The simple pleasures of home shine brighter
when the spirit of God intertwines our hearts
with His gentle Joy.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Treasure #7!

2012 has already been full of new journeys here On Crooked Creek!

Dear Ones...hold the presses...On Crooked Creek is joining our sweet hostess, Marty @ A Stroll Thur Life for her 100th Table Top Tuesday!!!

Thank you, Marty, for hosting this truly inspiration weekly meme. I continually am blessed by all the lovely vignettes from your blog and those of others featured here! You're the b e s t !

Studio One has, once again, become my Art Studio! Many of my former display items have been sold in a recent Tag $ale. The closing of my handmade card business was a choice of heart. I plan to spend much needed time with "Mr. Ed" in his retirement!

Previously, this vintage Tea Cart was used in my booth at our local Spring Fling for display. I found this beauty on Craig's List and purchased it locally. It has been in Studio One since its arrival On Crooked Creek. . .until recently.

Once the Christmas Tree was carried to the storage closet on the lower level, a huge vacancy in the living room made me re~evaluate what would fill that voided spot. The vintage Tea Cart is a "perfect" fit!

I am a Traditionalist. . .to a point. . in home decorating! This Tea Cart would be the best place to display my heirloom silver Tea Set! When I was gifted with my MoMa's Tea Set, my Dad brought a silver plated tray (Made in Hong Kong) for it to rest upon. Not the tray that I was accustomed to seeing in my childhood. For years, I have been searching for a more fitting silver tray.

Treasure #7. . .

Of course, it took an hour and a half of silver polish and "elbow grease" to bring this elegantly, footed, handled, curved silver tray to its former glory!

I am totally grateful that someone gave up this exquisite tray and placed it for sale in their booth at our local Antique Mall! Perhaps the "price was right" because of its blackened condition!

Due to its ample size, I was able to bring out the heirloom silver candelabra and a condiment holder to enhance the top shelf of the Tea Cart.

The pattern is so delicate. . .almost lacey all around the perimeter of the tray.

Scallops add interest to the outward edges of the tray. Those handles are massive; however making transfer of the tray an easy task.

Look closely and you will see the feet of the tray! Although no name is embedded on the bottom, there is a series of four digits under each foot.

The middle shelf is a great space to house our ice bucket and a silver tray of glasses. Hot tea ~ will become iced tea ~ with the onset of Summer On Crooked Creek!

The bottom shelf will suffice as a Seasonal display. Since the Christmas decor has been returned to the lower level, I've chosen to showcase my large bunnies.

Today, On Crooked Creek it is SNOWing. . . so~o~o. . .we'll call these SNOW bunnies!

Amazing how Treasure Hunting not only brought about new purchases On Crooked Creek, but also, new changes . . .new beginnings in our journey.

"Mr. Ed" and I are about to enjoy a "cup of tea",  together, as we watch the SNOW falling on the deck On Crooked Creek.

Until next time. . .

On Crooked Creek will be joining Debra from Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday. Be sure to visit and be inspired to use your vintage finds in your own home decor!
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