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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Crystal & Silver - Oh My!!!!!


You've all seen my china cabinet.  Well in all this spring cleaning, I really needed to do something about how messy it was.  I just kept putting anything and everything in it and it really had become unreal.




So I took everything out and couldn't even believe that I had so much stuff in there.


 No wonder I couldn't find anything.  I had it all stuffed in so there so full you couldn't see anything.


 Ok, this is much better.  A clean start.  The glass shelves, doors and the mirrors on the back all got a good cleaning.  Nice and sparkly.


 Then came the challenge of putting things back.  I decided that only silver and crystal was going back in.  I will find a home for everything else somewhere different.




 The first two shelves.  I can actually see what I have and get it out if I want to use it.



The next two shelves.  (Did you notice that I managed to stand right in the center so the silver trays would block me in the pics. )  I had to really think thin. lol


 The bottom shelf.


I am currently using the coffee and tea service on the DR table and I also have a wine tray set up on the buffet, but I think I have cleared enough that I can still get it all in when I change things up.

Love having it all cleaned out and thinned out.  Looks so much better.

I am linking to the following parties:


Jill at French Cupboard for Voila!French Inspiration on Thursdays 
Gina at The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
Sherry at No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday

Alison at Stuff and Nonsense for Friday's Unfolded
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Honey at 2805 for Potpourri Friday
Heather and Vanessa at At the Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday 
Diann at The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
Sherry at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Jen at Tatertots and Jello for the Weekend Wrap-up Party 
Donna at Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special



67 comments:

  1. Love your display of crystal and silver, and the cabinet is gorgeous!

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  2. Crystal and silver is so elegant and you have such great pieces Marty. Your cabinet is gorgeous, I've never seen it! Great job. Hugs,
    FABBY

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  3. Marty, what a pretty display! I love the sparkle!!

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  4. That looks so pretty. I like how you placed all the silver down the middle like that. I know you will enjoy being able to find things more easily now.

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  5. Marty, I do love your cabinet and the crystal and silver look fabulous but please don't overload the shelves again - my Aunt did and disaster struck when one gave way, she lost many precious unreplaceable things.
    Rose H
    xx

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  6. O dear I meant to write 'irreplaceable'.

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  7. Looks so good now, Marty. I should do the same thing, except I would have to box up the extra stuff b/c I have no more storage room. Still makes me wish I could do that! Looks good!

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  8. You've got some beautiful pieces, Marty! I like the way you put everything back in, too. They show very nicely this way.

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  9. Marty, your china cabinet looks wonderful! I love the silver and crystal together.
    I know this was a big job! Specially having to pull everything out and clean it all.
    You did an awesome job. It looks gorgeous!

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  10. UGH .... This reminds me I have to do this to mine!!
    Yours is lovely!!
    Have A Great Day!!
    Marilyn

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  11. oh marty, it looks great now! when you had the doors open...YES I DID HEAR THE ANGELS SING!!
    blessings,
    rebecca

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  12. All your things look amazing and the revamped china cabinet looks very very pretty! Now where did you put all the other stuff?

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  13. Marty, It looks so nice now. The worst part to me is cleaning the mirror and glass when I take things out of the built in hutches to "prettify". I love all the sparkle you have there. xo Diana

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  14. Your cabinet is gorgeous and it looks fantastic with the silver and crystal! I love silver trays and have been on the lookout for them. Hope you find a place for all your other pieces!

    XO,
    Jane

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  15. Oh Marty! You have been a hard working lady! Everything looks so nice. Well done! I did this very thing to my china cabinet two weeks ago. I had to clean all the silver and wash all the crystal, too. It was so dingy in there. Now it really shines. I want to keep the light on in the cabinet just for me so I can enjoy my hard work. I'm still trying to find homes for a few things that didn't get to go back in the cabinet. Did you wash antique linens, too? I did that for several days too.

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  16. Such beautiful treasures to display! I've been cleaning out mine this week, because we're moving! That kind of forced to do the deed.

    But I have a QUESTION, I have one of those thingies behind your candles, the silver piece that is kind of like an upright oyster shell, with the sides that fold downward...I have one of those and don't know what it is for!!! Napkins? It was from my mother's house, after she passed away, but I've never brought it out because I don't know what it's for!! Augh.

    Anyway, the end result with putting everything away is beautiful, a job well done!

    Lana

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  17. Your china Cabinet looks lovely. I really like the crystal and silver together. I love the old silver trays. I have a few that I've picked up at yard sales or the thrift store.

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  18. Hello Lady M...

    That china cabinet is my heaven or scaper's heavenly kingdom §;-)

    You really collect the most beautiful pieces on crystalandia.

    Happy mid-week.

    Greetings from snowy Stockholm,
    /chie

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  19. Hello Lady M..

    Sorry, that was my old and unupdated blog.

    I am downloading Google Chrome as you told it's easy. And I forgot my password.. and ended up to my old blog.

    Once again, sorry for the inconvenience.

    Happy mid-week.

    Greetings from snowy Stockholm,
    /chie

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  20. So many beautiful things, I'm in awe.

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  21. Marty, this is almost enough to inspire me to clean out some cabinets (it takes a lot to make me want to clean). Everything is so shiny, sparkling, and beautiful. I'm just not sure I could find another place for anything from my cabinets if I started cleaning. laurie

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  22. Marty,
    Your china cabinet looks great! I really need to freshen up mine!
    -Shelley

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  23. Your crystal and silver is beautiful. You can really see it now and ahh it is beautiful.

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  24. It looks much better, nice and clean. I'm back, I lost my blog by an accident so I have to start all over again.

    Regards from Sweden
    Elna

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  25. I just did this two last week. Feels good doesn't it! Yours looks marvelous!

