Friday, December 2, 2016

Second on the 2nd: My Grandmother's Dishes



I decided to share my Grandmother's dishes I inherited after she died.  Instead of rephotographing them, I decided to share this old post I created back on December 14, 2010. In case you missed Tuesday's post, these are called Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe and were designed and manufactured by a US company called Royal.  They were very popular in the 1950s and 60s and sold in various store, including Dillon's (purchased by Kroger a few years ago), where you could buy a piece each week along with your groceries.  My Grandmother, who used them every year between Thanksgiving and Christmas explained that was how she got practically a full set which she acquired before I was born.  Although all the pieces are green, each has uniquely different scenes, several of which can be traced to the novel by Charles Dickens.  They are all tied together by their hinges on the rims of each piece. 

As you will see, I was definitely in need of a new camera, but it would be several years before that happened.  Now the camera I have is fantastic.  Here is the part of the post that shares my Grandmother's dishes.

It's looking like Christmas 

I got all my Christmas dishes out this morning and, since several people wanted to see all the designs, I started to photograph them. I swear, I had the hardest time, because I thought I would use my camera with the flash. Well, the flash washed everything out, and I had a dark mess otherwise.  

 This is known as the large bowl, but because it has a crack, I can't use it. I usually wrap rolls in a towel and place them in this one.   Did you notice the eye glasses?

This even larger bowl I broke a couple of years ago, but repaired it, knowing I wouldn't use it.  I still enjoyed the image.

This may be an even better shot.

A side view of Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe is the picture on the dinner plates.

A snow covered scene showing the front of the shop is on the meat platter.

Don't you love that bay window and the carriage in the background?

This is the salad bowl. It's quite small, and I'm not sure you could get much salad in it  (Ed. note: I don't think "salads" were as leafy as they are now.  I suspect when these dishes were designed, most salads were either gelatin or contained fruits or veggies combined with a mayonnaise base).

Ed note: Although this is a saucer, it is not the saucer that should come with the cup in the set.  It is, however, what my Grandmother collected.

After standing on my head, doing a jig, and holding my mouth just right, I finally got a decent photo of the creamer and sugar bowl.  I have two creamers, and use one as a gravy boat, along with one of the saucers.

As dawn broke, I had finally photographed the various pieces I own of this set.  Now I'm off to clean each piece so the set can be used when I welcome company on Sunday.  Thank you for viewing this set of dishes today.
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Please be aware this link is only open for five days, so it's best to post sometime on the 2nd.




Thursday, December 1, 2016

November complete and December ready in my never ending calendar


November, 2016 is in the books and is history.

November was all about patriotism and Art Every Day Month.  Feel free to enlarge to read the minutia.

I have enough pages left in this journal I purchased for one more year.  I still need to buy a calendar to use on the pages, since I have gone to a very simple calendar form.  I just can't see spending all that time trying to create pages for my calendar when it never looks as lovely as those of some of my friends.  So, one more year, then I'll decide if I want to continue after that.

But for now, December, 2016 is ready to be filled in.  Because I'm color driven, you don't have to tell me how much the "red" cups that look pink in the scan, clash with the red of the calendar background.

And because my calendars are so wimpy, I thought you might like to see a few decorations as I start decorating my home for Christmas.

I got this idea from Divers and Sundry, who last year placed a softie tree on her floor.  I thought it would be safe

especially since Bleubeard refuses to be around this carpet sample, which was supposed to be a scratching "post."  

This year, as with last, I have placed my other, very well made softie, a gift from a very dear lady years ago, 

atop my Grandmother's treadle sewing machine.

Imagine my surprise when I caught Squiggles

sleeping here that same night.  The next day, the tree had been knocked over and moved.  So much for that idea!

Thanks for joining me today.  I'm really quite grateful.  Don't forget your Second on the 2nd post.  If you've never participated, dig up an old post you are proud of and post it tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Birthday cards and wrap-up



Fiona of Staring at the Sea fame, had the baby wipe technique on her blog recently.  It had been a long time since I'd thought about this technique, but was anxious to try it now that I have an ample supply of baby wipes.

The idea is to place a few baby wipes (wet directly from the pack) in or on something that the wipes won't damage or destroy when dye inks are added to the wipes.  You can see I will be using my large clear acrylic block.  I know I've said this before that I have practically no stamp pads, but tons of reinkers.  They are all sorted by type: dye, pigment, distress, and solvent.  I don't care about brand names, just type of ink.  Most of these inks I've purchased on clearance.

Because my acrylic block was so large, I had to use three full sized baby wipes.  These are not to be confused with wet wipes that are made of thinner material.

You can create your "stamp pad" any way you choose, but I chose to make stripes of various colors of dye ink.  Make sure the "stamp pad" is larger than your stamp.

