October 22, 2014

Antique Market English Ironstone Pitcher and Basin

This past weekend was a mighty busy one for me as I attended my 35th class reunion on Saturday night, and then spent the entire day Sunday with my college roommate antiquing out in Lancaster County Pennsylvania. I only picked up one item there and it was this beautiful ironstone pitcher and basin.

It was on an "AS IS" table for only $10 most likely because it has a few cracks in both the bowl and the pitcher. But I loved the pretty detail of the handle and the embossed design around the middle of 
the pitcher.

However before I even got out to Lancaster I was at my sister Kim's house where she gifted me 4 pretty blue and white dishes she had picked up at an auction for only a dollar. They were all crafted in England!

I am very excited about my new pitcher/basin combo, it is so perfect for our home. And what a glorious autumn day I spent milling around the different tables of the antique market, as they were filled with wonderful old pieces of just about everything. Thank you too to my sister Kim for the beautiful dishes...I simply love them!


October 20, 2014

Antiquing in Lancaster County ~ Shupp's Grove

Yesterday I spent a glorious afternoon with my college roommate antiquing at an outside market enjoying the fresh fall air and stunning pictorial views. To be more specific we were in Adamstown Pennsylvania, part of Lancaster County. Lancaster is also very near and dear to our hearts as well because that is where we first came to know each other as college freshman some 30 years ago.

Shupp's Grove was the spot and it was decked out greet to us in  the beautiful colors of autumn.

There was plenty to look at...how about this gorgeous cobalt blue glassware?

 Lots of vintage ware too...

and a bauble to go along with any attire your can think of.

 I adore the charming fabric bunting...just may have to recreate this for my own home.

Plenty of vintage Pfagltzgraff pottery as well.

And who didn't grow up with one of these Corning coffee pots in their home?

It was a wonderful day in Lancaster County...planning a trip back and maybe even do an over-nighter so we can hit more of the antique shops in the area! 

Wishing you a fabulous start to your week!

PS...I'll share with you later what I picked up while shopping!

October 15, 2014

Simple Lamp Makeover using Metallic Spray Paint and Jute Twine

Today I decided to update an old lamp my parents gave me in the '80's when I purchased my very first bedroom set. Back then brass lamps were the rage and so my parents gifted me this lamp for my new bedroom nightstand.

Well as the years flew by and trends changed, my little lamp ended up being a pretty permanent fixture in the attic. Then the other day I was going through the attic to pull out my Halloween decorations and I stumbled upon this long forgotten lamp. 

Now I knew I was going to need another lamp for my living room sofa table, so I brought it down and placed it next to the pretty mercury glass and jute lamp already in the living room...and it was a perfect size to balance out the other table!

Below is a pic of the lamp already in the living room.

So I taped up the anything that wasn't brass and sprayed on a fresh coat of Valspars' metallic silver.

Next I added some jute to the white part of the base by spraying it with adhesive and then simply wrapping the jute onto the lamp. I also added a cute tassel to the neck of the lamp.

The lampshade was a simple score from Walmart...the cost was somewhere around $10 - $12.

Now I have the perfect compliment to my other table lamp! Thank goodness I didn't go out and buy another lamp...I think Mr. Rosemary Lane would have clocked me over the head with it!


October 12, 2014

I Shutter to Think! Repurposing Wood Shutters and Louver Doors for Home Decor

A common trend I have been seeing around blog land recently has been to use old wood shutters as decor for the interior of a home. This is an idea I think is absolutely brilliant! The concept adds much in the way of architectural detail to a space on a rather slim dime and with little to no skill needed. As for me, I have struggled for years as to what to put the the long almost 15 foot blank wall behind my sofa in the living room. I've tossed around and even tried a few ideas but never really liking what I had done and ended up changing the wall's look again. I think re-purposed shutters just may be the way to go to resolve my living room wall dilemma.

Take a look at some of the beautiful ways shutters and louver doors have been incorporated into the decor of a given space. 

(Please note that I try to credit the sources of the images which appear on 21 Rosemary Lane with a link back to the original source when possible. Sometimes it is just not possible)



(Clarendon Lane blog)

 Flea Market Trixie blog

OK...I will let you in on a little secret...I found some louver doors I plan to incorporate into my new living room makeover. 

Only now I am thinking I may just have to go back and buy a few more!!!

Wishing you a wonderful week!


October 8, 2014

Fudge Brownie Topped with Decadent Pumpkin Marshallow Frosting

OK...who doesn't LOVE spicy pumpkin and chocolate fudge married together in on scrumptious fall dessert? This recipe I found posted to my Facebook page a couple weeks ago by my dear friend Pegs, and boy does she know me because as soon as I saw it I knew I had to try it!

The recipe can be made with any one of your favorite fudge brownie mixes, and then it's jazzed up with some chocolate grenache and a homemade marshmallow-pumpkin frosting. It is a pretty rich dessert so this little brownie will go a long way.

First you make your brownie according to the package directions. (I made my brownie more fudgey than cake like...Mr. RL prefers the fudgey version.) Now this is important...make sure to prep a 9 inch round cake pan with cooking spray or butter, and then trace the bottom of the pan onto a piece of parchment paper. Cut the circle out and then place the paper in the bottom of your cake pan, coat the parchment with cooking spray or butter. This will insure your brownie will release from the cake pan without any sticking. Make sure you let your brownie cool completely.

In the meantime in small sauce pan, bring to a low boil 1/3 cup of heavy cream. Just as it reaches a rolling boil remove the pan from the heat and add 1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate morsels. DO NOT STIR THE MORSELS. Just make sure they are all covered and let the pan sit for about 5 minutes, then mix the chocolate until the mixture is creamy and well blended. Place the chocolate mixture in the fridge and let cool until it reaches a spreading consistency, about 5-8 minutes.

Next remove the chocolate grenache from the fridge and spread it over the top of your cooled brownie. Refrigerate for about 15 minutes, this will give you time to prepare the pumpkin marshmallow topping.

To make the topping you will need:

3/4 cup sugar
3 T. cold water
1 egg white
1/4 tsp. cream of tarter
1 tsp. vanilla
4 T pumpkin Puree
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves

Using a double boiler, fill the bottom pan with just enough water so it is not touching the bottom of the top pan, and bring to a boil. In the top pan combine the sugar, cold water, egg white and cream of tarter, and blend with a hand held mixer on low speed for about 30 seconds. Place the top pan over the boiling water and cook while beating with mixer consistently for about 8-10 minutes. The mixture will thicken as it cooks. Remove the pan from the heat and add the vanilla. Beat for about another minute until you can form stiff peaks by pulling the beaters from the mixture, and then add the pumpkin, cinnamon, pie spice, nutmeg and cloves, beat again until blended. Spread mixture over the top of the grenache and return the brownie to refrigerator for another 15 minutes.

 Preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the brownie has set, bake it in the oven for about five minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on wire rack and dust lightly with cocoa powder.  

Enjoy this perfectly pumpkined brownie dessert with either a cup of your favorite coffee or a nice port wine.

Have a great day!!!

This recipe was adapted from Better Homes and Gardens 
Hot Cocoa Brownie Cake with Pumpkin Marshmallow Frosting. 

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