Thursday, November 24, 2016

THANKSGIVING BLACKBERRY SLAB PIE

Somebody had to have a piece of blackberry slab pie on Wednesday night ----- couldn't wait until Thanksgiving!


We're thankful for a bountiful blackberry harvest from our garden.

From our house to yours, Happy Thanksgiving.


Monday, November 21, 2016

WORKSHOP UPDATE

I haven't done a workshop update for awhile.  With all of the yard work this past summer and our long fall, Bob still found time to turn out a couple of projects.

He made this sofa table from some old tepee poles, salvaged wood and pallet wood; plus some twigs. If we had a mountain cabin to go with it, I would keep it.  But, alas, it is off to the consignment shop.
 He also made this 7-foot table with two benches out of salvaged wood with lathe-turned legs.
People always ask for benches to go with farm tables; so hope this sells at the consignment shop.

Bob is always on the lookout for old wood, and has been known to do a little dumpster diving!  It's always nice to have a 14-year old grandson, to help!

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

A YUMMY TREASURE - AMAZING 'COOKIES'

No, I'm not talking about those little confections with which our grandmothers treated us. 
  I'm talking about 'cookies' on brown transferware.  That is what they call the cartouches, little pictures encircled with borders, on transferware from the 19th century.

Recently, while antiquing in the northern part of Colorado, I spied a covered vegetable bowl.  I recognized right away from its 'calico' border that it was the Cairo pattern from Copeland Pottery dating from the early 1880s. 

 I also knew that this pattern usually has amazing 'cookies' in the design -- and I wasn't disappointed. 
And, then I removed the lid and this cartouche was on the inside of the bowl --- I would gladly eat all of the vegetables served in this bowl for a look at this artwork.
The pieces I have seen in this pattern usually have an incised mark on the back.
Several years ago, my friend, Jan, gave me this pedestal bowl in this pattern.
It has this amazing 'cookie'.
 I also have a soup bowl with this camel 'cookie'.  Every piece I have seen in this pattern has a different cartouche.
I'm fortunate to have just these three pieces in my brown transferware collection, as they can be a bit pricey.  I have  passed by some other pieces at high prices, but I'll keep hunting for more yummy 'cookies' to devour at a reasonable price.

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Friday, October 14, 2016

A TOUCH OF AUTUMN

I don't do a lot of Fall decorating, but try to change out the front porch to welcome in the season.
 One of my favorite places to shop is a farm surplus yard.  These elevator grain bins came from my favorite yard in Rocky Ford, CO.  Bob mounted them on pallet wood, so I could fill them with the season's bounty!
And indoors, a patchwork pumpkin for a touch of autumn.
HAPPY FALL!!!

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

CLARICE CLIFF BROWN TRANSFERWARE

Clarice Cliff (1899-1972) was an English ceramic artist active from 1922 to 1963.  She is most famous for her art deco, hand-painted pottery from the early part of the 20th century.  These pieces are very collectible and expensive.
Image result for clarice cliff art deco pottery
As a collector of brown transferware, I have often run across transferware pieces with her stamped signature and the Royal Staffordshire Pottery or the Newport Pottery Co. logos on the back.  These pieces date to the mid-20th century.

I've never been able to find any info about how this change transpired after World War II from avantgarde hand-painted and designed pottery to traditional transferware.

I have purchased several pieces of her transferware over the years; and they have been very inexpensive.
I recently found this serving bowl in the Ophelia pattern for $5.00.

I have two of these bone dishes in the Tonquin pattern with the Royal Staffordshire back stamp.  I also have some plates in this pattern, but they do not have her signature on them.

This cup and saucer also has the Royal Staffordshire Ceramics back stamp.  The pattern is Davenport.

I have some other pieces attributed to her in several patterns with various stamps.

Even though my favorite brown transferware will always be from the 19th century, I'm not a transferware snob --- I love it all!
  It all blends together.

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Sunday, October 2, 2016

HALLOWEEN CHILD

 Our granddaughter has an October birthday, and has adopted Halloween as her own personal holiday!  She has always loved it, and looks forward to it all year long.
When she was little she always had lots of ideas of what I could make her as a costume.  As her doting grandmother what was I to do, but get out the sewing machine and comply?
First, before she even knew what was going on, I chose to make her a little lamb costume.  By the next year she was vocal and wanted to be a fairy with a wand.  She was so tiny and couldn't keep her tutu from falling down.  Next, she was the cutest witch riding a broom.  And, then she began her obsession with shoes -- oh, how she loved Dorothy's sparkly red shoes.
Then, there was the year of the Indian -- she said it had to have leggings, etc. with lots of rick-rack, fringe, and beads.  And then the Harry Potter year about did my sewing machine in -- a lined black velvet, hooded coat.  And Wyatt wanted a pirate costume made out of the lining fabric of Caitlin's coat (satin, ugh).  What opinionated little Halloweeners they were! Finally, I had an easy year as I only had to make a poodle skirt.
There were other years, but these are the photos I found. 
 But, I think my all-time favorite was the princess bride!!
She is now 20 years old with a Pinterest board on real Bridal Gowns!
   That time will come -----

 For her birthday and Halloween this year, I made her a table runner.

