Archives For China Patterns

Johnson Brothers was most known for its early introduction of semi-porcelain tableware with famous designs such as Eternal Beau, Dawn, Old Britain Castles and Historic America. The manufacturing company was founded by four brothers Alfred, Frederick, Henry and Robert whose father married the daughter of Alfred Meakin, a master potter. They specialized at first in the manufacture of durable earthenware called “White Granite” which was a remarkable success leading to a rapid expansion. Johnson Brothers china has remarkable detail and fine quality, offering variety of patterns from Scenic holiday engravings to more traditional decor. With Johnson Brothers china, you can be assured of beauty, quality, and years of trouble-free service. They created dinnerware that had delicate characteristics of fine china but with the durability of ironstone.

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The 1950s saw the production of award-winning designs like Old Britain Castles and Historic America which garnered the company the award of Queen’s Award to Industry twice for their contribution to the British economy. With the Old Britain Castles, the Johnson Brothers celebrates the rich heritage of the British Isles. Each piece depicts an 18th century landscape containing an actual castle, with its name and date inscribed below the scene. Made of fine earthenware, the collection consists of a full range of dinnerware and accessories that are perfect for any table setting. The pink Johnson Brothers Old Britain’s Castle pattern was first introduced in 1930 consisting of a full range of dinnerware and accessories, including some with a Christmas motif perfect for any table setting. Each piece is a mark of unique craftsmanship that is freezer, microwave and dishwasher safe. Customers on both sides of the Atlantic have enjoyed the quality and durability of Johnson Brothers china for more than a century.

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Broken China Jewelry - Johnson Brothers Castle - Sterling Silver Pin Brooch

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Mason’s Vista Ironstone China was made by the English pottery of Charles J. Mason after 1813. Mason was given a patent for this improved earthenware, it is usually called Mason’s Patent Ironstone China. Some experts believed it was named ironstone because of the slag it came from but others think it came from the fact that the ware was as hard as iron. Mason’s Patent Ironstone China resisted chipping and breaking so it became very popular for dinnerware and other table service dishes.

Of the patterns Mason has produced, Vista the most popular amongst serious collectors and novices alike. It is easily recognizable by its castle and park like scenes with oak leaf borders. The Vista pattern started production in 1890 until 2000 and is attributable to Francis Morley who purchased from Charles Mason his business and factories in 1848. Mason Vista is available in several different colors, the most popular being the pink / red vista followed by the blue vista. The pattern was also made in green and black but they are less common. Dishes manufactured before 1921 had the back stamp “England”, those made after shows the back stamp “Made in England”.

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The ironstone was decorated with orange, blue, gold, and other colors, often in Japanese inspired designs. Over the years Mason’s experienced financial problems and the company was acquired by many buyers including Francis Morley, Taylor Ashworth, George Ashworth and John Shaw and these owners continued to use the name Mason in the products. When Mason joined the Wedgwood group in 1973, the name is still found on dinnerware.

The Vista pattern was largely made for export to the United States beginning in 1890 with brown coming first and then followed by blue. The pink / red color is most sought after, the most common and the most produced color. The green color had a short lived production dating to about 1900, purple and multi-colored ones were also produced dating approximately between 1918 and 1944 however these colors are very hard to find these days.

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Scrap Fabric Wreath

January 29, 2015

It’s simple and inexpensive to make a beautiful wreath from leftover fabric scraps.


1. Grab up all sorts of fabric.
2. Cut lots and lots of 5″ by 1/2″ fabric strips. You are going to need alot!
3. Start putting them into your wire frame (from Hobby Lobby or Michaels)

Just a simple over and under tie works. Just one tie with a little forceful tug at the end to make sure its nice and secure to the wire frame will work. Its up to you how full and snug you want your frame. You could keep things looser and less full by using less fabric scraps.

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Broken China Jewelry Sleighride Winter House Sterling Silver Pendant

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We love Blue Willow in our house but these decorations below are inspiring!

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Lake Como Italy

January 11, 2015

Lake Como is the third largest lake in Italy, and has been a popular tourist attraction since Roman times.  The lake is shaped like the letter “Y” and looks like a mighty river running through the mountains.  It attracts visitors with beautiful landscapes, wildlife, villas and spas.

 

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Broken China Jewelry Blue Willow Storyline Sterling Silver Bracelet

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Teacup Gardens

January 5, 2015

Create your own personal tea cup fairy garden!

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Broken China Jewelry Blue Willow Love Birds Sterling Circle Pin Brooch

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Silver Platter Christmas

December 21, 2014

An inspiration for using vintage silver platters!

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Broken China Jewelry Wedgwood Blue White Jasperware Sterling Pin/Brooch

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Vintage Handkerchief Stockings

November 30, 2014

Having vintage handkerchief stockings can make Christmas more nostalgic and fun with a twist on the mantle.  Your grandparents might have had stockings that looked like this!  Click the link below to see how to make some beautiful stockings!

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what a cute idea for those old hankies

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Cider Bar for Entertaining

November 24, 2014

A great way to entertain for the holidays is to have a cider bar for everyone to enjoy.

Use a medium sized pumpkin, scraping the sides well and removing all the seeds and pulp before filling it with apple cider. Make apple slices and cinnamon sticks for garnish and serve in eclectic glasses like mason jars!

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Pumpkin Punch Bowl

Here is a simple way to make your own apple cider.

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Homemade Apple Cider

Known in the U.S. and Canada as “sweet cider” because it’s not fermented like its “hard” cousin, this quintessential cool-weather sipper differs from standard grocery-store apple juice; the fresh crushed pulp and skins give it a unique tartness and an added texture. Relatively easy to make at home, this unfermented cider is the perfect way to squeeze out all the advantages of fresh fruit from markets and local orchards this season. Here’s our step-by-step guide to homemade apple cider.

You’ll need: 4 pounds of apples (makes one liter)

Tools

Apple corer
Sharp knife
Blender or food processor
Cheesecloth
Saucepan
Thermometer
1-liter glass jar with lid

 

 

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Thoroughly wash apples. Core and cut into wedges, discarding any rotten or damaged parts.
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Step 2

Puree apples in batches until they resemble a fine pulp. Let crushed fruit rest together for 30 minutes.

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Step 3

Place pulp in a triple layer of cheesecloth and twist, squeezing the juice into a saucepan. Continue to squeeze and twist until all the juice is extracted.

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Step 4

Pasteurize by briefly heating to 160 degrees. Be sure not to over-cook—you don’t want to melt away any of that fresh-pressed flavor.

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Step 5

Return cider to a clean glass jar and cover. Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week. Serve hot or cold. Makes about one liter of cider.

 

Broken China Jewelry Sleighride Christmas Tree Winter Church Sterling Pendant

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Broken China Jewelry Bluebird Garden Bird Left Facing Sterling Oval Pendant

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