Tuesday, August 25, 2009


I hope everyone is having a good week! It is so beautiful here today in Chicago! It's in the 70's and sunny. I went for an hour long bike ride today, just up and down all the streets, looking at all the pretty flowers and landscaping, getting idea's for next year. I was so inspired, I came home and planted two more pots of flowers!! No kidding! I had about eight more geraniums just sitting in the pots they came in, waiting for a cozy home in a big clay pot...gosh, that's so sad. I am a negligent gardener!! lol!! I also snuck in some more ivy which The Husband hates (he grew up in an ivy covered house and he says ivy attracts spiders...I am laughing so hard right now it is hard to type!!). Okay, I have pulled myself together, hee, hee... Today is Three Or More Tuesday brought to us by Tam at The Gypsy's Corner. After you have read my post, leave a comment and then visit Tam who has written a great post about something for her new kitchen, and then visit all the gals participating and give them a call!

I picked up some things at the Worlds Longest Yard Sale and one of the items is below. I just liked it for some reason, the color of the glaze, the good condition it's in, all the hours I can spend figuring out what it is...

So. Any idea's? My first thought was a dish for deviled eggs, but it has a well in the center so that wouldn't make sense. Besides, I already have a deviled egg dish I rarely use, so please don't suggest it is a deviled egg dish.

On Sunday, The Husband and I went out to a HomeGoods store in the suburbs (YES! Finally I have been to HomeGoods!! Oh, the fun I had. But that is another post!!). Afterwards, we ate at a restaurant called Pappadeaux and we ordered oysters for an appetizer. They came on a dish something like this. Again, no well in the center, but whose to say that you can't serve oysters or clams or mussels on this with a nice sauce in the middle to spoon over? I think that is what I will use it for. Please, no one come back and say it is a garden planter or that I have it upside down! It can be WHATEVER I want it to be. So there!! ;-)

Below are some really solid, heavy wall hooks made of cast iron. I knew I would come up with something for them, I mean we all need hooks, although I hate to say that I wouldn't want to bump my head in to one of these babies!! They are solid! So I started to think that maybe I would get a long 2 X 4, stain or paint it and drill these hooks into it and use it in a bathroom to hang towels or robes or something.

I took a couple of pictures because it is hard to tell what they are and I wanted to show the bits of rust coming through that gives it that "old" look. Why is it that I would want old hooks but not old towels? What is it about "old" anyway?? "No, can't put these hooks in my bathroom, they're not old enough.". My mother was always wanting new things and I am wanting old. Go figure.

I have 2 sizes of these old hooks.

My third item came from my friend Jody at Village Floral in my lake town. She is fast becoming a good friend because she has helped me out tremendously with something I can't say too much about, but it has to do with the upcoming Cloche Party hosted by Marty.

She had this plant in her shop that she was embarrassed to say that she had neglected. So that little part of me that has always taken in stray dogs and cats, and birds with broken wings, said, "I'll take it!". So now it is in a pretty new wicker pot on my counter at the lake. I trimmed some of the bottom off and have that in a jar of water to grow some roots and then I will poke them in to fill it out. Then I have to find a place for it. It can't stay on the kitchen counter forever. Well, enough about my Rescue Plant. Please note, the kitchen remodel is not finished, that is why the cabinets and walls don't have trim.

I had to sneak this picture in. This is the dog bed at the lake. I keep it here by the windows because they are floor to ceiling windows and Milo and Layla love to look out. They can't do that here. But I thought this was cute because for the first time Milo (the white one) got in the bed with Layla. After two years I think he is finally accepting her. Or he is just darn tired!!

Which leads me to the fourth and last thing I have today. I bought it for the dogs and it speaks for itself.

Enjoy the rest of your week and don't forget Barb's Rooster Party on Friday!!


Lori E said...

Ha that is too funny. The dog food mat I mean. Our dog is really excited because when they left for the cabin on Sunday the pet food place was closed and my husband had to buy her some food at the grocery store. She got something new to her. Not the usual dry crap. New dry crap. Most years I end the season with some dead plants that never found their way into the good earth.
This year is it was 2 hydrangeas. Oooops.
I do think your tray is for eggs but for boiled ones at breakfast. Then you can toss the shells into the center well. ;-)

Brenda Pruitt said...

You're so funny! Silly girl today for sure. I like fun gals though. I like your finds. Not sure what that one thing is. Oh, and wanted to tell ya (couldn't find your email) that one day you commented about Carpenter Robert being my hubby. Not! He's 11 years my junior. I'm married to a psychiatrist who barely knows which end of the hammer to use!

