Thursday, July 22, 2010
I never felt an inclination to have nice china. My Mom had always wanted china, but she was a widow with seven children and no money. I can't remember how old she was when she finally started her set, but I think she was in her fifties. She chose a beautiful pattern designed in 1927 and started buying what she could find and getting pieces as gifts, without the use of the internet! The pattern, Lenox Blue Tree, was discontinued in 1974 but then reissued due to it's renewed popularity after Tricia Nixon chose it for her wedding in 1971. Mom was able to acquire 12 place settings, a few serving pieces, and some extras, which turned out not to be enough when the entire family had a dinner, but still enough for her three daughters to divide.
When Mom died last August and we faced the daunting and sad task of dividing her possessions, I decided I would not take any of her china. What would I do with only four place settings when I would need six just for my immediate family? It would cost me a fortune to buy what I would need for the future. Well, my sister refused to accept my decision and insisted I would still enjoy service for four, giving me all sorts of reason to keep it. I could have an intimate dinner with my husband, dinner with another couple, or a fancy table when only two of my children were around that night. She finally convinced me, and since I also was to receive my Mom's hutch, I would have a handy place to keep it so I would be more likely to use it. That's when I got hooked. I fell in love with the pattern. My Mom must have been guiding my hand because I was browsing eBay one day and decided to see what another few place settings would cost when I found what turned out to be a great deal on a big set. Just this week I was again fortunate to stumble across another great deal on a few more pieces, and my set is now complete.
I absolutely love seeing my Mom's platter displayed on her hutch in my dining room. I absolutely love using the china, and I love that the inspiration came from my Mom. I wish she knew that I ended up doing exactly what she had hoped I would. Who knows, maybe she does.
Who uses this many pieces for one meal?
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
When I make plants from clay, I never know what the final size will be, which tends to work out fine for scale since most plants have a range of sizes. I've grown Jades with very small leaves, and some that are much, much larger. Can you tell from the first pic how big these are? Now don't peek at the second photo!
Ok, now you can look. How close were you?
This is a Bunny Ears cactus. I grew some in my real garden, but I was pricked so many times that I dug them up, using heavy gloves, and trashed them. I'll stick with the miniature version, thank you very much!
Friday, May 7, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Ginny is a very special gift from a very special person and good friend, Kristy Taylor. Kristy makes the most awesome 'critters', as she calls them. Not your usual house pets, but those creatures that normally make a person, well, uncomfortable. If you haven't seen them, visit Kristy's website at http://www.minimenagerie.com/ and her blog at http://minimenagerie.blogspot.com/.
The story behind Ginny is sad and I won't go into it. Hold it. Reverse that. I will go into it.
Last summer I found a young, dead possum in my back yard, and a few nights later, another. At first I blamed my dog, but the possums had no injuries. After finding the second possum, which looked exactly like the first and died in the same manner, I knew something was amiss, and it was probably happening under my deck. Then I remembered that my dog chased something out of my yard one night about a week or so earlier, which I then figured was a raccoon hiding under my deck. Now I suspected the mother possum was surprised when I let my dog out that night, took off, and never came back. Unable to see anything hiding, all I could do was wait, keep my dog in at night, and hope the mother returned. I couldn't believe I was actually hoping for a possum under my deck!
Over the next several days, two more possums suffered the same fate. Then it stopped. Animal Control said they probably were not weaned yet and died from dehydration. I was so sad to think those poor little guys, who previously had repulsed me, died frightened and alone, and so close to me, yet I could do nothing. When I researched possums and found them to be totally misunderstood and given the same bad rap as raccoons, while they are docile creatures that actually are beneficial to humans, I felt even worse. I will never view a possum the same way again!
A short time later my Mother died, which was only weeks before I was being published in the September 2009 issue of American Miniaturist. Kristy, being the kind-hearted person she is, made me this precious possum, who is reading the very issue in which I appeared. So of course, her name is Ginny, my Mother's nick-name. Even though Ginny was created from losses suffered, every time I look at her, I smile.
Do I have a great friend, or what?
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
I filled it with some of the plants I have, which really don't all belong in this type of greenhouse. It needs trays of starter plants and some flowering hanging baskets. I didn't even try to hang a fern from the ceiling for fear it would all come tumblin' down! So, you'll have to use your imagination.
Oh darn, I forgot to put in the watering can, tools and the hose! Too late!
Maybe I'll replace the missing trim pieces, but for now the greenhouse is back in the box.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
I didn't even get pictures, other than a few of my table, and one of my helpers. He wasn't enthralled by the show, but he spent the entire day watching my table when I had to leave. What a good son, and how handsome in his Versace sunglasses!
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
I'm so excited, but very nervous about driving by myself in Chicago. And I have no helper, so I'll be on my own, unless I can convince one of my kids to help me. Doubtful. It's a three day show and it will take me two days to dig my old display things out of my basement. What have I gotten myself into?
Hoepfully, something wonderful. We'll see!
Sunday, April 11, 2010
My only photo had a big, dark, rounded shadow at the top, so I tried to fix it in Paint. If the top leaves look odd, it's because I did a lousy job.
I don't remember where the wicker plant stand went. Does it look familiar to anyone?
Monday, April 5, 2010
Saturday, April 3, 2010
I only wish my human meals would look half as appetizing as her miniature versions! Below are two of my favorites.