20 August 2016

Saturday Sampler: Pottery Edition

Where have I been? Pretty busy, and also on a road trip. I think I've mentioned before that Mr. Wonderful is a pottery nut. We celebrated his 40th birthday by heading to Seagrove, North Carolina, the largest and oldest community of potters in the country. It's pretty much Pottery Disneyland. We had a wonderful time wandering around through the beautiful North Carolina countryside, talking to the potters, and eating great southern cooking. We bought way too much stuff, but we had a lot of fun doing it. I only photographed my part of the haul, since showing everything he bought too would break my blog. 

Small milk mugs, about 4" high. Yes, I almost passed out when I finally found a fox!

Gorgeous small vases. On the left, crystalline (crystals are grown on the pottery when it's fired), and on the right, salt glazed.

Soup mugs. I wanted a pair for us, but decided to get them from different potters instead of a matched set. Can't wait to use these when the weather turns cold.

Small mixer. Too cute and functional to pass up.

Small baker. This came with a recipe from the potter's family for cold oven pound cake. 

Batter bowl. I love this thing.

Here you can see how it's designed to be held for easy pouring. 

Small cornbread/pie dish. This is from the oldest pottery in the area.

I love, love, LOVE all of my pieces, but especially my kitchenware. They're not only pretty, they feel so wonderful; they're heavy and smooth and fit the hands so well... because they're made by hand. And the really cool thing is that for most of these pieces, I have a personal memory of meeting and talking to the potter. When I pick up that baker to make a little pound cake, I'll remember the hilarious conversation we had with the delightful woman who made it. What a wonderful trip it was, and what great memories we have to go with our new treasures.

In case you're wondering, I'm hard at work on my Keeping Christmas Project. I didn't pick up a needle for about two weeks, what with being so busy, getting ready for our trip, traveling, etc. But I'm back at it. Here's a little peek at what I'm working on. I must confess, I am not a fan of over-one stitching, but I make exceptions for certain designers!

Mr. Wonderful is leaving tomorrow for two weeks, so Tiger Lily and I will be here all by ourselves. There's no telling what we'll get into, so stay tuned!

PS: Shout out to my parents, who celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary yesterday! 

9 comments:

  1. Gorgeous loot!!! So glad y'all had an awesome trip! <3

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  2. Oh such fantastic, unique pieces. I prefer over one stitching. ;)

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  3. What fabulous pieces of pottery you came home with! I will admit that I chuckled over your 'potty Disneyland' comment. Look forward to hearing about the pound cake recipe being made. Your snowman looks super. What fabric are you using?

    I have a thread question for you, would you email me?

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    1. Fabric is 32 ct. Stellar from Picture This Plus. Isn't it gorgeous? Will email you.

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    2. Thanks for the fabric information! And you are absolutely right when you said it is gorgeous. I might have to pick some up.

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  4. Love your purchases--going to Seagrove is the very best!

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  5. The Pottery is beautiful.
    Love the Batter Bowl.
    Cute Snowman!
    Congrats on your parents' 55th.
    Marilyn

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  6. Absolutely love your kitchen pottery!
    Beautiful stitching! Over one is so difficult.

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