Archives For Bluebird China

Mountain Bluebirds

November 3, 2016

The mountain bluebird (Sialia currucoides) is a medium-sized bird weighing about 1.1 oz with a length from 6–8 in. They have light underbellies and black eyes. Adult males have thin bills and are bright turquoise-blue and somewhat lighter underneath. Adult females have duller blue wings and tail, grey breast, grey crown, throat and back. In fresh fall plumage, the female’s throat and breast are tinged with red-orange, brownish near the flank contrasting with white tail underparts.

Image result for mountain bluebird

MALE &FEMALE Mountain Bluebirds:

Image result for female mountain bluebird

Image Source: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/western_bluebird/id

The mountain bluebird is just as “western” as the Western Bluebird, but the two species occupy different habitats in summer. The Western is more of a forest bird, the Mountain more partial to open habitats: high sagebrush desert, mountain meadows, and even alpine tundra.

Interested in more bluebird articles, see our links below for more great information.

Bluebirds: http://vbelleblog.com/2014/03/05/bluebirds/

Bluebird China History: http://vbelleblog.com/2014/03/07/bluebird-china-history/

Vintage Bluebird Greetings!  http://vbelleblog.com/2014/11/29/vintage-bluebird-greetings/

Bluebird Search http://vbelleblog.com/?s=bluebird

Image result for mountain bluebird

Image result for mountain bluebird

Broken_China_Jewelry_Birds

 

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

What our customers are saying…

“Just like the bluebirds in my back yard” ~ Michelle J.

Click here to subscribe to our email newsletter!



Feeding the Birds Naturally

November 23, 2014

Keeping the backyard birds fed comes naturally when you plant shrubs that produce edible berries.  Here are a few options to consider.

WINTERBERRY

Winterberry is a deciduous shrub growing to 6-15 feet tall and often as wide. It develops a rounded habit through suckering, eventually growing into a sizeable colony of upright stems. The stems tend to be dark brown and often develop a pleasing gray sheen. The 3 inch long, elliptic, toothed, and pointed leaves vary from light to dark green, taking a yellow hue in autumn. Insignificant flowers appear in May – June and are followed by bright red berries in late summer. The berries, for which the common name was derived, remain after leaf fall and persist into the winter months to provide food for wildlife. Winterberry prefers evenly moist, acid soils in full sun to partial shade.

PHOTO SOURCE:  http://www.field-notebook.com/?p=803

RED TWIG DOGWOOD

Red Twig Dogwoods are the most popular Dogwood shrubs. They show off brightly colored decorative bark in winter when many other plants are resting. Twig color varies from dark maroon to coral to yellow depending on species and variety.   Small white flowers occur in clusters in spring followed by white to blue fruit in late summer.  They are fast growers to 8-12’ tall & wide with dense branching and foliage. A few lower-growing and dwarf forms are available as well. Most grow very fast, are very tough, adapting to many different soils and light conditions and withstanding temperatures as low as -50 degrees.

PHOTO SOURCE:  http://montananaturalist.blogspot.com/2011_02_01_archive.html

Nannyberry

Nannyberry (Viburnum Lentago), also known as Sheepberry or Sweet Viburnum, is shade-tolerant species commonly used as shrub borders, tall barriers, hedges, and windbreaks. It provides seasonal displays of flowers, fruits, and fall leaf color and the fruit are eaten by many species of birds and wildlife.  It is easily transplanted and established and can be propagated by cuttings. Although the growth habit is primarily a multi-stemmed shrub, it can be maintained as a small tree by pruning stems and removing basal suckers.

PHOTO SOURCE:  http://www.onlyfoods.net/nannyberry-viburnum-lentago.html

To learn more about gardening for the birds check out this guide HERE

SHOP BROKEN CHINA GARDEN BIRD JEWELRY HERE

Broken China Jewelry Bluebird Garden Bird Left Facing Sterling Oval Pendant

See more lovely broken china jewelry in our shop HERE.

What our customers are saying…

Love, love, love it!!!! Beautiful pendant – so stoked. As pictured, and gorgeous! ” ~Roz

Vintage Pyrex

July 22, 2014

07-22-7AM

SOURCE

07-22-blog

SOURCE

07-22-blog2

07-22-2PM

See more lovely broken china jewelry in our shop HERE.

What our customers are saying…

“A beautiful piece! Designer is awesome!” ~ Sherrie

Click here to subscribe to our email newsletter!

Liberty Blue China

July 1, 2014

Liberty Blue China were designed and made by Enoch Wedgwood in the Staffordshire District of England. The dinnerware tableware patterns were a 1976 promotional item to commemorate the 1776-1976 bicentennial celebration of America’s Declaration of Independence.

