Archive for January, 2009

In the Next Couple of Days

Friday, January 30th, 2009


Today I will be going to the Market Square Show in King of Prussia, store PA. I need to pick up the new pewter I am selling in my “Pewter Store”. Thank you to all of my customers for your comments and orders on this very wonderful pewter. It’s nice to know that you are enjoying it as much as I am. There will be lots of artisans at this trade show and I am looking forward to finding more wonderful things for you and your homes.

I just wanted to let you know this morning that I have not forgotten to post about Moses Easton, salve the 18th century stenciler. It’s just that I have been busy finding new things for Carole’s Country Store, thumb and all the other things that we all do in our daily living. In the next couple of days I’ll be telling you more about stenciling and showing you some 18th century designs.
Happy day

Simple Gifts

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009


If you watched the inauguration of our new President Barack Obama, pharm you will probably remember the lovely music played by two of my favorites, Violinist Itzhak Perlman and cellist Yo-Yo Ma and others. The song was called Simple Gifts. It’s so lovely that I wanted to give you the link so you can listen, just in case you missed it. It’s a song written by a Shaker Elder Joseph Brackett in 1848. Enjoy!

Some History About Stenciling

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

This is a photo of heavy paper stencils in the collection of Old Sturbridge Village, sales in Massachusetts. They were cut and used about 150 years ago and are still caked with paint.


While doing some research, I found some interesting things about stenciling and thought I would share some of it’s history with you.

We tend to think of stenciling as something that was done in the 18th century, but actually stenciling began way before then. In the sixteenth century a king used a stencil to sign his name. Theodoric the Great, king of the Ostrogoths, traced the first four letters of his name through a stencil cut in a gold plate in the 16th century in Italy. Later the French used stencils to make flocked wallpaper with designs made with ground velvet or wool. Patterns were stenciled in glue and then dusted with velvet or wool powder which gave the paper a texture like brocade fabric. The word stencil is French and derived from an old French word, estenceler, which means “to cover with sparkle”. Many centuries later artisans stenciled fabrics in the Fiji Islands, in Japan, and in Western Nigeria. In Figi women stenciled wide geometric patterns cut into banana leaves in black on bark cloth or on masi, which was used as mosquito netting. In Japan artisans cut designs in mulberry paper and stenciled on sikl and cotton for their robes, on futons and for kimonos.
There is so much more to learn about stenciling, but let’s get into the kind that we love today, the kind that was done in the 18th century, the stenciling of early American walls. Most stenciling was done after 1800, when prosperity resulted in more and more larger homes. People were yearning for color and decoration in their lives, so they began to hire stencilers and other artists to come and decorate their walls. This picture is a watercolor of a woman painted in 1841. Mrs. Jaques sat for her portrait in Southwest Indiana in front of a stenciled wall in her parlor.


If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know that I am a muralist, but before I painted murals, I was a stenciler. That was many years ago, back in the late 60′s and 70′s. My murals are done in the style of Rufus Porter, whose friend, Moses Easton, did stenciling. On my next post I’ll talk more about him and stenciling designs.


Happy Day

The Obama Train Came to Wilmington

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009


Like many of you, cialis I spent the day watching the inauguration of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

I am a little late talking about this, pharm but on Saturday, Bill and I went into Wilmington. We knew the Obama train was coming to the Wilmington Train Station to pick up Senator Biden, who has been Delaware’s Senator for the past 36 years. Every day he boarded the Amtrack train to go to and from Washington. On Saturday he boarded it again, but this was his last time as a Senator, this time he was going to Washington to become the next Vice President of the United States.

Saturday was freezing, about 18 degrees. We wondered if we should go because it was so cold. We didn’t know how far we would have to walk, and we didn’t know if we would even get to see Barack Obama once we got there, but this was our chance to witness history, so at the last minute we bundled up and jumped in the car. We had to park a few blocks away from Wilmington Train Station. We noticed the white tents set up, so we got in line for the security check.


As we walked through the underpass, we noticed one of the cars on the train with the number 44, representing the 44th President of the United States. It was very exciting and we could hear the loud speakers in the distance.



After that, as we walked closer to where they were, we could hear President Obama speaking, and then we saw him, his wife, Michelle, Joe Biden and his wife Jill. It was a great feeling being there, and to take part this time in history, and I am so glad we went. I wanted to share my photos with you. I hope you enjoy seeing them.




