Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Christmas Hutch

hutch with Christmas china cabinet
I arranged my first Christmas china display in my hutch!  (I got the hutch in July 2010.)

A mug I got for the colors, not the shape.
Have you ever suffered what something called "paralysis by analysis"?  I had so many options and little free time.  I have a collection of "solo" Christmas plates, (Snowman, angels, or Christmas colors) that I could have used.  I could have added garlands,  lights, stemware, ornaments, ornaments in glass jars, candlesticks.  I could have icicles dripping from behind the top rim.  You get the idea. 

Royal Albert Teacup and Saucer
What happened after Thanksgiving?  As a start I put out the bright Christmas plates (Mitford by Hallmark) that I got for a song.  After two weeks or so, I added the milk glass and miscellaneous cups and saucers and mugs.  A day or two before Christmas, we decorated the Christmas tree.  And now?  Christmas has come and gone, and New Years Day is just around the corner.  Well, next year...

Hallmark Mitford Christmas China in Hutch

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I am linking up to these memes:
Roses for Show off your Cottage Mon (I was entry 35)
A Picture is Worth for 2nd Time Around (Entry 3).
Shabby Chic for Transformation Thur (Entry 32 of 62+)
Colorado Lady for Vintage Thingies Thur (Entry 14 of 44). 
Brambleberry Cottage for Time Travel Thur (Entry 11 of 27).
Between Naps for Tablescape Thursday (Entry 70 of 120).
Bloggeritaville for Thrifty Thursday 95, (Entry 17 of 76)
French Country for Feathered Nest Friday (Entry 3 of 68)
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration (Entry 15 of 59).  
Jessica for Favorite Things Friday (Entry 32 of 203).  
Laurie for Bargain Hunting and Chatting (Entry 8 of 24)
Romantic Home for Show and Tell #30  (Entry 60 of 188).
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wed 146  (Entry 55).

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Christmas Tree Pins

vintage costume jewelry Christmas tree pins
Today's photo mosaic was created with some of my costume jewelry Christmas tree pins.   Most of these pins are probably the 1950's or 1960's, although a couple are much newer.  

vintage costume jewelry Christmas tree pin
The one above is probably my current favorite.  It is unsigned.

vintage costume jewelry Christmas tree pin
This one is a contemporary pin from the last decade or so.  I think my Dad gave each of my sisters and my mom this same tree pin.

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I linking up to the following memes:
This is my 10th entry to Mosaic Monday (I was entry 14 of 83)
Hooked on Houses for Holiday House Tours (I was entry 211 of 240.)
Roses for Show off your Cottage Monday (I was entry 44 of 49)
Naps on the Porch for Metamorphis Mon 99 (I was entry 274 of 300.)
Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays 42 (I was entry 23 of 145.)
House of Grace for Twice Owned Tuesday (I was entry )
Shabby Chic for Holiday Home Tour (I was entry 56 of 180)
Laurie for Favorite Things Sat (I was entry 16)
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration (I was entry 38 of 63)
Colorado Lady for Vintage Thingies Thursday (I was entry 12 of 27)
Bloggeritaville for Thrifty Thursday 94, (I was entry 29 of 63)
Brambleberry Cottage for Time Travel Thur (I was entry 3 of 16).
Romantic Home for Show and Tell (I was entry 36 of 209)
French Country for Feathered Nest Fri #10 (I was entry 33 of 92)
Jessica for Favorite Things Friday (I was entry 24 of 100).  
My Cottage Charm for Trinkets and Treasures (I was entry 3).
A Picture is Worth for 2nd Time Around (I was entry 11)
Linda for A La Carte Finds 7 (I was entry 20).
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wed 146  (Entry 57).

Friday, December 3, 2010

Christmas Bling

signed Trifari gold holly pin with red
Enjoy getting ready for Christmas!

I haven't started decorating for Christmas yet, so I decided to post something from my costume jewelry collection that was seasonal.  The gold toned pin shown above is a 'Trifari' pin from probably the 1950's or 1960's.  What is fun about this pin is that I have this pin in 3 different styles or configurations of metal and rhinestones and pearls. 
designer signed Trifari gold holly pin with pearls
Silver Trifari holly pin with pearls
I like the holly pin with red berries best.  
Silver Trifari holly pin with pearls

I first saw this pin in 2001-2002, when I started buying costume jewelry on Ebay.  I liked the pin but didn't get one.  After several years of seeing the gold and silver configurations, I bought them because they were cute and affordable.  The gold with pearls (and no rhinestones) is the style I see the most on Ebay, and the silver one with pearls and rhinestones is 'rarer'.  But the style I liked most, with red berries and rhinestones I didn't see again until 2009-2010.  I began to think some clever restorer had substituted red beads for pearls.  When I finally saw the pin again, I made sure I won the bid to finish out my group. 

I have more pieces of designer jewelry, and have watched the prices of some of the pieces go up over the years.  Unlike my stocks from the same decade.  Perhaps this is a sign that I should buy more things on Ebay?  ;)

A piece of jewelry is called a "signed designer piece" when the manufacturer or designer's name or symbol is on the piece.  You can see the stamped name Trifari on the back of this pin.  Trifari was a jewelry manufacturer that created good costume jewelry from the 1930's for many decades.  They created metal alloys that looked like gold and silver and didn't tarnish over time, and they used quality rhinestones an imitation pearls.      

vintage Santa line art
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I'm linking up to the following memes:
Shabby Chic for Transformation Thursday (I was entry 325 of 343).

