Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The "Cajun" Blue and White Lamps

When we moved into this house six years ago, we had only our Dutch lamps. That meant that my hub had to rewire them all to accommodate US electricity. 

The lamp pictured above is not Dutch, and we picked it and its twin up at an antique shop in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. The lamps were two for $60, and that was a bargain. Most large lamps cost at least $100 each. These blue and white beauties were shadeless, but we picked up $10 discount ones at Lowe's. Our intention was to find nicer shades later, but they are still serving their purpose.

Each side of the lamp base has a different design. And the very base is made of wood. They look Portuguese to me, and they are my favorite lamps. One is guarding our Australian piano (above), and the other is on the sideboard in the dining room guarding our Dutch Frisian clock (below). 


Monday, July 22, 2013


A year or so ago I found this spoon rack for a couple of dollars at Treasure City. 

Just the purchase of the rack caused me to start rummaging through drawers and cabinets that contained any small spoon that looked like silver. From the tarnished spoons on the middle and bottom rows, you can see that I have some silver or at least silver-plate spoons.

The top row of coffee/teaspoons are of questionable composition, but they are all from the Bucherer watch company. My former travel guide/hub picked these souvenirs up on his jaunts through Switzerland back in the 1970's. Each little spoon is stamped with the city of origin in Switzerland, so we have a variety. I never noticed that until I got them out for display.

I see one or two non- teaspoons. Can you find them?

Now there are 30 more little cultural relics on display in our dining room!