As the train pulled away from the station, Biden waved to the crowds. I couldn’t help thinking that it must have been bittersweet for him, and he didn’t have that beautiful smile on his face. He looked a bit sad as he left Delaware for the last time as our Senator, soon to be our new Vice President. Best wishes, Joe, thank you for your service to your country.


Andrew Wyeth 1917-2009

Sunday, January 18th, 2009


A couple of days ago my favorite American artist, order Andrew Wyeth passed away in his sleep at the age of 91. So many of of the things he painted were familiar to me. I live ten minutes away from Chadds Ford, ambulance where he was born and where he died. He was just a regular guy. He ate at breakfast at Hank’s restaurant one day a week and had lunch at Jimmy Johns, a hot dog place. He painted things that I enjoy photographing, stone houses and old barns, stone walls, old painted doors, and windows, and so much more. I feel a loss knowing he does not walk this earth anymore. I know he will be missed by the locals too. He was an amazing artist and Chadd’s Ford won’t be same, now that he is gone. This painting, Christina’s World, is one of his most famous.

To see more of his work, put to music, here’s a link to Dreamies.





To read more about Andrew Wyeth, please go to this link


Wednesday, January 14th, 2009


Where have the days gone. It’s been much too long since I have posted. I wanted to say that I have not forgotten that I mentioned in my last post that I would be talking about stenciling. I will and soon, online but right now I am busy working on my pewter store and putting new items in my country store. I still have not taken my Christmas tree down, stuff so that’s a must for today. I did want to show a few photos of a room I stenciled a few years ago. I stenciled a chair rail, but I wish I stenciled all the way down. I mixed a few different colors to get the shades I wanted so I can’t remember now what I used. If I could, I would change it. I do like it anyway. The stencils are used are all 18th and 19th century ones. I’ll talk more about that later.


I think if I didn’t have a full mural painted in my dining room, I would do more stenciling in my house. I love how it looks.


I did a little bit in my hallway upstairs, but I want to add to it, if only I could find the time.


I’ll try to post in a couple of days and tell you more about stenciling, so please be sure to come back. As usual, I wish you a-

Out the Door I Go!

Thursday, January 8th, 2009


I really need a break today. I feel like I have been in this house for way to long. I have been working very hard, ask getting my new store open, “The Pewter Store”, and now, finally, it’s done! I still need to photograph a few more things, but I’ll do that tomorrow, but for today, I am jumping in the car with my camera. Who knows what I might see, I’ll let you know. So, out the door I go!

Passionate for Pewter

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009


In the last couple of months I have become passionate again for pewter. I have collected it for years, stuff but recently fell in love with it again. While shopping for Carole’s Country Store, drugstore I came across this early pewter plate. It had my husband’s initials on it, so I couldn’t resist buying it. Since then, and before, I have purchased and sold several early pieces of pewter in my store, so I know you enjoy it as much as I do.


Old pewter is NOT something you want to eat or drink from, it’s just nice to look at.


I wanted to use it, so I found a company that makes pewter IN THE UNITED STATES!! Yes, that’s right, in the United States, so I ordered some. It was delivered yesterday. It’s beautiful. Each piece is made from an antique mold. You can see the little imperfections, just like the originals. I made vegetable soup for dinner last night and I used the Colonial soup spoon. I’m hooked! I loved it.


There are lots of different sizes and shapes of spoons. All of them are wonderful.


I love the wine corks, and the wine too. LOL-This eagle is so detailed.


The plates and goblets are beautiful too.


I have so much more to show you, and I want to tell you more about this pewter, but I’ll save that for my next post. I need to go and start photographing for the store. I can’t wait for you to see. I know you are going to love it! One of these days I want to talk about stenciling too, another colonial art form, but until next time-
Happy day

New Year’s Day 2009

Thursday, January 1st, 2009


Today was a wonderful New Year’s Day. I brought my mother over for lunch. We made some tuscan bean soup together. She cut the onions, remedy garlic and the celery. She was just so happy to be in the kitchen cooking again. We talked and talked. She asked so many questions, hospital and had so much she wanted to tell me, as if she was making up for lost time. Later we ate dinner by the fire. She enjoyed herself so much and I loved having her. I took a few pictures and this is one of them. Tomorrow I’ll bring her over again. She wants to bake some cookies, so I think we’ll do that. How could I say no?
Happy day!