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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Saturday, June 18, 2016

THE METRONOME ISSUE


Our son is a good pianist.  In addition to currently teaching math and science, he spends a lot of spare time on the piano accompanying students for competitions and recitals.
He was interested at 20 months of age
He started piano lessons in kindergarten continuing on for 13 years.  Not once did either he or his teachers ever mention the need for a metronome at home. 
It has now been some 30 years later; and he mentions that
we provided some wonderful opportunities for him, but regrets that we never bought him a metronome.  What????

So now, we have this running joke about THE metronome.  For instance, a text with a picture of a metronome in an antique store priced at $89 saying, "You should have bought me one when they were cheap!"
 
And today he is in London, and I get a text with a picture of Sherlock Holmes' metronome implying that even Mr. Holmes had one!

The mother-guilt trip continues.

P.S.:  I asked him a while back if he wanted me to buy him one now, and he replied that no -- he has this wonderful metronome app on his phone.  Who knew???


Thursday, June 2, 2016

FRIENDSHIPS AND REUNION

Over Memorial Day weekend we attended our 60th high school class reunion.  Yes, you read that right --- 60 years out of high school!
Bob, my husband, and I were in the same class -- we went to different grade schools but graduated together from the one high school of our small, rural town, Rocky Ford, Colorado.  We have always been a close class -- several of us have known each other since birth, and have kept in contact all of these years.
I took a bunch of pictures, but no one wants to see their 77/78- year-old selves all over the internet.  So, I'll spare you, also, and just show you a couple of special pictures of my class mates.

First --  Bill and I were born on the same day in the same hospital in Rocky Ford.  With our mothers, we shared a room there for several days.  We went to school and graduated together.  And now, here we are 77 years later still friends.
This is a picture of three of my friends with me in the first grade. 
 Here we are at the reunion this last weekend.  We may be grandmothers with gray hair now, but we still chatter like those pig-tailed little girls.
Bob was able to reconnect with a grade-school friend that he hadn't seen for 63 years, but I regret that I didn't get a photo of them together.

It was a jam-packed, fun-filled weekend.  And what do old folks who have known each other for many, many years do when they get together? --------
Grand Theater, Rocky Ford Colorado:
Photo from Pinterest of Rocky Ford's Grand Theater
We started off on Saturday with what we did as kids --- we went to the theater for a Saturday afternoon matinee.  The local volunteers have done a wonderful job maintaining and restoring the art deco movie theater.  We saw a 1950s era movie and two short clips about vintage Rocky Ford -- all with great 1950s music.
Elk's Club - Rocky Ford, Colorado
The movies were followed by a meet and greet then dinner at the local Elk's Club.  When we were in high school, a lot of our major dances were held at the Elk's Club.  We all hung around until 10:30 talking, reminiscing, catching up.  That's pretty late for us old folks.

One of our class members is a local pastor, so we attended his church as a group on Sunday morning.  He was always a talented musician and didn't disappoint us at church.  So wonderful to hear him play the piano and sing great old gospel music with his wife and son.

Sunday afternoon was spent touring the "new" high school.  Our class was talented athletically and had several conference and state championships.  The track trophies and signed footballs from our era were on display.
We then went across the road to the Methodist Church memorial garden; and had a memorial service for our departed class mates.  I was in charge of reading the names before each bell chime; and stumbled emotionally a couple of times.

Then, it was time to banquet together again.  We met at the restored sugar factory offices, which is now an event center for a catered dinner, more visiting, class photos, and an auction of meaningful items.

Monday morning was spent with visits to our local cemetery.  Over the many years, families have planted peony bushes on graves; so it is really beautiful this time of the year with the flags of veterans flying.  Similar to a lot of classmates, my parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents are buried there.
And, of course, we had to eat together again back at the Elk's Club.  Local class mates provided a great brunch.
After more visiting, we dispersed at 2:30.

It was a surreal, wonderful weekend with so many stories and laughs as though we had never been apart.  It is just amazing to me that these friendships have endured all of these years.  It wasn't necessary to say good bye, as we know we will get together again. 

