Sunday, August 6, 2017

Not Your Typical Dining Room

A couple of posts back, I showed you one wall in my dining room.  Probably not like a wall in any other dining room.  Well, maybe no one would own up to it anyway.  So now, I am going to show you that whole room.  It's not a large room, but it is full of 'goodies.'  Very full.  So, we will start with the china cabinet.  It holds my Old Country Roses dishes.  A gift from my daughter a long time ago.  You will see many roses in this room.  Click on the photos to enlarge when you really want to see something.  (I'm highly myopic, so the photos are never large enough for me!)

 Just past the china cabinet is a corner that has filled over time.  It all started with that cart, the rose prints and empty bottles.  Just last week, a wedding dress appeared.  This needs some explanation, I fear.  No, the dress has no sentimental meaning to me at's not a family heirloom or anything.  It came from my friend Kathy's flea market.  Seems she got word of a lot of wedding dresses at an auction....that hadn't sold....would she be interested.  Knowing Kathy...well, duh!  So, a batch of these dresses appeared at her flea market...where I got to assist her in staging a 'wedding dress space.'  What FUN!  This dress really stood out to me because it had no lace or sequins, beads and such on it.  It reminded me of a dress from Romeo and Juliet.  Why, I don't know.  But it came home with me and decided to stay in the dining room.  

 Here it is.

 A necklace I have.  It was made for me by a friend, gone two years now....Micah.  Sure miss her!

 And, since this isn't a typical wedding dress in a typical dining room, I decided that this vintage crochet heart pincushion looked just GREAT with the dress and with a pearl from something old, I attached it to the waistline of the dress.  I LOVE it!!!

 The dress has a hint of a train.......

 This old vintage photo is of such a lovely wedding party.  I've no idea who they are you know.  There are more of those here, found on my haunts to the flea market over time.

 Back in the corner, a vintage cart.  Filled with old linens and such inside two wire baskets.  I have stuff everywhere!!!  

 Empty bottles, why do I love those so???  Vintage prints over top....some flags.  Doesn't everyone have flags, empty bottles, a cart of linens and a wedding dress in their dining room?  A heart dish given to me by my Mountain Home friends.  (Just saw them this week...what FUN was that!!!  Love those girls!)

Here's a quilt I made several years ago.  I call it the Checkboard Quilt.  The beige small squares have family names in them.  I designed these quilt blocks for classes I did long ago.  The blocks are either hand pieced or hand appliqued, whichever applies and it's hand quilted.  Not many do that any more, so if you do...I so appreciate what you do!! 

On top of the old piece of door facing trim, a heart given to me by my daughter and a tiny little bowl...wish I knew who made that sweet little thing.  Another flea market find.

 No, don't know these folks either.  (But, I think they know me.)  That lace runner on the buffet was a gift from my son when he went to the Netherlands several years ago.  It is so beautiful!

 I LOVE the two rose plates!!!

 More of the lace to see here!  And, the little chest in the center was a gift from a lovely lady who reads my blog from Alabama.  Sandra, so thoughtful.  It is wonderful!

Well, now....the pitcher and two cups, from Kathy's flea market and they are sitting atop another rose plate.  Three old bed springs with paper hearts in them.  Why?  Well, I intended to stitch some hearts and put there....these were the sizes...and this is as far as I got.  Someday they will get done!

 Just a few more looks at the quilt.  My daughter tells me I should always have the lights on at the buffet when I'm expecting company, because it shows off the quilting.  Well, she has learned a few things about quilts even though she hasn't the time or the desire to make one.  She's right too.

A little stool with two antique boxes I want to line and outfit with 'something special.'  A shell box from Kathy.  And, two old Victorian albums.  Empty, of course, and waiting for me to give them a makeover.  I have a smaller one also...too cute!

Yes, more dishes.  I do seem to have way too many (you don't have to say it, I already KNOW)....especially since there are more in other places.  I've just about stopped collecting fact, may sell some of them at some point and some I will gift.  I have been collecting flags for a while....I have one that has flown over the capitol in Washington, but it's put away.  And, you'll notice a Texas flag here too.  You can take the girl out of Texas, but you can't take Texas out of the girl.  I've yet to get an Arkansas flag....but I'm looking. My son-in-law painted the small flag with the peace sign.  Love that!!!

