Melancholy Tulips in a Haeger Vase

Fickle Spring! After a few truly glorious days of sunshine and warmth, things have taken a turn back towards winter. Complete with snow. My husband picked up some bunches of tulips to cheer me. I arranged them in this classical vintage  Haeger Pottery vase.

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Perhaps because my mother grew up making regular pilgrimages to the factory store with her mother as a girl and thus has some nice pieces of Haeger, I’ve always had a fondness for the brand. I’ve been working to assemble my own modest collection over the years. So I was saddened to learn that after 145 years in business, the Illinois-based company announced a few days ago that it is closing. What a shame.

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The Sweetness of No Reason

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Friday was a challenging one at work. Without even knowing about it, my husband surprised me with a dozen roses when he arrived home from his job. Day? Instantly better.

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I popped these into a mid-century pitcher I’ve had for a few years. (It’s the ‘Heavenly Days’ pattern, produced in the 1950’s by Vernon’s or Vernon Kilns, out of California. A lucky thrift store score!)

Whose day might some flowers make in your life? Because, while they’re a lovely gesture on an anniversary or Valentine’s Day, it’s hard to top the sweetness of receiving flowers for no reason. 😊

 

 

Plates, Plates, Plates

As I’ve mentioned, I am a bit of a hoarder when it comes to dishes/china/plates/pottery/and the like.  Perhaps because they combine beauty with functionality, I am a magpie about them.  When the price is right?  I can pretty much always justify adding to my collection. One of my favorite patterns?015

Free Form, by Metlox PoppyTrail California.  This pattern was produced in the 1950’s in 3 colorways: Free Form, Mobile, and Contempora.  (Same design, but filled in with different colors.  Contempora used gray, black, turquoise, and fuchsia; Mobile used turquoise, purple, yellow, and fuchsia; Free Form used the combination of brown, chartreuse, turquoise and yellow you can see above.)  All are pretty awesome, but I particularly love the color combination used in the Free Form variation.

My collection actually started with a few pieces in the Mobile colorway that I found for a song at a thrift store.  Lucky find, because this stuff isn’t usually super cheap*.  Here and there, at a positively glacial pace (maybe a piece every 2 or 3 years) I’ve added to my collection, tightening my focus to Free Form version.  I drool and dream about the carafe, the pitcher, and the boomerang bowl from this line.  Very rarely, they turn up on eBay, but always with starting prices ranging from $150-$400.  Ouch.  I hope that someday the yard sale gods will smile upon me!  Until then, I quite enjoy the few pieces I have.

007Here’s a cup and saucer in the Free Form pattern, and an amazing teapot from the late, great Kahiki.  The Kahiki was an old-school, compeletely fabulous , kitschy, themed-out Polynesian restaurant in Columbus, OH.  Sunday brunches there were really something special.  It opened in 1961 and closed in 2000.  RIP, Kahiki.

* A caveat concerning my definition of “expensive”.  I am a frugal collector.  The Mobile pieces with which I started my collection? $2.50 a piece at the thrift store.  So, for me, when the combined price and shipping for a plate or bit of china on eBay or whatever goes over about $15-$20, that gets to be awfully hard to justify.