You may have noticed I've posted less the last few weeks. That's because Dave and I are moving and there is a lot to pack and organize. Dave is an artist and if you have a vision of a rather unkempt work area, that's pretty accurate. He's spending his time cleaning his studio (and discovering all sorts of stuff hiding underneath other stuff) and I'm spending my time packing. (My downfall is books. There is a reason they gave me a Nook for my birthday!) I'll get back to a regular blog schedule in a few weeks when I need a break from UNpacking. Until then, please forgive a few shorter posts here and there. One of my favorite tablescapes is this one with Lorain green depression glass on a plain white tablecloth. I like Lorain because the green is that perfect shade that is clean, sophisticated and fresh. And because the square plates with round scalloped corners are so perfect. And let's not forget the lovely basket and scroll etch. Basket etches were super popular in the late 1920s. I'm not aware of any patterns from the 1950s or so that used baskets in their motifs, but in the late 20s and early depression years we had Adam and Elinor from Tiffin, Dutchess from Heisey, and etched patterns from Morgantown, Bryce and Cambridge. Indiana Glass used that popularity to fashion this mass produced depression glass pattern, Lorain. You can find Lorain in this gorgeous green, a soft, pretty topaz yellow and some clear pieces. Indiana used the basket motif on milk glass for florists in the 1950s so don't be surprised if you find some rather ugly pieces that look like big sherbets. One downside of Indiana Glass: Their depression glass has raised seams and some rough edges. Even pieces with no damage will feel a little rough in places just because of the bits of extra glass left on the seam lines and rims. Some people see this as part of the charm of depression glass but to others it's a reminder that this was basically not very good glass when it was made. If you like Lorain we have pieces in our store here. We have a linky party every Thursday evening for Fancy Fun Fridays. The theme is anything that you enjoy that's just a bit out of the ordinary. It can be a fancy hat, specially decorated cookies, your best silver. It's your choice. (Guess what I'll have!) I'll have the link out for you to add your blog posts by 8 pm Michigan time. Pick out something fancy and fun and come join us. My thanks to Susan from Between Naps on the Porch for hosting Tablescape Thursday.
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