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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Friendly Village China In A Toolbox

Two of my favorite collectibles are paired here on the bar. 
Transferware and an old toolbox. 
The transferware is Friendly Village by Johnson Brothers.

It has lovely winter scenes on its plates.
The snow on the plates is about as close as I am getting to snow.

Don't laugh at the bow. 
I made it and I am horrible at bow making.
Okay, laugh.

 There is a back story to the long roofers toolbox.
 It was purchased at the Gordon Farmer estate sale.
 Mr. Farmer was on American Pickers in 2010. 
He had warehouses full of antiques at his local business near our yellow house.
The lady I bought it from was happy with my vision for it.

I did not go to the sale because I thought it was likely out of my price range. 
I bought this toolbox, still full of roofing nails, from an antiques dealer about two weeks ago.

Nails out-transferware in!

{That Buddha under glass makes me think of South Korea Girl. 
She loves Asian art pieces.}

The toolbox is a big long piece but I knew immediately when I saw it it was perfect for our bar.

Wishing you a peaceful day.
 I was out in traffic and am beyond thrilled to be home with my fur kids.

Thanks bunches to all who have already stopped by.

Happy Christmas


  1. I love your toolbox and your china! A perfect pairing!

  2. Very pretty! Love Friendly Village! When we had big Christmases at Mom's the table was always set with Friendly Village. Some day it will be mine...I hope it is a very long time before it is mine. But I love it on a table. I have not collected it because I don't need to collect another thing. Love it in the tool box.

  3. What a great idea for the toolbox Olive and, your bow looks very festive. You always have such inspiring ideas Olive. XXXX

  4. Lovin' the J-Bro Olive and what a cool cookie cutter:@)

  5. I love "Friendly Village" and love the way you displayed it in your tool box!

  6. Great toolbox! I love that it has those sections in it that hold the dishes up so well. One of my favorite dishes, too. I only have a few pieces of Friendly Village, but I love them and I'm enjoying using them this holiday season.

  7. I know old Gordon would have never figured out that a roofer's toolbox was made for a china display at Christmas. I am in love with it!

  8. This is such a clever and so chippy chic idea! I adore all the china in it. Perfect for any time of the year... but so so pretty for Christmas!

  9. I just love spotting something and knowing immediately It's Mine LOL
    Your transferware looks real good in your new find

    Merry Christmas

  10. Olive,
    You make the most wonderful the china and the toolbox..and the bow is not bad..
    Love, Mona

  11. I like that rustic tool box! Those can be hard to find. Great idea to fill it with your transfer ware plates. Are you going to be able to see your daughter for Christmas?

  12. I love the tool box for the the transferware. I have the coppery metal gingerbread girl and her gingerbread guy. They are Pfaltzgraff. I bought them about 40 years ago.

    Merry Christmas!

  13. Tool boxes are so great for making vignettes and I love your's with the transfer ware! Great idea!

  14. This is fabulous! Love the combination of the toolbox and the transferware.
    I'm am a terrible bow maker - when I worked in my friend's shop, I always tried to avoid wrapping packages....simply dreadful at it.


  15. Hi Olive. What fantastic use you have made out of that old toolbox. You really are so clever with things like this. It's certainly getting hectic outside these days, and I'm always glad to be home again in the comfort of my own home, with all the twinkling fairy lights.

  16. Hi Olive! I love that toolbox and your beautiful dishes look so pretty in it! I would love to find a long one like yours! You make everything look so festive! Thanks for popping in to see me.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  17. What a great idea for a toolbox. You can have some of my snow if you want it. I'll gladly ship you a few feet!

  18. Oh ya.. loving the tool box! Happy Holidays!!

  19. I love the tool box with your pretty dishes. Your bow sets it off perfectly.xoxo,Susie

  20. Perfect! I love the tool box and to have that Transfer Ware . . ., like I said, PERFECT!

  21. Wonderful idea. So clever and the bow really makes it festive.

  22. Great tool caddy and I LOVE your Friendly Village...and the bow, too. :)
    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas.
    xo Babs

  23. Love, love, love the tool box!!

  24. Olive, I ADORE your tool caddy-cum-transferware holder! Love the plaid bow to make it merry! Merry Christmas!


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