Archives For April 2014

Josiah Wedgwood

April 30, 2014

Josiah Wedgwood was born to Thomas and Mary Wedgwood on July 12, 1730 in Burslem, Staffordshire, England. He was the eleventh and youngest child of the couple. Early on, young Josiah showed potential at pottery and at the age of nine, he left school to join the family business at Churchyard Works. His father died in 1737 so he became an apprentice to his elder brother, Thomas Wedgwood IV.

(c) Wedgwood Museum; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

SOURCE 

At the age of eleven his health deteriorated after a smallpox attack leaving him with weakened right knee that made work as a potter rather difficult. Unable to work for a while he spent his days reading and researching about pottery.  Some time in his early twenties Josiah began working with Thomas Whieldon at Whieldon’s factory in Fenton Vivian, near Stoke. Josiah’s work with Whieldon was largely concerned with the improvement of ceramic bodies, colours, glazes and shapes.

04-30-7AM

SOURCE

By 1759, he ended his partnership with Whieldon and opened his own business at Burslem. In 1763, he patented a gorgeous cream-coloured ware which was highly favoured by the wife of George III,  Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz and it became known as the “Queen’s Ware”.

04-30-blog3SOURCE 

In 1764, he married Sarah Wedgwood, his third cousin and they had seven children together. Sarah shared Josiah’s broad sense of humor and duty to family. She was intelligent and more educated so than Josiah and she helped him with his business.

In 1789, he produced a copy of the Portland Vase, a blue and white glass vase dating back to the first century BC. It took him three years on the project before he produced a satisfactory copy.

04-30-blog2

SOURCE

Sometime after passing the company to his sons, he died at home in 1795, presumably of cancer of the jaw.  He was buried in the parish church of Stoke on Trent three days later.  Wedgwood’s company is still a famous name in pottery today and the term Wedgwood China is often used for its Jasperware which is still common throughout the world.

 04-30-2PM

See more lovely broken china jewelry in our shop HERE.

What our customers are saying…

“Stunning item, beautifully presented and packed.” ~ Gary

Green Transferware

April 29, 2014

03-30-2PM

SOURCE

03-30-blog

SOURCE

03-30-blog2

SOURCE

03-30-7PM

See more lovely broken china jewelry in our shop HERE.

What our customers are saying…

“Just as beautiful as the photos show! I am so pleased with my new brooch. Thank you so much.” – Deborah

Stained Glass

April 28, 2014

04-28-7AM

SOURCE

04-28-blog

SOURCE

04-28-blog2

SOURCE

Broken_China_Jewelry_Rings

See more lovely broken china jewelry in our shop HERE www.brokenchinajewelryshop.com

What our customers are saying…

“Beautiful item you won’t find just anywhere!  Dress it up or down. Love it!” ~Sherry C.

Click here to subscribe to our email newsletter!


Climbing Roses

April 27, 2014

Climbing roses are any large varieties or mutation of bush-types roses that grow long canes. There are several types of roses that are considered climbers including the large flowered climbing roses, ramblers, noisettes, ayrshires, hybrid moyesii, hybrid semperirens and many of the larger members of the old garden roses, shrubs and even hybrid teas. They can climb into trees, over unsightly buildings, along fences or against walls, pillars or pergolas.

04-27-7AM

They develop either large, single flowers or clustered blooms on a stem. Climbers may bloom once a season or continually, depending on the variety. Climbers can be trained to bloom more heavily by leading their canes in a horizontal direction. Loose anchoring to a support will encourage young plants to climb. The uses and joys of climbing roses are almost endless!

04-27-blog

SOURCE

Climbing roses can be divided into two main groups, the ramblers and the climbers. Rambling roses are usually have numerous small flowers held in large bunches often scented and are about five centimetres wide. They produce strong, frequently long, stems from the base of the plant.

04-27-blog2

SOURCE

They are most often derived from old species types such as Rosa wichuraiana, R. multiflora and R. moschata. Most of them only bloom once for about six weeks starting early summer and require very little pruning, all you need is to remove the dead wood in the spring and cut it back to a manageable size every few years.

Climbers on the other hand have larger flowers, similar to other garden roses. The flowers are often held singly or in small groups and generally have the ability to repeat flower after their first period of bloom. Climbing roses have been used to cover the walls of houses and gardens, but they may also be grown on pillars, arches, pergolas and over fences. Climbing roses need a framework to support their profuse blooms.

Broken_China_Jewelry_Roses_Old_Country

See more lovely broken china jewelry in our shop HERE www.brokenchinajewelryshop.com

What our customers are saying…

“Beautiful item you won’t find just anywhere!  Dress it up or down. Love it!” ~Sherry C.

