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Showing posts from April 8, 2012

The McKinley Tariff Act and A Moss Roses Tea Set

This tea set dates to the onset of the Aesthetic Movement .  Yes, this beauty is almost 150 years old.  I was fortunate to find the three piece set still together.   This set was made by Powell & Bishop, circa 1867-1878.   The Staffordshire firm had potteries at the Stafford Street Works and Church Works, both in Hanley, Stoke-On-Trent. I love the detail of the transfer found on these pieces.  The brown transfer has feathery branches and delicate little flowers budding all over.  The roses are hand painted pink as are the leaves in two shades of green; a soft moss green and teal.  Some of the leaves have brown highlights.  Polychroming is thought to have originated after the invention of the transfer printing process, when artists fell out of work of doing the completely hand painted pieces which preceded transfer wares. This set has that well loved cottage look.   I decided to share this set today not only because of how pretty it is but because of

Bacon 'n' Blue Cheese Red Potato Salad and Doggie Update

I hope that all you had a wonderful Easter with family and friends. My sister hosted Easter at her home this year and she surprised me by letting me know that we'd be having a traditional ham dinner and not the usual cookout where we grill steaks or hot dogs and hamburgers.  I was planning to take this potato salad that I had made a few weeks ago but since I didn't get to do that I decided to share it with you here.  Anymore I take pictures of most dishes that we make (when I know it's worth sharing the recipe to) so that I've got them ready to blog.   Now, when Lauri (not Lori) see's this post she'll be asking me to make it for our next family cook out. I do have to say that our traditional Easter dinner was scrumptious.  My brother in law served the best ham and my brother David (a fabulous cook) made the cutest deviled eggs I've ever seen.  I haven't even seen them in blogland so I'm hoping to snatch his idea and share it next year.

My Ugly Non Easter Table and Miscellaneous Ramblings

Sometimes I have so much to write and so many thoughts and ideas flowing through my brain that I can't seem to get them out in an organized manner.  Currently I have 64...(I mean 76...I just looked) posts that I've started but not yet completed.  Shawn swears that I too have ADD but I don't think so, well most of the time I don't think so.  OCD?  Yes.  ADD? No, well maybe occasionally.  At least my test scores say I'm not ADD.  Did you know that you can take most psychological assesment tests online?  Haha I know, but it's true.  And most of them are the same ones your Dr. will have you take or fill out.    This week has been a little more hectic than usual.  Michael and Ethan just moved into their own apartment.  I was glad and I was also sad.   I remember the first time Michael moved out.  I was fine with him moving out on his own...until he literally walked out the door to his place...and then the flood gates opened.  This time I didn't cry until t

Have A Blessed Easter

Could life so end, half told; its school so fail? Soul, soul, there is a sequel to thy tale! ~Robert Mowry Bell~ Wishing you and your family a Happy Easter! Italian Cream Cake Recipe Here