Thursday, October 25, 2018

York Wall Coverings Project: Mandarin Prose by Waverly Classics

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Friends, have you ever dreamt about a home decor project that you felt a strong desire to undertake but weren't sure if you could actually figure it out and make it happen? Me too!

Back two years ago when I thrifted the c. 1950 James Mont Chinoiserie Limed Oak Hutch shown here in my dining area, I imagined how nice it would be to have some kind of wallpaper on the wall behind it to liven up the room and to serve as an interesting backdrop.

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And white walls. I really wanted white walls.

I know there has been a lot of discussion in the interiors world about seeing an overabundance of white walls on the blogs and in the magazines but over time I realized how much of an effect the prior turquoise-painted accent wall had on my photography. And, more recently, the sliding door to the right needed to be replaced and I was disappointed when I discovered that the glass in the new door has a blue tint. Furthermore, we live in the Willamette Valley of Oregon and cloudy, rainy days are the norm many days of the year. So for these reasons, white walls it is!

Speaking of white walls - while shopping for wallpaper I knew I wanted whatever pattern I chose to be vibrant and have a white or near-white background. Also, it had to be colorful, whimsical and fun because this is the busiest room in the house and it can afford a playful atmosphere. And, most importantly, it had to be in the classic chinoiserie style. Of course I looked at dozens and dozens of wallpaper samples, thinking very carefully about all the choices. When I discovered this Waverly Classics by York Wallcoverings wallpaper in the Mandarin Prose pattern at Mahone's Wallpaper Shop, I knew the fantastical scenery was just what I was looking for.

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And then came the hard part. The "I'm not sure I know what I'm doing" part. The "I don't know anything about wallpapering" part. And the biggest doubt of all was the "I've never power-sanded a wall in my life" part.

The uncertainty about taking on a large project with an unknown outcome kept me from taking the plunge for about two years. In the spring of this year I thought a good way to distract myself from my fears about the task was to just purchase my chosen wallpaper pattern and give myself some time to ease into it as this was going to be my big summer undertaking. It was a bit of a mind trick I played on myself as well. I figured I'd feel quite rotten if I spent my hard earned money on wallpaper and never made it happen.

And that is how I got here:

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This is what I call "testing your family ties" and "how badly do I want that wallpaper anyway?"

What a mess! Our small power sander has a containment canister on it, but as you can see, there is powder everywhere. And not just in this immediate area. Although I placed painter's drop cloth over furniture and doorways, it still managed to seep past these barriers and, well, it seemed to find its way into every nook and cranny throughout the house. Pardon me, wallpaper project, while I vacuum for a week!

Two other frustrations I had were figuring out the mechanics of operating a power tool and the summer heat. James showed me how to use the sander and gave me a demonstration, but it took awhile until I got it. I started on the smaller wall to the left. It has a lot of scuff marks from applying too much pressure or from staying in one place too long. But by the time I started on the second wall I had it figured out pretty good. Despite the heat.

The outdoor temperature on this summer day was 91° Fahrenheit. While it does stay noticeably cooler inside, wearing all the required safety gear (gloves, face mask, goggles and knee pads), coupled with having to exert a fair amount of pressure on the sander made it quite uncomfortable. I took frequent breaks, drank plenty of water, and laid in the cool grass in the backyard until I felt I could stand it again.

Just so you can get an idea of the task at hand, here is the wall texture before and after:

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As I was researching how to hang wallpaper here on the web, I learned that it adheres best to a smooth freshly painted wall. It became quite clear to me that if I didn't make the effort to knock down the 1970s textured wall surface that the project could fail - so why take a chance?

So once the massive clean up and vacuum cleaning was finished I painted the walls to be papered with two coats of white paint. I also painted the door and wall to the left and the wall to the right because my intention was, ultimately, to paint the entire dining area and kitchen white. 

Here's what the dining area looked like with all the painting done:

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And finally, the paper hanging commences!

