The Pitfalls of Collecting Vintage Pottery plus More Blooms



If you have seen my last few posts, you know that my spring-blooming bulb flowers are producing more than I can remember in the almost 20 years that we have lived in this house. I have come up with several tablescapes featuring these blooms. This particular tablescape featured orange as the dominant color. I chose all of my containers for the blooms from my vintage pottery collection, including a wonderful Universal Pottery Cattail pitcher made for Sears.


After a few days, the blooms wilted and I began the task of taking them to the compost pile and washing my pitchers and vases. To my horror, this lovely pitcher had acquired water stains all the way around the pitcher! I have no idea how that happened. I think that the pitcher is probably ruined; I am sure there is no way to get those stains out. The only thing that my husband and I could guess is that this pitcher had never been glazed on the inside. But even that explanation made no sense. Wouldn’t the 1950s housewife who used the pitcher for Kool Aid and juice have noticed this? I guess, like many collectibles that show up on the market, that the pitcher was never used. Someone got it as a gift or something like that and put it away, never using it. This scenario is also a far reach, but I really can’t think of any other explanation. I am really sick about it, but I am moving on. I purchased this piece on eBay; there is no sentiment behind it. But I just hate to lose it anyway.



I also have a small collection of Hull pottery. I purchased 2 vases recently from an estate sale, but all of the rest of the pieces were passed down to me by various relatives. I keep the Hull out on the mantel most of the time, only changing out my mantel décor occasionally, like at Christmas.



So here was my thought: wouldn’t all of these vases look great with my Spring blooms?



However, what had happened with that pitcher really made me nervous. How would I know if something similar wouldn’t happen with these vases?



I decided to go ahead and risk it. I would just be very careful and keep a close eye on them while I have the flowers displayed.



It took me about 2 hours to pick all of the flowers and put them in the vases. I can finally look out to my yard and tell that some of the flowers have been picked. I probably only have enough left for 2 or 3 large bouquets, although there are still some buds that aren’t open yet.



This jardiniere in the Water Lily pattern once belonged to my mother. It has some crazing on the inside, but it looks perfect from the outside. I always display it high enough so that no one will look down inside it and see the crazing. After I filled each vase, I placed it back on the mantel and wiped up a few water droplets. I kept having to wipe around this jardinière. Finally, I watched it closely and realized that water was seeping out of a couple of spots near the bottom. I took the picture, then quickly emptied out the flowers and water more on that later). So enjoy the above pic; I guess I will never be filling with fresh flowers that need water again! I guess the crazing was a little more serious than I had first thought.



I love the final look of the mantel, however. I have never put anything in these vases before in all the years that I have had them.



These spring flowers looked lovely with the pastel hues of the pottery.



I just love how the mantel looks and am enjoying the blooms immensely.



The next part of the story is that I had to find a place to put all of those flowers that had been in the jardinière. Of course, I have plenty of choices in my collection and grabbed a couple of pitchers.



Earlier this week I mailed in my next test to the Asheford Institute of Antique Appraisal. There is a 3-week turnaround for getting my next set of books, so I can do a kitchen tablescape until I need the table for study again. I had grabbed my Spode pitchers to put the flowers in, so I used them as a starting point for my table.



I started with my blue and white placemats.



I used my white dinner plates for the bottom layer.



Of course, my Salem English Village plates came next. I have napkins to match these placemats, but I wanted to bring out the yellow from the flowers.



So instead of using them, I chose these blue and yellow paisley napkins from the Napkin Lady. I like the contrast of them on the placemat, and I really like blue and yellow together. I used a simple clear acrylic napkin ring.



I chose the San Remo flatware.



Of course, the Dollar Tree goblets were perfect for this table.



Then I placed the pitchers of flowers on each end of the table.



I just love the yellow blooms with the blue and white pitcher. If you look closely, you will see a bumble bee buzzing around the blooms.



A couple of them even landed on the placemats as they were buzzing around the flowers.



I love blue, white, and yellow for spring. I think this color scheme is very bright and colorful.



