Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Vintage Thanksgiving Greetings!

It's been a glorious day here at Still Woods Farmhouse.  The last of the pumpkin pies are in the oven and smell wonderful. A pot of beef stew is bubbling away on the stove for dinner.  A large pan of cornbread for cornbread dressing is heading in the oven next.  I can't wait to cut a square hot from the oven, slather it with butter and drizzle on a little molasses. What a treat!

I wanted to share with you a few vintage Thanksgiving greetings and magazine covers.  Maybe while you are waiting for your pies to come out of the oven, you can relax with a cup of tea or coffee and  enjoy these images from yesteryear.

I know this mamma is happy to have her sailor home for Thanksgiving!
Please say it isn't so!  I confess...I did love these Banquet dinners when I was little.  Whenever we had them, they seemed like such a treat.  
A simmering-talking pot!
This adorable girl is eyeing the turkey! I am curious about the article by Demaree Bees listed at the bottom of the cover!
Vintage cards are always wonderful expressions of art.  This one is no exception.
Wonder what this little Pilgrim is telling the chicken?
Another nostalgic Saturday Evening Post. What a difference in the football uniforms of today and those of 1928?
Hmmm...maybe they should have plucked and roasted the turkey first!
I have never had a pumpkin pecan pie.  How about any of you?
I guess home makers have been making pies for ages!
Anticipation...I am not so sure about that turkey!  Looks a little diseased.
Over the river and through the woods...
This is a 1914 edition of The Saturday Evening Post.
Lastly, I leave you with this beautiful card.
Many blessings to you and yours this Thanksgiving from
Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse!  
"Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, His love endures forever"  Psalm 136:1

Monday, November 16, 2015

Christmas Door Decor Inspiration!

Many of you are already decorating for Christmas or at least making plans for your Christmas decor. Having trouble deciding how you will adorn your front door for Christmas this year?  Take a peek at these adorable ideas. Hopefully you can draw inspiration for your own creation!

I am starting our Christmas wreath tour with this beautiful wreath.  I am crazy about vintage ornaments.  I am always searching antique stores for the beautiful ornaments of yesteryear.  This wreath is perfect for any vintage lover like me!
How about a cute, whimsical idea for your door?  I like the incorporation of the green hydrangea and red berries.
This is a more sophisticated idea compliments of Colonial Williamsburg.
If you decorate with a gingerbread theme, you will love this wreath!
Santa looks comfy perched in this red, cream, and green wreath.  
If you are a knitter, you must make one of these for your home!
Speaking of Santa...love this one!
My mother loves cardinals.   I think this would look terrific on her front door.
Beautiful color combination in this wreath.
I think fresh eucalyptus is a great item to use in Christmas decorating.  This wreath combines fresh eucalyptus and berries.  Simply beautiful.
A Colourful Life blog posted this lovely pine cone wreath.  The cardinals and ornaments add a delightful pop of red.
Tartan plaid is my go to ribbon design for Christmas.  I use tartan plaid for my bows adorning the swags of garland on our stairs and the upper landing.  You can't go wrong with tartan plaid at Christmas! It seems so very Scottish!  This wreath would fit in quite nicely.
I hope I have given you have a few new ideas for your Christmas door decor.  Go ahead...get creative! 

Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse
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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Thanksgiving Dinnerware to Grace Any Table

Southern Living recently published an article entitled "Turkey Plate Special" chronicling the origins of certain patterns.  Who knew that when Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863, we would end up with beautiful transferware patterns honoring the official bird of Thanksgiving?  I was excited to see my pattern, "His Majesty" by Johnson Brothers in the article.  We lovingly call these our Traveling Turkey Dishes.  Click here to find out why!

I set our Reading Room table with His Majesty for a quick peek at this beautiful pattern.  I love my "Traveling Turkey Dishes".  It is a joy to get them out and use them throughout November.  I also love this old table.  It has the scars of a well lived life and reminds me so much of my sweet grandmother who loved it as much as I do.
A close up of His Majesty shows the lovely colors of the season.  I don't own the turkey platter, but it is on my wish list!
Another Johnson Brothers pattern is called Woodland Turkey.
If you love blue, you will adore this gorgeous plate by Royal Dalton known as Watteau.
Rowland and Marsellus (1893-1938) was a New York based company; however, their china was produced in Staffordshire, England.  This pattern features quite an array of colors.
Royal Stafford created this neutral pattern.
If you like a little more color, they created another version!
Here is a simple pattern called Woodlands from Spode.
Another blue pattern is Turkey (Flow Blue) by Ridgeway.  I must tell you that these will cost you a pretty penny.  One plate listed for $349.95.  Imagine coming across a set of these at a yard sale! What a find that would be!
I need to add a few of these beautiful plates produced by Wedgwood to my red transferware set called Memory Lane. I love transferware patterns.  I think the two patterns would mingle nicely on a Thanksgiving table.  I am afraid Mr Still Woods Farmhouse would put his foot down to any additions to my patterns!
I thought I'd end with an unusual pattern. The label is "Turkey by Winkle, F".  A plate sells for $159.99.  The company began making pottery in 1885 and was owned by an individual named F. Winkle.
Do you have a special china pattern for Thanksgiving?  Please leave a comment and tell me about your pattern or maybe one you would like to begin collecting.
Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse
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