27 January 2015

Valentines and Ironstone

Good Morning and welcome to our Valentine Blog Hop, it has been so enjoyable coming up with

some Valentine ideas to decorate our homes and then share them with you.

Today our kind hostess is  Melinda from the Refeathered Roost.

Melinda has created a charming Valentine retreat around her beautiful outdoor fireplace.

Go get cozy with some hot cocoa or tea and pay her a visit.


Then if you have time come back because,

I have a story to tell you...




I could have cried, I could have laughed (I did eventually) or I could just add flowers.

What could possibly be the reason?

Ironstone-yes, the one and only, traditional, gloriously, beautiful Ironstone.




I am late in beginning my collection and I would appreciate any tips or advice on

where to truly begin, is it with gravy boats, water pitchers, bowls...

Do you know what this shiny white pot is-

hint it has a lid that doesn't fit and one handle...




So, here is my very first piece of Ironstone,

I chose this one- pure white Johnson Brothers pot.

I won't be able to serve anything in it...except  flowers or ferns.



I searched and searched as to what this one handled gleaming white container could be.

After receiving some disturbing news...




I frantically began to cut and sew fabric into various Texas Size Valentine Hearts,

adding some XO's, rickrack, and wooden buttons, all with the idea that I would

fill my Ironstone pot up with hearts!





In the end, it was all a very feeble effort to help camouflage what my purchase actually

turned out to be.

I was getting ready you see, to kick off the week with some Valentine cheer.

Short on time...short on hearts....

By now you know me well enough to know that my go to is-Flowers.

I found some happy yellow primrose, added some baby's breath and my

Valentine Vignette is well on it's way using an Ironstone Chamber Pot....

Yes, a chamber pot-did you guess right?

Be sure to visit gracious Melinda at The Refeathered Roost .


Stop by on Friday for some Sweet Valentine Inspiration/









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Jemma's home is a quiet spot nestled among the trees. You might find me writing, reading, or puttering in my Greenhouse, tweaking a recipe, crafting a wreath or loving on my grands. Always living with a grateful heart.

29 comments:

  1. Yes...I knew right away what it was. But it sure looks pretty with flowers and hearts! Maybe I'll decorate a little today! Heart hugs, Diane

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    1. Diane,
      Wish I would have had you with me during my hunt! I am not finding much Ironstone in my
      area of Texas. Yes, you must decorate just a little for Valentines Day!
      Hugs,
      Jemma

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  2. Oh, Jemma, that's so funny, but never mind, "What's in a name? A (rose) by any other name would smell as sweet" or something like that. It's still ironstone and beautiful, but yes, I can see that you might not want to serve soup in it!

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    1. Dewena,
      Lol! It is so funny, no wonder it was such a steal!

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  4. Ahh, yes, Jemma, I do know what that little beauty is...it was known affectionately as a thunder jug in the area I grew up! They do make great vessels for flowers or plants, though.
    Have a great week.

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    1. Marigene,
      Truly a thunder jug-well interesting enough I was talking to my husband about this chamber
      business and he said in the South they called them honey pots?? Oh Well...

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  5. I love ironstone pieces and yours looks beautiful with flowers and hearts...and what sweet little hearts you made, Jemma! Love the festive touches! Thanks so much for including me in the festivities!

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    1. Melinda,
      Thank you for joining in, it's fun when us blog girls throw a party!

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  6. Dear Jemma,

    If there was ever a more sweetly scented, prettily decorated, chamber pot, your white ironstone one is it! After all, it was once a very practical and necessary part of someone's collection, right? Primroses, baby's breath and sewn with love little hearts, your very first piece of shiny ironstone, is a charm!

    Have a lovely Tuesday, my friend!

    Hugs,
    Poppy

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    1. Dear Poppy,
      I adore the way you view life, love and even chamber pots!
      xoxo
      Jemma

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  7. Okay I am going to be honest - I did not know what it was - nor what ironstone is - but I do know it's pretty.

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    1. Sandie,
      Well evidently I didn't know either! Ha!

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  8. Ha, ha, I guessed it! Only because I have a red and white enamel chamber pot. And with only one handle knew it couldn't be a soup tureen. I love ironstone, but only have a gravy pot and a couple of small pitchers. Never really run across it here in UT. But always on the look out for sure! Love your cute hearts and you can never go wrong with flowers!
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Jann,
      Ha! Isn't this something else...your comment makes me feel better, because I have been
      wondering why my Mom or Grandmother's didn't have pieces. I guess us Western folks (growing up in Idaho) did't have any.
      Thanks for you sweet visit!

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  9. Yes Jemma, I knew exactly what that is! It looks so pretty with flowers and hearts! I also want to collect some ironstone. I only have a serving plate, but think I will start with some pitchers! I need to do some decorating too! ENJOY THE REST OF YOUR WEEK!
    XO
    Lindmysewwhatblog

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    1. Linda,
      Since we are both collecting ironstone, if I find a great online store that carries it, I'll let you know.
      Thanks so much for visiting and you have a a WONDERFUL WEEK TOO!
      xoxo
      Jemma

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  10. A pee pot my Mother would have said! This is the ultimate recycling! I'm sure if the pretty container could talk, it would be much happier now!

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  11. Not only did I recognize it; I used them as a child at my aunt's. I do need ot bring down my white ironstone SOUP tureen to "copy" you. My go to is also flowers. I just posted about that today. Visiting from Amazing Me Monday. Linda@ bushelandapickle.com

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    1. Linda,
      So great to meet you, I'll be paying you a visit as well. I'll look forward to seeing your "vase," too
      that will be a soup tureen!
      Jemma

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  12. I'm SUCH a doofus when it comes to stuff like this. I didn't know what it was, but I DO know your flowers are gorgeous!

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    1. Then I guess we are both doofus's because I didn't know either!

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  13. LOL! I so enjoyed this sweet and funny post, Jemma. I only knew what it was because my Mom and Dad dragged us to countless antique auctions when I was a child. LOL! YOU made it a WONDERFUL pot of Valentine Happiness. I love those little hearts! Well done. blessings ~ tanna

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    1. Tanna,
      Lol! This was funny, and I enjoyed sharing this goof up with you all! Turned a potential disaster into a decorating experience.
      How nifty that your folks took you to antique auctions-sounds intriguing to me!
      Warm Hugs,
      Jemma

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  14. Oh Jemma. You are too funny. Well, better to fill your new acquisition with your pretty hearts than the contents of its original use! ha! You are humorous. Susan

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  15. Susan,
    Well you know the saying, "If life give you lemons, make Lemonade" or something like that!
    Thanks for your visit-
    Jemma

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  16. I couldn't help but smile as I was reading your post...That is just too funny but wow you certainly did make it beautiful and that's what we do with our finds even if they turn out to be chamber pots...And girl, you are the queen of Blog Hops...I love the idea of a Valentine Blog Hop....You are one creative soul....

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  17. Jemma, I didn't know at all what your ironstone was until I read your story. I especially love those hearts that you made (that black and white one in particular). I wonder if the old gravy boats are ironstone because I have one that belonged to my grandmother from the 1940's, and I just love it. It sounds like you love Valentine's Day as much as I do, Jemma.

    ~Sheri

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