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Monday, March 2, 2015

Sheep, Goat ,Ram ~ Lion or Lamb

Country French Ceramic Sheep

The  New Lunar Year  began

February 19, 2015 and goes through  February 7, 2016.


Is it the Year of 

 the Sheep or Goat or Ram?

Chalkware Sheep ~ Desvres Goat ~ Wisteria Vintage Urn

The Chinese character Yang can be translated

to mean goat, sheep, or ram in English.

Antique Toy ~ Boerne Antique Show

Sheep are considered auspicious animals.

Those born in the Year of the Sheep

are kind, trusting, helpful, and peace loving.

Detail of Trenton Road Farmyard, Gail Packer

The Legend of the Chinese Horoscope
Reprinted from china-family-adventure.com with permission

"The origins of the Chinese Zodiac go back a few thousand years.  According to the myths, a long time ago, Buddha decided to call all the animals on earth.  Only twelve came: the Rat, the Ox, the Tiger, the Rabbit, the Dragon, the Snake, the Horse, the Goat or Sheep, the Monkey, the Rooster, the Dog, and the Pig.  

Quimper Spill Vase with Breton Crest

In recompense, Buddha assigned each of animals a year on the cycle affirming that children born in that year would acquire the personality traits of the animal assigned to that year.  

Antique Sheep ~ Boerne Antique Show

In order to decide their order in the Chinese Zodiac cycle, the animals held a very exciting race.  The first one to cross the river would be granted the first year, the second to come in would be the second animal in the cycle, and so on.

Detail of Transfer War ~ Nancy's Daily Dish

The strong, hardworking Ox was in the lead.  Suddenly, the clever Rat, jumped on the Ox's back, he did not even feel the little thing getting a free ride.  At the last second before reaching shore, the Rat jumped on land, winning the race!  The Ox came in second, the Tiger third, and so it went . . . the happy-go-lucky Pig took his time and came in last . . . and the Chinese Zodiac and its twelve signs were born.

Detail of Wood Wall Art Print,  JB Brunley

Born in the Year of the Sheep

Those born in the Year of the Sheep are kind, tender, and sympathetic.  Sheep are creative and elegant, and because of their softer side, they are symbolic of peace and harmony.  Empathy comes naturally to sheep; their happiness is derived from other people's happiness.  They avoid confrontation, are good-hearted, and will always look after everyone else first.  

Concrete Lamb in Burlap Wreath ~ Boerne Antique Show

A steady path, generosity, and keeping the peace are this year's mantra."

The primrose, one of the few things 

blooming in my winter garden

is a lucky flower for those born in the

Year of the Sheep or Goat.

Lucky numbers are 3, 4, 9.

Lucky colors are green, red, and purple.

Glided Dapper Animal Plates, westelm.com

When I spotted these adorable plates on the

West Elm website, I dashed off to our local store.

Based on paintings of real animals by artist Rachel Kozlowski, 

then dressed to impress with gilded adornments, 

these plates are the perfect touch

of whimsy for a celebration.

Glided Dapper Animal Plates, westelm.com

As luck would have it, 

I was too late for a complete set, 

but I did come home with the 

gentlemen owl and ram.

The dapper Ram was my inspiration to celebrate 

Chinese New Year or Spring Festival.

Just a simple tray waiting for

Chinese take-out for tonight's dinner.

Chopsticks at the ready.

I've ordered a very auspicious goat dish.

 San Yang Kai Tai  ~  Three Goats Bring Wealth

Everyone knows Chinese food

comes with a fortune cookie,

but I'll have a white chocolate lamb for dessert.

I'll leave the fortunes to these sticks ~

Chien Tung, Chinese Fortune Sticks.

It's still a damp, cold day here.

I thought this special winter candle 

would add warmth to our meal.

It's made to look as if it were

woven of fine wool.

Johanna @ Silber and Rosen 

sent it to me as a gift.

Isn't it charming?

I placed a golden sheep on my desk.

I'm hopeful the peaceful critter will bring 

good luck to my Mah Jongg game.

Punkin's Patch, photos used with permission

"Sheep are wonderful reminders to us to slow down 
and enjoy the warm sun on our faces, 
meadow flowers in bloom, 
and soft cushions of green under our feet."

If you want to visit a real sheep farm, stop by 

Punkin's Patch where you'll find a variety of

these darling creatures at Equinox Farm in Kentucky.

Punkin's Patch, photo used with permission

Meet Mira. 

You can read more about her here.

March comes in like a lion,

and goes out as a lamb.


Friday, February 13, 2015

Be Mine, Valentine!

 ~ CAMEO ~

Collecting Antiques and Memorabilia

and Educating Ourselves

My CAMEO Antiques Club met

Thursday morning for our February meeting.

My friend, Carol, hosted us in her

lovely country home.

Carol served a delicious light brunch

from her kitchen island.


non-alcoholic drinks 

Were served in delicate vintage champagne coupés

and other fancy glassware.

Chocolates and sweetheart shortbread cookies

filled a ruffly pink beribboned bowl.

"Antique Valentines"

were the topic of the day.

 Carol's friend, Corey,

graciously shared her extensive,

 beautiful collection of sentimental mementos

that she inherited from her Grandmother Ruth.

Grandmother Ruth's collection began when she was

a young child in the early 1900s, and her Uncle Ed

would send her special valentines.

Some of Ruth's collection dates to the 1800s

and are quite large and heavy.

Satin ribbon and three

dimensional details were a

significant theme for the early ones.

Delicate layers of cut paper doilies

and beautiful images were the focus on others.

Many opened up in "pop-up" form,

and some had tissuepaper honeycomb embellishments.

The mechanical ones were adorable

with their roaming eyes and movable parts.

It was an honor

to see this incredible collection with

its endearing personal story.

Thank you, Carol and Corey!

"If you don't love my dog

then you needn't love me!"

That's right!

Love me, love my Sadie girl!

St. Valentine's Greetings

 to each of you!


Thursday, February 5, 2015

Shoebox Valentines

~ February ~

The month of hearts and flowers

and special valentines.

Sometime last year and again this past month,

 I happened upon some vintage valentines

that charmed my heart.

They brought back memories of the

valentine boxes of my youth.

Any box with a removable lid worked,

but ours were usually a shoebox or oatmeal container.

Mother helped us cut an opening 

slot in the lid and then cover

the box with shiny gift wrap paper.

She showed us how to make crepe paper ruffles 

to trim the sides and gave us delicate

paper doilies and ribbons to decorate the top.

Construction paper hearts accented with silver, gold, or red glitter

were the final adornments for our annual

February Valentine Box.

You remember ~ the pretty boxes that we took 

to school for that all important 

Valentine's Day Party.

Our boxes were filled to the brim with these simple 

flat valentines from our classmates.

Black rotary phones were the norm

in households of the 1950s,

but mechanical valentines were the special

ones found among the cards in the classroom valentine box.

Mechanical valentines, those with moveable parts,

were popular in the 1940s and 1950s.

Do you see the tiny metal brad 

at the top of the fence post?

It's the mechanism that allows the horse

to jump over the fence.

This very clever one reveals a message in

the window on the building on the dock.

Notice the play on words and 

watch the eyes as 

the message begins to appear.

"I'm going to "SEA" 


you'll be mine.

Honeycomb popups were also 

popular in my youthful years.

Tell me .   .   .

What are your favorite valentine memories

from your childhood days?

Do you remember fancy valentine boxes

and Valentine's Day parties?


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