Valentine Greetings in the Potting Shed with Transferware and Flowers


Valentine’s Day provides the perfect excuse to treat yourself to flowers and be your own Valentine! I couldn’t resist having a little flower and dish fun in celebration, with some vintage-inspired Valentine greetings in the Potting Shed.


The grocery stores were blooming with bouquets of flowers last week in anticipation of Valentine’s Day.


A bouquet of Baroness Roses stopped me in my tracks when I spied them.


They join white hydrangeas, pink ruffled carnations and pink and white alstroemeria in vases.


My husband’s grandmother’s pitcher and coffee pot are blooming with hand-painted roses and provide vases for flowers.


Marked ‘Germany’ on the bottom, they both have chips and small break that was carefully repaired on the spout of the coffee pot, signs of being well-loved and the perfect sentiment for Valentine’s Day.


Transferware in shades from pale pink to deep rose provide some additional blooms and a soft and romantic color palette and vignette for Valentine’s Day.


I had a little dish serendipity a couple of weeks ago, finding a set of 6 pink Chelsea Toile plates for $3 each at an antique mall.


They’re joining another grandmother’s pink Crown Ducal Bristol plates. You can see them at a Romantic Table for Two with an edible centerpiece and wine chiller with rose petal ice cubes, here.


 Valentine greetings provide wrappers and sweet sentiments for chocolate for Valentine’s Day, serve in a teacup with dried rose petals and a rose-leaf stem spoon.


And a pair of Franciscan Pink Vista plates were a consignment store find several years ago.



Flowers are blooming on a pair of Johnson Brothers Rose Chintz plates. . .


And vintage-inspired Valentine greetings are displayed on flower frogs . . .


 Gloves hold a napkin and a bouquet of assorted vintage flatware for a table in the Potting Shed. You can see how the garden gloves grow, here.


I’m always on the look out to add a blooming fork or spoon to my collection, especially when I can pick one up for a dollar or two at an antique mall.












Vintage Valentine Greetings Table Details:

Transferware / Crown Ducal Pink Bristol, Johnson Brothers Rose Chintz, Franciscan Pink Vista, Queen’s Chelsea Toile Pink

Teapot & White Chargers / HomeGoods, several years ago

Runner / World Market

Napkins / Pier 1

Gloves / Target, last year

Flatware / assorted vintage

Valentine Postcards / Cavallini Vintage Valentine Glitter Greetings, Amazon

Vintage Greetings Chocolate / House of Dorchester, T.J. Maxx

Leaf Spoons / Two’s Company, Tuesday Morning, several years ago


 Be Your Own Valentine ♥ Happy Valentine’s Day!

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  49 comments for “Valentine Greetings in the Potting Shed with Transferware and Flowers

  1. Sue
    February 13, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Happy Valentine’s Day to you Mary!!! Hope you have a great day. Just curious, how many plates do you have? Collecting them is definitely one of your passions for sure!!! Love ya’ PS Kiss the pups for me

  2. February 13, 2017 at 7:42 am

    Mary, what a perfect Valentine greeting as I am drinking my coffee this morning. Your gorgeous collection of pink transferware accompanied by stunning blooms of roses, hydrangeas, and carnations speak beautiful sentiments of Valentine’s Day! Thanks for sharing your creative gift!

  3. Ellen Stillabower
    February 13, 2017 at 7:51 am

    Just love, love all the transfer ware!!! Your Chelsea Toile is one of my patterns..I have place settings for 12… I also have the Crown Ducal Bristol…..but I have always WANTED the Rose Chintz…but alas, I have no where to store it…I love all the red..that’s my color…and as always, your table is inspiring!!! ❤❤❤❤

  4. Bee
    February 13, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Happy Beauty Day…. your creativity with blooms, dishes and vintage silver is very inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing the beauty with all of us. Have a beautiful day!

  5. Connie
    February 13, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Lovely Valentines Day posting. Have followed you for years! I do have a very small thing to mention. Pink Vista was made by Masons, not Franciscan! With all the different chinas that go through your loving hands, it’s amazing that there are no more tiny oopses than this! Keep up the beautiful work!

