Monday, January 5, 2009

Toward a New Year

Happy, happy New Year and a belated Merry Christmas. Blogging went by the wayside in December, as I got further and further behind and worked like the devil to catch up. (I never did catch up, and the New Year started anyway.)

But I had to show you two super Christmas presents I was absolutely THRILLED to receive:

Pearl China Tea Set
The color is a teal green, and the tea pot has the Pearl curlicue on it. The scroll and flowers are a bright gold. Lovely! I have to do more research to find the pattern and year(s) produced.

Homer Laughlin "English Garden"

This is my absolute favorite American china pattern. I have three small pieces, and am always lusting for more, but this gorgeous platter was beyond my wildest dreams! Here is a closeup of the cottage (Love it, love it, LOVE it):

And. . .I know Christmas is over, but I wanted to show you some pictures of my daughter's Department 56 Snowbabies collection. Every Christmas for almost 20 years, I've bought her a new little bisque Snowbabies figurine, and it's become almost as much fun as buying something wonderful for myself!

For the past five or six years, my granddaughter, now eleven, has done the choosing, and I'm happy to let her. She takes a long time, and chooses very carefully, because her auntie has promised that the collection will be hers someday. What an incentive!

Every year my daughter and her niece, the Snowbabies heiress, come up with new ways to display them. This year they outdid themselves. They placed different sized boxes here and there in a garden window, laid tiny light strings around them, and covered the whole thing with yards of batting. They look adorable!

This is what it looks like at night.

Snowbabies started in Germany some time in the nineteenth century, and are still being made there. Department 56 began issuing their own versions around 1986, and kept to the original all-white figurines until recently, when they joined up with Disney and Warner Bros, added color, and totally ruined them, as far as I'm concerned. My daughter and granddaughter agree. They prefer the classic Snowbabies, though you'll notice there is one partially colored "Frosty the Snowman" in there. Who could say no to Frosty?

My best wishes for a Glorious year ahead for everyone.

New Year's Day: Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual. ~Mark Twain


  1. Great site. I think you show everyone how important it is to accentuate a vintage style with items that complement each other in theme, tactility and tone.

    What a wonderfully clean yet full site.
    Things just LOOK better on your site.

    Good luck,
    I'll be back.

  2. Lovely photos!!! Your set up is beautiful!

  3. AuctionWally, you're making me blush! Thanks so much for your kind words. I've been trying to add your blog and others to my Blog List and suddenly the way is not obvious! I'm at a loss, so if anyone can give me some pointers, I would be ever so happy. . .
    I did it before, but I'll be darned if I can figure out how!!

    Empty Envelope, thanks and welcome!

  4. Love the Homer Laughlin piece. I have a couple of his pieces and just love them. Great blog.

  5. Yes, KayzKreationz, I think Homer Laughlin is so unappreciated among the Vintage American potteries. Everyone thinks either of Fiesta ware or Diner ware when they think of HL, but many of their pieces that came out of the 30s and 40s are just beautiful.