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Friday, April 1, 2011

THRIFTIN’, VISITIN’ ‘N GIFTIN’


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I had a hard time posting favorites this week, because I’ve had a tough week. My beloved dog, Elsie, an English Setter, was hit by a car Tuesday evening. It was touch-and-go for a couple of days, but the vet told me Thursday that she is “out of the woods", and that she may be able to come home early next week. I haven’t slept well, and I haven’t been able to concentrate on much other than my “baby”. But today, I can breath again (and even focus on something~well, I can focus as much as I’m ever able to focus!)

A couple of weeks ago, I went on a road trip ~ just me and Tom (if you didn’t read about Tom in a previous post, he is my new love ~ a navigation gadget that has given me the freedom of the roads! I am navigationally challenged in a big way!) I went to visit my friend, Susie, and I had SO MUCH FUN visiting and shopping with her.

One of this week’s favorites is this sweet little tureen that Susie showed me when we were scouring a flea market. Susie is such an enabler. She knew if I saw him, he’d come home with me.

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Just look at this sweet face.

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Another of this week’s favorites is my Quimper egg cup basket that I ordered from Brittany Byways. It’s old and chippy ~ probably not in good enough shape to actually use to serve eggs, but it works great for displaying faux Easter eggs.

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The idea was to be able to carry the basket to the table; then remove each individual egg cup to serve the eggs.

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Another Easter favorite is this White House Easter egg that I bought at an Estate sale back in the Fall. I think I paid $2.00 for it, which was a pricey egg for me, but I don’t think I’ll ever make it to the White House Egg Roll, and this way I can pretend that I found this on the White House lawn.

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My Easter plate, which was a gift from Susie, is another favorite.

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Another gift from Susie is this adorable Easter banner. I know when I’m going to visit someone, I should take a hostess gift, and I do, but I can’t compete with Susie, because  guests get showered with fabulous gifts when they visit her! 

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The bunny in a cart was a purchase at a “going out of business” sale at a gift store several years ago.

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When I posted my St. Patrick’s table, several of you asked about the “grass” I used on the table (which is what I’ve also used in these Easter vignettes). I ordered these tissue paper grass mats from D. Blümchen & Company.  This is the way it looks when it arrives

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After spreading it out, it can be cut to fit whatever space you desire.

Blogville is THE party place on weekends.  I am linking to Diann’s new party at The Thrifty Groove,

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and to:

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Thank you for visiting me. I know you’ll want to go visit other favorite things at the links shown below. laurie



44 comments:

Shelia said...

Oh, Laurie, I'm so sorry to hear about your dear doggy but so thankful to know he's going to get better. My heart aches for you because I know how much we can love our animals.
Now look at that lamb tureen! I love it! how adorable. Your Quimper egg server is amazing. I'm sure Debbie will sneak into your house late one night and take it! :)
I'm having a cupboard linky party next Tuesday. If you could come I would love it.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia;0

GardenofDaisies said...

So glad to know that your doggy is going to be OK!! Wow, i really love your Quimper egg basket, with the little egg cups that lift out. It's a perfect way to display decorative eggs at this time of year! Sounds like you had a blast with your friend!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Laurie I am so glad to hear your baby is going to be OK. How scary! Love your favorite things this week. That Easter Plate is so sweet and the White House Egg is a hoot! Thanks for hosting! hugs, Linda

Beeutiful by Design said...

Oh I'm so sorry to hear about your furbaby! I am grateful he's okay -it's amazing what vets can do these days. I love all your ceramics for Easter! Jennifer

dogsmom said...

Prayers for sweet Elsie and may she continue to make a full recovery. And prayers for you to sleep a bit better as well. I know how stressful those worries can be.

You have really put me into an Easter mood. I am going to have to bring out more bunnies and maybe some colorful eggs.

Sarah said...

Oh, I hope Elsie fully recovers. Glad she is out of the woods.
The lamb tureen is too precious. Good for Susie! This sweet little lamb did need to go home with you. All your Easter pieces are inspiring me to get busy and pull my things out. Always running behind here. LOL
Good use of the Q egg basket. ;-)
~ Sarah

SavannahGranny said...

Laurie, I am so sorry about your sweet four legged friend's accident. So great that he is going to be coming home soon.
I love all your Easter favorites. i especially envy the little lamb tureen. Thanks for sharing.

I hope to be back out there soon. I tried taking some pics. I can't get balanced enough to get a clear pic.
Hugs, Ginger

Diann said...

Oh Laurie, my heart goes out to you regarding your precious furbaby! I would not have been able to sleep as well. A long time ago when my furry best friend had to have surgery, I in all sincerity, asked the vet if I could put a cot and stay the night with her. I said I would be able to keep all the other scared critters company as well.
Okay, enough of that. Oh,Ii would have so tripped over my feet racing to get that little lamb tureen! That is just the sweetest thing ever! And your Quimper egg cup carrier is a fantastic find. All of your Easter things are so precious. And that grass is totally cool!
Thank you so much for joining me for my very first TTF party! I was so worried no one would show up! LOL

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Laurie, I am so happy your dog is going to be ok. That is such a tramatic event and I know you must have been sick.

