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Depression Glass

July 6, 2014

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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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Peonies

June 25, 2014

The Peony is a flowering plant native to Asia, Southern Europe and Western North America with about 25 different species. Most peonies are herbaceous perennial plants but some resemble trees. These perennials may live longer than you do as some have been known to thrive for over 100 years. The plants require little maintenance as long as they are planted properly and establish themselves. They do not respond well to transplanting.

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Peonies can be classified by flower type and plant growth habit. The flower types become more complex in its petal arrangement and include: Single, Japanese, Anemone, Semi-Double, Double, Bomb-Double. By plant growth, types are Herbaceous (nonwoody), Tree (shrub), and Itoh (or “Intersectional”), which is intermediate between herbaceous and tree forms.

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Herbaceous peonies differ from woody-stemmed peonies in that they die back to ground level every winter. They provide invaluable colour to borders in late spring or early summer. They have large often double flowers in whites, pinks and reds adding glamour and beauty to any garden.

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A peony shrub is deciduous shrub called a tree peony. They grow slowly but live for years and will lose their leaves in the fall. They grow between 3 to 5 feet tall. Peony shrubs will bloom colorful flowers in green, yellow, maroon and purple. During winter the peony shrubs grown in colder climates will need protection from winter in order to bloom flowers in spring.

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Intersectional Peonies, also known as Itoh Hybrids, are a hybrid produced by crossing a tree peony (peony shrub) with an herbaceous (non-woody) peony. They produce tree peony flowers with leaves on plants that behave like the herbaceous peony in that they die on winter and emerge on spring. They grow approximately 2.5 feet tall and are disease resistant and less susceptible to powdery mildew than their herbaceous parent.

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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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Yellow Amazone Rose

June 12, 2014

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‘Amazone’ is a seedling of the apricot tea rose, ‘Safrano’. It produces large (3”), cupped, double, buttery yellow, fragrant flowers throughout the season. The reverse of the petals is veined with rose pink. The flowers have an average of 24 to 40 luscious petals. The yellow hues are more pronounced in the spring and fall flushes. The foliage is dark green and the new growth is red.

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Amazone can grow up to 6 feet tall and on average 4 feet wide. It’s a repeat bloom pattern with mild fragrance making it a very lovable rose. ‘Amazone’ is a very trouble-free rose, but somewhat smaller than its parent, ‘Safrano’. It prefers full sun. It is easily propagated from cuttings.

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Classified as a Tea rose, it was first introduced in 1872.  It is a very versatile rose that is suitable for growing in pots or in greenhouses.

More info at PH Rose Gardens, Heirloom Roses and Lisa Bonassin’s Garden

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Lilacs

June 4, 2014

Scientific names of flowers often elude most people but common names are easily remembered. Syringa vulgaris is probably a name not easily remembered but the name lilac is sure easy to remember. Lilac or common lilac is part of the live family, Oleaceae and is native to the Balkan Peninsula where it grows on rocky hills. They are hardy, easy to grow and pretty much low maintenance.

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Lilacs produce abundant, colorful flowers which are good for cutting and attractive to butterflies. They are small trees ranging from 2 to 10 meters with stems up to 20 to 30 centimeters. The flowers of the lilacs are produced in spring, the usual flower color is a shade of purple but white, pale yellow and pink and even a dark burgundy color are found.

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Lilacs have a sweet memorable fragrance and are popular in parks and gardens. They grow well in fertile, humus-rich well-drained soil where they get at least 6 hours of sun daily. They will not bloom well if do not get enough sun. They will also not bloom well if there is too much water so make sure to drain the site well.

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 Plant lilacs during spring or fall, space plants 5 to 15 feet apart and dig a hole as deep as the root ball and 2 to 3 times as wide. In four to five years, you will be rewarded huge flowers with fragrant bloom.

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Hot Pink

June 1, 2014

Pink flowers are used as a symbol of love and awareness. For decades, pink flowers have been used to decorate weddings as a symbol of love.  Pink flowers are common among flowering groups and they are extremely beautiful on a bright summer day.

