Vintage Tablecloths

Sharing vintage tablecloths ~ and other vintage treasures that capture my attention. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mixing it up~Tiffany tablecloth, Easter decor and few finds.

I don't usually post quite this often...think I have "blogging fever".
(Do you know that song "Boogie Fever" an old disco hit?  Yeah, it's in my head now too.)
Sharing the Tiffany tablecloth I showed you awhile ago.  I knew it would
be perfect on the table for Easter.  Used this beautiful blue lacy
Westmoreland glass bowl and my new Westmoreland milk glass
candlesticks.  So pretty! 

 Another view.
 Close up.  Haven't found much information on it, but the opinion seems to be
it was given by Tiffany & Co. as a gift; perhaps for a wedding registry,
 purchase of an engagement  ring or wedding party gifts. 
All I know for sure ~ it is just lovely on my table. 
Sharing some misplaced Easter décor photos I had for my last post.
Serving up a tray of Easter and Spring themed cloches.
Since I seem to spend so much time at the kitchen sink, I'm enjoying this sweet group.
Maybe now is the time for the bunny cloches to join them!
I spy things from my blogger friends Dorothy, Linda, Kim & Holly here! :)

I don't think my little tree is tipsy, think it was me, lol.  Blooming 
paper whites and Viburnum from our yard.  The Viburnum are snowing
on the table, but I'll let them stay awhile longer.  They smell so good!

Don't think I showed you this sweet basket I got while thrifting last week.   
Love sewing baskets even though I don't sew, so this came home with me.
I love to use these for storing crafting supplies. 
Speaking of crafting supplies... More junk.  The Bingo set is not that old (1995) but unopened
 for Bingo card stash!  Dept. 56 birch tree, couple bottle brush & hay bales for crafting,
and vintage MIJ Donald Duck ornament. Got all for $2, fine by me!
I made this for my craft space to help the creative juices flow.
  Took an old melmac plate, hot glued everything on.
 (Sorry about the glare)  I use the tiny clothespins to clip on little seasonal things.
For instance...Easter!  & hang it over my work table.
 That's it for now.  Happy almost Easter!  Enjoying seeing such creative
holiday décor out there in blogland!  :)

Doyle loves smelling moles Spring!
Joining in a few Easter week parties:

Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter Decor & Finds!

Hippity ~ Hoppity Easter's On Its Way...
I've been remiss in sharing Easter decor photos, so there are way too many here.
How sweet is this 40's pottery planter bunny as a centerpiece on my table?

Gorgeous tablecloth, beautiful springy colors with banner border and
nosegays. It would also be perfect for a bridal shower.

I decided my poor planter was lonely so some friends came to keep him company.
They even brought a bunch of newly blooming Forsythia along.

Most everything you see here is from blogger friends.

This shows the other side of the centerpiece. 

I've changed things around more than once. You get that, right? :)
 The mirrored back keeps me from getting a better photo from the front. 
The buffet is showing off birds & nests from my previous tablescape. 

I've had this vintage Made In Japan marked planter for a long time

Mr. Retro gave me this pair of Westmoreland milk glass swirl candlestick
 holders (that I've been coveting) for my birthday a couple weeks ago.
Aren't they fabulous?

We hit a few sales on Saturday.  Found this sweet vintage flower basket
(another Made In Japan),  vintage yellow chick, and these gorgeous eggs.

The seller told me they are Russian, from Ukraine and hand painted.
My friend Sally at Sally Annie Magundy blog recently did a post her Mother's postcards of
Pysanky eggs.  Do you think my finds can be the real deal? 

Probably just copies of the technique.  I'm going to ask Sally for her expertise,
since she has a real one.  Either way, they are gorgeous and I really love them!
I made this fun Easter nest for a friend.  Started with an aluminum tart pan and added vintage lace and buttons. The egg is hand painted from Portugal. 

I crafted lots of cards to send to family and friends. 

My favorites are the bunny shapes with the fuzzy tails. 

I'll be using the little dresses idea again. Cute!

I've misplaced the photos of my cloches and Easter tree.  Oh well,
there is time for another post later this week.

My snowball almond bush is blooming.  Spring makes me smile!
What made you smile this weekend?
 Happy almost Easter week!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Me do a food post? Chocolate Chip Cake & Mail Call!

Who me?  Baking?  Actually I like to bake, but just don't do it very often.
If the recipe is simple, all the better.  Mr. Retro requested this cake for his
birthday, so I thought I would take a few photos and attempt a food post.  Ha! 
 I'm a messy cook/baker, but I tried here. 
The first step..."gather all your ingredients".  That should be understood before
starting, right?  Not to me, I always find myself scooting all over the kitchen
and tearing through the cabinets as I'm preparing.  Who'd have thought that gathering
the ingredients could make my baking life so much easier?
Fran, that's who, of Hey Mom, What's For Dinner?    She starts her cooking posts
 with that reminder, for those of us who need a big slight nudge.  Do you read Fran's blog? 
 One of my favorites and de rigueur if you enjoy seeing scrumptious food and 
following the antics of her two adorable dogs. 
Bonus~She shares her fabulous recipes! 
So, here I go...gather all your ingredients :)
Grease that Bundt cake pan (yes, I know this one is supposed to be a
non-stick pan, but it's old and I'm not taking any chances.)  
(You can also use a 10-in. fluted tube pan.)
 Lightly beat the 4 eggs in a small bowl.  
(Yeah well, I never said this was a "diet" cake!)

In a large mixing bowl combine:
 1 box yellow or white cake mix (with pudding in the mix)
1 cup sour cream
 1/2 cup vegetable oil
 1/4 cup water
and the lightly beaten eggs. 
Beat for 2 minutes.
  Fold in 1 & 1/2 cups of chocolate chips.  Eat some of the extras for the stamina to
finish  making this difficult cake, whew.  ;)
  Oops~forgot my tip.  Toss the chips with about a tbsp. of flour before adding to the mix. 
This should keep them from sinking to the bottom of the cake.
  Pour in your Bundt pan.  Easy-peasy, right?  For those of you opposed to using
 a box mix, just use your own favorite white or yellow cake recipe.
Bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes or until cake tests done.
Cool in pan about 20 minutes before removing. 
 Ta Da!  I'm so proud I can follow a simple recipe.

The cake has sort of a pound cake consistency, so I like to just sprinkle it with powdered sugar.    I've previously used a glaze frosting, equally delicious.  Bonus, it travels well.
Mr. Retro requested his piece with an enormous dollop of whipped cream.  So yummy!
Cutting it up to freeze because the birthdays are over and the willpower is lacking.
 Give this cake a try, I think you will like it!
Also sharing more happy mail!  Holly from Damitas Pretty Wrap surprised me with this
special package.  A wonderful vintage birthday card and a sweet lollipop style card she made!
 Love them both!  See the other goodies she sent?  Including a package of her warmer tarts. 
She knows I love them.  Thanks so much Holly, my sweet blogger friend!  :)
  Are you almost ready for Easter?  We're having spring weather this week,
it's so wonderful!  Have a great weekend friends!!!