Friday, July 3, 2015

The American Flag

Happy Independence Day to you and yours!


When freedom, from her mountain height
     Unfurled her standard to the air,
She tore the azure robe of night,
     And set the stars of glory there!
She mingled with its gorgeous dyes
     The milky baldric of the skies,
And striped its pure, celestial white
    With streakings of the morning light.

The American Flag
 by Joseph Rodman Drake



I'm thankful to have been born an American! 
 God Bless the USA! 





Blue Transferware in Patriotic Color Schemes & Summer SALE

Last year I posted twice about rooms decorated in red, white and blue, plus transferware   HERE & HERE.  With 4th of July only a couple of days away I thought I'd share some additional rooms beautifully decorated and chock full of the patriotic color scheme.
And transferware.

There's something about blue and white china set against red toile…. 

…especially when the china is transferware.
If you ask me anyway-
 (photo Jennifer Jordan)
But then there's blue transferware and red checks…
 (photo Maple & Magnolia)

…and checks…


…and checks…

…and more checks…

(Carol Glasser)

…and even more checks…

(photo Holly Mathis Interiors)

…and more.
(photo Savvy Southern Style)

Wait, one more.


Blue transferware can be paired with plaids…



or with with red, white, and blue toile.




A touch of blue transferware looks fresh with white ironstone china.



Blue transferware is fun with polka dots,

and fresh with modern florals.



It is perfectly at home with stripes

If you have trouble deciding how to use blue transferware, or you love lots of patterns like I do, just mix blue transferware with all of the above. 
All at the same time. 



Blue transferware looks great with everything!



And right now you can get blue transferware (and every other transferware color) on sale because my Summer sale is going on now.  Sitewide, everything is 20% off in the store
 Use the code Summer at checkout.

Plus…all the jewelry is 75% off!!!
Use the code Jewelry at checkout!

Have a Happy 4th of July, everybody!!!





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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Edward Challinor Turquoise and Red Transferware Tablescape

I was recently asked to sell a set of antique transferware for a customer and am in the process of listing it all to my shop now.  When the dishes first arrived I was planning out a Mothers Day dinner for our Moms and thought it would be fun to pull out the red shades in them.  I paired them with my Masons Vista dinner plates, some vintage red glassware and flowers.  The set is by Edward Challinor and dates to the mid 1800's.  It is a gorgeous color of turquoise with vividly painted flowers.




The smaller salad plates were layered over the red dinner plates and cream colored chargers. 





The vintage tablecloth has the same turquoise shade as do the dishes.  I have had this for years and never used it! 


I found the cranberry and gold glasses for next to nothing at an estate sale a year or two ago and the goblets came from Tuesday Morning. 

  It's very difficult to find an antique set like this with so many pieces intact and still with the set.  I used the teapot, creamer, sugar and a large ewer at the center of the table, each filled with colorful roses and other flowers.


About Edward Challinor: 
Edward was born to William Challinor, an attorney of Pickwood, Leek and Mary nee Bagnall on July 18, 1792.  He was apprenticed at an early age to J. and R. Riley of Burslem, whose factory was located at the site which later became Hill Top Pottery.
He purchased The Over House Works in 1819 which had previously been owned and operated by the Wedgwood family for the past 200 years. There he began business on his own account.  In 1828 he began leasing the works out to other potters and he joined John Wood making pottery at Brownhills, Tunstall.
(photo credit: Staffordshire Past Track)
In 1869, the old works were entirely taken down and a new and extensive manufactory was erected with all the latest improvements of machinery and appliances. The jiggers all being driven by steam-power and the drying stoves heated by exhaust steam. 
The rebuilding, after half a century of active occupation by one person, was thus commemorated with a sign in ornamental scroll stonework and carved brickwork surrounded by Minton tiles with the inscription: 
‘Edward Challinor commenced business here A.D. 1819, and rebuilt the premises A.D. 1869.’  







The new manufactory was opened in 1870 by Ralph Hammersley, who moved here from the Church Bank Pottery at Tunstall and who had previously been involved in business with Mr. Challinor for twenty years.  Edward Challinor never married and died on April 16, 1879. 

Today the Over House Manufactory houses Royal Stafford (formed in 1992 Royal Stafford & Barratts of Staffordshire), one of the few remaining factories producing traditional high fired English earthenware, drawing its warmth and charm from the natural clays which are still mined in the South of England.  There is also a Factory Shop and Ceramics Cafe' on the premises where you can paint your own piece of pottery.



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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Playing with Purple Transferware while they were at the Prom & SALE

Kids grow up so fast.  Last Saturday night my two babies attended their Jr. and Sr. prom.  I snapped a few photos before they left the house for their big night out with friends and dates and to catch them both looking snazzy~

 Ashton, my high school junior and her date, Jake
Trevor, my high school senior, attempting to look so cool…

I had as much fun staying at home as they did going to the Prom.  I played with dishes and if you ask me, I got the better deal!   I turned on some music and spent the better part of the evening pulling out some of my purple transferware collection and displaying it in our Master Bath over the tub. 
   
I like to layer varying shapes and sizes…larger pieces in the back and smaller ones towards the front…plus I can cram more in that way.


 The house has lots of beautiful woodwork and several of the walls in the bath area have this wonderfully deep molding, just perfect to double as a shelf.




Directly over the tub is another wall arrangement with some of the purple plates and one of my favorite green transferware platters.






Trevor brought me home a pink carnation  that evening and I put it in a miniature vase by the bathtub.








And lastly, a reminder that there is still time to take advantage of my online sale.  There are two days left to save 15% off everything when you use the code Bunny at checkout.  (Jewelry is 1/2 off with the code Jewelry).  






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