Welcome to the 57th "Sunday Favorites"

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Hello my friends...Happy Memorial Day...

and welcome to the 57th run of "Sunday Favorites"!!!

I hope that you are having a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! It's a very busy weekend for many of us...a special time set apart to remember and honor the brave men and women who served in our armed forces and gave their lives for this great country! I am so very thankful for each and every one of them...as well as all those who have ever served in our armed forces! I pray on a daily basis for all the brave men and women who are continuing to serve this great country...asking the Lord to bless and keep them safe! It's a subject very near and dear to my heart...my oldest grandson Bud will be leaving for Air Force basic training the end of August. He will have just turned 18 when he enters basic training. I sure would appreciate your prayers for him!!! Memorial Day is also a time to remember all of our loved ones that have passed on as well! I am very blessed to have most of my family still living, however I have lost my grandparents. The post that I am resharing today for Sunday Favorites is about my dear sweet Grandma and Grandpa...I thought it befitting since it is Memorial Day weekend!

Well my friends, have a wonderful weekend and be safe!


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My favorite post from: August 9, 2009

It's Metamorphosis Monday!!!

Hello my friends! I hope that you had a wonderful weekend and are ready to begin a new week! There is one great thing about Mondays....it's the day that we can share some of our latest home projects...it's Metamorphosis Monday!

Metamorphosis Monday is hosted by our very own Susan over at Between Naps On The Porch! Thank you Susan, for hosting this fun filled event!!! Be sure that when you're finished reading all about my latest project...that you'll go over and see what Susan has for you today...and while you're there you can check out all of the other Met Monday participants as well!

My Grandma's China Hutch
Today I would like to show you my Grandma's china hutch! Recently we took a vacation down to Texas and I was able to bring home with me this treasured piece that belonged to my Grandma!
My Grandma and Grandpa were very simple people. They lived in a very small home and they didn't have much but they lived comfortably! My Grandpa gave this hutch to my Grandma as a gift for their 50th wedding anniversary! Ohhh...you should have seen the look on my Grandma's face when the furniture store truck came to deliver this...she was just beside herself with joy...and my Grandpa was so pleased with himself!!! It was priceless!!! I'll never forget that day...it is such a sweet memory for me! Now I have this sweet hutch in my home and whenever I look at it...I think of my Grandma and Grandpa and that special day!!!

Here it is...my Grandma's china hutch! It's a small hutch and it fits perfectly in this little corner of my dining room!
Decorating My New Hutch....
I have a shelf up above my dining room window where I display a few of my ironstone and creamware pitchers. Since the hutch sits right next to this window...I thought it would look pretty to do a vignette on top of hutch...using items that were white!
I found this pretty iron birdcage at Hobby Lobby for 50% off...I paid $15.00 for it! It had a bronze finish which I liked, but I wanted white...so out came the can of spray paint! Hehe!
These two unfinished ceramic birds came from GW...they were marked down to $1 ea...I wasn't sure what I would do with them when I bought them...but now I know!!! The little white chickadee will look perfect nestled into the greenery that I purchased to add to the birdcage!

Voila!!! A vignette for the china hutch!!!
I used a silverware chest to place the birdcage on. The frenchy pitcher is a recent thrift store treasure find...ahhh, it will work perfectly for this vignette in white! On the opposite side, I placed a large pineapple finial...found it at Hobby Lobby for just $2.60...it was marked 90% off! It was gold...but not now...thanks to that can of white spray paint! Hehe!

I had so much fun filling up my new china hutch with dishes. Of course these were dishes that I already had! Since my dining room walls on this side of the room are olive green...I decided to put all of my dishes that are green and white in this cabinet!

The olive green transferware dishes are ironstone manufactured by Staffordshire...the pattern is Kensington Balmoral 1801. I also added my set of white ironstone called "Provencial", sage green everyday dishes from Walmart, and my new shell dishes called "Water" from JC Penneys to the hutch...and a few odds-n-ends pieces of ironstone!

