"Buttons and patches and the cold wind blowing,
The days pass quickly when I am sewing"
~Author Unknown

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Are you a Prairie Schooler fan?

About five years ago, Jos surprised me with these birds mugs from Emma Bridgewater. I just love them. They are quite expensive though and the prices seemed to be getting higher lately.


I saw this pumpkin sponged stamped mug and feel in love with it immediately. So I bought it and decided the more I loved this more primitive look. So I started looking to see what other designs Emma Bridgewater made using the sponge painted look.

It was then that I came across this adorable spongeware squirrel mug by a company called Brixton Pottery. These small mugs are not as expensive and all so unique. I ordered it and started looking around for more.

In my search, I discovered a shop up north in the village of Havelte. I ordered more mugs which were delivered very well packaged and quickly to my front door. This shop is not all too far from Cranberry Cottage so I decided I wanted to go to the shop and see it. It is wonderful and the owners, Lejo and Christy, are such warm and welcoming shopowners. I have been back a couple of times now and cannot wait to go see it now decorated for Christmas. They have a webshop which you can see here.

As you see, my collection has grown to seven small mugs so far. It is great fun to me to add a mug to the collection every now and then.

By now, you must be wondering about the title of this post? Well, I pulled a couple of my Prairie Schooler charts because one of the fun things about these mugs is how much they resemble them. If you are a Prairie Schooler fan, I am sure you would love them.

Here is where I sit to blog with my little teapot on hand. I am taking a break from my quilt studio. I spent most of this week there sewing something for a giveaway coming next week on my blog. I hope you will stop by then. I am giving away something in large numbers to wish all my friends in blogland a very Merry Christmas. Did I peek your curiosity? I hope so. That is one of the specials things about Christmas...the fun of the anticipation.

In the meantime, on the 15th of the month, my next primitive ornament free chart will be published here on the blog. I hope you will join me for that one too.....

22 comments:

Elizabethd said...

Heidi, I love the Prairie Schoolwer patterns and did all the Christmas ones some years ago. They are so traditional.

staci said...

I have a "thing" for mugs too :) I've never seen anything like yours, they're really wonderful. And your newest ones really do look like PS patterns!!!

Hazel said...

Awww yeah they do look like PS pictures. Love your little mugs. Oooh a giveaway - must keep my eyes peeled. xx

Tam said...

I love PS charts, so nice to stitch and love the look :-)
Your mug collection is wonderful Heidi! So pretty and yes definitely PS style.
Hugs2u!

onlymehere said...

These cups are adorable! How fun to find a place where you could order some more. I have broken one of my Christmas dinner plates. I need to find a place to replace it. You've inspired me to start the search!

Carolien said...

Hello Heidi,

I love the mugs of EB ánd the other ones!!! Dream, dream, dream ... I did buy some new ones at Xenos lately. The prices are a little different ... :)

Your Prairie S. works are lovely too. O and by the way, your little bird is called Pip :)

Have a nice day & hugs, Carolien

Cindy's Stitching said...

Love the mugs and what a great story. Looking forward to see what the special giveaway will be. Cindy

mainely stitching said...

Reading your blog is a bit like enjoying a cup of tea with you - your personality and warmth come through so clearly! I love your mug collection, and the likeness to PS designs is quite remarkable.

Looking forward to your next Christmas pattern! :D

Nancy said...

Ohhhhhhhhhh yes, those mugs are way to expensive. I don't even like to use them. I cannot believe our Jos bought them
I like Mrs. tiggy winkle best of course.
I like the birdie mugs I found for you that you keep at the cottage too.
Love you, Mom

Caroline said...

Heidi,

Only just read your comment on my last post. I have not been very good at posting recently, but I feel an improvement coming along now.
Love your new banner, adore the mugs (thanks for the address of the shop in Havelte).
I love the Prairie Schooler patterns, where do you find so many?
I am just starting my Christmas crafting today, which is possibly a bit late, but I am a particular last minute person! Only 42 days left though, as I saw on your blog.yikes!
I have already ordered the turkey today though, so I got something right.

Love,

Caroline

In den Uylenbal said...

Hi Heidi, wat een leuk en lief bericht. Christy en ik moesten blozen bij zoveel positief reacties . . . :-)
Deze blog is erg leuk om te volgen en lezen. Tot een volgende keer, de Kerstkamer is klaar en de winkel raakt ook al in Kerstsferen ! Zie onze blog voor foto's : www.indenuylenbal.blogspot.com
groetjes Lejo & Christy, In den Uylenbal

hazel said...

Your mugs are lovely Heidi and yes I can see the likeness to Prairee Schooler designs. Was the Brixton Pottery here in the UK. Love the way you have displayed them with the charts.
I will have to watch out next week when I return from a few days away.
Hugs, Hazel (UK)

anneke said...

Love your mugs! And off course I'm curious, who wouldn't be??? As a real Dutch(wo)man, I'm more involved in sinterklaas right now than in Christmas, but I loooove Christmas too. And sinterklaas is about secretness too...
Hope you're feeling a bit better.

Brigitte said...

Oh no, Heidi, I wasn't wondering about the title when I saw the picture of the squirrel mug. It's the same style and I love it. What a nice collection you have assembled so far.

wilma said...

Prachtige bekers!!

Pondside said...

Hello Heidi - I love Prairie Schooner, and have made several lovely things from their patterns. I also love Emma Bridgwater but will wait until I am in the UK sometime to buy myself the treat of a mug or two - they are prohibitively expensive and hard to find over here!

Saskia said...

Love to collect mugs and other items of table ware. But you know my favorit. It's polish pottery "bunzlau castle". I can enjoy looking at my mugs, dishes, cups and pots. Still have my wishlist. Maybe Santa can bring me some more....

Kathy said...

Oh my those mugs are gorgeous and yes they do have a "Prairie Schooler" look. :)

angelasweby said...

Heidi,
The mugs are totally irresistible, no wonder your collection is growing. I really like the old spongeware style, they really are primitive and really are reminiscent of PS designs.
Can't wait to see what exciting things you have in store for us next week plus your new ornament on the 15th, of course :>)
Hugs Angela

Daffycat said...

Wonderful mugs, Heidi! They do resemble PS designs!

MarianneD said...

Wat een leuke mokken Heidi!
Vooral die met het eekhoorntje is 'adorable'....;-)Succes met je naaien,drukke tijden hé?

Margaret said...

These cups are so amazing Heidi and you are so right about them matching Prairie Schooler patterns.