Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Silver Inspiration

I love old, vintage silver pieces.
You have seen the silverplated salt and pepper shakers that I turned into snowmen:
                             
The silverplated cream and sugar bowls that became pincushions:


And the numerous silver trays, plates and bowls that I use around my house for:
Storage in my studio

  Display in my guest room

Base of a cloche displaying vintage sewing notions

But recently I saw a couple of pictures from fellow bloggers/decorators that had me gathering my collection together so that I could recreate one of their fabulous displays.

This first picture is from
Polly pictured her display of silver trays hanging as wall art in her living room

(a fabulous retail boutique in Kansas City that I luckily live close to)
was recently featured in the Better Homes and Gardens Christmas Ideas magazine with her display of hanging silver trays (photo from Better Homes and Gardens Christmas Ideas magazine)

After seeing these pictures I knew I wanted to hang some of my silver trays in my dining room.
I haven't hung them yet but pictured here is a large part of my vintage collection that I have purchased at thrift stores over the past few months that are just waiting to be turned into art.



I will get pictures posted as soon as I get them hung.

But wait....I have one more thrifty, silver piece that I bought this week that I am so excited about.
A silverplated punch bowl (this bowl is huge!)....for $8.00!!!  Can't you just see this at Christmas filled with greenery, pinecones and white lights!!! 


And doesn't it look great sitting atop one of my extra large silverplated trays (another thrifty find this week for $10.00).


So there's my silver inspiration for this week....I'm linking to two parties today:
and
Thanks to both ladies for hosting these great Thursday events.

54 comments:

  1. You are so creative in utilizing your collections! You have some lovely pieces, do you ever polish them or do you leave them as is?

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  2. I like the idea of hanging trays. It could be a lot of work if you tried to keep them polished.

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  3. That punch bowl is amazing! What a great find. I love the idea of the silver platters as an art installation.

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  4. I keep collecting silver platters to do just the same thing. I will be eager to see your display:)

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  5. Your post was very inspirational! I love silver too, but I don't have quite the collection you have. I can't wait to see your trays on your wall...Keep us posted!

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  6. *Gasp*!! I love that new bowl!!!!
    Please post pics asap of your wall- I am dying to know how BHG hung those platters, I would love to do this- I have just the blank wall for it- just have to start collecting the platters! I love how they look when they're tarnished! Thanks for always tuning into my blog and leaving such sweet comments- your opinions are always welcomed...

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  7. Love your silver. Creative ideas too! Love the ornate tray.

    I've been picking up pieces lately but not enough yet to make a display. I really prefer them dull rather than shiny - even some tarnish is fine.

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  8. the punch bowl is my favorite, I love it.

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  9. That punch bowl is awesome! Greenery in it at Christmas would be beautiful. Feeling some inspiration here! Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. That punch bowl is to die for!!!
    I know one thing for sure...we are definitely NOT werewolves...because if we were , we would be dead for sure...loving and touching so much silver!!!

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  11. Oh, Jane! I LOVE that look and it is something I never would've thought of. Call me a copy cat....



    Thanks for linking up to thrifty Thursday today! FABULOUS finds!

    Leigh
    Tales from Bloggeritaville
    www.lbratina.blogspot.com

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  12. I can't wait to see all of those trays hanging on your walls. They'll look fabulous! And I'm in love with those S&P snowmen! What a great idea. Your creativity knows no bounds!
    Happy VTT!
    Carol

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  13. You have a great collection yourself Jane. I think you should turn that great punch bowl upside down, put that tray on top of it and use it as a great cake stand or a base for a cloche. If you can't figure out what to use it for, just throw it in a box and send it on to me!

    I NEVER polish any of my silver. I love the character it adds as it ages. As far as how to hang them on the wall, you can use hidden plate hangers. Google them. I used regular plate hangers because I don't mind if you see them, but lots of people I've seen doing wall displays lately are using these hidden ones.

    Would love to see your wall when you finish.

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  14. Jane! Where on earth did you find that punch bowl for that price??? I want to go shopping with you.

    I have got to tell you that those little snowpeole are the cutest thing going. I love that idea. So clever.

    I'll be interested to see what you do with the other idea, but I am still in shock that you got that neat punch bowl fo $8. What a steal!

    I didn't do the memes today, but I did do something with burlap that you won't believe. Come by if you get a chance...

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  15. Hi Jane!

    You have some awesome silver pieces! I can't wait to see how you put it all together!

    love the punch bowl!

    Happy VTT!

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  16. Oh my you do have a collection of silver and I love the punch bowl! Can't wait to see how you display your collection of silver on your wall.

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  17. I always see these silverplated pieces in Goodwill and never know what to do with them! Now I have some great ideas! I saw something the other day that I'm going to post about (a magnetic chalkboard made out of one of these silver pieces)--stay tuned to my blog for the post later today or tonight! Love your post and your blog!

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  18. Nice collection! I started mine this summer after some fantabulous deals at auctions. Now get busy and hang those babies! :)
    Living it up at Lakewood,
    Cindy

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  19. These are great ideas. Love your snowmen and the pin cushions! I see silver platers and odd pieces all the time at Goodwill. I might have to start picking up some of them now! Thanks!

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  20. I love your silver pieces. I own a few pieces but not like yours. I also love them mixed with venetian mirrors and candlesticks. So pretty.