Just a photo so you could see the shelf above the dining room window...a few of my ironstone and creamware pitchers! Wow...it was really raining out the day I took this photo! Hehe!
My dear sweet Grandma and me!

Well my friends...thank you so much for stopping by today! Please leave me a comment and let me know that you were here...I would love to visit with you!!!


Flory said...

woohoo, I'm on the first list chari! it's another wonderful sunday and i'm so happy. Thanks for having me:)
have a great week ahead!

The Charm of Home said...

That is such a sweet story about your grandma and grandpa. How wonderful she got such a beautiful hutch. Isn't is sweet after all those years. I am glad you have it and it is beautiful! I love how all your dishes are arranged in it. Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

Beth said...

Hi Chari! Such a lovely vignette! Love that photo of you and your grandmother. What a sweet dear lady she must have been. It is wonderful that you have her china hutch; not only is it a lovely piece, it's also very functional AND most importantly it holds special memories for you! Love the shelf above your window, and love the china in your hutch as well as your decor on top of it. It fits right in with your decorating theme! Beautiful hutch!

Gypsy Heart said...

There is just nothing like a grandmother...except grandchildren. :-) I think God gives us another heart 'cause there's so much love for both!

I hope you have a blessed and relaxing weekend my friend. Your decorating is beautiful, as usual.


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh Chari, I love your tribute to your grandma. The hutch is just gorgeous and I love the way you have it decorated. I still think you do the best vignettes ever. Hope you are having a super weekend. I will keep your grandson in prayer. God Bless and watch over him. Hugs, Marty

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Hi Chari!

I LOVE your hutch....and everything in it. You've done a wonderful job with the accessorizing........as USUAL! You have a eye for it girlfriend!

I hope you're having a fabulous Memorial Day weekend!



Anonymous said...

What a sweet sweet picture of you and your grandmother!! You have worked your magic on that china closet Chari! So very pretty!

Miss visiting with you- it has been crazy here-funerals, overnight guests, getting ready for a camp-

We drove 3 1/2 hours each way to pick up 2 more nucs of bees- I will now have 4 hives!!! I was supposed to go to NM for my nephew's graduation but the list of things here just kept getting too long!

How have you been feeling Chari? Hope the warmer weather is helping you as it does me!

bee blessed

susan said...

Chari-I finally read your directions and figured out how to repost (you know, when all else fails, read the directions :). I am happy to joining you finally!! First, I will put Bud on my prayer list!! I know you are proud of him. I have my grandmother's hutch too. You have made it "new" again. Have a great Memorial Day!

Theresa said...

Oh Chari, I LOVE this post! I love your hutch all decorated up, I LOVE you shelf above the window filled with pitchers... but more than any of all that, I LOVE the picture of you and your Grandma:) Precious picture, my friend! HUGS and Happy Sunday!

The Tablescaper said...

What a wonderful post. First of all, a quick prayer and good luck to your grandson.

Your hutch is adorable and moreover, it's filled with such wonderful memories.Love the dishes! I have many peices around my Home that are filled with memories of my family. As I've said before, you don't need objects to invoke wonderful memories, but they sure help!

Happy Memorial Day and thank you for hosting Sunday favorites. I hope you'll come and join my party "Where do you keep it all?" on Tuesday.

- The Tablescaper

A Cottage Industry said...

Thanks for hosting!

trish said...

I am so glad that you posted about your beloved hutch. I love what you did and the sentimental attachment that you have. Thank you for sharing.
Have a great weekend.
Sincerely ~ Tricia

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

I love favorite pieces that have a story. The story of your grandma's reaction when she got the gift from your grandpa is so sweet and it makes the hutch so much more valuable. So nice that you have the hutch and can hand down the story.

Christi @ A Southern Life


Hi Sweet Chari, I'm late, I'm late but I made it! I'll be keeping Bud in my thoughts and prayers, god bless him! I love your post about your grandmother and grandfather, so lovely, they seem like such a happy couple. You are blessed to be able to have a nice piece of family history to treasure forever! You did a beautiful job with your display, darling. Happy Weekend!

