Thursday, November 20, 2014
Thursday, November 6, 2014
The mark is Paladin, and it also says E. Hughes & Co., and Fenton.
Friday, October 31, 2014
Jasmine tea in a golden cup is exactly what I think a Halloween witch would have on a perfectly gloomy, creepy, sinister day like today.
I think there's a bunch of people who will recognize this Royal Winton cup and saucer, which was coveted by me at many, many family dinners and gatherings over the years.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
I found this teacup at the annual antiques show at the Bracebridge Memorial Arena several years ago. It's Shelley, and the shape is Dainty.
Five minutes later, I found another one just like it.
But, jeez, aren't they pretty? The tea tastes great out of it (only drinking out of one) too. PC orange pekoe today.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Here's what's funny. It was only last night that I realized that my Photobooth app takes pictures backwards, like in a mirror. Not fully certain why I never noticed before. I clearly know what the piano behind me looks like in real life.
Why last night: I was taking a photo of meself, all ready for the Choir Halloween event, as Annie Lennox in her HIV/AIDS fundraising album gear, in which she wears a t-shirt with the word SING on it. Behold, GNIS.
The primary reason I felt that I actually looked pretty good was that I got served at the bar right away. Never happened before at that bar. Being a middle-aged woman, clearly outside the target demographic, I typically have to wait and wait just to be noticed by the attractive young servers. Last night, with the bar being extra crowded, BOOM, got served pronto. A young beauty made eye contact with me right away and took extra care with my draught. The lesson? I may try wearing a crap-ton of makeup again sometime. Especially when I'm thirsty.
Here's Annie, my style icon, with her letters facing the right way (image from Earthtones.org).
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
This teacup is, again, Shelley, and again one of my favourites. It's shape is Regent; I wish I knew the name of the design - anybody? The cup and saucer are two parts of a trio, and and the Regent shape has a lot of simple Art Deco designs like this one. Some more great examples: here, here, and here.
Obviously, I didn't actually start the Etsy shop I said I was going to in February. Shortly after I posted, two things happened that greatly reduced my time for such projects: 1) my husband broke his ankle. Badly. And 2) I got a ton of great freelance work (doing stuff for very nice clients), which ended up getting extended again and again, lasting until the end of August. Plus, I started to think as I gathered things together to sell, that with my pack-rat tendencies (still wouldn't call myself anything like a *cough* hoarder, right? *cough*), it was just a bad idea.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
|Is it actually possible that I could give up and sell one of my Dainty Blue Shelley teacups (this one is exceptional because it's footed, and that is very unusual for the Dainty shape)? We shall see.|
"Catch and release" means that with great joy and enthusiasm, I have a tendency scoop up a treasure – like a teacup*, for example – from the Sally Ann, or Goodwill, or a garage sale, or an antique show, hang onto it for awhile (like a month or twenty years), and then gently release it back into the Great Material Continuum** (or hang onto it forever). Now, via my upcoming Esty shop.
I'm thinking of opening a little Etsy shop. I've got a lot of beautiful stuff that I don't have room for, and it seems that beautiful stuff is always going to make its way into my home. It's always easier for me to let go of "stuff" if it's going right into someone else's hands.
I spent the afternoon going through cupboards and little wee boxes of treasures. Once I get it rolling, I'll post a link here.
*Note that I didn't pick up this epic Shelley teacup at Goodwill or a garage sale; I found it
at the annual Antiques Show at the Bracebridge Arena a few years ago, the source of many treasures.
**The Great Material Continuum explained
Okay, I can't help myself; here's a sampling (silver is pre-Twinkle).
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
My ebullience and enthusiasm, both results of my improved arm and shoulder mobility, have gotten me into a bit of trouble over the past week.
First, I injured myself doing the dolphin pose during a shoulder-shape-up yoga workout. Very, very dumb. I will never do one again. I was feeling nice and loose and simply overdid it. Hurt my shoulder (in a different place), and wing, and neck.
Next, again with too much enthusiasm for improving my upper body strength, I tried too many times to hang and pull-up from our chin-up bar. This morning at physio I discovered that I haven't done myself any permanent damage. Just feels a bit like minor whiplash.
The good news from my physiotherapist: no big permanent damage done. Just keep on keepin' on. Okay, can do.
On the way home, I had a long, quiet walk in the fresh snow, which is one of the very best ways to improve the day.
Then, got some work done and sent off, and did some reading through a lovely, heartfelt, fabulous blog called Sublime Mercies.
I recommend both as ways to improve today.