Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Flirtation & Adoration...

Oh... it's the china 
and the silver-plate patterns! ;-)
Join me on the patio...


The English bone china is "Flirtation"
by Royal Doulton that I purchased for
myself in the mid-70's... Twelve 5-piece settings.

It is a very delicate pattern with
pink poppies, blue cornflowers,
(not hand-painted periwinkles ~
if I had only known...)
white daisies, wildflowers,
and golden ears of wheat. 

The silver-plate flatware pattern is
1847 Rogers "Adoration."



Princess House Crystal "Heritage"
2-piece hurricane candle lamp.
A recent purchase... $3 
from my favorite thrift store.





Princess House Crystal "Heritage"
sugar and creamer.
This set was a wedding shower
gift over 30 years ago...
among other pieces.

Princess House home parties were
very popular all those years ago,
 as I recall.




I'm joining Cuisine Kathleen for

... and thank you for visiting me today!
'til next time,
...Karen

Friday, March 23, 2012

Yesterday's mail...

A clunk at the door,
and Winston being his usual a"lert" self.
DS and DDIL sent me...
Dr. Insomniac's Premium Coffee
"Italian Roast"
Locally roasted in Marin County

Oh, go ahead... lean closer.
Smells WONderful!

Ground some of those beans for the French Press...
Kettle of water on to boil.

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So I move to the other squishies in the box!

This cute little shoulder purse/wallet and
a zippered makeup pouch for my larger purse!
They are a beautiful chestnut brown tapestry.


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Coffee is brewed... cream and sugar?


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Happy Friday!
'til next time... Karen

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Candlewick...

About twenty years ago,
I bought a box of dishes at an estate sale for $30.
The dishes were really cute,
and I had never seen anything like them.
The seller said they were Depression Glass.
That really didn't matter as I just liked them.
The following pieces were in that box.
Imperial Glass Candlewick
Oval Snack Plate / Cup
~Service for 12~

Imperial Glass Candlewick
Oval Snack Plate / Cup

Imperial Glass Candlewick
Divided Celery
Imperial Glass Candlewick
Candy Dish
Imperial Glass Candlewick
Stemmed Compote

The Imperial Glass Company opened its doors 
in 1904 in Bellaire, Ohio.
In 1936, Imperial Glass released what would become
its most successful line:  Candlewick.

By the 1950s, Imperial was producing more
than 200 items in the Candlewick line.

But the 1950s also brought increasing scarcity of
resources and stiff competition from
cheap foreign glassware.
After changing ownership a few times,
the company finally closed in 1984.

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Over the years, I have been gifted a few more pieces.
And I am always on the lookout for them
when I visit my favorite thrift stores.

Imperial Glass Candlewick
Heart Handled Mint Tray
~Birthday gift from my son~

Imperial Glass Candlewick
Plain Top Crimped Vase
~Birthday gift from my son~

Imperial Glass Candlewick
Heart Shape Tidbit
~Birthday Gift from my sister~

Imperial Glass Candlewick ~
Open Sugar with Tray
The sugar I found locally.
The tray was purchased in Havre de Grace, MD
while visiting family.
I am "on a mission" for the creamer.



Imperial Glass Candlewick
Water Goblet stem #400/190
1943-1967

The water goblet above is my latest find... $0.99.
I don't have any Candlewick glassware,
 and this style stem was new to me.

I am particular about how much I am willing
to spend and usually do NOT spend over $5 per piece.
Glassware?  No more than $2.
And buying off the internet takes all the fun
out of searching!

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If you decide to collect certain pieces of glassware
by certain manufactures, education is key.

The glasses below are sometimes "passed off"
as Candlewick... they are not.
These were made by Anchor Hocking.
The pattern name is "Boopie."

And, yes, I collect these, too!
They look lovely with Candlewick, 
and they are easier to find.

Anchor Hocking "Boopie" pattern glassware
~produced from 1950s to 1970s~

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'til next time,
Karen

I'm joining...


Monday, March 19, 2012

Blue Monday...


One fish,

two fish... 

Goldfish, 

in my blue fish dish! 

I could not find that book today...
I could not find that book, I say.
So...
The Cat in the Hat came over to play.


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Have a great Monday...

Visit more Blue Monday participants 
by clicking the bluejay button.

...Karen

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day...

Winston Peabody III...
but today, he's Irish!


Friday Night Sew-In results...
I still need to quilt the border and add binding.



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...Karen



                                                  
                                            

Friday, March 16, 2012

FNSI - making progress, but...

My bobbin ran out... again.
Good time for a break and a treat!

See you tomorrow!
...Karen

Friday Night Sew In...



You, too, can join the fun HERE!
Thanks, Heidi, for hosting!

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...Karen

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Acres of poppies...

The local news reported a couple of weeks ago
that the poppies were blooming
on the northeastern slopes of the mountains where I live.

It was beautiful and sunny on MY western side of the mountain
but from a distance things didn't look so sunny.
We also had to travel through the mountain pass 
to get to the northeast.


 
I could have sworn I saw a snowflake or two!
It was verrrrry cold, and we got out of the truck
for about two minutes only to see
that the poppies weren't fully open.
They were a bit chilled, too, I think.

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A week or so later... a totally different picture.

Not a cloud in the sky today and temps in the upper 70s.
As for the poppies?  I hope you enjoy the photos!
(They are still not all in full bloom.)














See?  No clouds.

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The poppies bloom each spring only when we have some
good winter rains and some snow.
They did not bloom last year due to the historic freeze 
in our area and very little winter precipitation.
The poppies bloom only on the eastern slope.

Castner Range is an 11-square mile (7000 acres) 
former artillery range on the eastern slope 
of the Franklin Mountains.
Due to unexploded munitions, one must stay 
on the designated paths throughout this area.
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'til next time.
Enjoy your day!
...Karen