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

I totally want that dog mat! It's GREAT!

I am very jealous of the world's longest yard sale journey. I've always wanted to check it out...it needs to grow a bit longer and towards the northeast. :-) I think that dish *may* be an oyster dish? But I hear you...I have no idea what the well in the center would hold. The shells? Hmmm...

Hope you're doing well! Where oh where is the summer going...


Kat said...

You really found some neat things at the yard sale. I like your idea to use the dish for oysters with a sauce, it makes as much sense as anything I could come up with! So glad you found Claire's blog, don't you just LOVE her??? And 70 degree weather - I am just green with envy. Talked to an old high school friend the other night who lives in Chicago, we were trying to figure out a way to split the difference in our temps, but couldn't come up with anything! We'd be millionaires I tell you. Have a great week. Hugs, Kat

Anonymous said...

I don't know what it is, but is sure is pretty. It looks like lusterware from the photo. I would have a succulent stuck in the center so fast..ha ha, I have been sticking them everywhere, giddy on the prospect of new possibilities. Okay, so it doesn't take much to amuse me these days, but that's a good thing. I will wave to you on Friday as I fly over Chicagoland. I would take the dog, but if I have to use a wheelchair, it would be too much to ask the attendant to carry the dog too!.

Thanks Janie. I count on you to bring me a smile. You may not know this, but it is true.

I am going to take lots of photos. I can't wait to see what you do at Marty's the cloche party.


Joan@anythinsggoeshere said...

You did get your towels, didn't you? You may have told me and I have forgotten. I tried to follow up with everyone. I don't want anyone to be disappointed because they didn't come and not tell me. Thanks for your visit today and the nice comment. I love your purchases and the sale. Did you do the Ohio part?

Stacey said...

Sounds like you have some top secret projects going on there. I need to come up with some too. Life is more fun when you have some good finds and good projects. :)

Dawn said...

I've always thought the longest yard sale looked like such fun! No addreses to find, no signs to look for, just get on that road and go!

Since I'v barely ever been out of California I'll have to sit here checking out craigs list and being envious.

The white dish is lovely. That well in the middle is a puzzle to me too. The hooks are fabulous, perfect for a fluffy white robe!


Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Okay, I was going to say it was for deviled eggs, then you said you didn't want to hear that so...it isn't for eggs! lol

LOVE those hooks! LOVE'em!!

And I totally love the dogs! Precious photo!

Can't wait to see the other stuff!!

Lou Cinda :)

The Lazy Peacock said...

such lovely things! i love that white dish - whatever it is. my guess would be you are right, it is an oyster, or perhaps clams on the half shell dish, with sauce in the center. maybe ice could also go in the center to keep the entire dish cold. but it is very pretty, however you decide to use it.

CJ said...

You have an eye for pretty things! I loved those big hooks! They look ancient, and remind me of the 100 year old hooks we had in our 100 year old ancestral home at my parents place.


Sue said...

That Lori E is a hoot! Egg shells in the center.... *grin* I say, it's your dish & you can choose to make it whatever you want... kinda like "it's my party and I'll cry if I want to..." ?! ok, so I'm a little weird... my mind wanders... :-)

Julie Marie said...

Hello Janie... I would say your so called "deviled egg plate" is really a vintage doggie treat dish meant to hold doggie biscuits around the edges and water in the middle to wash down the biscuits! Milo and Layla emailed me and said they would prefer that one!...

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

Jane! How are you? It seems like it's been a long while since I've visited. I'm still trying to get into the swing of things. I hope your summer has been wonderful. Ours went by rather quickly and my boys and I are celebrating the last week of their summer. My girls still have a whole month left before regular classes at their respectful colleges begin, although my step daughter began at the JC just this week. I absoltely adore the pic of our sweet furbabies. I'd blow that up and frame it. It's priceless. I can't help but wonder if M has slept with L again. lol!
Well, enjoy your day and see you soon!

Paula@SweetPea said...

I've never seen a plate with a well in the center like you found. My first thought was oysters, but I really don't know. Your dog mat made me laugh!!

Julie said...

Hahahaha. Thanks for sharing all the goodies...
I love the last one...and of course the two doggies in the basket together.

Knitty said...

I have an egg plate with an odd divided rectangular section in the middle. Maybe the same designer created yours after eating eggs tainted with a strong hallucinogenic. Mine could be for cubist chickens laying a few rectangular eggs to be deviled, and yours could be for one half of an ostrich egg. :)

Unknown said...

