Sunday, February 18, 2018

Sunshine is Great Inspiration; So is a Giveaway!

We have had so much rain lately, I almost forgot what it felt like to have sunshine. Today we had sunshine and warmer temps! To say I was inspired is an understatement. Out with the feathers and silver branch decor remains of winter, and in with the flora and fauna that signals spring!
Instead of flowers for Valentine's Day, I told Mr. P. I wanted a hellebore plant that caught my eye in the grocery store. It was perfect for Valentine's Day, which was also the first day of Lent. The hellebore is also known as a Lenten rose for its typical timing in bloom. I'll enjoy it indoors until it quits blooming, then plant it in the garden.
Bunnies are multiplying indoors, just as they are outdoors (I chase them out of my landscape all winter, where they seem to be quite comfortable).
I just replenished my Valentine candy with Easter candy. :) White chocolate M&Ms and jelly beans are within an arm's reach in strategic places on the first level of the house. MY chocolate is hidden, but I bought a clearance bag of kisses for the Mr.
Birds are waking me up in the early morning hours, certainly honing their mating and nesting instincts with their songs.
With a day of sunshine, I ventured out into the soggy landscape to see what's coming up.
Another couple days of the warming temps expected, and my daffodils may start blooming. Pansies will wake up again.
My hyacinths are pushing up dirt, too.
Can't see them? Look again.
Our forecast has no temperature falling below 32° in the foreseeable future. Rain will come again, but it looks like spring will come soon.

Here's something else that's coming soon.....a GIVEAWAY! Hurry over to my friend Patti's blog at Pandora's Box for a chance to win this fabulous MacKenzie-Childs courtyard tote. You must leave a comment before February 23rd on her blog to have a chance to win (sorry, tote contents not included)! I made it easy for you, just click on the link.
MacKenzie-Childs Courtyard Tote Giveaway at Pandora's Box Blog
Hey, it won't be long before we're packing our totes for warm weather fun! I'm inspired, are you?
Thanks for stopping by. I hope warm weather inspires you soon, too.
Rita C. at Panoply

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Celebrating Life and Love with Noritake Azalea

Signs of new life are already emerging in gardens a little further South. While waiting and watching for signs of my own garden awakening, I'm setting a table for two to celebrate both life and love. My vintage Noritake Azalea china was an intentional choice for this tablescape. 

My tablescape today is just one of many coming to you this week, amid company of a great group of bloggers. The complete list of those participating (with links) is provided at the end of this post. Our gracious host is the very talented (and patient!) Chloe, from the blog Celebrate and Decorate. The table details are also provided below.
This delicate china dates from 1918, and was sourced from an estate in North Carolina. 
Noritake Azalea was made for the export market in Japan, and features hand-painted, pink azalea blooms on a white base. It has a gold rim (timeworn and loved in places), with gray and green foliage extending from the blooms. I've stacked the dinner plate between a silver trimmed, glass charger and a frilly, pierced salad plate. Sterling flatware (Prelude) lends a formal touch, while coffee spoons with a heart motif keep the mood playful.  
Crystal champagne glasses are intended for fruit service on the plate stack, and coordinating tumblers for cold dinner beverages. Napkins are a simple white cotton with scallop trim, dressed up a bit with a pearl and gold napkin ring.
The tablecloth is a favorite vintage piece, a white matelasse textile. Layered on the tablecloth and beneath the cake pedestal is a white rabbit fur pelt, found while antiquing a couple years ago.
The flower arrangement at the head of the table is simple: a glass hurricane on gold charger, with crystal beaded floral stem and strand of lights in center. A magnolia wreath (purchased in Amish country several years ago) rests on the charger, which is raised on the table with another cake pedestal. A pair of crystal candlesticks are placed just in front of the floral arrangement, on each side.
I'll be quick to note that love and/or admiration of another with thoughtful presentation of a meal together does not have to be limited to the conventional idea of a Valentine's Day romance. I actually prepared this table with two occasions in mind - life and love. Valentine's Day is approaching, yes, but it just so happens that Mr. P.'s birthday falls shortly before. I created this tablescape to first celebrate his life and special day.
There's no denying candlelight ups the romance factor on any table.
A spice cake with buttercream icing was made just for Mr. P., his favorite (recipe here). I also made strawberries dipped in white chocolate, and served those on a bed of whipping cream. The macaroons add a pretty touch, and are great with coffee or tea.
We do plan to share a meal together for Valentine's Day, but one thing we love to do, with every meal, is to enjoy a little dessert afterward. And life is short - sometimes you just need to eat dessert first!
Celebrating Life and Love with Noritake Azalea
Source List
Noritake Azalea China, Longchamps crystal sherbet/champagnes, candlesticks - estates
White rabbit pelt - antique mall
Prelude Sterling Flatware - auction 
Towle heart demitasse spoons - Amazon
Crystal drink glasses - Mr. P. vintage
Glass cake stand - wedding gift
Lacy salad plates, silver edged glass chargers, napkins - Pier 1
Napkin rings - HomeGoods

