Sunday, October 19, 2014

Going Urban In San Francisco


I had the best cappuccino I have ever had (really) at the Bar Norcini in downtown San Francisco. Forget about staying downtown if you need quiet. But once in a while the rush and clang may be just what you need to get your blood and brain moving again. Believe it or not, even my 93 year old MIL enjoyed the change of pace for a quick weekend.




Just a quick fortification before heading out of the hotel lobby of the Villa Florence near Market and Powell streets, the heart of the shopping district and lots more.





We perch at a table near the window to rub elbows with the "beautiful people" on the other side, and to see all the street action: buses, taxi's, cable cars, and the stream of pedestrians floating by as mesmerizing as fish in an aquarium at all hours of the day and night.




Public transit takes you anywhere you want to go. Just be sure not to be in a hurry. Powell street has only two lanes to accomodate all that urban action.





















We stepped off of the street (and out of the construction) to pop into the Crate and Barrel around the corner.




We have no Crate and Barrel where we live so I found it a treat. Here are some things that caught my eye.










Always fun to see the seasonal displays. . . .








I like their faux fall flora better than anybody's.








Acres of dishware. . . .









Tons of halloween fun.




And TONS of classic white to go with everthing. . . .

















I loved these smooth and hefty soup bowls with the handles.




Mountains of great looking cooking stuff.












I found this fantastic Eiffel Tower candy dish (the top lifts off) on the gift aisle.




I want to try out this Dark & Stormy candle.




An island of serenity amid the chaos just outside the window.









Love these linens!




But time to head out. . . .
Always tons more to see in the big city!

Thanks so much for stopping by for a look!
Hope you have a great week ahead!

Jacqueline






Thursday, October 16, 2014

More Brown Transferware











By now you may know how much I love this stuff. Brown transferware. So you might imagine how thrilled I was to find a few matching pieces scattered around for very little money at a not-too-promising flea market recently. 





The pieces weren't displayed together so I got a little jolt every time another one popped up, each one more special than the last.




The saucer was fifty cents. The two dinner plates, inexplicably, two different prices for a total of less than four dollars.





When I moved a little farther on and found a matching major piece I began a fevered hunt for more  and was not disappointed. 










I have never seen this ironstone pattern before. But the unmarked pieces confirm that they are very old. And the details are wonderful. (Love this square platter!)





None of the items in this collection were more than seven dollars each. No wonder I am such a dish addict!!!





So perfect to display for fall. . . .  





A tureen with its lid!





This darling little biscuit jar may be my new favorite.





The pretty little lid is different on each side. . . .










I find the small pattern differences simply enchanting.










It seems these unassuming companions have lived together a long time. I wonder how many others were snapped up before I arrived on the scene with my twenty dollars! (I'll try not to focus on that!)






For now they are enjoying life on my dining room table where they are as cheery as a fresh bouquet of flowers. . . .






















I hope it's a beautiful fall week for you!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Jacqueline





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