January 27, 2018

Barbed Wire & Old Lace Hearts

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I have been fascinated with wire and lace hearts since I first saw them popping up on Pinterest.



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They are definitely easy to make and if you are lucky, you may already have most of the supplies.

Although, not everyone will have a piece of barbed wire hanging around.


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The barbed wire I have is well rusted and I disentangled it from a fence last year.  I am sure it had been there for many years.  This is an old farm and up until about five years ago cattle were kept here. 

At the time I retrieved it, I had no idea what I might end up doing with it.

It resided in the trunk of my car for months and then hung on a nail in the garage for a bit.

It is a thorny old misshapen heart.  It looks like it needs some love.


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You know what it's like.  You see something that someone else has done and then a whole lot of ideas start popping into your head.

Katie at Let's Add Sprinkles made some too and I have left a link to her post at the bottom.


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I made the lace hearts using a roll of 16 gauge wire.
It is much easier to use than coat hanger wire in that it is easy to bend but still holds its shape.

These wire and lace hearts are my version.



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They are free-form hearts with no two being the same.


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The lace was cut from an old camisole.  I used different parts of the camisole for each heart.

I removed the seams so that the camisole could be placed flat and then traced around each heart. 

The hearts were cut 1/4" outside the traced line.


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The edges of the cloth hearts were rolled around the wire and hand stitched in place.


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Embellishments such as ribbons and charms were added as well as strings to hang the hearts.



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I made the wireframes in two different ways.

The 1st way is to cut a length of wire then using pliers bend over each end and hook the ends together.  Crimp with the pliers.
Then form the heart in your hands.



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 The 2nd way is to bend the wire in half.  Form the heart and then wind the ends of the wire around each other at the bottom of the heart.


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To make the barbed wire heart place your pliers in the centre of a piece of barbed wire and twist the wire over on itself to form a loop at the centre.

Form the heart.  You may need the help of the pliers here and then twist the ends together at the bottom.


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Katie, over at Let's Add Sprinkles,  made wire hearts using a different method.  The link to her post is here Let's Add Sprinkles.  
Katie's hearts are beautiful and well worth checking out.



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January 24, 2018

Interior Design Show 2018


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We have just come back from the 2018 Interior Design Show in Toronto.

I enjoy this show every year.

I enjoy it so much because the artisans showcasing their products are so talented.  

 am energised when I am in their company and see their work.


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We have seen the latest in kitchen and bathroom design, all very beautiful.




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There was furniture design that every year seems to get better.


We have even seen the self-cleaning toilets and taps that measure out an exact amount of water for when you need a precise amount in a recipe.







I am going to feature some of the artisans we met and not so much the bigger companies.



Cherrywood Studio


This studio creates live-edge and traditional tables from urban hardwood that is otherwise destined for landfill sites.

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The process can take up to three years from collecting and saving the log, milling, and drying, to the actual production of the product.

We love that the wood is being salvaged from urban resources.


To see pictures of the process and check the range of products being offered, go to the website http://cherrywoodstudio.ca/




amala carpets

 https://www.amalacarpets.com/Amala carpets offer socially sustainable and eco-friendly manufacturing methods for hand-made carpets.  This is a 6th  generation family-owned business.  
Carpets are made from silk and or wool in both Thailand and Nepal. 

We saw several carpet makers while at the show, but, we really liked the approach of this company.

The carpets are beautiful and can be made in the customer's choice of colours.

We would love to own one of these someday.

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Bosendorfer Artisans
http://www.pianoexperts.com/portfolio-posts/oscar-peterson/


The Oscar Peterson Signature Edition commemorates the 90th birthday of Oscar Peterson who himself played a Bosendorfer piano.

This piano plays a number of never released compositions recorded by Oscar Peterson.

Listening to this piano is like having him right in the room with you.

Extraordinarily beautiful.





Phil Carriere

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Phil Carriere Photography Transformed in Unique Framed.


Phil's photography is not only beautiful but, he uses a finishing process that brings out a depth and colour that is unique.



I loved his work done in Havana.

I am afraid my photography does not do justice to the work, but you can go to the website.


http://www.philcarriere.ca/urban-photography-1/



Pur cachet

Pur cachet has a different approach to use reclaimed wood.  

Their product is seen in the foreground of the picture above and is among other products they produce.  The logs can be ordered online.  You choose the colour, the top, and the finish.





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Sun Louvre Pergolas


We liked this company from Quebec.  The louvres are easily opened and closed.  When closed they provide shelter from the rain.  

The louvres can be run up the sides of the pergola to add some privacy or as a windbreak.








This is just a small glimpse of the show.  There is something for almost every taste.


Trends We Noticed

Wood
There is still a lot of wood both live edge and milled with a number of different finishes.  Black walnut is still a favourite.

Wood flooring is still big, both solid and engineered.  There is also a trend toward reclaimed wood floors.

Metal
Metal is everywhere.  They are using it on furniture as bent or welded legs and as part of the furniture structure.
Taps and plumbing are mostly brushed nickel, shiny chrome, or gold.  We didn't notice much bronze or black in plumbing.

Lighting
Light fixtures are going large.  They are being used as a feature in a room and can be real attention getters.

Stone
Stone is still being used for countertops and floors.
More and more we saw manufactured counters such as quartz.
We also saw terrazzo flooring.

Upholstered Furniture
Wool for upholstery materials as well as the softest leathers.




I hope you enjoyed this brief look at the Interior Design Show 2018.

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January 16, 2018

Set the Table - Buying and Collecting Dishes


I am sometimes asked by women or couples just starting out about buying dishes.

They want to know what they should buy.

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This is what I am telling people.  It is something that nobody told me when I bought my first set of dishes.



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Start with white dishes and buy what you can afford.