A special thank you goes out to Chloe of Celebrate and Decorate, for organizing all the bloggers listed below, ensuring there'd be plenty of inspiration and ideas for you in celebrating romance.

I encourage you to celebrate life and love at every chance you're given. 
Who would've thought that these two - a decade and, for all intents and purposes, worlds apart....
...would end up together - in love - with worlds converging....everything has its own time and season. ♥ 
Give love, and receive love. Start by loving yourself.
Thank you for visiting today! Your comments are always welcome.
Rita C. at Panoply
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Monday, January 22, 2018

A Purge Proposal

I'd really like your feedback on something I'm thinking about doing in 2018. 
Storage
I would like to do some purging, as I do each year. I have previously participated in the 40 bags in 40 days lenten challenge for mostly clothing and housewares. Sometimes dropping off at the local charities just isn't quite the way I like to purge (but I still do). I was thinking, over the course of 2018, to purge some of my vintage stash of inventory, only this time give you, my readers, a shot at my 'stuff". Free. No strings attached. Giveaways. No sponsors other than me (remember, I'm a non-revenue producing blog). I probably wouldn't do it in the 40 bags, 40 days style, but maybe 40 boxes in 40 weeks, or something like that (logistics not worked out, but I'll have a system).

Items purged could be among a range of several categories of stuff - textiles (runners, tablecloths, quilts), dishes (transferware, ironstone, porcelain, ceramic), glassware, metals (silver, copper, silverplate, pewter), wood (boxes, boards, crates), jewelry (brooches, bracelets, necklaces), kitchenwares, accessories, etc., or even various holiday decor. Perhaps you choose a category if there's not something specific you have in mind. If your request is something specific and I'm still fostering it right now, or it doesn't belong to me (i.e., it is one of my Panoply sisters' things), or has already sold in our booths, I will let you know. You choosing the category allows me the element of surprise of either timing (when I quit fostering a particular item) or an alternative in selecting for you. Shipping can be expensive, so it wouldn't be something like an entire set of dishes, or something really huge in packaging, unless we can work out an agreeable shared shipping cost. I'd certainly entertain that idea.

What do you think of any or all of this?

If you would care to comment, or drop me an email and let me know what you think of this, I'd very much appreciate it. My email can also be found on the "Contact Me" drop down menu at the top of my blog. Spend some time and browse my menu of "Panoply Antiquing" and you'll see the kinds of things I buy (Vintage Finds), sell (Panoply Booth Displays), collect (My Collections), and use in my home (My Home). This will be among the stuff I'm purging, and please don't be shy in communicating. I may try to figure out that rafflecopter thingamajig to make it work easily for me if the response becomes overwhelming (in order to give as many as possible a chance at receiving).

