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.)  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”  where I always find something I “need.” Hee hee 😉

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 to  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…


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!


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