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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

It's all about the Linens...

My table this week emphasizes special linens.


You see they were hand-embroidered years ago
by a very special lady,
my mother.

This picture of my mother sits in my office...it's a favorite. 

I had to actually call her and ask about these linens
because 
I forgot exactly who made them.
I kinda figured she did
because she loves handwork.


But, 
I just wanted to make sure.


And guess what?
She also made an apron to match,
still uses it occasionally,
and 
isn't ready to part with it
or
I'd show it to you as well.

I fell for this set as soon as I saw them in her hope chest.
I think she saw the twinkle in my eye and asked, 
"Would you like to have these?"
"Of course, I'd love them!"


So here they are, the star of the show,
my inherited,
hand-embroidered,
kitchen linens!











I'd bet red would be fun to use with this set too,
I'll put that on my list!

I'm joining Susan over at Between Naps on the Porch for her
Be sure to stop by for loads of inspiration!

For your information:
tablecloth/napkins - hand made
monogrammed flatware - antique store
clear glassware - Dollar Store
white dishes - J&G Meakin "Classic White" - England - thrifted
blue dishes - Johnson Brother's Blue Castles - mytableware.com
blue pitcher - thrifted



Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Treasure Box

I have a treasure box.


I thought it was lost,
but it was in one of those really special spots,
you know...
so special you can't find it spots.


However, it's not your "usual" treasure box.
It doesn't have straps or locks,
although it should,
because it's filled with
very special vintage valentines.


And not just any valentines,
valentines from my grandmother.
They are dated from the 1910's.
Her name was Sophie...
and she was a sweet grandmother.
I'm assuming she was a precious little girl
with a lot of admirers too.
For if she wasn't,
she wouldn't have had so many special cards.



Now, I know it's not time for a red valentine's table...
I truly know that
because it's only January.
But you wouldn't mind a blue valentine's table,
would you?


So here's my table this week:
It's all about the special treasures from my sweet grandmother, Sophie.
Enjoy!






I have a hard time choosing a favorite from her collection,
but this hand-made note is certainly one of them.


so sweet.

I'm joining Susan over at Between Naps on the Porch for her
Be sure to drop by for loads of inspiration!


Grandmother Sophie and me.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

It's All About the Textures


My table is simple, a relaxing one after the busy, busy holidays.
I wanted something calming, beachy is always good.
As things were coming together, it was the different textures that kept popping up.
So, this table is all about the texturing (is that a word?)
Enjoy!


The place mats kept things casual...the capiz chargers brought in the shiny and beachy feel.
Add the carved plates and everything was set.



Vintage, mix-matched flatware makes me feel like things aren't so fussy
and the Tiger Cowrie seashell napkin rings add yet another dimension.




The stemware was simple...


...and the centerpiece was a rustic box loaded with treasures from the sea.


Add a jute wrapped bottle, an old shutter, and we were almost finished.


With just a bit of color and a few extra special shells,
I was feeling much more relaxed.




I'm joining Susan over at Between Naps on the Porch for her
Be sure to drop by for loads of inspiration!

For Your Information:
place mats and chargers - Pier 1
white place setting - Lenox (Opal Innocence Carved) online: mytableware.com
stemware - Dollar Tree
vintage flatware, napkin rings - antique shops, Ebay
cloth napkins - World Market
rustic box, jute bottle - hand made
treasures of the sea - collected

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

New Adventure...Chapter 2

Blogland has opened so many windows and doors in my life...
it's been a place to learn,
a place to document happenings,
a place to practice skills,
and a place to share with others who hold the same passions.

Blogland inspires me every day.
Pinterest is great, but with blogs you learn about the people behind the blogs.
You learn their stories and they become friends.

Well, 
after retirement 
and after reading so many lovely stories here on blogland, 
I decided to turn the page 
and 
begin Chapter 2 of my life...
starting a small business.

I knew I'd like a partner to join in the fun, 
so I asked the logical person...
my sister.
She's very talented, has such a great eye,
 and 
is completely honest with me.
If an idea stinks, she tells me.
(And vise versa)

We decided to take the hobbies we've spent countless hours on 
and weave them into our business.
Shopping.
Re-purposing.
Crafting.

We love all things vintage, making something out of nothing, and using our God given talents.

Enter: Sharlotte's Reflections, the Shoppe.

Now, to find an outlet:
Etsy ?
Ebay ?
Craigslist ?
Antique Shop ?

We researched all the above and decided on a hands-on shop.
Starting out small, we landed in a salon in Beaumont.
The owner, Jill, was thrilled to have us join her team. 
It was a great place to "try out" items and meet the clients. 
It's been a wonderful partnership, one we hope to keep for a long time.

As we grew, we wanted to try a different demographic.
 We visited place after place but none felt right.
Until...
we walked into Mimi's on Main 
located on the historical main street of Conroe, Texas

It was like Cinderella...
the shoe fit.

To those of you who haven't visited, 
I thought I'd give a little tour.
Enjoy!




Gayle, the owner is Mimi herself.
She is the most amazing woman...we think of her as a swan.
Beautiful, gracious, and calm
and underneath it all, is paddling as fast as she can go.
She has an eye for detail, amazing talent, and the sweetest smile.
Each and every day, she makes sure everyone feels welcome...
there are treats to warm your heart.

She always has the store front eye-catchingly (is that even a word?) decorated...
filled to the brim with eye candy. 




Her husband is an avid collector and a history buff. 
Just browsing her booths could be a history lesson in itself!


See the seed store cabinet above? The one with the red SOLD tag on it?
Yep, it's not mine, but boy, would it look great in my kitchen!
I just wasn't quick enough!


Each dealer adds their own twist to Mimi's.
There's so much variety...



...something for everyone!


There's vintage glassware, dishes, and jewelry.


There's also furniture, books, linens, lamps, paintings...




and even whimsical items.


My friend Barbara always has the cutest things....she's stocked with French poodles, pink feather boas, and this doll house. Isn't it precious? It makes me want to find my Barbies!
And just look at this sweater!!
I love all things having to do with timepieces.

I need to check the size on this one!

Then there is our booth neighbor, Charlotte.
Her things always make me want to say, "ooh la la" too!



So if you're a collector, you'll just have to stay a while and browse till your heart is content.



These items above belong to another friend, the store manager, Charlene.
She has exquisite things in her booths...and they go fast!
Charlene might even be the one to greet you as you enter the store, you'll recognize her instantly. She's the one with the twinkling eyes, the warmest smile, and the most gracious southern charm. 


And finally, for all the "do-it-yourself" friends, 
you can find chalk paint and wax for all your favorite projects.


Joining the fun at Mimi's on Main has been a blessing in our lives.
We've met amazing new friends and absolutely love being a part of the team.
Drop by and visit, you'll love Mimi's too!

aka: Sharlotte's Reflections

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