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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Antique Fair Bleu

Sunday, May 24, 2015

"Too far and snaky" 
was a phrase used by my grandmother 
for not going to someplace a long way away. 
Or, even for places close by
that she did not travel to for some reason. 
The conversation could have gone like... 
"Are you going to ________ ?" fill in blank 
Grandmother, "No, too far and snaky."

Lucketts Spring Market 2015 was too far and snaky 
from Texas to Virginia for me to attend. 

To
Hico Antique Show by Sugar Moon Antiques
I consoled myself by attending the HICO Antique Show 
in Hico, Texas which was only 75 miles away by car. 
Sure, it was a MUCH smaller event, 
but the drive there and back was filled with beautiful Texas wildflowers, 
great fun with traveling friends, a fried catfish church lunch, 
and I found some great treasures to bring home with me. 

There is blue and white everywhere throughout my house, 
which makes the new OLD 5-gallon crock feel right at home. 

The large size makes it perfect for the vintage pine dining table. 

Just this week I cleaned the pine table and gave it a couple of new coats of wax. 
See Pine Table Refinished for how I brought this table 
back to life following water damage. 
Since then, I give it a new coat of wax every once in a while. 

For now, the stoneware crock is holding magnolias, but
can't you just see a ***Christmas tree*** in it! 

No cracks, no chips, and only one small spot of surface rust 
that came right off when I scrubbed it with Bar Keepers Friend cleaner. 

The crock is a plain design with no sign of the maker, not even on the bottom. 

The only mark besides the stripes is the 5 that indicates 
how many gallons the crock holds. 

The blue blends perfectly with all the other light to medium blues in my house. 

We saw several other stoneware crocks for sale in Hico and surrounding towns. 
Most had beautiful markings and indicated the manufacturer. 
The prettiest one I saw had a lily of the valley painted on the front. 
The price of my plain crock was about one-seventh the price of the 
lily-of-the-valley crock. 
A price I could not pass by! 

I also found two blue and white French linen pieces 
at Silver Moon Antiques to go with the blue striped crock.  

The French linen fabric is heavy with lots of texture. 
One is long and narrow with a single striped border - great as a table runner. 
The blue and white plaid one is square, and 
it will be great as a small table topper. 

The tray full of silverplate came from a vendor at the Hico Antique Show. 

Special plans for most of the pieces are on my to-do list for this summer. 

The curved spoon and knife, however, will be used as they are. 
They are just too pretty to change. 

Antique Fair Bleu 
Found close to home

Also on my summer to-do list is to clean and to rearrange the china cabinet. 

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  1. I am swooning over the crock. Pinned every pic. Perfect for the Nordic / French thang ! Wishing you a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.

  2. Judith,
    Perhaps your 75 mile drive instead of the longer (snaky) drive was really what was meant to be. Serendipity and a gorgeous day rewarded you with real treasures along the way, wildflowers, fried catfish church lunch a day with friends... Loved this post amd again I learned from you today. I never knew the numbers on the crocks meant how many gallons it holds! Gorgeous silver, lovely finds and yes during the Holidays a tree will look amazing in the crock.
    Have an enjoyable Holiday weekend.

  3. Hi Judith :)

    Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my blog. It's nice to "meet" you :)

    I absolutely love your home and your new finds fit in perfectly.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. Judith, I need to put this show on my own list. Sounds like a fun time. How often do they have it?
    Love the crock. It will be fun to use for so many different things. Your home is always so pretty and inviting. Love getting to see it!

    1. Sarah,
      The Hico Antique Show is held twice a year: the last Friday/Saturday of April and the last Friday/Saturday of October. I haven't been to the show in October, but have been a couple of times in April. If you go, be sure to check out a nearby small town of Clifton that has a small antique mall. That's where I found the crock this year and have found things in past years.

  5. Judith, of course when a home has your connection to blue and whites it's almost impossible to not notice the next great find that will fit right in.... Your home amazes me, the new find ( crock ) looks great on the dinning table along with the linens, as for the tray of vintage flatware it's a favorite of mine, I have a thing for flatware and stoneware. Don't you find sometimes the smaller Fleas have better prices, less people for them to expect and they want to make the sells so their more willing to deal.

    I bet everytime you spot a bit of blue you have to give it some thought to should I, or shouldn't I take this piece home with me ?

    See you and your beautiful home soon.



  6. I am totally in love with the crock; and jealous I might add. What a perfect addition to the table~ which I am also coveting. I love antique shows, fairs, malls... but I need to scale back, not continue to collect. I think you have a real eye for accents; French or otherwise.

    Hugs, Dana

  7. Bonjour Judith! I am late; finals and end of the year duties are exhausting me! But it's great to come here to find your fair bleu beauty! That crock is gorgeous and perfect on your table. I have a similar harvest table from England and it lends itself to so many French looks: farmhouse style, Provençal as well as a touch of elegance.

    Have a bright and wonderful day! Anita

  8. Wonderful finds. I've never heard your grandmother's phrase before, but understood it immediately. :)
    Have a lovely weekend,

  9. The crock and linens are just gorgeous...but my favorite is the silverware. I don't think I've made a secret about my obsession with old silver...LOL. I'm so glad you were able to go and had a great time! Psst...and all of the outdoors is snaky! :-)

  10. Judith! Your new finds are wonderful! You styled them so beautifully in that MAGNIFICENT room that I a still drooling over. My goodness! Gorgeous!
    I wish you a blessed weekend.

  11. Great finds Judith. Love the crock especially! Happy Memorial Day weekend to you. Jane

  12. Beautiful! Blue and white is such a soothing combo. When I lived in TX, I found this large crock pitcher. The front was painted with blue bonnets. I love that thing so much because of the blue bonnets I miss now.

  13. Judith that is a wonderful crock! Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!

  14. Judith,
    Appears along with an amazingly wonderful day, you have some great finds, as well!!!
    I'm l o v i n' all your silverplate, dear one!!!


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