Monday, February 11, 2013

Marty's Winter Cloche Party!

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Marty is at it again! 
She is having a "Winter Cloche Party" and
has asked us to join her in showing off our
covered containers of all kinds.
Cloches, apothecary jars, terrariums, birdcages...
anything similar that covers things works.   

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  My bakers rack in the kitchen,
  is decorated for Valentine's Day.
It has several covered 
milkglass compotes that might qualify.

(is "milkglass" spelled as one word or two???)
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 My favorite Fenton hobnail pedestal is especially cute!
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 Ones with their covers intact are harder to find.
 I recently acquired this little one with reticulated edges.
I ♥♥♥ anything with pretty rims!

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The grape clusters & vines, seen on this one,
are a frequent motif on Anchor Hocking pieces.
One could spend hours learning about milk glass
(or milkglass) and the different makers.
My Mom had a few pieces so it has
sentimental memories for me.  

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  This cloche serves many purposes.
 I try to always keep 
a supply of cookies on hand for those
surprise visits by the grandchildren.

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They are very tempting to me &
by covering them with the cloche,
I'm slightly less inclined to nibble on them myself.

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Last year, I filled my large apothecary jar
 with lots of pretty cupcake liners.

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This year, I used

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 They're so fun...all you need is ONE in a
cup of hot chocolate to make it a special treat.

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We do have a few more *healthy items* in the
house under cloches.
I know the grapes are good for you
but hey, the cheese has calcium!  Its *healthy* too…sort of. 
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Marty, does this pretty
teapot votive holder
qualify for the party?

The entire teapot lifts off the base
to give you access to an area for
a candle or, in this case,
a battery operated tealight.

Isn't it pretty?  
I turn it on every night,
as we sit down to eat
it makes such a beautiful glow.


Thanks for visiting The Gazebo House &
thank you to Marty for hosting
such a fun meme.

I can't wait to see what others have to share!
Be sure to visit Marty on Tuesday
Feb. 12, 2013 

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Valentines Day Dinner

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This entire month, at The Gazebo House
 we celebrate LOVE!

We will celebrate our 26 wedding anniversary,
 this coming Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013.

"Being deeply loved by someone

 gives you strength, 

while loving someone deeply gives you


Lao Tzu

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Because the holiday falls on a school day,
 I've set the dining room table for 
our family to celebrate together
 on Sunday at our home.

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I've used my Churchill pink willow dishes, 
along with some splashes of 
vintage RED to kick it up a notch.

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I see lots of RED in the pattern, don't you?

When my baby sister moved to Maui to live, 
she blessed me with our Mother's Depression era
etched ruby footed stemware.

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Aren't they GORGEOUS?!  
I was thrilled to receive them & 
will cherish & take  gentle care of them.
 The glass is very thin & fragile.

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I searched for information on their history & manufacturer but was able to find only
 one other listing for similar stemware.  

The description follows:

 Quote "They all have ornate cut / etched pattern. The bowls of the stems have a panel optic pattern. I've seen ones like these as being made by the Tiffin Glass Company, the Standard Glass Company as well as the Maryland Glass Etching Works company and as being made during the Depression Era (1920s - 1930s)."

I bought the 8 stems that he had for sale,
 but unfortunately they have not yet arrived
 in time for this tablescape.  
I'm sure you'll see them soon  
for a different holiday... 
RED works beautifully for so many occasions.

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The silverware, "Danish Princess" 
by Holmes & Edwards, 
was introduced in 1938. 

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 I am lucky to now have service for 12 
in this delicate pattern, 
along with several of the serving pieces that go with it.

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The flowers are a gift from my daughter. 
She knows how much I LOVE POLKA-DOTS! 
  She thought the vase looked a bit like mercury glass &
 I think it also resembles the hobnail pattern from the Depression era 
I have some of that to show you on 
Tuesday at Marty's Winter Cloche Party.
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Originally, I made a white Battenburg lace heart 
with my embroidery machine,  
as an accent for it, but then later switched 
it for a PINK one I made instead. 
 I like it better with all the shades of 
in the arrangement.
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 I made several others to scatter around the table for decoration.  They are made completely in the hoop, on wash-away stabilizer which it then rinsed away to leave these intricate threads.  The design has to be specifically digitized as a "free standing lace" otherwise, it will just fall apart when the stabilizer is washed out.
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Taking a page from my sweet friend, Yvonne, 
 I added layer upon layer of various white plates 
with interesting edges for some contrast 
between the pink willow. 
All I can say is thank goodness 
I've got an automatic dishwasher!

