Friday, October 7, 2011

Halloween Tablescape & Decor

This is a post from last year with a few photos added!

I haven't found all of my Halloween decor.  I think some of it is packed high on an out of reach shelf in the garage.

I did hang this giant spider from my entry way light fixture.  

Another fuzzy fellow found his way to one of the lampshades, and you can see Bonehead Bob, our dinner host, in the photo above.

Dinner will be served in the dining room this evening by my friend, Bonehead Bob.  Come on in, pull up a chair and dig right in...if you dare.

On tonights menu we'll be having Cranial Crunch, Bob's specialty stew he simmers for two weeks in a Cauldron given to him by his Grandmother back in 1644. 


Bonehead Bob helped me set the table.  We began with these black Heritage Lace placemats. We layered them over white dinner napkins, placed at an angle, so the scene on the placemats would really show up.

As Bob has carefully planned our evening, he has opted for non traditional flatware at each setting.   He says skewers will be needed for the eyeball roast over an open fire, and miniature pitch forks for each guest to catch a rat, snake or any vermin they desire.  He'll bake our catches, if we wish, with special seasonings purchased from Cryptomart.

The big serrated knives, Bob says, are to get every last bit of gristle left on our carcasses.

Bob and I both chose these cute orange beaded coasters and matching napkin rings to add a bit of bling-a-bility to the table. 

At each setting we've included themed tealight candles from Zest Candles  and  RIP tombstones.   Bonehead Bob was so excited to give these as party favors to our guests.  He said, 'It's the gift that lasts at least several lifetimes".

The black transferware dinner plates were stacked on an old iron fish bowl stand so as not to obstruct the view of the placemats.  

On top of the plates is a big jack o lantern pumpkin luminary candle.  We kept switching between the orange and black.  Which do you like best?

I love these Spider luminary candles...they're my favorite.  There is a pattern of webs and spiders of cut black wax over white so that they cast an eery glow.

We're ready, we've set the table and the stew is still bubbling as the fire is burning.  We're just waiting for you to come and join us.


Once upon a time rare flowers grew
 On every shrub and bush we used to see;
The skies above our heads were always blue,
The woods held secrets deep for you and me;
 The hillsides had their caves where tales were told
 Of swart-cheeked pirates from a far-off clime,
When cutlases were fierce and rovers bold -
Don't you remember? - Once upon a time.

Once upon a time from sun to sun
The hours were full of joy - there was no care,
And webs of gaudy dreams in air were spun
 Of deeds heroic and of fortunes fair;
The jangling schoolhouse bell was all the woe
Our spirits knew, and in its tuneless chime.
Was all the sorrow of the long ago-
 Don't you remember? - Once upon a time.

Once upon a time the witches rode
 In sinister and ominous parade
Upon their sticks at night, and queer lights glowed
With eerie noises by the goblins made;
And many things mysterious there were .
For boyish cheeks to pale at through the grime
 That held them brown; and shadows queer would stir-
Don't you remember? - Once upon a time.

Once upon a time our faith was vast
 To compass all the things on sea and land
That boys have trembled o'er for ages past,
Nor ever could explain or understand,
And in that faith found happiness too deep
 For all the gifted tongues of prose or rime,
And joys ineffable we could not keep -
 Don't you remember? - Once upon a time.

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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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