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Showing posts from July 31, 2011

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Who doesn't like big, fat, chunky, crunchewy chocolate chips cookies,  with a glass of ice cold milk? I know that my just busted daughter Ashton does as she just got caught snatching some of the milk and a cookie before I got my pictures taken!  Half the time I can't get food settings ready to photograph without my kids finding their way to it first. Yeah, she thinks it's hilarious. It was.  Kind of. The first time I had these, Shawn's Mom made them to sell in  a garage sale we had to raise a little money for our upcoming wedding.  That was 25 years ago.  My Mom always made cookies with pecans in them when I was growing up.  I think these were the first ones I'd had with walnuts.  I know it's a personal preference but I prefer the walnuts over pecans.   Some of my favorite recipes come from my Mother-in-law and it's funny because she always says she doesn't like to cook.  Chocoloate Chip Oatmeal Cookies  (adapted from my MIL's recipe for Mrs.

A Transferware Giveaway at Gypsy Heart & Thank You's!

Thought you all might like to know... Pat, of the blog Gypsy Heart contacted me about a giveaway and chose to give a certificate to my Etsy shop to one of her readers.  It's for $40 and all you have to do is leave a comment on her post.    So go on over and let her know I sent you!  You'll be glad to have found this lovely lady and her wonderful blog anyway! Here are a few pieces I just added to the shop today.  You never know, one could be yours just for posting a little ole comment.  Also, I wanted to thank Katherine at  Pagoda Road for the wonderful feature on Decorating with Transferware where she showed some of my wall displays.   (I'm missing my toile wallpaper ;-( that was in the dining room at my old house) Thank you ladies!

Indulge YourShelf ~ with Red Transferware

My hutch full of red transferware is mixed with some vintage lace and linens.  The hutch was Shawn's when he was a little boy. We've had this piece full of china in every place we've lived for the past 25 years! A Masons Vista toast rack is perfect for displaying and storing butter pats. I have lots of teapots and coffee pots displayed on the hutch. Combining my love of poetry, transferware and vintage linens, a vintage copy of Oliver Wendell Holmes 'The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table' has found it's way into a Vista handled bowl lined with a Madeira napkin, some tassels and for a whimsical touch, vintage wooden Bingo pieces were added to the mix. This little book is a collection of essays first published in 1857 as monthly installments in Atlantic Monthly magazine.  Befitting Holmes reputation as one of America's greatest poets, most of the essays end with a poem on that particular essays subject. I picked this up for half a dollar at an estate sale.

Advertising on Transferware ~ Grimwades Quick Cooker

   Transfer printing was first applied to product containers sometime between the 1820s -1830s, and to the lids of these containers in the 1840s, about 60-80 years after the process was perfected by John Sadler and Guy Green.  You can read my post about the invention  and development of the transferware printing process  HERE , if you'd like . Packaging for dental products, food, hair products, shaving cream, soaps and medicinal ointments were commonly marketed in a pottery pot with a transfer printed lid until World War I, when means of producing less expensive containers were implemented.   The transfer printing process was employed on numerous shapes beside small containers such as those used for toothpaste.  It could be found on plates, mugs, medical items, kitchen wares and other household items, commonly known as advertising wares, such as this 'quick cooker' by Grimwades.    It's got transfer printing inside, outside and on both sides of the lid giving i