Saturday, May 26, 2012

Parties and To Redo or Not To Redo. That Is the Question :)

Hello, Dear Ones. 
Hope you're all having a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and my sincere thanks to all who have served in our nation's military - past and present.

Last week I didn't attend any parties. 
Can you believe it?
I love all of our parties in Blogland but I feel I need to hang back for a while.
There are so many many parties now and of course I want to come to them all.
I think I've let my partying get in the way of why I started blogging in the first place.
I've read some posts from other blog friends who feel the same way.
Please know I love all of you party hostesses and I'll still be popping in to visit and soaking up the inspiration but just not joining any parties for a while.

Well, enough of that!

To redo or not to redo?
That's an easy question.

 It was time to do a redo on my breakfast room hutch.

 Yard birds hopped up on the top of my hutch to keep watch.
I poked some greens in my little metal Rooster container.

 See this plate? 
I was introduced to a new little thrift shop 
and was told there were some Rooster dishes there calling my name. 
Yep, they were and I brought them home.
Don't you just love the pattern?

The dishes are made by Knowles.
Don't know nuttin' about Knowles but I do knows I loves these cute retro Rooster dishes.

 1 Platter
9 Dinner Plates
7 Salads Plates
5 Dessert Plates 

 Was that a good deal? 
I don't know, but I think so and besides...I love them! :)

 Now if you know me, you know I love my yard birds
 and they've just hopped all over, above and in my hutch!

I grabbed my little wooded tray, poked down some greens, a handmade tea towel, childhood Roosters Salt and Pepper shakers, and olden rolling pin and a fairly new white Rooster! :)

Now my hutch has been redone for a little while anyway.
Redoing is always fun! :)

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Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Time to Change

Sha na na na, na na na na na, sha na na na na
Sha na na na, na na na na na, sha na na na na

Autumn turns to winter,
And winter turns to spring.
It doesn't go just for seasons you know,
It goes for everything.

The same is true for voices,
When boys begin to grow.
You gotta take a lesson from Mother Nature,
And if you do you'll know.

When it's time to change, then its time to change
Don't fight the tide, come along for the ride, don't you see
When it's time to change, you've got to rearrange
who you are into what you're gonna be.
Sha na na na, na na na na na, sha na na na na
Sha na na na, na na na na na, sha na na na na

Day by day, it's hard to see the changes you've been through
A little bit of living, a little bit of growing all adds up to you
Every boy's a man inside, a girl's a woman too
And if you wanna reach your destiny, here's what you've got to do

Autumn turns to winter,
And winter turns to spring.
It doesn't go just for seasons you know,
It goes for everything.

The same is true for voices,
When boys begin to grow.
You gotta take a lesson from Mother Nature,
And if you do you'll know.
~ sung by The Brady Bunch


  1. Oh Shelia, I love your hutch and your new dishes are such a find. I think the pattern is wonderful and they look so pretty with all of your roosters. Great price too. Hugs, Marty

  2. I love the hutch redo and you can't have too many barnyard friends as far as I'm concerned. The dishes are so cute and at a good price. thanks for adding that Brady Bunch song, I've always liked it.

  3. Hi Sheila,
    I love your redo and I always enjoy seeing roosters. You always have something lovely to share with us. Have a delightful Memorial Day weekend.


  4. Now those are some unique and terrific looking rooster dishes! Love that weathervane design! What a lucky find!

  5. YES you got a great deal and on ROO's too.. You lucky duck- ok Roosweetie lol...

    Your hutch looks mighty pretty and I hope you get a lot of joy from it- I sure did..


  6. I so agree with you, Shelia, on the 'parties'. I only occasionally now participate as they are not the reason I came to bloggyville, either.

    We sold lots of Knowles china & this bit of history is really intersting to share with you ~
    Edwin M. Knowles ( 1869-1943) was the son of Isaac Watt Knowles (1819-1902), a founder and partner of the firm Knowles, Taylor, and Knowles Co., which by the turn of the century had become the largest pottery in the world.

    Edwin Knowles' father had helped pioneer many inventions that revolutionized American dinnerware manufacture.
    Edwin M. Knowles entered the pottery business after receiving his education at Allegheny College and Harvard University. He took control of the Potters Supply Company of East Liverpool, Ohio in 1890. By 1900, he became founder and president of the Knowles China Company, which soon changed its name to the Edwin M. Knowles China Co.