 There are always roses!  Notice that little bear...waving a flag wearing his hat with bunny ears.  It makes me smile!  And, he's sitting on top of books...about the flag, of course.  "Long May She Wave" is a wonderful book given to me by the Old Navy Man.  


Most of these dishes were collected over time...but the green set are the first dishes the Old Navy Man and I bought.  Below them are dishes from my family.  My parents bought them in Japan when we lived there in 1947-50.   Yes, they all say "Occupied Japan." 

 Well, finally, the table!  Every dining room needs one.  This one has three leaves, but no way will they work in this room.   I was thinking the other day, I should take the one out that is in at the moment.  Round is so much easier in a small room.  That will go on my list of to-dos.

Another look at that little chest.  So dear! 


 I have this great old's really big...filled with crochet threads and such.  Beyond can see the wall I posted about recently.    I intended to show a closeup of that bowl....will try to find it in that magic place where some of my photos always disappear to when I'm trying to post!!!

And, we are at the end of the dining room tour.  More of those lovely brides from long ago.  I don't know them, but I think they are beautiful!!! 


And now for the rest of the story:

Kathy has sold a bunch of these wedding dresses already...can you imagine...even though some of them are damaged....$15 each.  We both thought that some might want to use them for a source of fabric and lace at that price.  Me, too.  So here is the other one I brought home.  Lots of yards to play some point.  Meantime,  I am enjoying THE STORY.

And there you have it.  From my dining room to yours....❤️

Bird Nest Cottage
until next time


Unknown said...

I believe you have what my sister-in-law calls "dish disease". It is catching and inheritable. I inherited it from both my mother and my husband's mother. My daughter has it and even my son has it.

You have lovely things and you know how to display them. I think it is better to display the interesting things you have rather than keep them packed away.

I always enjoy your postings.
Love, Gail

littlemancat said...

So interesting! Love the roses,wedding gowns, and that beautiful quilt!

Julie Fukuda said...

I can imagine my diningroom looking much like that if only I had a fraction of the space.

Jennifer said...

LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!!!!! I love the pictures, I love your house, I love your displays, I love your blog....but the one question I have do you keep everything so clean??!! I live in a 100 year old house and seem to have a layer of dust over all my "displays" no matter how much I clean.

Peonies & Magnolias said...

You have a picture perfect dining room -- I love it all. Thanks so much for sharing all your beauties!!

Jenny said...

Good Morning Pat,
I think the dining room is the perfect place to display your wedding dress! You have such beautiful displays and it is always such fun to read your posts! I too love old photographs even if I don't know who they are...everything is beautiful but I of course fell hard for your beautiful quilt...what a great idea to put family members names in the it and that little bear just made my heart smile! I also love all the memories attached to your things! I do that to...and that makes everything extra special!

I had a treatment on Friday so I am just now catching up with everything but I also wanted to let you know how much your post on your husbands birthday touched my heart! One of my favorite quilt stories of all time is how he went down to rescue your Bear Paw quilt from the fire! My husband would have done the same thing!

Sending hugs and love my friend!

Anonymous said...

I love every single treasure displayed in your dining room. It makes me smile
as I look at each item.. so special.
I am so glad to see you blogging more often. There are many times when I read
your blog that it brings a smile to my face and sometimes tears to my eyes.
Keep up the good work. And those brides and those wedding dresses....
Is there any way that your friend would sell me one of her bride dresses?
I will gladly pay postage to get it here. I would love to hang it in my sewing room or my or my reading room.

I still enjoy the art pictures that I got from you. The sisters are in my
living room and the other one also. And the wonderful shorebird pincushion
is in my reading room. I love it and yes, I have been known to take it out
and run my fingers through the beading..just gorgeous!!
Love to you from rainy Alabama,

sandi s said...

I love the wedding dress and really thought it was an antique! It's just beautiful. I loved seeing your room and all your treasures. I had to smile when I read about the chest from your friend. My name is Sandra and I live in Alabama too. Have a good weekend. Hugs,

Jaybird said...

Beautiful Pat, beautiful story and you know that I LOVE all of the treasures. As summer wanes, my Mom's lace table cloth in my dining room will give way to a red and green quilt and I will be thinking of you!!
Blessings to you,

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