My goal is to have a win-win for me in clearing some things out and, hopefully, welcoming things to those who may be interested in receiving. I know some people don't like attention drawn to them, so I fully intend to accommodate anonymity. However, I would need your address to send you stuff if you are the recipient. I don't sell address lists, email or physical. I may take photos of what I purge and eventually share that as an organizational thing, but I won't disclose who gets what. If you choose to do so, that's your business.

I'll let you know what the general consensus is from the feedback I receive - probably by sometime in February - and whether it seems worth pursuing in 2018. As always, I appreciate your readership.

Rita C. at Panoply

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Before, After the Holidays

I guess I'm a bit of an enigma. As per google dictionary:
Dictionary
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  1. a person or thing that is mysterious, puzzling, or difficult to understand.
    synonyms:mysterypuzzleriddleconundrumparadoxproblemquandaryMore

You see, I love Christmas and all its decor detail - red, green, plaids, checks. However, I can't wait to get it all packed away within one month of having it out, and bring out the calm cream, white, and green decor.
Before and After Holidays: Dish displays in sunroom, kitchen bar area
After holidays: kitchen bar area
After holidays: sunroom hutch
I love the family frenzy of hosting as many as I did this year - 32 - but I love the peace and quiet that January promises (barring any major snowstorms and illness which, so far, so good).
Sunroom  before (with Christmas decor) and after holidays (winter calm)
Winter sunroom, looking north
Winter sunroom, looking south
Before and After Holidays: where I relax
Before & After holidays: details
I love the sleeping garden in winter, a time where I sit inside and devour magazines and books and binge-watch a program or two. Yet, I couldn't wait to get outside with the two mild weather days we enjoyed last week. I raked leaves leftover from the late fall we experienced. It felt good to be out in the garden. A huge bunny jumped and scampered off as soon as I opened the wooden gate to the garden. We're both ready for spring. 

Are you any less of an enigma this time of year?

(A special thanks to Linda of Life and Linda with Dishing It and Digging Link Party #184 for featuring this post!)
Rita C. at Panoply

Monday, January 8, 2018

Too Late to Classify Vintage Finds

I found some more vintage finds in late November-December that I never got around to showing you. I was already in the throes of holiday decorating, and didn't get this stuff listed, stocked or stored until now. Predating Craigslist and Facebook yard sales, we used to have a weekly Ad Bulletin that published on Tuesdays, and if you placed your [free] ad on Monday, it went into the section called "too late to classify". That's what all this stuff is with regard to 2017 - too late to classify.
From estate sales:
Two Fire King "Tulips" mixing bowls

Brownfield Roseville transferware platter

Two Longchamps wine stems, Two hand-painted Napoleon bee chargers

Sugar skuttle, scoop in original box

Mikasa Poinsettia candy dish

Five porcelain dipped feathers in basket

1/4 oz. Joy Parfum, in original box

1950s Kiddie Santa

Miniature wooden bowling set

Cast iron replica of 1930 Coca Cola delivery truck 

1933 engraved women's tennis trophy/ashtray

Binolux 7 x 50 binoculars in case

1912-1959 48-star USA flag
From our trip to Wheeling, WV:
Car-Snac tartan car carrier (designed for over the seat)

Wood/leather hiking/skiing poles

Handmade airplane from crate
Columbia kitchen scale

Another sugar skuttle, scoop

Stained glass window
From an estate sale we passed (but stopped for), on a walk in the neighborhood, mid-December:
Hand-chased ceramic lamb
Wooden Asian cabinet dolls

Hand-carved leprechaun, brass owl trio, cowbell
Brass deer, glass trees (2 of 3, one not pictured)


So, that's my loot that was too late to classify. I don't think I left anything else behind. ;)
My flock has grown this past year....to the point where they look cute and cozy as winter decor.
Stay warm, my friends!

(A special thanks to Linda at Coastal Charm Show and Share No.389  and Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick Home with TFT for featuring this post!) 

Rita C. at Panoply