Thursday, February 28, 2013

Pretty Hankies

Since I was born AK (after Kleenex), I don’t know a lot about handkerchiefs, or hankies, as we lovingly call them. I know they are little works of art and were once quite the necessity BK (before Kleenex)!

Occasionally I find hankies at an estate sale and I always pick out one or two special ones to put in the booth. I especially like the ones that have scalloped, rolled, crocheted or tatted edges.

Many months ago I found a pretty hankie with a tiny Burmel Original label attached to it. I decided to research Burmel before I sold it. I couldn’t find any information on Burmel, so I put it in a drawer and forgot about it. A few months later I found a linen hankie with a Carol Stanley label. I added it to the drawer along with the Burmel hankie with the intent to research both. That didn’t happen.

Not until this past weekend, when I found another labeled Burmel hankie in a rich hot pink color, did I decide to again do some research. Other than finding quite a few hankies listed on Ebay, Etsy and Ruby Lane, I'm sorry to say that I haven’t been able to find out anything specific about Burmel or Carol Stanley.

I do know that the hankies are colorful and pretty and deserve to be owned by someone that will use or display them rather than put them in the back of a drawer; therefore, I’ll be putting them in my booth soon.

Do you have some Pretty Hankies?

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Pretty Plates

I always try to keep several pretty plates in my booth. You know the kind….those delicate china plates that we like to display on walls, in china cabinets and fancy plate racks…the ones that are marked Limoges or Bavaria or Austria.

I’ve shown some of them to you before....Like this Limoges plate....

And these pretty plates hand-painted with pink roses....

Well, someone must have acquired a new plate rack recently, because they bought five of my pretty plates last week. So I dug around in my china inventory to find three more pretty plates and I thought you might like to see them.

More hand-painted roses

French plate of gorgeous roses and gold embellishments

Austrian plate with rich cobalt edge

Do you decorate with “pretty plates” ???

I'll be linking to the following party:

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Celebrate with RED

Doesn’t the color RED just make you think of a holiday? Of course, it’s the color of the Christmas season, but it’s also the color of LOVE on Valentine’s Day. Let’s not forget RED in tandem with white and blue on Independence Day, Memorial Day and Labor Day!

A few weeks ago, Pam at House of Hawthornes posted about a set of red/white salt and pepper shakers she had found. That post reminded me that I had found a set of red/white canisters at a yard sale late last year.

They just screamed “Retro Kitchen!” and I had to grab them!!! They’ve earned a bit of “character” over the years, but I still wanted to CELEBRATE when I found them.

They remind me of my Mom’s RED kitchen many decades ago and that makes me SMILE!