Sunday, June 27, 2010

Birthday and treasures

Recently we cleaned out my father-in-laws house after it was sold. My husband and sister-in-law had a home that contained the array of things their parents had accumulated over fifty years. They threw away, gave way, sold and divided things among us and our combined 5 children. I think everyone found things to treasure and remember from this wonderful couple who were beloved parents, in-laws, grand-parents and great- grand parents. This was a piece that they had in their living room for years.

I quickly was able to fill it with stemware I've collected over the years and a few other things. Some of this had been packed away or stored in various places throughout my house. It's wonderful to have a place to house it all conveniently in my dining room.

Another treasure I acquired was this antique cruet set.

I was thrilled at how well it polished up. Everything was in perfect shape, except one stopper missing. I found one at an antique store this weekend. The sort of pointed one in the front.

In addition to the salt and pepper shakers, were three bottles -- oil and vinegar and what else? Two oils? Two vinegars? Perhaps there is a clue in the shapes. One has a double spout.

The other two are straight bottle necks -- does anyone know what goes in each?

I wish I knew the story behind this set of tea cups from Japan. There are six in the set.

One cup is darker in color and has little men all over it.

Sorry for the blur.

The colors are quite beautiful. Unfortunately, I don't think that any of these can be used for tea because they are so delicate and most are cracked. But they can certinaly be used for tablescaping.

The other five are exactly alike.

Beautiful ladies and flowers on these. Any idea why one would be different? The only thing I can come up with is that one was for the male head of the household and the others were for the rest of the family. But that's certainly only a guess.

Isn't this a sweet little tea set?

I love roses - especially pink roses. This set is marked on the bottom from Germany.

I guess this cut glass piece is a spooner, but it's by far the largest one I've ever seen! This must have been for a very large family or a boarding house. It's gorgeous. I believe I'll use it for flowers.

How about this sweet little pot? It's a tiny thing.

It's missing a spoon, but I believe this was for individual servings of jelly or preserves. Wouldn't it be charming on a breakfast tray?

I've always loved these condiment baskets. Sometimes they have a little bracket to hold a spoon at the top. But I have a perfect little silver ladle that will work just fine.

This little pitcher is also from Japan.

Again, painted with beautiful pink roses. Many of these things were never to my knowledge used, but I'll enjoy using them all and treasure them not only for their beauty, but knowing that they must have had some special meaning to my in-laws for them to have kept them all these years.

A couple of weekends ago we attended a wedding out of town. The bride and her mother, knowing my love of antiques, suggested that I visit an antique store named "Toots" close by. I came home with some vintage linens -- a real weakness of mine. First up is this monogramed hand towel. Certainly the "M" is for Mid-Atlantic Martha!

Loved the black edging.

I found three tablecloths -- I'm guessing from the 30's or 40's. The first one is an ivy pattern. Creamy white background with grey lattice pattern and various shades of green for the ivy leaves.

A closer look.

The second cloth contains very soft colors of grey, pink and yellow.

The blossoms are shaped like lilacs, but up close they sort of look like hydrangeas. What do you think?

The last tablecloth is also green, grey and white.

The Virginia state flower is the dogwood. I love this pattern.

Lastly, I found a pair of child size ice skates. I've looked for a pair for several years to use at Christmas on my front porch along with an old sled -- Years ago my father-in-law gave me his, but I've been sort of leary of leaving that one outside -- now I've also got my husbands from the 60's. I'm guessing these aren't really all that old -- but they'll be fun to decorate with this Winter.

Last, but certainly not least, I told you about the box filled with pretties sent by Karen of "Karen's Korner" -- for no special reason -- I'm sure that she had no idea how close it was to my birthday! She was also cleaning out her parents home and packed this up and sent it my way! I cannot even express how touched I was to receive this package.

Just little hand crocheted beauties.

Can you see the boy in this piece?

Two sweet little pieces of linen with beautiful edging.

Another crocheted doily.

Isn't this just the most darling little ruffled circle?

And this gorgeous tablecloth! Karen, I don't think you could have found anyone more delighted than I to receive these. I will certainly treasure them. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

And lastly, one happy birthday girl. It's been a wonderful day. After church we went to lunch at my favorite Greek restaurant and enjoyed anticipating our upcoming trip to Greece! My birthday gift from my husband this year, we can't wait and I can't wait to share it with you.

See ya!


  1. Looks like you got some lovely treasures and what a great way to remember some special people.

  2. Happy birthday, Martha! You inherited so many wonderful treasures. The cabinet is just perfect for your stemware and the cruet set is gorgeous as are the cups and saucers. And how sweet of Karen to give you those pretty doilies..Christine

  3. What a wonderful birthday! Can't wait to keep track of you during your trip to Greece! Have a blessed week. Sandi

  4. What lovely treasures, happy birthday....mine is coming up soon too. I think I will have a little give away to celebrate check in next week.

  5. First Happy Birthday Martha. First I decided the cruet set was my fav, then the spooner, then the tea set, then the I give up! Everything is lovely.
    I have having a giveaway I think you might enjoy, would love it if you would check it out.

  6. Happy Birthday! You have some gorgeous treasures ... I would love to have them! It is all beautiful!

  7. HaPpY BiRtHdAy Martha!!!!! God bless and may you have a supper trip to Greece.

    You have some sweet articles to treasure and use to enhance your lovely home.

    God bless,

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  10. Happy Birthday, Dear Martha! I love this new picture of you - your beautiful!
    Oh, my what treasures! I love that cabinet you got from your family! Great storage - and just for glasses! :) Oh, my!
    I love all of your other pieces too!
    The linens are so lovely! I love those crocheted pieces.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  11. Happy Birthday! Hope you enjoy your trip!! I love the linens you picked up.

  12. I love the fact that you LOVE all the goodies from your in-laws. When the time should come that my things be divied up I would like to think they will go to someone who genuinely LOVES them...I'm anxious for you to go to Greece. Can't wait to see it through your eyes. Happy Birthday!! I took some photos of tablescaping while I was on vacation last week. I thought of you when I saw them. I'll post at some time to show to you.

  13. Happy Birthday!!!

    I love those Japanese tea cups - the colors are so vibrant and beautiful!!!

  14. What a wonderful piece for storing your stemware!!! Lots of memories, easy access, AND it looks good! Also, I am SO in love with those Japanese dishes! I have not seen anything like that around these parts (Midwest). Lucky you!!! Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your kind comment! Have a great weekend!!!