Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Featured in Romantic Homes Magazine & a Blue Transferware Turkey Platter

Normally I wouldn't say much, if anything, about my birthday but this time I'm making an exception.  My birthday was yesterday and I   got a very special gift, being a 3 page article in Romantic Homes magazine.

About 6 weeks ago I was contacted by one of the editors of Romantic Homes magazine, Meryl Schoenbaum, regarding an article on turkey platters and transfer ware.   We conversed over the phone and via email several times.  I sent  a few photos of some of my favorite transferware platters that are currently for sale in my online shop and some historical information and facts about the turkey wares.  

I had not heard much else but knew that the article was to be published in Romantic Homes November 2011 issue.  
Shawn has gone to the store every morning and evening for several days waiting for the distributor to re-stock the shelves with current issues.  He's been like a little boy waiting for Christmas regarding this article.  

Yesterday evening, as we were headed out for one of the boys soccer games and some yummy street tacos I decided to grab the mail. Upon seeing the rolled up magazine in the mailbox, I knew immediately that it was the November issue because I could see the pinks and purples of the cover wreath and I'd seen the cover online a couple of days ago.  I had no idea I'd get this in the mail so it was completely unexpected and made my birthday even better...although it was pretty amazing anyway!

 I was so thrilled to open Romantic Homes magazine and see that I was featured in a 3 page article!  Meryl literally published the full interview with all of the information I had written to her. 
Several of my photos were used in the article to.

Sincerely, Thank you Meryl!  Thank you Romantic Homes Magazine!

Last year I wrote an article on my blog called 'Talking Turkey and Transferware'.  You can read that post HERE if you'd like.  

Now, you might have noticed above that I took a photo of the magazine atop a blue transfer ware Turkey platter.  
This platter dates to the 1930's and was produced by Crown Ducal in the Colonial Times series.  England began targeting the American market with the production of historical related transfer printed wares almost a hundred years before this piece was produced.  Turkey themed items were produced by the British, for the Americans, around 1870.

The Colonial Times pieces have a large array of historical scenes and depictions and can be used or displayed throughout the year.  You may remember that I featured this pattern a few months ago for my Fourth of July table.   The luncheon plates were the star of this table featuring 'The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere'.

The Colonial Times back stamp is a big one with three Pilgrims.  It's one of my favorites.

This pattern has a set of four, plumed cartouche's evenly spaced around the plates or in this case, placed at an angle on each corner of the platter.
Each one has a different, historical depiction.
Let's take a look at them, close up.

1- The Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor

2 -  The American Indian on Horseback with bow and arrow

3- Entitled "The Return of The Mayflower", a couple watches from shore as the ship returns.

4- Pocahontas saving the life of John Smith

Between each of the smaller scenes is a floral spray with a medallion centered over it.

Of course the center of the platter, the star, is the turkey.

In the arrangement of blue plates below, you can see another platter from this series.  It depicts The Signing of the Declaration of Independence. 

The Colonial Times pattern comes in several colors, blue, red/pink, green and purple.  

 I'll be doing a tablescape with this pattern using some of the purple pieces soon. 


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  1. Oh how wonderful!!!!!!! My copy came yesterday but I am saving it for a quiet moment to enjoy. It will be extra special reading now, congratulations! So nice to see a fellow blogger published. Laura Cottage and Broome

  2. Nancy, I am so excited for you. This is fabulous. I'll look for a copy at the store this weekend.

    Of course, we already knew you were wonderful.♥

  3. Oh, Congrats! Nancy that is awesome! What gorgeous platters! Perfect for Turkey day!

  4. Many, many happy returns Nancy! What a great gift to share with all the readers, what a shame it's not available in the UK :o(
    Love the turkey platter - but then it's blue and white...you know what a sucker I am for blue and white!

  5. Congrats on the special feature. Thanks for the intro. to the colonial series. I have the Liberty Blue series from the US Bicentennial year.

  6. I am so happy for you! and Happy Birthday...that is a fantastic birthday present!

  7. Congratulations, they are indeed beautiful platters. Very exciting for you - well done! Diane

  8. Congratulations darling! How exciting for you. I can not wait to head to the store and buy a copy.. I adore blue and white, your collection hanging is phenomenal. hugs ~lynne~

  9. Nancy, how cool, and three whole pages! Go you!

  10. wow! Congrats on the feature Nancy! Do you have a purple turkey platter? If so, let me know!!!

  11. Hi Nancy...

    I just got my issue of Romantic Homes in the mail yesterday and I have already seen your article! I'm just sooo thrilled for you, my friend! How exciting!!! Of course, I am not surprised one bit...you have a fabulous collection of transferware and I loved getting to see the beautiful turkey platters!