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You're probably not surprised when I tell you that the wallpapering was a lot easier than the sanding. In fact, it was so easy that in hindsight it nows seems silly that I fussed over it at all. In fact, I highly recommend that if you are considering trying your hand at wallpapering that you purchase the Waverly brand. It's quality is exceptional - there are no overshadowed lines or inconsistencies in the colors and the smooth texture is easy to work with. Also, the rolls come with a full set of instructions that I felt were well written and easy to follow.

And the best part of all is that it is pre-pasted!

I would also recommend purchasing your wallpaper from Mahone's Wallpaper Shop - a family owned business. My order was shipped promptly in a sturdy box and the packing material was a wallpaper scrap which I thought was an ingenious way of repurposing their product.

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Have you been thinking about trying your hand at wallpapering? Don't let your fears get in the way. With planning and a bit of internet research, it's a very doable project.

Have any questions? Ask me here in the comments below or on Instagram.

As always, thanks for reading!
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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Vintage Tea Treasures: An Etsy Shop Update

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Hello Friends! It gives me great joy to share with you some of the latest vintage tea ware that's just been listed in my Etsy shop Vintage Tea Treasures.

First up are two English bone china teacup and saucer sets.

The pink set is from Salisbury China and the pattern is called Almond. Both the shape and style of Almond make it suitable for everyday tea drinking. And the pretty spring-like blossoms sprouting from their branches are sure to make your heart smile as you sip your tea any day of the year.

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If you prefer an elegant tea sipping experience, the pastel blue Paragon China set would surely be your 'cup of tea' with its wide-shaped cup and whimsical lilies in tones of light and dark blue.

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Both sets feature traditional gold gilding.

A fanciful abstract scene featuring a gathered sheave-like container with two brightly colored chrysanthemums grace the porcelain 7" cake plate made by the German company Meissen. This high quality vintage plate would make a very special gift for a birthday, anniversary or wedding.

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As mentioned, you'll find these distinct pieces of vintage tea ware (and more) listed in my Etsy shop Vintage Tea Treasures. And as always, Under The Plum Blossom Tree blog readers enjoy a ten percent discount with the code PLUMBLOSSOM10.

Thank you for reading!

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Vintage Tea Treasures: A Happy Customer

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Hi friends! It's such an enjoyable experience when a customer shares with me their excitement upon receiving the special teaware items they've purchased from my Etsy shop Vintage Tea Treasures.

A few weeks ago Patricia in Nebraska ordered four antique W.T. Copeland & Sons 'Abbey Ruins' transferware teacup and saucer sets. Upon opening her package, Patricia stated "I received the transferware cups and saucers today! I'm very pleased with them, and they were packed so carefully. They felt like a gift."

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In a prior conversation Patricia mentioned that she owned a few W.T. Copeland plates, and a platter, all in the Abbey Ruins pattern. I let Patricia know that I would love it if she shared a photo of her collection with me and she was kind enough to send two images - one of her Vintage Tea Treasures order (above) and one of her W.T. Copeland plates which includes two plates in what I think is called the 'Rome' pattern, also by W.T. Copeland:

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Isn't this a lovely wall display?! I love Patricia's choice of a monochromatic color scheme. It feels very old world, contemplative and historic.

The Abbey Ruins pattern is also called Ruins or Melrose. It's a highly detailed pattern and it is delightful to sit and study the separate and distinct intricate motifs that make up the pattern. For example, the tea set features two architecturally different abbeys. A large, close up view of an abbey is featured on the front and back of each teacup, and a smaller, more distant view of another style of abbey is in the middle of each saucer.

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Then, distinct from the abbeys, each teacup has a lovely oak leaf and acorn border on the top of the inside rim and the same border appears on the outer rim of the saucers.

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The backstamp indicates the date of manufacture to be between 1867 and 1890.

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William Taylor Copeland (1797-1868) was a successor, along with his business partner Thomas Garrett, to the famous Josiah Spode pottery manufacturer which operated in the Stoke-upon-Trent district in the United Kingdom from 1770-1833. His father William Copeland was business partners with Josiah Spode.

