Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day

Memorial Day this year is especially important
as we are reminded daily
of the great sacrifices that the men and women
of the Armed Services make
to defend our way of life.
                                                                    Robin Hayes, Chairman, North Carolina Republican Party

                                                                 Parades remind us to honor the countless people who have sacrificed for our freedom.
                                                                                                                                                                       Thank you.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Nature Beautiful

Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature.
It will never fail you.
                                                                                -Frank Lloyd Wright, 1867-1959, American Architect


Monday, May 13, 2013

M is for Majolica

Majolica was developed by ceramist Herbert Minton in 1849 and was first displayed at the Great Exhibition in London, 1851.  This novel art form was a culmination of centuries of experimentation in Spain, Morocco and Italy with glazing techniques on earthenware using five colors -  cobalt, yellow,  red, green and purple.  It appealed to the masses during the peak of the Industrial Revolution as prosperity enabled people to look beyond white ironstone, blue and white transferware, terra cotta and other mundane dish ware. Majolica reflected the exuberance of the times;  a direct response to formality and excessive ornamentation of the Victorian Era.

Queen Victoria (1838-1901), the longest ruling British monarch (as well as longest ruling female monarch in history) exerted her influence and taste as the hallmark of elegance.  Her style was pervasive -  from architecture, furniture and clothing design to dinner place settings and menus.  To this day Victorian items command attention as accents in the modern home and garden.  Price points have quite the range and it is best to purchase from reputable dealers to ensure authenticity.                            

*To Pat, a special thank you for the use of your lovely collection.

Happy Hunting!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Mothers Day

By the time a woman realizes  her mother was right,
she has a daughter who thinks she is wrong.

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