Use the baby wipe "stamp pad" exactly like you would use a regular stamp pad.  Ink up and stamp (offers the person who doesn't stamp very often).  And yes, I've used every type hand cleaner I own and I still can't get rid of that black chalk paint.

You should be able to get quite a few stamped images from your "stamp pad," but if you decide to twist the stamp,

at some point you are going to start stamping "mud."

When the baby wipes were nearly dry and beginning to make mud, I removed them from the acrylic block and swiped them over a couple of pieces of heavy white scrapbook paper (12" X 12").

To clean the block,

all I had to do was grab a clean baby wipe.

Now I just have to cut these images to size and layer them onto the front of a blank card.

This is Day 30 of AEDM and I am grateful that you stuck with me through these past 30 days.

I  thought you might enjoy a review of everything I posted this month.  Please double click for a much larger view.
Now let's head for December, everyone.

Monday, November 28, 2016

T Stands For Ye Old Curiosity Shoppe


The silly season has started.  That's what I call it, because things get really silly crazy about this time of year. 

My friend Jeanie at The Marmalade Gypsy shared her Thanksgiving dinner ware.  I commented that I liked her place settings and how they reminded me of the pieces I use between Thanksgiving and Christmas.   Mine are called Ye Old Curiosity Shoppe and I got/inherited them after my grandparents died (my grandparents raised me from birth).  Jeanie asked me to share them, and those of you who are long time readers have seen them before, but not usually in such good focus.

They were designed and manufactured by a US company called Royal and were very popular in the 1950s and 60s.  Although all the pieces are green, each has uniquely different scenes, several of which can be traced to the novel by Charles Dickens.  They are all tied together by their hinges on the rims of each piece.  My grandmother must have liked these because she collected 24 of the bread (and butter) plates.  She used them for salad, bread, and dessert.

I grabbed the wrong saucer, because this is not the cup saucer.   Not sure what this saucer is used for, but it's so different, I can't find a picture of it anywhere on the internet.

The cup has a distinct handle

that matches both the sugar bowl (not shown) and creamer.

For the life of me, I thought the photo I took of the pumpkin roll included the cup of cream loaded coffee, but apparently I missed photographing the coffee.

I don't want to hear you laughing, because I vowed I would never make another one of these again.  However, this one is smaller, and I took far less time rolling it, as it shows.  The cream cheese in the center of the pumpkin bread is truly wonderful, even if I do say so myself.

This is the first one I made, and it is sitting on a dinner plate.  The second one I made was quite similar.  Yes, that's my old camera you're looking at.

Now it's your turn to share your drink related post.   Any post is acceptable as long as you can relate it, in some way, back to a drink.  Think postcard, movie, fine art, poster art, sketches, digital, hybrid, or traditional art, unique teapots, your garden, or take us with you as you go out and about.   Photos do not have to be taken on Tuesday, but you must link below (direct links only, please) to ensure Bleubeard, the "T" gang, and I visit.  Or drop by to say hello and consider joining us for this weekly event this week or in the future.  We'd love to have you. 



This is Day 29, and I actually think I'm going to make it.  Thanks for sticking with me through this month of AEDM.  I am so grateful, and so are the two "boys."

Please don't forget to dig up your Second Look on the 2nd post so it will be ready on Friday.  Any person is welcome to join.  The more the merrier.  Any genre, any post is welcome as long as you have shown it in the past.



Messing with tiles & giving up on the project

I had made a mess inside, so for the second coat of chalkboard paint, I took the project outside.   I even tried to clean up the mess I had made on my craft room table.

As I was adding more paint, I noticed it was starting to peel back.  Imagine my horror as I peeled the paint away from the tile.  It was like plastic, rather than a paint skin.  You can see what I peeled away because it is now on the pink bag.

 I noticed there were still lots of bubbles, too.

I kept removing paint and adding more, but the bubbles continued to appear.  The bubbles were unwanted because the idea behind chalkboard paint is to be able to write on these tiles with chalk.  That won't work when the surface isn't smooth.

I finally decided this was a lost project and the only thing to do was allow the paint on the tiles to dry, then figure a way to rework them. 

Since the project was a bust, I thought I would share a few photos from the trip my friend Scott and I took to his parents' home for Thanksgiving. 


I have a love of grain elevators, so I decided to take photos of as many as I could find on this trip.  After all, I was the passenger for once, so could sit back and enjoy the ride and the scenery.

Every new town presented me with an opportunity to shoot different grain elevators.

It's a sign of the times.

I can remember when, not too long ago, gasoline was over $4.00 a gallon.



I love how even though they are all grain elevators,

they are each so different and unique!

This is Day 28, and I am grateful that you joined me while I tried to turn these tiles into something functional.

I will be sharing more of my trip over the next few days.