Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Visiting the Antiques Roadshow

I recently attended
the "Antiques Roadshow's"
Charleston, WV

 I received two tickets by random luck of the draw!
This past winter, "Roadshow" announced their coming summer visit.
Hopeful attendees (me! me!) only had to submit a mail and email address online
 to be entered into the randomly chosen ticket drawings.

About one month before the show, my tickets arrived.
I was thrilled!

I grabbed two family pieces I wanted appraised and my antiquing buddy.
She also brought two items to be appraised.
"Roadshow" volunteers kindly gave me category markers
for my items.  These markers identified what lines I needed to find.
This white gold, diamond ring belonged to my great-grandmother.
I was hoping to find out the time period she probably acquired it.
My answer:
Illusion Setting
 (used to make the 1/10 of a carat diamond appear larger)
14K White Gold
Value: About $200.00
(This appraisal was much lower than one
acquired more than 10 years ago.)
My second item was a large Roseville Pottery
vase that another grandmother had displayed in her home.
Again, I was hoping to find out the time my grandparents
would have acquired the item.
The appraiser told me that the vase
was the "Clematis" pattern,
from Zanesville, OH.
The vase is in excellent condition.
(No surprise . . . . Grandma was careful with her things.)
This vase was made in the 1940's,
and, despite its size, is only
worth about $100.00-$150.00.

My friend also brought two family items.
She was disappointed to learn her Harper's Ferry Civil War Sword
wasn't made until after the Civil War -- thus, the end of that family story!!
She has a wonderful sense of humor and is having
fun pointing out the "fib" handed down
from her husband's side of the family.

"Roadshow" is planning three episodes from their Charleston visit.
I can't wait to watch them air.
Seeing all of the items being carried around by attendees
was so much fun.

Mark Walberg, the host, actually talked with me!!!!
OK. . . . He touched my shoulder and said,
 "Excuse me" as he cut through the line.

Does that count for anything?

(I'd love to know why Blogger keeps putting so much space between my title and my first line. If you blog and know the answer, please let me know!  I'd appreciate it!)

Friday, August 1, 2014

Day at the Ohio State Fair

My family enjoyed visiting the
Ohio State Fair
this past Wednesday.
Here are a few of the outstanding things we discovered!

Can you see the feed sack incorporated
into the middle panel of this
adorable wall-hanging?
(Sorry for the glare.  This beauty was behind glass.)
I met a talented stitcher waiting
at a demonstration table
for her other guild members to arrive.
She graciously allowed me to photograph
this amazing hardanger sewing kit she had finished. 
This Dear Jane quilt was calling my name!!
The talented maker took a Dear Jane class for three years
working on the various blocks found in this gorgeous quilt.
I also loved this stunning sampler quilt.
Look at the tiny hand-quilted stitches,
the beads, the lace addition --
tiny details that add up to a spectacular finish.
I was also inspired by other types of crafters . . . .
I didn't know food could look so pretty!!
I also didn't know food could be so . . . hmm.
I was excited to see my Amish country favorite
at the fair with a booth!
This washtub planter received a ribbon
in the unusual container garden category.
I didn't know this category existed.

These summer chicks were quite entertaining to
young and old alike.
Can one ever get tired of watching new life?
Here's another unusual garden container I admired.
This was an amazing pumpkin!
I watched some of the sheep get sheered. This docile one
had already received her haircut.
We also took a break from the sun to watch
these Belgiums compete in one of the arenas.
Afternoon rain kept us from finding the rabbits and cows, etc.,
but we still managed to fill most of the day.
I love the fair; don't you?
Do you attend a county or state fair?
I'd love to hear.