Trug Love

Hi Everyone 
Happy Friday

English  trugs 

I found this large trug in France and 
I use it every day
great for holding fresh picked flowers or vegetables from the garden
It really is the perfect shape
I found the baby trug in Texas 

It is the cutest trug
Wish I had found it when my daughter was little
so we could have used them together

Trugs are originally made in England and
the design is over 200 years old
I know why it has been so popular
for so long
it is  light weight and easy to carry
and cute too

Here are the two trugs
together on my
garden table
and take a look at my sweet peas too
I have been babying my
sweet peas

I can't believe how amazing they smell
and how beautiful they look in the garden

It is so wonderful to get 
 close to nature 
Wonderful to hear the birds singing, the buzz of the bees
and the hummingbirds too

What a Blessing
to feel the sun on my shoulders and to pull out some weeds
good for the soul

Happy Spring
sending some sunshine to and
linking up with
My Romantic Cottage for Show and Tell Friday
Common Ground for Inspiration Friday
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday 
No Minimalist Here for Open house party

romantic saying for today

"I wish for nothing beyond her smile,and to walk with her thus,
hand in hand along a sun warmed flower bordered path" 
Andre Gide



Romantic Prairie Style

Hi Everyone

Happy Thursday 

I have been  so frustrated with blogspot
I have not been able to get a thumbnail picture
to show up on other peoples blogroll
I have tried everything but I have not been successful...
I was editing in the old editor and was told to try the new editor so this is a test
keeping my fingers crossed
sorry for my rant I am determined to figure this out
any help would be amazing
Most of you know the amazing 
who just came out with her fabulous new book
Romantic Prairie Style

Amazon has a review of the book and it was so unflattering
I am in shock every picture in this book is gorgeous
Please go to Fifi's blog and let her know how much we
the book and the fabulous pictures too

I have been whitening some vintage lace pieces
The best way I have found is to use Biz granules and hot water
I let it sit in the sun for a day and then hand wash and hang dry

I like it to be as~ white~ as possible
This piece is my favorite
all the flowery intricate details

What do you use to whiten vintage lace?

romantic saying for today

"But to see her was to Love her,Love but her and Love her forever"
Robert Burns



Vintage shopping Test #3

Hi Everyone

Happy Wednesday

Are you ready to test your
{ vintage}
shopping skills again today?

I found this Victorian glass treasure in

It has two separate pieces
A tall cylinder and a 3 cup holder
The 3 cup holder goes onto the cylinder and
spins around

I was told this held
3 popular spices
for the table

What do you think this is?

What were those 3 spices ?

If you guessed salt, pepper and mustard
You are right!!
Its a condiment holder

How did you do?

vintage treasures
linking up with
Kathleen at Faded Charm for
White Wednesday
and The Beach Cottage for
Good Life Wednesday

romantic saying for today

"Take away Love and Earth becomes a tomb"

Robert Browning


Cottage Filigree

Hi Everyone

Happy Tuesday


Filigree in this doorway

and the white filigree on this mirror

I added a little white filigree to this mirror

and above the stove

This was my Grandmothers mirror
It was gold and I recently painted it white
the filigree detail
I looked up the definition of filigree
it means....
delicate and intricate ornamentation
It is fun to add a little filigree
like adding lace to a dress
so feminine and romantic
another { cottage } element

linking up with
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
for Tuesdays Treasures
and Kim Klassen for
Texture Tuesday

romantic saying for today

"My Life has become a sunny dawn because of you"



Cottage Design

Hi Everyone
Happy Monday

This is one of my favorite
vintage white baskets

It gets double beauty treatment
sitting in front of the

How was your weekend?
It was a busy weekend for our family filled with baseball games
{in the rain}
a trip to the new farmers market in Del Mar
right by our house
in Flower Hill Mall

It was so fun and
my new favorite place to buy fresh
fruits and vegetables

and chocolate covered strawberry's too

The night blooming jasmine
smells so beautiful
and the
vintage white basket
gives this dining room a very

Even though it was raining off and on all weekend
I had so much fun running around in my wellies and using my umbrella
the saying
Spring Showers bring May flowers

Now for what you all have been waiting for the
of my very first


The lucky random number winner of the French Shopping board and the
One year subscription to
Romantic Homes Magazine
at A Cottage Muse

Thank You to all of you who participated

I am linking up with
The House in the Roses
Show off your Cottage Monday

My thumbnail picture is not showing up on the blogroll
anyone know why?

romantic saying for today

"What I do and What I dream
include thee as the wine must taste of its own grapes"

Elizabeth Barret Browning



Collecting White Ironstone

Hi Everyone

Happy Weekend

What do You collect?