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  26. Great job...so many beautiful treasures! Cherry Kay

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  27. Oh my, I just love all your silver and crystal collection! They look beautiful together and I'm looking forward to seeing them in future vignettes:) I like the little trick of yours, putting the silver trays to block yourself while taking the picture,lol! Becomes a challenge sometimes while taking pictures of reflective surfaces,to block oneself out! Gorgeous collection!Thanks for letting us take a peek. Hugs~Poppy

    http://withadashofcolor.blogspot.com/

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  28. Marty, how do you keep your silver so beautiful?? I love your collection.

    Jocelyn @
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

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    1. Since it is in the China Cabinet most of the time, it really doesn't tarnish all the quickly. To polish I cheat and use TarnX. Super easy. Hugs, Marty

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  29. Beautiful things...so fresh and clean! I have a cabinet similar to yours! I love it!!

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  30. Marty, I almost needed sunglasses to view your shiny cabinet. Heehee. That makes me feel like I should be up cleaning instead of blogging. Later...... maybe. I like the look of the sparkly crystal with the shiny silver. When I get a little more free time, I think the new look for your china cabinet will be my inspiration. I know you have already linked up to other parties but you are very welcome to add this to mine if you would like to do so. Whether or not, I will see you next week at TTT again. Have a great week and don't work too hard.----------- Shannon

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  31. Good job Marty, you cabinet now looks decluttered and everything seems to standout. Thanks.

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  32. The silver down the middle is brilliant and striking.

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  33. Hey, come on over. I have lots of spaces that need cleaning, now that yours is so sparkly clean. :) Pretty!
    Babs

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  34. Beautiful cabinet. Love all of your silver. I have a similar display cabinet that you have just reminded me is in desperate need of some cleaning.

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  35. Oh my goodness, such lovelies. I would like to go "shopping" at your house. :) It looks really pretty and sparkly and organizd, but displayed very pretty too.

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  36. Bling, bling..my you have been busy! It all looks so wonderfully shiny and beautiful..Great collection!

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  37. I love all the sparkle and shine. The only thing sparkling at my house today was the shower door I cleaned.

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  38. Isn't it amazing how much we can stuff in a cabinet? I cleaned mine out a few weeks ago and put many things in my dish room so that I could actually see what was in my cabinet. You have beautiful things!

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  39. Hi Marty,
    Your china cabinet is so pretty and I love that you are displaying the silver and crystal. It's so lovely. Reminds me that I need to do the same with mine or at least wipe the dust off!

    hugs
    Sissie

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  40. Your collections are lovely and elegant. The crystal and silver looks so pretty in that gorgeous cabinet.

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  41. Hi Marty..
    You have done a fantastic job! Good for you!
    I still have a few cabinets to organize myself..
    thanks for the inspiration.

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  42. Looks lovely! Although cleaning is not my favorite pasttime, I'm always so glad that I did it when all is said and done:)

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  43. Absolutely beautiful.....I love the glimmer of the silver and crystal together :o)
    ~Des

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  44. Great job. I too have done a lot of cleaning out this winter. Maybe it's the warmer weather???

    - The Tablecaper

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  45. Hi, Marty. There's something about crystal and silver, isn't there? Right after Christmas I redid my china cabinet too, only with silver and crystal and have really enjoyed it. You have some beautiful pieces, and they way you displayed them is great. Enjoyed seeing all the details. ~Zuni

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  46. I love crystal and silver! Your's looks great!
    Debbie

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  47. Marty, I adore your cabinet with the crystal and silver..I am drooling. I have my MIL with all crystal in it and boy does it need to be cleaned and sorted!

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  48. i love those 2 silver pots on the silver tray on the second shelf.

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  49. Marty it looks gorgeous! Alas all my china cabinets look a total mess from my shoving things in there helter skelter. This is such great inspiration for me! *winks* Vanna

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  50. Now that is a beautiful collection! Nicely done! I'm so glad to find your elegant blog!

    Have a lovely day!

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  51. You have so many pretty pieces, Marty, and you have displayed them so beautifully!...hugs...Debbie

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  52. WOW Marty your have so many BEAUTIFUL pieces, I just love all that pretty silver!! Your cabinet looks so pretty!

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  53. Marty what do you use to clean your glass and mirrors?

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    1. I use the cleaner you put in your car for your windshields. It has some extra stuff in it to cut any kind of film. Love it. Hugs, Marty

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  54. Oh how I love the sparkle! It really looks beautiful Marty and shows everything off so lovely. Thank you for joining TTF and I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

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  55. Thanks for coming to the party, Marty. I really appreciate that you took the time to join in. Come back anytime you have something you would like to share. See ya Tuesday!!------- Shannon

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  56. Lovely, so shiny and sparkling. You have a marvelous collection Marty!

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  57. It is exactly beautiful Marty. It just sparkles and reflects you!

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  58. It certainly sparkles! Thank you for sharing your lovely silver and crystal and sparkling project at Potpourri Friday!

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  59. Marty you have such a lovely collection of silver and crystal, it really sparkles now that you have it better organized.

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  60. Such a lovely display, Marty!
    ...both before and after :)

    Greetings from Australia♥

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  62. Wow, you have quite the collection. I have a lot on display but also some silver packed away. I need to find it! LOL. Have a great weeekend!

    By the way, I made the switch from GFC to Linky Followers. Just wanted to let you know!

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  63. marty
    your bow front cabinet
    and the collection within
    are absolutely gorgeous

    i'm so glad you shared them
    on Fridays Unfolded

    wanted to let you know
    that i'm following you via
    LF now and hope that you'll follow
    me back

    alison

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  64. Oh, my goodness Marty! What a great collection! That cabinet just sparkles!
    Thank you for joining me for Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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