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Friday, May 27, 2016

MAY RANDOMNESS

Any of you that know me well know that I only go outside when necessary.  I did, however, make my annual Spring trip to the backyard today to check out the flower and vegetable gardens.
We have baby birds in the birdhouse. But, Mama bird was squawking telling the babies not to show their little heads as there was a crazy old lady out there with a camera.
We have large windows across the back of our house, so I do enjoy all of Bob's efforts in the yard every day.  I'll venture out there again in a month or so!

I did venture outside a couple of times in May to go to middle-school track meets.  I can't deny my cute grandson.
Wyatt has been at our house a lot recently building a tubulum for the middle school music room.  He always has these ideas of things to do in his Papa's workshop.  They made it from leftover PVC pipe and salvaged pallet wood.  Bob and he delivered it to school today --- the last day of his attendance in middle school.  Now, it is onto high school and more big dreams.  My part has been to keep this growing dreamer fueled with food.
When I wasn't cooking, I've spent a lot of this month on the computer.  We have an upcoming class reunion, and I made a photo book with 85 pictures of our school years to be raffled off at one of the dinners.  For the raffle, I also made 20 note cards with scenes from our hometown.
And, just because quilting is always my passion, I found time to finish this quilt top.  Now, this summer I want to just sit in front of the air conditioner and hand quilt it.

In retrospect, I guess it has been a busy May.
  
Hope you enjoy this upcoming holiday weekend.  Be safe.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

A REDO FOR THE BATHROOMS

Our house, a 4-bedroom, 2-bath rancher, was built in 1986.  When we moved here in 1997; we started updating the house and finishes.  It's an ongoing process.  
The two bathrooms are typical of the 1980s --- rather small, but adequate.  We have never replaced the original fixtures, with the exception of the bathtub in the master bath.  When we moved in we replaced that bathtub with a walk-in shower.
Time for some new bathroom updates ---

It all started with the need for new water-saving and higher-profile toilets.  If we were going to pull the toilets out, we should replace the old linoleum flooring.  Right??? And, it would sure be nice to have integrated sinks and new counter tops plus a new paint job.  You know how it goes!
Master bath in progress ---
 Painting done, toilet out, removing old flooring

Beginning work on the guest bath with old linoleum, 
counter top, sink, and toilet
still in place.  New wall paint.

The house is fairly small, so I like all of the rooms with neutral backgrounds to help with the visual flow.  But, I don't want boring with all white or all beige.  I like to mix it up a little to give it some texture.

The new wall and trim paint is Sherwin-Williams Pure White.
Finished Master Bath 
The 6" porcelain floor tile is 'Capri Classic' from Lowes.
Finished Guest Bath 
On the recommendation of friends and our plumber, we installed Icera toilets.
New sink and counter top

When we redid our kitchen two years ago, we installed new counter tops and an integrated sink from a solid-surface line called H-Macs.  We have been so satisfied with the product that we did the same thing in both bathrooms.  The pattern, Tambori, combines all of the beiges and whites in the rooms.

Not a big difference in the look of the bathrooms --- this redo was all about function and ease of future cleaning.

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

SUNDAY PAINTERS

A 'Sunday Painter' is defined as someone who paints as a hobby, is non-professional, and usually unschooled.
My step-great-grandmother was considered a Sunday Painter in her time during the early 20th century.  My family always considered her a crazy artist with the temperament to match.  Evidently in my family of hard-working pioneers, artistic endeavors were not considered a proper use of time.  I only met her a few times when we would travel from Colorado to California where she lived in retirement.  I never understood their assessment of her personality as I just found her fascinating!
When she died, I guess I was the only one that wanted her paintings.  I was about 12 years old at the time.

