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Saturday, 12 September 2015

Unexpected Ironstone Find...With A Dutch Twist

A few weeks ago, on my way home from visiting my folks,
I stopped in at an antique mall
to stretch my legs (wink, wink).
This mall has three floors and they are full.
I couldn't spend a lot of time looking since I still had another 2 hours to drive before getting home.
I wasn't looking for anything in particular.
I never do.
That's the best part.
Usually when I am looking for something, I can't find it.
when I'm not looking for anything I tend to find something.
That happens when shopping for clothes as well.
Wonder why that is??
Less pressure??
I was on the second floor at the very back and middle aisle,
quickly scanning a hutch full of stuff.
I'm sure you can imagine it.
As my eyes are working their way down to the middle of the hutch,
I notice some insulators with electrical cords coming from them.
I think, "This is different", so I walk over to pick one up.
Someone had the bright idea to put little lights in them.
Not sure what an insulator is?
It's these two glass pieces you see here.
They were used as insulators for hydro lines.
They don't use them anymore.
As I lifted it up to inspect it further I noticed the plate that they were sitting on.
Be still my little Dutch heart!
I lifted up the plate and rested the insulators on the next plate sitting there.
It was beautiful!!
It was black and white and had windmills in it.
it was only $16.00!!
That was one item I did not have to think twice about.
It has a lovely scalloped designed edge.
A lovely windmill scene in the centre of the plate.
You can see the worn patina.
I spent some time trying to get it displayed to my satisfaction.
I thought it would be nice to have a few other Dutch items around it.
This Bible belonged to my father.
Even though he's still with us, I thought it suited perfectly.
I love these little primitive candles
You can place them anywhere for effect.
This little one takes one AA battery.
You can loosen it to stop the light from working when you don't need it.
I think it all works well together.

The two pictures on the wall are Dutch as well,
and were thrifty finds.

I found this picture this past weekend while on a road trip with a friend.
The frame caught my attention first.
I love the old style clothes she is wearing.
There's even a cat in the picture!
It looks like a watercolour painting.
When I looked at the back of the frame,
it had a sticker on it from the place of purchase,
as well as the name of the artist.

I didn't have to think twice about this treasure either.
This picture I've had for awhile,
but it too was found at an antique store.
"A Flower Girl in Holland"
I like the sepia colouring to the picture.

I'm currently stripping a vintage wall unit I purchased a few months ago.
It's definitely been learning curve for me.
So this corner will look a little different soon.
I hope you enjoyed my little Dutch treasures.
I was born here, but my parents were born in the Netherlands,
and emigrated to Canada when they were adults.
Have you found any sweet treasures lately?
Blessings to you, 
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  1. That is a beautiful piece, Diane! It seems it was meant to come live with you! Blessings, Cindy

  2. I am so happy for you to find such a treasure. The plate is so very pretty; and it has so much special meaning to your family heritage. It looks great displayed with your other Dutch treasures.

  3. Hi Diane, what a lovely find for you with some of your heritage. I love ironstone as well, and the good old things of the past. I like how you put sheet music in your cupboard, what a good idea. Thanks for sharing this little corner of your home. Have a blessed day. ~ Abby

    1. Thanks Abby! I love ironstone too. That was just a complete surprise to find.

  4. Hello wow you really did find a little treasure. I love the Dutch Holland plates and dishes but a platter done in black and white very pretty. I do like those little lights also I need to look for some of those I love those antique malls wish I would have been with you on your trip. Hugs Roxy

    1. I would have loved to treasure hunt with you Roxy! You're always so full of wisdom. Thank you for stopping by!

  5. The platter is a wonderful find!!

    1. Thank you Carrie, and thank you for stopping by!

  6. Hi Diane! What a wonderful treasure and it suits you and your family well. I love the blue and white of the platter. The primitive candle and your father's Bible are perfect accessories. I'm with you, I think any antique store is a chance to stretch my legs and you never know what you'll find!
    Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse

  7. I don't often see black and white dishes but this is a beauty! Your corner is really attractive.
    Have a wonderful day,


  8. how beautiful love your aesthetic collection that you chose to share. Super historical to me which brings back the thoughts of the past and for some reason fall.
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    1. Thank you for stopping by! Yes, definitely a piece of history for me which I love.

  9. Hello, Diane - I just love your new platter! It looks wonderful with all of your Dutch treasures. Don't you just love when you find those perfect pieces without even trying? Can't wait to see your new wall unit makeover, too. Will it be the 'Dutch hutch'? *grin* Just had to throw that in there for a smile :) Wishing you a lovely and blessed weekend. xo Karen

  10. What a beautiful plate ...and full of meaning! Thank you for sharing this! Have a nice day!

  11. Diane, your find is just lovely! I love the Dutch corner you made and the Bible is such a neat accent! Thank you for sharing your sweet post on the Art of Home-Making Mondays :)

  12. What a beautiful little nook with Dutch treasures! I love that it celebrates your heritage. the platter really is beautiful! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  13. Sweet friend, your Dutch treasures are simply delightful! I am so glad you found the lovely little plate and it looks perfect on your shelf with the lace and old Bible. Thank you for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. Hugs and blessings to you!

  14. What a pretty plate!! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  15. Whenever I see windmills I think of those cookies. :-)

    My brother lives in the Netherlands and married a wonderful Dutch woman. They live not too far from the Ten Boom house. I hope to visit there someday!

  16. Hi Diane! Ha ha, I've been known to stretch my legs every now & then too. Very pretty Dutch plate; it looks terrific in your vignette. Jane

  17. What a fantastic find and darling collection. I have never seen anything quite like it. I will be featuring your post on Flea Market Friday later today! xxx...Brooke from www.creativecountrymom.com


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