William Taylor and Thomas Garrett made pottery under the name Copeland and Garrett from 1833 until 1847. When Garrett retired the company then became known as W.T. Copeland, then W.T. Copeland and Sons after 1867 when William Taylor's four sons joined the company.

W.T. Copeland and Sons continued production until 1970 when the company reverted to the old name of Spode. There were various ownerships over the years. Spode managed to stay in business until it closed in 2009 but was then purchased by Portmeirion. Amazingly, Spode is still being made today.

And here we are, over one hundred years later, appreciating the timeless quality, beauty and impeccable detail of a few incredibly interesting W.T. Copeland tea ware sets. Thank you Patricia, for your purchase, and for sharing images of your Copeland collection with me and allowing me to share them here on the blog.

And thank you to all my customers. It gives me great joy to offer to you quality Vintage Tea Treasures from a bygone era and to learn about and share your collecting stories.
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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Sahalie and Koosah Falls

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Hi friends! Three thousand years ago volcanic activity here in Oregon sent thick flows of basaltic andesite lava into the McKenzie River from nearby Mount Washington in what is now called the Willamette National Forest. That activity created two beautiful waterfalls - Sahalie and Koosah.

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Sahalie Falls is a loud roaring cascade of water that plunges 100 feet straight down into the McKenzie River producing misty sprays of icy cold river water that float in the air. As James and I stood at the viewing area watching the falls and feeling droplets of cloudy water-mist on our skin, we breathed in the fresh mountain air and looked in wonder at all the green that surrounded us.

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We then walked along the McKenzie River following the 2.6 mile foot trail from Sahlie Falls to Koosah Falls. The trail takes you through a conifer forest of mostly Douglas Fir, some old-growth Douglas Fir, and other species such as Hemlock and Cedar. There are a variety of mosses, ferns, wild flowers and fungi as well. Koosah Falls flows 70 feet down into a deep pool of cold water.

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Of course I did some exploring with my camera as I do have a fascination with scouting out nature compositions. And because there was a slight tinge of autumn beginning to show itself I was interested in capturing the forest as it looked in that moment on that particular end-of-summer day.

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In 1893 U.S. President Grover Cleveland designated the Willamette National Forest as part of the Cascade Range Forest Reserve. This official designation came about as a result of campaigns conducted by Oregonians concerned by wood choppers intent on exploiting the resources of the forest. It is said that the famous naturalist and explorer John Muir spent a considerable amount of time in Oregon exploring, lecturing and gathering information which aided his efforts in helping to establish the Cascade Range Forest Reserve. In his call for Oregonians to protect their forests, Muir is believed to have stated "The trees and their lovers will sing their praises, and generations yet unborn will rise up and call them blessed".

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Blessed indeed!
  
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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Vintage Finds: Booths Ltd Silicon China Plate

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Hi Friends! I have another interesting piece of antique English earthenware to share with you today. This 10 inch 'silicon china' plate was manufactured by Booths Ltd in 1916.

Silicon china was the result of a pottery manufacturing method that utilized a technique called tin-glazing. Tin-glazing was a glaze that contained tin oxide and produced a white, shiny, opaque background surface that imitated Chinese porcelain and supported brightly painted decorations.

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Indeed, the lovely chinese-inspired floral motif of pink and blue stylized peonies, other red flowers, and free flowing vines of 'greenery' have certainly retained their eye-catching bright colors for over one hundred years now!

I'm sure you will agree that the Booths Ltd claim of "Opaque Porcelain of the Finest Quality" was indeed true, especially when considering that their silicon china was used in the catering markets such as in hotels and on sea liners and railways. Surely this high quality earthenware would have greatly enhanced the dining experience of any travelers lucky enough to experience it.

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No doubt the longevity of the colors we are looking at here can be attributed to the meticulousness of the tin-glaze method. Tin-glaze was applied to red or buff-colored earthenware and the decoration was applied to the unfired glaze surface by brush with metallic oxides such as cobalt oxide, copper oxide, iron oxide, manganese dioxide and antimony oxide.

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When I first saw this floral plate at the charity shop I knew right away that it was hand painted but I did not know until I brought it home and researched the Booths Ltd company what a gem of a plate this truly is!

