Friday, March 20, 2009

China painting with Nona Margret

My great grandma loved to paint china. She had her own kiln and paints and when I was a little girl she would let me pretend paint with her. I wanted to share a few of her beautiful pieces with you. My mom thinks that this is a cheese sprinkler/shaker type thing, but it reminded me of the hatpin holder I just bought. It's a little hard to tell because I took this photo in the dark with the flash on but it has four little gold feet.

She signed everything with her Italian name which was Domenica, even though she didn't like her name because no one could pronounce it. So she called herself Margret and those close to her called her Maggie. This is a huge pitcher she painted. Everything she painted had roses and gold. All her pieces looks very romantic and Victorian. She was born in 1912 so I think that style was still very "in" when she was growing up.

This is the large pitcher close up. I think the reason why I love Victorian and romantic decor now is because of her influence. Her whole apartment had her beautiful painted china and other romantic things.

This pitcher is still really large but just shorter compared to the other.

This is a picture frame she did and yes that is me LOL, I was in fifth grade so around 10 or 11 years old.

More roses :)

I think this piece is so dainty and I love it.

This one she actually dated, for a few of them she did that. It says 7-93 in case you can't tell that it's a 9.

I added the doily to make it look more dainty.

This is my Nona (grandma in Italian) Margret. I love her and miss her so much. I hope everyone enjoyed the china painting.


Tracey said...

My goodness your Grandmother was so talented!! The things she created are beautiful.You are so lucky to have them and to have memories of a wonderful Grandmother too!

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage said...

Thanks for the comment on my Vintage Journal post! The post above is so special! I treasure anything that my great grandmothers or grandmothers made for me!!! Your great grandmother truly was can tell she put a lot of love into her work! :)


bj said...

Hi, Sweetie...your grandmother was very talented...these pieces are just beautiful. I would dearly love to paint like that. My mother was good at painting but I surely didn't get any of her talent!! Bummer!! ;O)
Thanks for stopping by to see my pink bedroom...the little bed lamp just clips on the headboard. Bach when I was young, nearly everyone had one on their bed. Sure makes reading in bed nice. They are a little hard to find but you might look on Ebay.
xo bj

Denise Elizabeth said...

So Sweet. I miss my grandmother also. What talent she has. Thanks for the comment.Denise

Rosemary said...

Hi Alli,
Your grandmother was very talented. I love all the pretty roses.
I hope you are enjoying your weekend.

Country Romantic said...

Hi Alli,

What a great memory of your Grandma. And she was so talented. Those are beautiful!! :) I used to paint things with my Grandma but they never came out that pretty.

If that one is a cheese sprinkler it should have an opening at the bottom to put the cheese in. If it's a hat pin holder it won't. ;)
Have a GREAT weekend!

Hugs & Blessings,


Jane said...

Your grandmother certainly had a lot of talent. Very gorgeous and wonderful work,



Ahhhh it makes these pieces extra special knowing your Nona made them! She did such a beautiful job. Thanks for visiting me (;

Susie Q said...

Hi sweetie...and what a lovely post! These are just precious treasures for you to keep and they will always have beautiful memories attached to them. Your Grandmother was so talented! These are truly so pretty, so delicate.


Fleur de Bee said...

What BEAUTIFUL china!! You are so lucky to have such treasures within your family!

Lovely Blog, thanks for sharing and your visit to mine!

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Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

What wonderfully sentimental pieces! That's so neat that you have such special reminders of your sweet grandma.

Glenda said...

Chances are it's for hat pins, unless there's a hole in the bottom to add ingredients. What a talented Grandmother.