Sunday, February 7, 2010

IT’S ALL ABOUT COFFEE, TEA, AND ME

silversunday2[2] I’m linking to Gypsy Fish for Silver Sunday.

drip o latr mos

This tin coffee maker belonged to my grandmother. Can you see the engraving on it? This modern convenience is called a “Drip-O-Lator.

perculator

Mother’s more modern coffee maker was a percolator.

coffee maker

I got this cute little coffee/tea maker with the blue and white server from Vanna at Delusions of Grandeur.sug crmr crop-vert

This hammered aluminum sugar and creamer belonged to my mother. There is a lid to the sugar server around here somewhere, but my grandchildren play with this set all of the time, and although I found the sugar and creamer in their little play hutch, I couldn’t find the lid.

tea pot mos

Just a little tea pot, short and stout. With a basket handle and a graceful spout.

servr mos

This server is the part of the post about me! Lately, I’ve been reminded several times of something my mother always told me - “never say never”! A couple of weeks ago, I told you that I have a lot of silver stored away, because I don’t like polishing it. I spotted this silver plated server at a flea market the other day, and I BOUGHT IT! Yes! You read that right. I bought silver after saying I do not polish silver. It was such a bargain (probably because it is in such bad condition). The way I looked at it, this piece was too far gone to worry about having to polish it! One time, Joni at Cote De Texas showed several beautiful hotel-type servers in her dining room. They are decoration on her table and buffet. Of course, since I think anything Joni does is wonderful, I thought I’d try to mimic Joni’s with a smaller version. Now I’m eating my words about all of my silver being hidden away! It’s really all Joni’s fault. You want to see what I'm serving on my new server today?

words to eat

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Don't forget to go to Gypsy Fish for links to silver all over Blogville (these other bloggers actually show beautifully polished silver). Thank you so much for visiting my blog. laurie

49 comments:

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Laurie,
Let me be the first to comment,YAH!
You have lot's of lovely looking silver there, very vintage and charming! That tray was a great and wonderful find, can't wait for the Valentine party too! Hugs, Cindy

~CC Catherine said...

Hey Sweet Laurie, And here I thought I was the only person up in the middle of the night. :) Have missed visiting you...I'm back to the yoyo here and there visits. I just miss being on here, but work has just been deliriously crazy with my banks merger and all. So, here I am, trying to catch up with visiting. I haven't even posted since 1/15. I'm so bad... :( Love your silver goodies, and especially the nostalgic ones. Anything with a memory makes it my favorite, despite whether it's the prettiest or not. :) Have a blessed Sunday friend.... It's chilly here in GA, can't wait till spring and hearing the birdies. Hugs~ ~CC Catherine

Chris said...

Hi Laurie, just dropped bt to say hello, I haven't been visiting for awhile and been thinking about you. You have a lovely collection of silver. I put mine away, to much cleaning for me.LOL

Hugs to you,
Chris

susan said...

Laurie-Are you up late or up early? These pieces from your mother and grandmother are priceless! I have been seeing more and more people collecting hammered aluminum. I remember my mother having some. Your new piece is fabulous! Keep it out of the granchildren's toybox! Can't wait for your party!

Treasia Stepp said...

What beautiful old silver pieces. Love the antique tea and coffee pots.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What a great find! I also said I never wanted silver and have certainly picked up my share in the past year or so! Can't wait for your party (you do throw the best ones!)

squawmama said...

Good Morning Laurie... What a gorgeous Silver collection you have... You always show such wonderful things. Have a great Sunday!!!
(((HUGS)))
Donna

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Great post, Laurie. I love the coffee pots. I remember making coffee on the stop top. Never could get it quite right. J is the coffee maker here. We served on the church hospitality committee for several years, for hospitality Sunday. He always made the coffee in those big ol' coffee makers. It was always just right.

He just brought me my first cup of coffee, this morning. So good!

Becky continues to be the same. Continued prayers appreciated. Thanks!

Lisa said...

Your server is quite the find! I'd say this might be the start of a beautiful friendship...er collection. :)

mbkatc230 said...

