My Love for Transferware

My Love for Transferware
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Sunday, July 27, 2014

FABBY: Hi-Yo Silver...away!


Hello sweet friends!

    Alejandro is sick in bed with a bad cold, so while I've been a 'sweet nurse,' and the fact that I feel alone, as he's busy been sick, watching TV and working with his computer... I decided to get busy myself and started to look at all my dirty and dark silver in the antique buffet.
 
I gathered them all and headed for the kitchen, determined to start my chore, Asap!

Here is my 'shining silver' one and a half hours later! 

All of a sudden I felt like screaming...hi-yo Silverrrrr...lol!

You all remember that great cowboy TV show from the 60's, 'The Lone Ranger,' who had a horse named 'Silver' and dad, my brothers and me never missed it, hehehe..

I also created a table for lunch tomorrow, when we'll be four, with my new 'balsa-wood' place mats. Balsa wood is very light weight and light in color, like a cream beige and there's a lot around here and there are very pretty products made from it as well.

I found these very pretty cut out place mats, which I know you would've bought them too, if you saw them.
 
They're made here, in Ecuador.

Ok, here goes my lovely silver.


The antique Belgium buffet had dirty, dark silver for so long, displayed on top of it, as the last time I buffed and shined them was last October for a dinner party...hehe..

I'm so happy and proud of my work so I wanted to share before I forget to shine them again... not that I loved doing it, either, lol!

Shining, ha!

This antique piece has a tier where I have the small silver and sterling heirlooms.

My lunch table for Monday. I used my 'Spanish country dishes.'

I loved these 'balsa-wood,' cut out place mats I bought the other day. I have eight of them. The painted finish is just like the 'Spanish country dishes' I used for this setting.

I know these dishes don't make a great contrast with the placemats, but I liked the softness of it, like 'beige on beige.'


I also made yesterday some 'Italian Anisette Cookies' hubby loves.
The recipe is at the end of this post.

I love the contrast the placemats make on the wood table.
 
Some of you know hubby bought this gorgeous vintage 'French' table a couple of weeks ago.

I'm still admiring the lovely carvings of the vintage French table, which is what made Alejandro buy it.

The amber wine stems are 'Italian' and the water etched glasses are 'Bohemian-Czech Republic.'



Thank you so much for coming sweet friends, as you always make my day!

Thanking the gracious hostesses for having me at their great parties.

LOVE,
FABBY


Italian Anisette Cookies with Sprinkles

Ingredients:

Servings:

40
Units: US | Metric

COOKIE

ICING

Directions:


  1. 1
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. 2
    For cookies, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each addition. Add anise extract.
  3. 3
    Blend flour and baking powder. Start by adding about 1/3 of these dry ingredients to the butter/sugar in your mixer, then add 1 T. milk. Add another third of the flour and another 1 T. milk. Finally, mix in enough of the remaining flour until your dough is like a brownie batter (it should be softer than a drop cookie dough).
  4. 4
    Use a 1 T. cookie scooper to make simple round drop cookies - use wet fingers to pat any rough edges OR for an Easter-Egg look, roll 1 T. dough into an elongated ball.
  5. 5
    Bake cookies 10-12 minutes (they won't be brown but the insides will be soft and cake-like).
  6. 6
    For icing: mix sugar, milk and extract to make a sugar glaze. HINT: When I make the icing, I make it thick but then I microwave it for 10 seconds so it is thin enough for dipping. Also, I like to divide the mixture in thirds, and then add ONE DROP of food coloring to each batch (pink, green, yellow).
  7. 7
    Hold cookie in your hand and turn upside down so you can dip the top half in the glaze; turn over and immediately top with sprinkles so they will stick.
  8. 8
    Allow icing to harden overnight; then store in air-tight containers or freeze.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

FABBY: Tea is Served in the Kitchen


Hello sweet friends!

       I'm starting this Monday by inviting you to have some tea in my kitchen, my fave place and where we spend most of our days, eating, cooking, baking, watching the news, or enjoying the view out the windows... so why not invite you too for tea! 

I can serve you coffee, tea and some goodies, whatever you prefer. I can make you little sandwiches too! (my wishful thinking, pretend).

I hope you like my tea setting for you... so please, come inside!



What made me invite you for tea is that I've been tweaking a little... so now my coffee station is by the TV, in front of our breakfast nook. Before I had cook books and my cookie jar in this space.

I chose for you my Mil's antique teacups from her wedding china and are under the cloche. They also have pink roses as the table topper.

Some goodies in my 'Lady Carlyle' tier and some cheese in that small covered stand.


Now I'm keeping the 'cookbooks of the moment' here, next to the cooktop where I had the coffee station before. 

