Region 4 Newsletter – April, 2013
April’s traditional name for the full moon is the Full Pink Moon (for the wild ground phlox), although some Native Americans called it the Full Sprouting Grass Moon or the Full Egg Moon, all acknowledging the promise of spring. The crocuses have already made their appearance, followed by tulips, daffodils, and irises. My lilac bush will be starting to bud, and my peonies are already poking through the soil. By the end of the month, I should have a pitcher full of them to put on the dining room table. All too soon, the spring flowers will fade, and the hot weather will arrive.
Some people consider April a good month for “Spring Cleaning”. I need to get the windows cleaned, inside and out. I usually use crumpled newspaper to clean them, but read an article on the internet about how coffee filters are better: they don’t leave any black streaks on your hands like newspaper does, and they are inexpensive to use. I might try that out this year. We still don’t know if the snow is over for the season: last weekend we had a foot of snow, and now everything is green grass.
Towards the end of the month, I normally will try to get the patio cleaned off and furniture put out. Maybe this year we will get a replacement BBQ grill and have more cookouts than we did last year. The baby bunnies should be making their appearance and we enjoy watching them, along with the lesser Goldfinches that should also be showing up towards the end of the month. I’m also looking at gardening catalogs to see if maybe I want to try to plant something new outside. I don’t exactly have a green thumb, so whatever I decide to get, it better be pretty hardy!
The FBICC board members will also be meeting this month, and since it is my first board meeting, I will not know what all to expect. Membership has taken a front seat so I imagine some of the discussion will be on what we can do as a club to increase membership. The survey taken the end of last year will also be looked at, I would imagine. If there is anything you would like to have discussed, please let me know so I can take it to the board.
If you are thinking about antiquing as the weather gets warmer, and see any flow blue or mulberry out there that is stained and discolored, do not pass it up, especially if you can get it for a good price. See the pictures below: before and after shots. We had the lid for a Mulberry covered bowl and finally found the base, but it was terribly discolored. After putting it in what we call “the soup”, it came out a lot cleaner and now we have a married set.
How do you do this? Most of the dealers know how to clean up their stuff, but for those of you who don’t, here are the steps:
Get 35% peroxide: DO NOT USE BLEACH!!!!! You can find this at swimming pool stores or beauty supply places. Put the peroxide in a plastic, lidded container that is deep enough to hold the piece you are cleaning. Keep it stored in a cool place, we keep our tub in the basement.
Immerse the piece in the peroxide, cover the container with the lid, and let the piece soak for a couple weeks. BE SURE TO WEAR NITRILE GLOVES, OR PLAYTEX GLOVES, GOGGLES, AND A PROTECTIVE APRON IN CASE THERE IS SPLASH BACK. This stuff will burn your skin.
After soaking, remove your piece from the solution, again using your protective gear. We normally put the piece on an old cookie sheet to transfer it to the kitchen. Rinse off the piece with warm soapy water, using gloves (I have, on occasion, forgotten to put my gloves on and it will make your skin whiter than snow-not a good thing!).
Using a low electric oven (200°), put the piece (on the cookie sheet) in for about 20 minutes: this brings out any residue such as grease, and may look pretty grungy. After cooking, remove from the oven and let it cool down. Clean off the remaining grunge with warm soapy water. (Jackie Casey says she uses her dishwasher.)
You may have to repeat the process, depending on how bad the piece is.
Note: this will undo any repairs that are currently there, including taking that saran wrap type stuff off, or any glued pieces (i.e. finials, handles, etc.).
Why do you not use bleach? It can get in under the glaze and will actually start flaking the piece, ruining it. So again, no matter what anyone tells you, DO NOT USE BLEACH!
If you have any questions, please call, and if you have any pieces that you do not want to mess with, maybe one of the dealers, or Kim and I, can work something out with you to clean up your item! Here is a piece we did for Barbara Huff:
This is an absolutely gorgeous piece now, and it didn’t take much to clean up!