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Weeks ago I printed out my menu,
in French & then traced around it
with my Waterford crystal heart candy dish.

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I then cut it out & attached it to a lace heart shaped doily.
Next time I will cut away the center of the lace doily & adhere the printed menu to the back instead. 
 I think that would look better.
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Here is a close-up of the menu. 

 Hey, Debbie (Confessions of a Plate Addict), check my spelling, will you please?  
She was a French teacher in her past life, ya' know.
She recently got some great news...Country Sampler  magazine will be featuring her house, all decorated for Christmas in an issue this fall! Stop by & tell her "Congratulations!"

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 Teacups and vintage "Quban Royal" plates await
  dessert on the side table. 

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These plates are trimmed in 22K gold so
they will NOT be going in the dishwasher!

I don't mind a bit.  I enjoy taking good care
of my pretty things by hand washing them. 

The faux slice of cake under the cloche is 
really a darling pink fabric pin cushion 
from my sewing friend, Carol. 
She sends me the sweetest gifts.

Thank you, Honey!  I it!

Thank YOU for stopping by "The Gazebo House" today & be sure to come back for 
Marty's Winter Cloche party on Tuesday.  
I hope you have lots of LOVE in your life this week & always.

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for her annual  
Valentines Day Party on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013
as well as Cuisine Kathleen 
on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013
 for her "Let's Dish" meme
Susan's Between Naps on the Porch
Tablescape Thursday 

 Come join the fun! 


Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Sour Cream Pancakes for National Pancake Day!!

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 Tuesday, Feb. 5th is National Pancake Day!

 So in honor of the occasion, I made a new recipe... "Sour Cream Pancakes"

Yesterday, Pat from the blog, On Crooked Creek, posted her version of The Pioneer Woman's recipe, from her book, The Pioneer Woman Cooks
Recipes From An Accidental Country Girl 
by Ree Drummond.  

Pat said she used 1/2 the recipe for just the two of them, so I thought that would be perfect for us, also.

They were SOOOOOOO good, next time, I'm making the full recipe & putting one or two pancakes into the freezer for hubby to reheat for himself on those days that I play tennis & he has to fend for himself.

Here is the full size recipe:

Edna Mae's Sour Cream Pancakes:


1 Cup Sour Cream
7 Tablespoons All-Purpose Flour
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
2  Eggs
1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Flavoring
Maple Syrup


Place your pan over medium-high heat. 

I used a non-stick skillet & thus eliminated the butter in the original recipe.
Put the sour cream in a medium sized bowl.  Add your flour, sugar, baking soda & salt. Mix gently.

Whisk the eggs separately, add vanilla, then stir into flour/sugar mixture.

Pour 1/4 cup of batter per pancake & allow to cook undisturbed until you see bubbles form all over the top.  Gently flip & DON'T press down on the top!!

Since hubby is diabetic, we topped them with the BEST SUGAR FREE SYRUP ..our favorite!

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Looks like I'd better put that down on my grocery list!

 Thank you, Pat, for sharing this delicious recipe. 

I'm linking to Michael Lee's Foodie Friday 
& Yvonne's On The Menu Monday

Come see what others are cooking up! 

Sunday, February 03, 2013

♥♥ Valentine Cozy ♥♥

One day a week, on Thursday, my sweet hubby has to make his own breakfast all by himself, because I am racing out of the house to get to my weekly tennis match.  He loves to make a 3 minute egg & uses this pretty French Limoges "porcelaine d'art" egg cup.
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He told me he was having difficulty getting everything onto the table while they were still hot.  Either the toast got cold while he made his coffee or the egg got cold while he buttered his toast. 
Remember, he is 86 years young (87 next month!) & also deals with a contractured hand from an old nerve injury so he is not very dexterous.  I feel bad for him! 

 I decided to make him a little cozy to keep his egg warm while he struggled to finish the other parts of his breakfast.

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I positioned the egg cup on its side & just guessed at the shape & amount of fabric it would take.  I always err on the side of cutting too much, rather than not enough.  You'll see how great this worked out for me in just a second.
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I cut 4 identical shapes out of the heart decorated each for the front & back  as well as one each from the pink fabric I was using for the lining.