My initial thought was that it is definitely a chinoiserie revival era piece because of the stylized peonies. Upon further investigation, as mentioned above, I discovered that the bright white opaque surface is a Chinese influence. And then I discovered the 1916 date of manufacture impressed into the earthenware, near the inked back stamp which further confirmed my initial thought that this, indeed, was an early 20th century piece.

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Not only have the colors retained their magnificent brightness, but also the overall excellent condition is quite impressive and a result of the loving care its predecessors gave it. There are some normal wear marks from it having been used but no chips, cracks or crazing. I cannot even find a fleabite! There is still a lot of life left in this old plate and I intend to help it in its journey further into the future.

I hope you have enjoyed this edition of Vintage Finds and I'll see you again soon. Thank you! 
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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Faffing with Vintage Tea Treasures - Royal Stafford, Johnson Bros, & Royal Albert

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Hi Friends! There's been a flurry of activity in my Etsy shop Vintage Tea Treasures this week with three sales packed and shipped! And so I thought it would be fun to share with you a peek into what customers are buying.

The first item sold was the Royal Stafford Order of the Eastern Star teacup and saucer set shown above. This set features a five-pointed star both inside the teacup and in the middle of the saucer. The star is the emblem of the Masonic Order of the Eastern Star which is a fraternal organization of stonemasons dating back to about the 14th century.

Each color of the hand painted five-pointed star represents an inspirational biblical figure. Both pieces are further embellished with an array of small gold stars and there is gold gilding on the edges of each piece as well as sponged gold gilding around the top rim of the teacup and around the perimeter of the saucer.

Also sold was this lovely set of pastel blue porcelain tea ware (below) by Johnson Bros. The pattern is called Greydawn and it was developed in the 1920s and produced through 1987.

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The Dawn series came in sky blue (pictured here), rose, green and gold. The saucers and small plates feature a distinctive beveled edge and a slight delicate scalloping which is repeated on the foot of the teacups.

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And lastly, this Royal Albert #4360 teacup and saucer is heading to Australia. Both the Malvern-shaped cup and the scalloped saucer are grounded in a robin's egg blue, graced with pretty floral bouquets, and features gold gilded edges with heavy gilding on the foot of the teacup. A fine example of the Royal Albert quality.

If you enjoy quality vintage tea ware, you may like to browse Vintage Tea Treasures on Etsy and see what treasure you may find for yourself or a friend. And don't forget - I have a special code for readers of this blog - if you enter code PLUMBLOSSOM10 you'll receive a ten percent discount off your order.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Eugene Obon & Taiko Festival

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Every July here in Eugene the Japanese American Association of Lane County, the City of Eugene, and the Asian American Foundation of Oregon sponsor the Obon & Taiko Festival. Each year the event is held in the early evening in Alton Baker Park, a 373 acre park that is located next to the Willamette River.

Obon, or Bon, is the Buddhist custom of honoring the spirits of one's ancestors. The Bon Odori, or dances, that are performed during Obon are a way of remembering and appreciating their sacrifices. Dances are performed by members of the Japanese American Association and the public is invited to join in the fun.

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Taiko, or Japanese drumming, is performed by Eugene Taiko. The ensemble plays modern interpretations of traditional pieces as well as their own compositions. Taiko drumming is thunderous, dynamic and energetic. It is rooted in warfare but in the present-day it is enjoyed at festivals and cultural events.

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The formal dances proceed either clockwise or counter-clockwise around a yagura, or high wooden platform, and are performed in unison to recorded traditional Japanese folksongs that are played through a PA system.

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For over twenty years now, attending Obon has been our family tradition, with each year being a variation of family members and friends coming along for the fun. This year our daughter Audrey accompanied James and I.

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On this carefree summer evening we enjoyed catching up on family news while watching the dancing and drumming and ate delicious Japanese cuisine from local food vendor Masa's Yatai.

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As the festival wound down and darkness began to descend, we packed up our things and felt grateful for good times and happy family memories of another year spent at Obon.

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