Happy Easter to you all!
And a Spring-time wish for you:
Judy and Kim
1 tube refrigerated pizza crust
1 cup sauerkraut, well drained
1 tablespoon Thousand Island salad dressing
4 slices corned beef, halved
4 slices Swiss cheese, halved
Roll dough into a 12” x9” rectangle. Cut into eight- 3” x 4-1/2” rectangles. Combine sauerkraut & salad dressing. Place a slice of beef on each rectangle. Top with about 2 tablespoons of the sauerkraut mixture and a slice of cheese. Roll up.Place with seam side down on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 425° for 12-14 minutes or until golden. Yield: 8 roll-ups.
(you can sub turkey or ham if you are not a corned beef fan
A call to the face
book members for any Irish Pottery flow blue or mulberry they may know of got
several responses: we are not sure if there ARE any Irish manufacturers of flow
blue: Scotland has some, but that will be another story for another month. The
suggestions for pictures came though, with shamrocks and clovers the main
theme. Lorne, Clover, Idris (all by Grindley), Savoy and Warwick by Johnson Brothers.
Ken Gallagher sent the pictures (above) of Savoy by Johnson brothers and the Clover eggcups. I think
this is the first Savoy item I have seen.
Jackie Casey came through again with a flow blue plate with the Blarney Castle in the middle (below).
Now, take a look at the picture below: Ellen King sent this one in. If you notice, the plate is the same as the one above that Jackie sent in, but the Blarney Castle is flow blue instead of black. Ellen writes, “ This is a flow blue cake plate: Trilby Border with Blarney Castle, c. 1898.The large doll is German, c. 1880 and represents the Irish Queen Maeve. The Postcard for St. Paddy’s Day is c. 1912. The small Madame Alexander doll is in Irish costume. The framed Celtic Knot is a marriage proposal poem, c. 1840.”
At the end of the month, we enter Holy Week. Easter represents the promise of rebirth and hope. As we enter into a new season, we hope you have a wonderful spring, filled with happy family times together. And we do hope that March ends like a lamb!
For all of you who may have missed this email, and are
planning to attend the Columbus, OH, convention in July, please see below.
A note from Marilyn Holm regarding the convention this year.
Hello fellow FBICC members,
Our goal with this email is to encourage all members who have plans to attend or may be planning to attend the 2013 FBICC Convention in Columbus, Ohio to make early reservations at the hotel. When calling, PLEASE identify yourself as a Flow Blue Club member to receive the reduced room rate, entitlements and for the Club to receive credit for your stay.
The Convention hotel this year is the Crown Plaza Columbus North, phone 1 - 614 885 1885 or 800 996 8916. Convention dates are July 26 through 28. However, rooms have been blocked out from July 24 through July 28 for those wishing to participate in the popular optional Thursday outing(s). The hotel has a 24 hour cancelation policy. Attendees making early room reservations can always cancel (without penalty) if they find later they cannot attend the convention - no reason not to reserve early.
The issue this year is the Ohio State Fair will be taking place the same weekend we are at our convention. Also, the Longaberger folks are having a "Bee" in Dresden, Ohio the same weekend. These events are far enough away so traffic will not be a problem around our hotel - but room reservations could be a problem for last minute attendees to the convention.
The hotel will hold our reserved block of rooms until July 3, 2013. After this date, any remaining rooms can be sold to the public by the hotel. In addition, the Club room rate is not guaranteed after July 3, 2013. Availability of rooms and nightly room rates are at the hotel's discretion after July 3, 2013.
The convention will be great this year as we have an excellent program, a great location, very reasonable room rates and free parking. We expect our convention attendance to be large this year. It is possible that our demand for rooms will exceed the amount of rooms we have reserved, so we are asking members to book their rooms now so they are insured a room will be available for them at the $98 dollar rate - which includes a hot breakfast buffet (2 breakfasts per room) and free parking.The hotel has just completed an entire sleeping room and meeting room renovation - it looks very nice.
