I was perusing in my favorite thrift store last night, when I saw 6 gorgeous Wexford Plaid appetizer bowls from 222 Fifth. Then I had a thought: why not make an Old World Valentine’s Day vignette with a mixture of plaid patterns? I surely had enough stuff lying around to work with. I decided to style my curio cabinet (for once). I’m short, so I usually avoid decorating my taller pieces of furniture. However, I needed to use a place where I could lean, rather than hang, my Old World mirror. That is how the Old World Platters and Plaid Valentine’s Day Vignette was formed on top of my curio cabinet. I might have to style it more often in the future!
I had several platters in mind before I even left the store. I wanted to pull in the turquoise/teal and berry that dominates the palette of our little cottage. Italian Roma pink spongeware and teal Ruskin Crown Pottery transferware platters anchored the vignette from the start. Crown Pottery was opened in Indiana-during the latter half of the 19th century-by an English immigrant. Read about it here.
Then, I just had to slip in a $6 Old World mirror I found at Goodwill. It provided some height variation to my display (If you look closely you can see my glitter phone case in the mirror).
I filled one blue Mason jar with red roses, and another with some plaid roses I bought for 9 cents per floral pick at an after Christmas sale.
The 222 5th Wexford Tartan appetizer bowls were the inspiration and stars of my vignette show. I set them askew and filled them with shiny, bright, pink ornaments.
When I was first married (around 30 years ago), I had one of those tiny cactuses with the orange sphere on top. The orange part rotted, because I over-watered it. The only cactus I’ve had since is a Christmas cactus we brought home from my husband’s holiday work party last year. Last week, I chose to forget my tragic cactus past, and bought a very cute spiny one from the Walmart garden section. I planted it inside a Valentine flower pot that I painted in 1997. To my knowledge, the little flower pot had never housed a plant. I’ve always put candy or scent chips inside of it before.
One of my winter themes this year has been angels. I found this cute and funny 1976 Fitz and Floyd set of kissing angels while thrifting. I like using white figures alongside busy patterns. Their lack of color makes them pop against the background.
I cut a swatch of wool plaid, and made a valentine heart garland from felt, ribbon, and wooden buttons. To make your own, cut 4 hearts from felt with a pair of pinking shears. Hot glue them onto a heart ribbon that has been knotted at both ends. Embellish by gluing on wooden heart buttons. I cut a small slit in the middle of my hearts to resemble a button hole, but that step is not necessary.
I hope you enjoyed my Old World Plaid and Platters Valentine’s Day Vignette.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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