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Sunday, April 23, 2017

A little Sunday morning quiz



What do you think?

Can you identify this pink flower?


Happy Sunday to you all. 

Gina 


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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Confection



Confection, as in Architecture


Bussaco Palace was designed by Italian Architect Luigi Manini (1848-1936) 





Palace Hotel do Bussaco is located in Luso, Portugal, a short distance from Porto, Portugal. 

We drove through Portugal this past late March and early April,
the perfect time to visit Portugal.

We travelled from Pousadas to Castles to Convents.  All transformed into beautiful and luxurious hotels. 

The People of Portugal so welcoming. 







Deep in the Forest stands Bussaco Palace surrounded by a magical forest.  





A forest with a collection of 700 varieties of trees including 300 exotic species. 





A Palace of extraordinary beauty.




A place where you will feel like a princess 
(or a Prince).

 



You may choose from sixty rooms.


  


Interior and Exterior walls are covered with large Azulejo tile murals. 





Azulejos are hand decorated, tin glazed earthenware tiles.


The technique of painting on tin glazed ceramic tiles was first introduced to Portugal by Italian Potters in the late 16th century, 
where they are known as painted in the Maiolica style. 


No architectural detail was left uncarved. 





Breakfast and Dinners are served in this large and very ornate dining room.  




The same technique of painting with color pigments onto ceramic tiles is known in Italy as  Maiolica







These ceramic tile panels were painted by 
Jorge Colaco (1868-1942) depicting scenes from Portugal's colorful maritime history.  




The very same technique of painting on tiles is still being used today. 







The only part that has changed is that kilns are now powered by electricity rather than wood. 

It makes it so convenient.  I don't have to wait
6 months to see how my ceramics turned out.  
All it takes is 30 hours from firing to cooling.  


Have a great week dear Friends, 

Gina 


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Happy Easter



Happy Easter dear Friends.















And Peace on Earth. 

Gina 



Thursday, April 13, 2017

I'm back



Will share pictures soon. 

Palace Hotel do Bussaco, Luso, Portugal. 

In the meantime I am working diligently on a few orders that were waiting for me while I was away. 

Hope you're having a great week. 

Gina 


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Will you miss me?


I'm off to the land of Azulejos?  


Palace Hotel do Bussaco, Portugal.

Note: I can't wait to see, in person, how the transition between the blue and the yellow-green tiles happens. 






Will I miss the "Big Show?"






Don't think so. 

Before you know it, I will be back. 

Take Care, 
Gina 


Monday, March 13, 2017

I was feeling sorry for myself.




I've been complaining that nothing is growing in my garden.



All I had to do is look under the snow. 







And there they were!






Snowdrops and Hellebore.

The sun is shining today, 

Gina 


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Want to see my best seller?


Can you guess what they are?









The Guesthouse needed it. 







I have sent them everywhere. 






Now you know what they are. 






This one doesn't need a clue. 





Do you have a Laundry Room?





They come in every language.





Mostly French.






More French than any other language. 
But you can ask for Transilvanian, if you like.  









French Lavender is everyone's favorite.








A few of them in my Etsy Shop.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/CountryVillaCeramics


Wishing you a great weekend, 

Gina 


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

A new crop



Still trying to convince you how easy it is to keep orchids.


These orchids have been dormant for about 6 months. 
Place the dormant plant by an east facing window and protect from direct heat.
I noticed new spikes a few weeks ago.






Last year, about this time, an older group was just beginning to throw new spikes.





Here they are, a year later, still going strong.  






When we go on an extended vacation I place crumbled up newspaper inside the container and add about 2 to 3 inches of water.  
The paper soaks up the moisture and keeps the orchids happy. 






If you see a blight on your leaves just cut it off and reshape the leaf with scissors.  
You can remove an entire leaf and it will not hurt the orchid.