Saturday, January 23, 2010

I Heart My China Cabinet

 Primhearts
Oh yes I do! It was a Mother’s Day gift about 5 years ago and it’s one of my favorite pieces of furniture. It’s always so much fun to re-arrange my dishes and it’s a no cost way for me to get my decorating fix when I want to change something.

I decided to add some Valentine decorations this year. Usually I do a little something in my dining room or on my fireplace mantel but I’m really enjoying the way both of these look right now so I’m leaving well enough alone!
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See this beautiful mosaic heart. Penny from Lavender Hill Studio made it for me a few years ago. I was lucky enough to win one of her giveaways. She used this plate behind the teapot for one for inspiration.
Transferwarepotforone

I made this wreath with  some red and white yarn.
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I was so inspired by these wreaths at Apartment Therapy last year and I really wanted to make one for Christmas but never got around to it. So I thought I’d try something similar for Valentines Day.
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All I did was wrap some yarn around a heart form. I did have to use a few dots of hot glue at the pointy part to keep the yarn from slipping.
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Then I tied red yarn on randomly.
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Made a yarn bow and hung a little red and white wooden heart inside my wreath. Very easy project but definitely something you want to do while watching a movie. Winding all that yarn is a bit tedious!

Here are a few more pictures of my china cabinet.
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Tureen

The middle shelf is brown transferware. Mostly Johnson Brother’s Friendly village.
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The bottom shelf is a fun mix of things right now.  Ummm…these are my eyeless toile birds that I made a few years ago LOL!
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Bottomshelf
I did a little more Valentine decorating but I’ll save that for Laurie's Valentine Party on February 12th. Why don’t you join in too – the more the merrier!

We are having another rainy weekend in ATL. I plan on staying in and going through my linens to get them ready to put in that black bureau.  I figure now is a good time to see what I want to keep and what doesn’t appeal to me anymore, plus quite a few need ironing. So I’ll iron them and watch a movie (love the streaming movies/tv shows from Netflix).

I do hope you are all having lovely weekends and thanks a million for taking the time to stop by today!



XO

75 comments:

Camille said...

Manuela ~ Your pictures are always so lovely and your china is beautiful! What a sweet heart plate you won in a giveaway ~ it is very pretty. :)

Have a wonderful weekend!
Blessings,
Camille

Charlene said...

I love seeing your beautiful dishes in your china cabinet--and what pretty valentine touches, too!

Julian said...

manuela,
LOVE the plates and Valentines touches! You are such an inspiration!
Happy Weekend!
Christina

Farmchick said...

I *puffy heart* your china cabinet. Lovely. Also enjoying your blog.

Julie said...

You have been a busy gal! Everything is lovely, and how fun to get to visit and see it all.
I love your last phot with teh toile X - O! Pretty! Your china cabinet is definitely a 10! :-)

Jenglamgirl said...

hELLO Manuela~

It all looks so darling. Love the dishes the colors, the darling yarn wreath, the XO all of it! way to go and how fun to change out your china cabinet... I would too! ;)

Linda said...

I love red and white. It's one of my favorite color combinations.

Marla at Always Nesting said...

You are always so creative. I love looking at your photos and seeing all the beautiful projects.

Donna said...

Love the dishes in your china cabinet and the heart you made. I have the "makings" for a heart.. I need to do something similiar.
Blessings,
Donna

Gloria said...

You just gotta love those dishes Manuela. Out of sight! You mentioned Penny and I hadn't been to her blog in months. I paid her a visit to say hello. She is still going strong. Thanks for sharing all your good stuff. Have a great Sunday.

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

I LOVE all your dishes and I love your china cabinet to!!!! I am going to bring some red into my home! It is such a cheerful color!

Hugs,
Maryjane

mizdarlin said...

You have the most beautiful china, and love the wallpaper (or fabric?) lining the back of the shelves..really a work of art, and my dear, can you ever take pictures! I think you missed your calling1

Marla said...

I heart your dishes, I love the red transferware the most. It is fun to have a spot that can change with the seasons. I never tire of changing items in my home. It keeps it feeling new and fresh. Thanks for commenting on my new banner. Blessings, Marla

Connie said...

Honey, I just found you recently and adore what you feature here. Lovely photos and your home is darling, sweet chickee. I'm going to love visiting here. Darling!
xoxo,
Connie

Amy Kinser said...

Your dishes are so very pretty.

Question...I could see what looked to be an old window in one of your pictures. Am I right? If so, I would love for you to tell me where you have it. I found one on the side of the road and am still trying to figure out what I want to do with it.

God bless.

Alana Jo said...

Very pretty.

