Annie Francis Lee was born in Gadsden, Alabama in 1935 and raised in Chicago, Annie grew up learning how to cook, wash, clean and sew. These survival skills, which she learned along with her brother, instilled in her a work ethic that has served her well. In addition to sewing, Annie learned to knit, crochet and draw. She began to paint when she was ten years old .... Lee did not resume painting until she was 40 years old.
Annie worked during the day and painted at night. Painting became her refuge from the work that inspired one of her most famous paintings – “Blue Monday.” The painting depicts a woman struggling to pull herself out of bed on a Monday morning – a feeling Annie could relate to.
Last week was a delightful time of travel with my hubby to the Austin, Dallas and San Marcos TX area by automobile!
I took a "NICE" tea cup and sauce with me to enjoy tea in the Embassy Hotel! I didn't want to pack and/or risk a chip to my quote "FINE CHINA".
Last week, on 39th & Rockwell antique shopping abit, I found this lovely, glowing Castleton China cup and saucer. A mini-version that I was surprised to find it really fits well in my hand.... as I sit at my desk and work a bit. I can refill it often.... and I love it!
The back notes the Castleton USA ~ Ascona pattern (abt 1950); it has a scalloped edge with gold trim..creamy and shiny and a pretty floral
decoration. Did I say for a mere $5.00? !!
I pulled the REPLACEMENTS.com and a five piece setting typically costs est. $89.95! So I'm sippin and singing.... I FEEL PRETTY... oh so Pretty!
I feel pretty,
Oh, so pretty,
I feel pretty and witty and bright!
And I pity
Any girl who .....doesn't have a tea cup tonight.
I feel charming,
Oh, so charming
It's alarming how charming my teacup can make me feel!
I have a dear cousin in Chicago Il..... that FB posts the prettiest thought each day.....
I'm calling a few of my darling collectibles.....
a NoName - NoShame Teacup and saucer set!
About my new cup......
I begin to notice the weight and sturdiness of the cup in my hand.... it is not the feel of fine bone china. Today's antique shop discovery was not chipped, not worn..... and the purple and gold trim was so lovable and too lovely to by-pass!
I yielded to a fair price..... simple because my garage-junk-hunting days are coming to an end via October 2014! So... I need a fix.... I need to own another thing of beauty and joy and peace and tranquility. Notice how I justify my actions (smile) !!
I also have a co-worker who signs out by email every day .... also with a kind thought for the day...
“It is by acts and not by ideas that people live.” ~Anatole
Thanks for visiting my blog..... Neighbor... join me @
. . . as my mom used to say..... BELIEVE YOU ~ me....
These three to twenty ladies that I visit weekly.... are superb...classy and I invite you to visit often...!
oh BTW...... I'm yearning for a bit of time to learn to do embroidery...really well!!
...and yes, I like for people to tell me what happens in a movie b4 it happens.... sooooo
HERE"S THE STORY LINE...........It has been twelve years since a dark, murderous figure
stalked the alleys and courts of Whitechapel. And yet, in the summer of 1900,
East London is still poor, still brutal, still a shadow city to its western
twin. Among the reformers is an idealistic young woman named India
Selwyn-Jones, recently graduated from medical school. With the help of her
influential fiancé--Freddie Lytton, an up-and-coming Liberal MP--she works to
shut down the area's opium dens that destroy both body and soul. Her selfless
activities better her patients' lives and bring her immense gratification, but
unfortunately, they also bring her into direct conflict with East London's
ruling crime lord--Sid Malone.
India is not good for business and at first, Malone wants her out. But against
all odds, India and Sid fall in love. Different in nearly every way, they share
one thing in common--they're both wounded souls. Their love is impossible and
they know it, yet they cling to it desperately. Lytton, India's fiancé, will
stop at nothing to marry India and gain her family's fortune.
Fractious criminal underlings and rivals conspire against Sid. When Sid is
finally betrayed by one of his own, he must flee London to save his life.
Mistakenly thinking him dead, India, pregnant and desperate, marries Freddie to
provide a father for hers and Sid's child. India and Sid must each make a
terrible sacrifice--a sacrifice that will change them both forever. One that
will lead them to other lives, and other places . . . and perhaps--one distant,
bittersweet day--back to each other.
Bev’s Cuppa Tea! ..."Tea is quiet... and our thirst for tea is never far from our craving for beauty." ~James Norwood Pratt (visit the link !!)