    Congratulations and warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  12. Hi Nancy, Happy Birthday and congratulations, what a beautiful spread. I love turkeys and love, love, love turkey platters. Those are some of the most beautiful I have ever seen. Thanks for sharing it with us and have a wonderful week. Terri

  13. Congratulations Nancy! How wonderful to be featured!!

  14. How terrific, Nancy! Congrats on such a nice spread in the magazine. I can't wait to receive my copy now!!

    Angelic Accents

  15. Woo Hoo, Nancy! Happy Birthday and congratulations! What a great day for you. I am really looking forward to that issue and will say "I know her"! : )

  16. Congrats, Nancy. Wow, three pages! Love that turkey platter.

  17. you always have such wonderful pieces, congrats~

  18. Happy birthday, and congratulations. You should be so proud of yourself.

  19. Happy Birthday Nancy,

    How exciting!! You are the queen of transferware and to have an article published is fabulous. You certainly deserve to be recognized as "the expert" as I have never seen so much transferware or learned so much about dishes! Thanks for sharing and Congrats!! I am going to rush out and buy a copy!!

  20. Lindas peças! Parabéns.
    Tenha uma ótima noite.

  21. Congratulations! What a great feature!

  22. How wonderful that you were featured, but I'm not surprised. You are the authority on transerware, in my book. I will have to find a copy of this magazine.

  23. Congratulations, Nancy! I'm so proud for you! No one has such beautiful transferware than you!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  24. You have the most wonderful dishes. I absolutely love them. Congrats to you. You are a star! I bet you get all kinds of business from the article. Happy Birthday too! Lori L

  25. Congratulations!! How exciting ~ and you are so very deserving. I hope you had a fantastic birthday! This is certainly a celebration for sure. Can't wait to read it.


  26. You rock, Nancy!! Congratulations and happy birthday!

    Love your style!!

  27. This is wonderful. Your collection is one of the best. Congratulation on having your 'TOM' featured..I found you at Share The Love Wednesday and now following you..
    Happy Fall,

  28. Hope you had a great birthday celebrity! Congrats! You are the TQ -- Transferware Queen and I am glad for the fun article they did on you. Joni

  29. How great to have your things in that magazine. I'll have to pick up a copy. I love big turkey platters....so necessary for a true All American Thanksgiving.

  30. Congratulations, Nancy! Fabulous!!! I will pick up a copy at the store tomorrow. A celebrity among us! :-)

  31. My chest is all puffed up with pride for your accomplishment! Happy Birthday! The platters are magnificent, and thank you for the history. I'll buy a copy today. Cherry Kay

  32. I am sooooooo proud of you!!! What an exciting event!!! You go girl!!! You have the best collection and the best knowledge, they choose the right gal!!! I am lusting after the blue turkey platter....

    And many happy returns on your birthday.....hugs....cleo

  33. Omigosh Nancy! This is so exciting! I'm super happy for you on this huge accomplishment. You should be very proud of yourself. I'm gonna pick up a copy so I can brag to my friends that I know you! LOL!

  34. Oh how exciting. Congratulations and Happy Birthday. Oh, I can't wait to get a copy of the magazine. This is just the greatest. You do have some of the most beautiful pieces. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  35. How wonderful! Congratulations, Nancy! Romantic Homes sure contacted the perfect person!! I need to get a copy of this!

  36. I got my issue Monday in the mail and saw your article and remembered your lovely blog! That's wonderful for you!

  37. Nancy: This is sooo exciting. It couldn't happen to a nice person. My issue just arrived!

    - The Tablescaper

  38. Happy birthday and congratulations! I've learned so much about transferware since finding your blog and I can only imagine you'll have lots of new followers after they read the magazine article.

  39. Nancy, I am so happy for you! You are the most deserving and informed person I know on this subject!!!!I am going out to get my copy too! I collect magazine that have my friends articles in them!
    KUDOS to you!
    LOVE that blue turkey platter!

  40. How exciting, Nancy. I'm going to pick up a copy as soon as I can find one. This will be one I keep. I always file away magazines that have articles which feature friends. ;-)
    Your platters are gorgeous. Love the way you have them hanging with plates around them.
    Happy Birthday, my friend. ~ sarah

  41. Oh Nancy, How exciting! The spread is wonderful.

  42. Congratulations Nancy...on the birthday and the article. My Romantic Home magazine is on my counter waiting for the perfect moment to "dive in". Now that I know about the article perhaps the perfect moment is NOW :)

  43. Nancy, I'm so thrilled for you and the article published in Romantic Homes! It's so exciting!

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful news at Potpourri Friday! I appreciate your participation!

  44. Nancy, I missed this post, so I'm so glad The Tablescaper linked to it! How exciting to have your interview and pictures in a magazine ... and not just ANY magazine! Congratulations.

    I was in a home today (a beautiful old house being sold at auction) that had transferware everywhere! I took lots of pics and hope to post them in the next week or so.


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