There is much detailed information on the Club website under Convention - 2013 and will be included in the Convention Registration package that will be mailed out about May 1, 2013.
The hotel has a free airport to hotel shuttle service. Call 1 614 885 1885 when you arrive at the Columbus airport.
If you or your spouse smokes cigarettes, there are several sleeping rooms that have sliding doors that exit to grass areas where smoking is permitted. Ask for one of these rooms when making reservations. There are also several new ADA equipped rooms.
Please pass this information along to those you know that will or may attend the convention but do not have computer access - thanks.
Again, we are writing this email to avoid possible last minute hotel reservation problems. Questions? Call Margaret & Jerry Taylor @ 812 246 4526 between 9 AM and 9 PM EDT or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please plan early and we look forward to seeing you in Columbus!
Jerry & Margaret Taylor and Bill & Pat Wetherton
One more announcement:
We have a Region 4 member who is going to be liquidating her mother’s flow blue and various other collections in the next few months: she has most items identified, and is working on identifying more of the patterns. She also has pictures. If you would like to get in touch with her, please email me and I will forward your request to her.
Thanks to Ken G,
Ellen K, and Jackie C for sending in the pictures!
Region 4 Newsletter – February, 2013
The Native American’s name for this month’s moon is the “Full Snow Moon”, a time when forest trails were often impassable. Because hunting could be so difficult, the tribes also called it the “Full Hunger Moon”. We hopefully don’t need to worry about hunger and hunting: our February starts off with Groundhog day (how many more days of winter are we going to have?), Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. For such a short month, it is jam packed with opportunities to decorate with your flow blue and mulberry
Are you going to send your wife some
chocolates or flowers for Valentine’s Day? How about this for a suggestion? Buy
a Chocolate Pot and fill it with red roses! More money, guaranteed, but less
calories and I bet your valentine would love it! (And, she’s worth it!) Or, if you want to simplify Valentine’s Day
but still want to show someone they are appreciated, buy a box (or two) of Girl
Scout cookies and put them on a flow blue plate of your choice, with a single
red rose by the plate. Not only will you be helping the annual Girl Scout
fundraising effort, but you can share a glass of milk and cookies with your
Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is the big celebration before we give something up for the Lenten season. New Orleans is not the only town to have big celebrations anymore: have your own party complete with masks, beads, and Louisiana/Cajun type foods: Jambalaya, Red Beans and Rice, Gumbo, beignets and King Cake! How pretty it would all look in your flow blue tureens, covered bowls and cake plates, and served up in your soup bowls!
President’s day is a good day to pull out those Martha and George plates, and the Chain of States plate, like what our friend across the pond, Jackie Casey, has done.
is her fireplace mantle and it is a beautiful display:
Don’t forget the Antique show
this month that will have the Flow Blue Brothers in attendance.
Springfield, MO Festival of the
Ozarks Feb. 9th & 10th
Longmont Antique Show & Sale
Boulder County Fair Grounds
9595 Nelson Rd
The results are in on the survey
taken a few months back, and thank you all for sending in responses. The
results will be put in the Blueberry Notes. We have a new membership
application that I am going to attach with this newsletter. If any of you would
like to download it and leave copies of it with your local antique stores,
please feel free to do so. Any effort to promote the club is appreciated.
Now, let’s have some Fun For February! This
idea was on my face book page, from Alison Crane. I thought it was a great
idea, so I am offering it to my Region 4 members. For the first 5 people who email
an acknowledgement that they have read this newsletter and send it back to me,
I will do the below for them.
2013 Creative Pay-It-Forward: The first
five Region 4 people to comment on this letter will receive from me, sometime
in the 2013 calendar year, a gift. Perhaps a book, a postcard, or some poor
attempt at a handmade item. Anything - a surprise!
