Monday, April 5, 2010

Mosaic Monday

Since today is Monday that means it is Mosaic Monday hosted by Mary. I hope you will join me today as I visit the wonderful blogs that take part in Mosaic Monday. You will find the links to those blogs at The Little Red House . I am finding it to be a great way to start out the week. 

Saturday we ventured out to the flea markets and my mosaic is of my wonderful flea market finds.

I have decorated our dining room with Native American items. You will also find these items throughout the house. Some of them I have had for many years, some are fairly new additions. I recently started looking for items that feature Native American children and have found those items are few and far between. For that reason alone I would have to say that this picture was the deal of the day. The fact that it cost me all of $1.00 made it even a better deal.


I am always on the look out for dishes, dishes and more dishes. I love stoneware, as well as the intricate designs on many china plates. The Blue Willow is one of my favorites.


I thought the blue design on this plate complements the Blue Willow design. I found my plates at the roadside flea market at $2.00 each. 

This plate caught my attention because of the tiny delicate violets painted on it. I have seen quite a few dish sets that I really liked, but when I look on the bottom I find the words "   Made In China"  . That is enough information for me not to buy it. Remember when the news came out that Fisher Price toys that were being produced in China contained lead paint? A man in Columbus was interviewed on the news about that time. He had bought one of the home lead testers to check his child's toys. In the process he decided to test some of their dishes that they had purchased at Kroger during one of their promotional sales. Sure enough those beautiful stoneware dishes contained lead paint.

I am finding it more and more difficult to remember things as I grow older. The last thing I need is to eat my meals off of dishes containing lead and risk even more brain cells being destroyed. If the dishes I buy doesn't say 'Made in USA' they don't come home with me.

 Another passion I ave when it comes to shopping flea markets and yard sales would be glass bowls. I found this little beauty amongst the dishes that I bought. It will be perfect for serving up a fruit and Jello dessert.  

Last but by no way least were the signs that I found. J.D. has made an improvement to the kitchen by making an alcove to put the refrigerator in. It is surprising how much space was freed up just by doing that. Our kitchen feels huge now. I thought signs placed on the wall above the fridge was just the ticket.

I hope you enjoyed your visit and that you will return for another visit with us soon here on J.D.'s mountain.

May your week ahead be blessed!


Lois Evensen said...

What wonderful flea market finds! I, too, love glass bowls and blue dishes. You found some great items. I remember when Mom used Wedgewood China for everyday. Now the few remaining pieces are in my curio. :)

Thanks for sharing images of your finds.

Lois in Cincinnati

Bobbi said...

Great finds! Lovely mosaic!

farmlady said...

You and I are so alike sometimes it's scary.
I have that glass bowl in my kitchen and where did you get a blue Denmark plate from my Mom's house?
By the way, whether the Blue Denmark ironstone plate has a "Franciscan" or "Furnivals" mark on the bottom of it they are all OK to eat off of. I have been eating off of these plates for 50 years and haven't had any ill effects that I know of. The little plate from China is another story. I would never use it for food.
Not remembering things is the trade-off for living as long as we have. Brain cells are jumping out of our ears as we speak.

xinex said...

Good deal on the frame and the plates are so pretty. Too bad the violet one is made in China cause it's real pretty too....Christine

Lib said...

Love Your Treasures you found!
Hope ya'll have a great wk.

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Wonderful treasures you found! Great signs! Lovely mosaic too :)
Have a great week!

PEA said...

Isn't it amazing the treasures you can find at flea markets and thrift shops?! I just love everything you bought. You know my love of vintage dishes and such so we'd have so much fun going to these places together:-) xoxo

Meri said...

I love the blue and white plates, too. My big find today was some really old blue glass bottles. I spent too much, but I'm in love with the color.

Reva said...

What fun it is to find a deal. I made a real bargain at an antique shop today. I got a small dresser (probably from the 30's or 40's) light wood and a large upright swinging mirror at the back. I need to spruce it up a little and then it'll be in the guest room. I like glass wares like your bowl too.

Rettabug said...

Very pretty finds! You could always place a paper doily on top of the violets plate & use it for cookies!

DoanLegacy said...

Beautiful mosaic, and those flea market finds are awesome!

DoanLegacy said...

Beautiful mosaic, and those flea market finds are awesome!

Renie Burghardt said...

I love flea marketing as well. And the blue plates are also my favorite. I found some wedgewood plates not too long ago and was so thrilled about them.

Thank you for visiting. I have neglected my blog lately. Have a wonderful week. My two sons are here this week, visiting with me, so I am having much fun with them.

Hugs and blessings,