Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Painting The Dutch Door

It just occurred to me that I never posted my 
coverage of the painting of the Dutch door. 
So, I'll post it now...

After a few weeks of living with the white,
 unpainted Dutch door, which Sam was starting 
to like, so I had to act fast to get it painted.
We had a lot of back and forth discussions
on the color choice.
I used my Photoshop skills to offer some ideas.
Not to mention, our HOA also suggests 
we "try" to match our original color.
We finally chose Behr's "Aqua Fresco" from 
The Home Depot. 
Which was brighter and slightly more 
blue then the original color.
Next we had to schedule a painter.
Enter Miguel the painter.
My coworker Tina's boyfriend's colleague. 
He started by painting the inside of the door 
a crisp bright white.
We actually had him paint all 
the interior doors that day.
Hence the missing door knob on the closet door.
He was very fast and neat.
Really knew his business.
Then he started painting the exterior.


Some brush work but he mainly 
used little sponge rollers. 

While the Dutch door dried,
 he painted the casing and frame.
All done and lookin' sharp!
We love the color, as do many neighbors.
Thanks for stopping by
and happy hunting!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Baaaah, It's Easter time!

It's almost Easter again and 
I've been busy decking out the house
for the season!
Do you notice anything new
on the dry goods pantry? 
 Let's go in for a closer look.
 Presenting the new, but very old, 
lamb head cookie jar! 
 So whimsical and fun,
 I think he's just adorable!
 I won him on Ebay!
I've been wanting to add a lamb to the 
Ozark Easter collection for some time, 
I just couldn't find a design that appealed to me.
That is, until I spotted this cookie jar!
 With his pastel colors, a super sweet face,
 a smart bow tie, and that little straw hat, 
I just knew he'd fit right in.
This was one of the few listed that included 
his lamb crier noise box still in place, 
tucked inside his hat.  
Unfortunately time has taken its toll
and dry rot has claimed the inner bladder
so it doesn't make any noise.

I found very little info about this jar online.
However, I do know it was created by 
Metlox Pottery under their "PoppyTrail" line.
Maybe sometime in the 60's or 70's. 
 My jar's label is still attached to the 
shirt collar, the embossing is there 
but the black ink has faded away.
 Here's a pic of a pristine "PoppyTrial" label.
Metlox Pottery got its start in 1927
in Manhattan Beach, California 
Next to the Santa Fe Railroad track
for easy shipping.
The name Metlox is a combination of 
Metal and Oxide, which refers 
to the pigments used in their glazes.
They started producing brightly 
colored dinnerware in 1932.
Introduced in 1934, "PoppyTrail,"
 named after Evelyn White's
book on California wildflowers,
"California Poppy Trails,"
became one of the company's most
popular and enduring product lines,
its pieces still sought by collectors.

In 1946 Metlox hired Bob Allen 
and Mel Shaw as art directors.
Both Allen and Shaw worked as 
animators for Harman-Ising Productions,
and Shaw had also worked for
Walt Disney Studios.
Mel Shaw
The two had formed a design partnership
that included toy design, architecture,
and ceramic design.
Under the leadership of this artistic duo,
Metlox began to introduce some
wonderfully creative shapes, and uninhibited
and imaginative patterns in the 50's and 60's
I must admit, I can definitely see a 
cartoonist's influence in the
design of this little lamb cookie jar.
He already looks right at home 
with the other whimsical Easter treasures.
Thanks for stopping by
and happy hunting!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

A Christmas Hutch On A Christmas Hutch

Let's see what's new on
 the hutch buffet this Christmas.
What a really cool sugar cookie Christmas tree 
next to the gingerbread house.  
Somebody has been busy baking this season.
A three tier stand of cookies and cupcakes
looks so tempting, who's going to miss just one?
A basket full of Christmas cookies with 
green icing and sugar sprinkles.
Those gingerbread men sure look yummy
next to a happy snowman teapot. 
Moving up to the top shelf, we find a 
green Christmas pitcher next to a cute 
reindeer and sleigh toothpick holder and a 
green bas relief Santa plate. 
A cheerful Santa head mug 
rounds out the Christmas collection.
As I back up to get a better shot of 
the whole hutch, I'm blocked by a 
pair of antlers!
Why, there's a set of  Radko reindeer salt 
and pepper shakers in front of the cupboard. 
It seems the hutch buffet itself is part of a 
hutch buffet Christmas collection!
The Ozark Christmas Hutch Buffet 
collection to be exact.
Just another new bauble
I thought would look at home on the hutch.
It's actually an ornament from
Hallmark's 2012 Keepsake Ornament Club 
titled "Mrs. Claus's Cupboard"
It was a collaboration by all 
of Hallmark's ornament artists. 
Each added a different piece to the 
cupboard to create the ornament.
I just love the details, like Santa's pipe
hiding up on top of the hutch.
It has Santa's face carved on the bowl!
The little surprises don't stop there.
Just open up the cabinet doors...
to reveal another charming scene. 
All of Mrs. Claus's baking tools.
There's rolling pin, a mixing bowl, 
cookie cutters, a tree shaped baking tin, 
and an oven pad hanging on the door.
On the other side we find her cat 
soundly sleeping in it's basket bed.
I was dumb in 2012 and didn't sign up for the
club to buy the ornament for $34.99.  
Nooo, I waited till a few years later when 
I realized I just had to have it and 
trolled Ebay for one at double the price.
Yay...lucky me.
Mine is a 2012 repaint of the original 2011 
convention exclusive version in white.
I prefer the brown on more, it looks 
very slimier to my actual hutch buffet.
 Don't you think?
Thanks for stopping by
and happy hunting.
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