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I'm Ready For Fall ~ Purple Tonquin Tablescape

Like most of you I am ready for Fall, so ready in fact that I just had to set a table to remind myself that those cool, crisp days are not far away. Last Fall I used a lot of purple in my tablesettings and I think this year I'll be repeating that trend.  I chose a pattern by by Royal Staffordshire called Tonquin.  Do you recognize the tablecloth? You've seen it before but not on the table because it's usually on my bed.   King sheets and blankets are the perfect size coverings for our wide and long table and as you know I seldom use a 'real' tablecloth anyway.  I love the rich jewel tones in the blanket and plaid is always a good choice to evoke feelings of Autumn days,  paired of course with purple transferware. I didn't feel that placemats were a necessity so I skipped them altogether.    Brown jacquard napkins are slightly dressy but casually folded to keep the feeling relaxed. You can't go wrong, in my o

Decorating with Transferware Slop Pails

A slop jar pail / bucket was a large pail used to receive waste water from a washbasin or chamber pot.  They were in use before bathrooms and were part of the bath set which comprised of a very large, 15-16", wash bowl and a large wash pitcher along with smaller pieces like pin trays, soap dishes, shaving mug, and of course the chamber pot.   Water from the wash bowl, after bathing, would be poured into the bucket so that it could be carried away and more easily disposed of than it would be in a large bowl.  Many pieces had an inner funnel shaped insert that rested on the inner rim of the bucket and helped water from spilling or splashing out.  Some of the inner pieces had small holes to so that when the waste water was poured into the bucket the bar of soap could be salvaged. Items you might find in a Chamber set. Top Row: Chamber Pot, Combinet, Shaving Mug, Covered Soap Dish, Brush Jar, Mouth Ewer. Bottom Row: Slop Jar, Slop Pail, Ewer and Basin. One item not se