vintage pretties

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Today I met my friend Clare at her gorgeous quilting studio here in Red Wing. After moving some furniture into her new space, we noshed on banana bread, black pepper kettle chips and rosewater lemonade. This time I made my lemonade with Lebanese rosewater (which, according to many rosewater enthusiasts, is the best rosewater you can buy.)Β  I decided to try it. Well, this stuff is potent! I only needed 1 Tablespoon to flavor a half gallon of pink lemonade. Yummy, gorgeous, delicious stuff. I will be using it to make my mango lassis, rosepetal scones, rose martinis and a slew of other things this summer…

We decided to walk uptown and do a little thrifting…our FAVORITE! There is a sweet little thrift store just off Main Street called “Wise Penny”Β  where I always find something I “need.” Hee hee πŸ˜‰

These are some of the treasures I found this week… some of these lovelies were found at Sally’s (Salvation Army) earlier in the week when I was on an excursion with my Nancy. Did I mention I’m a thrifting junkie?

“Greenwillow, a small country village, a land of enchantment, that lies somewhere beyond the boundary of time, somewhere in the heart of everyone.” ~B.J. Chute

I can’t wait to start reading this little gem. I have a weakness for books. My husband will tell you. We’ve absolutely grown out of our bookshelves. I think it may be time to put in some of THESE.

… “Pygmalion,” otherwise known as “My Fair Lady.” I watch this every spring. Nothing like a little Audrey Hepburn (lipsynching) I could have danced all night… dreamy, dreamy, dreamy…

This book reminded me of a 60’s version of Mrs. Sharp’s Traditions

by one of my favorite authors, Sarah Ban Breathnach.

So, of course, I had to buy it…

and at the bargain price of 50 cents, can you blame me?

I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw this just sitting there on the shelf.

Tupperware as time machine.

I saw this Tupperware mold and was instantly transported back toΒ  a few dozen Christmases and family picnics when my mom and grandma made jello in this mold with interchangeable tops to reflect the season. Oh. my. gosh!

This gorgeous vintage fabric that reminds me of feedsack fabric…

and a set of 4 “Toledo Delight” 22 K gold Sebring bowls…

one of the most beautiful china designs ever…

This English plate with hydrangeas and violets…

This PK Unity plate from Germany…

pretty!

and…a few surprises that will be revealed in my book

“Scenes From a Tearoom ~ Memories & Recipes”

Have you come across any thrift store/antique store finds lately?

Please share them here!

~Melissa

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  6 comments for “vintage pretties

  1. Rachel
    June 4, 2011 at 6:06 am

    I’m very glad to see that I’m not the only person who keeps rose water in her kitchen! I’ve had a number of people give me a bad time about it – “you used WHAT in this!”

    • Melissa
      June 4, 2011 at 8:56 am

      Hee hee, yup! I use it too! Discovered it while working at the White Bear Lake tearoom…we used it in lemonade and cookies…and we sold bottles of it in the shop πŸ˜‰ Is there a particular brand you like to use Rachel? I’m having fun doing a taste test. So far I think the Lebanese rose water pictured is my favorite. SO fragrant, and you only need a little bit. What recipes do you use your rose water in?

  2. Rachel
    June 6, 2011 at 7:59 am

    the brand name I use is al wadi … though it isn’t as pink as your photo. I’ve tried it in several everyday-type things – the most successful was oatmeal – but I originally purchased it for a cookie recipe “Old English Jumbles”.

    • Melissa
      June 6, 2011 at 8:23 am

      the pink stuff in my photo is pink lemonade πŸ™‚ My rose water is clear. OOh! let me know how the English Jumbles turn out.

  3. Kimber Dunn
    June 10, 2011 at 10:27 am

    I am surprised you didn’t already have the tupperware!! I have that set, passed down from my mom and I own the newer turquoise one too, but it doesn’t have the fun shapes. You’re making me crave a thrifting trip now too!!! Told myself no more until I get the inside of the house painted and organized, but it’s hard to stay away!

    • Melissa
      June 10, 2011 at 10:33 am

      I was surprised I didn’t have it too! I may head up to the little (huge) antique store with Gracie later so I can treat myself to another…you guessed it…teacup. As a reward to myself for actually putting my quilt top together! πŸ™‚

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