Make way for noisy ducklings!

 

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The Easter chicks have landed!

The fireplace mantel in our family room is never bare. It’s long, it’s plain old white, it’s just begging to be dressed up with a collection of something.

For Easter season, some of my pottery bird planters (plus a stray bunny friend) have come to visit. They’re all in cheerful Lu-Ray colors.

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Boring white mantel! The starry quilt (made by my mom!) and the silvery-framed mirror are always there. Everything else changes with the season.

On one side, a big bluebird, a tiny chick, a green duckling, and that party-crashing rabbit.

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On the other side, more noisy ducklings and an exuberant yellow songbird!

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None of the critters are marked, except for the fat bluebird—he’s stamped “USA.”

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You can see traces of cold paint on the beak. I like them better without the paint, though.

Some of them might be McCoy, or Shawnee, or some other American pottery. I don’t really care. I collect them for their charming shapes, not for their brand names.

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More cold paint! The upside-down blue pot with butterflies is probably McCoy.

What I really love about this vintage pottery is their soft glazes. The way that the clay of the high-relief bits shows through the translucent glazes is so pretty.

Isn’t it funny that something so small can make me so happy?

 


Signs of spring at Sage Farm

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Sage Farm’s April show was titled, “A Hint of Spring,” but that was completely misleading.

There were no hints. It was SPRING ALL OVER, baby! Everywhere you looked.

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Lots of green, like this fun shelf. Its leafy color really pops against the perennially popular white ironstone pieces.

Yep, there’s more!


What I saw at Sage Farm

Ohhhh, those colors!

Ohhhh, those colors!

Last weekend’s Sage Farm “Cabin Fever” market is over and done. I did pretty well, all things considered. My sweet fan-front dresser sold right away, along with the grey vinyl & chrome rocking chair and a bunch of other things.

I thought I’d be posting photos of great finds every day of the show, but I turned out to be too tired. Also unwilling to feed my family canned spaghetti three nights in a row!

So finally, a week after the fact, here’s what I found and loved for display ideas. (Later I’ll post photos of things that I simply loved.)

Yep, there’s more!