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Friday, October 24, 2008

My first Show & Tell Friday...

I've been enjoying "Show & Tell" Friday which is hosted by Kelli at There is no place like home
and I finally decided that it's time to join in the fun!
I have a love for anything vintage or that could tell a story if it could "talk".

This is a vintage hand mirror that my father found in a construction site. There used to be old Victorian homes that stood on the site that they had to clear and my dad found this as they were digging. I often wonder who it belonged to, how it got lost and what kind of lady must have used it. Was she a socialite? Did she admire her image as she got ready for a grand affair/ball? This is my china cabinet with my various pieces of china tea cups & crystal. The cabinet belonged to a great Godmother and has passed down three generations all ready. It's not fancy, by any means, but it is most treasured. The china on the top shelf is among my favorite. My mother had the original set and as we'd been hit by various earthquakes, many pieces were destroyed or damaged. I've since then, been able to build up the set again (Thank you Ebay!). I do have a couple of pieces that did belong to my mother, alas one of them is damaged, but it was hers and I was able to "repair" it. Here you'll also see a vintage tablecloth that my daughter and her boyfriend gave me for my last birthday. On the second shelf is some crystal that belonged to my mother, a crystal teapot that I do in fact use, and a set of cups and saucers that dates back to the 40s. On the third shelf you'll see a set that has dark cups and saucers that are ringed. These came from my favorite Aunt and I also have the Chargers to match. You'll also see some white, floral cups and saucers. Those are from my everyday set. I just purchased these cups, but I have the entire dish set that I purchased over 22 years ago. It's the tablecharm set (arcopal) and it is fantastic!
I loved the way the sun shone through these old canning jars. I just had to snap the picture.Thank you for taking the time to stop by and take a peek. I hope you have a fantastic day and weekend!

31 comments:

Linda C said...

Welcome to Show and Tell! It is so fun to meet new bloggers! Your china and jars are beautiful. Thanks for sharing the story behind them also:)

Stop in and take a peek at my vintage magazine if you have time.
~Linda C

Carla said...

Beautiful! The hairbrush and china cabinet and display are beautiful! (I have a thing for old jars:)

Jan and Tom's Place said...

Welcome to Show & Tell..isn't it alot of fun? I just have such a good time each week!

I love your teacups and saucers, vintage tablecloth and Ball jars. Such "pretties".

Thanks for the visit.

ceekay said...

Your china cabinet is great and how wonderful that you have been able to replentish some of the lost china.

Lisa Ann said...

That hairbrush is a real treasure. Your China cabinet is just beautiful.
Welcome to Show and Tell. Your off to a wonderful start!

Carrie said...

Great post...it was nice to see the contents of your china cabinet, and the old hand mirror.

Manuela said...

That was a neat find - the hairbrush! Love your china cabinet!

Manuela

Grandma Faith said...

I enjoyed reading about your imaginings over the hairbrush and the special dishes you have collected. You surely have some treasures.

Earthmommy said...

Welcome to Show & Tell, it's my favorite meme I hope you'll keep participating. I really enjoyed visiting your blog!

Grace said...

I LOVE those canning jars! Hmmm I am going to the thrift store tomorrow I wonder if I can find a few for myself?

char72 said...

All the china is lovely. The sentimental part is the best. Thanks for sharing.

Lady Katherine said...

Your dishes are so pretty. You have my favorite blue jars. Thanks for sharing

MyJourneyBack said...

Welcome to Show and Tell. I love your treasures! BTW thanks for coming by. I guess we can start a women's group of messy husbands! LOL.
Have a Blessed weekend.
Smiles,
Sherry

jeanne said...

Rechelle, I love the story of the mirror. It is a wonder it was found at all. Your china cabinet is full of treasures. Your table cloth matches your dishes on the top shelf perfectly. I love it all. thanks for sharing your special china.

Hugs, janne

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Nice S&T! Nice blog, I enjoyed reading it!

Katherine

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Hi Rechelle,
I see a new banner and it's great:)
It was fun to see your china and that's a cool mirror:) (cool, does that date me??!!)
You have a great weekend also.
Warmly,
Deb

Mrs. Miles said...

What wonderful treasures you've shared. I just got my first china cabinet from my Mother in Law and look forward to enjoying the place to showcase my stuff.

LOVE the hairbrush, you don't see nice ones like this much anymore.

I'm so happy to have come on your first Show and Tell - it was my first time today too.

~ Barb (Mrs. Miles)

~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

I love the hand mirror and the wondering story of who and how.

Ivory Spring said...

Lovely treasures. Thank you for visiting my show and tell, and WELCOME! I look forward to visiting more of your show and tell.

Lisa said...

Welcome to Show and Tell. I participated for the first time this week too. :)

That is a neat hand mirror and nice you have so much china. We have just three place settings that we received for our wedding, so not enough to use but pretty to display.

Gattina said...

For your first Show and Tell you showed us a lot of beautiful things ! I hope there are some left for the future, lol !

Scrapdolly said...

I loved reading this - you have such beautiful things int hat China cabinet.

It was my first show and tell this week as well

hip chick said...

I love wondering about old things like your mirror. I have some old canning jars also. I too, love the way the light shines through them. the light looks beautiful shining through your lamp as well.

JanMary said...

Thanks for visiting my Irish blog, and for joining in with Show and Tell.

Beautiful collection of china :)

Kelly said...

Welcome to Show and Tell! This is just my second week so we're both newbies. I love to look see what other people find special in their lives. I especially love those canning jars of yours.

Chez Nous said...

What a lovely Show & Tell. I scrolled down and had a laugh with your Midweek Funny tribute to the Pillsbury Doughboy!

Susie Homemaker said...

Last week was my first Show & Tell and I have to say, bloggers are the nicest people...and this is such a fun way to share...your china cabinet is so pretty...and your jars are like a stained glass window...

Best Wishes,
Susie

Traci said...

Oohhhhh, I like it!!! I need to start posting for show and tell.... Thanks for sharing!!!

Bugzmommy said...

Thanks for visiting my Show and Tell! I enjoyed your tour as well...I heart vintage!

Kelli said...

Welcome to show and tell Friday! Your treasures are beatiful and I especially love the mirror. I would love to know who owned it long ago too!
~Kelli

Kathy said...

What a find! Love your vintage mirror. I have some of those canning jars and I love them. I use them for small things I might want to leave out on the counter.
Kathy