The Masterpiece by Javan

The Masterpiece by Javan

We are born into the world like a blank canvas and each person that crosses our path takes up the brush and makes his mark upon our surface - So it is that we develop - But we must realize there comes a day that we must take up the brush and finish the work. For only we can determine if we are to be just another painting or a Masterpiece.

Monday, May 2, 2011

What Do You Collect ...

Guess everyone knows by now that we have been packing in preparation to putting our house on the market. Thought I would share a couple collections before they are wrapped in bubble wrap and finely secured for travel on our next journey. One friend asked, "Do you collect everything?" Only if I like it and it serves a purpose. I never want to collect just for the sake of display.

Starts with the antique china cabinet - our home in Colorado had a dedicated area for all of the Fire King glassware we collect, but we now have it stored in the china cabinet. We had to stop buying because of limited storage options. Also the fact that a two-income family could collect, where a fixed income family only allows you time to enjoy what you have collected. LoL   Drats!

I am pretty sure some of you may have a little of this bakeware, hopefully being used ... especially if you are of a certain age. FireKing was originally produced in the 1940s for everyday use, rather than display. It was often sold in bags of flour as a promotional item or was given away at gas stations. Fire-King could also be purchased at local grocery and hardware stores and is now often found in antique stores.

Sapphire blue oven bakeware is our favorite and we have many pieces of this.

We like to use our FireKing, but the kids prefer to not use it as I insist on it being hand washed... spoiled modern-day children - maybe because their Dad always said, "We do not need a dishwasher, we have two children - one to wash and one to dry." I will say that I was 37 before my first dishwasher was installed.

This is the "azur-ite," light pale blue - and we do not have a lot of pieces - what we have collected is mostly mixing and serving bowls used in the kitchen.

I certainly wish I had taken a picture of the many individual Williamsburg Christmas Village boxes that were packed and sealed up over the weekend. We almost have all the Williamsburg Village and hope to have a way to set them out next year in our new (to us) home.

The lillies are blooming here in NC.

Please be sure to let me know what you collect.

Sending you happiness and contentment along your journey... as for me and mine - we will be packing. Judy C


Vroomans' Quilts said...

I just love your azur-lite - I remember my grandmother having a few pieces - wonder where they went. I just love glassware, but I am too accident prone, so stay away from it. I had a large collection of tin-ware, but recently sold it off. I am down sizing.

rubyslipperz said...

Great collection of Glassware! I have just barely (2 years ago) started looking for glass pieces...diff shapes and sizes. But as for collections I've already "in the middle of": Wizard of Oz, Frogs, books (antiques and others), James Christensen's artwork...dare I add? fabric, fibers, and all manor of crafty "toys" Shh...don't share this with meeee hubby... I could be dead in the morning! lol


taylorsoutback said...

Your Fire King collection is wonderful - what a treat it will be for you to unpack it in a new welcoming back old friends.
How appropriate that you stated that a fixed income family allows us to enjoy what we have collected! A great phrase!! And so true. I have really come to doubly appreciate what was gathered in earlier years. Sure couldn't do it now and oddly, have no strong desire to anymore, being happy with what is here. Old sewing notions, yellow ware bowls and yellow Depression Ware hold a special place in my heart.

Susan In Texas said...

That azure-ite is gorgeous. I love it when vintage dinnerware is regularly and gentle used, though I agree, hand-washing it is definitely the way to go. I'm too new a reader of your blog to know where you are going. I hope you're moving somewhere nice by choice.

All the best,
Susan in Texas

BubzRugz said...

Hello Judy,
I came by to thank you for your comment on my post at Sew We Quilt.... and of course have a read at your place... your collection looks lovely... all the best with your's a big job!!

Susan In Texas said...

Hi again Judy,

Thanks for your kind words about Krystian's photography on my blog. She's only 13 and I think her talent is amazing. I hope she sends me some more photos soon.

Take care,
Susan in Texas

sao said...

I collect antique furniture and antique glass containers (with lids) - - CAN YOU BELIEVE IT!!!!

Good luck on your move - are you moving out of state?

Are you house hunting like Judy L?

sao in Midlothian, VA

Michele said...

Love your collections :-)

Michelle May (Shell) said...

Love that glassware. I have my great grammy's depression glass. It's a complete service for 8 and has a few serving pieces. I love it.
Well as far as collecting...bunnies. You knew that. hee,hee,hee.
Where are you moving too????
xx, shell

Pondside said...

Just think of the fun you'll have unpacking all your lovely things when the house-moving is all over.
I am collecting bits and pieces of red transferware these days - it's hard to find up here, and I won't buy unless it's a reeeeeally good price!