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Castles

August 7, 2014

Cinderella’s Castle

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Windsor Castle

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Marienburg Castle

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Gerber Daisies

July 17, 2014

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Red Calico

July 14, 2014

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History of 4th of July

July 4, 2014

Being forced to pay taxes to England’s King George III with no representation in Parliament caused a growing dissatisfaction among the 13 colonies. On June 11, 1776, the colonies’ Second Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia formed a committee with the purpose of drafting a document that would finally severe their ties with the Great Britain. The committee included Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Roger Sherman and Robert R. Livingston. On July 2, 1776, the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence.

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After voting for the resolution of independence they then turned their attention to the declaration of independence.  The declaration of independence was prepared for the Committee of Five and it was approved on July 4, 1776. Since then July 4th has been celebrated as Independence Day and is commonly known as the Fourth of July. Contrary to popular belief the declaration of independence wasn’t signed on July 4, 1776, most historians have concluded that the declaration was signed on August 2, 1776.

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On July 4, 1777, thirteen gunshots were fired in salute, one at morning and then one at night in Bristol, Rhode Island. Philadelphia celebrated in almost the same manner, with thirteen gun salutes, official dinner for the Continental Congress, toasts, speeches, prayers, troop reviews and parades. The following year, Gen. George Washington celebrated July 4 with a double ration of rum. It was in 1791, when the name Independence Day was first recorded. In 1870, the US Congress declared that Independence Day will be an unpaid holiday this was changed into a paid federal holiday in 1938.

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The Fourth of July celebration has long been associated with political speeches and ceremonies,  fireworks, barbecues, parades, fairs, carnivals, picnics, concerts and if it happens to fall into a long weekend celebration it would turn into family reunions. Families would often have picnics and barbecues at parks or join in barbecues and picnics hosted by neighbors and friends. The Independence Day fireworks are often accompanied by patriotic songs such as the national anthem, God Bless America, My Country Tis of Thee, and This Land Is Your Land.

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Transferware

June 29, 2014

A technique of “printing” designs on ceramics (china) was developed in Staffordshire, England around 1760 called transferware.  It was developed by John Sadler and Guy Green of Liverpool. Transfer printing became the answer to providing an affordable alternative to the hand painted pieces that were very expensive that only the wealthy could afford.

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The transfer process begins when a design is etched on a flat copper plate then the copper plate is inked with ceramic coloring. After the plate is thoroughly inked the design would then be transferred to a tissue paper. The inked impression would then be transferred to the ceramic object. After the ceramic object is inked it would be taken to a low-temperature kiln to get fired and glazed to fix the design.

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Transfer printing was originally done in single colors and the popular ones were blue, red, black, purple, green and brown. Blue pieces were the most sought after and the browns ones were considered the cheapest. The transfer printing technique was later adapted by Josiah Wedgwood in the creation of his ivory based ceramics called “Creamware”. Years later the technique advanced and allowed for the printing of double and triple colors, combinations like red and white and blue and white.

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The transferware designs and patterns are varied but they often incorporate Asian people and scenery with beautiful pagodas. English manufacturers of transferware include Crown Ducal, Enoch Wood, Royal Staffordshire, Royal Crownford, Alfred Meakin, Spode, Johnson Brothers, and Mason’s with most sought after patterns including Crown Ducal’s “Bristol”, “Calico”, “Castles”, “Charlotte”, “English Chippendale”, “English Scenery”, “Friendly Village”, “Historic America”, “Italian”, “Liberty Blue”, “Old Britain Castles”, “Rose Chintz”, “Tonquin”, “Tower” and Vista”.

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When collecting transferware pieces it would be advantageous to be familiar with how to date and identify an original. It is important to note the difference in marks or backstamps between time periods. From 1842 to 1883, the items carried a diamond shaped mark which contains the date the pattern was registered. After 1884, the registry adapted single numbers and registration numbers higher than 360,000 denote creation after the 1900s. Around 1860 to 1880 the word Limited or its abbreviations Lt or Ltd was added and the word Trademark was added and indicates a manufacture date after 1875. The words “Made in England” denotes the piece is created sometime in the 20th century.

Pieces from the 1700s as well as 1800s are hard to come by and aren’t usually found in antique shops but they do show up from time to time. We can readily find red and white transferware pieces in malls and online shops and though they are not valuable the designs are just as beautiful as the antique ones.

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Delightful Daisies

June 24, 2014

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Masculine Tablescapes

June 15, 2014

In 1910, a Father’s Day celebration was held in Spokane, Washington, at the YMCA by Sonora Smart Dodd, who was born in Arkansas. Its first celebration was in the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. Her father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who raised his six children there. After hearing a sermon about Jarvis’ Mother’s Day in 1909 at Central Methodist Episcopal Church, she told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honoring them. Although she initially suggested June 5, her father’s birthday, the pastors did not have enough time to prepare their sermons, and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June. Several local clergymen accepted the idea, and on 19 June 1910, the first Father’s Day, “sermons honoring fathers were presented throughout the city.”

Read the full article at the source: https://en.wikipedia.org/?title=Father%27s_Day

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The Oranges ‘n’ Lemons rose features stripes of pure yellow contrasted against bright orange – a showstopper! This striking rose was introduced in 1994 by hybridizer Sam McGreedy.

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Mahogany red new foliage is a plus all year long, maturing to a very deep glossy green. This vigorous bush has a fountainous habit with canes 6 – 8 ft. long that can be trained as a climber in milder climates.

Cooler weather will result in more blooms and richer colors.

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Patriotic Porches

May 23, 2014

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Ladybugs

May 4, 2014

Ladybugs (Coccinellidae) are a family of small beetles occuring in colors yellow, red, or orange with small spots on their wing covers. They have black legs, heads and antennae. In Europe, they are called lady beetles or ladybird beetles. Ladybugs are found worldwide and there are over 5000 species of them with 450 native to North America.

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Ladybugs have oval bodies with six short legs.  Some species have spots or stripes on their wing covers while others have no markings at all. Many species of ladybugs are mostly or entirely black, brown or grey with no markings, making it hard for regular people to identify as ladybugs. With all this variation in appearance, the myth that you can tell the age of a ladybug by the spots on its back is obviously not true.

People are fascinated with the ladybugs because of their colorful appearance; however, farmers love them for their appetite. Most ladybugs voraciously consume plant-eating insects like the aphids, helping to protect crops thus making them the farmer’s best friend. Although ladybugs are known for consuming a large number of aphids and scale insects, there are species of ladybugs that attack a wider range of prey, like spider mites, beetle larvae and caterpillars.

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During their lifetime ladybugs can consume about 5,000 aphids and when food is scarce they are known to do whatever it takes to survive, including cannibalism. A hungry ladybug will eat any soft-bodied ladybug it encounters. Newly emerged adults or recently moulted larvae are soft enough for a ladybug to chew.

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Ladybugs usually begin to appear indoors in the autumn when they leave their summer homes to find feeding sites and search for places to spend the winter. Recent studies suggest that ladybugs can cause allergic reactions such as asthma and eye irritation.

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