Thursday, September 22, 2016

Quilts; A Legacy of Warmth

October 14th - 23rd will be the 44th Annual Quilt Show at the Aurora Colony Museum.  It celebrates the 160th anniversary of the founding of the Aurora Colony.  The legacy of the founding of a town dovetails with the legacy left by our ancestors in the quilts they provided for us.  Those old quilts are still warming our bodies and our souls today!  Pieced or patchwork quilts, crazy quilts, tied quilts, appliqued quilts, etc., it does not really matter.  What matters is the community of women working together to provide comfort for their families while still doing it with such style and artistry! Nothing was ever wasted.  If a shirt or skirt wore out and could not be cut down for another family member, it went into the stash of fabrics that would be cut and used in a quilt.  Muslin fabric from flour sacks, calico, muslin yardage; just about anything that could be sewn into a quilt was.  Quilt patterns number in the 10's of thousands.  Some were regional, some were passed down from generation to generation.  Pattern's were shared among women all over the country; mailed back and forth and, sometimes, called by names that were used for several different patterns.  It could be quite confusing!  Names like Grandmother's Flower Garden, Goose Tracks, Nine Patch, and Morning Star leave you imagining just what that pattern might look like!  It was the act of gathering together as a community of women and working on these projects that gave them a social outlet.  Something we
take for granted these days with our communication coming in the speed of light.  These gatherings would be an opportunity to share what was going on in their lives and the lives of their families.  They did not have the Internet to pass this information along!   Little did they know, that generations later, women would still be collecting and sharing quilt patterns, gathering together as a community and working on projects and keeping their families warm with these wonderful works of art.  Take time to visit the annual quilt show then stop by South End Antique Mall and check out the collection of vintage and contemporary quilts sprinkled throughout the mall.  If you are lucky enough to have one of these treasures that has been passed down to you, take time to do a little research on the pattern.  Look at how it was constructed and just enjoy the artistry used to create your own work of art!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Jadeite Green Envy!

Are you familiar with that soft green glassware called "Jadeite"?  I remember many pieces of this in my grandmother's kitchen (and I am now a great grandmother so that says a lot!).   I am truly in love with the soft green shade and the wide variety of pieces made.  Jadeite was "born" in the 1930's.  It was first created by the McKee Glass Co.  This was not long after the depression and this glassware was marketed to the public as an alternative to the more expensive earthenware dishes.  Anchor Hocking, Fire King and Jeanette Glass soon followed suit with their own patterns.  The name "Jadeite" has been spelled so many different ways!  Jade-ite, Jad-ite, Jade Glass, Jadite, etc.  There was probably a lull in its popularity until Martha Stewart re-introduced all of us to Jadeite through her own personal collection.  She had cupboards of it on display during both her TV shows and her magazine spreads.  This prompted a few glass makers like Fenton and L.E. Smith
to create reproductions of this glassware in the 2000's.  Many collectors like to mix the contemporary with the vintage but you will always have the purists who only want the vintage.  How do you tell the difference?  It is not easy!  Many of the vintage pieces were not marked.  You need a good reference book to help you identify patterns and designs.  It may be a whole lot easier just to say you love the Jadeite color and collect it for its color value and not its vintage value!  Whatever you decide to collect, don't just close it in a cupboard and not use it.  It's just to pretty not to display on shelves and open cupboards!  Using vintage printed linens along with your Jadeite dishes will make a beautiful and inviting table setting!   They are getting harder to find so if you see a piece somewhere, don't hesitate to start a collection or add to your existing one!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Hard Working Toys!!

