Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Birds and the Bees!


Kathleen of Cuisine Kathleen has asked us to use birds, bees, flowers and trees in our posts this week. I hope that I have risen to the challenge!




I began with my favorite bird china, "Songbird", by H&C Heinrich. I love this china, because there are so many colors in it.  This time, I chose to emphasize the blue. Under the "Songbird" dinner plate, I used a Victoria and Beale pattern, "Cambridge".  Beneath that dinner plate, I used a cobalt blue charger from Horchow.

I think that I have the "birds" part of the challenge covered with the "Songbird" plates -




The white birds from Michael's -




And the Hofbauer "Byrdes" crystal vase.





For the flower part of the challenge, I thought the beautiful flowers on the china would count, along with -



The colorful flowers in the "Byrdes" vase and



the pretty flowers on the "Jasmine" silverplate flatware.





The bees are buzzing around white Fino Lino napkins.  The bees even brought their honey combs along!




I wondered how to show a tree on this table, but I finally realized that Mr. Bird on the plate was clinging to the branch of a tree - dilemma solved!








The crystal glasses I chose were Galway "Longford" iced teas and cobalt "Williamsburg" Artland shrub (more about that later) glasses, which I will use for juices at this meal.

Now, back to the shrub glasses.  A shrub was a common drink in the colonial period, during the 18th century.  I have a recipe for shrubs, but I found a wonderful explanation of them and several methods that were used to make the drinks on a website, Culinate.  The fabulous article was written by Ellen Jackson who is a food writer and stylist.  Instead of trying to put the entire article in the post, I am giving you the link HERE.

I think Kathleen was dreaming about spring, when she gave us this challenge and it was a fun to think about all the different elements.  Thanks, Kathleen!!

Diane





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Monday, April 22, 2013

Dreaming of Peaches


When I was looking through my china for something to use for my post this week, I came across some salad  plates that I had  never used previously.  I have only four of them - two with apples and two with peaches.  I purchased them at Tuesday Morning a number of years ago and truly forgot about them. When I saw the peaches on the plates, I started thinking about our state symbol - Georgia is, after all, the Peach State!

I remember going to pick peaches, when I was a child and there was nothing better than eating a fresh, ripe peach right from the orchard. My mother always made fresh peach ice cream in the summers with a hand-cranked ice cream churn.  The sad thing was that I would not eat it - I wanted plain vanilla! Now, I usually get my peach ice cream "fix" from a place called "Lane Southern Orchards", but more about that later.




I decided to use the plates to set a breakfast table for four.



The apple and the peach salad plates were set on dark yellow JC Penney dinner plates.  A Ralph Lauren "Paisley" tablecloth and placemats from Old Time Pottery are under the plates. Bamboo flatware from Steinmart was, also, used.  I chose brown napkins to repeat the brown from the flatware and the brown stems on the fruit plates.



Fostoria "Mesa" green footed goblets and Colony "Whitehall" amber juice glasses were added to each place setting.



Looking at the peaches on these plates made me start dreaming of how wonderful it will be, when the peach crop comes in this year.




A trip to Lane Southern Orchards is a must for anything to do with peaches!  Here posing is my youngest granddaughter on one of our trips last year.  Lane is located off I-75 near Fort Valley, Georgia.

Do not bother to stop by Lane, unless you really love peaches!  They do sell other products, but no peach product goes unsold there!



How would you like to try peach chutney?


Or peach cider - yummy!


Maybe, peach truffles - peaches and chocolate - whoohoo!!

Lane, also, sells the fabulous peach ice cream, peach bread, peach cobbler jam, peach muffin mix and the star of the show, fresh peaches. No Georgia girl would dare go through the summer without making, at least, one peach cobbler and the best ones are made with fresh peaches.

Many of you might drive south on I-75 on your way to Florida and I highly recommend a side trip to Lane's in the summer, when the peach crop arrives.  You can find out more information on Lane's website: www.lanesouthernorchards.com. 




I think for our breakfast, I will prepare French toast with peach sauce. Fortunately, I have peaches in my freezer and they will do just fine - wish you could join me!

Fresh Peach Sauce (From Southern Food Recipes)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3 cups fresh diced peaches, about 4 peaches
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, optional

Preparation:

Combine water, sugar, and cornstarch in a saucpan; bring to a boil over medium heat. Add the diced peaches and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract and cinnamon, if using. Use as a topping for waffles or pancakes, or spoon over biscuits or pound cake and top with whipped cream for a delicious shortcake. Makes about 3 cups.