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

I love all your red toile. It goes perfect for Valentines Day. The little mosaic heart is so sweet.

Angie said...

I totally heart your china cabinet too and EVERYTHING in it! You are so truly talented!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Just beautiful my friend...everything you touch is like that magic touch...Please send little ole me a bottle of it ha ha!! Girl that wreath is awesome looking...love the red toile in the back ground...Did I tell you I just got some Waverly black/white toile drapes from my favorite thrif store for only $16.00 now I need to hand them and make new pillows covers from them for my office...Thanks for sharing another great post my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Pretty hearts ~ beautiful china cabinet. I can tell you had fun decorating it!! I especially love Penny's heart plate and the X's and O's. I've got some pink/green toile left over from my kitchen chairs re-do that I may just have to use to make me some X's and O's!!!

Big Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Julie Harward said...

OH, IT'S ALL SO CUTE! LOVE THE HEART WREATH YOU'VE MADE, THAT WOULD BE GOOD FOR THE SOUL. LOVE THE DISHES TOO AND YOUR CUTE CABINET WITH THE RED BALL FRINGE ON IT! COME SAY HI :D

the lady of the house said...

Love Love the XO!! <3, The Lady

T's Daily Treasures said...

I love your china cabinet too. All the transferware is so lovely. And that yarn wreath is so sweet. Very inspiring! I am intent on redoing my big, dark cabinet in the kitchen. Have a blessed Sunday. :) Tammy

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

I love all of your hearts, not to mention your beautiful dishes. The wreath you made turned out wonderful too.
Blessings,
Marcia

Lena said...

You have such beautiful china :)

Paula said...

I love looking at your dish arrangements. It's great that you take the time to rearrange them seasonally.

Your yarn wreath is super cute. You come up with the best craft ideas!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Manuela! I heart your china cabinet, too...all of that wonderful transferware! Your seasonal additions are always so fun and cute! Your new wreath is so pretty...haven't seen one just like it. How was your visit to the GW in Buckhead? I haven't been to that one yet. My new one stays packed!! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend...hugs...Debbie

Ally's Corner said...

That wreath is so pretty and so easy to make. Always love your cabinet!!!

Adrienne said...

Hi, Manuela -
What a wonderful change for your china cabinet! I love the way it looks - and your wreath is gorgeous. Thanks for the inspiration. I need to redo mine.
~Adrienne~

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I heart your china cabinet, too, Manuela! I love your red and white dishes ~ they are just so pretty. They all are, but I really love toile and these dishes are perfect for a toile-lover!

Bonita said...

What "lovely" decorations! I adore the x and the o. You always have such beautiful ideas and creations.

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Oh my, I love it too!!!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Great job on the wreath - Pretty! Rain and dreary here also.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Such beautiful pieces and all of your china is just stunning. I would love to see more of your china cabinet in full view. Hugs, Marty

matty said...

So pretty! I love the Valentine theme! The Johnson Brothers dishes are one of my favorite patterns! Would love to have 'em, but have put myself on restriction from more dishes! LOL

Jean said...

Love all your red dishes! The cabinet must look wonderful! The Valentine tree is adorable! Great way to customize candles. Love it all! Jean

Grandma Nina said...

Love your china cabinet and valentine decorating. You may have inspired me to join the Valentine Party. I also love toile and transfer ware.

Marianne@Songbird said...

Those toile letters are gorgeous! Did you make them yourself? How? Your post didn't load very well on my pc, so sorry if I asked something you explained already.

Susan at Charm of the Carolines said...

I LOVE your red rooster plates. Whereever did you find them?!?!?

Susan

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

I heart your china cabinet too! Thank you for mentioning me in your post...it was fun to make the mosaic heart for you.

I love the yarn heart you made!! And your "x" and "o"...very sweet.
xoxo
Penny

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Manuela, I love it too! Just gorgeous!

Barb ♥

Rhondi said...

All your red and white looks so good in the china cabinet and I think the heart you made is adorable. It's a rainy day here in Charlotte too so I am being vey lazy!
Hugs, Rhondi

Frenchy chick said...

I heart your china for sure...really cute Valentine stuff. Pretty pictures.
www.lechateaudesfleurs.blogspot.com

Miss Janice said...

I heart your china cabinet as well! Love the china patterns, the toile backing, and the wreaths!

Kim said...

I just love those felt hearts in the first photo. I'm going to try to make some before Valentine's day...we'll see how far I get :)

Tami said...

So pretty love all the red and cream!!

Melanie said...

I really love the brown ones. I haven't seen brown toile a lot. We are having a rainy day in northern Kentucky too. I watch Big Love from Nexflix today. LOL!

Vee said...

