Thursday, April 4, 2013

Still moved...

If you're reading this, you're missing out! 

Did you know that in the past week I redecorated Grandma's Table for Spring... gave Google the snarky smack-down they deserved on Easter Sunday... gave a photo tour of some fabulous rusty junk that I found - FOUND! - in my yard... and shared even more lovely vintage thrifty treasures? It's true, but I didn't blog about these things HERE... I blogged about them over at the Piglet's new home on the web at  Please click over to the new site and re-subscribe so you don't miss a single post! Because really, who could bear it if they missed reading about the rusty junk in my yard?? 

Friday, March 29, 2013

We've moved!

It's official: The Painted Piglet has moved to its own domain name on the Internet and henceforth can be found at:

I am still working on a few issues having to do with bringing Friends and Followers over from the Blogger blog (this one). For one thing, I won't be able to carry over the "Google Friend Connect" feature. Google no longer offers this tool for non-Blogger blogs. 

So if you are one of the 13 lovely people who gets Piglet updates via GFC, I really hope and pray that you will find a new way to keep up with me! I am researching what these options might be, but the best way will probably be via the RSS Feed which is now tied to the new domain name. 

Related: if you follow using RSS Feeds, you probably know that Google Reader is going away in July. I have just discovered what looks like a nice, simple alternative, called  The Old Reader. I'm currently testing it out and will report back soon! 

Thank you for reading - please head on over to for the latest posts! 

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Monday, March 25, 2013

I'm moving!

Well okay, I'm not MOVING as in, moving to a new house. But The Painted Piglet is moving to a new "house" on the internet! I spent literally my entire weekend on this project, and there is more work to be done, but I am very excited and the whole thing will "officially" take place soon, so stay tuned! 

Meanwhile, you might remember that a couple of weeks ago I launched the Painted Piglet vintage store on Etsy. Well, on Friday I sold my first item: a lovely framed needlepoint picture. I was thrilled to have sold it... but even more thrilled when I realized it was going to Sharon at C'est Chouette Home. Seriously, have you SEEN the amazing pillows she creates from heirloom needlepoint? She confirmed for me that indeed, she plans to make a pillow out of the piece she bought from me - I can't wait to see it! By the way, I've also added a few of my Rose Chintz pieces to the Etsy store - so if you're in the market for this pattern I hope you'll take a look! 

That's it for now, I'll have more soon! 

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Gathering mode

I must be in "gathering mode" - I've been shopping like crazy, hitting the thrift stores and hunting down bargains on Ebay, and having absolutely wonderful luck! (I consider myself lucky that in addition to having the "hording gene," I also seem to have the "purging gene." I can be brutal in getting rid of stuff - do NOT hire me to clean out your stash!) I'm so excited to show you some of my recent finds!

First, after last week's encounter with a local Ebay seller who had some beautiful Rose Chintz plates, I stumbled upon another auction for over 60 pieces of this lovely pattern - all with what I believe to be the original vintage backstamp. A few items were listed as chipped or cracked, but most of the lot was to be in good condition - so I held my breath and took the plunge as the first bidder, and won! A very large box arrived for me on Saturday, and it contained my Rose Chintz treasure: 

Now all of this is not for me - I will be keeping a few pieces, and offering the rest for sale as soon as I can go through it all, touch each piece, look for chips, cracks, etc. - but by and large, it seems the auction description was spot-on with only a few pieces that are truly unusable. (But even those would make lovely props in a vintage vignette!) I am thrilled! 

Also from Ebay were a large lot of colorful cloth napkins - some for crafting and some for the table: 

And this pretty little original oil painting featuring a bold red teapot and dainty green cup. It's only 8 x 6 inches in size, and I'm now on the hunt for a suitable frame: 

This auction was also a great deal: a bargain price for a set of 6 dinner plates in Homer Laughlin Eggshell Georgian "Countess," free shipping, and a motivated seller who accepted my "best offer" AND even sent me one extra plate! I am IN. LOVE. with this pretty, pretty pattern! 

Next up are the thrift-store finds. I nabbed this sweet serving bowl for just 79 cents at the Goodwill: 

And I paid just under $20 total for these three treasures at my favorite antique mall, the Brass Armadillo, where it was 15 percent off day!  

Here they are in closeup - first, a sweet little bust standing about 10 inches high. I had one of these years ago but it got broken and I've been looking almost 10 years for a replacement at a great price.  