Some how, it just isn't the same as an adorable little kid in a costume.
Happy 20th Birthday, cute Cait!!

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

FALL IS HERE!

Taking a little break to enjoy the Autumn season.  That doesn't necessarily mean I'm going to become an outdoor fanatic all of a sudden.  I'll probably just enjoy Colorado's beauty from the comfort of our car!!
More than likely it means a trip to Denver to check out an antique show, do some antique mall hopping, and maybe a stop at a quilt store.
I also plan to spend some quality time in my sewing room working on a couple of quilt projects.  If I accomplish anything worthwhile, I'll post about it on my quilting blog: 
http://qbits-salmagundi.blogspot.com/

See you later --- enjoy the season!

Monday, September 5, 2016

A 1950s WEDDING AND A COMMITMENT

It's time again for my annual post on our wedding anniversary.  I can't believe how fast this date just keeps rolling around --- celebrating 58 years this time!!
How fortunate we are to have had very few trials and tribulations along the way, and to be in fairly good health now that we are older.  We thank God every day.

There was a lot of preparation for our wedding day, but I don't remember that Bob was involved in the planning.  In those days, a wedding and reception was organized by the bride and her mother.   

Most weddings back in our small hometown in 1958 were simple.  The ceremony was short: a song by a soloist about true love in Christ,  an exchange of vows, and a few short words about commitment.  And, then we were off.
 Our wedding was fairly large with 300 guests,  but refreshments were kept to a minimum -- cake, punch, nuts, and mints. 
 We had the reception at my parent's home.  Even though the house was large,  I was still grateful that the sun was shining that day for the overflow into my parent's beautiful yard. 
In planning, I remember Mother and I having a small disagreement about the plates.  
I was adamant about not wanting paper plates.  So, Mother gave in and hired kitchen help to wash all of her many Fostoria plates to keep them available during the reception.  Not an easy job for 300 guests.  I'm sure that when my back was turned, some guests got a paper plate. Yes, I was a spoiled, only child; but Mother knew how to get around me!!

As we all know, a beautiful wedding does not necessarily make a great marriage.  But, those reminders about love in Christ and commitment to each other have worked for us. 
Happy 58th Anniversary to us!!

Since there are no color photos of our wedding, here is a 
little color added to this otherwise black and white post:
I just finished a Fall table runner to use this Autumn.  The colors were inspired by my great-grandmother's punch bowl.

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

ANOTHER REUNION

This has been the summer of reunions.  We just returned a couple of weeks ago from a cousin's reunion in California.  Back over Memorial weekend, Bob and I went to our 60th high school class reunion in Rocky Ford, CO.  And now, this past weekend, I attended another 60th class reunion.  By way of explanation -- As a Freshman and Sophomore in high school, I attended St. Scholastica Academy, a girl's boarding school here in Canon City, CO.  Then, as a Junior and Senior, I returned to my hometown of Rocky Ford to finish high school.  My SSA friends have always graciously included me in their reunions.  They are a particularly close bunch of women after not only going to school together, but also living together during their formative years.  After 60 years, their special bond still shines through.
10 classmates attended with one brave husband in the bunch!
The reunion was held at the boy's boarding school, The Holy Cross Abbey School,  which is now an event center and winery here in Canon City.  The Abbey puts on an alumni weekend every year including both the former boy's school and the girl's school. They wined and dined us several times over the weekend.

When we have reunions here in town, it has become a tradition to come to my house for brunch on one of days.  I cook for couple of days; then we eat again plus reminisce and look at old pictures.  Always, a fun time!
This is what our school looked like when we boarded and went to school there in the 1950s.  It was a beautiful campus, and we all have fond memories of living and going to school there.
Unfortunately, after the school that began in 1890 closed in 2001, the facility has slowly deteriorated.  This is what it looks like currently, and we are all saddened by its condition.
However, there is a group actively searching for funds to restore it back to usefulness.  In addition to this historic building, there are several newer buildings from the 1970s and 1980s including an indoor pool, theater, chapel, dormitory, and classrooms.  Do you know of anyone with several million dollars to invest in our special past and a possible future use???

