Patriotic Tabletops

I’m always excited when I find a good new gift shop, but when I stepped into the shop at the Folk Art Museum in Williamsburg, I was delighted!



There were reproductions of museum pieces 
like this creamware


and these adorable tea scoops


but there were also new pieces made by modern day folk artists!  
There were many beautiful painted pieces in clay and tin.
  
One of these roosters is roosting in Connecticut now.


I thought this rooster weathervane would be perfect on my den coffee table, and I still do, but when I found out I could take another vacation for the price, I decided to leave it there.  🙁

Could someone go back and pick it up for me?



These baskets were made from rugs and were gorgeous!



The redware was breathtaking.  
I do not collect this pottery, but I’m sure I have never seen pieces this beautiful.



I do collect blue and white, however, so of course I was drawn to this display.


I was trying to be good and just collect with my eyes and my camera, but I couldn’t help taking one piece around the store for a little walk, 
just because.  
I do that often to see if I still want something or if the charm will wear off!  
But I couldn’t put it down.  
And when I found out it was one of a kind, no more to be found elsewhere if I was still thinking about it tomorrow, I whipped out the plastic, signed on the dotted line, and took it home!


Did I mention that I have a collection of swans?  
After the red, white and blue holidays I will hang it in the kitchen.  For now it sits on the den table next to a PB lantern filled with glass beads. 



Across the room on the table where the large weathervane rooster should be, my hydrangeas fill red pots, and my 97 cent PB crow stands nearby.

  Now don’t be looking at those dried fern leaves on the floor.  The housekeeper has been busy catching up on her blogs and photographing swans and crows!!!



Dancing stars come out for the 4th!



Last year they were on the picnic table.

You can see more of them here.

But today they are with the crow, who looks like he is up to some mischief with one of my vintage puffy heart charms.



The needlepoint coasters also have a flag.  I keep coasters handy and change them with the seasons.



You can see more of my charms here.



For today, I think we should take a hint from crow
… 
show off our flag


find some red, white and blue,


and dance with the stars!

Celebrate our Independence
and give thanks for all it means.

Happy 4th of July!

I am joining


Don’t forget:
My blogaversary is next week! 🙂
I’ll have a giveaway for friends and followers!

Linda 🙂

35 thoughts on “Patriotic Tabletops

  1. Linda, I have never been to Williamsburg and it looks like a wonderful gift shop. My son and his wife moved to Richmond in the fall so I am crossing my fingers. Sorry you couldn’t purchase all that you would like, but the blue and white swan plate IS beautiful. Love the little dancing stars and all the red, white, and blue — it makes me happy. Have a great day. Joni

  2. What a fun gift shop! Thanks for taking me along. It’s hard to leave behind a treasure but at least you took another home with you! Love your fun picnic table. Those clever crows are always waiting to snag something bright & shiny 🙂

  3. hi Linda, what a charming post. I love how you’ve decorated for America’s July 4th party. Enjoyed your tour through Williamsburg and oh my at the goodies in those shops. I think I would have had a hard time leaving empty handed too. I see pieces I think would be great with my Quimper collection. I love your swan plate, and if you have a collection of swans you were right to get this one. Love it.
    Hope your fourth is great.

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

  4. OMG, I would have had to HOLD BACK on all those goodies too! Oh My that weathervane was SO CUTE, and I’ll be WATCHING for one for you!!! I DO Love Your choices that followed you home! Those little stars and “SO DELIGHTFUL”! I LOVE THEM!!! and I really love that PB crow! He is fantastic!
    Have a wonderful 4th of July week!
    Big Hugs to you Neighbor,
    Donna

  5. Hi Linda! Oh, what a wonderful shop and your new little swan plate is darling! I love your patriotic display!! You’re giving me some ideas.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  6. I can understand why you couldn’t leave that plate behind. It is so pretty and unique. Your charms are pretty and your little stars are adorable. I love a little whimsy.

    Be sure to stop by my blog tomorrow to enter my giveaway.

    Have a great week! La

  7. I haven’t been to Williamsburg in a number of years, but I remember it well. I think that I would live in the Governors mansion…yep, that would work for me. The pottery pieces are lovely. Thank you for sharing them. Cherry Kay

  8. Linda, museum gift shops are the best and the one at Williamsburg is right of there at the top. Great choices to take home with you. I’m rather fond of those tea scoops. I may phone the shop tomorrow. I see one that would be a perfect birthday gift for a friend. 😉
    Thanks for taking us along and sharing your finds at this shop. Happy 4th of July! ~ Sarah

  9. Wonderful post, I love everything you showed from American, museum shop, great things. I specially love your swan plate and how nice you have a collection! I love those tea scoops too. I just visited from TTT, at Marty’s. Thank you for sharing with us and happy 4th. of July, you’re all set. Lots of hugs, Fabby

  10. I love how you’ve brought the red, white and blue to so many areas of your home. I’m lucky if I can manage to do one room. This is so festive without being over the top. Just perfect!

  11. Hi Linda, thanks for stopping by my blog post with our menu for our good friend from Vermont. Lindenmere is the name of his simple summer home, it’s in South Hero on South Hero Island – right on the western coast side with spectacular sunsets over the flatrocks.

    I love that folk art store in Williamsburg as well – and I have that same little black carved wooden chicken – it’s so cute and just the right size to tuck in between my other chicks and roosters!

    Ciao, bella! xxoo

  12. I would so love to go visit. Your pictures and all of the displays are stunning. Great inspiration and eye candy. You asked about a Cloche Party. Yes, we will have one in July, I can’t wait so get ready. Thanks also for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  13. Hi Linda…

    My friend, I’m just tickled pink for you…that you found a new gift shop and an awesome one at that! I love your little rooster and the swan plate is just gorgeous! It certainly looks awesome and “so at home” at your place! I couldn’t help but admire (and drool a bit) over the creamware photos! Mmmmm!!!

    Well dear lady, your patriotic vignettes are lovely! Thank you so much for sharing your new pretties with us and more of your beautiful home! I celebrate our independence with much thanksgiving, my friend!

    Warmest summery wishes,
    Chari

  14. HI Linda, I love the shops at Williamsburg too! We have been there many times but not in a few years. I wiould LOVE to go for the Christmas decorations! Love your patriotic table too! I just did my 4th table and will post it tomorrow. XO, Pinky

  15. I love finding things that are only sold locally! I try to get a piece from a local artist when we travel somewhere. thanks for following, Lori

  16. How wonderful that shop is in Williamsburg. Thanks for taking me there I have always wanted to go there. I don’t think there could be a bad photo there it is so pretty.
    Sherry

  17. Oh I know I would just adore this shop! Walking in with a credit card would not be wise. Love the little tea scoops. Some of those would have gone home with me for sure.

  18. Hi Linda , found your blog through 2 birdies and a B. I love it! Williamsburg is a favorite of mine. Years ago I purchased some prints of the 4 seasons in Williamsburg and had them framed. They still hang in my home today.Congrats on your blogaversary!

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