It's been so cold and dreary and I have been
yearning for Spring!
Since I can't change the weather outside, I decided to bring springtime in.
This was easily accomplished by dipping into my collection of vintage floral and crocheted linens.
All inexpensive and gathered over time.
I also added my collection of vintage McCoy pottery to my Kitchen Queen cabinet.
I started collecting this pottery as a young bride. Over the years I have added a piece here and there.
I love the pink and blue stripes.
My Dear Mother also gave me several pieces.
They coordinate so nicely with my Robin's Egg Blue pottery.
I've added a sweet rose sprigged tablecloth and a vase of dried roses to my table.
On the table in front of my daybed, I've placed a few little springtime treasures.
The soft green painted tray and crocheted lining were thrift store finds.
I wrapped a simple fluted glass vase with soft gray lace and pinned it with a sparkly brooch.
The flowering branches are silk - another thrift store find.
I draped a pink beaded necklace on the tray and added two silver candle pots- sweet gifts from special loved ones.
I draped some vintage crocheted tablecloths over a rod and added a garland of grape vine hearts.
I replaced a winter scene I had hanging here with this bird painting from the pages of a book.
Again, a thrift store find.
Keeping with the springtime theme, I hung this shadow box over my daybed. What signifies spring more than birds, butterflies and flowers?
This dear little shadow box was a Christmas gift from my son's sweetheart, Jen. It is magnetic and there are two butterfly magnets to hold sweet mementos.
The three little quail were my Dear Mother's.
Here you can see the butterfly magnets holding a sweet vintage booklet, entitled 'Words of Friendship'.
A precious gift from my Dear Sister-in-Law, Donna.
I am holding one close so you can see the detail.
Opposite my daybed, I have added some glass crocks holding vintage photos and jello molds.
I collect both.
This little pillow was made from a vintage silk embroidered handkerchief. I hand sewed it onto some pale pink chiffon and added the tiny lace trim. I tucked some sweet home made potpourri inside in a small drawstring pouch and then stuffed it.
The rest of the pillows are vintage flowered pillow slips. I simply slipped the existing pillows inside and tucked in the ends.
Place your pillow inside and then grasp the end of one side of the pillow slip in the middle, forming a point. Tuck this carefully inside the case behind the pillow.
Fold down the other side (inside) and smooth out any wrinkles.
You can whip stitch this closed with heavy quilting thread so you can clip it if you need to wash it, or just leave it be and turn this side to the bottom.
That way, you can change them any time you want to redecorate and they are easy to remove for washing!
To add to the springtime atmosphere, I hung some colorful vintage pot holders.
I found these for only $2 packaged in a plastic bag all together at my local thrift store.
They are so bright and cheerful and something I probably wouldn't find time to make myself.
I hope my Vintage Cottage Style decorating inspires you to bring a little springtime inside for yourself.
Look around your own home to re-purpose linens and lace.
Dust off that china you have stored away.
Take a peek inside your local thrift store to find some inexpensive treasures.
My Grandmother, Beatrice Euphemie would approve.
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