07-01-7AM

This blue and white Staffordshire china features several historical scenes namely: Washington crossing the Delaware, the Boston Tea Party, Ben Franklin, Mt. Vernon (home of George Washington), Monticello (home of Thomas Jefferson), Betsy Ross, Lafayette landing at West Point, Independence Hall and Washington leaving Christ Church.

Another source also stated that the Staffordshire Liberty Blue China was requested by the Benjamin Franklin Federal Savings and Loan. The institution established its first office in Portland Oregon in 1925 and to celebrate their 50th anniversary in 1975. The Board of Directors commissioned Enoch Wedgwood Company to develop a unique pattern of ironstone dinnerware, something special to offer to their account holders.

07-01-blog

SOURCE 

The Liberty Blue dinnerware has a border of mix wild flowers, the historic scene is at the centre and most pieces have a unique back stamp of an eagle holding a flag shield. The words Liberty Blue are placed above the eagle and directly below the shield are the words Made in England and down at the bottom is the name of the scene.

It took two years for the Liberty Blue dinnerware to be completed, it was made available 1976. The Benjamin Franklin S & L’s newsletter in October 1976 announced that the promotion would end on December 31st. A little after 1976, the Liberty Blue dinnerware was sold in national grocery stores where customers who meet a certain amount of purchase could buy a piece. A new item would be released each week enticing customers to shop some more if they plan on collecting the different pieces.

07-01-blog3

SOURCE 

Today, Liberty Blue China has become quite a popular collector’s item with rapidly rising values and are available for sale at various auction sites and stores online.

07-01-2PM

See more lovely broken china jewelry in our shop HERE.

What our customers are saying…

“Seller has beautiful items!! ”  ~ Bonnie

Click here to subscribe to our email newsletter!

Sewing Machine Day

June 13, 2014

Sewing Machine Day celebrates a very important invention —– the sewing machine. The first sewing machines were made in France in the 1830s. It wasn’t until 1846, that they were patented in the U.S. Prior to it’s creation, clothes items were sewn together by hand…stitch by stitch!06-13-7AM

SOURCE

06-13-blog

SOURCE

06-13-blog2

SOURCE

06-13-2PM

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

What our customers are saying…

“Awesome piece, substantial and so unique.” ~ Lauren

Click here to subscribe to our email newsletter!



Bluebird China History

March 7, 2014

The Bluebird china pattern was first introduced in the 1800s. It was created by using bluebird designed decals and transferring these decals to white porcelain or semi-porcelain plates. At the height of its popularity there were over 300 potteries in East Liverpool manufacturing the dinnerware.

03-07-pic1

SOURCE: http://createvintage.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/img_7122.jpg

The specific artists who designed the various blue bird patterns are unknown. The decals were not designed by the manufacturers themselves instead they were purchased from companies such as Meyercord Decal Company located in Chicago. As a result, several manufacturers have the same bluebird design on their plates.

The popularity of the bluebird china rose to its peak during the 1920s when many households in America were serving dishes on bluebird china dinnerware. Today when collectors are asked why they are collecting bluebird china, the response is often that they remember it from a grandparent, a favorite aunt or their mother.

(Interested in more bluebird articles, see our links below for more great information.)

Bluebirds http://vbelleblog.com/2014/03/05/bluebirds/

Mountain Bluebirds  http://vbelleblog.com/2016/11/03/mountain-bluebirds/

Vintage Bluebird Greetings http://vbelleblog.com/2014/11/29/vintage-bluebird-greetings/

Bluebird Search  http://vbelleblog.com/?s=bluebird

03-07-pic2

Three factors are considered to be behind bluebird china’s popularity:

First, the earliest Americans established a spot in the culture associating blue birds with happy events, tranquility and good fortune because Native Americans and early settlers found the appearance and playful personality of bluebirds enchanting.

Second, the optimistic outlook prevailing in America in the 1920s naturally aligned with blue birds as symbols of hope and happiness, and bluebird china rose to prominence alongside the optimism of the people.

Finally, the influence of advertising, along with the introduction of radio and the use of premiums and coupons, brought the popularity of blue bird china to new heights.

03-07-pic3

SOURCE: https://www.etsy.com/shop/EphemeraObscura

Shortly after the Civil War, the country’s large retailers implemented the use of coupons as a marketing tool. Companies like The Grand Union Tea Company, and The Larkin Soap Company were among the first to introduce the use of premiums. These premiums started out as free items available with the purchase of products. Later on, a small cash out alongside a required number of coupons were implemented to redeem the items. The bluebird china dinnerware started out as premiums making them available to every American.

What started out as premium items are now coveted collector’s item with prices ranging from affordable to quite expensive depending on the design and condition of the piece.

12.4 Bluebirds

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

What our customers are saying…

“Absolutely beautiful workmanship, this is just stunning!”.  Tori W.

Click here to subscribe to our email newsletter!