Monday, April 15, 2019

Notre Dame - my heart is crying


Notre Dame Window by Jeanne Selep
Detail of Notre Dame Window pre-fire

My heart aches for the losses to Notre Dame.




Wednesday, April 10, 2019

2019 Easter Hutch


Spring Hutch Display with Bunnies
Spring Easter Hutch with Bunnies
My recent Easter china hutch arrangement focused on rabbits and bunnies. It featured two different sets of hand-painted china: the blue and white "Dedham rabbit" china, and eight green Shafford plates.  I find the green and blue china combination a fun alternative to my usual pastel spring arrangements.


Dedham china Potting Shed
Reproduction Dedham China from the Potting Shed
Dedham pottery was originally created from the 1890's to 1943, and at antique sales a single plate can easily sell for over $100.  My blue and white dishes are reproductions, re-released in the 1990's, but still individually hand-painted.

Dedham rabbit bunny china by the Potting Shed
Dedham rabbit reproduction plates from the Potting Shed
I have admired the antique Dedham china for years at antique shows, so I quickly bought the reproduction pieces when I saw them at an estate sale.


Bunny plates
Dedham rabbit detail: simple shapes and brush strokes

I love the way each rabbit is created with a few quick brush strokes.  The dark lines that look like cracks throughout the Dedham pieces are called "crazing" and are intentional, in both the original pieces and the reproductions.


Bunny plates
Dedham China has "crazing" all over each piece

Some people may not appreciate reproductions, but I think reproductions allow new generations to see, touch, learn about, and learn to value the original antique pieces.

Shafford plate bunny and vegetable china
Green Shafford Rabbit patch plate


The eight green Shafford plates feature a high relief of bunnies and vegetables.  The green painting is applied quickly and gives each plate differences.  



Shafford bunny and vegetable china
Shafford Rabbit Patch plate detail


Some of the bunnies were painted with more care, some hardly at all.  This is one of the best rabbits. 


The eight green plates are labeled Rabbit Patch from Shafford (MCMLXXXIX) from 1989. They were probably never meant to be used for eating.


Shafford bunny and vegetable china
Otigiri birds in front of green Shafford Rabbit patch plate

Other novelty plates and decorative pieces fill out the hutch arrangement.

 
Shafford bunny and vegetable china
Miscellaneous spring china


The cream colored plate in the middle above is Copeland Spode, labeled Bermuda Flowers (the relief pattern?) Copeland Spode, and Morning glory (the colored design in the middle of the plate).  The plates on either side are labeled American Atelier, Rose Toile.  There are 4 different designs with that same label.


As I mentioned, usually the Easter display is very pastel - see below.  Click on the photo to see this arrangement. 



Welsh Dresser Hutch Spring china plate display
Welsh dresser with spring arrangement



Click on the images to see them enlarged.

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I am linking up to these parties:
 
Delightsome Life: Home and Garden 166 Wed 5p (Entry 1? of 136.) I was Featured!
Calypsointhecountry: Best of weekend Fri 7a (Entry 29 of 86.)  I was Featured!
Life and Linda: Dishing it Digging it 248 Sun 3p (Entry 5 of 55) I was Featured!   Also Rustic-refined (Entry 5 of 55) I was Featured!

Frenchethereal: Share Your Style 203 (Entry 1 of 132.) 
Mythriftstoreaddiction: Vintage Charm 7am 177 (Entry 30 of 52.)
   Also Ourhopefulhome: 177 (Entry 30 of 52.)
Servingupsouthern: Homestyle Gathering 13 (Entry 46 of 62.)
   Also Myweeabode: Homestyle gathering 13 (Entry 46 of 62.)
Katherinescorner: TH Fav Things TFT (Entry 27 of 254.) 
   Also Followtheyellowbrickhome (Entry 27 of 254.) 
   Also EclecticRedBarn and 5 more
Ducksnarow: Wonderful Wed 323 (Entry 214r of 230.) 
Marcela Cavaglieri: Frugal Find 242 (Entry 2 of 9.)
French Country: Feather Nest th12-2p (Entry 13 of 119.)

Chic: Flaunt it Friday Th-F 442 (Entry 55 of 83.)
FromGardners2Bergers: Handmade Hangout 230 Thur 6p (Entry 149 of 168.)  

Pieced Pastimes.gr: Saturday Sparks Sat 317 8a (Entry 19 of 153.)
Little Farmstead: At Home Sat 7p (Entry 6 of 119.)
   Also Love of Home (Entry 6 of 119.)
   Also My Soulful Home (Entry 6 of 119.)

Create with Joy: Inspire me Sun 11a 378 (Entry 27 of 198)
Finding Silver pennies: Silver Pennies 309 Sun 6a (Entry 20 of 127.)
Lifewithlorelai: Home Matters 228 (Entry 224r of 234.)
Across the blvd: Create Bake Make 279 (Entry 110 of 147.) 

Dwellings: Amaze Me 310 Sun 5p (Entry 26 of 98.)
I Should be Mopping: Inspiration Mon Sun 5p (Entry ??) 
Good Random Fun: Good Random Fun Mon 4a (Entry 14)
BNOTP: Metamorphis Monday 6a (Entry 22??)
Eclectic Red Barn: Youre the Star Mon 7a (Entry 214)
A Moment with Franca: kcacols (Entry 25)
Uncommon Slice: Inspire Me Mon 2-4p (Entry 55 of 160.)
* Stroll Life: Inspire Me Mon 3p (Entry 7 of 157.) 