This is the only still-life oil painting that I inherited.  All the others are landscapes.
 She painted on whatever surface she could find.  Below appears to be a school slate.  Sunday Painters often learned painting skills by copying other artist's works because there were not other opportunities available at the time.  I think this was one she must have copied.  It looks a lot like Lake Louise in Canada, and I know she never traveled there.  Copying other artist's works to learn is a debatable practice still today.  However, while touring the Louvre in Paris seven years ago, we observed an artist set up to study and paint a famous painting.
This is an oil painting she did that is reminiscent of her native state of Maine.
I also have several charcoal landscape drawings of hers that incorporate sheep.  Those are very familiar scenes to me and must represent her time living in Colorado with my family's sheep business.  I've been unsuccessful in photographing them because of the glare of the old, wavy glass.
I'm so glad I had the foresight to claim her work.  We've enjoyed them in our home for years.

What do you think about copying other artist's works to learn techniques?

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

HAPPY TARTAN DAY - APRIL 6TH

 Some of my wool tartan stash just waiting for a future project.
Today may just be the day to start making a new pillow or two or three!!
Happy Tartan Day

Friday, April 1, 2016

GENERATIONAL PICTURES

I'm still busy sorting and organizing bunches of photos.  It's no wonder it takes me forever, as I get hung up on comparing generational pictures.  In my immediate family, there are four generations of us with the middle name of Jeanne -- my mother was Lois Jeanne; me, Sally Jeanne; our daughter, Jennifer Jeanne; and our granddaughter, Caitlin Jeanne.  Here are three collages with the four of us.

First, in white baby dresses:
Then, with wheels:
And, in our fancy dresses:
I love the picture of my mother in the collage above.  She was about to graduate from Hutchinson, Kansas Junior College at the age of 17.  She was on scholarship -- they were quite poor, so I'm sure that dress was very special to her.  The dress was purchased to wear in the May Queen Court.  With the photo, I found this newspaper clipping from 1937.  Mother was the Jeanne listed.  In my opinion, she should have been the Queen!

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

SPRING RANDOMNESS

Spring has Sprung!!
Time to do the yearly reorganization of the garden sprinkler system.
 That Master's degree in Hydraulic Engineering (for you non-engineers - that's the flow of water) is worth something!
 Time to plant peas, onions, lettuce, and spinach.  Wyatt is good help in the garden.
Caitlin read that a definition of a boy is "dirt plus noise".

Speaking of Caitlin -- rafting season has started, and she has started her summer work schedule of 50-hour work weeks.
That leaves very little time with this Grammy.  She and I have always done kitchen crafts together for holidays.  This year she has left me to my own devises.  This idea is all over Pinterest, and I thought I could handle it by myself.  

Let the Bunny races begin ----
I'll include these with their Easter goody bags.

Easter will be quiet for us this year -- just church, which is the most important thing anyway.
Our son, Mike, will be home next week for a day or two when he is on Spring break.  So, we'll have a belated family pulled-pork dinner one night then.

In the meantime, I'll continue sewing on a future quilt making these little 4-inch medallions.  I have 28 of them done -- more to come.

Being a winter-type person; I usually have spring-depression, and not spring-fever.  But, with Easter and the Resurrection, it really is a joyous time of the year.

Joy to you-----

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

SORTING PHOTOS AND FABRIC SCRAPS, AND A BIRTHDAY!

One of my goals for 2016 is to conquer the 125-year's worth of photos I've been entrusted with for the next generation.  I've done some work on them over the years, but I seem to peter out before completely finishing the task.  There are photos of ancestors dating back to the 1880s through photos of my grandchildren taken recently ---- 1000s of pictures that need organized, dated, identified, etc.  
I have 15 of these large media boxes that contain photos of different occasions and branches of our families.  The one above happens to contain pictures of my granddaughter -- it still needs work on putting the photos in date order.  And, of course, I have photo files on my computer for the last 10 years that need to be reorganized.
This year I'm committed to accomplish some sort of order.  BUT, if I work on them too long, I go batty and buggy-eyed!

I needed a diversion.  So I've decided that I will work on the photos one week, then alternate a week working on sorting out my fabric scraps.

To make a long story short --- I'm not really planning to do anything blog-worthy for the next few weeks; so I will be in blog-limbo for awhile. 
You can check my quilting blog, Q-Bits --- that's probably where most of the action will happen. 