There will likely be no
warning and it will happen “out of the blue”.
catch? None, I just want to know how many of you are reading my emails! (Winners were: Rosalie Ingle, Loralee Adam, Ken Gallagher, Bill Leach, and Brad & Eunice Witt). All of you will receive something in the mail, in the next 3 months! And all you other Region 4 folks, stay tuned: I will do this again sometime in the next few months.
Have a wonderful month! Please let me know
if there is anything you would like to address for the month of March.
Region 4 Newsletter-January 2013
A New Year is here! January, the “Full Wolf Moon” gets its name from the Roman deity “Janus”, the two-faced god of beginnings and entrances, fitting for the beginning of a new year. It’s time to toss out the old and turn your sights to the future.
Here in Denver, merchants are getting ready for the National Western Stock Show, a two-week event that brings rodeos, stock judging, mutton bustin’, and every wannabee cowboy and cowgirl to the area. If any of you are planning on attending the Stock Show, and have time between events, we would love to have you come visit us.
Around our house, I have been busy putting away Christmas decorations and rearranging the front room. Have already had a bout of whatever is going around in the cold/flu department, which sidelined me last weekend. Hope everyone stays well and can avoid this stuff.
While I was putting away face pitchers in our display cabinet, I happened to glance at the LaBelle chocolate set we have. About a year ago, I was looking at it and noticed something seemed different. We have had the set for several years now and I just noticed that one of the cups has a different handle than the other five. How many times have you looked at something and not really noticed that it may be slightly different than the other things you have? I don’t know why two different types of handles were used, but for those of you who have the Labelle Chocolate Pot and Cups, you might also take a look and see if you have a mismatched set.
I mentioned a couple weeks ago about Region 6 possibly having a regional meeting in Las Vegas in April. A region 6 member is willing to host the Saturday meeting. If there is enough interest, they would like to get a start on definite plans. I would like to help with their planning, and consider this a combined regional meeting, but I need to know what you all think about this. So this is crunch time: please give me a “yes or no” as to whether you would be able to attend, within the week if possible. I have had a couple maybes, but the timing may not work for some of you, especially the farmers that have to start planting that time of year. If we do not have enough committed attendees, I am also thinking about sometime in October for a Region 4 meeting. Is there anyone out there who would be willing to host a meeting? I would be willing to have a meeting in Denver, if there is enough interest. If you have never been to a regional or national convention, I hope this year is the year you decide to attend one. A regional is a great way to get to know people who share a common interest in what you do, and is small enough to test the waters to see if you want to commit to a full-blown convention.
ANTIQUE AUCTION SPECTACULAR - JULESBURG, CO
Saturday, January 26, 2013 10:00 AM
We will be consigning flow blue pieces to an annual auction in Julesburg, CO, the end of January. We have done well at this auction: the Late Victorian pieces seem to be more popular at this auction than the earlier pieces. Labelle pieces are also popular. If you are within driving distance of Northeast Colorado, and want more information, the link to their website is: www.michaelauction.com.
Auctions Coming up in February:
And a heads-up from the Flow Blue Brothers: if you are close to the Springfield, MO area February 9-10, go say “hi” to the Knightsteps: they would love to see their fellow flow blue club members!
February Antique shows are:
Grapevine, TX Convention Center 1st-3rd-;
Springfield, MO Festival of the Ozarks 9th & 10th (Sat. & Sun.);
Tulsa Vintage Show, Tulsa, OK 15th-17th!
Call or email the Flow Blue Brothers on the above shows for more info if interested.
LONGMONT, COLORADO ANTIQUE SHOW & SALE:
February 9-10, 2013
Boulder County Fair Grounds Exhibit Building
9595 Nelson Rd, Longmont, CO
Info: Jo Peterson, 719-596-1022Jopete48@aol.com
Hope all of you have a safe and Happy New Year
(Placemats with Argyle design that Kim got me for Christmas.)