Diane





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Friday, April 19, 2013

Scott Antique Market


Have you ever heard the expression, "Man plans, God laughs"? Well, last week-end, I certainly understood that quote!  On Saturday, I was supposed to attend the Masters Golf Tournament with my husband in Augusta, Georgia.  Close to the big day, my daughter thought she might need for me to babysit for her.  Being the lovely person that I am (hahaha!), I agreed and gave my ticket for the Masters to my son.

As things happened,  I was not needed by my daughter, but for some reason, my son did not offer the ticket back!  Actually, he is a sweetheart and knew that I would not have taken it.  So how to make lemonade out of that lemon of a situation??? Well, to go shopping with my son's friend, Katie!  I realized that it was the very week-end that the Scott Antique Market would be in Atlanta for the monthly show.  Whoopee!  Katie had never been, so we hatched a scheme made plans to attend, while the guys were at the golf tournament.



If you have never had the fun of attending this monthly event, you have missed a fabulous experience - two huge buildings and outside tents full of the most interesting antiques, along with new products and other  "stuff"! Katie and I wore comfortable shoes and planned to take in all of it.

Right now, I would like to say that I was so busy having fun that I never took any photos of the outside vendors or their great merchandise.  I guess, I will just have to return for some additional photos - poor me!

My favorite part of each visit is meeting and learning from the various vendors.  In this post, I am going to feature of few of them.



The first booth that really caught my eye was the booth of Judy and Will Hair.  Their booth is located in the North Building B-11, Booth 478.  They have such an interesting collection of antiques, many of which they purchase in Maine, when they visit every year. The table above was an interesting piece.  The legs are metal and the top is very old wood - we thought it might have been a sewing machine table from a factory. It was being sold for a  reasonable price - wish I could have fit it into my car.  I, also, fell in love with that creel - it looked very "Maine" to me.




Judy and Will sell beautiful Majolica and other china pieces.  Wouldn't you love to own the green plates with the flowers??



How about an English fish set with forks and knives?



They carry softer things, too.  Beautiful quilts...




Pillows...



And, my favorite, this lovely needlepoint fire screen.  I love to create needlepoint pieces and cannot imagine how many hours went into making this treasure!




Judy and Will have a nice collection of boxes and the pieces that I bought there were among these.
I bought two small boxes to display with one that I already own.  I am going to tell you all about them in another post - they have such an interesting history!

By the way, while talking to Judy, I discovered that she and Will reside in a town where one of my Cameron ancestors lived. We had fun talking about the area and I felt like I had made new friends.  One of the things I love about visiting at Scott's.



The next booth that made me drool was Steve Long's booth.  He, also, is in the North building at Booth C6, 807-808. Wow, wow, wow!  Many of you already know about my obsession with silver. This is not the place for me - I could do some serious damage here! Fortunately, Steve sells mostly sets of flatware, so I was not quite, as tempted.  However, if you are looking for sets, this is the place to go. Did you notice the Imari-style plates with the silver reticulated rims - help, I may faint!!!






Steve sells so many beautiful pieces of silver - anything you could ever want, really!  However, silver is not all that he sells...


 

He, also, has an offering of really fine crystal.  Decanters,




and stemware.

There were so many things in this booth that I could have taken home with me, but did not this time.  However, I have already started saving for "next time"!!!




Another booth that Katie and I enjoyed so much was the one, which was operated by friends, Patricia Biskey and Rachel Weitnauer.  Oh the fun we had there! Patricia is the owner of "The American Sampler", which sells Sterling and Collectibles and Rachel owns "Mulberry Grove Antiques".  However, they share this booth in the North building at the corner of C-3 and the center aisle. 



These ladies, too, have many pieces of fine silver - this epergne was the piece that I had trouble leaving behind. Isn't it just stunning??? 




Wouldn't you just love to see this candelabrum on your dining room table or piano ( a la Liberace - lol!)?  Oh, I would certainly love it on mine.



Or, perhaps, these lovelies on your dressing table - "sigh"!!



I was fascinated by this drinking horn  - how would you like to try to actually drink from it? 




If silver is not "your thing" - how about some gold jewelry?  Patricia and Rachel have some wonderful pieces. Speaking of jewelry.  Katie was looking at jewelry, during our searches - more about that later...