Have a happy Spring and a joyous Easter!

P.S.:  Also, happy birthday this week to our hard-working, under-paid teacher son, Mike.  In addition to teaching high school algebra, calculus, and chemistry classes this week, he has night time parent teacher conferences.  Plus, he is in the process of accompanying on the piano several students for solo and ensemble contests.  And then, he is completing plans to take 30 teenagers to Paris and the British Isles in June --  all on a salary that a pro athlete would spend for dinner out.  Next time you see a public school teacher with a day off, thank them for their service!!
In the meantime, I'm sorting through his box of photos reliving the joy of having him as our son!!!

Monday, February 22, 2016

MUFFULETTA AND PECAN BARS -- MAKE, BAKE, AND TAKE IT

Another make, bake and take it weekend.  Here were my offerings for a church potluck yesterday.
First --
Muffuletta, a sandwich popular in New Orleans originated by Italian immigrants.  What makes it different from the normal American sub sandwich is the olive salad interspersed between the usual meat and cheese layers.
There are probably as many recipes for the olive salad as there are cooks. but here is my simple recipe:
2/3 cup chopped green olives
2/3 cup chopped black olives
1/2 cup chopped pimiento
1 tablespoon capers, drained and rinsed
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup olive oil
Mix all ingredients well; store in refrigerator over night to combine flavors before assembling sandwiches.
I also made Easy Pecan Pie Bars -- the recipe I came across on pinterest or facebook -- sorry, I don't remember where.
Easy Pecan Pie Bars
1 can (8 oz) refrigerated crescent rolls
2 tablespoons melted butter
1/2 cup corn syrup
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 9x13 pan with foil, with 2-inch overhang on sides.  Separate dough in 2 long rectangles and press over bottom and 1/2 inch up sides to form crust pressing perforations to seal.  Bake 8 minutes.
Combine filling ingredients except pecans mixing well.  Add pecans.  Spread evenly over hot crust.  Bake 22 additional minutes.  Cool for an hour and cut into bars.
If you love pecan pie, this is a yummy alternative.
I came home with two empty plates; I assume a sign of success!

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

JANUARY INTO FEBRUARY RANDOMNESS

Not much inspiration to post about recently, so I have been blog-negligent.  But, here is some randomness.

#1:  Someone gave this little chest to Bob recently.  I love any kind of box or tool tote that was homemade originally for the workshop, but I commandeered this one for my sewing room.  It joins the other little chest on the right with thread spool knobs.
The new chest didn't come to us with any drawer pulls.  We found a bag of wooden thread spools for a couple of dollars; and by cutting them in half, they became the perfect knobs. 

#2:  I've been holed up in my sewing room recently.  By avoiding the cold, windy, and wet weather, my asthma is kept at bay.  That's a good thing all around, as there is not much that I like better than staying at home and sewing.
I've been working on a new quilt since last September.  It is a sampler quilt of 64 different blocks that I have used in my quilts over the last 35 years.  I've thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of sizing my patterns down to 5" blocks - it has my math brain working overtime.
 I just finished the upper right quadrant (above) of the quilt top,  and it will join the left half of the quilt when I finish up the last 16 blocks.

#3:  It's birthday time again --- grandson, Wyatt, turns 14 this week.  Yes, he is tall at 6 foot already.   A snack for him after school is a meatloaf sandwich, chips, fruit or dessert, and two glasses of something to drink -- then I either send him home for dinner, or if he begs I feed him again -- lots of salad, meat, potatoes, etc!
Working on extra-credit project for history class!
He thinks the middle school has a dance on Valentine's every year to just celebrate his birthday!!

It's always difficult to get a decent picture of this goof-ball.  His sister can only get a silly smile out of him!! 
Happy Birthday, Wyatt!!  And, Happy Valentine's Day to our two special 'heart tuggers'.

#4:  Back to the sewing room.  My mind is full of ideas for when I finish this quilt.  Never at a loss for keeping busy.  This mother is always making something.

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