The cook-book at your left was written by my dear Mil and the other I bought from the volunteers for the 'Cancer Society, FASEC.' Next is my Cookie jar I have forever. 

Our kitchen is not big, but not small either and I love to spend time here, it's really very comfortable and warm, I think.
The door you see leads to the laundry room.

People here have the custom to serve on warm days, some cold fruit sherbet before tea, or even ice-cream...whatever you prefer!


Some of you might remember my Chinese teapot collection I keep in the window sill... I so enjoy looking at them.

Coffee is ready in the back, if you rather.


I love this little pantry for my everyday use as I have a wall to wall closet pantry in the laundry room as well.
The 'slit' pantry, next to my double ovens contains all the things I need for baking right at hand.


Thank you so much sweet and kind friends for coming over for tea, you always make my day!

Thanking the gracious hostesses for having me at their great parties.

LOVE,
FABBY

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

FABBY: My New Finds


Hello sweet friends!

    The friends that have followed me lately know Alejandro bought a beautiful vintage French table for our breakfast room.

While we were there, one of the sales person informed me there was another container coming from Europe the following week and that I might want to see the transferware dishes and many gorgeous things they were bringing in.

So you know... my curiosity was beyond me! 
 
Here I'm sharing what I bought recently!

I specially love, love the cobalt blue I'talian-Murano,' cut glass compote with pedestal.

Funny, cause we made a bet as who would win the 'Soccer WC' and so I lost the bet choosing Argentina, however, I had to buy the bowl instead of getting it as a present from Mr. Living, lol!

I also bought two lovely blue and white dinner transferware plates to add to my collection and a 'Dutch-Delft' blue and white bowl for flower arranging. You know how I love white with blue!

Ok, with that said, here you have my latest treasures.


Isn't this cobalt blue, "Murano-Italy" cut glass compote just gorgeous!
I didn't even mind paying for it myself, lol!

I'm displaying this pretty 'Murano lady' on my formal dining table for now, which is Italian style too.
I would probably try it on my foyer's antique 'French white marble top table' in the near future as well.

I also fell hard for this lovely 'Hand decorated, Delft-Holland' bowl for flower arranging, or even fruit.

The transferware plate on the back of the teacup and saucer is another find and it's, 'The Queen's Silver Jubilee 1977, Staffordshire, England.'

...and the other transferware plate is 'Asiatic Pheasant, Wedgwood-England.'


My new vignette decoration on the antique English buffet.


I hope you liked my new finds.

Thanks for your sweet and kind comments, you always make my day.

Thanking the lovely hostesses for having me at their great parties.

LOVE,
FABBY

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Friday, July 11, 2014

FABBY: Sea Inspired Dinner Table


Hello sweet friends!

       I've been looking and enjoying such pretty table scape's for Summer by the sea and I am so very inspired too, even though here it's chilly, even cold sometimes; but now that children are on their school vacation the families go to the beach resorts.

 Anyway, this setting is dedicated to all of you my friends who are enjoying Summer time.

I've used my 'Multiple Choice' dishes with fishes in soft pastel colors and shells in every shape and form in the beautiful antique French bowl, for this theme table.

Having said that, here goes.

The four dinner plates are 'Limoges' from the dishes mother gifted me years ago. The soup bowls, or pasta bowls and salad plates with pastel fishes are 'Multiple Choice.'

The beautiful antique from the last turn of the century, 'French Art Nouveau' centerpiece bowl was my Mil's and she left Alejandro because it has the same initials as his grandparents and ours now.



I also used in this 'sea table setting' my 'German-Bavarian,' antique teaset, and as you can see here it has the same turquoise flowers as the Limoges and the antique French centerpiece bowl.



This is a vintage 'English' teapot I bought three years ago and as you can appreciate it in the pic it has vessels at sea.

The other side of the teapot has soldiers landing.





The 'Limoges' dinner plate; as I love turquoise, it reminds me of the sea. 


The antique French centerpiece bowl is decorated with natural shells I brought from our vacation last May.


The monogram here with Alejandro's grandparents on his dad's side, it was CA, just like ours is now. Therefore, my Mil left it to us, besides been a beautiful family heirloom. We were so lucky!

The cocktail etched stems here are antique 'French' and are part of a big set we have of many styles that were my Mil's ...and the etched wine glasses in the center are ours and are 'Venetian.'



And here is our antique French breakfast table, newly acquired a week ago by sweet Mr. Living, who fell in love with the beautiful carvings on it!

Thank you so much sweet ladies for visiting me, as you always make my day!

Thanking the lovely hostesses for having me at their great parties.

LOVE,
FABBY

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