Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Wishing Your Dreams to Fruition in 2014

Henry Ford said, "Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently."  I've not necessarily endured failures this year but have suffered through some setbacks that have made me feel like a failure at times.  

 I think the end of a year, as much as it seems to be about celebrating the new,  is a time for reflecting upon the past and taking what you've learned, both the good and bad, to begin a better future.  

I wanted to share a previous post and one of my poems as it seems fitting for reflecting upon the past while anticipating the future.

I am wishing you all the best of Dreams and Time in the new year and always~

Dreams and Time
  (by me)

As the procession of life moves on with all of its sound,
I seek only to stop, and for just a moment turn around-
For behind me lie fractions of dreams that once were mine,
Broken pieces gone astray that I'd somehow like to find.

If only for sparse moments time would cease to exist
I'd sever the losses, but laudable dreams I'd re-enlist.
I'd use those moments to pick up and tenderly repair
Fragments of dreams bearing dissipation because I'm no longer there.

I'd know a surging of my spirit in my dreams new revival
Being thankful for the time given me for their survival,
And then having regrouped to carry on with the procession
I'd take heed to my salvaged dreams but offer up this confession:

Seeking to fulfill your dreams and see them on to fruition
Is worth the planning and perseverance but time is the tuition
And time, though it seems to pass quickly, is perpetually here-
I would caution; use it wisely friend, for it is we who disappear.

Nancy M Roberts ©2001

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Giveaway @ No Minimalist Here & Her Home Decorated with Transferware

I wanted to let everyone know that I'm hosting another giveaway with Sherry, at No Minimalist Here.  Sherry is a transfer ware lover too and has decorated her home with some gorgeous displays that I wanted to share.

Toile and transfer ware…a perfect combination in my opinion.  Here, Sherry has combined them both in her French style bedroom.  Isn't her bed beautiful as well?

If I remember correctly, Sherry found the vanity for a steal at auction. 

I love to frame a pretty picture with transferware and, so does Sherry!

Sherry's collection of blue transferware and advertising wares is displayed so nicely on this hutch.  Love that artillery basket below, too!

Please visit No Minimalist Here to see more of Sherry's beautiful home, to enter the $50 giveaway to my online shop, Nancy's Daily Dish and get a discount code good for 15% off any purchase for the next couple of weeks.

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Wishes For You and Red Transferware for Christmas

Faith makes all things possible,

Hope makes all things work,

Love makes all things beautiful.

May you have all the three for this Christmas.

Merry Christmas!


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

VIP Meeting, Website Update, & $50 Giveaway Winner!

Thank you so much to all of you who have shared your thoughts and ideas regarding my website, Nancy's Daily Dish and the updated logo.  Logo #2 was by far your favorite so I have added it to my blog today.   Nita, at Mod Vintage Life, suggested the logo not have a box around it at all and was nice enough to send me three samples without it so I'm considering that as well for my blog.  I liked all of the choices she offered.   

Some of you also suggested a wish list for the site so that you can save and compare your favorite pieces.  I love that idea as well so Shawn worked on it all day long yesterday.  Your wishlist is my command!  Done.  Check it out.  You can now easily save your favorites by clicking the 'add to wishlist' button, located on the upper right side of the menu bar. 

 Very exciting too is that we've also updated the entire site, thanks to my niece, Tiffany, and added the new design and template.  The site looks completely different now, has a new header which is a combination of my English Transferware Facebook page and the hands logo.  
Nancy's Daily Dish 
I hope you all will click over and take a look and let me know what you think.  I hope you like it!

Recently some VIP people flew in to meet with me regarding a potential project.  I'm still not at liberty to say what it is but you can probably guess from the picture of Shawn and me with them below what it has to do with!  One thing I learned from this meeting is that my table can hold over 550 transferware plates at one time!  

With so much going on, I almost forgot it's December!  CHRISTMAS time!  We got out tree up last night.  The tree is not decorated. The tree is not lit.  I don't have any presents bought yet either!

The $50 Gift Certificate Winner is Sherry at No Minimalist Here.  Congratulations Sherry!

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Help Choose My New Logo, A Giveaway & Bragging About & Thanks to My Famous Niece!

By now, most of you know I've moved my shop from Etsy to my own website, Nancy's Daily Dish.   Temporarily the website is set up with a basic template but the new design should be installed around the middle of the month.   I feel like a little kid waiting for Christmas while anticipating its launch. 

I asked (sent a weepy FB message to) my advertising executive niece, Tiffany Rolfe, partner at Co:Collective for some much needed direction on web design, etc.  She has a background in web design and is now an industry leader in the advertising world so I thought who could be better to ask?    She is doing more than advising me, but helping put the whole website together in her spare time, while she's at home with her new born baby Myla…the newest addition to our family, born on Jonah's birthday!  Isn't she so precious?  I am obsessed with her name, Myla Pearl.  Too sweet.

Tiffany is very well known throughout the advertising world.  Her work has been featured on the covers of major publications like The New York Times, The Huffington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Salon, Advertising Age, Adweek and others. 

