Monday, November 28, 2011

Ode to Cyber Monday

IT is upon us... Fretting about how much to do in how little time. I am the first one to make the list and begin the search for those perfect gifts at quite the frenetic pace. It all becomes a whirlwind of activity for that one day in the not too distant future. The mutter to myself "Is this enjoyable?" is reflected on the faces and echoed in the voices of fellow shoppers. Yet if we just slow down to reflect on the real meaning of the season, IT speaks to us when we:

Celebrate the joy of love

Feel the hope for peace

Acknowledge the spirit by opening our hearts to the world

The only nod to gifts is the giving of yourself. Happy Holidays with contentment to all!


Monday, November 21, 2011

L is for Lu-Ray

Lu-Ray Pastels

Lu Ray Pastels 'Empire Shape' semi-porcelain dish ware was manufactured by Taylor-Smith and Taylor Co. (TS&T) from 1938-1961 in Chester, WV. The Company was in business from 1899 through the 1970's, at which time it was bought out by Anchor Hocking Glass. The Lu Ray Pastel pattern is charming in its elegant art deco simplicity with lovely muted toned colors. The four original pastels include: Sharon Pink, Persian Cream, Windsor Blue, and Surf Green. A fifth coloration, Chatham Gray, introduced in 1949, is considered a premium color; more rare therefore more expensive. I recently came across a Lu Ray Chatham Gray Teapot selling for $670! For the most part, Lu Ray items are readily available and most affordable, providing that sweet little addition of cool vintage to your modern home. Happy Hunting!


Monday, November 14, 2011


Vintage One-of-A-Kind Jewelry - Elevate the Ordinary

Shell Cameo, Georgian style

Enamel Cabochon, Art Nouveau style

Natural Shell Pin, Arts & Crafts style

Faceted Garnet Brooch, Art Deco style

Rhodium and Rhinestone Brooch, 1940's

Krementz Necklace, 1930's -1940's

Sterling Hand Wrought Pin, 1950's

Monet Brooch, 1960's

Handmade Clay Bead Choker, 1970's

All of these beauties are available for sale here


Monday, November 7, 2011

K is for Kitchenware

Utilitarian... it has such a nice ring to it, don't you agree? I especially love the items in my kitchen that have been passed down through the ages without loss of practicality and... utility! These lovely pieces represent the best of design and invention at a time when low tech meant no tech. And, they bring a certain ease and beauty into kitchen-works. From red handled bakelite choppers and servers to rippled glass storage jars and hand decorated salt boxes, vintage kitchenware still charms us with its pleasing simplicity and usefulness. Made in America - with pride. Happy cooking!

Vintage Kitchenware available for sale here


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