Wednesday, February 16, 2011

SIMPLE ELEGANCE FOR WHITE WEDNESDAY


I am linking today's post to Kathleen at Faded Charm for White Wednesday.  I am also joining Suzanne at Colorado lady for Thrifty Thingies Thursday.  Linking also to Tales from Bloggeritaville for Thrifty Thursday. I am also sharing with Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday.

     I have a passion for rustic, natural items with a touch of elegance added in.  This is a small part of what I collect.
     I love baskets and this little one belonged to my Grandmother. Some call it a one egg buttocks basket and some say it is a saleman's sample. This little basket is perfect and from the late 1800's. I beleive it was painted or coated with milk paint in it's early life as there are traces of white on it.  I have a large collection of old baskets. Many belonged to my Grandmother and others have been gathered at auctions, estate sales and yardsales. I love going to auctions where there are longaberger baskets and antique ones. Every one comes for the longaberger baskets and I can get the antique ones for a song.
     I have grouped this one with some of my other loves like the deer antlers, shells, old boxes with the picture frame top, organic items like the wasp nest and a little touch of bling with the tabletop chandy. All are gathered on a basket rim mirrored tray setting atop my stack of vintage tweed suitcases.
     In the last picture is a photo of my Grandmother in the early 1900's who owned the little basket. She was dressed in her sisters prom dress for this photo. She was a very special lady and it was from her love of old items and love of doing flower arrangments which made me appreciate the old, the natural and my love for doing flower arrangements. It was her love of the last that encouraged me to become a florist.
     This is decorating on the cheap as everything was found except the basket given to me by my Grandmother, the chandy was a $1.00 yardsale purchase and was black and I painted white and the picture frame box was $2.00 at a yardsale. So this vignette cost $3.00!!!
     Thanks for joining me for White Wednesday. ~~Sherry~~





31 comments:

  1. What a beautiful vignette. That sweet little basket is quite a treasure! I know what you are saying about auctions. I can't understand someone wanting Longaberger over antique baskets! I like it when there is a lot of new Fenton glass, the effect is the same!

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  2. I love Grandma's basket. Really anything to do with a Grandmother they are and were such special people.

    I have my Grandmother wedding table an old round oak table from 1922

    Janice

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  3. Such a pretty grouping--love all the neutrals. So nice you have your family's things included. Thanks for visiting me!
    Mary

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  4. Aaaahhhhh, I looooove that picture in the 2nd photo from the top!!! It's gorgeous! Your little basket is darling too:)

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  5. I love baskets and have many too, not as precious as yours though! Your vignette is lovely.
    Thanks for your nice and sweet note, it was very appreciated!
    Monica.

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  6. Hello Sherry, thank you for the sweet comment, and thank you for becoming one of my follower. I really like your vignette have a great rest of the week.

    Pattie

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  7. Such a lovely vignette! The basket is beautiful. Isn't it special to feel so connected to Grandmother with shared interests?
    Happy WW,
    Susan

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  8. You have some beautiful whites in your collection. I love the picture in the prom dress, so precious. Thanks so much for your visit to my blog and your sweet comment about my "white roses".

    Have a beautiful rest of the week!

    Abby

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  9. Really like that first framed picture. So pretty!

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  10. I have about 16 Longaberger baskets since my DIL sells them, but I have been learning to make them and like mine even better. Lonaberger has nails in them sometime. I never use a nail. That basket is precious.
    QMM

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  11. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! This is such a pretty post. I love the pictures and the antlers! Very unique.

    Kelly

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  12. Thanks for visiting me. As beautiful as all of this is, I can't get past the french toast from your earlier post. I MUST have some of your grandpa's extract. I have a recipe for french toast casserole that I would love to try it in and I will also send you the recipe. Email me...I can hardly wait:)

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  13. lovely, and that little basket is a gem! Happy VTT!

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  14. the basket is so cute! I have a larger one like it...can't imagine how hard that would be to weave that!

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  15. Oh, I just love that little basket and your natural elements. They are lovely.

    Happy WW,
    Judy

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  16. That framed picture of your grandmother is just wonderful!

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  17. So beautiful ! Your white treasures are marvelous !
    Following you also and thank you for your sweet visit.
    Have a wonderful day !

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  18. I loved each and every thing you shared today,rustic or not.

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  19. a tisket,a tasket
    what an adorable little basket...

    Great stuff you have

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  20. I love this!!! The antlers, basket, picture..it's all gorgeous! Thanks for coming by my blog - JenT

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  21. What a beautiful basket! And how truly precious it must be to have such a family connection.

    Everything in your vignette is so lovely. I really appreciate you stopping by my new little blog and leaving such a kind comment!

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  22. So nice that you have your Grandmother's basket! Her picture is lovely. I like collecting natural elements too. Great display!

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  23. Love that basket! So cute and what a lovely story. The entire vignette is so pretty. Thanks for sharing.

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  24. What a darling basket! I love the photo of your grandmother; beautiful! Pretty post!

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  25. Oh Sherry, what a wonderful vignette. I love that you have the picture of your grandmother in the same vignette as her basket. You are very blessed to have that sweet basket in your possession.
    Thank you so much for your lovely comment you left for me. You have such a beautiful blog.
    blessings,
    June

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  26. What a lovely vignette. I love the different textures and the muted colors. Such a nostalgic, homey feel. It's so wonderful to have family treasures passed from one caring soul to another. Your love for your grandmother is evident and heartwarming. I'm visiting from Thrifty Thursday at Bloggeritaville. I hope you stop by Cottage and Creek for a visit too.
    ~ Lynn
    www.cottageandcreek.com

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  27. That little basket is adorable.

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  28. That is on the cheap! Just how I like it...the old print is beautiful!
    Have a great weekend,
    rene

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  29. That whole vignette is perfect. I love the photo and I love the basket. I actually love it all. Have a great rest of your night.

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  30. Hi Sherry!
    Thanks somuch for stopping by my blog for a visit! I love everything about this vignette! I can't believe it was only $3?? I think it's a perfect mix of elements. And that little basket is TDF! I can already see by briefly looking at your blog that you have the eye of an artist. Vanna

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  31. I love the rustic elegance you created with your display! The antlers mixed with the old basket and the whites are beautiful.

    Thanks for your sweet comment on my wall cabinet :)

    Amanda
    xoxo

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