Sunday, February 24, 2013

A Birthday Celebration

Happy Sunday everyone.  I hope you are all enjoying your weekend.  It is finally a beautiful sunny winter day here. I have been been enjoying the company of relatives this weekend, doing a little bit of reading and putting together a tablesetting for my birthday which is this Wednesday.  I really don't like to go out during the week because I work long hours but my hubby is planning a surprise dinner for me and so I decided to set my own birthday table because it gives me great pleasure and joy to do so.  It is girlie, romantic with lots of vintage eye candy.
Now I know we do not dine like this everyday, but it is my birthday after all and I wanted to make it extra special.  And I believe that part of sharing our tablescapes in blogger world is to create a bit of fantasy, inspire, share ideas and even create a bit of romance isn't it. 
I began with a white tablecloth, basic white plates that I used as chargers to placed my vintage Homer Laughlin Georgian Eggshell Blue dinner plates on top.   I added lots of crystal and silver plate and lots of pretty and feminine touches to make it extra special.
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Friday, February 22, 2013

Blue and White Vignette

Hello sweet friends.  It continues to be cold...bitterly cold and windy outside. But inside my home.... well, it is warm and cozy.  It is filled with flowers..   Lots of them.  Roses, tulips, lilies all speaking of spring soon to come.  And being thankful for the trials and blessings of this week.  And though, I am here all alone, late in the night,  it feels peacuful and serene.  It is my creative time.  Time to get inspired by all you talented women and all the beautiful things that surround me, dancing with the lovely shadows of the soft candle light that calm and warm my cozy home listening to the soft chants of Singh Kaur.  It is the perfect night in a quiet and familiar space.
 
As some of you already know, I really love buying vintages items.  Especially china and flatware.  And I think I have developed a pretty good eye for the goodies.  The more piled up the shop, the happier I am.  The really amazing thing about heading to the flea markets and antique shops is that the things that I am scouting for are often waiting for me.  I am not sure whether you choose the antique or the antique chooses you.  And although I love to shop for my daily china in modern stores, they could never offer anything with the beauty, charm and character of these items.
 
My first destination is always an antiques shop near me which is often filled with great finds.  I love it and I have spent many happy afternoons there looking for that special find and chatting with a very special and dear antiques dealer who has now become a sort of a teacher for me.  She has offered such great tips and education on these beautiful vintage pieces.  She always puts things aside for me since she now knows exactly what I like.  Especially vintage linens.  Last week on one of my regular visits I found white tea cups, just like I had hoped to find.  Of the purest made by Gladstone of England in the Old Grecian Flute pattern.  They are so delicate.  I also found Homer Laughlin Georgian Egg Shell dinner plates, a set of Silver plate Salt and Pepper shakers that I've had on my wish list for a while and dinner plates by Gien. 
 
Since the plates and the tea cups are in blue and white, I decided to do a little vignette using some of these items to follow the blue and white theme inspired by a recent post from Marlis of Creative Journeys.  If you have not seen this post, I truly recommend that you do, it is full of great inspiration and ideas. http://marlisbennett.blogspot.com/2013/02/a-little-blue-and-white-inspiration.html.  I will also be creating a tablescape with the blue and white theme which I will share this weekend.
 
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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Sunflowers to Brighten My Day

Happy Wednesday everyone.  I hope you are all having a wonderful and productive week.  It is still very cold here in the Northeast but I just can't help think of spring flowers, beautifully manicured lawns and picnics. I just love to be outdoors any chance that I get.  But let's face it, spring is still a bit far for us here and so I thought I share a bit of sunshine to brighten our cold and gloomy days.  I hope that you enjoy this quick post.
 
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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Green Transferware Vingette

Good evening blogger friends.  I hope you are all enjoying your weekend.  Today, I am sharing a quick post of a vignette I put together with my Green Transferware made in Hanley England by J.H.W. & Sons.  I also share a little history on Falcon Pottery..
The J.H. Weatherby & Sons(Ltd), a family-run company was founded in Tunstall in 1891 and moved to Hanley the following year. Named 'Falcon Pottery', it was the base for their manufacturing and trading of earthenware, and was one of a number of similar potteries in Stoke on-Trent. 1906 saw the addition of a circular bottle kiln, typical of the time but becoming rather rare now.

It first made domestic ware such as printed toilet sets, trinket sets, vases, teapots, tableware and tableware fancies, jugs, fern pots and lidded chamber pots. Soon after World War I, Weatherby began to supply advertising ware to hotels and caterers and later to hospitals and institutions. In the 1920s and 1930s it experimented with modernist matt glazes and introduced Art Deco-style vases, tableware and fancies.

In 1934 it launched Woodpecker Ware tableware, which is highly sought after today, as it its Harvest Time tableware. After World War II the pottery introduced many new lines in giftware and fancies which are now collectable.
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