Region 4 Newsletter-December 2012
We have made it to December, “The Full Cold
Moon” month, which recognizes the start of another winter season. This is the
darkest month of the year, and people throughout the centuries have created
festivals of light and ceremonies of renewal to celebrate the winter solstice.
Denver had their Festival of Lights parade last night and tonight, which also
serves as the official “welcoming of Santa Claus” to the city. I have already
started putting up the small Christmas trees we spread throughout the house,
and flow blue sugar bowls and open containers hold candles to light up at
night. Christmas cards are being addressed and should be sent out be the end of
the week and presents are waiting to be wrapped. Now all we need is the snow to
Do you decorate your house with any flow blue? We set aside
one tree that has butter pat decorations on it. I also dress up the fireplace
with a butter pat wreath and face pitchers and Argyle pitchers and put the
poinsettias in the jardiničre.
Butter pat decorations are easy to make, and if you have any
that are chipped or extras, or not ones that necessarily go with your
collection, and want to make your own tree or wreath, all you need to do is glue a piece of ribbon
for hanging. I use rubber cement or Elmer’s glue for ceramics: this can be
easily removed if you decide to use them or sell them. I also like to add silk
flowers, tassels, etc. to dress them up a bit. You could even do the same with
teacups or demitasse cups and put little candies in the cups for the kids! Wrap
ribbon around the cup holders and then attach to the tree. Do any of you have
other ideas you would like to share? If so, send them in! We would love to hear
I have noticed that there are not many dealers in Region 4 that are listed on
the website. If you would like to be added, please let me know. I don’t know if
any of you own shops or just sell at antique shows, but it would be nice to be
able to support your efforts and let us know where you are and what shows you
are attending. Also, Suzanne Pickle is looking for anyone who may have a couple
Minton Lyre dinner plates. If you have any, please contact her soon: she is in
the roster, or get hold of me and I will let her know to contact you.
To all of you, please let me know when you want to tell your
collecting story to the club members in a future Blueberry Notes newsletter. I
enjoyed Bill Leach’s story in the most recent BBN, and I know you all have your
own stories to share. Let’s let the other regions get to know us better!
In the meantime, the Boyer family wishes you a
safe, happy holiday season.
Region 4 Newsletter November 2012
November, “The Full Frost Moon” month, commemorates the season of icy mornings with layers of frost on the ground. We still have leaves to rake, but most of the trees are bare. I leave for work when it is still dark out, and usually arrive back home at dusk. We’ve had our first snow of the season, and long sleeves and boots have been brought out of the closet.
At the end of the month, we set out the Argyle plates for Thanksgiving. Our family has been shrinking the past few years: with the loss of Kim’s dad last year, and his brother moving to Canada, we are down to three: Kim, son Marcus, and me. My family is still back in Indiana, but it is hard at this time of year to get back there for even a few days, so we will have a nice, quiet time and probably catch the football games in between eating!
This time of year also is a time for reflection and celebration of what the past year(s) has brought and what the future holds. It has been a tough year for many people: the weather has caused devastation to many areas of the country (the droughts in the whole Midwest, Hurricane Sandy on the Eastern coasts, the forest fires in the West), and the economy is somewhat improved, but people are still struggling to make ends meet. But there are still so many things to be thankful for in this country that we live in, and I hope we all can keep things in perspective as we head in to the next few years, regardless of which political party has taken control.
Did you all have a chance to fill out the FBICC survey that was emailed or sent via regular mail to you? I hope so: in order to keep the club going, we need the club members to tell the Board what we are doing right and what we are doing wrong. As always, please check out the website. New pictures are posted frequently and it is so nice to see what people send in. If you would like to send a picture of your Holiday table setting, I will certainly post it on the Region 4 section. For you Facebook fans, check out our postings: we have some fun discussions and pictures that you all may enjoy. All you need to do is follow the link on the website, and ask me to sign you up as a friend.
We wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, and keep searching for the blue and mulberry!