Friday, November 9, 2012

Latest Acquisitions From England

I've gotten a few big shipments of transferware from England recently.   I have found some beautiful treasures to offer in my shop...and some to keep, at least for a while =)   I am joining Etsy for a giveaway in a few days...one of these pieces will go to one of their blog readers.  Tune in Monday for that announcement...and for the video release!  In the meantime, here are some of my latest acquisitions.   Most of these are listed in my online shop, English Transferware, or they soon will be.  

This is a rare, divided serving dish by Spode Copeland in the Camilla pattern.   This piece is one I've kept at home for some time.  I do that a lot.  I will come across a piece that I really like a lot and will display it or use it around my house for sometime before I ultimately decide to let it go to a new home.  
  You don't see this piece or this pattern in brown very often.



Aesthetic Movement soup plate.   
I have two of these hanging in my guest bathroom.  Hmmm...I will have to show you all this sometime.  I love the birds!

Circa 1834-54 Ridgway Plate w/ romanticized ship scenes


Royal Doulton, two color transfer with hand painted color.  Isn't this perfectly romantic?  Feminine.  Charming. Cottage Chic.

Spode Byron... you know I heart this...

I have lots of turkey and historical themed wares in gorgeous colors like aubergine.


Transferware napkin rings are so hard to come by....these just sold to Sarah @ Hyacinths For The Soul.  They're on their way to you now!

Teal colored plates from the 1830-40's are hard to come by as well

I love unusual shaped pieces...do you recognize this shape from anyplace in blogland?    If you're here, then you should!

 This coffee pot is so regal.  I love the shape.

This is an unusual and difficult to find biscuit barrel, circa 1895, complete with its original wicker carrying handle.

I know a lot of you will love this lidded box with a figural lid shaped like a resting cow.   I have one too!  

I have gotten several pieces of Rural Scenes also.  I don't come across these tureens often at all.

or the larger platter from this pattern...especially in purple. 



Visit my shop through the link above to see what other treasures abound!



Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Etsy Documentary Filming In My Home ~ Day 3


If you've been keeping up with me here then you know some of the wonderful things that have transpired over the last month or so.  I had a little 'coming out' post and shared my true story about why and how I started my business HERE,  then I told you all about the phone call with Beth Levison, an Emmy winning film producer HERE, and then followed up with filming in my house HERE, and now here.

I cannot tell you how relieved I was right after Tara and Shane returned to our house early the next morning and Tara told me that she got everything needed from the interview.  That meant that I was off the hook for being on camera again.  YES, I thought to myself, YES!  I was so relaxed after that and enjoyed the whole process of what was happening even more so.

Tara and Shane began setting up right away to film and photograph in the dining room.  Out came the dining chairs and table and in came the equipment and lighting for more dolly shots.


Next we moved the table back into the dining room so that Tara and Shane could set up for product shots, which is how I'm taking all of my photos for the shop now.  My product pictures are looking SO much better now, thanks to some tips from these two pros!

We moved the table and some different chairs back into the dining room and I set up a quick, simple tablescape with some Clarice Cliff brown transferware turkey plates. 



Tara did wind up putting a mike back on me and had me talk about some of the pieces around the house and in particular a couple of plates in the room that adjoins the dining room.  I won't show it or say what it is now.  I'll wait to see if it makes it onto the video and then share it at a later time.  The day was mainly full of filming and photographing upstairs and ended once again after dinner time.  I was a little sad to say goodbye to Tara and watch her drive away, but we have been chatting back and forth ever since she left.  She is always sending me little tips and tidbits of information that I can use to help better my shop, and she loves transferware from the Aesthetic Movement.  I was getting a good feel for things she liked before she even got here and so I pulled a Circa 1880's Sampson Hancock piece in the Palmyra pattern that I wanted to gift her.   
She did love it and in fact without her knowing that I'd already taken one down for her she told me she wanted to buy two of them.   
I gave her one and she bought one and some other pieces to!


I had 12 of these plates and now have 6 left (mine are listed at the1/2 the price of what they are at another website...just sayin').  You can find them by clicking the photo above.

Now, it was time to kind of relish in the events of the past two days.  And straighten the house back up.
Shaking his head to and fro, Shawn jokingly said, "I don't know why the h e double hockey sticks we bothered cleaning the place up when they came in and trashed everything".  =)
They didn't really trash anything.  We just moved stuff around a lot!
And Shawn didn't really say h e double hockey sticks, that was me paraphrasing.

p/s Due to Hurricane Sandy and Etsy offices being closed all last week (they are in Brooklyn) the video release is now scheduled for sometime next week, rather than the 8th (which coincidentally would have been the same day as my 3 year Etsyversary!).  I will keep you posted and let you know when it comes out! 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Autumn Woodland Centerpiece

I shared this tablescape in my last post and mentioned that I'd show you all how I put the centerpiece together.  


It is made from a wreath of twigs as the base.

 You can use one you already have, make one or layer it with various Fall grasses, berries, seed pods, pinecones, Pheasant feathers, etc.  Mine is made of natural and faux items.


I simply laid the wreath on the table and got out a cake stand that was approximately the same height as the wreath when laying flat, about 6-7"

Place the stand in the center of the wreath

I love these fakorns (bought at Walmart a couple of years ago) and put about a 2" covering of them around the stand so that it would not show.  You could use more pinecones, berries, etc. Walnuts still in the shell would be pretty too! 

In the center I placed one of these bark shaped pillar candles,


which even look like a cut tree from the top (you can buy them at Zest Candles).

This makes a completely easy and gorgeous centerpiece.


Now, light the candle,

and sit down to a nicely set table,
  
And enjoy a delicious meal with friends or family...or both.

 I'll be back in a couple of days with Day 3 of the Etsy documentary filming at my house.




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