Saturday, January 16, 2016

There Was A Crooked Curio

We all remember the 
Mother Goose nursery rhyme 
"There was a crooked man"... 

Sure we do, clear as fog, am I right?
It goes as follows,

There was a crooked man, 
and he walked a crooked mile,
He found a crooked six-pence 
against a crooked stile;
He bought a crooked cat 
which caught a crooked mouse,
And they all lived together 
in a little crooked house.
Here's an illustration for that nursery rhyme 
by the famous illustrator Vernon Grant.
Yes the Snap, Crackle, and Pop creator.
 Why all the information you ask?
Well I happen to own a 
little crooked curio cabinet.
It didn't start out crooked,
Sam and I bought it years ago at
 the now defunct "The Great Indoors"
It always seemed very primitive 
and a little rustic in its construction
but very charming none-the-less.
Over the years, the 
dry climate of Vegas must have caused
 its wood to warp,
and develop a slight 
crookedness in its appearance.
It's still very sturdy and 
has become even more charming
and now a bit whimsical too.
And what a more perfect home for 
Ozark's ever expanding 
Dept. 56 Vernon Grant 
"Storybook Village" collection.
I first blogged about it here
Let's go in for a look-see!
On the top shelf is the adorable 
"Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater Cookie Jar"
Styled after this Vernon Grant illustration.
The next shelf down holds the teapots,
Mother Goose and Old King Cole.
I was thrilled to find the 
Dept 56 Mother Goose 
Storybook Village Collection Teapot.
She was scarce on Ebay for a while,
and the cloth ribbon around the goose's 
neck is missing on a few that were 
up for auction.
Again the Dept 56 team did a great job capturing 
her character as designed by Vernon Grant.
including her little pointy nose.
I love how her cape and the goose's tail form the handle.
I also procured Grant's Mother Goose book from Amazon.

It's chock-full of Grant's delightful illustrations.
Old King Cole is simply dashing!
I love his whimsical crown. 
Another of Grant's ideas!
Little Jack Horner and Humpty Dumpty
are as dapper as ever.
Just how many joints does 
Humpty's left arm have?!?
On the bottom shelf 
something a little different.
An actual Dept 56 lighted house, or Shoe to be exact.
The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe.
Again very close to Grant's art.
They added a few more windows
 and a few less children.
Next to the shoe 
I found a VERY rare item indeed,
The Teapot version of 
Peter-Peter Pumpkin Eater.
I only found a single picture of it on 
all the world wide web for my last post.  
So my jaw dropped
when I stumbled across it on Ebay
one night last year!
It's just as delightful as its big brother.

Peter-Peter's wife looks a tad more sassy 
on the teapot with her winsome smile.
That's the collection so far
in the little crooked curio.
Still on the hunt to acquire a few more 
Department 56 Vernon Grant pieces,
but I'm sure they'll come with patience. 
Thanks for stopping by
and happy hunting!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Christmas Cuties in the Tablescape

It's always a treat to find fresh fruit in the 
Christmas tablescape.
Is there a more perfect fruit around 
this time of year than mandarin oranges?

We always grab a bag of Cuties 
when we go grocery shopping. 
They make a great snack
and tasty stocking stuffers.
They certainly brighten up the table 
for a short time before they get devoured.
New to the scape this year are these
Coca-Cola Santa plates won on Ebay, 
and the red handled flatware
found at HomeGoods.

The Santa plates don't really go with 
the white deer theme,
but since it's all Christmas, 
in a round about way they belong.
It does open the door to a new theme
that doesn't have to feature deer on everything!
I do love those deer though, they'll 
probably stick around a little longer!
Thanks for stopping by
and Merry Christmas.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

I've Got A Lovely Bunch of Christmas Cookie Jars...

There they are, all standing in a row
Big ones, small ones, some as big as your head...

It's time once again to deck the halls
with Christmas cookie jars!
I even have a few new pieces to show off!
Let's start on the green cabinet...
No Christmas is complete without a train!
So here's the festive Lionel Santa Fe 
diesel engine cookie jar (1) with the 
classic red warbonnet livery.
A perfect color for the Christmas season!
to the left is a three bowl reindeer server
that Sam and I picked up at Target 
a year or two ago.
I just love the gold antlers.
The snowflake runner was also a Target find!
Up to the right above the backdoor...
we spy sweet little 
"Snuggly Sugar Bear" cookie jar (2)
Hallmark ca.2001
Is he munching on a piece of the
Neiman Marcus Gingerbread 
House cookie jar (3)? ca 2014
Check out the detail on this 
gingerbread house!
It looks so tasty, you can't blame him 
for trying a piece!
Just down below, we see
 that a heavy snow has fallen,
and someone, perhaps, on their way home 
with a Christmas tree, parked their red
 lodge car cookie jar (4)  Kohl's ca.2015 
to build a snowman cookie jar (5) 
 Harry & David ca.2015.
It looks like a chilly winter wonderland!
Moving on to the hutch buffet,
we find the usual Christmas gang.
The original Certified Gingerbread House 
Cookie Jar (6) ca. 2011
up at the top,
along with the Gingerbread Man cookie jar (7),
Radko Holly Jolly Santa cookie jar (8),
Apple Tree Mrs. Claus cookie car (9),
and Frosty the Snowman cookie jar (10).
All happy to make their yearly appearance.
A new red runner this year from HomeGoods
 has a design that hearkens back to mid century 
style with white reindeer and white 
holly berries and leaves.
New on the hutch this year,
but acquired on sale after last Christmas,
Hallmark's Santa and Mrs. Claus 
dancing salt and pepper shaker set.
They don't move, they just fit together like
they're in a waltz.
I put them next to the radio as if
dancing to a song.
Cher is showing off her Christmas cheer by
modeling on the Santa rug,
a gift from my uncle years ago.
But still available today at
Moving along to the dry goods pantry,
past the stained glass snowman light,
we find another Lionel Stream Engine 
cookie jar (11) pulling into
the Spode Train Station cookie jar (12)
The picture in the back is new this year 
from Kirkland's
From the artist Billy Jacobs, called 
"Christmas trees for sale"
I think it adds a lot of country charm.
Cracker Barrel's Red Truck 
with the Christmas tree in back is
technically a candy jar.
so I can't count it.
It sure does fit in nicely with the "cows in the snow"
runner that used to be on the buffet.
Up on the the rooster shelf, or should I say,
down the road from the train station, is the
Lenox Holiday "Home for the 
Holidays" house cookie jar (13)
I put the other farm scene behind it 
to look as if there's an entire 
country Christmas community on this wall.
Finally we head to the kitchen table.
where, nestled in the middle of a tablescape, 
we find Pottery Barn's white reindeer 
cookie jar (14) ca. 2009.
He's happily enjoying his snowy 
woodland surroundings .
I don't think that's all my Christmas cookie jars,
but that's all that I could find in the kitchen.
The rest are for another post.
Hope you all are enjoying the 
Christmas season.
Thanks for stopping by
and happy hunting!

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