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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

C'est Magnifique!

What's It Wednesday #68
This post is inspired by my class. I teach 4th grade and recently the students took the state writing test. I was constantly reminding them to “magnify the moment”. I noticed that I'd magnified a bit myself. This two way mirror of ormolu in the powder room for easy makeup application.

This hand magnifier makes reading the fine print easier. So I was on the hunt to find more.

I remembered this great candle holder that I'd found a couple of years ago, I love the way all the beveled glass reflects and magnifies the light.

This is my favorite piece that I found in my neighborhood thrift store for $20.00! It's a candle lamp that beautifully magnifies and reflects the candlelight. Most days I just leave this gorgeous silk rose in it. The flower seems to grow and bloom! Ahhh, c'est magnifique!


Thanks to all of you who partied with us last week. Please link-up and join us again. Remember, it's not a party without you!

Here are this Week's Features:
Moonbeams & Fireflies

Faith, Grace, and Crafts


Glass Slippers and all Sorts of Stuff...

Rosemary and Thyme

Beautiful Ideas

Don't Forget to Add a Feature Button!
Ivy and Elephants

We are partying with these fine folks:
French Country Cottage
The Thrifty Groove
The Charm of Home
Craftberry Bush
Chic On a Shoestring Decorating
Cozy Little House
Our Delightful Home
Coastal Charm
The Dedicated House
Boogieboard Cottage
Natasha In Oz
Common Ground
Amaze Me Monday
Faith, Grace, and Crafts
Elizabeth & Co.
A Diamond in the Stuff
Not Just a Housewife
A Stroll Thru Life
Savvy Southern Style
The Farmhouse Porch
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
The Brambleberry Cottage
My Romantic Home
From My Front Porch to Yours

Come show off your whatchamacallits, what is its, what it once was, and "hey, look what I just did" posts. In other words, what you created, organized, designed or re-designed, found, purchased, transformed, inherited, re-purposed, renovated, are selling, or giving-away.


Revi said...

I NEVER know what I'll find here - but I know it will be amazing! I've never seen most of the stuff you have - and now I WANT it! :)
SOOO cool. Thanks for hosting the party, ladies.

Antiques And Teacups said...

Hi Patti! What an enlarging post! I didn't know you taught 4th...I used to teach kindegarten. How fun! Neat to see more of your collections! Thanks for hosting!

SwedishCorner ~ DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Thanks for the party :) Hope you had a wonderful Easter! ~Pernilla

nayana@CherishDreamLive said...

Your collection is beautiful..thanks for hosting.

NanaDiana said...

Wow- Some beautiful magnifiers, Patti. I have always been fascinated by them. When I was a kid I was always trying to set a tissue paper on fire by directing the sun thru a magnifying glass....go figure that I would do xo Diana

Heirloom treasures said...

I always love coming over here to see the most amazing items and vignettes. These are no exception, they are stunning. I so want some of these. If only I could find something so beautiful. Alas not around here. :)

Jeane M. said...

Magnify has been a word I seldom encounter and glad to remeber it. Love to have this lovely inspiration in here. Got my eye on your next posts.

Collar City Brownstone said...

OMG, I want that last one. The candle lamp that magnifies. I have never seen that before.

MyCleanerLabelLife said...

Thank you for hosting! I didn't have an of my projects to share just yet..I am moving them from an old blog I shared what I create at least once a homemade laundry detergent (I have 5 kids so we use alot!) I hop that's okay!!

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Love thrifting, so much fun finding those treasures! Hope you are having a great week...

Curtains in My Tree said...

I love the Bridal Bouquet made out of rhinestone jewelry, I want to make me one to play with, since I am not getting married

Love coming over to see your gorgeous finds

Linda said...

Greetings, Patti!
You have some lovely treasures, indeed. Sigh.
Thanks for hosting such an awesome event each week. I know it must be alot of work, so I'm sure we all appreciate it very much. I am really enjoying it.
I was so excited to see my 'Easter Blessings' post featured!!! lol I decided to link up with another Easter- themed post this week, "Romantic Easter" before all the decor goes back in the cupboard for another year. :-))) Where does the time go? XO
Linda at Beautiful Ideas

Trisha said...

Thanks for the feature! What a pleasant surprise! Love your beautiful magnifying glasses!


Sarah Coller said...

How pretty! You always show off the neatest things! Great features too---isn't Doni's wall hanging just GORGEOUS?!! I'm collecting bits and pieces to make myself one one of these days!

Mrs. Sarah Coller

must love junk said...

You have such interesting, unusual collections! Thanks for sharing and for hosting :)

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Thanks so much for hosting!!

Beautiful pieces you have shared today!!


Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home said...

You always have the neatest things to show every week...thank you so much! Hugs, Penny

Alessandra said...

It' s always a great pleasure coming over your blog. Those mirrors are wonderful and i love the way you displayed everything.

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Hi Patti!
Love those roses and all that lace, beautifully displayed and clever idea.
Happy Wednesday! Gina

Unknown said...

Hi Patti,
Everything looks so beautiful. Roses are my favourite flowers and I like to see things featuring roses. Thanks for hosting and enjoy the rest of your week.

Liz @ Quirky Vistas said...

Thanks for making room for all of us here at your place. Love that candle mirror. Never heard of one, but what a great idea!

Rosemary and Thyme said...

Happy Wednesday Patti. Thanks so much for featuring my Carrot Cake recipe. I am so delighted. I just love your collection. You have display everything beautifully. I truly hope that you had a great Easter.

Uniquely Ella said...

You have the most beautiful collections. It's always a pleasure to come visit. Thanks for hosting.

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...


