Tuesday, April 18, 2017

A photo Shoot With Iris & Arundel

My Mother in law came to Easter dinner with an absolutely breathtaking bouquet of freshly cut Iris's from her garden.   She has always grown the prettiest flowers!   I've recently been enjoying photographing fresh flowers with some of my transferware and I've been a little in love with the color combination of teal, lavender and blue lately.

I couldn't resist taking some photos of a few of the Iris' together with these antique Royal Doulton plates which had just arrived.  

The name of the pattern on the plates is Arundel and they over well over 100 years old, dating from 1890-1902. 

(photo via Arundel Castle)

 The pattern is named after Arundel Castle, where there are about more than 10 outstanding gardens which have been open to visitors since 1854.

(photo via Arundel Castle)

Iris, Most Beautiful Flower
Symbol of life, love and light'
Found by the brook, and the meadow,
Or lofty, on arable height.
You come in such glorious colours,
In hues, the rainbow surpass;
The chart of colour portrays you,
In petal, or veins, of your class.
You bloom with the first in Winter,
With the last, in the Fall, you still show;
You steal the full beauty of Springtime,
With your fragrance and shar colour glow.
An artist's desire of full worth;
So Iris, we love you and crown you,
Most beautiful flower on earth!

Edith Buckner Edwards, 1961


Sunday, April 16, 2017

God's Love Gives Endurance

 I am sharing more than just a pretty table this Easter.  I'm sharing a poem my Mother wrote in 1977.   It is called, " God's Love Gives Endurance" and I think it's sentiment speaks much about the love God has for each of us.  I hope you enjoy it!  

©Marilyn Stubbs Robinson 1977

Unto each life torrential rains will fall
Rolling their grief-ladened clouds all about;

But, for each storm is a protecting wall
Of powerful strength in God's love enroute,

For there from His mighty throne upon high
Comes with them a majesty all God's own

Of grace and comfort for those who are nigh
The precious caring that His love has known.

In mercy He keeps each dark cloud of gloom
Unto His compassion which then is cast

Before each one who by faith will assume
Forbearance whenever His help is asked.

Life's storms seem foreboding without God's love,
Very close to the heart and near at hand;

But, they who trusting in Him from above
Find endurance thought they not understand.

God promises to each of them who belong
Unto Himself through righteous belief,

That within each black cloud there is a song
Of merciful love and peaceful relief.

So; whenever you see the dark, storming days
Meeting you there at your front door,

Remember God's love has infinite ways,
Each broken heart with faith, to restore.

I wish you all a blessed day, and a Happy Easter.


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Happy National Tartan Day + Tartan Swags in my Office!

  Today I'm sharing a couple of pics from around my home office, all in honor of National Tartan Day, which just happens to be TODAY, April 6th!  

I think I have a touch of plaid (or more) in every room in my house but my office probably has the most.  The walls are covered in green tartan wallpaper and then I've got tartan lamps, pillows, transferware plates, books, figurines and now window valances. 
When we moved into this house almost exactly 3 years ago I put up some green toile curtains as soon as I was able to, here in the office.  I love the toile but always felt they needed something else.  When I began selling these reversible tartan blanket scarves on my website I realized they'd make a perfect swag / valance to overlay on the toile curtains.  It's funny because I haven't worn one yet but I have used them as throw blankets, table runners and now window swags!

So that's just what I did.  I used four of them (one over each drape) and swagged them over the toile, allowing the houndstooth on the opposite side to sort of roll over so it shows as well.  I love the way they turned out, not to mention the very reasonable cost since having custom swags made would have cost a small fortune, which I do not happen to have.    

I just recently found this Royal Doulton Scotsman figurine (actually I found two so one is for sale HERE).  He is perfect in my office with my other Tartan and Plaid things!  He looks especially nice standing in front of one of my favorite transferware plates by Ridgway, called Caledonia (a Latin named given to the Scottish land by the Romans).  The figurine is titled, "The Laird", which is a name for the owner of a large, long named Scottish estate.

I hope you enjoyed this quick little post and seeing a little of my office.  I'm putting on my favorite tenny's (guess what pattern they are!) and am off to package up some orders.

Hope you are having a Happy Tartan Day!


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Get your Plaid On! National Tartan Day is April 6th!

    April 6th is National Tartan Day so today I'm sharing my tartan tablescape (with a bit of French toile and English transferware thrown in for good measure)!!!

Whether you're of Scottish ancestry, as were half of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, simply a lover all things tartan, or as I am; are both, then it's time to get your tartan on!  National Tartan Day commemorates the Scottish Declaration of Independence (The Declaration of Arbroath 1320), which is said to have been unequalled to in its eloquent plea for liberty of man and from which the American Declaration of Independence was modeled on.

I started my tablescape above...by hanging my favorite tartan umbrella from the chandelier over the dining table.  

 Rather than a traditional table-cloth I spread 3 of my reversible tartan blanket scarves across the table, green on the ends and a red one at the center.  They reverse to a houndstooth on the back side and are perfect for wearing or decorating with.  I used several in my office as valances which I hope to share at some point. 

I have to tell you, that before I photographed the table I had hoped to get some fresh flowers to mix with the faux ones I'd placed in the antique 'whiskey' decanter.  I made the comment to Shawn that some fresh white flowers would be so nice.  Suddenly he had his keys in hand and was headed towards the door. I asked him where he was going in such a rush and he said nunya (translation: none of my business) and was out the door in an instant. I didn't even have a chance to get a smart aleck comeback in so I did what we bloggers often do; I grabbed my camera and watched him from my office. I saw him drive down the street to our neighbors house where, lo and behold, their white Azaleas were in full, and abundant, bloom. I see him chat with neighbor and then proceed to pull something from his pocket and heads toward the Azaleas where he proceeds to start cutting!   Apparently, he asked if he might trim a few for his wife's tablescape.  Wasn't that so sweet of him?  In the pic below that's him between the black car and the first tree on the right.  The huge trees are blocking the view of our neighbor and all of their Azaleas. 

Thank you to my sweet and thoughtful husband and to my generous neighbors for the lovely white Azaleas that were the finishing accoutrement to my table!

These adorable toile trimmed tartan tea towels (talk about a tongue twister) take the place of dinner napkins.  The flatware is Barenthal Mabre'.  

Each place setting has one of these vintage Scottish glasses which are each uniquely decorated with a Scotsman from a different clan in his kilt.  I have one set of 7 in my store right now.

I layered lots of red transferware, some in a wavy tartan, with mixed tartan dinnerware.

 I LOVE transferware, toile and tartan together!  Do you?     

You can see previous years Tartan Day posts and read more about why we celebrate it HERE and HERE 

Do you celebrate National Tartan Day?  If so, I'd love to know how!  Even if you're not of Scottish heritage, it's a great excuse to get out your plaid on!