Pearls and Lace, My Favorites!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Pearls and Lace Thursday, Spring Giveaway Continues!!!

The Spring Giveaway Continues!! Don't forget to join me and enter for all of the chances to win!
I am still adding new items, and this week I will add a rope of pearls! (faux of course...)
Link up with this Party as one way of joining the Giveaway, and read HERE for the original post to see all the other ways to enter.  Giveaway ends May 10th.  Still lots of time!

OK...Pearls and Lace.  It's a Linky party, but it's become the time of the week for me when I really take the time to get the best pictures I can take of some of my favorite things.
When I begin, I usually have some idea what type of vignette I will be working on, at least a few items I want to share, and where I will be setting up.
But for this one: Well, let's just say, the sun was shining through the kitchen window and I was running around the house 'gathering' items that I wanted to share.
Here are the results!

My FAVORITE hand-painted bowl, full of pearls.  LOTS of pearls!

Some of my collection of hand-painted buttons, which I am so excited about.  I just wish my photography was better so that I could do them justice.

I grabbed my newest books, each of them covered with different flowers in a chintz like pattern, and with the beautiful gold embossing, they worked well with the bowl's gilding.

I don't know about you, but if I took pictures of my everyday home, you know, the couch with the walls of pictures above it, or the side tables next to the chairs with our various 'must have's' on them, it would be dull and not exciting in the least.  Some of you have beautiful homes and can walk into any room of your house and snap pictures of beauty, but not me.  My home is LIVED IN!  The carpeting is not new nor beautiful, the place is dark, and the preference of my husband is to NOT have lace curtains in the windows...
So I revert to the vignette.  And yes, I do decorate my home with these lovelies, but they look better like this!

Below is a picture of the items I started out with for the Giveaway, and more items have been added.  Be sure and check out the original Pearls and Lace Party here for the rules, and then join me with your lovelies for chances to win.

May you each know the love of God first, the love of family, and the love of friends...
Sometimes we seem to forget that it's all about LOVE!!

I think I'll be joining a few linky parties!!
Have a look and join too!

Vintage Thingy Thursday

Treasure hunt Thursday

Home Sweet Home

Feathered Nest Friday

Show and Tell Friday

Vintage Inspiration Friday

Pink Saturday

Monday, April 25, 2011

Three Blue Buttons Started it All...

My Giveaway Continues!!! Don't forget to sign up!! You can view it here...

I just saw the three Blue Buttons...and I just couldn't resist.
The Etsy description said she had more...ahhhh, MORE!!!
But, they were in different colors!  COLORS!!! Oh yea, I love color.
So I bought them all....except the yellows.  I'm not a yellow fan...

My Junior Classics would make a nice display with them....let's see, should I use the lavender book?
Or maybe the pink!

How about the light green?

It HAD to be the BLUE book, right??? Seeing as how it was the blue buttons that started it all!!!

But NO!  I was surprised when I just sat the dish of beauties on a piece of lace with the back of a quilt as the backdrop.  It was perfect.  I could see each individual color of the buttons, and each one was beautiful.
So ALL of the colors are my favorite!!  I've always wondered if I had a favorite color!!
I always lean toward the purples, blues, and more recently pinks, but now....
Maybe I should have got the yellow buttons too??

Here's my Giveaway!!  More items have been added!  Be sure and check out all the posts for Pearls and Lace Thursdays!  Lots of chances to win!

Joining with these Monday Parties!!

Mosiac Monday at

Today's Thrifty Treasures at

Show Off Your Cottage Monday at

May all your buttons be in color!!
Blessings, Doni

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Pearls and Lace Thursday #44

I am the Way, The Truth, and the Life
No man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

These Words are TRUTH
HE is Truth, and He is Life...
Do you believe?

Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.
He is the Word.
Faith is a Gift...not something we muster up in ourselves.
He came for a reason, to die on the cross and then be raised up ALIVE.
He died to pay the penalty for your sins if you believe.  He rose up victorious over sin and death.

He rose!  He's ALIVE!
He does what He says He will do.
Did He do it for you?
Blessings, Doni

Joining up with Treasure Hunt Thursday at
HE is the Treasure!

and Pink Saturday at

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Pearls and Lace Thursday #43 and Giveaway Continues!!!

I fell in love with Silver all over again when I saw this little tray/bowl...
ribbon, flowers, heart-shaped, so sweet, and I just held it close and let it know it had a new home!!

I also found some LOVELY spoons to add to my growing collection of silver spoons.

This is the newest set, 6 spoons with a Grape pattern on them, from Rogers Bros.  I couldn't locate the pattern with a certainty to find out the name...anyone know?

A pair of shell cufflinks I found a month or so ago...

Pearl glass beads...hollow and light-weight.  They are so gorgeous.
And the old wooden paddles are a recent find as well.  There are fibers still enmeshed in the brush!
Now the old rhinestone necklace is going to be added to the box of my Spring Giveaway items!!!
You might want to check out the Giveaway here so that you can join in!!

I usually try to stay true to the 'Vintage' or 'Antique' finds when I'm shopping lately, but I saw this swag of roses that have been made to look shabby, and well, I couldn't let that pass now could I???
And the platter below is one of a number of platters I found at a dear ladie's sale.  Gorgeous pink and green, beautiful edging, just my style!