I just bet you are one fantastic teacher! How fun to get to know you better!!
Love your collection-you always have beautiful items and features!

Ellie said...

I was immediately drawn to this post when I noted you teach fourth grade. I taught this grade for almost 40 years. I specialized in writing. I absolutely love your reminding students to "magnify the moment." That is stupendous. Sure wish I had read, and adopted, your words before I retired. I can't think of a more perfect expression.

Love following your blog. Keep up the great work.

Junkchiccottage said...

Thanks for hosting your fabulous party. I get such wonderful inspiration from these features.
Have a great week.

Auro @ Add that Xtra in the Ordinary said...

Hi Patti,
How are you doing,its a been a while as I wasn't blogging lately but I love coming to your lovely space here and each posts has such fine detailing,that I am glued to the vignettes.
Thanks for hosting the party once again

Teresa said...

You have - and enjoy, and for me that's important - original and impossibly gorgeous colections.

Thank you for sharing so much Beauty!

Going to mingle in the party - I've seen some tumbs that promisse magical places and wonderful people...



Jeannie and Linda said...

Hi Patti! Thanks for hosting the lovely party.
Have a peaceful day,
Linda and Jeannie at The French Hens Nest

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Patti, you take the most dreamy, vintage-inspired pictures!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Beautiful PATTI!

I knew you taught as I do, but I did not realize you taught FOURTH GRADE! ME TOO! Well, I did for nine years. I have been subbing all year from 1-12th grade and it has been delightful. MAGNIFY the moment, indeed, in all we do! I am working on a poem and there is one line that I need to do some free-writing for to magnify a specific moment in my life. It is a lot of work but so worth it.

Your wares are always a wonderful treat to behold. I am writing from my loft library/bedroom where the style is more feminine than the rest of the house and my vanity holds many lovely fancy treasures too!

Thank you dearest Patti for your visit! Have a lovely Friday, Anita

The French Hutch said...

Your party is always filled with inspiration. I love your lovely vignettes. I’m sure yours was a beautiful Easter.

The French Hutch

Okio B Designs said...

What wonderful finds! Love your vignette! Coming over from French Country Cottage and a happy new follower!


Anonymous said...

Hi Pstti! I didn't know you taught school! I'll bet your show and tell is amazing. You could certainly teach the children about the wonders of your collections! ;)
Thanks so much for popping in to see me and I hope you're doing well.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

June said...

I was just thinking the other day that I need to have a magnifying glass on every table because I hate wearing glasses for the few times I need them. It would be nice if they could be as lovely as yours Patti.
many hugs from here...

aluminum deck railing said...

Your post caught my attention and enjoyed reading your inspirational blog.

Audrey Frelx said...

Beautiful!!! Love that rose reflected in the beveled glass!

Loved looking at all the lovely pictures!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Wow, what a beautiful treasure. I've never seen a candle lamp before, it stunning! Great features too, that cake looks delicious!

Red Rose Alley said...

The magnifying glass is just gorgeous. I really love these myself. I bought my son a hand one when he was a little boy, and they have always reminded me of him. You have the most beautiful items. I would love to see your house. I bet it's so charming. Have a nice weekend.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

That candle lamp is amazing, I do not blame you for loving it! Thanks for stopping by to visit, I always enjoy it when you do!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

OMG, I have got to go look at some of your features...They look great! Love your magnifiers...The candle one is great! Hope the kids all did great and MAGNIFIED


Victorian1885 said...

Hello Patti
I love the magnifiers you have shared! Thanks for your comment today on my sachets! Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


Julie Marie said...

Oooh Patti, I just love all of your vintage magnifiers... you and I love so many of the same things!... I only have two small vintage magnifying glasses, I use them alot as I can hardly read the teensie print these days everywhere!... now, like always when I visit you, I want to add to my little collection... wishing you a blissful Sunday, xoxo Julie Marie

Little Miss Maggie said...

I love all your magnifiers. They make great décor pieces and they are fun to just have laying around. You never know when you're gonna need one too.

Chatty Crone said...

You know what - my grandson is having some troubles expanding his writing - I am going to share this with him - what a great idea! sandie

Shannon @ A Cozy Place Called Home said...

You show such pretty and unusual treasures. The candle lamp is wonderful and fits in the unusual category. Thank you for hosting the party and for the nice comment you left for me about my Easter table.

Clara said...

Your magnifiers are all so beautiful. I love your standing mirror.


so many wonders !! Love everything : they would exactly suit in my home !
xoxo from PARIS

Nella Miller said...

Dear Patti, finding anything with ormolu trim is always exciting...your pieces are beautiful and I especially admire the magnifying glass, beauty and function....N.xo

Anonymous said...

Patti, you always show us the most beautiful objects. Just when I think I have seen it all on my hunts you two show us something else so beautiful. I keep thinking I would love to collect old magnifying pieces....hmmmm. Have a wonderful week. xo

Beverly said...

Patti, you have put together some great "looks". Each one is fascinating.

I need some help seeing these days, too.

Palomasea said...

Beautiful and sparkly...and romantic...thank you for sharing the lovelies!

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

I just don't think these beautiful old treasures are appreciated as they should be. So glad there are still a few of us to enjoy them.

Cottage and Broome said...

Those magnifying glasses are just wonderful!! I like your thought to magnify the moment, words to live by. Thanks for hosting, Laura

Natasha in Oz said...

Thanks so much for sharing this at my say G'day Saturday party. Thanks also for taking the time to link back to me.

If you have a moment to stop by my blog for this week's party I'm inviting my pinning blogger friends to pin to my Mother's Day group board. I'd be thrilled if you could join in!

Best wishes,
Natasha in Oz


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