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UVA architecture & upcoming ironstone sale

I was cleaning out the pictures in my LightRoom file and came across these pictures around the UVA campus that I realized I never shared here on the blog.  If you're ever in Charlottesville, VA, make sure you take an afternoon to stroll around the grounds of the University of Virginia.  The school was designed by Thomas Jefferson, so it is stunning down to the last detail. I especially love the  (read more …)

a sea of furniture & 500+ pieces of ironstone

Some of you have noticed and commented that I have been sharing a lot of furniture pieces that I'm going to be taking to Lucketts and you're right.  Last year, I brought about 12 large painted pieces to sell (dressers, cabinets, tables, etc.).  This year, we're at about 25 and that's not even including all of the chairs and benches, which are pretty large in number, too. The studio has been  (read more …)

ironstone cake pedestal

If you're an ironstone collector, then you know that cake pedestals are like the Holy Grail of ironstone.  Well, maybe not the Holy Grail, but they are rare and expensive when they do surface.  I snagged one with my pooled birthday money last year and I'm so glad I did.  It really is one of my favorite things. So, my jaw dropped and I got all giddy when I spotted another one in an antique  (read more …)

french ironstone compote

I had my second full day in the studio and it was awesome.  I am loving getting up in the morning and heading out of the house to a place of business.  I'm still a little scattered, because there are so many things I want and need to do and I don't know where to start.  I would go into the bathroom to get a trash bag and I'd end up cleaning something, then moving something else and then I'd  (read more …)

a quilt, petite typewriter, ironstone & more

I have a few more finds from my shopping trip last week to share.  I told you...when I go shopping, I don't mess around.  I want to come home with a van full of stuff, so it's really worth my time away from "the office."  Here are a few more things I found... I love this blue & white quilt.  It spoke to me, so I had to pick it up. I've learned to listen to that gut instinct that says, "this  (read more …)

Ironstone 201

I get asked a lot of questions about ironstone and you can read about the basics in my Ironstone 101 post.  In that post, I answer questions like, "Is all ironstone white?", "What is ironstone?" and "How do you identify it when it's unmarked?"  In this post, I'll get into more details about price, which you all have been asking about, identifying the age of pieces, as well as use and  (read more …)

the ironstone mold jackpot & don’t high five at yard sales

 I went out shopping on Friday again...one of my last big shopping trips before Lucketts and it was a good one!  I found four French chairs, a dress form, a really cool wood wagon, tons of ironstone and other fun things.  Here's a look... ...I've always had a soft spot for salt and butter crocks, but they are always so expensive.  This one was well priced... ...and an ironstone sugar jar with  (read more …)

Guest Room & Ironstone

Last night I asked Jeff if I could leave early for handbell practice, so I could pick up some paint on the way.  He gave me a look.  "What do you need paint for?"  I answered casually, "The guest room."  Usually me buying paint isn't a questionable event, but I have a lot on my plate right now and painting the guest room doesn't really need to be on that plate. It can be served with the cheese  (read more …)