Thelittlebrownhouse.us said...

Thank you so much for hosting! Love the picture of you and your Grandma!

A 2 Z said...

Hi Chari,

Wonderful stories. Families are the best! You did a wonderful job with all your collection of dishes and china. Happy Memorial weekend. Thanks for being the perfect hostess!


Sharlotte said...

I love the vingette above your hutch! It is just beautiful! All your pitchers above your window looks really good too...everything just flows! Have a great weekend.

Lana said...

I loooooove this hutch--especially that it was your grandma's and that she got it for that oh so special 50th anniversary! It doesn't get much more special than that! And as always, you did a fabulous job with that vignette on top and all your pretty pieces inside it, too!!!

I pray that you are feeling blessed today/have a wonderful week!!

Blessings to you,
Lana in Huntsville, AL

Lana said...

I know I already wrote here, but I couldn't help but stop by again and leave a little note of thanks. I got your comment on my latest post and then clicked on and saw that you had, indeed, read my other latest posts and commented with your always wonderful, always kind, always just amazing comments.
You are a fantastic designer and a fantastic person!
I know I've told you that, but I just wanted to tell you that again. Sometimes in the blog world everything looks perfect from the outside because we take photos at everything's best...but the truth is that this is a fallen world and we all go through things. My thing is a physical thing (or two) right now and I just haven't written about it...but your comments always cheer me up and I believe they do everyone with whom you come in contact. You have soooooo many followers because they love your talent and your heart. What a blessing you are! Please, if you have one of those hard days, know that you are loved and respected by me and by so many on the web. You are spreading beauty AND joy via your blog and comments.
MANY blessings to you and thank you as always,

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hey Girlfriend!
I think I might have missed this post before so it was brand new to me! I absolutely adore what you did with your sweet Grandma's hutch! The white ironstone and your beautiful greens! And that shelf above filled with all those fabulous pitchers! Boy, am I inspired! I also so love those charming pillows! Did you make those? They are so gorgeous! And the bird cage, love it! Great Post my dear. I hope your having a good weekend and all is well.
Hugs, Cindy

Wanda Lee said...

Hello there lovely lady,

What a lovely 'Sunday Favorites' post my dear friend!..,

Memorial day is always near or at the every least should be, near to everyone's heart and it is always also a befitting time as you say, to remember to pray for your dear young grandson as well!~ Last but also not least Chari, to also very much remember those who have gone before and have made such sacrifices, as well as for the safety of the young officers currently in uniform!..,

What a lovely hutch and china cabinet that you have been given as a precious legacy from your dear grandma and grandpa! I love the delightful touch of the shelf high above the curtains with your white ironstone as well!.., Simply delightful with all of those pretties nestled amongst the shelves!.., I love it!


..,Please pop over to leave a comment to claim and then recieve little contest award;(this is from my little 'spot the differences between the two pictures' contest,from three week's ago that you may recall)!~ The prize is a little selection of a small set of four of my little art cards, that you may choose from amongst my artcards @ www.wandaleeart.com website..,

Just email me your snail mail address Chari @


..,and off to you they will go, once you let me know which ones you'd like to have!..,(You just never know what little bonus may find it's way into that envelope).., Wink!

Have a marvelous remainder of the week and a wonderful weekend dear lady!.., Remember to take excellant care of yourself and get some R. and R. my friend!


May you continue to recieve richly abundant blessings from the Lord and saving, keeping grace for all of your loved ones my sweet friend!

Love ya, hugs from Wanda Lee @ The Plumed Pen


Hi Chari, Thank you for visiting and leaving your very sweet comment on my Sunday Favorites...Celebrating a Pink Birthday!"! I had so much fun designing this sweet table with pink and white…what’s not to love about pink? I really love the picture of you with your grandmom, so precious! Hope you're having a fabulous week!

Love Of Quilts said...

Love your granny's china cabinet and all your white accessories and the way have them displayed. Trish

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xinex said...

You did a great job on this, Chari. I love the pic of you and your grandma....Christine