As a reward for a holiday selling season well done, I am spending a few weeks upstairs in the heated rooms of my house, as opposed to down cellar in my unheated studio. My Christmas gift was a scanner, and I am scanning 50 years of photo albums, slides, and negatives. As feared, the task is monumental, but it has been broken down into smaller segments, which are doable…and the realization that this effort is going to take months. The albums, slides, and negatives are all organized, so now when I have a block of time, I can pull out a year and successfully scan a year. The highlight of all this, is seeing past events, people, and places you forgot about. But once you retrieve this memory via photo, it’s amazing how many details of the event appear. Show this photo to a family member in the photo, and more details surface. Once the photo is scanned, it is easily shared with distant family members, and they get to enjoy the memories. So not only am I enjoying it, the family is. And I knew these photos existed, and I found our original hubbard squash introduction back in 1991, grown by an elderly aunt and her companion, who were VERY proud of their crop! Little did I know at that time, that 22 years later, Aunt Edna’s and Verna’s hubbard squash would have an effect on me! It’s all in the timing….
Vintage lace collecting seems to be my current past time as I am always on the look out for that perfect doily design which fits a unique shape perfectly. I am learning how lace was made and for what items--pillowcase edging, table scarf borders, collars, cuffs, and more. The workmanship and detail are incredible! Each piece of lace is used repeatedly, with no harm other than clay dust (which can be gently washed out).... any of the lace designs can fit on a wide variety of shapes, so customizing pieces for you is very easy. Get in touch if you'd like some custom, one of kind, serving pieces for your holiday table.
A New Face for Old Lace
Give your grandmother's vintage lace doily a new life and a new purpose by pressing it into clay and making it into a bowl, a platter, a mug, a plate, a spoon rest--whatever you decide! (Clay dust will be washed out of the original doily and returned to you for safekeeping.) Now enjoy that new clay item with your family, thinking of your relative each time you use it. A unique idea for a wedding gift, a birthday gift, Mother's Day, etc.... Once I have received your lace items and we've decided what items you would like created, allow 4 weeks for the finished product. The possibilities are endless! Email for more information fatrobinpottery.com