Wednesday, March 25, 2009

SPRINGTIME IN THE ROCKIES & LOOK WHAT I FOUND!!!


It is "Springtime in the Rockies", and here in Colorado not much is blooming yet. But, check out the color of that sky when the sun was coming up this morning. We awoke with new snow on the ground and glorious sunshine.

The only thing blooming in our yard is our pear tree. It is hard to tell the white puffy blossoms from the snow!

The only green in the yard is from the willow tree. But, I think, Mother Nature is telling us Spring is on the way.




A friend and I went out this morning in the sun and snow to do a little junk hunting, and look what I found. See that name at the bottom of this tin candy box - yes it says, "Salmagundi". I didn't buy it even though I really wanted to. It seemed a little pricey; but after I got home, I couldn't stand it and had to go back to get it.

I did a little research first on the picture thinking that it was from the Art Nouveau period and had the look of the artist, Mucha. And it is from a picture entitled, "Zodiac le Plume" by Alphonse Mucha.
In checking out the Whitman Candy Company, I discovered that in 1924 they introduced a special line of art boxes, including Salmagundi. They state that they considered it an exotic Art Nouveau design from the mysterious east. I'm not sure Mucha ever worked in the east, but the woman depicted is rather mysterious.

The box shows some wear, but I still think it is beautiful and it did have my name written all over it!!!!

Thanks for stopping by,
Sally

18 comments:

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

It's amazing to see snow on the trees that are blooming! You are not going to believe this (or maybe you will, since you probably realize how much stuff I have). I have that exact same tin candy box. Yours is in much better condition than mine. (Mine had been in an outdoor storage building at my parent's home). So interesting to learn something about it. And yes, it certainly does have your name written all over it! laurie

Smilingsal said...

I have never seen a bloom with snow on it. Thanks for that instructive picture.

prof en retraite said...

I love seeing the blossoms covered with snow! Beautiful! And that box...yes, it did have your name written all over it!!...Debbie

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

The blue sky is amazing, Sally.

I love the treasure you found. Beautiful!

Chari said...

Mornin' my friend,

I'm just coming from leaving a message on your toile post! What lovely photos...isn't that snow pretty against that fabulous blue sky!

Girl, I can't believe that you found that beautiful little box with your name on it!!! I giggled when you told about just having to make a trip back to get it! There's just no way that you could pass it up...it does have your name written all over it...wink! Hehe!!! Not only is it beautiful but it also has some interesting history to it! I love the mosaic looking pattern on it...and the lady is a bit mysterious...but ohhh sooo beautiful! I think you were meant to have that pretty little box...so happy for you, Sweetie!!!

Well my friend, we are sitting tight at home today...I think we're prepared for the blizzard that northeastern Colorado is supposed to have today and tomorrow. In fact, Russell stayed home from work today so that he wouldn't get stuck in town and seperated from me. They always close that stretch of road down in bad weather that runs between Sterling and our place. They're predicting lots of snow (which we could use the moisture)and lots of wind...that's the bad part! But we'll be fine...hehe! Ya'll stay warm and be safe!

Love ya,
Chari

Darla said...

Great photos, love the blue sky, the pear blooms and even the snow! You did find a treasure there!!

xinex said...

Sally, wow! You still have snow? It's been warm here and jackets aren't even needed anymore, though we had a rain storm yesterday. That Whitman box sure has your name written all over it. I am glad you got it, it's very pretty!...Christine

Raggedy Girl said...

I am glad you went back for it. What a treasure. Love the snow blossoms!

Have a Thankful Thursday
from Roberta Anne

nikkicrumpet said...

That is quite the find!!! You had to go back and get it! You would have kicked yourself if you hadn't!

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

That is so cool that you found that box!! The sky is so gorgeous it more than makes up for not having too many blooms I'm sure!

Manuela

Bo said...

What an intriguing box...I am so happy you went back for it! The snow covered blossoms are so pretty in your photos...frame worthy! ;-) Bo

Chari said...

Mornin' Sally...

Just wanted to stop by to see how ya'll faired through our big Historic Blizzard...hehe! It was pretty nasty here yesterday...the wind just blew all day long and then with the snow, you know how that can get! I think we got about 8" but the sun is already out and shining today! I suspect that the snow won't stay long! Russell and I had a grand ol' time of it yesterday though...we kept a fire in the wood burning stove, made a big pot of homemade chicken soup, and watched movies!!!

Did ya'll get much snow? Have a fabulous Friday, Sweetie! It was so nice hearing from you!!!

Love ya,
Chari

Kim Chalfant said...

Love the box! It is beautiful. And I love that it has your name on it. I laughed too when you said you had to go back & buy it. I've learned my lesson, so now when I see something I really love, I usually will get it so I don't have any regrets later. Also, when I lived down in San Diego area there was a small craft store that was called Salmagundi. Don't know if it is still there, but it was in Lemon Grove, CA. Everytime I see your name, it makes me think of home. Have a wonderful weekend!

Sue said...

Hi Sally...doing a little blog reading and my first stop had to be yours....I miss not checking in everyday with everyone....I love that box!! Can't believe you didn't pick it up the minute you saw it....and thank goodness it was still there when you went back...It's Great! Sue.

Helen said...

Oh........ if I had been you I would never ever have taken a chance on your namesake box being snapped up by someone else .. so glad you hurried back! It's perfect.

Neabear said...

How cool you found that box! Of course you had to go back and get it. Too funny. I love your new header picture with the old desk. I read your post about how you got that. That is so special. I have been catching up on blog reading. Today I caught up on yours. On to the next one!

ceekay said...

That is just way too cool! I can understand why you went back!!

Chatelaine said...

Lovely nature photos! Thank God all the snow has melted here and we are looking forward to Spring-like weather.

Did I ever tell you my sister's yearbook is named Salmagundi? They had a Salmagundi day when she was in high school.

Love the box. I really like Art Noveau.