What's not to love! I heart your china cabinet, too!! Wonderful, easy Valentine crafts, too. That's what floats my boat...easy and so appealing.

Cozy Little House said...

Manuela, lately you are just a burst of creative inspiration for me! (You are ALWAYS inspiring, don't get me wrong.) But of late you have just blown my socks off! LOVE the red and white!
Brenda

Kelley B said...

I am really loving your Valentine Decorations...esp the felt and button hearts and the decoupaged "X O". And thanks so much for visiting me...it is such an encouragement. I just love your blog.

Storybook Woods said...

Oh how I covet your china cabinet xoxoxo Clarice

Terri and Bob said...

Totally love seeing the RED for Valentine's day. I hope I can get some things up before my next surgery in Feb. If not, I'll enjoy yours!

Mimi Sue said...

I sure do love Valentine's Day. The red! The hearts! The love! Your china cabinet is adorable. Mimi

Stacey said...

Everything looks so darling and romantic! XOXO

jenjen said...

So pretty Manuela. I love it too!

XOXO
Jen

CL Field said...

This is my first time visiting your blog and you have such cute and creative ideas! Look forward to checking back often to see what you're up to.

Annie said...

Manuela:

Love, love, LOVE the yarn heart! What a great, low-cost idea.

You've also got me looking for soup tureens for my breakfront...found two so far at Goodwill!

Blessings,

Annie
http://theviewfrom256.blogspot.com/

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Hi Manuela! What a great post. Love love love that china cabinet, and the toile, the birds, the wreath. I just love it all. You did a great job on your heart wreath. Wow! Red and white are my favorite color scheme and I love how you put it together.... in such a beautiful way!
Blessings,
Debbie

Kelley said...

I heart it, too! XO from Connecticut... this week

Melissa Miller said...

So pretty Manuela!

You have the most beautiful red dishes and lovely Valentine decor'.

I adore the XO. Cute! :)

Julie said...

Oh I'm so behind on my blogging! I love all your plates. I saw the rooster plates at Kmart and I'm still thinking I should go back and get them. Where did you get the cute checkered plates???

Shelia said...

Hi Manuella! Oh, I just love your china cabinet and all your pretties you have inside!
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

june@craftyniche said...

Your china and decorations are lovely!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Your transfer ware dishes are so beautiful Manuela! The mosaic heart Penny made for you is just perfect!

I don't decorate that much for Valentine's Day as I do not have the room tostore many decorations in my tiny city house, but I always cook a special meal to celebrate! :-)

City Girl Country Heart said...

I love your china, I noticed I have a couple of those pieces!
All the red and white are so pretty, those are two of my favorite colors!
Stephanie

Kelee Katillac said...

Manuela!

Such a pretty post!

So many neat ideas!

Thanks also for your visit...

love, kelee

Cindy Lou said...

I love all those beautiful dishes!!I am doing Valentine Banquet for my church so I just may have to try and make one of those wreaths!! It was beautiful and it would make a great door prize!! Have a good day!! Blessings from Mom of 1 Marine and Twins in Georgia!!

Amanda said...

Lovely! You inspired me to get to work on my china hutch :-D
A.

Jennifer said...

I heart your china cabunet as well! Your home is so warm and festive. I have never done a lot of decorating for Valentines Day we are usually in full swing of Basketball season, but this year things are different, so I am taking a cue from you am working on a few decorations for Valentine's Day!

Hope you guys are drying out...it is such a mess.

Jennifer

Carol said...

What a lovely china cabinet filled with beautiful dishes, Manuela. I love the heart that was made for you also.

HeathahLee said...

Wow! You have BEAUTIFUL dishes! And that wreath is so cute! Your rooster will match perfectly! LOL!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh Manuela, thank you so much for the shout out about the party! I was scrolling through looking at all of your great V'tine decor and thinking, oh no! she's already posting her V'tine decor. She won't post for the party. I was so excited when I read that you not only were going to attend, but you were encouraging others! I LOVE that toile bowl filled with heart pillows and the pretty hankie! I also love that heart plate that you won. laurie

Kathleen Grace said...

Goodness Manuela, I love your china cabinet too! I have some Christmas/birthday money tucked away and an eye out on Craigs List looking for a CC of my very own:>) I'll know the right one when I see it, and then I'll have a fun place to play too!

The Tablescaper said...

I'm new to your blog and was strolling around when I found this post. I love all of your toile and transferware. I'm a lover of both as well - although the majority of mine is blue.

- The Tablescaper

vignette design said...

I see you have the Johnson Bros. china that I also have. Your blog is beautiful and so is your home. I'm reading all your posts, they're great!