Friday, August 13, 2010

Sister Time

~Pink Saturday~
~A Few of My Favorite Things~
~Silver Sunday~
~Summer Sunday~
~Three or More Tuesday~

Oh, for the lazy days of summer . . . the perfect time to steal away to visit those friends and family who live miles away . . . and the perfect opportunity to explore new territory, ie ~ Antique Shops.

A recent trip to visit my sister was just that and yielded some Silver Sunday finds in time for Beth's Silver Sunday Giveaway Post. Be certain to stop by The Gypsy Fish Journal , put your name in the drawing, and then add a Silver Sunday post of your own.

Seems I always find some silver plate treasures when my sister takes me to her favorite shops. Each of these were thrifty finds black with tarnish, but just look at the lovely details once I polished them.

The beautiful unmarked basket vase stands 16" tall.

It is perfect for these delicate Stargazer Lilies and has the most wonderful details . . .

Like this basket full of flowers that is featured on the curved handle . . .

And this wide lacy edge that dips gracefully around the open cavity that holds the blooms.

Trays are a favored accessory here at HFTS, so I was all smiles when I picked up two different oval gallery trays. The larger one has detailed pierced sides with a fluted edging and . . .

Beautiful intricate engraved details that cover the entire surface.

It will be perfect to move about for various things, like this silver fern pot that is currently home to a gorgeous pale pink hydrangea.

Just look at these delicate little blooms!

The smaller gallery tray is just the right size for my petite fern pot that holds an African violet that will be covered with little pink flowers in its next bloom cycle.

The rim edge on this tray is simple, but the sides have a wonderful open work design.

And finally there was this bride's basket marked MF'D & Plated RV Reed & Barton 4740. It's doing duty in the kitchen at the moment, but will be useful for all sorts of things. No doubt it is the oldest of the items I found this trip. If anyone can help date it, please let me know.

The double handle features a central ball and a little tassel half way down on each side.

The rim edge is a stylized leaf design, and the footed base is full of charm.

This one just might be my favorite!

I hope the remaining days of summer offer up
some special time for you with your family,
and a perhaps a chance to explore new territory!

Click here for details on the Celebration Giveback @ HFTS

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The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. I can see why that little piece is your favorite - I love the details too. I never mind polishing silver - it gives me such a satisfied feeling to see it gleaming, and to use it in everyday life - and of course, the more I use it, the less I need to polish it!

  2. Your silver finds are so pretty Sarah!
    And your hydrangeas are fabulous!
    Such a pretty silver and pink post, it just made me smile!

  3. Silver is just so timeless and classy. I shudder when I see brass and silver-plate spray painted and "re-purposed!" You have such a lovely collection, and with your pink flowers, this is a splendid post!

  4. Everything is so pretty, I'm especially fond of the basket, it looks great with the veggies on it!

  5. Your silver is lovely! I love that big pretty.

  6. Hi Sarah! Oh, your silver is just gorgeous. You have some pieces I've never seen before - those vases and that last basket is wonderful! You know how to use them too.
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  7. Sarah your post is just wonderful today. I so enjoyed all of your fabulous photos. The Basket Vase is my favorite and I really enjoy the pink lily that you have adorned it with. I'm awed by all of the details you were able to photograph.
    Your gorgeous pale pink hydrangea just makes me smile. I so wish I could grow hydrangea here in FL but I think it's just too hot here.
    Another lovely post, as always and it sounds like you had a wonderful time visiting your sister. Thank you for sharing with us.

  8. Oh wow, what wonderful finds. Each piece is gorgeous. Love them all. Hugs, Marty

  9. All of your 'new' silver pieces are beautiful, Sarah. I always seem to gravitate toward silver when I'm antiquing. The beauty of the patterns and markings come shining through with a little love! I like how you have diplayed your flowers and other pretties on the trays. inspired me! :-)


  10. these are very lovely! I'll have to make a note to join next time! I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

  11. G'day Sarah ~ Such lovely detailed silver pieces, but I truly love the fern pot ... you don't see many nowadays.

    Have a lovely PS summer weekend ~
    TTFN ~ Marydon

  12. Sarah, I love both of those baskets - such beautiful details. I also love the way you've grouped items on the silver trays (especially the Quimper!). Thank you for linking this lovely post to Favorite Things Sat. Hope you have a wonderful weekend. laurie

  13. Sarah, there is no way I could pick a favorite out of all the gorgeous pieces you bought! Okay...maybe the vase with the pink gazers. :) I love those lilies. I planted some a couple of years back and I got to see them bloom once before the deer decided they just loved them. ugh! All your photos were magazine perfect! Have a wonderful weekend. xo Lynn

  14. Your images are beautiful. Your silver collection is lovely and I could not pick a favorite. olive♥

  15. I love all of you wonderful finds! I love mixing silver and pink together I think it's sooo pretty together!!! I wanted to thank you for visiting and for your sweet comments! Happy Pink Saturday. Blessings~~~ Daphne

  16. Sarah, you hit the mother load on this trip! WOW!! I just love that engraving & all the intricate detailing. What a nice way to remember a visit with your sister. I usually bring home blueberries after seeing mine. LOL

    I will certainly let you know if I am going to the quilt show next year. (all depends on DH) No way to get a room for it this year...they sell out waaaay in advance. I have gone several times & loved each & every one of them. Shopped till I dropped!! ;-)

  17. Hi Sarah,

    I love the name of your blog! Thank you for sharing so many nice treasures with all of us.