You've probably seen many of my nieces ad campaigns on television as she works with Fortune 500 companies like Google, You Tube, Old Navy, Microsoft, GE, Victorias Secret, American Express, BMW, Mini Cooper, Volkswagen, Ikea, Virgin Atlantic Airways, and more than I can possibly name off the top of my head.

Here is Tiff looking very mannequin-ish for a magazine shoot about her Old Navy ads for which she was creative director.  She also led the pitch on this $200 million account!  (image credit Kevin Knight)

 In addition to her uber impressive slew of clientele, Tiffany has not only served as juror for most major awards shows, but she has herself garnered nearly, if not, every major advertising award in the world from several Grand Prix's to the first ever given Titanium Lion at Cannes, the most prestigious international annual advertising and communications awards in the world.  Advertising Age named her as "Women to Watch" in 2009 and Young Guns named her as one of the top 10 Creatives of the Decade in 2010.  I could go on and on about the dozens and dozens of accolades she has won or been named for or the famous ads she has directed.  Most recently, she moderated a chat at Cannes with David Karp, tumblr. founder!

Here is my 6 month pregnant niece, Tiff,  this past June at Cannes in a sit down chat she moderated with tumblr. founder, David Karp. ( image credit seen.com )

So you get the picture, basically I'm saying she is the rock star of the advertising world.   Like I said, Tiff does work for Fortune 500 companies so when she jumped in to help me with my website; my itty bitty, more like an In The Red 500 company =), I could not have been more excited, or proud, to have her help.  Nor could I be more in need because I have no idea what I am doing.  I am truly grateful, Tiffany!

My daughters, Kalyn and Ashton, and some of my nieces including Tiffany (turkey head) at Thanksgiving one year.  Tiffany decked all the girls out with Old Navy duds.  I can't remember how the mustache's got brought out.  All I can say is that it's not unusual for my family to do this sort of thing! 

When I first discussed my website with Tiffany she logged onto my site and said, "I'm not judging" which is her polite way of telling me how crappy it looked.   I mentioned my logo, my homemade logo, and asked her advice on what I should do with it.  I didn't want to change it too much because I feel I've established the transferware hands to the blog about transferware.  Tiff agreed, saying that she thought the hands were "iconic and they say to your readers that this is your offering".  She summed up exactly how I feel about those hands and why I chose them in the first place.  They are my small offering of what I know about transferware and want to share with everyone.  So, we agreed that the design really just needed to be freshened up.  I call it updated vintage.  I like that it's simple, fresh and clean but still easily recognizable as Nancy's Daily Dish.  I would really appreciate your two cents worth as well.  So, my question to you all is which logo do you like best?  

Do you like the first one with the hands inside the frame and excluding the tag line 'with an emphasis on English transferware'?

 Or do you like the second one below with the hands overlapping the frame and including the tag line? 

Or would you choose the first one with hands inside the frame but WITH the tag line below?   

I thought it would be fun to have a giveaway to my shop as part of the voting so I've decided to give one gift certificate good for up to $50 at my website, nancysdailydish.net.  We are still in the process of listing everything to the new site and have about 900 pieces thus far, so lots to choose from with lots of English transferware finds added every day!

First entry: Just leave a comment with your logo choice, 1, 2, or 3 and/or any other suggestions you'd like to see on the site.  
Second entry:  leave an additional comment on what you'd spend the $50 on from my shop along with the link to it. 
 Third Entry: either blog, facebook or tweet the giveaway and post  the link to your blog post, FB, Tweet, etc.  That's it.  I'll close the giveaway in a week and announce a random winner then. 

Thank you so much for participating and giving your opinions which I value greatly!

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

From The Roberts Family to You and Yours, 
Happy Thanksgiving

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson~

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Maple Walnut Cake w/ Candied Walnuts

Is everyone busy with Thanksgiving preparations?   A few days ago I showed you all the cover of Taste of Home magazine (one of my platters was on the cover) and a pic of a cake that I was excited to make this year as I like to try one new dessert every Thanksgiving.  I LOVE the flavor of maple and as soon as I saw this in the magazine I knew I had to make it…so here it is, a comfy cake from me still in my comfy flannel pjs…yes it has been one of those days =)  So far, this is all I've made for Thanksgiving.  Yikes.    Need to get my bum busy.

Maple Walnut Layer Cake w/ Candied Walnuts 

I haven't tried it yet, well not as a put together cake anyway.  I did try the cake batter, I did eat some of the candied walnuts and I did have a spoonful of Maple frosting.  I can imagine them together and think it will be a hit.  Once we cut into it, I'll take a pic and update…but so far the frosting and nuts are winners around here.

I baked the cakes a few days ago and froze them so this is a nice cake if ever you want to do it in stages.  I knew I wouldn't have much time this year for baking so freezing the layers was perfect for me.  

Maple Walnut Cake

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp maple flavoring or syrup (I used flavoring here)
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp baking soad
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup vegetable oil (optional, but I wanted a really moist cake so added this)

 Preheat oven to 350°. Line bottom of 3 8" round baking pans with parchment paper. Grease paper.

In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar.  Add eggs, one at time, beating after each addition. Beat in maple flavoring.