Buy a minimum of eight place settings.  If you are entertaining a large family or a lot of friends then you will need more.

Some dish patterns are open stock which means they will be available for you to purchase individual pieces and place settings for a few years.  

Be careful, though,  because when the manufacturer ceases to make the pattern they are no longer going to be available.

Not everyone can afford the finest bone china.  I couldn't. 

Over the years I decided that I wouldn't be able to buy the best so I settled on what I could afford.  

Often, it would be porcelain dishes that would prove to be best for me.  As time went by, I was able to purchase some bone china too.


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I know that buying white dishes sounds boring, but, you will have many options with white dishes.

Buy dishes with pretty borders to add interest and texture.

Dress them up with tablecloths and napkins and other accessories like napkin rings, chargers, placemats, and candles.


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Later, you can add to your collection by including some colour and pattern.

Blue and white dishes look especially good when they are paired with white dishes.

Bringing in another pattern and mixing them with the white dishes you already have is also a good way to increase the number of place settings you own.


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Sometimes a manufacturer will offer a second salad plate in a different colour. 

Or, the salad plate will be offered either square or round.


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Adding solid coloured plates is another option.


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Experiment with various combinations to find a pleasing look.


You may find that putting together different styles or patterns will produce an unexpected, but pleasing combination.


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If you are lucky, you may find a great set of dishes in a thrift store.

You may also inherit a set of dishes.

They can all be incorporated into your collection.  They may not all mix and match, but you will have choices of colour themes and seasonal themes.


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A word about English china.

Wedgwood, Royal Doulton, and Johnson Bros. were traditionally
manufactured in England.


This is no longer the case.

In 1968 Wedgwood purchased a number of English potteries including Johnson Brothers.

Wedgwood merged with Waterford and became Waterford Wedgewood in 1987.

Later, Royal Doulton was brought into the group and became WWRD Holdings Ltd.  

In 2015  Fiskars Corp. acquired WWRD.

Some of these traditional patterned dishes are manufactured in Indonesia.

It is my understanding that Wedgewood still makes a couple of their high-end patterns in England.

Johnson Brothers are manufactured in China now.

With Johnson Brothers, the clue as to where it is manufactured is in the back stamp.


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If the stamp says 'Made in England', then it was made in England.


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If, however,  the back stamp says 'England' or 'England 1883', it is made in China.

If you are a purest and want only the dishes made in England, you can still find some patterns at places like Replacements.com, consignment shops, antique stores, etc.

I once found a set of unused bone china, 6-piece place setting for four, including soup bowls in a consignment shop for $125.00.  The lady who they belonged to saved them "for good" and never got to use them.

Don't save your dishes "for good" even if they are bone china.  Bone china is surprisingly durable.

I like to rotate my dishes according to seasons or holidays.  That way they are all used and nothing is kept just for company.


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When it comes to serving pieces I try to collect white rather than coloured pieces.

I find white serving pieces will go with almost any table setting.


If you are considering Transferware - It all goes together.


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That is to say that all brown and white transferware go together with each other no matter the pattern.

The same is true for blue and white, or green and white, or red and white.  

No matter what patterns you mix, they just all seem to go together if they are all in the same colour.

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Very old dishes were made prior to dishwashers.  Keep in mind that these dishes will have to be hand washed because their finishes will not withstand the detergents used in dishwashers.


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In Summary

- Buy what you can afford.
- Start with a set of white dishes.
- Try to find dishes with textured or scalloped borders to add interest.
- Buy Open Stock, but be aware that they can be discontinued after a few years.
- Use tablecloths, placemats, napkins and other tabletop accessories to add interest.
- Add patterned and solid-coloured dishes over time and as the budget allows.
- Mix and match to come up with some surprising combinations.
- Check back stamps.
- Look for affordable dishes in consignment shops, thrift shops, antique shops.
- Hand wash very old dishes.
- Buy white serving pieces.
- Use all your dishes.  Don't just store them for someone else to use.
- The most important of all is this - HAVE FUN!!! - Have fun collecting and chasing down and finding patterns.  Have fun finding or making tabletop accessories.  Have fun using your dishes.


Some of the Dish Patterns Used

Richmond, Devon Cottage, Old Britain Castles - Johnson Brothers
Antique Scroll, Spice Road, Sunflowers - Pier 1 Imports
Pheasants - The Victorian English Pottery
Denver Plaid - Pottery Barn




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January 11, 2018

Set the Table - Snowball Fight; My House

Come on in. It's cold outside.

I have been hoarding a bunch of snowballs.  They are all ready and waiting for you to join us.


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We won't need coats, hats, scarves, or gloves.

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We are inside for a snowball lunch and hot chocolate.

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The inspiration came from these white pom-pom napkins.

They remind me of tiny snowballs.


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The foundation for the table setting is a faux fur table runner.

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The plate stack starts with a white charger, a white dinner plate and salad plate topped with a brown and white transferware plate.

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The little brown cones come from the Casuarina tree.

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Each place setting includes any number of handmade snowballs.

The snowballs were made by winding yarn around different sized foam balls and held together with a dab of hot glue here and there.


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A closer look at the plate stack.


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For the centrepiece, a silver bowl stands on a glass pedestal and holds a faux birch bark candle, a bit of greenery and yarn snowballs.


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Some of the Elements Used on the Table

Faux fur table runner - Home Sense a couple of years ago
White Chargers - Walmart 2017
Dinner Plates - Richmond by Johnson Bros.
Salad Plates - Coastline
Brown & White Transferware plates - Royal Mail by Myott
Flatware - Bombay Co.
Silver Bowl - Thrift store
Glass pedestal - My grandmother's candy dish
Candle - Gluckstein Home, The Bay
Napkins - Bowring 2017
Faux snow



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