Your Easter goodies are fabulous. Love that little tureen, and of course the bunny in the cart is unreal. I am sure Debbie is so jealous of your Quimper find. What fun to visit a friend and have such fun. HUgs, Marty

Blondie's Journal said...

I'm so glad your puppy is out of the woods...I don't know what I would do if something happened to one of my dogs, they really are precious!

I'm happy you had a fun day with your friend, Susie. I am loving that soup tureen and how cool it is to see one of the White House eggs! Wonderful Easter and spring goodies!

Have a great weekend, Laurie!

XO,
Jane

shannon i olson said...

So sorry about your sweet doggie! Glad she is doing better.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Oh Laurie I'm so sorry to hear about your fur love..I pray she gets better my Dear friend..They will do become apart of your family..
Girl I so love all your Easter things and how fun that you and TOM got to take a trip and see your best friend..Hey and what a friend to give you all these beautiful things..I love that soup tureen and your egg basket is so you and watch Debbie with her BIG purse or you'll find that piece missing ha ha!!
Girl I even hooked up with you today..Love ya friend..Hugs and smiles Gloria

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Awww! Sorry to hear about your fur baby. :( Hope he gets better real soon.
Enjoyed seeing all your pretty Easter/Spring decor. I have not even started.
Have a great weekend.

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Laurie, so sorry to hear about Elsie's accident, but great that she is going to survive! You have such pretty collections....the eggs and bunnies are so pretty! Linda

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I read your first paragraph and just starting crying. What a horrible thing that happened to your sweet dog. I am glad that Elsie is out of the woods. ((HUGS))
I love your decorations, it is always fun coming over to see all the beautiful items.

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

Laurie, I'm so happy for you that your sweet doggy is going to make it! You're a doll to host even though you have had such a stressful week.

Thank you for having us! And that tureen is the cutest thing I have ever seen.

xo, Andrea

AshTreeCottage said...

Dear Sweet Laurie ~ I am so sorry to hear about your beloved Elsie. I had no idea or I would have been praying for her. I am so glad to hear that she will be okay and back home with you next week. As a dog lover, I know just how much our babies mean to us and my heart just goes out to you both! Your lamb tureen is so precious as are all of your other Easter cuties!
Thanks for hosting another fun party.

Lots of love and hugs,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

So glad your pup's doing better Laurie! Don't ya just love friends that encourage you to get what makes you happy! Lovin' that great Easter plate-enjoy:@)

xinex said...

I am so sorry about your dog, Laurie but I am glad she is going to be ok. I know what you have gone through. I love your lamb tureen, so adorable! I love the bow too. I love all the bunnies also. You sure have a fine collection of things and you are so lucky having a firend like Suzie...Christine

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Laurie, I am glad your baby is going to be o.k. How scary that had to be. Cute cute tureen. Have a great weekend.

acorn hollow said...

ooooohhhhh I love that lamb.
so glad to hear your poor pooch is getting better.

Cathy

Heidi Pocketbook said...

I'm so sorry to read about your doggy, hope he is back home soon.

Love the Easter pretties, especially the lamb tourine.

Happy Weekend!

Heidi

bj said...

Thanks so much for hosting this fun time. Sorry about your little dog..

Sherry said...

Laurie,
I am so sorry about your dog. I hope it can come home soon. I love your decor, that soup tureen is fabulous!
Thanks for hosting!
Sherry

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi Laurie~ So glad to hear your sweet puppy will be okay- how stressful for you all! Sending you a big hug right now!!
Loving your lamb tureen- that is absolutely darling! Thanks for hosting and sharing at my party! :)

Jacqueline said...

I adore the grass, it is so pretty. That darling bunny in the antique car is wonderful. You are the holiday queen!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I am so sorry about your dog Laurie, but I am glad to hear he is out of the woods and doing better!
I've had one of those weeks too, so I know just how you feel!
I love your Easter things, you always find the cutest and most charming things!
Hugs,
Cindy

Debbie said...

I'm so glad to read that your pup is out of the woods. When I began reading, I was afraid you were going to say the opposite.

I love all your treasures, (and I do remember your post about Tom)
My favorite is that lamb tureen. How wonderful, just wonderful would that be for Easter?

I am currently working on a table scape that just begs for some of that grass. Too bad I found out too late.

I need to look for it anyway.

Looks like you found your MO! How 'bout sending JO back to Georgia?

The Tablescaper said...

I'm so happy to hear you baby is doing better. I have two furry babies and I know if anything happened to them that I would be completely off balance. Hopefully she'll be home by your side very soon.

I see you're out of your slump! What amazing Easter decorations. Each is so unique and different. That lamb tureen would get to me as well.

Thank you for the tip on the grass. I think I need to get some of that. I dislike the clear plastice stuff.

- The Tablescaper

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Laurie...