I was recently asked why I collect
White Ironstone

I have been passionately collecting it for three decades
When I find a new piece I still get that little thrill of the hunt
its timeless charm
that each piece has its own creamy white shade
the history and the durability

Vintage White Ironstone is so
versatile it goes with every decor
it holds its value from year to year and never goes out of style

Yesterday was
a fun day
I had special guests at the house
it was wonderful to dress
up with some beautiful flowers

This is my favorite vintage white ironstone pitcher
looking beautiful with
roses and hydrangeas

the look of
vintage white ironstone
in my kitchen

Roses were at the door greeting the guests hanging in a old jar

Roses in a white enamelware pitcher
This week was special for Rachel Ashwell too
the grand opening of her
Bed and Breakfast

It is so adorable and I am sure
and maybe a few pieces of
vintage white ironstone
were there to greet the lucky people
who were there for the grand opening..
check out her blog for more pretty pictures

{don't forget to enter my giveaway}
linking up with
French Country Cottage
Feathered Nest Friday
& Inspiration Friday
At the picket fence
& Inspiration Friday at
Common Ground
& Show and tell Friday
at My Romantic Home

How sweet the sound for
Pink Saturday
Funky Junk

romantic saying for today

"Love is like pi~natural,irrational and very important "

Lisa Huffman



Kitchen Marble

Hi Everyone

Happy Wednesday

When we bought this house
I wanted to put in
marble counter tops
But the budget was limited so I went with simple white tile instead
now I am grateful
{ Love }
the tile and I get the best of both worlds with
marble pieces like this lovely lazy susan and mortar and pestle
{which always reminds me of Julia Child}

This large lazy susan sits in the middle of the counter
always looking pretty
I use it everyday

White and Grey
marble or Carrera marble
has an old world timeless charm
Vintage Marble pieces in the kitchen
are my new favorite treasure

I am linking up with
Faded Charm
for White Wednesday and
The Beach Cottage for Good Life Wednesday and
Savy Southern style for Wow us Wednesdays
~don't forget to sign up for my giveaway~

romantic saying for today

"Love is like dew that falls on both Nettles and Lillie's"

Swedish Proverb



French Shopping Romantic Homes magazine giveaway


Hi Everyone
Happy Tuesday

Thank You to all of you who voted at the
Circle of Mom's Top 25
congratulations to everyone
who participated
a special Thank You to my Husband
my daughter and her sorority sisters
our Church family, my Bible study friends
face book friends, SFC friends and all of
for your support.

I am Blessed to have such
amazing friends and family

~ grateful~

So to say Thank You I am having my very first
~Give Away~

I found this adorable shopping board
It is in French
and will help you with your shopping list
you just point the arrow to the items you need
cafe, pate a tartiner, bonbons?
this would be a great way to learn french too
and a year subscription to Romantic Homes Magazine
because I am a born romantic at heart

So the rules are simple

1. Please become a follower
2.Leave me a comment to let me know you follow
3.If you post about this giveaway or put it on your sidebar
please comment again for {more chances}
4 If you tweet or like White Ironstone Cottage on face book you get another chance

The giveaway ends Sunday March 27th

The winner will be announced on
Monday March 28th

Good Luck
linking up for Tuesdays Treasures
at http://www.myuncommonsliceofsuburbia.blogspot.com/

romantic saying for today

"Do everything with so much love in your heart
that you would never want to do it any other way"


Painted White Floor

Hi Everyone

Happy Monday

Yesterday was the first day of Spring
and it was a busy day at our home
Over the past week I decided to remove the old ugly carpet in the bedroom
after looking at pictures like these...

Painted white floors
look so calm and serene even
with different colors on the walls
both the soft green and the pale blue

via country living
Such beautiful inspiration
So over the weekend my
wonderful, amazing handsome Husband
Yes I LOVE this man....
painted the floors in our bedroom

via white ironstone cottage
It turned out beautiful
so clean & serene
and even better than

This is the bed we have had since we got married

Yes that is another leather chair
My Husbands favorite
so grateful to finally have white floors in the
all I need now are some flowers.....
and a few candles too

linking up with House in the Roses
Show off your Cottage Monday

romantic saying for today

"Since love grows within you, so beauty grows
For love is the beauty of the soul"

St Augustine



Pink Roses in the Kitchen

Hi Everyone
Happy Saturday

These pink roses in the kitchen are from my daughter and her friends
What a sweet and thoughtful gift
the little woven basket with the 3 little bottles

The number #3 is such a special number in our
representing these three wonderful words
I Love You

These pink roses are such a pretty color
they even match the pink rose plates that we used for
strawberry short cake last night

Flowers in the kitchen
add a little romance
Do you place flowers in the same place all the time?
It's fun to try something new

having pink roses everywhere
Flowers really do bring beauty to everyplace in the home

Thank You Girls for the lovely gift
~I am grateful~
Linking up with
How Sweet the Sound
for Pink Saturday and
Funky Junk
at Funky Junk Interiors
Stuff and Nonsense
for Fridays Unfold
and The Picket Fence for
Inspiration Friday
The tablescaper for
Seasonal Sunday

*Tomorrow is the Mermaids Mercantile on
Cedros in Solana Beach. Be sure and stop by and say Hi to owner Debi*
visit her blog http://www.themermaidsmercantile.blogspot.com/
see you there

romantic saying for today

"In our life there is a single color as on an artists palette, which provides the meaning of our life and art, It is the Color of Love"
Marc Chagall