Patricia and Rachel, also, carry flatware and I bought a "Strasbourg" berry/casserole spoon from them , even though I had told myself that I did not need any more "Strasbourg", ever! However,  I did not own that particular piece and just could not help myself! Oh, how I need an intervention!!!

Again, the highlight of the visit to this particular booth was chatting with the owners.  I discovered that Rachel grew up in the same county where I lived for many years, while growing up.  She knew my husband's family and many other of the same people that I do.  I did not realize what her maiden name was, until after my visit and she is a relative of one of my dearest friends in the whole world. I told you that Scott's is a fabulous, fun place!

I am sorry that this post is so long, but I hope that you will bear with me, because I have two other vendors that I would like to feature.

At this point, Katie finally found the jewelry that she wanted.  It was a spoon ring.  When she bought it, we did not know the pattern from which the ring was made (a little unusual for me!), so I did some research, when we returned home and the ring was made from a rare Oneida pattern made in 1967 called "Mediterranea".  The pattern looks a like Oneida's "Michelangelo", which was made a few years later.  I have no idea why the company made the few changes and re-issued it under another name, but "Mediterranea" is very pretty, as you can see here:





The next interesting person whom we met is a folk artist, Sam Granger.  To say that Sam is quite a character is an understatement and Katie and I thoroughly enjoyed our conversation with him. Sam is located in the South Building, but I did not get his booth number.  However, you can find him at his website, www.samgfolkart.com or on Facebook.  




I thought that this painting was particularly funny, since my daughter had been a huge "A-Team" fan, when she was young. 

Sam told Katie and me that he had never had much luck with women and, apparently, that must be the truth, since all of his woman are painted with devil faces.



Sam's "Mother's Day" painting - the children are bringing flowers and a new "pitchfork"!!! I think I will be nicer to my children for a while - hahaha!  I forgot to take a photo of the family picture where Sam and his "ex" are riding in a car - she, too, is a devil. Hope that she never sees that painting. However, I did take a picture of another one of his devil-ladies, which is my favorite:


The "Devil Woman" stick - it is hilarious!

Just so you do not think too badly of Sam, he is a blues lover (as I am).  Here is his tribute to the blues:


I say that I have two home towns and, of course, Sam grew up not far from one of them.  I am beginning to think that, in Georgia, there are only two degrees of separation, instead of six!

As you have probably already realized, the South Building at Scott's is a little different from the North one.  More new items are sold there.  Here is one of the booths that Katie and I really loved:







The arrangements were exquisite and I could have taken home every one of them.  However, if you cannot read the ticket on this small one, it reads,  "$398.00".  Ouch!

Here are a few other sights in the South Building:








I was hoping to bring Katie over to the "dark side" (lol!), during this visit and I think it worked!  Our last purchase of the day was twelve salt dips and twelve glass salt spoons.  I forgot to photograph the booth and the dips, but I think she may be "hooked" on tableware now.

Thank you for staying with me for the entire post.  You are about to be rewarded, because I am going to introduce you to one of my favorite people, Malcolm Argo.



Mr. Argo is from Americus, Georgia.  Americus is very close to one of my home towns (of course!) and we know quite a few of the same people.  Mr. Argo's business is named The Silver Source and, indeed, he sells quite a bit of that shiny metal.  Two of my favorite pieces of Towle "Diane" are pieces that I purchased from him a few years ago.





The Silver Source booth (L-6) is located in the South Building at Scotts. 





Don't you love these pieces of filigree sterling?  The workmanship is so delicate and lovely!



As I said, Mr. Argo sells many pieces of silver, but what he sells best is himself.  He is marvelous story-teller and can be just a bit "naughty" (all in good fun!).  The first time that I ever met him, the first thing he did was show me a naked woman!  Actually, it was a piece of his personal silver pattern, Wallace "Irian", and she is only half naked. Oh, how he loves to tease that way.  He really is a southern gentleman with a little spice added and quite cosmopolitan.  He and his wife, Phyllis, are partners in the silver business and I am sure they have a terrifically fun life.  Thanks, Malcolm, for making buying silver such a interesting process.  Katie and I had a great time visiting with you!

Many thanks to all of the vendors for allowing me to take photographs of their beautiful merchandise and for the information that they all gladly share with the shoppers who visit their booths.  If you live anywhere near Atlanta or find yourself there, during the second week-end of any month, I highly recommend a visit to Scott Antique Market.  You can get additional information on the website: www.scottantiquemarket.com.  Try to visit - you are in for a treat!

Diane




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