Thursday, October 13, 2011

Autumn Leaf

After emptying my mom's home, John and I have determined to downsize in our own home, keeping just what we use and enjoy.  Bringing containers out of our storage brought to light these familiar pieces I began collecting many years ago.
This Autumn Leaf pattern was produced by the
Hall Company in Liverpool, Ohio.
Unwrapping each piece I noticed the date of 1991 on the newspaper protecting them.
They have been packed away a long time!
Though the colors never really matched my decor, they do look nice for this time of year.
Lots will go but these pieces will be kept and used each autumn season.
Hall China Co.’s Manufacturing Process

Founded in 1903 by Robert Hall, the company based in Liverpool, Ohio started with institutional products for hospitals. The son, Robert Taggart Hall, took over the business after his father’s death and immediately put all of his efforts into a new, single fire development process. The basis of the technique actually developed during the Ming Dynasty in the mid-16th century but Hall’s process used contemporary equipment. The advantage of single firing allowed a fusion of the basic material, the color and glaze all fired at a temperature of 2,400 degrees Fahrenheit. The result was a strong product that resisted crazing and was non porous.
Another added bonus (as we know it today) is the lead free quality of the china. Because lead could not be processed at the high temperatures, the element was excluded from all of the kitchenware. An early environmentally correct process developed unintentionally. source

One of the easier patterns to find today is the “Autumn Leaf” pattern, a distinctive look with a cream colored background and orange, rust and tan leaves and flowers. These pieces were designed to be collected by housewives throughout the country and include a full range of dishes, serving pieces and accessories. source
Hall China Markings
Fortunately for collectors, the Hall China Co. used a clear and legible method to mark their wares. Some variations are found but typically the word “HALL” will always appear on the underside of each piece. Additional markings may include “Superior Quality Kitchenware” and “Made in U.S.A.” source
Hall Teapots Stole the Show

From about 1910 until the early 1940s, teapots were the rage. The Hall China Co. responded by creating a large line of interesting shapes and colors. An Aladdin shaped teapot was a popular item and was available in cobalt blue, yellow, magenta and other rich colors. Some of the teapots and coffee pots were trimmed with gold or embellished with metallic highlights. For collectors of vintage Hall China pieces, the distinctive look of the teapots is easily identifiable and many pieces in good condition tend to be available in antique shops. source

Hall Co. Today
Hall China continues to operate in Liverpool and produces wares for food service and retail customers
Linking to Show & Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Pumpkin Bars

 This is an easy cake to make that is moist and just right with a thin layer of cream cheese frosting.
Combine all of the ingredients together in mixer bowl then pour into a greased 9 x 13-inch pan and bake.
When cool, frost and enjoy.
Refrigerated leftover cake.
Pumpkin Bars
recipe from a friend ~ Nov 1985

Ingredients:
3/4 cup oil
2 cups sugar
2 cups pumpkin
4 eggs
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 cups flour

Mix in large bowl.
Pour into a greased 13 x 9-inch pan

Bake 350 degrees. Bake 35-40 minutes or until pick inserted comes out clean

Icing:
3 oz. softened cream cheese
1 Tbs. orange juice or milk
1/4 cup butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 3/4 cups powered sugar

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A Bushel and a Peck

I may be being extra sentimental lately but this warmed my heart when I saw it on pinterest.
My mom often would sing this to me when I was little :)
here was her version:
~*~
I didn't know that it came from
the Musical "Guys And Dolls"
(Frank Loesser) 
Perry Como & Betty Hutton - 1950 Margaret Whiting & Jimmy Wakely - 1950 Doris Day - 1950 The Andrews Sisters - 1953 Johnny Desmond - 1953 Vivian Blaine - 1953 

I love you a bushel and peck
A bushel and peck and a hug around the neck
A hug around the neck and a barrel and a heap
A barrel and a heap and I'm talking in my sleep
About you, about you
Cause I love you a bushel and a peck
you bet your pretty neck,
I do Doodle, oodle, oodle, doodle, oodle, oodle, doodle, oodle, oodle oo
I love you a bushel and peck
A bushel and peck
though you make my heart a wreck
Make my heart a wreck
and you make my life a mess
Make my life a mess,
yes A mess of happiness
About you, about you
Cause I love you
a bushel and a peck
You bet your pretty neck, I do
Doodle, oodle, oodle, doodle, oodle, oodle, doodle, oodle, oodle oo
I love you a bushel and peck
A bushel and peck
and it beats me all to heck
Beats me all to heck
and I'll never tend the farm
Never tend the farm
when I wanna keep my arm About you,
about you
Cause I love you a bushel and a peck
You bet your pretty neck, I do
Doodle, oodle, oodle, doodle, oodle, oodle, doodle, oodle, oodle oo

Monday, October 10, 2011

Necklace from India

This beautiful amethyst pendant was hand crafted by Parul.
She is an artisan who was born and raised in Delhi.

When I received a letter from the folks at
and read their mission statement, I gladly accepted their offer to review their products and post about it.
Parul writes: "I design all my jewelries and experienced silversmiths help me craft them. I oversee each and every step. My designs are basically inspired by traditional Indian styles and setting, with a touch of modern elements.
 This amethyst flower necklace is called, Nostalgia. Leaves and vines encircle a faceted 5-carat stone with cubic zirconium accent and is displayed on a silver rope chain.
What attracted me most to NOVICA (which is in association with National Geographic)
is that they provide a bridge between the talented artists across the globe and those that appreciate unique items and want an attachment to the hands that created them.

It took me a long time to finally decide on am item because there are so many beautiful items to choose from.
Their categories include Home Decor, Area Rugs, Chess Sets and Games, Furniture, Mirrors, Sculpture, Vases, Tapestries.
Jewelry, necklaces, rings, bracelets, Handbags, Travel Bags.
A vast selection and information about each creator.
I recommend visiting
NOVICA
to see some of the treasures offered there and the
culture and tradition of pieces made by skilled artists the world over.
 
Parul ~ creator of this lovely necklace

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Autumn Love

After a most beautiful autumn wedding for my cousins sweet daughter, she sent me home with a lovely flower arrangement bursting with colors of the seasons.
warm orange and peach tones
Creamy whites
golden ochre berries
 hints of earthy browns
 muted greens
 all complimenting my mom's smiling pumpkin.
 I did not take the three photos above but plucked them from fb (probably taken by Michele or Richie)
The gold glass pumpkin cake topper was made by my niece, Eva.
More about Eva's glass work here
~*~
Come Little Leaves

by George Cooper

"Come, little leaves" said the wind one day,
Come over the meadows with me, and play;
Put on your dresses of red and gold;
Summer is gone, and the days grow cold."

Soon as the leaves heard the wind's loud call,
Down they came fluttering, one and all;
Over the brown fields they danced and flew,
Singing the soft little songs they knew.

Dancing and whirling the little leaves went;
Winter had called them and they were content
Soon fast asleep in their earthly beds,
The snow laid a soft mantle over their heads.

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