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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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).
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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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The Blog 'Nancy's Daily Dish' has a good informative post on Transfer ware, and a great post on How Transfer ware is made.  I consider these to be two excellent resources on transfer ware. 

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veterans Day

World War 2 Okinawa Plane Graveyard 1945
Okinawa, Damaged plane graveyard, 1945

World War II 2 soldier Andrew Selep
Andrew Selep, 1942
Veterans Day has special meaning for me this year.  My father, a World War 2 veteran, passed away in October 2010.  He lived a long, full life, accomplished many things, and loved his 9 children and 17 grandchildren.  He almost never mentioned WWII, and never brought it up.  Maybe once a decade he would answer questions about World War 2, and only when specifically asked.  

Looking now at photos he had from that time, I remember again the millions of people who did not survive World War 2. Americans have many blessings and freedoms today, and we owe our veterans, both the ones who came back and the ones that did not. 

These photos are worth a thousand words.  Dad was stationed in Okinawa at the end of the war.  He is the man sitting on the right airplane wing above.  Damaged planes where pushed to the side of the runway and used for parts to keep other planes flying. (Photo below)
World War II 2 Okinawa plane graveyard with soldiers
Okinawa, Damaged plane graveyard, 1945

Like a kid he posed in the wreckage of these planes on Okinawa Island in 1945, reminding me of a adventuresome curiosity and interest he had all his life.  He was only 21, and only 139 pounds when he enlisted in August of 1942.  By the end of the war he looks older, had significantly less hair.  He doesn't look like he weighed much more then he did in 1942.

World War II 2 vetern Andrew Selep in damaged plane Okinawa 1945
Andrew Selep in damaged plane, Okinawa, 1945
The photo below shows him posing by a sign in Okinawa that someone had made that said "The 64 $ ?"  I won't go into the history behind the phrase, "The 64 dollar question", but I wonder what that phrase meant to the soldiers, and what soldiers thought the question was near the end of the war (They wouldn't have known the end of the war was around the corner.)

World War 2 Okinawa the 64 dollar question

My dad was definitely happy when he did get to leave Okinawa.  This photo shows him packed to leave Okinawa.
World War II 2 soldier leaving Okinawa 1945

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