    • February 13, 2017 at 8:03 am

      Thanks Connie, The back of my plates are marked Franciscan Pink Vista English Ironstone, Made in England :)

      • Connie
        February 17, 2017 at 12:54 pm

        Ok, then, but very strange to me as I’ve been collecting Mason’s Pink Vista for decades. I know they stopped making it about a decade or so ago. Actually purchased mine in England at the Mason’s shop and every one of mine is stamped Mason’s. I even looked on Replacements to see if I could find some made by Franciscan, but when I input Pink Vista, all that comes up is Masons. Maybe Franciscan started making them after Mason stopped? I think we’ve entered the Twilight Zone! ;-) Lovely posts in any case. Always beautiful!

  6. Linda Schmidt
    February 13, 2017 at 8:02 am

    What a beautiful day brightener, thank you. Have a most lovely day.

  7. RS
    February 13, 2017 at 8:15 am

    Thank you for this visual Valentine gift. The tablerunner is delightful.

  8. Belle Bleu Interiors
    February 13, 2017 at 8:51 am

    Mary, everything looks absolutely gorgeous! What a beautiful post! It is a perfect start to my morning! I hope that you have a very Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

  9. Granny Gay
    February 13, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Another lovely presentation, Mary. No doubt you have so much fun anticipating what you will be pulling together as each holiday approaches. Seeing your dishes, etc. must be like seeing old friends. Your Valentine’s Day is obviously going to be quite special…enjoy!

  10. Kim
    February 13, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Simply gorgeous! Favorite thing: garden gloves and napkins!

  11. February 13, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Truly adorable Mary, thank you for my Valentine! The way to a girls heart is definitely through pink and flowers, and those roses, swoon! All your lovely vintage things make a delightful vignette and table for 2, a sweet and romantic old fashioned Valentine’s scene ❤️

  12. February 13, 2017 at 10:05 am

    I’m swooning, Mary! Those roses stopped me in my tracks too! They are gorgeous. Where did you find them? Our grocery stores don’t have anything like that!!! 😂 Those plates were a GREAT find too! Love them as well as the darling vintage Valentine’s. I say every year I am going to look for some.

    • February 13, 2017 at 11:53 am

      Thanks Bonnie! I found the roses at Lowe’s Foods but I’ve noticed more flower varieties available than usual last week :)

  13. February 13, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Ah, Mary. As I scroll through your photos, I think that the ones that follow cannot be any lovelier, but they are! What a beautiful combination of colors and patterns! As I purchased some gardening gloves this weekend, I thought of you!

  14. February 13, 2017 at 10:18 am

    That was lovely and certainly brightened my morning coffee. Happy Valentine’s Day to you and the little girls! :-)

  15. February 13, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Such a beautiful display of your pink and red transferware. Love every piece!. Great finds and previous treasures.

  16. Debbie
    February 13, 2017 at 10:46 am

    Perfectly lovely!

  17. Virginia.
    February 13, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Thanks Mary, so very pretty!

  18. February 13, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Your shed is in full bloom with the delicate floral china and textiles. I love grocery store flowers, too, especially in winter. Wishing you, David, and the girls a happy Valentine’s Day!

  19. February 13, 2017 at 11:30 am

    What a gorgeous collection of beauties! Truly a treat for this gal who is gently reminded of the wonderful ladies of the heart….mom, grandmom, great grandmom who all were passionate about gardens, pink and antique lovelies! Your efforts are so appreciated and admired.

    • February 13, 2017 at 11:54 am

      Thanks so much Robin! Happy Valentine’s Day ♥

  20. franki
    February 13, 2017 at 11:45 am

    Those carnations…who knew!!! Beautiful!! franki

  21. February 13, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Just a BEAUTIFUL presentation! Your holiday blogs are wonderful and make my day!

  22. Kathi Layfield
    February 13, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    I’m in love with everything in this post! Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours.

  23. February 13, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Beautiful! Makes me just smile and wish I could be one of your lunch guest! Always love seeing your shed done up its so inviting!

