Friday, October 17, 2014

Vintage French Agriculture Plaques

Have you all seen these before?  I just recently discovered these vintage agricultural plaques which come from France.  These award plaques were presented as prizes at animal shows and agriculture events throughout France.   As far as I know, they are to this day still awarded as such.

I purchased my first French plaque a few months back and hung it over my stove in the kitchen. Some of you asked about it after seeing it in this pic from another post I did a few months back.

Since then, I bought a collection of them from a dealer in France and so added several more above the stove.  The remainder of the plaques are in my online shop.  I have another small lot coming from the same French dealer so if they sell well (one sold shortly after being listed) I think I'll continue to buy them from her when she comes across them and I can get enough to make shipping them over here worth while.    Anyway,they go perfect with my bull head planter which also is shown here, hanging over the stove.  

I saw a few that had been converted into lamps so I played around and attached one to a lamp below…I didn't affix it permanently because I'm not sure if that's the lamp I'd want to keep it on but I think I'll play around with the idea some more and see what I come up with!

Wouldn't these be great in a Farmhouse style kitchen or family room, flanking a cow painting or figurine?  

They are currently my new favorite antique…next to transferware of course. 

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Johnson Brothers Harvest Fruit Tablescape

For those of you who've been around for a while you know that I've snuck in some oldies, but tonight I have finally got a new tablescape to share with you.  It's the first one I've put together in quite some time as I've recently reposted tables from the past.  

Mind you, it took me a couple of days plus a couple more days to put it together, but I did it.  Woo hoo!  Now, my family just needs to enjoy it together….so I'm hoping Sunday evening might be the night.  It's hard to get all my kids around the table at one time anymore.  
Don't look to closely around my dining room because I've done nothing in here except stack dishes and straighten up when I know we're expecting company.  I've hung a few things here and there but for the most part it's as it was when we moved in.  It's not bad, just not me…yet

Anyway, I recently acquired a large set of some of the most beautiful, collected and perfectly Autumnal brown transferware plates.  They are by Johnson Brothers and often called Harvest Fruit or Fruit Harvest.  They've got a chocolate brown border decorated with scrollwork, fruits and flowers and a face radiating a rich, bountiful harvest of fruits and flowers, each with hand painted color, under the glaze.  I have them listed in my shop HERE along with matching cups and saucers.  I'll be listing a huge, matching 20" turkey platter this week as well.

I wanted to bring out the colors in the plates so I chose glassware to compliment them.  Tri-color goblets found at TJ Maxx a few years back which have an orangey-brown base, aubergine stem and green glass and some pressed glass Lavender tumblers work nicely with the colors in the plate.

I have used these Bark Pillar candles in lots of tablescapes, in all seasons.    They are from Zest candles.

The centerpiece is simple, a brown transferware compote with my favorite Fall facorns (fake acorns) and one of the bark pillar candles.  On either side is a bundle of cream colored roses, hydrangeas, greenery and pheasant flowers with small ceramic pumpkins tucked around the base.  Further out and to each side of the flowers is a tall brown and white transferware candlestick and more bark pillar candles.

Interjection 1:  As I was snapping photos of my table, I noticed something outside the window. 

I found it to be a most opportune time to spy on Ashton and her boyfriend.  lol  This is her first serious boyfriend.  She's pretty picky, no she is very picky, so he must be as nice as he seems.  

Back to the table…

I should have mentioned this first, since it is what, besides the plates, I began the table with…a pretty Pashmina paisley wrap in shades or a deep eggplant, burgundy, and rust.  I may carry these in my shop so I'll keep you updated as to whether I do or not.  I have several of them and love to use them as table coverings.  I used two in this setting to run more than the length of the table allowing it to hang over the sides.  The wraps add a warm, rich, colorful and textural element to the table, which I think is always needed.

The wraps serve as a wide runner on our narrow table, allowing some of the wood to show, which is a look I'm also fond of.  Spode Woodland flatware seemed so appropriate for this Fall table setting.

Interjection 2:  I have to brag a bit on Trevor.  He had just come home after spending the day at OSU (Oklahoma State University / Cowboys) when I shot these pics of him.

  Last year, Shawn and I received this note from Trevor's Algebra teacher saying that he'd figured out a way to factor binomials that she had never even considered.  I still have no idea what a binomial is.  He was recommended for both the Math club and the Academic club which he is a member of this, his Senior, year of high school.  He was chosen as one of 16 kids to  go to OSU and compete for a Math scholarship.

Trevor spent the day at the University competing and being tested.  He did not win the scholarship however; it was given to the top 3 scorers, but what a wonderful experience for him it was.  His participation and experience will help him as he was also chosen to compete in another competition at another university; OU (Oklahoma University / Sooners) which will be in a month or so.  We are so proud of him!

He was given the t shirt he's shown wearing while at the competition and afterwards the Math team ate at Eskimo Joes, a famous burger joint in Stillwater.  Oh, and for all you who read my blog regularly, you know Trevor is a humongous Boise state fan…he wore one of his Boise shirts to the competition.  yikes.  

Thanks for indulging me while I talk about my kids, well just a couple of them for tonight. =)

I'll leave you all with a few photos taken at dusk which I think turned out nicely.  Isn't dusk such a pretty time of day?

Have a happy weekend and enjoy Autumn, for as Samuel Butler said, it "is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits"

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014



O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.

The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.

O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.

Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.

Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away.
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow!

For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—
For the grapes’ sake along the wall.

October, by Robert Frost

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