There is a certain nostalgia to collecting those things we are familiar with or have grown up with.  It can be a favorite TV or movie character, special dolls, or those things that we were around day in and day out.  Farm equipment would fit into that last category!  If you lived on a farm, you were always around tractors, plows, farm trucks, etc.  They were part of your everyday life.  This is probably where you first learned to drive!  I will never forget taking my grandson to the Clackamas County Fair when he was about 5 (he is now 22) and he immediately gravitated to the display of tractors.  They were big and powerful and fascinating!  What does someone do with a life long
collection of these special vehicles when they are out of room for them???  Turn them loose to bring future collectors pleasure!  That is the case with a wonderful collection of farm equipment and other vehicles currently filling a display at South End Antique Mall. Hundreds of pieces that have been collected for many years are now ready to find new homes.  John Deere, Case, International, etc., are all present.  There is actually a lot of artistry that goes into making these little "toys".  Great pains are taken to give you all the detail you would find in a full size piece of equipment!  Take time to come browse through this collection and see if you find something that takes you back to your own childhood!  Here is a little "sneak peek" at the fall decor that is currently arriving at the Mall!  Not too soon to plan your fall seasonal decorations!


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Coffee, Tea and Friendship...What More Could You Want??!!

The traditions of tea time have been around for centuries.  The special implements, pots, cups,etc., used to enhance the ceremony have grown and changed throughout the centuries.  Manufacturers have created some of the most inspirational porcelains, ceramics,stoneware, and silver settings.  You could get lost for years in creating your own collection!  It does not matter if it is a formal set or an informal piece for just one, they are all beautiful and represent something special that we don't find a lot of these days.  Specifically, time to spend just relaxing and sharing with friends and family.  A pot of tea or a hot mug of coffee in a quiet setting is priceless (add a good book and it can't be beat)!  Creating those special table settings can become a full time hobby and very rewarding to share with others. The beautiful pots and cups are not just for tea anymore; coffee has a permanent place on our entertaining tables and their own set of special collectibles.  Cream and sugar sets abound!  Depression glass, porcelain, pottery, etc., they come in just about any style and for any taste.   If casual is more to your liking, take a look at some of the English and
American pottery pieces.  The little elephant creamer to the right is Shawnee and the little cottage creamer at the left is made in England.  They both have great style and add interest to any table setting!  Mix and match your table setting with "orphan" teacups.  Those are the ones hanging around in your cupboard with a missing saucer.  Match them up with saucers that are not original to the cup but maybe carry some of the same colors.  Be daring and just forget the saucer!

However you plan it, make sure you take time to enjoy using and sharing these lovely pieces that encourage you to take time with friends, family or just yourself!
Small coffee pot for one
Elegant rose covered teapot
A little more formal Art Deco coffee service
Cozy old copper with a great patina

Believe it or not, this is an electric coffee pot


Thursday, August 25, 2016

English "Character's" For Our Collections

Beswick Sairy Gamp Teapot
When is a coffee mug a work of art??  The English ceramic and pottery artists are "heads" above all the rest!  It was around the 18th century when some of the Staffordshire potters started making mugs with human heads. They were called "Toby's". Toby was a seated character with a three cornered hat so you could drink out of each of the corners.  Since then, they have been made by several ceramic and pottery houses in England.  Wood & Sons, Beswick, Royal Doulton, and on and on.  Some are more valued monetarily than others but they all have collectible value.  Many of the characters you see are from books or just daily life. Today you will see mugs, jugs and teapots with the "head" theme.  You also see many different sizes. There are "mini's" that are just a few inches tall all the way to large jugs.  I think you will find a huge range of ages for these little treasures.  They are still being made today so if you want true vintage pieces, you will have to do a little homework!
This was done by Sandland and is a two sided mug
with characters on each side
This darling Little Old Lady teapot was
made by H.J. Wood, probably in the 1930's

                                                                                          This pair was made by Thorley and are named
                                                                                         "Jolly Miller" and "Miller's Wife".  They are mini's

                                                      This little guy was made by SylvaC Ceamic's and is named
"Chelsea Pensioner"


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Come Visit Our Farm Kitchen!

Each quarter, the staff, vendors and owner of South End Antique Mall plan a new theme for our entryway.  This quarter it is "Farm Kitchen".  They all go out of their way to find special treasures just for this area.  We love it when you walk in the door and are "wowed" by the new decor!  This quarter is no different.  You need to come and check out the treasures that have arrived for our "Farm Kitchen"!  Many of these things are still usable today and are fun to have around.  Some are fun to have around but I am sure were not fun to use!   I am not sure I would have liked having to get my water by using a hand pump!  Be sure to stop by and leave some feedback about the change!