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  21. I have seen the square vases at various shops and now I know what they were meant for. Your pattern with the measureing tape detail was GREAT. And the snowmen were just TOO cute!

    This was an awesome post!!

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  22. I LOVE your silver -- particularly the pincushions with the animal print fabric. Those are wonderful. I also love your punch bowl. I just wonder how you keep them all polished. My silver (2 pieces) tarnishes so quickly.

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  23. Wow, look at all of that silver. Your wall display is going to look amazing. I do love your sweet vignettes though.

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  24. Jane - I LOVE ALL YOUR SILVER! :) Your little snowmen are super cute.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. If you're still interested in some clocks you can email me - and I'll get some info to you!

    Have a wonderful day!

    Kathy

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  25. Very lovely displays. And such creative ways to show the silver.

    Jocelyn
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

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  26. Oh wow, those are great ideas and you know I always find silver so cheap - its always there at the end of sales. People are practically giving it away at the end...so sad because its lovely

    and those pin cushions rock!

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  27. Wow Jane! I have got to get out and buy more silver before you get it all bought. These ideas are fab!
    Hugs,
    June

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  28. awesome silver pieces!! you are so talented! i have a thing for silver myself- especially tarnished!

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  29. Wow wow wow wow wow, love that idea! (How do you hang silver trays, anyway?) Still love it! Your displays are beautiful and I'd love to make some snowmen like yours in the silver salt shakers. Great idea!

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  30. OMG!! Are those photos not to die for?!?! And your collection is going to be stunning! I can't WAIT to see what you do~! And that punch bowl? I do not have words!!!

    However, I am STILL standing on my head for the snowmen!!

    Let me buy some!!

    Lou Cinda :)

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  31. Jane,
    What a excellent collection of silver. Can't wait to see how the dining room wall turns out!
    Dee Dee

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  32. What a great idea, I just loved all your things today, I still want to get me a pin cushion like these...they are so sweet! Thanks for all the great ideas you have...it is so fun to visit here....have you decided on what to do with your door???

    Have a great VTT! and a great weekend.

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  33. I love all your silver. And hanging silver trays on the wall is a fabulous idea. I'll have to give it a try. Thanks for visiting my blog & leaving me a comment on my tablescape.

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  34. I love all of the silver, especially the large bowl...I got rid of so much silver in the last few years...wish I hadn't!!

    Thanks for all the comments...I appreciate your visits

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  35. OMG ! I love the hanging trays - tarnished and all !
    Hugs ~ Kammy

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  36. WOW. WOW. WOW.

    I love your silver and how you continue to use and utilize it! Clever and beautiful!

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  37. I'm afraid I couldn't resist the urge to get out the silver polish... OMG~ I've turned into my mother!
    (I'm tearfully smiling at the thought of it)

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  38. Wonderful collection. I enjoyed looking. I think they would look great on the wall, but you have to like to dust!
    Kathy

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  39. Hi Jane,
    I got the most beautiful gifts in the mail today! Thank you so much, I love them all. I will be posting a thank you in a few days on my blog, that I know you will see because you are not only my loyal blog follower but someone I consider my friend. Thank you once again!
    XoXo
    PS, I love your post today but It makes me want to polish all that silver, I don't know why when It would just have to be done again and again and again. Yikes!

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  40. I am so loving the silver thing too and even saved the same picture in Better Homes and Gardens! Can't wait to see your trays up!

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  41. wow all that repurposed silverware looks fabulous..can't wait to see the trays on your wall!

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  42. You have come up with some fantastic uses for your silver! I am totally stealing some of them!
    Thank you so much for posting on my giveaway. Best of luck and best of everything!
    Hugs,
    Anne

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  43. Well I like it too-but I keep having to polish it!

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  44. I have gotten rid of all the silver trays that have come in auction lots because I never knew what to do with them. But you have shown some great ideas so I think I will be hunting for some trays now!

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  45. Jane-- I adore silver (sterling or silver plated!). You have an impressive collection. That picture of the wall hanging is just fabulous!! Great in a dining room or anywhere. Our GW never has anything but JUNK
    :(--Great find on the bowl. Can't wait to see your wall!!!

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  46. What a great collection Jane. I love those snow men, the are so adorable. I can't wait to see your photos, when you are done.

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  47. Mmmmmmmmmmmm..I am LOVING all of that delish silver. They always say that every home should have a little sparkle to bring it to life. Your collection is yummy! And, I loved your little snowmen friends. How clever...the lids for hats? Now that was downright inspired!

    Have a lovely weekend!

    Hugs,
    Spencer

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  48. Wow! I love your ideas up top! You're very creative!
    Brenda

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  49. I too was inspired a few years back to create a few vignettes around the house with my silver platters. I can't wait to see what you come up with. Silver is so pretty

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  50. Hi Jane! I WANT one of your silver pin cushions. Seriously. Are you coming to Zona Rosa next week???? If so, maybe you could bring one for me to buy / trade. The S&P snowmen are absolutely darling too. ~Ann

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  51. Love this! Did you ever post how you hung your trays? I have some I'd love to hang, but cannot figure out how to attach something to hang them with. Thanks!

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  52. I have the same question - how do you hang the trays. Thanks.

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