This serving piece is unique...
It says on the FRONT, 'Hilton Coffee Shop', and on the
BACK it says Huey and Phlp Berkley
Looks like a sugar spoon....
I wonder...did it sell from their Coffee Shop back when, or did some well dressed lady 'stash' it in her muff to carry away with her???  I don't even remember where I found it now, but I only just today realized it had this on the front!!

I hate to iron, but wanted to starch this little doily so that I could use it in my Pearls and Lace Thursday Post today.  I also have a huge pile of linens to starch, including some recently posted napkins that need a lot of attention! 
Be sure and check out the Giveaway I'm having, and I've added some doily medallions already, as well as today's rhinestone necklace.  I don't know how big the box is going to be yet, so be sure and stay tuned!
Remember, it ends on May 10th!!

Details are located on the Giveaway post here, and you can also earn another chance to win by joining me here this week as well as at the Giveaway Party with your own URL to your Blog Post.  We love looking at your beauties, pearls or lace, rhinestones or treasures, please join me and then hop over to the other participants.

I will be joining some parties myself!
So many gorgeous posts out there, so little time....

White Wednesday

Vintage Thingie Thursday

Treasure Hunt Thursday

Open House Party

Home Sweet Home

Feathered Nest Friday

Show and Tell Friday

It's a Hodgepodge Friday

Frugalicious Friday

A Crafty Soiree

Vintage Inspiration Friday

Pink Saturday

Blessings, Doni

Monday, April 11, 2011

Would You Like Flowers or Animals with Your Tea??

Silly I know, but sometimes I just can't remember to get my pictures of my teacups done in time for the Tea Parties on your blogs!!  I wait until evening, then the lighting inside the house is awful....actually it's ALWAYS awful...it's so dark in here.
But I had just enough sunlight to take a cup and saucer, a small book of poems, and run outside with my camera a few moments ago so I could join the party and share some pictures with you all.
My husband is a plant lover.  He surprises me constantly with flowers...usually in pots!
The purple star shaped flowers made it through the frigid cold of the winter and now are blooming and growing beautifully!  I decided they would make a pretty spot to begin my teacup pictures.

Next stop was the ONLY rose I have in bloom at the moment, but I'm sure that will change daily.
It's the Tropicana Rose my husband brought home to me a long time ago, in a pot, and we even moved it from our first home to this one.
But inquisitive B'Lou kitty decided she liked tea, or at least wanted to smell it. (It's really empty, but I didn't tell her that).

Then I meandered over to what we affectionately call the 'Medusa' Bush.  It has beautiful blossoms on it, and when he brought it home, my husband told me it would grow to be a large bush.  It seemed like it grew overnight into a HUGE bush, almost up to my neck, and many feet around.  It has so many branches, we thought of Medusa, and the name stuck.

Now.  About that time, Glory (or Gorey as I call her), decided to join me, and by the look on her face wanted me to know how much she liked tea.

I declined to allow her join me. 
And below are the Hydrangea bushes that my next door neighbor allowed us to move over to our house.  His mother loved these, and since her house is no longer standing, we asked if we could have the hydrangeas.  They are white, and when they bloomed last year they were gorgeous.  So beautiful in fact that when they dried, I went over there and cut off the dried blooms.

I have enjoyed these dried blooms SOOO much this last fall and winter.  They are my 'go to' flowers for many of my vignettes of photos for my blog posts.  You just can't go wrong with the lovely coloring, and I have a lasting memory of the beautiful blooms year round.

Before I add the parties I'm joining, I want you all to know that I'm having a Giveaway in conjunction with the Pearls and Lace Thursday party I host here on Thursdays.  I will be adding more items to the box as the month goes by, and there are lots of ways to join me.  Please see this Giveaway Post Here for directions, and remember to please link back to the post to be entered if you join the party.

I will be joining up with the parties listed below so be sure and check them out.  AND JOIN US!!
We have so much fun sharing our items.

Teacup Tuesday at

Teatime Tuesday at

Victoria Tuesday at

Tuesday Tea for Two at

Teatime Tuesday at

Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday at

Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday at

Tea Cup Tuesday at

2nd Time Around Tuesday at

I Just Couldn't Resist...

This is Mabry.
A Blue Piebald Miniature Dachshund.
He has two brothers who are Isabella (a light milk chocolate) Piebalds.
They were so cute I just couldn't resist sharing these pictures of them.
I'll be joining the Blue Monday party at
He's blue you know!!

Maverick is on the left, and Malcolm is on the right.

These two boys (above) are available for sale on my Miniature Dachshund website here if you are interested.
Mabry has already sold.

I was just looking through some of my older pictures from past posts and found these two shots of some wonderful lace medallions.  I think I'll be putting a few of these in the Giveaway Pile!!
Do you like them???  (Sorry, but the puppies aren't part of the giveaway!!)

Don't forget to enter my Giveaway, the details are available here

A whole roll of lace edging, One pair of green clipon earrings, a piece of embellished metal, hand made roses made by me and a small heart shaped pillow (also made by me), buttons, seam binding, doily, and a ceramic air freshener that is beautifully decorated. More items will be added as the month goes by, and I will be posting more pictures of the items in later posts. Stay tuned!! Lots of ways to enter all month long!!

Click here to be taken to the Giveaway Post to enter.  You can also enter each Thursday during the Pearls and Lace Thursday parties.  Be sure and read all the ways you can enter!!
I'm adding more and more items as I come across them....you never know what I might find!!

Blessings, Doni


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