Allium (flowering onion) Astilbe Azalea
Begonias Butterfly bush Carambola tree (starfruit)
Clematis Coneflower (Echinacea) Cypripedium (lady’s slipper orchids)
Dahlia Dianthus family (carnation) Flowering plum tree
Hibiscus Hyacinth Hydrangea (in acidic soil)
Oriental lily Oriental poppy Peony / paeony
Petunia Rhododendron and Azalea Roses
Sabatia angularis Tulips Vinca

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Link to flowers with names: https://www.pinterest.com/michd01/pink-flowers-by-name/

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Spode Blue Italian

May 21, 2014

In 1816, Spode launched a new set of chinaware called Blue Italian also known as Spode Italian and this collection placed Spode on the map as the leader in the ceramic industry. It is one of Spode’s most collected ranges up until its production in 2009 and is now famous not only in Europe but also in America.

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The popularity of blue and white china was widespread in Europe and the UK in the 1700s.  The demand for imported china was high and the pieces very expensive. In 1784, Josiah Spode mastered the art of reproducing these sought after blue and white designs and he set the standard for all English porcelain.

The inspiration for the Italian pattern has been the source of much research and speculation over the years. Unlike many of the classical scene patterns of pottery in the 1800s, the origin of the Italian pattern was not certain. Tilman Lichtenthaeler, a Spode collector and researcher carried out research in an attempt to trace and unravel the mystery source of the Italian scene which comprises of several made up elements, the ruin on the left, row of houses along the left bank of the river and the castle in the distance.

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He found that there is no one place in Italy that holds all of these elements together and surmised that a travelling artist made the sketches of the scenes he encountered as he travelled his way to Italy. These scenes all together would become the Italian Pattern.

From the time of its production, the Spode Italian pattern was an immediate success. In the early 1800s, most of the pieces produced in the pattern were on asparagus servers, enormous soup tureens with ladles, cruet sets and huge meat dishes, clearly items designed for the wealthy. A catalogue from Spode in the 1920s and 1930s records over 700 different shapes available. The Italian pattern was produced in black and from 1954 to 1962.

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The Blue Italian pattern is considered a design icon, with its scenic Italian countryside elements mixed with the Imari Oriental border. It resulted in a piece of art that is intricate and elegant.

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 The history of Mother’s Day dated back to the ancient times and can be traced to the spring celebrations of ancient Greece honoring Rhea, the mother of the Gods. Another celebration by ancient Romans during the spring called Hilaria is dedicated to Cybele, a mother goddess. The celebration honoring Cybele began 250 years before the birth of Christ. Today Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring motherhood, mothers, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society.

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The more recent history of Mother’s Day can be traced back to England in the 16th-century with the Mothering Sunday celebration. It is celebrated throughout Europe on the 4th Sunday in Lent. People would return to their mother church (the main church or cathedral of the area) for a service to be held on Laetare Sunday. The English poor back then worked as household servants and it was the only day of the year where they were allowed to go home and attend the service at their mother church usually with their mothers or their families.

 

In 1872, Julia Ward Howe suggested the official celebration of Mother’s Day in the US. As a social activist she was horrified with the impact of the Civil War and of the Franco-Prussian war that she wrote a passionate appeal for women to rise against war in her famous Mother’s Day Proclamation, written in Boston in 1870. She worked tirelessly to promote this cause and for Mother’s Day to be celebrated on June 2. Mother’s Day was later changed to the current celebration in May.

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 Anna Jarvis is recognized as the founder of Mother’s Day in the US. Even though she never married and doesn’t have kids, she is known as the Mother of Mother’s Day. It is a most suited title for the woman who worked tirelessly to bestow honor to all mothers. Anna’s mother served as the inspiration for celebrating Mother’s Day. Also named Anna, she was a social activist who wished that someday someone would honor mothers dead or alive and pay tribute to them.

Following her mother’s death, Anna Jarvis embarked on a campaign to have Mother’s Day recognized as a holiday of honoring all mothers. Anna would send Carnations in the church service in Grafton, West Virginia to honor her mother. Carnations where her mother’s favorite flowers and to her they resemble the purity and undying love of a mother to her children. Together with her supporters they wrote countless letters to men of power including President William Taft and President Theodore Roosevelt.

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 On May 1907, a service dedicated to Mother’s Day was held in the Methodist Church in Grafton at the same time a similar service was held in Philadelphia where 15,000 people showed up. The custom spread to churches in 45 states and in 1912 the Governor of West Virginia declared Mother’s Day. On May 8, 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed a Joint Resolution designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.

Today Mother’s Day is celebrated worldwide; people take the time to be with their mother’s to show their love and appreciation for the care, affection, love and support their mothers have shown them.

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Cinco de Mayo

May 5, 2014

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