Showing posts with label DIVIDED SERVING BOWL. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DIVIDED SERVING BOWL. Show all posts

Saturday, January 10, 2009

IT TAKES TWO MEN TO PLEASE ME!

My favorite Christmas gift was this divided server. My husband went to my favorite antique store, which is in the middle of nowhere. I guess the name of the town (if you can call it that) is Etowah. There is one grocery store/gas station, a number of farmer's homes, and this large antique store, consisting of three buildings. Steven, who manages the shop, has become a good friend (because I'm in there so much). Steven probably knows what I like better than my sweet husband, who thinks I would like clothing more than an antique divided server.

I'll say this for my husband, he knows when to ask for help (after almost 40 years with me), so he went to Garden Point (the aforementioned antique store) before Christmas, and asked Steven if he had any suggestions for a Christmas present for Laurie. Steven immediately pulled out this divided server, and said ..."this is Laurie". Of course, Steven wanted to sell something, but he was SO right! This IS me! I am always attracted to anything that goes on the table. I am always attracted to quaint, charming pictures, and for some unknown reason, I am always attracted to anything with a Dutch theme, and I think this bowl is Dutch. So, my wonderful husband took Steven's word for it, and bought me the bowl. The two men pleased me very much (did you think I was going to talk about something else?)!


These pictures seem a little unrelated. I think they may have related to a nursery rhyme or maybe a folk tale.






Or possibly, several nursery rhymes.




These charming pictures are all over it. Around the edges on the outside...




Around the edges of the inside.







On either side of the handle.







On the bottom of the interior of the bowl.







Didn't my sweet husband do a great job of buying a gift for me?


And didn't Steven do a great job of showing him what to buy?


And isn't it great that it only takes two men to make me so happy?


I have no idea what it says on the bottom of this piece. If you can read this, I think your eyes are much younger than mine, or you have a much better set of eye glasses than mine, or you can read a foreign language. Please let me know if you know what it says.



EDITED TO ADD: A VERY KIND ANONYMOUS VISITOR LEFT THE FOLLOWING COMMENT ON THIS POST:
Your divided bowl is quite lovely. Being a curious sort here, I began to search the identity of the name on the bottom of it. Here is what I found about it:Sarreguemines is the name of a French town that is used as part of a china mark. Utzschneider and Company, a porcelain factory, made ceramics in Sarreguemines, Lorraine, France, from about 1775. Transfer-printed wares and majolica were made in the nineteenth century. The nineteenth-century pieces, most often found today, usually have colorful transfer-printed decorations showing peasants in local costumes.
WHOMEVER YOU ARE, I THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR LEAVING ME THIS MESSAGE. I COULD NOT EVEN READ THE WORDS ON THE BOTTOM OF THE BOWL. IT WAS SO KIND OF YOU TO GO TO THE TROUBLE TO GIVE ME THIS INFORMATION.

~~~~~~~~~~~


When I saw this award on other blogs, I just thought it was the cutest thing. My friends, my sister, and I used to have lemonade stands when we were children. I don't think we ever made more than $2.00 for an afternoon of selling lemonade, and if our mothers had required us to pay for the supplies, we would have gone into debt at a very early age.




The concept behind this award is that the blog creators have shown an uncanny knack for silver linings and making the best of bad situations (i.e., lemonade from lemons).The rules are simply to name ten sites that reflect this silver lining philosophy.

Wow! What a great concept. I have seen SO many bloggers that have taken lemons and made lemonade. Some have done it by turning trash into treasure, and some of done it by turning hardships into something wonderful. That is why I am so proud to have been presented this award by such great bloggers: Mary Ellen at Mary's Meanderings,
and Tardevil at Confessions of a 40-Something Mama Queen sure know how to make lemonade out of lemons. If you haven't visited them, please go by and see their fantastic blogs. Thank you so much Mary Ellen and Tardevil.

I'm sure it's no surprise to anyone that I am not passing this award along. I hate to be such a party pooper, but I really just can't ever decide to whom to pass it, especially since I think most bloggers have already received it.

Thank you so much for coming to visit my blog. Hopefully, next Saturday I will be able to begin the "Share A Space Saturday" postings again. I'm afraid the holidays have left me moving in slow motion!laurie