Friday, February 26, 2010

March - A Time For Green And Clover -

My Favorite - Green Orchid

For the Irish and the non Irish alike - March is the month we think green!

Early English White Ironstone Ewer in the Clover Shape

A Time to Celebrate - being Irish or perhaps that Spring really is coming!

Antique Elite Limoges Plate

For most of the country this has been a long, cold and snowy winter and you are yearning to look out your windows and see your green lawn again. For those of us in Southern California it is a joy to look out our windows and see the foothills once again covered in green after the fires. We have had so much rain lately it is as if it actually rained green.

Early Haviland celebrated the Irish with its designs featuring clover patterns.

Schleiger 98

Schleiger 113

And often used green very effectively as borders and accents.

Schleiger 1153

Schleiger 2776

Schleiger 33

Schleiger 847

The early English potters favored clover in several of their shapes.

Wheat And Clover Shape

Green transfer ware is not as readily available as other colors. When a piece is found it is a rare treat!

Green depression glass is always special

Continuing With The Green Theme -

Royal Crown Derby


Royal Crown Derby

Haviland Schleiger 67

Royal Worcester England

Haviland Limoges

Green has always been a favorite color of mine. I love it that there is a month when many celebrate green!

19th Century George lll Mahogany Fire Screen

More Greens - A Yummy Way To Eat Your Spinach!

Bruschetta with Fontina and Greens

Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis


* 1 (1-pound) loaf ciabatta bread, trimmed and cut into 14 (1/2-inch thick) slices
* Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
* 1 garlic clove, halved


* 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
* 3 cloves garlic, minced
* 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
* 12 ounces (12 cups) baby spinach
* Kosher salt
* 2 cups (4 ounces) shredded fontina cheese


For the toasts: Put an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Arrange the bread slices in a single layer on the baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Bake until light golden, about 10 minutes. Cool for 2 minutes. Rub the warm toasts with the cut side of the garlic. Set aside.

For the topping: In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook until the garlic is fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add 1/2 of the spinach and stir until it begins to wilt, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the remaining spinach and cook until wilted, about 2 minutes. Season with salt, to taste. Using tongs, arrange the spinach on top of the toasts. Sprinkle with cheese and bake for 5 to 8 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbling. Season with salt and cool for 2 minutes.

Transfer the bruschetta to a platter and serve.

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

A Welcomed Surprise -

This has been a difficult week for us. We brought my 99 year old dad to live with us in November - a strong willed Sicilian. Last Monday he was brought to the hospital with conjestive heart failure. He is home with us now and hopefully will be back to his old self shortly. Thank you for all those prayers!

Traveling back and forth to the hospital all week has been most tiring and stressful. What a nice surprise it was for me to find that Nancy (Nancy's Daily Dish) had given me the Sunshine Blog Award! Thank you Nancy - Your timing was perfect!

I first met Nancy on Twitter where she tweets under the name Transferware. This immediately caught my attention as I am also fond of this wonderful antique china. I then located her blog and found that her collection is outstanding and displayed beautifully.

Again - Thank You Nancy - for this spot of sunshine in my life!

Rules for accepting the award are as follows:

Put the Sunshine Blog Award logo in your post or on your blog, or both.
Give the award to 12 bloggers and include links to their blogs in your post.
Let the nominees know they have been given the award by commenting on one of their posts.
Share the link to the person from whom you received the award.

I would like to honor these bloggers with this award for their unique perspectives, writing, creativity and inspiration they each give to me and others:

Norbridge Antiques - A Lovely Lady With Lovely Antiques
Gertrude's Garret - Like Nancy - Wonderful Information About TransferWare
Nest By Tamara - Always A Beautiful Place To Visit
The Jewel Box Home - Full Of Creative Ideas
Tesoro Fino - Fine Treasures - Wonderful!
Interior Concepts By Wanda Horton - Very Special Interior Designer
The Spice Girl - Yummy!
The Spiced Life - Finally Found A Recipe For Chocolate & Sea Salt Cookies
A Collection A Day, 2010 - Such Fun!
Pinch My Salt - Special Lemon Shortbread And Much More
The Antique Linen Cupboard - Very Special English Linens
The Vintage Hope Chest - One Of My First Internet Mentors

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

February - A Time To Think Pink -

It is hard to believe it is February already! - A time when many are thinking Pink or Red for Valentines Day - or Heart Month - or perhaps for a little cheer during a long and dreary winter.

Many of the hundreds of Antique Haviland Limoges China patterns feature pink flowers especially pink roses.

Just Perfect for a Romantic Valentine Celebration!

Schleiger #29

Schleiger 847

Schleiger 1157 Baltimore Rose

Or Perhaps a Valentine Day Tea -

Schleiger 251

Schleiger 609

Schleiger 270

Schleiger 525

Some Antique Haviland patterns are really reminiscent of Antique Valentines with their doily type patterns

Schleiger Blank 205

Add beautiful Cranberry Glass -

and Pink Depression Glass

Royal Lace

Cherry Blossom

Antique and Vintage TransferWare China is quite special in reds and pinks -

And these French Sarreguemines Story Plates are both romantic and charming

February is always a Time for Special Gifts - Tokens of Love and Appreciation

Vintage Linens Lavender Sachet

Pretty Little Antique Haviland Pitcher Schleiger 146

Tiny Vanity Jar With Sterling Lid

Antique Locket

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