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

ROAD TRIP WITH A WONDERFUL DESTINATION

I'm a lousy traveler.  Always have been --- I remember my
Dad always telling me in the car to put down my book/puzzle/crayons/doll/etc. and look outside at the scenery.  I couldn't have cared less --- still don't!  I'm certainly not a road trip warrior, but we just returned from an almost 3000 mile car trip to California and back again (I read three books along the way).
Sometimes, the destination is worth the journey.  This time it was!  

The view outside the living room of our personal log cabin!

We went for a cousin reunion of the paternal side of my family.  I don't understand all of that first cousin, second cousin, once-removed stuff.  In our case our grandmothers were sisters and they married brothers, so we are double cousins, etc.  At any rate, there are only seven of my generation left; and four of us got together for four days at the youngest of the bunch's lake-house compound in northern California.  The three of us older ones were born within four months of each other, and we all grew up on adjoining farms.  We were close, but the years have scattered us; and I hadn't seen them for many years.
Here we are now in our 70s -- look at all of that white unruly hair with cow-licks galore just like our ancestors!

We spent the four days talking, reminiscing, remembering our grade school days, and trying to figure out and identify our ancestors from photos.  Our spouses must have been bored to death.  And, of course we talked about our kids, grandkids, and we ate great food, then we ate again and again!

Below is one of the pictures taken in the summer of 1940 that was unearthed in our discussions.  I love this picture as it tells so many stories.  It must have been Sunday as the men are all in their white shirts, ties, but most noticeably they are not wearing hats.  These were all hard working farmers/ranchers descending from pioneers who homesteaded in Colorado in 1876.  Without their hats they had tanned faces and white foreheads.  I see a story in each and every smile, frown, or side-way glance.

All are deceased now except the older boy in the middle and the three of us babies on the left side.  It was wonderful for the three of us along with our hostess, a younger sibling (not born at the time of the picture), to reunite.

The scenery at the lake house, even though beautiful, was not the most wonderful thing of the destination.  It was the coming together of the family that was the most joyous.

If the possibility exists, don't hesitate to reunite with family. 

IT'S WORTH THE JOURNEY!

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Monday, July 25, 2016

WORKSHOP UPDATE

All of the yard work and other summer activities have slowed down the progress in Bob's workshop.  But, he finally finished this step-back cupboard the other day.
It is all made out of pallets and reclaimed barnwood.  It took what seemed like forever to plane down all of the boards.
It is huge at 7 feet tall, and completely finished on the back; so it could be used as a room divider.
The top shelf unit is removable and it has hidden castors in the base for ease in moving.
Lots of storage -- the upper shelves each have plate rails. 
It is currently at the consignment shop for sale.

See that wonderful green tool box in the photo below?  Bob cleaned and polished it up, and sealed that beautiful original green paint finish.  And, he rebuilt the cubby storage units inside --- I loved this box!!!!  It was my favorite of the myriad of tool boxes we own.
Well, I turned my back one day; and Bob thinking we had too many tool boxes on the back porch, hauled it off to the consignment store.  And, of course, it sold right away.
Oh my, so sad am I.  Oh, well.
That's life in the Salmagundi workshop.

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Monday, July 11, 2016

DA GAMA TEXTILES AND BROWN TRANSFERWARE

Hidden in my large stash of fabrics, I recently rediscovered 12 small pieces of Da Gama Textile fabric from South Africa that I purchased about 15 years ago.  Upon seeing them again, I decided I had to make a table runner to go with my collection of brown transferware.  Since the fabrics were designed in England for Da Gama, they just seemed to go together.  My 19th-century dishes are all from English potteries.



Can a person have too many platters?  I don't think so!!

Not anything momentous going on at the Salmagundi household this month ---- just playing around with dishes and fabric!

For more about the quilting process of this runner, check out my quilting blog (click here).

  P.S.: We now have a wildfire going to the west of us in the mountains -- hope and pray that it is contained soon.  Lots of smoke and ash in the air here in town, so those of us who lean towards asthma and allergies are staying indoors.  
Elsewhere, hope everyone is enjoying their summer.

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Saturday, July 2, 2016

HAPPY FOURTH WITH A NEW PIECE OF BROWN TRANSFERWARE

 It always thrills me to find an old (new to me) piece of brown transferware, especially platters
 Love the tracery and shadowing of these old transferware pieces.

This platter is from J. and G. Meakin of Hanley, England, and the pattern is Ivy.

Happy Fourth of July, everyone.  Be safe!

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