I also cut 2 of that same shape out of Insul-Bright, which is a stabilizing fabric that has an inner lining of reflective material, to hold in the heat. 
 It is used in hot pads & mitts & casserole covers.  Its great as a layer beneath your ironing board cover to reflect the heat of your iron, too.

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Now for the decorating part!

  Years ago, I made Ms. C. the little jumper, shown below.  The pink heart shapes are specially digitized pockets, (by Embroidery Garden) with a quilted texture to the front side & a beautiful pichot edge all around.  

They are made completely in the machine embroidery hoop on wash away stabilizer....similar to making Free Standing Lace.

 You can then just top stitch them into place around the sides & bottom, leaving the top open for little hands.  Ms. C. loved this dress & wore it often, even putting a long sleeved turtleneck beneath it for cooler weather.

Please excuse the look of that was just pinned up until she came over for a fitting! 
I had an extra pocket left over from testing the heart shape design.  I saved it for YEARS on my design wall in the sewing room, just waiting for the next project.


I also saved some of that cute red polka-dot ruffled trim you see on the outfit above.  I always make more than enough when I'm ruffling fabric for a project.  I save any extra to use elsewhere, such as across a pocket.
Go ahead...say it..."Motherrrrr, you never throw anything away!"   

Now, back to the egg cozy: 

Basically, after I stitched the heart pocket & yo-yo decoration into place on the front,

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you make & fold over a little tube tab & pin it into place on the right side of one of your outer pieces, right there at the top, but pointing downward.
That red ruffle is just being placed there right now for approx. positioning.  I should have taken into consideration the seam allowances here.  You’ll see why in a minute.

Then you just put together the 2 pieces of Insul-Bright, then the outer fabric (wrong side to Insul-Bright) & the other piece of outer fabric right side to right side.

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Sew all the way around, across the curved top through all layers leaving the straight bottom edge OPEN.
Turn it right side out.

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Then you do the same procedure with the lining... put both pieces of the lining with right sides touching & stitch it the same way except leave a small opening at the top for turning later.  Don't turn it Rt. side out now, just leave it the way it is.
I positioned my scissors inside the opening so you to see it.

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Put your outer piece up INSIDE the lining.  The right sides of the outer fabric will be against the right sides of the lining.

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 Stitch all around the bottom edges.

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Use the small opening you left at the top of the lining and turn the entire cover to the right side out.

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It will look like this:

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Close the gap in the lining either by hand or machine sewing along the edge.

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Tuck the lining back up inside the decorated cozy.  I topstitched around that bottom edge to hold everything nicely in place, but you don't have to do that.
Next I foolishly topstitched my pre-made ruffle into place, without checking my measurments.

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I thought I had positioned my heart pocket correctly, but I forgot to take into account the seam allowances.  Duh?!

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I used my seam ripper to remove the heart, repositioned it higher & sewed it back into place.  That was NOT easy, since I had to stitch up inside the completed cover!
Learn by my mistakes & measure twice
I made this one for a sewing friend & took photos along the way.  

On the one below, that I made for my husband first, I sewed my pre-made leftover ruffle piece into place with raw edges meeting at the bottom.  Flipped it down into place & topstitched all around. 

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My final version of the egg cozy turned out to be a wee bit bigger than I intended but it was a fortuitous error. 

It also fits perfectly over my little white ironstone teapot!
So now we can use it for either item.
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As you can see, I left the top edge of the heart pocket open when I topstitched around it (do this prior to assembling your cozy). 

It makes the perfect little pocket for tucking in an extra teabag or for holding some extra sweetener packets.  I think I'll hide a love note in it this coming Thursday.  Won't he be surprised!

Things always happen for a reason!

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Now hubby can use it for his breakfast & I can keep my teapot warm later in the day. 

Here is a shot of both cozies together. 

Thanks for visiting The Gazebo House.  I cherish your comments & hope to return the visit.  
I wish you could come here for a real visit, so we could share a cuppa something hot!

I'm joining:
Susan at Between Naps on The Porch for
Met Monday
Cuisine Kathleen for Let's Dish!
Yvonne at StoneGable for Tidbits, Tips & Tutorials   
The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays
and for the first time, I'm joining Antiques And Teacups!