Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Fiesta Tea Time Challenge

During the 1880 the Homer Laughlin China Works company became well known for it ceramic dinnerware.  Frederick Rhead, and Englishman, was hired as a designer in 1927, and he became famous for his Fiesta dinnerware collection by 1936. The design came in five bright, bold colors; Red (made with uranium which gave it's orangish color), Colbalt Blue, Yellow, Green, and Old Ivory. Turquoise was not introduced until 1937. 
With Fiesta sales soaring in 1936, the Homer Laughlin China Company continued to flourish until the beginning of World War II when production shifted to making military ware. When the war ended, the plant once again began production of Fiesta dinnerware producing over ten million dozen pieces in 1948. In 1959 Rhead's original Fiesta was discontinued and a new Fiesta Ironstone style was created, it was  later discontinued in 1973. A new Fiesta was once again introduced in 1986 and production continues to this day with many new colors added yearly.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Hankies & Heisey

About the time my grandmother, Hattie Griffith,  was making lace to decorate her hankies, construction on the Heisey factory began. It was 1895, the factory later opened in April 1896. They produced fine quality pressed glass. Below is an example of one of the patterns they made called Bead Swag.  Today we call this type of glass, milk glass, but early Heisey trade catalogs referred to it as opal glass.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Blissful Whites Wednesday 1900's Bathroom

Before indoor plumbing, this is your modern bathroom facilities with all the latest accouterments. Can you just image what it was like to get all spruced up for the day?

left back: cold water pitcher and wash basin, chamber pot (thunder mug), hot water pitcher
left front: soap dish, shaving mug or drinking cup, tooth brush holder
below: slop jar

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Tea For Two

Just tea for two,
And two for tea,
Just you and me,
How happy we will be!

 This is my first tea party. Take off your shoes and stay awhile. Next time I'll be better prepared with dessert.

Tea Time Tuesday
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Friday, February 8, 2013

Rags to Riches

To Tuft or Not to Tuft.... That is the question!

This gem of a chair was bought at an auction 5 years ago. I just recently tackled the chair project. The fabric was stained and dirty, something needed to be done.  I had always wanted a red velvet chair in my bedroom. I decided this was the chair and it needed to be taken down to the bare bones. I had done a few projects before, but nothing of this magnitude. Reupholstering was a bit of a challenge. I peeled back a layer of striped gold velvet fabric with no tufting to reveal the fabric and tufted chair you see below. At that time, I decided the new upholstery had to have tufting, my daughter convinced me it would be no trouble, even though we had never attempted anything like it before. The springs had to be retied, new webbing and foam were added to replace the horse hair and saw dust that filled the chair. It became a family affair, my husband joined in and helped with the project. Tufting the new red velvet fabric was the hardest part, my daughter went online and read how to do it, and we followed the directions we found. We used the old tufted fabric as a pattern.  But just look at the results. I have always wanted a chair like this in my bedroom.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Valentines on Display

Decorate your home for the month of February with antique or vintage valentines.  Fill your home with their beauty, their artistry, their romance and/or their whimsy.  Warm your heart with their romantic verses and their messages of love. Enjoy Saint Valentine’s Day to the fullest. For more history on types of antique valentines check out Valentines Through the Ages.

Give me you heart
And you shall have mine,
What’s fairer than that,
Oh, sweet, Valentine

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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Valentines Through the Ages:

Antique valentine's are fun to collect and over the years I have had a lot of fun collecting them. Whatever your particular taste, there is a type of valentine for you.  Perhaps one made of fancy paper lace, or a honeycomb card appeals to you, maybe mechanical valentines with moving parts, cut outs, 3-D or just valentines from your childhood.  So many different kinds!  I enjoy the artistry, the romance, and of course, the whimsy. I look everywhere; antique shows, friends and family, shops, auctions, estate sales, and  flea markets.  Once I found a whole collection at a flea market, but the vendor was nowhere around.  I paced, I waited, and I looked at all the nearby tables.  In the end I was rewarded.  She sold them all to me for a dollar a piece and she threw in some extra ones that she had tucked way under the table.  A compensation for my patience, she said.  I love displaying my valentines every year. They are very fragile and must be handled with care, but for one month a year, February, they fill the house with beauty and messages of love.  What fun!

Valentine Fan
This is a 1890's fan valentine.  It says Saint Valentine's Day on the back. Valentine fans played a significant role at a party or a dance in the Victorian Era.  A lady with a fan could signal to a potential suitor.  A touch to her lips with the handle signaled the possibility of a kiss.  The fan held just below her eyes signaled, regretfully, no.

Hearts...A Love Token
This heart has 3 pages and each page has 4 sections containing inspirational messages. The lucky lady that received this card could carry it with her and occasionally read a message to reminded her of the special person that gave her the valentine.

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