I love those vintage coffee pots Laurie! DH's grandmother always used a stove top coffee maker, refused to drink coffee made in the Mr. Coffee the family gave her! And I love the server you found, it's gorgeous! Kathy

~~Carol~~ said...

Oh Laurie, I got so excited when I saw that little teapot! My Grandma had one just like that, sitting on a shelf behind the woodstove, and I would sit back there and play with it, and my daughter played with it when she was little too. Thanks for the great memories!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Happy Stupid Bowl day to you Laurie,
Girl where is Vanna?? will she ever come back to us...
I ♥ seeing all your mama coffee pots and how cool you still have them..I hope to get some pics today for the VD party my friend..I don't do alot of valentine stuff so its going to be a hard one for me...Last year I tried to set up a tray with valentine cookies and tea and Len ate my props before I got the pics taken ha ha!! Maybe today with him watching TV all day I can do it beofre he eats it all ha ha!! Hope you have a GREAT day my friend...hugs and smiles love ya sis...Gl♥ria

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Thanks for sharing your collection with us. I have seen so many beautiful pieces of silver, but remember why I got rid of most of my silver years ago. :)
No, have not been to grocery yet. :)
Glenda

Kathleen said...

It all tells a story!
I love that tray..I am not crazy about polishing either, but I do it..
I have a little survey on my post about favorite polishes...
Your vote is important..:)
Have a great Sunday! I am so busy working on your party...:)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Laurie, I just love your coffee pots, they are all just fabulous. Your pretty silver is just wonderful too. I just polished mine, so I better use it fast, polishing is not my favorite thing. lol I can't wait for the Valentine's party. Hugs, Marty

Sylvia said...

Happy Silver Sunday, your coffee pot collection is cute, love that auluminum one.

Have a great day,
Sylvia

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Beautiful coffee pots Laurie, reminded me I have a "few".. love love love the tray...hugs ~lynne~

Mimi said...

The silver server is awesome!

junkdreams said...

Hi Laurie,
Wonderful silvers with spectacular engravings!
Happy SS!
xojanis

The Muse said...

Silver dreams...!
Very nice indeed...Aren't you glad the internet let's you open your doors to share with your friends!

I know I am! LOL

Happy and blessed Sunday!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

yep...never say never! my mom always used a percolator....I can still hear it!

Mellodee said...

Hi Laurie, Happy Sunday! These pots 'n things are absolutely wonderful. The best part tho, is that so many of your pieces are direct links to your mother and grandmother. Having old things that belonged to one's family is a joy that I wish I had more of. I have a very few things that belonged to my mom and even fewer that belonged to my grandmother, but those I do have I treasure. My things have sentimental value only....my grandmother's cast iron skillet....my mom's Toby jug that was broken and re-glued (badly)....my grandfather's crucifix that might have originally belonged to his father. None of them very special on their own (there was no money in my family for things like silver or crystal), but they have immense value to me....just as your pots must have for you!

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi there
A woman after my own heart.. i just put up a post the other day on my addiction to coffee!! Love the perculator!! Have a great Sunday !

Kathy said...

Beautiful silver, Laurie! The covered server you recently bought is gorgeous and so are the cream and sugar set.
Wonderful Silver Sunday post!
xoxo...Kathy

GardenofDaisies said...

The hammered aluminum sugar and creamer set that fit together is really beautiful! You always have the prettiest things to show us! I love visiting your blog!

Sarah said...

Never say never are good words to live by! The server is a great find: such detail and a cover. It also looks like it polished up beautifully. I wish you could have seen my finds before I polished them. I tell you they were black as coal. Silver is an amazing metal. That's just one of the reasons I'm a silver addict. Happy Silver Sunday!

vignette design said...

Laurie, I would have bought that server too. I remember seeing those on Joni Webb's dining room table too and loved it. I'm glad you found one, even though you said "never!" -Delores

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Laurie, that WAS fast! I'm glad you are pleased...I bet it looks beautiful on your secretary. I loved this post...you have some beautiful pieces! I don't like polishing silver either. I don't have a lot, but it is pretty (when it's polished) Have a great week! Kristen

xinex said...

It is so wonderful that you inherited a lot of your mom's and grandma's silver. I like everything you post because you always have a story to tell about them. No baby yet (except for the big baby), Laurie. I just got here tonight...Christine

Kathysue said...