You founs some great things! I love those hooks!! Your dogs are so precious and I love that dog mat! Sooo funny!!

Mary said...

You could use it for serving different foods such as eggs (oops sorry, you didn't want to hear that!) oysters, clams etc., and set a bowl of saucy sauce in the hole......HOWEVER, how many times do we plain folks eat those things at home!!!!

How about keeping earrings in it with a little plant, ivy perhaps, tehe!! in the middle!

Great vintage looking hooks - never can have too many of those.

Love the dogs resting together - can they read their new mat!!!?

Glad you are enjoying such nice temps. Jane - hoping it will get cooler here soon, meanwhile please bike a few miles for me!
Hugs - Mary.

Lori E said...

Glad you liked that Santa. There are many, many more to come. Lol.
Yes unpeeled eggs at breakfast because they are hot. The shell helps to keep them hot until they are eaten. As for the raw egg just put in one. Kind of like a game. Who is the lucky one who gets it?

Dana and Daisy said...

I like the idea of it being a dish to serve mussels or oysters in the half shell, and you could put your horsey cocktail sauce in the middle, or crackers or something.

Jane, I hope you did not decide against New Mexico based on my silly post today, those were very tongue in cheek "out-takes" of our trip. The kind you usually think why did we take that picture? and I thought it would be funny. I didn't think anyone would take me seriously. New Mexico is a beautiful place and there was so much to see and do. We love it and would go back!

April said...

Oh, my goodness...I love that mat for your dogs! My dogs sentiments EXACTLY! That is too funny! We've been having nice weather down here, too. Lower 80's...feels like a cold snap compared to the weather we've been having!

Roberta said...

Thanks for stopping by Blondie! Yes, Fairhaven is very close to the Cape. Don't you love Home Goods? My girlfriend and I seek them out and spend hours when we go! xo Roberta

Deb said...

Your dogs are so adorable Janie and look so happy together in that cozy bed ♥ Love the dog food mat :-)When I saw your little dish I thought of strawberries along the outside and melted chocolate or whipped cream in the centre :-)Not sure what it's really for but it's so pretty :-)

Denise Marie said...

cute post...love the dog food matt.

xinex said...

Oh Janie, I LOVE everything you bought. I think the dish is an oyster plate. Maybe you have to put a small round dish in the center to put cocktail sauce in it or lemon wedges. If you can't figure out what to use it for, send it to me. J/K, LOL! Your dogs are so cute!...Christine

Carole said...

i really think it's an oyster tray myself!!!!

Anonymous said...

Yo Blondie,
I'm starting to get hooked on your blogs, but I just don't have the time to check them all out. What I've seen have been really interesting. Wish I had more time. You coming up this weekend?

The neighbor (2nd one)

Anonymous said...

Hey Jane,

Love the yard sale finds. The wrought iron piece is gorgeous. And look at those fur babies sunning themselves. That dog food mat is too funny.

No, I haven't featured you on my blog my dear. I would remember. So far it has mostly been Etsy sellers, online shops, a few photographers etc. Do you have any special talents I should know about?

Joyce said...

No idea what that plate is. Maybe it had a chicken in the middle long ago if in fact it was ever used for eggs. Dog placemat made me smile. thanks for visiting my blog today and commenting on my kiss photo. I rarely cook with ham so I can't give you any recipes for fresh ham or canned. Sorry:(

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

Okay, I need those hooks. For what, I'm not sure, but I need them...C

Blue Creek Home said...

okay, could the dish be used for escargot, maybe???

I love your little sleeping babies.

And answering the scarf question-I haven't worn them around my neck or anywhere else for years. Somehow, they just looked better on a slimmer, younger, hipper me! Maybe I will wear one again soon!

cindy-stitches-n-stuff.blogspot.com said...

ok. put salt in the middle and easter eggs around the outside. the eggs can be peeled and dipped in the salt, then eaten. OR what you said.


Leigh of Tales from Bloggeritaville said...

JAne...I so love your dog mat! I wish I could find one. Thats great! Yo ugot some amazing finds on the sale. I LOVE the dish. Its an oyster dish, a bowl for coctail goes in the middle. LOVE it! Also love the hooks. Sweet!
Link up for thrifty thursday, friend! What great thrifty treasures you have! Hugs!
Tales from Bloggeritaville

Faded Charm said...

Thanks so much for all your lovely comments on my blog. It is very much appreciated.

Take care,


Greet Lefèvre said...

Hallo ,
I want to first thank you for the reaction on my blogpost!

