Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Everything is Coming Up Violet !!!

I have always loved Violets, and Pansies. It just says spring and happy days to me. I am redecorating our Family/ Sitting room in pinks and greens, as apposed to the lavender and green that was in there. Not a big change, just need something new to look at as I am stuck inside the house most days with my illness. I hope to have the room done in a few weeks. I thought, Oh No, now where will I put my violets ??? I decided to combine my scattered collection and just stick it all in this sweet shelf that my 70 year old Father in Law made in shop, back in grammar school. This sweet little shelf is 58 years old !! My husband and FIL cringed a bit when I painted it white and shabbied it up a few years ago, you know, Men and their wood !! lol But gosh, I love the little thing and what a waste to sit in our garage all icky and brown and unloved. I even stuck on some sweet vintage rose handles. :) So, my logic won out and I think my FIL is just happy that I am proud of his handiwork and love the little shelf of his. :) Now, where I will put the shelf in the house I have no idea, but it is filled with things I love, and and now is a new home for my violets . :) You can click on the photos for larger views.

Sweet baby composition doll I refurbished. love her rosy cheeks and pretty blue eyes.

Some sweet vintage velvet pansies on an old Nippon plate.

I am rounding up some pretty things for Pink Saturday, and Vintage ephemera for Show and Tell Sunday. Cant wait to see all of your goodies !!!




Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Ohhh, Rhea-Rhea!!! How very VERY pretty! I love that little shelf!! I bet you will find just the perfect spot for it. So special that your FIL made it, too! My goodness, you have lots of pretty violet goodies on it. I love them all. And that little dolly you refurbished is adorable.

Love you,
Angelic Accents

Lori said...

Miss Rhea, you must share how you convinced your DH about painting the wood...we once decorated country/folk art i have lots of chimney cupboards and pie safes that i am dying to paint...MY DH looks like he is about to faint at the mere mention and his answer is a firm no...followed by "you can't paint _______" {whatever the particular wood is...MEN!!! i love how your shelf looks and your doll is ever so sweet:)

Lib said...

How Blessed you are to have such a Treasure from you Dear F-I-L :o)
Love all your treasures,the doll is Beautiful!
Hope you're having a Beautiful wk.

Anonymous said...


The shelf is decorated so pretty.

How nice to have something handmade
by a family member.

Great Job!


Heather ~Pretty Petals said...

How GORGEOUS!! I love it all Rhea... the violets are just perfect for your shelf. :) Your dolly is so sweet too.

♥ Heather

Connie said...

Oh my sweet rhea chick, all of who know you well know how much you've suffered this past year and if this makes you happy then do it, honey!! Of course, it is beyond gorgeous!! I also can understand why you'd want to display that old shelf! It's fantastic and your FIL should be thrilled you'd want it in your home, sweetpea! No matter what you do it is always exquisite, tasteful and soooooo Rhea! Haven't been in groups yet. Want to savor it later this morning, but I'm hoping you're doing well and I see something aqua coming your way......hmmmmmmm, now what could that be?!?!?! ;-)
Smoochies ray-ray,

Beth Leintz said...

That shelf is just beautiful- what a perfect display piece. I love your dolly- she's so bright eyed and sweet.

Lolly said...

What a lovely shelf!!...and a lovely FIL for making it for you!
How are you, girl?

Garage sale gal said...

Hi Rhea,
Love the shelf and all the pretty violet treasures. Looks very nice.What did you do to make the little dolly so cute? Warmly, Deb

Sandy Michelle said...

That's such a pretty shelf and I love the doll! Can't wait to see the pix of your vintage ephemera!


Anonymous said...

Violets are so overlooked, aren't they? Those roses just hog all of the attention while the sweet demure violets sit there ever so sweetly waiting for someone to notice their happy faces!!

I am having my first give away to celebrate my 100th!! Please stop by and sign up. It would look lovely on your beautiful shelf!

linnea-maria said...

the little shelf is so pretty! You have arranged your violet treasures so nice. Im in lavender mood right now. Hugs /linnea-maria

She'sSewPretty said...

That is a beautiful collection Rhea!

Charmingdesigns said...

Just beautiful. I have a similar shelf crammed full of books. I think it deserves better, thats for helping me out. I'll have to work on a before and after! Violets are so pretty!!Laurie

Cami said...

Exquisite collection of plates! Love your shabbied addition of your FIL's shelf and loved "men & their wood"!!! Do you know any history on the doll your refurbished? Does she have molded hair under the wig by chance? She's lovely

Shirl said...

Hi Rhea, oh how preety all your violets look together! It is a beautiful way to display them, I love your doll too! THe shelf is adorable!
Blessings, Shirl
Shirls Rose Cottage

rosechicfriends said...

Rhea...I to am a HUGE violet and pansy fan. They are just such happy bright flowers and so hardy too! I just love what you have done with them. And WOW that shelf is just the perfect place for them and of course, you have gussied it up in Ray,Ray fashion..which is always FAB in my book!

I too am joining Pink Sat..can't wait to see what you will have in store for us!

Love ya...Lorena

PurpleFlowerFairy said...

oh am i ever lovin' that beautiful old painted white shelf filled with vintage "purple" pretties... =) debbie