Click here to subscribe to our email newsletter!

Candy Stripe Rose

April 26, 2014

‘Candy Stripe’ is a large-flowered, very fragrant Hybrid Tea rose. The blooms are often a bright shade of pink striped with pale blush color, but it can come in most any color. The blooms vary in size from 1/2 inch to 6 inches and it can have five to more than 30 petals.

04-26-7AM

SOURCE

The Candy Stripe flowers from June until the first frost of winter and is among the largest roses in the world. The leaves are also large and a leathery dark green color with finely toothed edges. It prefers to be in a sunny postion.

04-26-blog

SOURCE

Most varieties grow on long canes, perfect for rose beds, although they will sometimes climb. The flowers are also ideal for cutting. Unfortunately, this favorite plant is quite susceptible to a variety of diseases and pests.

04-26-blog2

SOURCE

More content on Candy Stripes roses can be found here or here.

Old_Country_Roses_broken_china_jewelry

Vintage Belle Jewelry has been making broken china jewelry since 1994.  Our passion is to help our customers find a piece of broken china that brings back a fond memory or to make new ones with their families.  Thanks to all of our customers and fans who have helped support Vintage Belle broken china jewelry become a success over the years!

See more lovely broken china jewelry in our shop HERE www.brokenchinajewelryshop.com

 What our customers are saying…

“The piece is beautifully made and is a real treasure. A great purchase.” Seraphima C.

Click here to subscribe to our email newsletter!

 



It is incredibly easy to do, as many garden centers are now catering to customers’ cravings for miniature items. Most garden centers now have areas entirely devoted to this fairy garden hobby. From the tiniest of trees, plants, succulents and accessories anyone can make a garden like this on their own. A project like this is for the young and old alike. But be forewarned, for some reason, many find these gardens highly addicting!  Here is what you need to get started:

Supplies:

  • A container—I used a basket approximately 20 inches x 16 inches
  • Plantings, such as fairy vine, ‘Platt’s Black’, brass buttons, dwarf grasses, ferns, miniature evergreens, hens and chicks, succulents, wooly or creeping thyme, lavender, miniature roses, miniature daisies, Selaginella, miniature African violets, dianthus.
  • Moss
  • Potting soil
  • Accessories—purchased or homemade.

DATA SOURCE: http://www.hgtvgardens.com/crafts/a-fairy-container-garden

 

To care for your fairy garden, be sure to water it regularly. Also, feel free to give a gentle pruning to any plantings that seem to outgrow their space. If you happen to lose a plant or it is not doing well, just gently remove it from the garden and replace it with something else. These gardens are always growing, changing and evolving—just like our regular gardens.

When you think about adding accessories, the only limit is your creativity.  In all of my miniature gardens, I like to incorporate both store-bought and homemade items.  When I am out and about, I seem to always have my miniature gardens in mind.  I love discovering fun little items at thrift stores, garden centers and even recycling found items in nature.  Acorn lids make perfect plates.  Leaves are natural blankets and place mats.  Sheets of moss can be transformed into rugs for houses.  Take a peek at the craft store too and be sure to stroll down the dollhouse aisle.  You will be amazed at what you find. Some people even like to decorate their gardens for the holidays.

– See more at: http://www.hgtvgardens.com/crafts/a-fairy-container-garden#sthash.AMIkMudX.dpuf

04-25-7AM

SOURCE

04-25-blog

04-25-blog2

SOURCE

5.4 Peter Pendants

See more lovely broken china jewelry in our shop HERE.

What our customers are saying…

“…the item looks great, super high quality.” – Samantha W.

Click here to subscribe to our email newsletter!

Daisies

April 24, 2014

03-19 blog

03-19-2PM

04-24-blog2

SOURCE

03-19-7PM

See more lovely broken china jewelry in our shop HERE.

What our customers are saying…

“These pendants are lovelier in person than in the website photos.” – Deborah

The Blue Jay

April 23, 2014

The Blue Jay is a large songbird native to North America. They are easily recognizable by their mostly blue plumage, broad and rounded tail with a white chest and underparts. They are smaller than crows but larger than robins. Blue Jays are known for their intelligence, noisy calls, complex social systems and fondness for acorns. Sometimes Blue Jays are referred to as jaybirds.

04-23-7AM

SOURCE

The Blue Jay occupies a large variety of habitats, they are found in all kinds of forests especially near oak trees. They have even been credited for spreading oak trees during the last glacial period. They are more abundant near forest edges than in deep forests and has expertly adapted to human activities so that they can be seen in parks and residential areas.