    The Knowles facility, located in Chester, West Virginia, was described as a "model plant of the highest order." Edwin Knowles determined that his firm would manufacture only the finest semi-vitreous ware. One year later, product from the plant was lauded by the Crockery and Glass Journal as the highest grade ware: "weight is light, its finish the finest, its shapes graceful, its decorations artistic, and its body and quality most durable." Knowles' reputation for creating quality product became known throughout the industry. Demand for Knowles product grew. It wasn't long thereafter that plant No. 2 was erected, just two miles south of plant No. 1 along the Ohio River in Chester, West Virginia in Newell, West Virginia.

    By November 1930 production had been at its best since the ending of the World War. The number of workers at this time was about 725 and by March 1931, with business still improving, employment was reported at about 600 workers. The firm consolidated its manufacture at the Newell factory, selling its Chester, West Virginia plant to the Harker Pottery in 1931. Vincent Broomhall (1906-1991) became the firm's art director in 1935. The deco-modern Yorktown dinnerware was introduced in 1936. The line was characterized by many circular ridges or terraces, a common design feature at this time.

    A full-featured line of kitchenware accessories was introduced by the company in 1938. Designed by Vincent Broomhall, it was said to be modern and promoted the space-saving concept in the kitchen. The ware, available in seven colors that could be mixed and matched, was said to be in colors jointly adopted by retail organizations.

    The company introduced its new shape in 1939. Potomac was said to combine "Colonial grace with modern simplicity". Patterns on the shape would be in "The American Tradition", with themes from early American to American modern.

    Please join me in praying for those that are serving our country & those that have gone before us.
    TTFN ~
    Happy holiday weekend ~

  7. Sheila,

    Hope you are having a wonderful day! I love your roosters! And I would say you got a fabulous deal on your dishes.

    Lookin' great!!

  8. Shelia I love those plates and YES you got a great deal on them! Your hutch is looking so happy and cute! I am so glad to hear someone say that about the parties...I've been slowing getting out of most of them...I can't join them all and one post with a list of 10 or more parties on it seems silly to me. Like you it's not why I blog. I will still join in the occasional party that fits with my post but I'm cutting back on them also. I just need to get brave enough to say it on my blog! Big Hugs to you! Linda

  9. Oh Shelia, I am weary and sometimes blogging feels more like a job than a fun past time for me. I think I will be cutting back, as I am guilty as charged with joining parties every week. I do look forward to them, and without them how would people know we were even around? Then that makes blogging pointless to me. I enjoy interaction, not just "showing my stuff off". Maybe cause I don't have much stuff, which suited me just fine til, you guessed it! Started blogging!! Oh well. I will sort it out but I am glad it is not just me feeling this way. I read a post somewhere where the author was rather nasty, she said something to the effect that some people "bring nothing interesting or special" to the party, well that ticked me off and I am glad I never did join that particular one. Some hostesses never, ever acknowledge you. That really ticks me off. I think once a month is fine for a linky party, the foodie ones well we do eat every day! Sorry to ramble on, dear Shelia! Have a wonderful week and I do love your new dishes and all your yard birds. ((hugs)) xo

  10. I agree with you about the parties. Simply too many to keep up with.

  11. Great deal or what!! Love the new dishes and your sweet hutch is even sweeter!!!

    I feel the same as you, I have not joined a party or even blogged anything relevant in more than a month now. It just got to be too much for me. Don't know how the other gals manage it all. Also am getting ready for a major garage sale next month, and am still cleaning the garage out so this can happen!!! Not easy when doing all the work alone, takes so much time and I am not young and agile!!! Years of accumulation and what my kids left behind, you know how that goes!!!

    I agree with what some others have stated about the blogging.....some hosts get nasty and have so many rules about joining, its not worth it for the computer challanged like lost its meaning of just communicating, having fun and sharing ideas.....just my take....



  13. Shelia,
    What a great hutch re~do...truly something to crow about! Your roosters are adorable! Love the salt & peppers with your cute tea towel! You dishes are quite a bargain!!!

  14. Your hutch itself is very pretty but I also love your new dishes.

  15. Hi Shelia,
    I love your redo....a girl can never have too many chickies.

    As for the blog parties, I keep my list short and usually just do a few and that is if the post I'm doing fits the party theme.
    It can be daunting to keep up with all of them.


  16. There certainly are a lot of parties out there! I quit looking for new ones and just join up with my favorites that I like to peruse for ideas. Otherwise my mind is spinning with all the new things I want to try. My new motto is "Simplify"! Love the new look in your hutch!