Laurie, I love percolators I can still hear the sound they make. It is a sound you never forget. I kind of miss that. Maybe I should look for one and try it out. It always smelled so good on Sat mornings. Love all of your silver pieces, the ones from you Mom are especially nice. Thank you so much for reading through several of my post and then letting me know how much you enjoyed them. Now that I am blogging I realize how important it is to leave the author a comment. I feel badly for not leaving comments in the past. I am learning a lot doing this blog. We sure do have a wonderful community out there. Hugs Kathysue

SmilingSally said...

LOL Oh Laurie, polish up that tray so that you can serve some Valentine goodies on it!

Melissa Miller said...

Beautiful silver tea sets Laurie!

I will be happily linking up to your Valentine party! You are so sweet to host this special event.

~Blessings, ~Melissa :)

Shelia said...

More lovely pieces, Laurie! You have the most lovely things. It's okay if they're not polished!
Yes, I'm coming to your party!
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

KarenHarveyCox said...

Hi Lauri,
What beautiful silver, I especially love the coffee pot that belonged to your Grandmother. When I was first married in 1972 I received several silver chafing dishes. I immediately exchanged them for something more trendy. The foolishness of youth. I am glad that your package arrived safely. I just love Raggedy Ann too.

Karen

Cozy Little House said...

All are so pretty! I especially love the blue and white one though.
Brenda

Joy said...

Those are some beautiful pieces, have an awesome week. Can't wait for the valentines party!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Laurie,
I love your treasures and the new addition is wonderful. Everything you display is gorgeous.
Still very cold here. Looking forward to Spring.

Have a great evening.
Blessings, Celestina Marie

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

Your silver is lovely. I don't mind polishing silver once I get around to doing it. I have a small collection, only I don't have enough space to store it.

Anonymous said...

Opulently I assent to but I dream the brief should acquire more info then it has.

Gypsy Fish said...

Don't sweat the small stuff....polish smolish lol. Thanks for playing along...See you next Sunday for season 2 and the SS giveaway reveal.
{{gypsy hugs}}
Beth

Carolyn said...

Thanks for visiting the QCI Blog and always leaving a comment, we appreciate your support.

Beautiful pear tree lane said...

You are something Laurie, I enjoyed your collection of silver ware. I like the fact that you let those precious grandchildren play with some of them. They will carry these memories with them forever.
I laughed when you said never say never, how many times have I said that. lol

I love what you can do with your photos. will you be giving tutorials anytime soon. Because I will be the first to sign up.
Thank you for your prayers, I am doing so much better, have even got back to exercising. God is so gracious.
Hugs,
Sue

Judi said...

Hi Laurie
How lovely your silver is. You have the neatest collection of everything I keep saying...love to see what you have. They are so special and I'm glad you have saved them...well obviously you would...but you know. Wonderful.
hope you have a great day
Judi

Crystal said...

I thought I had you on my blogroll, but I couldn't find you. I finally did through someone else's. I have missed reading your blog. It is always so delightful. I will be praying for the people on your sidebar. I do hope Lady Katherine is doing ok.
Your silver is absolutely lovely. I can never find all the beautiful pieces, that you all do.
Have a blessed day.

nannykim/spindlecottage said...

Ha! I have recently purchased silver too. I do polish mine--however I do cheat with a special cloth you can just rub over the pieces.

Barbara Jean said...

Great silver!!

Looking forward to valentine party

blessings

barbara jean

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a beautiful collection you have. I just adore the engraved pieces.

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happy Valentines DAY :)

lvroftiques said...

Girlfriend is there anything you don't have a fabulous collection of? No seriously I mean it! I was so thrilled to see the little espresso maker you got from me awwwwww! It's in some pretty lofty company! But at least it's blue and white *winks* And I'm with ya on that not wanting to polish silver. Like you I rarely if ever use it. If only I could win that lottery and have a person to polish it for me....life would be a dream! Lol! Just kiddin'...they'd need to do windows too! And that's a great silver tray! I've seen where people have painted them with blackboard paint and hung them up with french ribbon when the surface is really scratched and they look so charming. So I'm on the hunt! Vanna