Theodore Haviland Limoges Schlieger 318A small plates. I love these plates, but I don’t really use them much. I purchased the set a few years ago at our church bazaar. There are 6 of them, and all have a few “flea bites.” I rarely get them out, but I love, love, love pink china. I get my love of pink dishes from my mother. I just don’t think I can purge them at this time. Plus, they look great on my Sunrise plate.

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Of course, I used pale pink napkins in silver beaded napkin rings to continue the pink and silver color scheme.

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My Grosvenor silverplate is perfect for this table setting.

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Pink tulip stemware and silver goblets are the right stemware for this table. I got the pink goblets as a gift when I first started tablescaping. I do a lot of pink tables, so I can’t get rid of them. I purchased the silver goblets on eBay and don’t use them much. I am not totally against purging them, but silver does not sell well at my flea market. I will put purging them on the back burner for now.

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So here is the place setting. I have the option of getting rid of the following:

dinner plates…NO

salad plates…NO, with a possible MAYBE coming

pink goblets…NO

silver goblets…NO, but a good possibility if I could be assured that they would sell. Of course, I store these with the silver, not with all of my other stemware, so the storage space that they take up is not in question with my hoarding ways. Soooo….NO.

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For the centerpiece, I chose the matching platter. Long before I ever began tablescaping, I collected platters, and I do love this one.

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I chose a piece of my vintage pottery since its pink color looks good with this centerpiece. I looked this piece up at one time many years ago but don’t really remember what it is…maybe Hull or Shawnee. I don’t use it much…would be open to selling it, but only if I could get a good price for it.

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I added a pink flower from my stash and my silver candle holder with the hurricane. My centerpiece was complete, very simple, yet pretty, with the dishes as the focus. To sum up the centerpiece elements and as to whether or not I will purge them:

platter….NO

vintage pottery…MAYBE…if I can get a good price for it.

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So there you have it…the thought processes behind getting rid of tablescaping pieces.

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What I am hoping to do over the next few weeks is some various tablescapes with all of my different sets of china and stemware. To my way of thinking, making a decision about “to keep” or “not to keep” will be easier when I see them on the table.

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Hmmm…As I typed that last sentence, I just realized that my thinking is somewhat backwards. Using the dishes might make me want to hang on to them more, right?

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Am I just setting myself up for an epic fail? Am I doomed to the life of a dish hoarder, not able to part with any of my treasures? Will my grandchildren and great-grandchildren find me buried under plates and wine glasses one day? Will they encircle my grave with Homer Laughlin dishes and pile Hull pottery on top of my tombstone?

Back to square one, as they say…stay tuned for more updates from a dish nut who has definitely got one toe over the line.

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Tablescape Tuesday at Every Day Living,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday,   Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Homemaking Party at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now,   Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design

 

 

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I’ve Crossed the Line

For the past few years I have had the thought that there is a fine line between collecting and hoarding.

I have 260+ sets of salt and pepper shakers. I rarely purchase them any more and have even gone years between purchasing sets. I collect them.

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I have several pieces of pottery by Gail Pittman in the Flame pattern. I bought all but a couple of pieces (which were gifts) on eBay pretty cheaply years ago and never add to the collection. I am happy with the pieces that I have and don’t care if I ever get any more of them. I collect them.

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I have several pottery and porcelain rabbits. I am not very interested in adding to the collection, although I would if just the right piece came along. I have even purged a good portion of the collection in the past couple of years because I just had too many of them. I collect them.

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I have 6 complete sets of dishes, 4 mostly complete sets of dishes, and lots of random plates in various colors, patterns, and sizes. I hoard them.

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I have 15 complete and mostly complete sets of stemware in various colors and sizes. I hoard them.

I just realized today that I have officially crossed the line…that line between collecting and hoarding. How do the last 2 examples differ from collecting?

I don’t want to get rid of anything. That’s a problem, folks. I have crossed the line.

So that you don’t think that I am completely crazy, you need to know that I am aware of the hoarding and trying to conquer it. I have spent a good bit of time in the last few days (since the new set of dishes purchase) going through things and boxing up things to purge. Regular readers know that I have a “something in, something out” rule. In other words, when I make a tablescaping purchase, something else has to go to make room for it.

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For the first time since I began this craziness hobby, I feel at piece with my possessions and I don’t want to purge anything. Yes, this is from the lady who never batted an eye when getting rid of the Old Country Roses.

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Didn’t bother me at all to say goodbye to Jade Moon.

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OK, one day at a time; let go and let God; step by step; trust the higher power; I think I can…I think I can. I can do this. I’ve got to start somewhere. My On the Terrace plates were sitting on the buffet from the last tablescape and I stuck them in the purge box before I had time to think about it.

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The 222 Fifth Lydia Saffron appetizer plates also went into the box. It didn’t hurt much.

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I love my Salem English Village plates, but I can do without the berry bowls. I don’t use them much, and stacks of bowls take up more storage space than stacks of plates.

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I had already chosen a few random pitchers and teapots to purge, so that was no problem. So that’s it…you can easily detect the problem here. I have gotten rid of no complete sets of dishes and no glassware. Although the small purge from the last few days will help, I still have lots of cabinets and closets that are absolutely FULL. I have to be ruthless…but I just don’t know if I can.

I’ve crossed the line.

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Tablescape Tuesday at Every Day Living,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday,   Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Homemaking Party at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now,   Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design
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