This cabinet resides in my dining-room. It has a lot of hand carving and is massive, to say the least. It could use some TLC. We tried to sell it a while back, but you just have to have the room for it. It is made up of three sections, top, bottom, and a marble slab in between. It is stuffed, (and I mean stuffed), with various china, cups, silver, and collectibles. You can see the spill over onto the top. Steven loves this piece. I need to clean it out, sort, and get ready. You see I want to host a tea. Goodness knows I have enough things for one (okay, maybe a few). This is one of *3* cabinets in the room, which is a large dining-room. Our home used to be a Parsonage for the Church next door. While the kitchen is small, but efficient, the dining-room is quite large. There are four windows, lovely oak french doors and the kitchen door in it also. My table seats up to 8 quite comfortably, but could seat a couple more in a pinch.
For now though we I will just share this cabinet.....I will show you a peek at the middle section, behind the glass. I would show you behind the closed doors but I have so much stacked and packed in there, well it isn't pretty. So let's just look at some of the things behind the glass doors. Let's start with the Tea pot, it was for sale at my friends garage sale for $5.00 (it has a chipped spout). So you can imagine how surprised I was when two years later, walking along at a flea market, I spied the creamer and sugar bowl! They were not very much, as the sugar bowl has a chip on it also, but they were so pretty and what a happy find. The bird in the back is one of my "flamingo's" from a set of them. My one main collections has been these "shiny birds". I have packed many away, but have again filled a cabinet in the front room with them (I will share that another time).
This is the bottom shelf and you see here a small sampling of my collection. Even though I china paint I love collecting the works of others. I seem to go on tangents, I collect bits of painted china, glass cake plates, old silver pieces.... but I will always collect my birds.
Two little boyd bears sit atop my tarnished tea set. I need to get busy and polish it up, that is if I plan to have a tea soon.
See the pretty painted casserole? My friend Cathy Teller painted it for me one Christmas. I love receiving her painted pieces, they are so pretty and well done. The blue salt shaker (Steven broke the pepper) was painted by me. There is the tiny cruet set I got from my neighbor across the street before she moved. I love heating water for tea, or serving coffer from this old percolator.So there it is, just something to share. I love seeing old things and collections and thought it was time to share a little bit of mine. I hope you found it interesting, and perhaps I will share the contents of the other cabinets at another time.