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:  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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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Amazing Transferware Finds for Thanksgiving and My New Website!!!

A couple of weeks ago I told you that I had some killer transferware I wanted to share…well…guess what transferware treasures I have found? 

 From England to the long gone Copeland & Thompson, Inc. store at 206 Fifth Avenue (owned by Sydney Thompson, the sole agent in the United States for Spode at the time), to a buyer in New York to a barn in Connecticut and now to me at Nancy's Daily Dish in Tulsa, Oklahoma and just in the nick of time for Thanksgiving, is this mint and unused, circa 1930's  Copeland Spode Game Birds Turkey Platter in it's original box…

…complete with straw packing material, original shipping label and Spode logo!
BUT WAIT…that's not all….if you order in the next 15 minutes we will include the straw at no additional charge…oh wait that's the Shamwow commercial…

…but seriously, there are 12 matching dinner plates, each depicting its own unique game bird.
 Circa 1930's Copeland Spode Brown Transferware 13 Piece Dinnerware Set

Circa 1930's Unused 13 piece Spode Copeland Game Birds Brown Transferware Thanksgiving Dinner Set still in original box.
Unheard of!!!

This is such a rare and exciting find and what's even more amazing, is that there were two matching sets of this dinnerware… one for YOU and one most definitely for ME.  Being an avid collector of English transfer ware and a lover of Spode, I snatched these up as soon as they were offered for sale over a year ago and have been hoarding them ever since.  I have repeatedly asked myself, "Do I really need BOTH sets?" and I have repeatedly convinced and justified to myself that, "yes I do".  Some day all my kids will be married and then I will need at least 14 place settings to accommodate them and their spouses, right?  The problem is that I have been unable to convince Shawn of this necessity.  He keeps telling me to consider that this is a business and that I need to think about the bottom line, plus he mentioned the fact that he didn't appreciate dishes stacking up in the tv room to the point of not being able to watch a football game.   It was a very tough decision to finally decide to sell one set, hence the one year hold!

I did get to use part of my set for Ashton's 16th birthday dinner but never really finished the table or lit the candles…my family likes food and couldn't wait to eat.

I have just listed this set to my NEW website…did I say new? Yes, I believe I did. 
My shop and blog will now be at a new home, my own domain, which has been a long time coming.  It has been a standing dream to have my blog, shop and other interests under one domain that I can control and more importantly, that I own.   I began work on this a couple of months ago and then just two weeks ago I was asked to work on a project which is by far the largest and most exciting one I've been involved in to date.  I'm not yet at liberty to discuss what the project is, other than to say that it is pretty massive in scope and has had Shawn and me working solid 18 hour days which will continue through the end of the year.   I hadn't planned to announce the new site until it was professionally designed (in progress now) and all of my inventory is listed there, but I've gotten a ton of messages asking about my Etsy store which is closed while working on my site and the project that I can't wait to talk about!

My kids have been troopers, which they usually are.  Michael and Ashton cooked dinner tonight and served it to Shawn and me at our computers where we ate and worked.  I am so thankful for them.

I am also so very thankful for all of you who read my blog, hire me to design for you and buy transferware from me, because without you and your amazing support of me and my business there is no way this could ever have happened.  Thank you so much.