Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Wednesday late night post...

~ Antique Porcelain Bowl ~

I have had this antique bowl for many years.
I purchased it from a thrift shop.
I was drawn to its' "staples"
obviously an early repair.

I often wonder where this bowl came from?
Who owned it?
Why was it repaired and not just thrown away when it cracked?
If this bowl could tell its' history...
what might it be?

Looking at this bowl got me thinking...
I wrote this post on Instagram...

I've been busy this week...
dinner for the family, aqua fit classes, writing lists of things to do before Christmas.
Writing Christmas gift lists, buying cards and stamps.

I started polishing all the silverware.
Trays, candle sticks, the tea service, pedestals, bowls.
I still have a few pieces to do...
the champagne ice buckets, a baby rattle, some trophies.

I use Hagerty silver polish and Twinkle polish.
They both work well.
It is a time consuming job but is immediately rewarding.
The shine is like a smile.

I've been knitting and reading too...

I started this book Run by Anne Patchett.
I really enjoy her books, and after just one chapter I am already hooked!

I'll be sending Christmas cards out soon...
baking some shortbread cookies 
making my favourite spiced nuts which make nice hostess gifts, 
and of course the pork tourtieres.

~ Spiced Nuts ~
2 cups almonds
2 cups walnuts
2 cups pecans
1 1/3 cups sugar
2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp allspice
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp coriander
2 tsp ginger
2 egg  whites
3 tbsp water

Sprinkle nuts with sugar and spices.
Beat egg whites and water.
Mix into nuts and spice mixture and spread on a buttered baking sheet.
Bake at 275 degrees for 1 hour stir occasionally.
Place into glass containers for gifts.
Add a ribbon and some greenery and a dried orange slice.

Hope that you enjoy these nuts!
Well I'll close for now as it is past my bedtime...

Thank you for stopping by The Humble Bungalow Blog

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~


Latane Barton said...

I love your instagram post! So well written, so well thought out. I like your analogy of the polishing of silver to a smile. Girl, you have a way with words!

Anonymous said...

I just finished reading Ann Patchett’s Tom Lake. I will look for Run at the library today. My former MIL used to make tourtiere pies every Christmas. They are on my to bake list for this year. Always enjoy your blog.

Brenda N said...

Hi Leslie! I think your repaired bowl is just wonderful, I've never seen staples like that on porcelain. I agree, scars and wrinkles are the marks of life, I'd never want to erase who I am by removing them. I also see my mom in the mirror (my hands are direct copies of hers). She never once complained about her appearance or aging. Lately (well, always) I keep thinking of things I want to ask her or tell her, she's been gone 7 years, one week and a day.
I just discovered Ann Patchett this year and have read all I could find at the library, "The Dutch House" was a favorite.
Our library is offering a class about this beautiful Japanese art of ceramic repair, your bowl inspired me, I might have to give it a try... "Kintsugi , or Kintsukuroi , literally golden (“kin”) and repair (“tsugi”). Kintsugi is the process of repairing ceramics traditionally with lacquer and gold, leaving a gold seam where the cracks were. The technique consists in joining fragments and giving them a new, more refined aspect."
Take care

Sheila said...

I also love finding evidence of a thing's past life or owners - everything has a story, including our bodies, hands, faces. I haven't even thought about Christmas yet - must go hit Fort Street and Johnson Street for my shopping!

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

Latane ~ Thank you! I think the smile from the freshly polished silver is mine...a reflection perhaps :-))

Anonymous ~ Tourtieres are very festive! They feel very much a part of our Canadian traditions...I believe they were originally from Quebec. Enjoy your baking!

Brenda N ~ Your library offers very interesting courses! I like the Japanese artistic habit of "Wabi Sabi" apparently quilters use it in their quilts.
The Dutch House was a favourite book of mine too...
sounds like we both were very fortunate to have wonderful moms.

Sheila ~ Vintage is such and much here in our city! It is a treasure trove. Happy shopping :-))

Kristin said...

I just finished Patchett’s State of Wonder. Also older on her list, I enjoyed it greatly.

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

Kristin ~ I haven't read that book...will definitely add it to my list! Run is a very well written book so far!

Christine said...

I think many people would have been put off by the cracks but you were so right to purchase this beautiful bowl ! Is this Laura Asley's wallpaper at the back , I love it !

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

Christine ~ I suppose that imperfection in an antique is often overlooked...that Laura Ashley paper has been in our daughters room for is now the guest room! I have a few pink pieces in the room and have added some red Toile du Jouy linens.