Colorado Lady for Vintage Thingies Thursday (I was entry 49 of 52.)
A Picture is Worth for 2nd Time Around (I was entry 13). 
Brambleberry Cottage for Time Travel Thur (I was entry 25 of 27).
Bloggeritaville for Thrifty Thursday 92, (I was entry 91 of 97.)
Romantic Home for Show and Tell  (I was entry 100 of 227).
Jessica for Favorite Things Friday (I was entry 29 of 115). 
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration 14 (I was entry 46 of 76). 
Linda for A La Carte Finds 5 (I was entry 14 of 24).
French Country for Feathered Nest Friday (I was entry 57 of 113).

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Harvest Plates

Golden Crown Bavaria Harvest china plates photo mosaic by Jeanne Selep Imaging
Golden Crown Bavaria Harvest plates detail
Today I am making a Thanksgiving photo mosaic from a set of plates I got at a recent estate sale.  I like the colors on the plates, which I bought because it rounded out my fall plate collection.

Golden Crown Bavaria Harvest china plate
Golden Crown Bavaria Harvest plate detail

Click on the image above to see it larger.  Look at how the ink was put down as dots and lines art.  I like the detail. 

Golden Crown Bavaria Harvest china plate
Golden Crown Bavaria Harvest plate
The plates are labeled on the back "Golden Crown, E&R; Bavaria Germany".  The date on the label is 1886, which I think is the date E&R started out.  Quick internet research revealed that the E&R stands for Ebeling and Reuss of Pennsylvania.  The internet indicates Ebeling and Reuss started using the blue stamp possibly in 1955.  My plates probably were manufactured in 1955-1960 in Germany at the Carl Schumann factory.  The Carl Schumann factory closed in 1994. 
The plates are 7.75 inches in diameter with a .25 inch band of gold on the edge.  The colors glow.  The plates in my set (I have 7 different designs) come from the Orchard and Harvest series.  

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I am linking up to these memes:
This is my 8th entry to Mosaic Monday (I was entry 27 of 89+)
House of Grace for Twice Owned Tuesday (I was entry 38). 
Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays (I was entry 46 of 104+). 
Shabby Chic Cottage for Transformation Thursday (I was entry 140)
Laurie for Bargain Hunting and Chatting (I was entry 11)
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration (I was entry 42).  
Colorado Lady for Vintage Thingies Thursday (I was entry 28).
French Country for Feathered Nest Friday No 10 (I was entry 36)
Brambleberry Cottage for Time Travel Thursday (I was entry 11).
Jessica for Favorite Things Friday (I was entry 38). 
My Cottage Charm for Trinkets and Treasures (I was entry 3).

Grand Canyon Indian ruins, Day 2

Indian Ruins Grand Canyon Arizona by Selep Imaging
Indian ruins, Grand Canyon wall.
It has been quite some time since I posted anything from my Grand Canyon rafting trip. These photos are from a hike some of the group took on Thursday, May 21, 2009, the second day of rafting, after we set up our camp for the evening.  Above, my daughter looks up at the Indian ruins.
 
Colorado River Grand Canyon Arizona by Jeanne Selep Imaging
Colorado River, Grand Canyon, Arizona
This is the view of the Colorado River running through the Grand Canyon.  Our group's two rafts are in the lower right blue water.  You have to know the raft is there to see it. 

Grand Canyon hiking trail to Indian ruins by Jeanne Selep
Hiking on trail to Indian ruins, Grand Canyon
We walked on an Indian trail up to an Indian ruin high above the river.  The structure was thought to be used by Indians for food grain storage that would have been inaccessible to most animals. 

Grand Canyon hiking trail to Indian Ruins
We are up high.  There are no rails.  Do not kick stones.
I wanted to show you where the raft is, so you can get an idea of how high up we are.  Also notice the tiny people down the path.  It was an amazing hike and an awesome view. 

Grand Canyon Indian Ruins by Jeanne Selep Imaging
Indian ruins, Grand Canyon.  Getting this angle was hard. 

It is hard to get a feel for this spot with my limited camera lens.  The 360 view was fantastic.  The vast dimensions, scale of the valley, height of the canyon below and above and across from us, the colors and textures are impossible to capture.  I photo merged two photos to create the view above. 


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This is my 8th entry to the meme Scenic Sunday (I was entry 44). 
This is my 29th contribution to the meme Outdoor Wednesday (I was entry 45)


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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Thanksgiving Hutch

Fall China cabinet hutch Welsh Dresser Thanksgiving china display
Welsh Dresser Thanksgiving china display

Here is my Thanksgiving display of china on my hutch.  What's funny to me is that I got 14 of the fruit/harvest plates, and 5 pieces of the brown transfer ware china within the last 2 months.  :)   Getting the hutch has given me an excuse to expand  my china collection.  Purchasing one thing can lead to more... 

Golden Crown Bavarian Orchard china plate
Golden Crown Bavarian Orchard china plate
The small (7.5 inch) gold rimmed china plates I got over the weekend at an estate sale.  (9 plates for $24 - I didn't want to risk waiting for the 1/2 price sale the next day.)  The plates are not my usual style, but now I like them so much I might hang them in the kitchen when I decorate the hutch for Christmas. 

Antique china Brown transfer ware
Brown transfer ware

Some of this china was also displayed in my October/Halloween hutch display.

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