Loopylou Laura: Globalblogging 107 (Entry 18)
How to Home: Project Inspired 319 Mon 7pm (Entry 1)
Celebrate decorate: Celebrate your story 176 Mon 8p (Entry 17) 
Maria Elena: Tue at Our Home 305 Mon 12p? (Entry 35)
Skip to my Lou: Made by you 161 Mon (Entry 78)
Lets Add Sprinkles: Keep in Touch 64 Tue 4p (Entry 5)
Interior frugalista: Talk of the Town 270 Tu 6p (Entry 3)
    Also My Repurposed Life: Talk of the Town (Entry 3)
Gingersnap crafts:Wow me 299 Tue 7p (Entry 4)
Girlish Whims: Whims 403 Tues 8:50p (Entry 108)
* Designthusiasm: Style Showcase 77 Wed 6a (Entry 8 of 65.) 

Mersad photography: Through my Lens (Entry 28)
Our World Tues: Our World (Entry 30)
Image-in-ing: Weekly link up (Entry 33)

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Easter Wreath in Prague

Spring Easter Wreath Prague Praha
Spring Easter Wreath in Prague, Czech Republic
I saw this beautiful spring Easter wreath in Prague (Praha) this past summer. The wreath has painted eggs, birds, and even buttons painted to coordinate with the eggs. I love the colors and abundance of this wreath.


Golden Lane Alchemist Alley Door and wreath Prague
Door with Wreath in Prague
The wreath was on the door of a shop on Golden Lane in "Alchemist's Alley" in the Prague Castle.   Check out the hardware on the door - authentic, old, but the door colors seem very contemporary

I have visions of someday creating something similar, but that won't be happening this Easter!


Click on the images to see them enlarged.

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I am linking up to these parties:

Life and Linda: Dishing it Digging it 244 Sun 3p (Entry 79 of 208.)
Create with joy: Inspire Me Mon 374 (Entry 21 of 108.)  

Dwellings: Amaze Me 306 Sun 5p (Entry 27 of 102.)
I Should be Mopping: Inspiration Mon Sun 5p (Entry ?? of 259.)

Intelligentdomestications: Merry Sun 245 8pm (Entry 33 of 332.)
Good Random Fun: Good Random Fun Mon 4a (Entry 19 of 40.)
BNOTP: Metamorphis Monday 529 6a (Entry 2 of 62.)
Eclectic Red Barn: Over the Moon (Entry 25 of 152.)

Uncommon Slice: Inspire Me Mon 2-4p (Entry 6 of 188.)
* Stroll Life: Inspire Me Mon 3p (Entry 154 of 157.)
Cedarhill Ranch: The Scoop Mon 369 5p LAST ONE (Entry 8 of 287.)

    Also Confessions of a Plate Addict: The Scoop (Entry 8 of 287.)
    Also Stone Gable: The Scoop 370 (Entry 8 of 287.)
    Also Worthing Court: The Scoop Mon 369 (Entry 8 of 287.)
How to Home: Project Inspired 315 Mon 7-8pm (Entry 1 of 158.)  
Celebrate and decorate: Celebrate your story Mon 7-8p (Entry 5 of 79.) 
Mersad photography: Through my Lens (Entry 25 of 33.)
Our World Tues: Our World (Entry 30 of 78.)
Image-in-ing: Weekly link up (Entry 12 of 62.)
Maria Elena: Tue at Our Home 301 Mon 12p? (Entry 16 of 129.)
Lets Add Sprinkles: Keep in Touch 60 Tue 4p (Entry 7 of 25.)
Interior frugalista: Talk of the Town 166 Tu 6p (Entry 1 of 81.)
    Also My Repurposed Life: Talk of the Town (Entry 1 of 81.)
Gingersnap crafts:Wow me 295 Tue 7p (Entry ??)
Girlish Whims: Whims 399 Tues 8:50p (Entry 9 of 109)
* Designthusiasm: Style Showcase 73 Wed 6a (Entry 21xx of 65.) 

Delightsome Life: Home and Garden Thurs Wed 5p (Entry 2?)
Frenchethereal: Share Your Style 203 (Entry 2 of 132.)
Mythriftstoreaddiction: Vintage Charm 7am 177 (Entry 31 of 52.)
   Also Ourhopefulhome: 177 (Entry 31 of 52.)
Servingupsouthern: Homestyle Gathering 13 (Entry 47 of 62.)
    Also Myweeabode: Homestyle gathering 13 (Entry 47 of 62.)
Katherinescorner: TH Fav Things TFT (Entry 28 of 254.) 
   Also Followtheyellowbrickhome (Entry 28 of 254.) 
   Also EclecticRedBarn and 5 more
Ducksnarow: Wonderful Wed 323 (Entry 214r of 230.) 
Lifewithlorelai: Home Matters 228 (Entry 226r of 234.)
French Country: Feather Nest th12-2p (Entry 12 of 119?)
Chic: Flaunt it Friday Th-F 442 (Entry 56 of 83.)
FromGardners2Bergers: Handmade Hangout 230 Thur 6p (Entry 148 of 168.)  

Calypsointhecountry: Best of weekend Fri 7a (Entry 30 of 86.)
Pieced Pastimes.gr: Saturday Sparks 317 Sat 8a (Entry 20 of 153.)
Little Farmstead: At Home Sat 7p (Entry 7 of 119.)
   Also Love of Home (Entry 7 of 119.)
   Also My Soulful Home (Entry 7 of 119.)

Finding Silver pennies: Silver Pennies 309 Sun 6a (Entry 21 of 127.)
Across the blvd: Create-bake-make 279 (Entry 113 of 147.)

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