Next, a pair of white bread plates in mulberry transferware - and the most informative backstamp I've ever seen! I'm now on a mission to learn more about Miss Clarice Cliff - it seems she was more of an art deco designer for various English potteries, and did not like these formal "transferware" patterns. I, however, simply love them - especially in red or mulberry.  

Finally - this pretty table runner in Spring hues of pink, lavender and soft gray. I think this may find its way into the next vignette on Grandma's table!  

Whew!! That's been my fun for the past week - oh! And, I have finally taken the plunge and put a few things into an Etsy shop! You can find it here:  All dishes for right now, but working on expanding as fast as I can! 

I hope you have had some moments of thrifty joy this week - what have you found lately that you absolutely love?? 

More soon,

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Taking time to turn the pages

Okay I admit it - here we are a week before St. Patrick's Day and I've just now gotten 'round to decorating Grandma's table. That's because I absolutely fell in love with the Valentines version, and I didn't want to put away the little tic-tac-toe set! 

But I finally decided to change it up, and here is the new arrangement:

The book is a little over-whelming, perhaps, but it completely deserves center stage because it's absolutely stunning. More on that in a moment. 

I don't have (and didn't want) a lot of the traditional St. Paddy's decorations... I'll be honest, Leprechauns kind of give me the creeps ;)  Shamrocks are pretty but I felt like a vintage version would be better suited for the look I wanted. So I decided to just go for a green-and-white theme. 

Here is the little grouping just behind the book to the upper left in the picture: 

I've used my two green fluted vases found on a recent thrifting adventure, along with some Dollar Store silk carnations: 

And a tiny print courtesy of The Graphics Fairy in a diminutive silver-toned frame: 

Under the whole setting is this pretty white crocheted table runner - yes, I kept the romantic pink tablecloth (I couldn't bear to put it away!) but decided to try to mask it for my green-and-white tribute to the Emerald Isle. The pretty hanky also picks up the green-and-white theme, while lending a touch of pink. 

Around the other side of the table, we have the omni-present Mr. Duck...

In front of another pretty print from The Graphics Fairy. I thought this Irish girl was lovely! 

The book I'm using for this display is a real treasure - I picked it up in the bargain section at Barnes & Noble recently: Castles of Britain and Ireland, by Rodney Castleden (no pun intended, I'm sure!). 

It's hard to get a good shot of an open page because of the lighting, but it features beautiful photography and a bit of informational text about the centuries-old castles of England, Scotland, Wales, & Ireland. This spread shows Cashel Castle, a.k.a. The Rock of Cashel or The Rock of St. Patrick. 

The book is a little more in proportion to the table when it's closed, but having it open encourages one to flip through the pages - which I otherwise might forget to do! 

I'll be linking this happy little table to Marty's Tabletop Tuesday party over at A Stroll Thru Life! 

More soon, 

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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Featured at Dollar Store Crafts!

What a nice little surprise this week to discover that my "quick, cute centerpiece" project had been featured over at the Dollar Store Crafts blog

I had entered the project in the "30-minute Challenge" contest, and although I didn't win it's quite a thrill to see one of my projects "up in lights" at a blog filled with such creative projects! Wondering who won the Challenge? It's Suzi from Suzi's Crafts, who shared a cute, colorful night light cover

More soon,

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Swooning over Johnson Brothers Rose Chintz

Remember my happy little tale about acquiring Old Country Roses last Fall? Well I am SO excited to report that today I had a similar experience with Rose Chintz by Johnson Brothers!

Here's what happened: This morning, while procrastinating during "get ready for work time," I noticed an Ebay auction for dinner plates in Rose Chintz, another pattern I have been really in love with but slow to collect. The auction showed three dinner plates available for a reasonable price per piece. The downfall, as always, was the additional shipping cost, which made the total more than I wanted to spend. 

But I did wonder what the combined shipping would for all three pieces together, so I set out to "ask seller a question." In doing that - SURPRISE! I learned that the seller was actually local - so, I quickly messaged her to see if she would allow me to pick the plates up in person and avoid the shipping charges, and she said yes! Suddenly, the price for all three plates was well within my budget AND I could make arrangements to meet up with her and get them this very day! 

I completed the purchase through Ebay, but didn't pay right away. Instead, I met this delightful gal in a grocery store parking lot and traded cash-for-plates. (I wonder if any law enforcement officials took photographs? LOL) So now I have three dinner plates and four dessert plates in this classic Johnson Brothers pattern. 

It's probably kind of silly to get this excited over dishes... but here was the message I posted on Twitter just before I set out to pick up my treasure: 

Squeeee indeed! 

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