September 10, 2017

A Pretty Little Pitcher

I guess you noticed that I was missing in action last week. I needed to rest. I needed a break. 

I had tons of things going on and I decided to take a mini break from the blog. Going here and there. Family stuff! Etc. Anyway...

I am trying to get into the swing of fall decorating! Time to dig into my fall decorating bins in the basement. :-)

I have a fun event coming up on Saturday, Sept 16th at Pottery Barn in Lexington, Ky. If you are in Lex on Sept 16th try to drop by Pottery Barn at The Summit on Nicholasville Road. I will be there "meeting and greeting" from 12-4. I would love to meet you! 

I will be demonstrating how to set a pretty table using new fall items from the store. Imagine designing a table and not having to look at the price tag.( Oh la la!)

Now, let me show you my newest toy. 

I stopped at a shop (Nanwood Market in Columbia, KY) while out and about and while looking at their wonderful fall home accessories I spotted this pretty little pitcher. It is seven inches of prettiness. A very petite little thing!

I knew it needed to come home with me and join my collection of white pitchers. Being modestly priced sealed the deal!

I placed my new find next to a medium sized pitcher for size comparison. 

I spotted the stamp on the bottom and immediately googled Shenango China to learn a bit about my piece. 

The company had several marks over the years and I have yet to find my exact stamp. The company began about 1903...but I don't know when my piece was made. 

I scrubbed and dried my pitcher and then set about deciding where to put it. 

Well, one thing led to another and a centerpiece was born. You knew where this was going, right! :-)

I gathered three pitchers together and placed them on cutting boards. I like stacking the boards as a platform for whatever I want to display. 

I tracked town some of my pretty sunflowers, had hubby snip the extra length off, and played with them in various ways in my pitchers.

Can you see the curled edges...making them look like they are dried. They are nice silks that I picked up a couple of years ago. 

I use the kitchen table for my more farmhouse, or rustic, arrangements. My kitchen has white cabinets and has a bit of a country look. And our house is in the country. :-)

Groupings of three, five, or seven seem to work well according to design rules. In my case, the three pitchers are of graduating sizes so that adds to the visual appeal. 

The largest pitcher is my English ironstone from a friend many years ago. 

The other pitchers here are probably not true ironstone. They are old. They are heavy. But I have not confirmed that they are in fact ironstone. 

No problem, I love them just as they are, whether they have a pedigree or not. 

Adding the sunflowers will make this a pretty centerpiece for the kitchen table this week. If I run across some real sunflowers that would be even better. 

Each spout has a different lip. 

Each handle has a different curve. 

Each body has a different shape. 

I do not know why I like to collect white pitchers...I just do. :-)

If you are a "dish" person, and I know that many of you are, click the link to read more. You can also Google for more info. Shenango China company made dishes for several other brands, companies. Haviland being one of them. Who Knew? :-) Restaurants. Ships. etc. 

Until the next time...

My Kentucky Living
My Kentucky Living

Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.


  1. Sheila , I love your new centerpiece. The big sunflowers look perfect in the white pitchers. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

  2. Adore your white pitchers! Wish I lived clise enough to attend the event--it sounds lime fun!

  3. I love the sunflowers and have some just like them. They remind me of tobacco leaves. Cute pitcher.

  4. Love the graceful shapes of the pitchers. I saw the sunflower on IG and decided I'd better visit your post. Good idea to layer the cutting boards.

  5. Sounds like a great event at PB. Wish I could go. I have a thing for white pitchers.

  6. You can never have enough pretty little white pitcher and this one is a very sweet one! Good luck on your adventure at PB! You will do great!!

  7. Very pretty arrangement Sheila. I too love white pitchers and your newest addition is so cute! I especially like to use them for floral arrangements. I like your curly edge sunflowers- great look!


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