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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Step Into My Parlor -- A Sunday Favorites Tale

Sunday, and time to re-run a post from the past.

I've reached back to October 2009, and am joining Sunday Favorites and Silver Sunday.
You can find links to visit these blog parties at the end of my post.

So, read on . . . and forget that there is snow on your lawn or that Valentine's Day is only a week hence.
Right now, at That Old House, it is nearly Halloween . . . . so Boo!


"Will you walk into my parlor?" said the spider to the fly;
"'Tis the prettiest little parlor that ever you may spy.
The way into my parlor is up a winding stair,
And I have many curious things to show when you are there."

The Spider and the Fly
Written by Mary Howitt (1799 to 1888)

Yes, come and see our curious things, my precious readers all.
There's a table in our parlor, O so charming, O so small.
You can rest your weary skeletons upon our chairs so black.

Do not fret about the ghosties sending shivers down your back.

Do not worry, all my pretties; you will not hear ghostly calls.
You will not hear howls or ratt'ling chains in That Old House's walls.
For the ghosties here are kind ones, and they wish you only well.
Now sit down and have a drink, for there's a story still to tell.

Written by the resident Ghosts of That Old House


Welcome to the Parlor at That Old House. Let's play pretend.

It's Halloween, and it's drawing on to dark.

The wind whips the leaves around the lawn and up onto the porch
(what ever happened to the landscaper's promise to come two days ago?).

We begin to light the lights, and hope for Trick or Treaters.

We love Trick Or Treaters.
With a bit of good Bearnaise Sauce . . . .

Come, I've set two places at a little round table in the Parlor: one place for you, one for me.

We're just going to have a snack, nothing fancy. Maybe a glass of wine.
Blood red, of course. Here is your special glass:

The Jack O' Lanterns are troubling the gathering darkness.

A wee little ghostie watches over us. His name is Rudy, and he has lived with our family for almost 20 years. His story is for another post. But you must behave when Rudy is watching. . . that's all I'm saying.

Did I mention falling in love?

Oh yes, yes I did.

Well, be prepared to fall in love with these:

My latest Ebay find: vintage flatware -- 1919 era -- in a charming small luncheon size.
They are so dainty that I am tempted to save them for my grandchildren to use. Someday.

They are simply monogrammed: HL. My husband's initials. How could I not get them?

The pattern is called Ambassador.
Less than 20-dollars for the set -- service for 4.

I was pleased. And in love. Are you in love, too? Good.

Let's see what else we played with today. . . .

Pumpkin plates from HomeGoods, $3.99. Not dishwasher safe. Boo.

Underplates -- old restaurant dishes, white with a green stripe. They were my Mom's.

Sterling china, in Ohio.

Napkins -- goofy Halloween print, sewed 'em myself eons ago.
Wine glasses. . . where else? Dollar Tree, last year.
Rudy the Ghost -- from a craft fair, 20 years ago.

Black iron candlestick -- church rummage sale, 50-cents.

Pumpkin applique table runner -- can't remember! Kohl's or HomeGoods.

Dried up leaves on porch and lawn -- from Mother Nature. Free.


Happy Halloween!


Thanks to Beth at Gypsy Fish for hosting Silver Sunday; go visit her lovely blog for inspiration and beautiful images!

And as always, thanks to Chari of Happy To Design, for her hosting of Sunday Favorites. Don't forget to visit!

I love looking back at old posts; hope you do, too! -- Cass


  1. Your silverware is lovely and with your hubby's initials...well, of course, you HAD to get them! Happy SS!

  2. Boo did I scare you girl ha ha!! I so remember this post and really enjoyed seeing it again do have that magic touch with all your decorating...Cass I pray all is well in your world right now..May you have a Blessed Sunday my friend...hugs and smiles to you, Gl♥ria

  3. I missed this post the first time around, so glad to catch it this time... love your flatware..
    hugs HappySS ~lynne~

  4. It's nice to think of something other than snow right now, and Halloween is such a fun holiday. How lucky to find silver with your husband's initials!! Very pretty!

    Kat :)

  5. What pretty Halloween decorations you have. Love the table and the mantel.

  6. This was just too cute and the silver! Love it! Thanks for the smile
    xoxo Pattie

  7. Love that cutlery and with your husband's initials -- how great!

    It was fun to see pumpkins again -- since it's white outside and we're thinking pink and red and hearts!

  8. you are so clever.... damnit

  9. What a piece of luck, finding beautiful silverware with your husband's intitials. Love that old restaurant china...I have several of the oval steak/sandwich platters that we use for lunch all the time. Reminds me of when I was a teenager, back when the dinosaurs roamed, waiting tables in the local diner! NEED to find me a sign that says the witch is in!

  10. I remember this post and that great silver!

    I need you to come vote on your favorite silver, I did not say POLISH ER, which would be anyone but me! :)

  11. Very cute as always.
    Seems like Halloween was a decade ago!

    Happy Sunday!


  12. You REALLY have a lot of neat and different looking Halloween decorations. Especially your goblet and a plate with a pumpkin in it? Whoa some I've never seen before!

  13. If people didn't know we were participating in a meme they would really wonder about us. Halloween in February? And I thought people who still had their Christmas trees up were bad. Lol.
    I think the grandchildren will love the set...when they get here that is.

  14. What a fun surprise to see this post today. I am one of those people who are happy to see a Halloween theme at any time of the year. Your silver pieces are wonderful.

  15. The Spider and the Fly, one of my favorite childhood poems and I still can say it by heart! (early memorizing seems to stick, not so today!) Enjoyed yoru post.

  16. The silverware with your husband's initials was a great find!

    Boo to you too ;)

  17. Cute post! It was fun to see the silver, but even more fun to see those jack-o-lanterns in February. Thanks for sharing this. Happy Silver Sunday!

  18. Adorable silver and great spooky post! Thanks for playing along...See you next Sunday for season 2 and the SS giveaway reveal.
    {{gypsy hugs}}

  19. Hi Cass...

    Ohhh what revisit Halloween past at That Old House! I love how you decorated your parlor, my friend! Love the pretty black and orange table linens and the pumpkin table runner is sooo pretty! What a perfect place to share a fun and festive Halloween dinner...right in front of that gorgeous parlor fireplace! Ohhh...and I love your silver find from ebay...what a beautiful pattern and what are the chances that they would be monogramed with your honey's initials? Too sweet to pass up...that's for certain! What a sweet post to share with all of us for Sunday Favorites...I really enjoyed it, my friend!!!

    I do apologize at being so late to get by for a visit but I sure have been enjoying my daughter and grandchildren's surprise visit!!! Thank you again for joining in with the fun of Sunday Favorites...this was a real treat...a trick or treat! Hehe!

    Have a fabulous week, Darlin'!
    Chari @Happy To Design


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