I was able to negotiate a pretty good deal on these "Halls" pieces. I remember this china pattern from when I was a little girl. We had a ball pitcher exactly like this one I purchased in Hurricane. As a kid, it was my job to make koolaid in the pitcher. We really only used my mother's autumn leaf serving set for holidays. And being clumsy kids most of it the Halls pieces in our home were broken by the time I was a teenager. So it was really nostalgic to find these salt and pepper shakers and the ball pitcher in the antique store in such great shape.
Rae Ann educated me some about the Halls brand as she has a collection as well. My sister Michelle reminded me that the "Jewel Tea" man would come door to door selling things and mom (Freda) purchased her serving or hostess set from him. I think that was before my time. You might be interested more in the Halls brand and can read about the history of it here. I've seen pieces on ebay and the china is fairly priced in some instances.
I had already acquired this milk pitcher years ago from an online shop when I came across a deal. The autumn leaf pattern really brings back my childhood and fun Christmas, Thanksgivings, and special days when we brought out the table cloth and used what Halls pieces we had, which was never a full set.
Before we went to southern Utah my mother-in-law sent over a get well gift for me. My in-laws served one of their LDS church missions in Ukraine in the 90s for 3 years. I have a few matryoshkas but my mother-in-law knows I really like them so she gave Mr. Hive this hand painted authentic matryoshka for me to enjoy. Thanks Marie, that was very thoughtful.My sister Polly bought me this precision tweezer. I love it. A girl has got to have a good tweezer. Right? Yep. Thanks Polly. Hopefully I can keep it from walking away like ones I have had in the past (thanks to 7 daughters). We always stay at my sister Polly's house when we go to southern Utah. She and her husband Ken went far out of their way to make us feel at home and taken care of. The accommodations and meals go unsurpassed. Thanks again, Polly.
Michelle gave me this monogrammed jar full of candy. Well, it was full of candy. But I noticed everyday after I brought it home, little by little the candy disappeared. Even my granddaughter figured out how to smuggle candy out of it.
So after my family emptied the cute jar, I filled it with beautiful trim. These beautiful European trims are way too pretty to hide, so this jar makes a perfect home for them. Michelle also made this hot pad. It is really a handy design. And pretty.
The 4 squares open up so you can put your hand inside and quickly handle hot things without fumbling like you would with an oven mitt. Pretty smart and cute too.Michelle really spoiled me. She also brought me this really cute beehive bag. First off it is really darling. And such a great size.
Second, it is incredibly practical. I can use it for traveling and put in cosmetics and hair items or I can use it for going to quilting classes, retreats and on the road. Guess which one I'll probably use this for! It really is perfect. Thanks so much Michelle.
You can see I had a wonderful time visiting in southern Utah.