Monday, January 26, 2009

Depression Glass

Depression Glass is defined as inexpensive glass made primarily during the Depression era in many colors and patterns. It was turned out in bulk and sold through smaller stores or given away as promotional or premium items for other products. Depression glass was often packaged in cereal boxes and flour sacks or given as incentive gifts for buying tickets at the local movie theaters or products from gas stations and grocery stores. Merchandise was offered with magazine subscriptions , for buying (or selling) certain amounts of seeds, or in return for amounts of coupons garnered with butter or soap purchases.
On a personal note, my Mother had a complete set of "Iris" depression glass that she completed by going to the movies at the Niles Movie Theater each week. (Yes there used to be a Movie Theater in Niles) .
Here's a picture of some Depression Glass in the shop right now.
The bowl is a beautiful pattern called "Miss America" (don't you love the name?) it was made by the Hocking Glass Co. 1935-1938.
The little Sherbert dish is "Bouquet or Lattice" pattern and was made by the Federal Glass Co. 1933-1940. The little 4" glass is "Flora or Poinsettia" made by the Jeannette Glass Co. 1931-1935. The divided plate is "Cloverleaf" by the Hazel-Atlas Glass Company 1931-1936.

The best reference book on Depression Glass is by Gene Florence who has collected and written about Depression Glass for many years.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

People are always asking about Depression Glass when they come in the store. I found a site here that is pretty good reading if you want to learn more. Of course there are tons of sites on line, but this will get you started if you have an interest. It did say that colbalt blue was the most popular, but at MY FRIENDS AND I pink is the color of choice. We have some pretty pieces of depression glass in the shop right now and I will take a few pictures of some and give the pattern name and some information about the maker, etc. in the next blog post.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Some more pictures and a recipe

It's never too early to think about the next holiday.
We have some lovely things in now that would be nice for Valentine's Day. If you need a gift, planning a tea or just need something new and pretty for your house, come see us. We have Red and crystal glass, lots of silver and many other pretty things to choose from.

I snatched this recipe from my daughter's blog to try, thought you'd like it too. It would be good on a cold winter evening. She lives in IL. so they really do have COLD winter evenings. We sure are not having many right now. Yippee!! That's why a lot of us live here!

White Bean Chicken Chili
2T. Oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb. cooked chicken, dice ( I use a rotisserie from the grocery store deli )
2 14 1/2 cans diced tomatoes with green chili's
2 16oz cans great northern beans, rinsed
1 1/2 C water
2 cubes chicken bullion
1/2 t. dried oregano
1/2 t. coriander
1/2t. ground cumin
salt and pepper to taste
Garnish: Sour Cream, Cheddar Cheese, Avocado, Tortilla Chips, Sliced Black Olives
Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat, add onion and garlic and cook until soft. Place in slow cooker with remaining ingredients except garnish. Cover and cook on low setting for 4-8 hours. Garnish as desired. Makes 8-10 servings.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Pictures of the shop

As I told you in the last blog we are getting the old (Christmas) out and the new in. Lots of fun things to look at. Come in this weekend and I will have a little surprise for the first 20 who say they read our blog.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Vintage Transfers

These are just a few of the vintage transfers that are in the shop.
The last 2 days has seen some changes in MY FRIENDS AND I, a lot of the Christmas is gone and in it's place a new look and some really cute new stuff. I will take pictures tomorrow, but pictures just don't do it justice. Come in and see for yourself.


Friday, January 2, 2009

Still some Christmas left.

Christmas 60% off!!! Don't miss the bargains!