Saturday, October 19, 2013

Upon My Shelves

This was going to be an outfit post. It really was. I had the outfit all picked out and ready to go. An adorable outfit might I add, involving a 1930s dress. But then my friend called with the bad news that she had a cold and couldn't make our knitting night. So no outfit post. I just really hate to "waste" clothes when I'm not going out.

Instead I tidied up my room and closet a bit. And by "a bit" I mean I did a total overhaul of my closet and reorganized everything. It's not quite done yet but I will try to get pictures when finished. As I was puttering about my room I realized I had never shared any pictures of "the cube". The cube is a bookshelf in my room that holds many of my favourite treasures. Although truth be told, I like to place little "treasures" everywhere (hence the reason my other bookshelves are cluttered with old photos, dried leaves, knick-knacks, and the occasional pinecone).

So without further ado, upon my shelves there is:
A bunch of antique books, a candle snuffer, a doily that belonged to my great grandmother,  a plate that also belonged to her, and a teacup that my grandmother was given as a wedding present in the 1940s. 

More antique books (including "The Sheik" whose story line I absolutely hate but I bought for it's cultural significance), a vintage curling iron, my favourite antique photo (there is just something in her eyes I find haunting), and a pair of bookends that were also given to my grandmother as a wedding gift

This is the "pink shelf". There's a few newer books, a glass hand-painted egg (given to me as a child as a souvenir from one of my grandmothers many trips), an antique teacup, and an antique tea pot I rescued from the cottage. 

Most of the tea-wear on this shelf is modern except for the vintage cow creamer. If you are familiar with the Jeeves and Wooster stories you will know why I desperately wanted a cow creamer. Alas he is not silver, but he matches my teapot.

More books (a mix of old and new), two vintage teacups I received as gifts, and one modern one in a 1930s pattern (that's the one with the pinecone in it. See? Random pinecones).

I actually have no idea what is in the jewelry boxes. I should probably open them sometime and find out...  I really love the little sailor bird. I wanted him for ages and finally treated myself as a graduation gift to myself.

Isn't he too cute?!

More books (yes, yes I have a wee bit of a book addiction), another antique teacup, a vintage pair of evening gloves, an antique bottle found during renovations (with a dried peony from our garden), and a picture of a women who is somehow related to me. She may be my great-great grandmother but I'm not entirely sure. The photo is still in it's original frame.

Thifted cat, antique teacup (also from my grandmother), a few antique books, another teapot, and some fancy sugar cubes.

The bottom shelves hold little of interest (mainly hat boxes), except this one which stores my vintage galoshes, a teapot (gift from Britt) which sits upon a beautiful purple/grey rock slice, and a book about the Art Deco movement.
So there we have it. An in-depth look at some of my shelves. I hope that wasn't too boring. I know I always enjoy looking into peoples personal spaces. Rooms say a lot about the people that inhabit them. Do you have a spot where you display your treasures?

I hope everyone is having a great weekend.
That's All.


  1. Hi Kate, greetings from Northern Ontario. I'm just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

    1. Thank you very much! I will definitely go and check out your blog.

  2. I think this is a super post, I really enjoyed looking at your shelves. You have created some lovely displays. It is nice to see the tea cups out rather than being in a cupboard, I need to do that with some of mine. I like the old books and tea cups together. I have my grandparents glass fronted cabinet so that is one place I have my little displays.

  3. You have some terrifically pretty treasures, sweet Kate. I love the little scenes you've made on your shelves, they're each wonderful works of art and snapshots of the spirit of the past.

    ♥ Jessica

  4. lovely display I have a few displays but not as many as I'd like, pets tend to make such a mess. I really love the old books


  5. Great displays! I like that each space has their own style, but a recurring tea theme throughout to pull it all together. I have a bookcase I display my neat old treasures on, too. It's about 6' tall, so I can put quite a bit on it. Unfortunately, it's staged neatly for about a week, then piled with notes and other miscellaneous clutter!

  6. I love the look of your shelves. I have always like the touch that Antique Bookends can give a room. I just bought some from Mecox. I got a set for the family room, as well as for each of the bedrooms. They are so pretty and they are really useful.

  7. That teapot, I saw it and realized my mom had the whole set when I was a kid! I had forgotten about it until you posted the pic on here. :)

    Cheryl Harrell