  24. Paula
    February 13, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Happy Valentine’s Day !! I love the roses I have never seen those kind, and all the beautiful plates I sure wish I had your luck finding them !! The keepsakes are indeed a treasure they keep love ones close in heart !

  25. February 13, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    Very sweet, I stuck my head in the greenhouse yesterday, and yes the sun was shining so it was warm. We are far from being able to do anything outside yet—such a lovely place to go putter and create, I envy you—not to the level of sin, but a quiet wish…LOL, Sandi

  26. February 13, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    Love it all, but especially the faded look of the Chelsea Toile plates. Your flower arrangements are beautiful. Happy Valentine’s Day, Mary.

  27. February 13, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    Oh Mary, your vintage inspired Valentine vignette in the potting shed make my heart swoon. Your new Chelsea Toile plates are soooo pretty, and so are the Rose Chintz…one of my favorites. The pitcher, and coffee pot are such family treasures, and I love, love the teapot. Your gorgeous posies make such a happy sweetness. Happy Valentine’s Day to you! ❤️

  28. February 13, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    Those roses are exquisite! Oh my, I am swooning over them. The white hydrangeas are perfect! You got some beauties there, Mary. Happy Valentine’s day!

  29. Cyndi Raines
    February 14, 2017 at 12:11 am

    So soft and pretty – well done Mary! Thank you for the great recipes. The Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad went to our church potluck yesterday and was SO good and today slices of the No-Bake Strawberry Chocolate Ganache Tart With Chocolate Cookie Crust went to friends and family. What a hit! – Out of the park!! I felt like a gourmet chef! haha. I was so pleased with both. You are my “go to girl” for delicious recipes and they are always winners!! Can’t wait to try the Tomato Tart now. Thank you and heartfelt best wishes to you for a special Valentine’s Day!

  30. February 14, 2017 at 2:42 am

    What a lovely collection of transferware! I own some of the Rose Chintz myself and never get tired of using it. Your cherished pitchers are fantastic. What a treasure! Those roses would’ve also stopped me on my track. So beautiful! Mary, this is a perfect Valentine’s Day post!

  31. February 14, 2017 at 4:43 am

    Very pretty! Happy Valentine’s Day, Mary!

  32. February 14, 2017 at 5:03 am

    I love the heart shaped spout on the teapot Mary! Also think I need to find some small vintage valentines for my tree next year. Happy Valentine’s Day-give The Girls a hug for me:@)

  33. beth
    February 14, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Oh my word!! It’s sooooooooo beautiful and so lovely! I like it all!

  34. beth
    February 14, 2017 at 3:18 pm


  35. February 14, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    A most beautiful Valentine’s Post!! I love everything. Happy Valentines

  36. February 15, 2017 at 1:56 am

    I’m late getting to read your post, Mary, but this frilly, pink post is the perfect ending for my Valentine’s Day. Cold and damp here again, but your post is warm and cozy for me. I’m in awe over the pink toile plate for $3 each. What a wonderful find! The others are equally as charming. I like the way you have mixed the different patterns. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  37. February 15, 2017 at 9:53 am

    When you think that a certain image is your favorite, then you see another, and another…they are all so gorgeous…I love it when you feature your transferware and how you so beautifully style them. Always ever so breathtaking!!

  38. February 15, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    Soooooooooooooo very beautiful!!! And I agree… a girl should buy herself flowers any time the mood strikes. Thanks for sharing the beauty! Happy Valentines Day!

  39. Lanita Anderson
    February 16, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Hi Mary – I’m not sure which is more “swoon worthy”….the flowers or your beautiful dishes!?!?! What a beautiful display! I so enjoy seeing all of your dishes and tablescapes, but especially the ones where you use the transferware! Hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

  40. February 21, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    Mary you have just the right light in that shed! It’s beautiful! I will be linking up with these parties:
    Thank you for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  41. Barbara at Mantel and Table
    February 13, 2020 at 1:14 pm

    Wow – you find great deals! I love all your transferware – maybe Rose Chintz is my favorite – and I love the way you’ve set it out! The frogs and garden gloves are inspired! ❤️ Thanks as always for all the inspiration. I never fail to get beautiful ideas from you!

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