Friday, February 25, 2011

Vintage Trayscapes

It's snowing like crazy outside but I'm ignoring it...my heart, and this old farmhouse, are ready for some Spring decorating. After working all morning on the "have to do's" like mending curtains, cleaning out a closet, and painting a mirror, I decided to have some fun this afternoon and make some trayscapes. I've been collecting vintage items for Spring decorating and couldn't wait to "play" with them. Here is what I came up with...
I bought this vintage tole tray for a couple of dollars at a yard sale last year and it has been standing in a dusty corner of the dining room waiting for a home.  I got inspired when I found this little embroidered runner the other day for $2.99...love the handmade fringe on the ends. The white McCoy piece is a January flea market find...picked up the candle stick after Christmas at Pottery Barn. And Mr. Bunny? He was adopted last year from Home Goods.

I love this little white duck pitcher. I can't find it in any of my reference books but I am guessing from the shape and glaze that it is unmarked McCoy. For $4.00 at a local antique shop that was having a 50% off sale, it was mine, McCoy or not.

I like using shades of red and green together and use a lot of those colors in my home. These little round boxes, one with a bird sitting on the top, also found their way into my cart at Home Goods. The napkins were given to me by my mother, who made them in the 1950's and kept them in perfect condition all these years.


I picked up this pink tole tray last year on Craigslist...loved the colors.
It and the little doily bouquet are a trayscape-in-progress. When I finish this one it will find a home on the mantle in the master bedroom.

This great old wooden spool was another find at a recent antique sale. I bought it to use as an "elevator" (my own decorating term, I think).  Let me explain...
I'm sure we've all worked on displays and wanted to vary the heights of objects in them. Often we use the old standbys like a pile of vintage books to add the needed height. Well...now I have an option...
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introducing the "elevator"!  I placed the bowl of eggs on it to show you how I plan to use it when I find just the right object to display on it...
 The little white bowl is "the real McCoy" and was another bargain at an antique sale...$5.00!

So, there you have it...some trayscape fun for a snowy afternoon. And a thought for the weekend ahead...

I hope you will visit these amazing bloggers...this post is linked to their blog parties:
Show and Share Day at Just a Girl
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Junkin' Finds Friday at A La Carte
Vintage Inspiration Friday at Vintage Inspiration Friday
Home Sweet Home Friday at The Charm of Home
Time Travel Thursday at Brambleberry Cottage
White Wednesday at Faded Charm
Treasures and Trinkets Thurday at My Cottage Charm
Count Down to Spring Party at Domestically Speaking

17 comments:

www.thisoldhouseinnewliberty.blogspot.com said...

I love your springy looking trayscapes!

nancy

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

I love your trayscapes, especially the one with the "real McCoy" planter. Great find!!!
Sherry

Pamela said...

You have such great trays! The scapes are so beutiful...you surely have a talent for this.

Blessings...

Donnie said...

I love all your trayscapes. That little duck pitcher was darling as was all your pretties.

My Cottage Charm said...

Awww....your trayscapes are so sweet! :) Thanks so much for linking up again..it's always fun tot see what you're doing!
Hugs
missy

Linda said...

Wonderful goodies...love your vignettes...especially the sweet little embroidered runner!

Shirley said...

Dear Cheryl,
I love your 'Sisters's Cottage"
I'm sure Nancy would be so delighted that you have named your blog for her. I think that is the nicest thing I have seen in a vey long time. I'm so going to follow you. You give me inspiration. I have two sister's , me in the middle. I love them with all my heart and don't know how I could handle them leaving me first! I was born a year before Nancy! I'm sure we would have been blogging friends too! As a sister..YOU ROCK!
~Shirley

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Enjoyed seeing your Spring vignettes.
I need to get busy and put a little Spring into my decor.
Enjoy your weekend.

Jane said...

I just love all of your trayscapes (great word). They are all so artfully arranged. And I LOVE that old wooden spool! It has a great patina and is a wonderful piece to use as an elevator!
Jane

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I never thought of trayscapes but I love it! I think your McCoy bowl is gorgeous and I love the bright napkins...pretty colors. Thanks so much for joining in with JFF this week. Hugs, Linda

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

your duckie made me laugh! love your McCoy great buy! I am a collector of it.

A Few Pennies said...

Love your tray-scape ideas! It feels good to have some time to yourself and do some decorating/nesting! Very pretty post.

Sherry said...

I love your trayscapes. Very nice spring displays. I love the McCoy white bowl with the eggs in it and the old floral tray. It is all wonderful. This blog is such a beautiful tribute to your sister. Thanks so much for linking up!
Sherry

Honey at 2805 said...

Such wonderful vintage things, especially the "real McCoy" on the elevator! I am your new follower!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

I LOVE your elevator. Great idea and fantastic find. I would love to find one sometime!!

Sherrie said...

So many beautiful things! Love that spool and the duck pitcher. So cute!

Brambleberry Cottage said...

So many cute things here, Cheryl. I love your "trayscape" and your "elevator". Come back by the cottage tonight and see them featured. ;)

Thanks for linking to my party. I would love to have you join me each week. And it would be great to have you link up for my five-week-long party - "Funny Faux Pas Follies" - starting this Friday.

By the way, I just joined you as a follower.

Blessings,
Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/