My friend, I am so sorry to hear about Elsie's accident but thankful to hear that she is doing much better! Saying a prayer for her quick recovery, dear friend!

Laurie, I love, love, LOVE your new lamb tureen!!! It's just the cutest thing I have ever seen! Don't you just love how the lamb's bows are formed on this piece...so delicate and lovely! Ohhh...I think I need one! Hehe! Ohhh...and your quimper egg basket is just adorable! What a unique piece and I love all the pretty eggs that you have displayed in it! Sooo many Easter pretties...I just loved getting to see all of them! Thanks for sharing about the faux grass. I was wondering what you used as I started looking through your photos...it's just beautiful! Well sweet friend, thank you so much for hosting another fabulous Saturday Favorites party! I'm just tickled pink that I could join in this week!

Love ya, sweet friend!
Chari

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

I am so sorry to hear about your sweet fur baby, Laurie! I know how heart wrenching that can be! I am glad to hear that she will be able to come home soon! As for your pretty post this week...you know what my favorite is...your Quimper egg holder! I love it...so unusual! Hope you can relax and enjoy your weekend now that you have some good news!...hugs...Debbie

Curtains In My Tree said...

Yes Laurie like everyone else I am so happy your baby can recover . My Sissy has cancer and not much to do for her since it is all over her body. I have quit crying so much in front of her i can tell it is upsetting her more.

Anyway My Tom doesn't help me as much as yours so may need a new Tom in my life.

I love all your beautiful Easter things and that white house easter egg is wonderful.Don't you wonder who got it maybe from the White House lawn?

Lady Katherine said...

Oh, I love the egg holders, quimper basket and all the lovelies! So sorry about your baby! So relieved she going to be fine! I know it was a scare! Now I adore the sheep! I had a baby lamb born last night! He so cute, I have him on facebook. Thank you so much for the wonderful thing your doing for me! I shall cherish it always and remember you both for it!

Kaye - SandwichINK for grandparents and caregivers said...

Oh my, I'm so sorry to hear about your sweet dog. I know how devastating that can be! And such good news that she is doing better!

And oh, what cute things you've shared. My favorite is definitely the adorable vintage Easter Greetings plate! Especially since the children look a bit like a couple of my cute long-distance grandchildren. Thank you for a sweet visit.

Kathleen said...

I hope your doggy gets well. Not a pet person, but I know how you all love your fur babies!
I love that lamb, I couldn't have resisted either. I remember that cart too, I love it!
The Quimper egg carrier is unique!

Shirley said...

Oh Laurie,
I'm so happy for you! I bet you are feeling so much better now that your beloved puppy is on the mend! I will say prayers that she continues to do well.
Love your Easter favorites...Easter is my favorite holiday!!
~Shirley

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh your poor baby! I hope she'll be home and getting spoiled on the way to recovery soon. Love all your Easter pretties -- That lamb would have come home with me too.

lvroftiques said...

Oh Laurie I'm so sorry to hear about Elsie getting hit...But sooo relieved to hear she's out of the woods!...I just hate being a sobbing mess. And I love dogs more than most people. And that's the truff. I have my fingers crossed that ahe'll get to come home soon!

About that wonderful soup tureen, who wouldn't enable you to buy that one?!!..Well actually me cuz I'd be trying to pull it right outta your hot little hands (You know how I feel about sheep *winks*) So I guess it's best you were shopping with Susie! LOL!
And the quimper egg server...girl I LOVE that piece! Vanna

Maggie said...

Dear laurie,
I was so shocked to read that Elsie had been in an accident but am happy to hear that she is on the mend.
We love our pets so much, I don't know what I'd be like if anything happened to Mr Ben.
Love the egg cup basket that you got from Judy, the Normandy motif is a favourite of mine, can you guess why?
Give Elsie a pat from me, hope this coming week is a better one for you all.
Maggie.

blessedmom's simple home said...

So sorry to hear about your sweet dog getting hit. We love our pets around here too. I'm glad that Elsie is doing better.

Thank you too for praying for my nephew Jordan, and including him on your sidebar. He's improving daily, and we're all greatly encouraged.
Blessings,
Marcia

lulumusing said...

I can totally relate to your anxiety over your dog. If anything happened to mine, well......
I thought of you today as I was exploring a Luling antique cooperative. You would have found some treasures for sure.
Sure wish I could join you as you host Michael Lee.

Sherry said...

Thanks for linking up Laurie!
Sherry

Kristi said...

Laurie I am so sorry to hear about Elsie!! I have been out of touch while moving, but so glad to hear she will be ok! Hope you are well and look forward to visiting more! :)
Kristi

Anonymous said...

Looks like the Conway lamb tureen got rave reviews..and like "Ivro "said"Who wouldn't enable you to buy that?"..
Laurie Eve,,did those cool chairs say made in ESTONIA??? That's where Benton lived for a year..I have hardly ever seen anything marked Made in Estonia even when we shopped there!
If you ever, ever see another White House egg, i want it!!! Who would let that go, I ponder????Love you, The Enabler(S)