  17. Your hutch is charming, Shelia! It's always fun to do a little re-do! Thanks for stopping by !

  18. Redos are always great, Shelia! I've been wanting to redo a hutch,'ve inspired me! It would be fun to know the history of those new olden plates - so cute! Linda

  19. Love your rooster themed hutch. Your dishes are a blast from the past for me. I'm quite sure my aunt had a set of those when I was a child. She's pretty careless and is well known for breaking dishes, so I'd imagine that there's none left in her set.

  20. it has been such a long time since I got over here to visit you...but I am glad to see that nothing here has really changed! You are still a sweetie...and you are still decorating with grace!
    luv ya sis...have a great week

  21. I like how you redid your hutch. You and roosters are like two peas in a pod! That was a great deal on all of those dishes too.

  22. Wow, your hutch does look great and so is the china with the roosters. Also love all the other roosters on the hutch. I'll miss you at the parties so come back soon.

  23. Hi Shelia *hugs*
    LOVELY redo...I can't even imagine getting those beautiful plates for that bargain price!! wow.. Your hutch is looking so you..*hugs*
    I hope you have had a lovely weekend...and wonder whether you got yourself a freezer..*s*...
    hoepfully its not too hot your way either...
    blessings and all good...

  24. Oh Miss Sheila, I love your vintage rooster plates and of course all your other lovely roo's! I totally understand the party thingy, I am getting dragged out myself, and now that my boys will be out of school in a few days, I will have to cut back on a lot of things.

  25. The yard birds are fabulous, Shelia!

    I understand your backing away from the parties for a bit. I have cut back some too.

    Thanks so much for your comment about Miss Xanti's engagement. She does indeed seem so young(22)! The wedding date is about two years away, at least that is the present plan. Kyle just received his Bachelors in Biblical Studies at SW Baptist on the other side of Missouri. This Fall he is off to Kansas City and Seminary! Xanti is full of ideas and plans for the wedding. She is including G'ma Pat in the process. We keep Pinterest going, that is for sure!

  26. Shelia, your yard bird plates are lovely! I would have never thought to show off with the rolling pin, but it works and I like it. Great redo!

  27. I love your yard birds! These plates look so vintage. What fun. And I so understand what you are saying about the parties. I love the tea parties and the thrifting parties, but I am sometimes wondering if I should just close my blog. It seems like unless I am attached to a party, I'm not sure anyone stops by. sniff, sniff.........

    Jocelyn @

  28. I love how you always re-do your hutch and make it into a whole new look!!
    I loved everyone you've done and this one is just so charming!
    I understand about the blog parties, they do get overwhelming at times!
    Hugs dear,

  29. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving your sweet comment. I love your hutch redo. Roosters are a favorite of mine too. Your plates are darling and I think they were a great deal!

  30. Cock a doodle doo!!!!!!!!!!
    Nice job. It is always fun to change things up and find new things.
    I don't party...well I PARTY
    but not blog party...I don't do any of those "link" things.
    not my bag

  31. YOu hutch is a regular roost! I just love all the yard bird touches!!!! It looks splendid!

  32. Shelia, you are always so clever and so very creative! You come up with some truly awesome looks! Love your adorable plates and that planter on top of your hutch, just great! Great post, sweetie!

  33. I love your hutch redo!! Believe me dear, you got a fabulous deal. My kitchen is roosters and chickens. I have several sitting around and pictures, etc., but, I'm thinking since we no longer live out in the country in Missouri, but have moved to Phoenix, AZ, it's time to make a change. I see what you've got there and I'm in love with chickens again. What to do, what to do.

  34. Love the rooster plates! I've never run across these in my thriftin'! What a wonderful deal on them, too! Your display of yard birds looks fabulous! :)

  35. Goodness friend it has been too long since I have been over! Life has a way of making me very busy sometimes but do love it!

    Your hutch looks so sweet! I need some redoing on alot of my pieces! I barely get them dusted these days no less rearranged! So do all those roosters keep you up with all their crowing about?:)
    What a darling set of dishes you found! I hadn't seen that pattern before.

    bee blessed

  36. Just love your hutch and all the cute things you put on it. It all looks so cozy and cute. I agree with you, I have not been to any parties lately either. I have so many things to do, and so little time. Thanks for sharing so much and being such an inspiration. Hugs, Karie

  37. Yes! I'd say you got a deal on those retro plates. How perfect they are in your hutch filled with yard birds. Love that red handled rolling pin too. laurie

  38. Yes, you got an awesome deal! Your little hutch looks great holding your new find. (I think we have the same white rooster - if not they are kissin cousins!)


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