Well, an outbuilding is a building that is built in the back (garden) of your house. In Belgium a lot of people have it.
It's meant to use for barbecueing or as a poolhouse or as a stydyroom,... any function you want to give to it.

The outbuilding on my blog is indeed on our property and we gonna use it for barbecueing when the weather is a bit chilly and also for protecting our plants in pots against the freezing weather in winter.

I understand not so well your words: ...blogs for Three. Can you explain that to me?

Thank you very much!


The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Isn't that mat the funniest?!!
(so is the spider story, for that fact....let your hubby know that we have pleanty of spiders at both of our abodes....no ivy growing up & around!!)
What fun finds you have - and we love your oyster dish...perhaps it's just for a fresh flower display that is to be surrounded by oysters....ya, that's it!!
Have a lovely weekend...

Decor To Adore said...

Old and Rescued. I thought you would be posting a picture of me. :)

You have a very lovely oyster plate but it would be great for jewelry.

Sending cyber hugs to you. Keep me posted on how your girl does at school.

Maggie said...

Hi Blondie,
Thanks for visiting Normandy today, we put our boiled eggs in egg cups when we eat them but I don't have egg cups wirh roosters on so left them out of the tablescape!! Is that cheating?? LOL.
I love your dog mat, must try and find one for Ben, my cocker spaniel.
And......I think that your dish is an oyster server, how about lemon quarters in the centre ready for squeezing over the oysters?
a bientot

Greet Lefèvre said...

Dear Jane,

Thank you for your terrific explanation! It is so sweet from you!
Wow ,it is indeed a lot of work to participate. I'll see if I can make time free!

Jane ,you asked me about the weather in Belgium. Well, now it's gorgeous! About 26°Celsius and for the coming days the weatherforecast is magnificent!
We will barbecueing the coming days!

Thank you again Jane for your comments!


Karen Valentine said...

Hi Blondie! OMG. My DH and I want to spend our next vacation traveling through that longest yard sale!!! We say we are going to go every year but never do! Is it wonderful??

I avoided the the whole light colored furniture for a long time too because of my men (both young and old) and my dogs. But then I decided. Hey, slipcovers can be washed any time I want!!!

My Desert Cottage

bj said...

hI, Blondie..so glad you came by. I know what you mean..Blogland, with all it's bloggy parties, is getting bigger as we speak..I get so lost from some of my favorite blogs..*heavy sigh

Yep, my hubby gives me the old eye roll when I think a box is "cute" or an old, chippy shelf...he wonders about me sometimes, I think. :)
I love your finds...old is good!!
See you at the Rooster Party...
hugs, bj

Cass @ That Old House said...

Hahahaha... our Dion would LOVE that dog food placemat.

Love the white plate, whatever it is. It might be for escargot, because they are served in little hollows, and usually have melted butter to dip them into.

Or, meatballs, with marinara sauce in the middle.

Or, teeny cocktail wieners with mustard in the middle.

Or, Pringles, one in each hollow, with onion dip in the middle.

Or -- deviled eggs? Sorry couldn't resist.

But really, my vote's for escargot, which means that you can use it for ANYTHING because NO ONE serves escargot at home. Well, at least, I don't think so.

Glad someone else admits to not getting all the plants in the ground. I have a sad, sad petunia languishing in a teensy pot.

Best... Cass

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Love your hooks!

You asked me how far my new home is from where I currently live. It is about 45 minutes away. You asked why I sold my current home and am moving....there are several reasons. 1. My husband travels for work a couple of times a week, about 2 hours away. This move will save him 45 minutes each way. 2. We live WAY out in the country now. Far from entertainment, hospitals, doctors, grocery stores, etc and we felt we needed to be closer to the hospitals and grocery stores. 3. Most of the things we do for fun, art galleries, antiquing, shows, entertainment, hiking, socializing etc are where we are moving too. So there you have it. The reasons for the move.

June said...

I'm loving all your great finds. The iron hooks are right up my alley. Love 'em. Oh and that egg plate is way cool.

Elaine said...

Oh I love those chippy hooks. Don't forget to post a photo when you hang them. I would love to see where you will use them.

That dog mat is too funny!

I live at Home Goods, don't you just love it?

KarenB said...

That placemat is so funny! I know that's what Buddy thinks of his food because he eats it as a last resort if we don't give him anything good from the table. Yes, I admit it. We feed him sometimes. Basically only vegetables. Tonight it was green beans. Freshly steamed green beans. Much better than his dry dog food.