Thursday, February 9, 2012

So I Collect Silver Now?

Have you noticed that since you started reading decor blogs you have starting buying things you normally wouldn't?  Please tell me it's not just me.  I have really tried to stop doing this but sometimes I can't help myself.  (I have had a cheese dome in my closet for the last year that I have done nothing with). 

I went to the local thrift store this week on my one hour lunch break because I just needed a little me time.  A little creative time out.
(serious photo manipulation going on here, hmm what am I trying to hide? keep reading)

I spotted this silver gravy boat and I thought, this looks like something Robin would buy, she would love this.  

Previously I wouldn't have noticed this kind of stuff because I didn't see how it could fit into my decor.  But Robin makes me want to try to work a little silver into my life.  

So who's Robin?  Robin writes a blog that I follow called Happy at Home and she creates the most beautiful vignettes.  

As soon as I could I emailed her and asked if I could show my readers some of her beautiful photographs. She said of Yes! Here's some of her photos.

Isn't that silver pitcher to die for? 

I love how she mixes in the silver with white ironstone and rustic frames.

So when did I start channeling my inner Robin, I don't know.  It's all her fault though.  

So now for the confession.  I was so excited to find this fabulous piece that I didn't notice what rough shape it was in. Not that I had any idea what to look for.  When I got home and showed it to the hubby all excited he took one look at it and said that is silver plated look at the green it's probably copper underneath.  (thanks Mr smarty pants) Green what green?? Oh well I don't care if it's only silver plated I mean it was $3.97 but then I started to clean it and uh oh, some serious copper coming through and those rough spots with the green, they don't come off.  I googled for a solution, everything says with damage that severe it would have to be re-dipped.   

It's really bad. You were wondering how I didn't notice aren't you.  Well it was really really tarnished this is after I cleaned it.

Of course now I was mad at the darn thing and didn't want to look at it anymore. 

The next morning I woke up and took one look at it and decided I like it anyways, It is just gonna sit on shelf after all. tarnishing more. It doesn't have to be perfect.  I'll just put it on a high shelf.

Funny I have a glitter house next to it, Robin is obsessed with glitter houses.  I bought mine five years ago for our wedding.  We were married in a Mountain Lodge in January with tons of snow and it reminds me of the place.  I took it out for Christmas and left it out because I thought it would be perfect with our wedding photo on the Valentines Mantle.

Thanks Robin for inspiring my new addiction! 

So do you collect silver pieces? Any secrets for improving the finish for cheap? Would you keep a piece that is this bad or chuck it?     

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Katie @ Wildwood Creek said...

Yes, I find that I am loving all things silver. You might want to try silver Rub 'n Buff; that stuff is magical.

Katie Goldsworthy said...

Haha. Yep, I know exactly what you're talking about!

@ Creatively Living

Jackie Ross said...

Mimi, Don't worry about a little damage - it just adds character! I have some pieces that my Mom left me. Some strolling, some pewter, some ? I have them sitting in one of my windows in groupings of 3 - teapot, sugar, creamer. I'll take a picture sometime and share. Have fun!

Alicia @ Sweet Ava Kate said...

Yes, yes and YES! I have totally started buying things that I normally wouldn't... silver being one of them! I can't seem to walk away from things that I think I might use in a bookcase (like Robin's). It's weird what I notice now, that I didn't pay attention to before blogging and pinning! Her bookcase photo has inspired me. I have similar things; I just love how she's displayed them! I'm heading over to check her out! Great post, Mimi! Thanks for sharing!

Robin said...

Oh no your not the only one. I'm completely guilty of it too! It's one the best thing about blogging I think. Novice decorators like me can learn so much! One area I know for a fact that blogging has changed me is in layering. It use to be that I'd place a simple pitcher filled with flowers on the table and call it a day. Theses days I'll place that same flower filled pitcher on a platter -- which makes it look even better I think. All thanks to blogging. LOL!

Mimi you have a great find. I love, love, love it. You know how much I like gravy boats but this on is fabulous. It's curves, it's handle and its base. I still don't have one like that!

I'm happy you decided to go ahead and use it even though it has a couple spots showing through. In the end it really doesn't matter, it just adds another layer of contrast. I have a few peices like that too. When it's really bugging me I'll just turn it to the good side to display it. More often that not, I don't even see the "bad" spots since I love the piece too much to worry about it.

Your so very sweet to give me and my blog such a wonderful shout out. Thanks so much, It's very much appreciated. Now I need to channel a little Mimi and build a coffee table I've been wanting for a couple months. We all know your the best builder around. I may have to ask you for a couple tips.

anangloinquebec said...

Well I have always had a love on for silver but it has become an issue for me when I think of white pottery! Problem is I do not have space for collecting!

Dirt Princess said...

I do love silver...I love it better when I don't have to polish that look is great ;-)

I finally got my new website up. Check me out when you get a chance

Jodie said...

You inspired me. I'm breaking out all the silver I have in my attic. I should use these pieces right? They have sentimental value since the pieces belonged to my mom and my mother-in-law.

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