In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Add alternately to butter mixture with buttermilk, beating after each addition.  Beat in oil.

Transfer to pans and bake for 11-12 minutes until toothpick in center comes out clean.
Cool in pans for about 10 minutes and then transfer to wire racks to completely cool.

Candied Walnuts

1Tblsp butter
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
1/4 tsp salt
1 -2 Tbsp Maple Syrup

Heat butter in heavy skillet, add nuts and stir until toasted, about 5 minutes.  Add salt and syrup and stir to coat.  Continue stirring for another several minutes and then remove from heat and let cool of foil.

Maple Frosting

2 cups unsalted butter, softened
5 cups confectioners sugar
1 Tbsp Maple Flavoring
1/4 tsp salt
1/4-1/2 cup Half & Half
3 Tbsp. Maple Syrup

Cream butter, add sugar to blend, add maple flavoring and salt.  Blend well.  Add half & half to moisten and thin to desired consistency.

To assemble cake, lay first layer on serving plate and spread about 3/4-1 cup of frosting over the layer and sprinkle about 1/2 cup of the nuts over the frosting.  Repeat the steps.  On my top layer, I decorated it with a layer of candied walnut halves around the bottom and a heaping handful of the candied chopped nuts on top.  Drizzle with maple syrup before serving.

I hope every one of you has a blessed Thanksgiving.

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Gobble Up These Turkey Transfer Ware Pieces

Each year I try to show you all some of the many wonderful vintage Turkey transferware plates that were produced specifically for the American market by the British.  This year I've got an array of fantastic pieces to show and share, like this turkey plate with the ever popular Vista border by Mason's. 

Let's recap on the history of these beautiful, highly collected wares before I show you some of the others I have for sale.

For some time after that first solemn feast in 1621, both the date and observance of Thanksgiving depended on national triumphs and local inclination until 1863, when President Lincoln proclaimed the fourth Thursday of November the nation's official Thanksgiving Day. By the 1870s, America's rising middle class hungered to celebrate the occasion with dinnerware specifically made for this special holiday.   England's profit minded potters responded to the people of the United States wishes with a series of delectable transfer-printed china patterns depicting the holiday's bird of choice.  Transfer ware depicting turkeys has been in production for over 100 years and remains as popular today, if not more so, than it was when first it came into being.  

 Vintage & antique turkey plates and platters are highly sought by collectors.  In fact, there are many transferware collectors who collect turkey patterns only. 

It's hard for me to choose a favorite, but right now I am loving this antique turkey platter by Ridgway dating back to as early as 1891. 
circa 1891-1920 Ridgway Brown transfer ware Turkey Platter

Transferware depicting turkeys comes in all colors, not just brown or brown polychrome.  Purple transfer ware is hard to find, but especially with a big Tom Turkey strutting his stuff!  Here, we have a gorgeous turkey sized platter by Royal Staffordshire /  Clarice Cliff with the Tonquin border.  

And you all may remember this Clarice Cliff Autumn Foliage plate from an orange and blue Thanksgiving table I set last year.
 Clarice Cliff Royal Staffordshire Blue Transferware Autumn Foliage Turkey Plate

Here is the matching platter, in brown.

I love to display a big turkey platter throughout the month of November, like this red one by Wood & Sons with the English Scenery border. 

Spode made lots of turkey platters and game bird series.  This next one is by far the most exciting one I've come across.  I acquired this along with the 12 matching game bird plates still in the box and they date to the 1930's!  The only time it was used was for a photo shoot for Taste of Home magazine.  So cool!

And this black polychrome platter by Midwinter compliments their Rural England pattern.  This one was featured in Romantic Homes magazine a couple of years ago when they interviewed me about turkey transferware.

 I usually get a request to find at least one of these every year. 

Do you have special dinnerware for Thanksgiving or an heirloom piece you use for the holidays?  What's your favorite of these?

Pride slays thanksgiving, but a humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow. A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.
-Henry Ward Beecher-

p/s  Delores at Vignette Design has also done a post on turkey plates…you can see it HERE

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Taste of Home Magazine Cover, Yummy Recipes, Thanksgiving Transferware

I have a few minutes this morning before an important meeting and wanted to show you the current issue of Taste of Home Magazine…and not just because they bought the gorgeous transferware platter from me that graces the cover, but because there are some of the best sounding recipes in this issue.   

I have dog eared several recipes that I must try.

Maple Walnut Cake is one of them.  I often try to make at least one dessert each Thanksgiving that I've not made before.  As soon as I saw this, I decided this would be it!
Doesn't it look scrumptious?

The folks at Readers Digest (of which Taste of Home is a division of) also rented the Spode turkey platter shown in the first picture for a photo shoot, and that I told you the amazing story of in my last post.  There is still time to get this before Thanksgiving but you'll need to order quick.

Thanks so much for everyone who's been visiting my shop since I've moved to my own domain:  NancysDailyDish.net  I really cannot say how much I thank you.  We still are waiting to get the professional design installed and have over a thousand pieces to list so please check back often.  Don't forget to pick up a copy of Taste of Home and as John Wooden says, "be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books - especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day."

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