A song.... speaks of Jesus as my reason for living..... life is worth the livin!.....
I'm feeling good about the treasures God has allowed me to obtain.... a few earthly treasures....
Join me as I celebrate with pictures of my newest Gold and White China....
M+Z Austria/Royal Vienna
GDA FRANCE`~ CH Field Haviland
But first... God has also given me a New, New, New Treasure in the Kirk Klan.... ... a brand spanking-new grandson entered my world on 8-31-2014 via 1:13pm @ 7 lb 11 oz and 20 inches long!
Now,,, back to my New, New, New...... well I believe the datings of my china are OLD, OLD, OLD!
At a yard-sale purchased for abt $6.00 these two sets of White ~ trimmed in gold China settings
This is . . . M+Z Austria trademark (Moritz Zdekauer porcelain - 1884-1919-1917). I'm a tad bit excited......several cups had chips.
Do my blog-land friends just throw away a chipped cup....???
On the back: inscription is Royal JNNSBRUCK Vienna - 18 carat gold trimmed plate, saucer
......with some certainty one says INNSBRUCK... and the other JNNSBRUCK and the JHR CS differs on this.... googled around for answers....
These two BEAUTIES.... (below) are riding in the back seat of my car.... carefully covered I'll add....
and here's an online picture (similar)
Here a delicate, dainty, almost see thru- pretty gold cup and saucer is GDA FRANCE C H FIELD Haviland Limoge large-band of gold and white set,
I think I missed last week in joining my ladyfriends for tea. Ruth was a sweetheart to text me that my blogsite was throwing up popup --- to monetize or advertise. So i've tried to undo--- the monetize buttons on my blog.
Please let me know if something is still wonky on my blog.
I'm having one ... 1 HECK OF A TIME FINDING MY PATTERN... Who can help me successfully identify this weekend Yard Sale beauty???? This Haviland has the lightest of pink roses.... the feel of the plate is a bit heavier than fine bone china/delicates... It is rounded with grooves.... the littliest of A SINGLE ROSE perfectly centered in the 9" inch plate....
The roses decorate the bottom of the cup... the cup handle is trimmed in gold. I've googles 20++ 50+++pages and sites and can't get close to identifying the three-piece set!! I'm too tired to look any further.... SO.. I'll just enjoy ....
I've not yet learned the description... the cup sits low and wide.... the rose with very little greenery lines the inner edges of the tea cup.
Ahhh-hah.... here is the scalloped edge with raised border...
Here's where my google learning curve has taken me......
What is a Schleiger Number?
time collectors of Haviland dinnerware glibly toss about terms such as
Schleiger #19 or Schleiger #266G as though they are the names of long time
family members. And they are--or at least the china they represent, are!! Here
is a "thumbnail sketch" of how the names Schleiger and Haviland china
have become so intertwined in the Haviland collector's vocabulary.
the late 1930's and early 1940's, Arlene Schleiger of Omaha, Nebraska was
trying to find pieces to fill in her mother's set of china. Her quest took her
to antique shops and used furniture stores. She found that many other people
were on the same mission--and Haviland was the china most of them were
began to purchase pieces of different Haviland patterns and quickly found that
there was a need to have a common means or method to identify these different
patterns since most Haviland pieces do not have a pattern name on them. Her
good friends, Jack and Louis Drew, encouraged her to create a book or catalogue
for identifying Haviland china.
her searches and experiences in trying to identify the pieces she had
collected, Mrs. Schleiger recognized and listed several problems confronting
The same patterns appear on
The blanks may or may not have
a gold edge.
The same patterns appear but in
vary--seldom will two plates be exactly alike.
In many patterns the flowers
are difficult to identify. Are they roses? Wild roses? Apple blossoms?
decided that a book with pen and ink drawings of the most distinguishing
feature of the pattern would be the most satisfactory way of depicting the
various patterns. Her son, Dick, was a student in the College of Architecture
at the University of Nebraska. He drew the sketches of the patterns for Mrs.
Schleiger's first book during his last two years in college.
Mrs. Schleiger's first
book, Two Hundred Patterns of Haviland China--Book I was
published in 1950. She assigned a number to the patterns as she entered them in
her book. Thereby, the term Schleiger Number was born. (Each of her books
really describe many more than 200 patterns since most of the patterns shown in
the books have several variations listed.