Tuesday, December 7, 2010

~Tuesday Display Chain~Winter Whites~

Each Tuesday Misi, of Gable House Musings, chooses a theme and invites bloggers to play along with her "Tuesday Display Chain" by featuring items from their collections. The theme this week is Winter Whites.

This theme was a challenge for me as my decorating style tends to be a bit on the dark and somber side. I've tried, really I have...to go with a more neutral pallet, but the truth is I just can't resist mixing in splashes of reds and blues. These are the things my eye (and heart) are drawn to.

Still, I was able to find a few little of puddles of light...

When my boys were small we made an entire village using chipboard, glue and instructions from Martha Stewart LIVING magazine. I cut all the pieces, they painted and glittered. The little white church is  always at the center of our display.
I found two pairs of these cotton lace stockings at an estate sale. Just look at the beautiful workmanship. Click on the photo for a better view of the lace patterns. I can't imagine wearing these, can you?
This lone baby sock, from the same time period, was found in a box of "junque" I brought home.
I love the textures of the linen, cotton lace and the old glass next to each other.
A simple ironstone bowl perched high on a shelf of the buttery.

Turn of the century stockings, and mercury glass beads, hang in the back hall.

A precious little bell from my Grandma Beulah's tree.
A closer view of that beautiful cotton lace.

A snowman, desperately in need of a makeover. He used to be an angel...but tells me he would prefer a top hat & something festive to hold in his icy little hands.
Old glass against a child's calico dress.
And for those of us who are not fans of the white stuff (I'm speaking of snow here), this plate of orange pomanders, studded with cloves, adds a bit of winter sunshine to a corner of the buttery.
See the other Tuesday Display Chain participants at: http://1890gablehousemusings.blogspot.com/

Until next time...


  1. Beautiful photos, Rhonda - love, love, LOVE the stockings and mercury glass beads! Have a wonderful Tuesday - Tanya

  2. Just love them all... Love the bead garland with the stockings! OLM

  3. You have a lot of great whites!!!! Love all the stockings!

    Carmen and the Primcats

  4. It looks so festive around your house! It really gets me into the holiday spirit. I have always loved those little decorated cardboard village houses.

  5. Love the old linens and stockings.I think you and I handled this well Rhonda we can't help if we are drab.LoL..Thanks for sharing.Warm Blessings!~Amy

  6. I love your winter whites..and love how you added the beaded garland and glass ornaments to the display..I must try to use that one..I too did a display today..have a great tuesday.;)

  7. Your whites are so lovely. And the memory attached to the glittery church makes it all the more beautiful. Thanks for sharing.


  8. Rhonda
    Beautiful displays!
    The stockings are a definite eye catcher, beautiful work indeed, I simply love how you displayed them! You added to their beauty!
    thanks for sharing

  9. oh my goodness......I absolutely LOVE everyone of your beautiful pictures.....your displays are awesome my friend............blessings~Denise

  10. The Mercury glass and the snowy roof top houses are such a wonderful display for VINTAGE Winters White!! My favorite memories are Christmases spent decorating with these ....i lost my collection in the move to this farmhouse...I was lazy & left my mercury balls in the glass jars that i displayed them in...and when the movers were finished so where my pretties ;0(....You have inspired me to start recollecting these. Thank you for showing us your B*E*A*U*T*I*F*U*L displays..& thanks for the inspiration sweet gal!

  11. Hi Rhonda,
    Nice to hear from you. Yes I know what you mean about white. But you did a good job of finding some nice pictures. I would have trouble too. My colors are reds and gold and navy. Bright colors to me are loud. Maybe its where I live, need to be cozy. If I lived on the islands or far South, maybe bright colors.
    Are you writing something for the next issue of Mercantile?
    Happy Holidays
    Nancy Jo

  12. I love all of your winter white displays - just beautiful!


  13. Rhonda,
    Vintage clothing is my passion, love your clothing displays with the ornaments, how clever. White stockings are special as you don't find them anymore. Still love your "buttery". I showed it to my husband today, as we made my buttery but had to downsize it to fit my small wall. He mentioned the long wall in the living room and I said already thought of it, ha ha...
    Winter Blessings, love your posts

  14. Your displays are beautiful!!! Can anyone really have too many cloved oranges? I think not!!! I LOVE THEM! Your Dog pictures are priceless!!!! Enjoy your day ~Kimberly

  15. I’m so glad you found my blog so I could find yours. I am in love with your decoartions and that little white church...perfect. I’ve been looking to buy some vintage pieces like that and can’t find them. I never once thought of making them. I remember these from when I was a little girl and just love it.
    Amy at Verde Farm

  16. To thine own heart be true. Merry Christmas.

  17. wonderful socks! and those old calicos too.
    Your dog is so beautiful, reminds me a little of a fox. Must be those ears!

  18. What beautiful displays! I love what you've shown us here, so homespun and sweet! And I see you're a corgi lover...those are the sweetest little dogs!~

  19. I love your decoration with the socks. It is so beautiful!

    Have a wonderful holiday!!!

  20. Those lace stockings are so pretty and I love the house you made with your kids - it's really beautiful!!!

    Gotta love clove spiked oranges!

  21. You have a beautiful blog. Looking forward to future postings. Love the winter whites. Happy Holidays to you. Stay warm! Greetings from Lafayette!...Heidi

  22. Hi Rhonda!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I sooo missed doing the display chains that I missed...oh you have some wonderful winter whites!!! Love the chipboard church you made too!

    I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!

  23. Good morning Rhonda!
    I have been enjoying your blog! Thank you for visiting me!
    I am a fellow hoosier gal myself! Your home is very lovely, and I really like all your displays! Love the snowman!
    Have a Merry Christmas!