Hope you are enjoying your spring blooms also!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Vintage Thingie Thursday at Colorado Lady,   From the Farm at Sunny Simple Life, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage ,  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Brown Gingham Creations for Rednesday,  Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much,  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters,Open House Party at No Minimalist HereTime Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage , The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design 

About Bev

I am a retired teacher who has only recently taken up tablescaping and blogging. For more information, see my About Bev link.
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22 Responses to The Pitfalls of Collecting Vintage Pottery plus More Blooms

  1. Chris k in Wisconsin says:

    Have you thought of putting a small glass or plastic jar or holder of some sort for the flowers inside of the vase if it is leaking? No one would see it. That might work for you. The flowers are beautiful. It will be some time before we see our spring blooms!!

    • Jennie says:

      I have several pieces that I need to put a clear glass in because they leak. Works fine and even with glass vases, you can barely see the insert. I love the blues and yellows together and the pastels of the Hull pottery are stunning.

  2. Holly in boones mill, va says:

    How very beautiful. I really enjoyed the blog and the pottery is priceless!

  3. Love your collections! Daffodils are so happy. Our first one opened yesterday, a very welcome gift on the 1st day of Spring. ~Audrey

  4. Rosie says:

    So very pretty, Bev! I love daffodils. In fact, I’m giving my daughter a baby shower tomorrow, and the centerpieces will all have daffodils in them! (except I got mine at Trader Joe’s!) Your table looks fresh and inviting and perfect for spring. Love, love. love the blue, white and yellow! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  5. I’m sorry to hear about your pitcher! I have had that happen to me before as well. But your collection is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing at TTF.

  6. I love your collection! Great to see you using it. Love all of your daffodils.

    Wonderful to have you at Seasonal Sundays!

    – Alma, the Tablescaper

  7. Marigene says:

    Nice collection of vases. I use small glass jars, etc in some of my vases, especially the ones I know leak. I have a couple of Hull vases that I inherited…love their matte-like finish.
    Have a great week, Bev.

  8. Your Hull collection is so beautiful – especially the jardiniere! I second the notion of putting a small glass or plastic vessel inside to protect the pottery. Sometimes pieces with crazing can also absorb water. You’ve inspired me to pick up some flowers on my way home from work today!

  9. What a lovely table, Bev! I adore transferware, especially in blue and white! Using the napkin with a bit of yellow is the perfect touch.

  10. Candy S says:

    I love the daffodils – they look lovely on your mantle and on your beautiful blue and white table setting.

  11. Trisha says:

    Those yellow flowers are so perfect and go with all colors so beautifully. The mantle looks like it is ready for Spring!

  12. Love your vase collections! I use those red Solo cups to line my vases. Out of all the vases I have collected very few of them can actually hold water anymore. Maybe the glaze decomposes or something with age???

  13. The Hull pottery looks wonderful on the mantel for spring.

  14. Your vases are so fabulous! I hope none of the the vases stain. I love your flowers too….. 🙂
    hugs x, Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

  15. I’m so sorry about your lovely pitcher, but I’d still keep and display it, the pattern is so pretty! I love your display of Hull vases, especially with your gorgeous Daffodils. Just beautiful!
    Dawn @ We Call It
    History & Home Link Party, Tue-Fri, weekly

  16. LaVoice says:

    Perfect combination of your vintage pottery and pretty yellow blooms.

  17. Blu,yellow & white = my favorite color combination…I love your place setting! The vintage pottery is wonderful. We have quite a few pieces that belonged to Nana. Thanks for inviting us for a peek. Cherry Kay

  18. LOVE the blue and white with the yellow! Beautiful!
    love and blessings!
    Lynda @ Gates of Crystal

  19. Jennifer says:

    Those blooms make all the difference on your mantle!!

  20. Kathy says:

    Your collection is absolutely beautiful and wonderful with all the blooms. Love your tablescape! I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,

  21. I just love your Hull pottery, the colours especially. A very nice collection. I only have two pieces. A pink teapot and a small green vase. The colours are lovely though. I am always looking for more.
    I was too late to join the party but enjoyed your post a lot

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