04-23-blog

SOURCE

The Blue Jays have a strong black bill that they use for gathering food, cracking nuts and acorns. They basically eat just about every known plant, seed, weed, fruit and small invertebrate. They also sometimes raid nests of other birds for eggs and nestlings and sometimes pick up dead or dying adult birds. They also store food in caches to eat later.

04-23-blog2

SOURCE

Blue Jays start mating mid-March and extend to July. They are not very particular with their nesting area, any suitable tree or bush can be used for nesting however they do prefer the evergreen. Both sexes build the nest together but only the female incubates them.

The Blue Jay can make a number of sounds and can even copy the cries of hawks which they use to test if a hawk is in their territory or to scare other birds away from their territory or food source.

04-23-2PM

See more lovely broken china jewelry in our shop HERE.

What our customers are saying…

” I cannot begin to describe how beautiful this pendant is in person, even better than the photos show. The workmanship is fantastic. Just so well made. I could not be happier” – Stephanie

Flower Fields

April 22, 2014

03-18-9AM

03-18-blog

SOURCE: http://www.flickr.com/photos/aflowerstory/8171116932/

04-22-blog2

04-22-2PM

See more lovely broken china jewelry in our shop HERE.

What our customers are saying…

“Absolutely thrilled with this beautiful piece- quality, quality, quality. Thank you so much.” – Rosa

Blue Roses

April 21, 2014

The Blue Rose is of the genus Rosa that represents the blue to violet pigmentation instead of the usual and more common red, white or yellow. An individual experiencing unrequited love could present a blue rose to his or her object of affection.

A blue rose does not exist in nature as a result of genetic limitations but researchers are constantly testing and trying to produce a true blue rose. Traditionally to produce blue roses, white roses were dyed blue. This was done by putting blue dye mark into the bark of the roots.

04-21-7AM

Blue roses were often mentioned in history and literature but never seen. In 1840, horticultural societies of Belgium and Britain offered a prize to the first person who could produce a true blue rose.  Although a truly blue rose has yet to be found satisfactory to some die-hard rose breeders, gardeners can now find near blue roses that incorporate “blue” in the name.

04-21-blog

SOURCE

There are several blue rose types: Blue Girl, Blue Nile, Shocking Blue, Blue Moon, Blueberry Hill and Florigene-Suntory Rose.

Created by Germany’s foremost hybridizer, Blue Girl Rose is a unique hybrid tea that is a rare treat for the connoisseur. It is also called ‘Cologne Carnival’ or ‘Kohner Karneval’ and was the Rome Gold Medal winner in 1964.

04-21-blog2

SOURCE

The Blue Nile Rose is a hybrid tea rose in a lavender-blue color. It has strong fragrance with large leaves that are a distinct olive color. The flowers may form in singles or in clusters and when in full bloom they are quite large.

The Shocking Blue Rose is a free blooming type with classic rose-shaped flowers in a mauve hue with dark green foliage.  It is deeply perfumed with a citrus fragrance. They bloom from mid-spring to mid-fall and the flowers are edible.

04-21-shocking blue

The Blue Moon Rose is pink-blue in color and is the closest thing to a traditionally hybridized true blue rose. It is a fragrant tea rose with exotic buds with its bush reaching as high as 6 feet.

04-21-blue moon

The Blueberry Hill Rose features unique pale lilac semi-double blooms that has dark green foliage early in the season and then continuously until fall. The rose petals are delicate in full bloom and have a sweet apple fragrance. They bloom well all over summer.

04-21-blueberry hill

SOURCE

The Florigene-Suntory Rose named after the companies Florigene and Suntory who worked on genetic engineering a true blue rose for over 15 years. The petals of this type of blue rose flower are nearly 100 percent blue in pigment. The Florigene-Suntory Rose has been sold in Japan since November 2009 under the name “Applause”. It is not available elsewhere and at the moment the scientists behind it are still working on improving its colour.

04-21-FS rose

SOURCE

Blue roses have been mentioned in literature mostly because of the mystery of its origin and because it doesn’t exist in nature. The blue rose expresses an appreciation for the enigmatic, the unattainable or the impossible. A person receiving a blue rose is said to have been the subject of much thought and speculation. The blue rose stands for something that is hardly within one’s grasp and is admired as an unrealized dream.

Broken_China_Jewelry_Moonlight_Blue_Roses

See more lovely broken china jewelry in our shop HERE.

www.brokenchinajewelryshop.com

What our customers are saying…

 “Absolutely beautiful!” –Nancy

Click here to subscribe to our email newsletter!