I mentioned I got a new haul of ironstone last week. Well, here it is…
Not only is it a lot of ironstone, but a lot of really great pieces including this four piece tureen set with platter, lid and ladle.
The details on the handles are really pretty. I love this piece, but I already have a few tureens, so I’ll be selling it.
Another stunning piece is this large compote. It’s chippy, but I’m cool with that.
…some sugar jars…
…lidded casseroles, a couple of butter dishes, butter pats, pitchers, small plates…
…and a huge footed bowl (behind the pitcher.) Lots of ironstone goodness. I need to figure out what I want to keep and put a collection together to sell. I will list some in my online shop, but let me know if there’s something you’re interested in. I am a little nervous about shipping ironstone, but I’m willing to give it a try.
In my post about getting a new sofa, several people asked if I would recommend the Ikea Ektorp sofa since I’ve used it for nine years. The simple answer…yes. The sofa was $300 when I bought it and I’ve also bought four white twill slipcovers along the way at $50/each.
I removed all of the slips and washed them today for it to be picked up by the new owners. Here’s how it looks without the covers…
These are the pros to the Ektorp -
- It’s an inexpensive sofa, making it budget-friendly. It does get more expensive when you get into the colored covers, though.
- For an inexpensive sofa, it’s held up very well. We’ve had teenagers wrestling on it for years as well as our boys as they’ve grown.
- The slipcovers wash well and look nice. The quality has greatly improved since the first one I owned. The slips are still tight after a wash, but they used to rip and tear when I tried to put them on and the zippers would always break. Now they are much nicer.
- I loved that I could wash out a stain or spill or grunge.
- I think it’s comfortable. I say it that way, because my husband didn’t think so. It does take a while for the cushions to wear in, so it feels hard at first. I sit with my feet curled up under me, though, and he sits with his feet propped up, so that might make a difference.
- It’s versatile, neutral and fits a variety of styles. Even after nine years, it still looks current. Even with all of my changes and shuffling, it still works.
…and the cons -
- The cushions aren’t attached, so they slide out a few inches after “movie night” or a lot of lounging.
- The slipcovers aren’t super easy to get off and on. When we didn’t have kids, I only had to wash them about 3-4 times/year, so that was fine. With kids, though, they have to be washed once a month at the very least and that’s a pain.
- After years of stuffing the cushions into covers, The foam has started to pull apart. I was planning to fix them with some spray adhesive and new batting.
So, I think it’s a great sofa for the price and I would recommend it.
Today I had to get out of the house for some errands and Christmas shopping. And I packed up all of the German glass glitter orders and some “secret Santa” gifts…
…tis the season.