Monday, July 24, 2017

A Visit to the Guy Wolff Pottery

I have been wanting to buy a few white pots from the Guy Wolff pottery since the first time I laid eyes on them. I'm sure I saw them online somewhere. They aren't offered anywhere near me, so when I remembered that Guy Wolff Pottery is in Bantam, CT, I had to include the shop on my recent trip itinerary. Turns out the Pottery is only about a half hour drive from my son's home in CT. We usually fly, so I was not going to pass up the chance to haul a few pots home with me this time!

I called ahead hoping to learn if there were indeed any white pots left. The traditional designs change every year, and there is not a complete inventory listed on the website. The outgoing message I got, recorded by Guy Wolff himself, gives one a clue to what a regular person Guy is for being so famous. (Martha Stewart and Oprah made him almost a household name.) The message said something like, "I'm unavailable right now, probably making pottery or taking care of business, but that's the reality."

I didn't expect to see the potter himself, but he appeared shortly after we entered the shed, full of banter about pots, local color, the business, his visits to NM, and the local celebrities. Which turns out there are a ton of in this absolutely gorgeous part of the country not far from NYC. Martha herself pops in, and has commissioned some of her own pots. Here is a link to a blog post she did with tons of wonderful photos.

There is a great deal to learn, both about the pots and about Guy Wolff himself. Just google his name and a large number of interesting links and articles come up. His website here is a good place to start. He is an interesting and personable man of wide and varied talent, and ready to converse about all of it!

He even pulled down a beautiful antique instrument that was given to him as a gift (similar to a banjo but with fewer strings) to play for us. He is an accomplished music maker too!

But I was riveted on the gorgeous pots (made either by Guy, or his wife and potting partner, Erica, whom we also met). I selected a good number and variety of mostly small white flowerpots. They will make wonderful gifts if I can bear to part with any!

I can't tell you how hard it was to choose! But we will return again as often as we can.

There is a wider variety of course, and I took just a few shots around the shop of the many other wonderful terracotta and salt glazed pots. 

We took home a couple of beautiful glazed beakers (tumblers) as well.

This shop was the highlight of our New England visit. And Guy gave us a few recommendations of other sights in the area to see.

We will never forget the generous welcome we received here on a beautiful summer morning in July!

Erica's beautiful garden (which has been featured in a garden magazine) and the family farmhouse share the property. I couldn't help but contrast how different life is in the desert southwest!

No doubt you will see my new pots appearing in future posts.

Happy days 'til then!


Friday, July 21, 2017

Just when you think that dress up days are over...

My girls have had a couple of years when they were not so interested in dressing up at Granny Camp anymore, and so I thought those fun days were over. So when I got the query, "Do you have any white dresses we can wear Gramma?" you can imagine that I was pleased.

We tried a couple of frilly things that they had never seen before to check the fit, and the girls were enchanted! Just what was needed for an impromptu bubble blowing session! As much as we enjoyed the old tea parties on the lawn, the festivities have taken a livelier turn for now. 

Emma's outfit is an antique camisole worn as a blouse with a cotton slip that has a hand tatted hem.

The details of vintage clothing are wonderful, of course, with the delicate laces, gathers, ruffles and pin-tucks.

We discovered some details when taking the pictures that we didn't even realize were there, like these beautiful personal monogrammed initials on the bodice. Such a refined touch!

Victorian clothing is often found in very small sizes. Emma is very slender, yet the waist of the bodice was still too small. We adapted the fit with a sash tied in the middle.

The garment was without doubt made to the exact measurements of it's original owner.

The craftsmanship is truly impressive, and I love having a few hand made things always hanging in the guest room.

Daisy's dress is an antique net fabric with adorable ruffles on the skirt and sleeves. (I guess she always packs her tiara when she travels. Haha!) I fished out an old cotton nightgown for her to wear underneath. Besides always looking for things for the Cabin & Cottage shop, I'm sure I will always collect pretty old vintage clothes in white when I find them at a good price.

I love the sweet lace ruffles at the sleeve.

The dress has a lovely pleated cummerbund that doesn't show well here. But it looks especially lovely hanging sheer from a hanger. 

Daisy says she would love to wear it as a wedding dress someday.

That's a softball she is getting ready to toss for now!

The girls have been dressing up with me for a long time now. Here is a link to a post of these little girls in white dresses from a half a dozen years ago. 

Hope you're having some fun times too!

So nice that you stopped by!

Happy summer days!


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Have You Ever Been To Lucketts?

Okay. So you have to you understand that Leesburg, Virginia is about 1,850 miles from my house in Albuquerque! And we drove there! But full disclosure. Visiting Lucketts Store was of course not the sole purpose of our trip. Nevertheless, we visited some amazing places along the way and this was one of them. So far this summer we have driven all the way from the Pacific to the Atlantic and back home again. It's treacherous out there! Not at all like the old days. So much traffic! But back to the fun part.

You may know that Marion Parsons (one of my most admired bloggers) of the wonderful blog Miss Mustard Seed has posted about Lucketts for years. I was just so thrilled to finally get there even though Marion has just left the building for a family move. Right now these first few shots are of what greets you at the door.

There is a huge variety of old and new vintage and vintage inspired stuff around the place. But I took shots mainly of what gets my own juices going. I hope you can relate! If you haven't been yet, here is a foretaste of something delightful.

I was shooting in natural light and so there is a dreamlike quality to the photos. But that captures just how I was feeling anyway!

I love as much as anything getting ideas for decorating and display. So many talented people gather to sell here. It's enormous! And beautifully painted furniture is one of the highlights.

These are images from the first floor. So elegant!

I couldn't stop taking pics of this fabulous chippy window on the landing.

And I loved all of the drama in this exciting room. Cloth was draped and ballooning right from the ceiling.

Such pretty French style pieces!

LOVE the drapes.

The contrasts are sumptuous!

Love this ornate metal grate.

Tons of gleaming silver.

And a dreamy linen room upstairs with lovely things imported from Europe and elsewhere.

These are all just shams.

Rooms full of gorgeous vintage.

Novel displays. 

Plenty of white for us addicts. . .

Expect to see all of your favorites!

I came away so inspired!

I loved this metal grate showing off the lighting from the ceiling.

I had so much fun! It really was a little daydream come true for me.

 So lucky to see Lucketts!

I hope you enjoyed it too!

So many of you commented about my own hometown from my last post. So very kind of you! Thanks so much! It really warms my heart.

Happy summer days ahead!


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