  18. Oh, my! Where to start?! Your silver finds are incredible, Sarah. I love the one holding the gorgeous stargazer lilies and the one holding the African Violet pot especially. But, they're all wonderful. Your violet is beautiful :) Love the pink hydrangeas. How nice you got to spend time with your sister, too. Thank you for sharing such pretty things to look at! And, Happy Pink Saturday~

  19. I just love silver and you sure have some lovely pieces! Enjoyed seeing them!!

  20. I'm going to have to get me more silver-it looks so good with everything! Happy PS-lovely pics!

  21. You've got such silver pretties! I may have to start looking for items like this. Very appealing to me.

  22. I love all your silver! I have a minor addiction myself! Happy Pink Saturday and have a wonderful weekend!

  23. Sarah, I love all your silver finds. That tall basket vase is gorgeous and I love oval trays. I love all your displays. Isn't it fun to shop with your sister.




  25. Hi Sarah! You found some really beautiful pieces! The tall basket is so unusual! I love your trays and it looks like you have found perfect places for them! The Reed and Barton serving piece is gorgeous! And I have to say that your flowers and veggies are the perfect complement to it all! Happy weekend!...hugs...Debbie

  26. Gorgeous silver & what lovely blooms! Loved your post!


  27. Hi. Thanks for visiting. You do have some lovely silver!
    ~ Julie

  28. Your vase is just so glamorous! I just love the curves and flare at the top! You certainly found quite the stash!
    Thanks for playing along!

  29. Sarah:

    This is a wonderful post. I so love silver and you have a wonderful collection. It's hard to decide which is my favorite. I too love silver, but I can't say I love polishing it.

    Thanks for being a part of "Summer Sundays"!

    - The Tablescaper

  30. What wonderful treasures you found. I think they are all beautiful but I'm with you...I especially like the last piece with all the veggies. You will find many uses for that. It's unique and yet practical so it will always be in use. Congratulations, wonderful finds.

  31. Your silver is soooo pretty!
    I wish I could bring myself to polish my silver, but I always leave it tarnished. I'm so weird. :-)

    Dreamy hydrangeas, Sarah!


  32. What a gorgeous silver basket! I love the flower detail on the handle and that lovely lacy edge~ what finds! I always get a little thrill polishing the tarnish off to reveal the surface underneath :-)

  33. That vase is gorgeous! Everything you showed us is so lovely!
    I will have to look for a Bride's Basket, so versatile!
    Alma and I went to Savers Thurs. I did get a lovely pair of sterling silver weighted silver candlesticks for 4.99! I just polished them!
    We had such fun!

  34. Oh, my, your silver finds are positively exquisite. I especially like the vase and flowers. And that tray...I'm drooling.

    Definitely, antiquing is a great way to spend a summer afternoon.

    Patti (Fill My Cup with Beauty)

  35. such lines and grace. adore it!!!!!

  36. Don't tell me you found all of these lovelies on one expedition! What beautiful pieces. I know I couldn't find that many in the whole state. I love the 16 inch tall basket vase. What a find. Everything is just gorgeous, but I really love that one. Have too much fun using and caring for these treasures.

  37. Sarah I love trays, so the silver tray really caught my eye! The bride's baske is also beautiful, and what a wonderful name it has! Each piece was such a nice find.

  38. I love all your silver pieces Sarah. The pink flowers look wonderful with the silver. Love those lillies!

  39. Your silver pieces are exquisite, Sarah. I like the details, every little bit. ....Christine

  40. Oh, my, Sarah...these pieces are just beautiful. I am dying for a pretty, LARGE silver plated tray. I have a beauty that daughter bought me but it is smaller..I love it.

    Good luck on winning the gift card to buy the tea pot.
    Winner will be chosen by Random Counter on Fri. night, 10 Central. Keep adding comments for more chances...:))

  41. You have an amazing knack for creating artistic vignettes. Lovely.

  42. Lindo Blog !!!!!!!!! Vim convidar para conhecer meu Blog VINTAGE :


  43. Oh Sarah...that tall silver vase is sure found some beautiful stuff!

  44. What FABulous finds, Sarah! I love, love, love old silver trays...have quite a collection myself...what I don't have are the beautiful fern pots and vases you have found...I always look for them but to no avail! Yours are lovely!
    Have a beautiful day~
    ;-D Kathleen

  45. Your silver is just fabulous! What an awesome gallery tray, I have one similar to it and just love it! What a great close up photograph of the engraved intricate details!


  46. Just love the silver fern pot! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Hope you can become a follower too. I have signed up to follow your beautiful blog!

  47. I love all your silver. Makes me want to get all mine cleaned up now.Your pictures are just wonderful.

  48. Hi, Sweet Sarah! WOW, those are some wonderful things! I love them! You hit the jackpot, girl.

    Checking in from exile to say I miss you. I hope to return after the first of September. Lots of craziness here, but so goes life at times. Enjoy the rest of the summer.


    Sheila :-)

  49. You are singing my song... I adore silver and yours is so very beautiful. I love the unmarked vase with the pink lillies! As usual a lovely visit!

  50. Ahhh HA!!! You are a polisher... just kidding!

    I have a violet sitting right here in a really ugly container... I'm going to slip it in a a silver container now with inspiration from YOU..

    I love your brides basket. I have one too but sadly it sits empty...

    I loved this silver post. I'm going to follow you. good stuff here!

  51. You have some beautiful silver pieces. The bridal basket is my favorite, it makes a perfect holder for your fruit, really pretty,Kathysue


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