I seldom get back to my hometown of Chester but I always enjoy a good nosy around my sister and her husband Barry's house when I do so I thought I'd share, it's too lovely to keep to myself!
Adele's Carltonware collection is even more extensive than mine and certainly beautifully displayed.
This cabinet contains mainly the raspberry pattern.
Her main love is what I term "Carltonware cutlery", that is the little sets which the company produced which contained butter/preserve dishes with accompanying knives and spoons. If you can find them in their original boxes, so much the better. Sorry that the photo is not great. Adele, you were right, we should have opened up the doors! Next time...
Like me, Adele also loves old embroidered pieces.
Some gorgeous framed embroideries:
I believe these are "anti-macassars" (what a great word!):
Divine tea cosies:
Adele can generally be found with a tapestry in her hand. She has produced the one for this little chair and designed the top section herself:
The upper landing is taking the form of a little gallery:
We are both mad about blowsy cottage garden flowers, particularly roses, delphiniums, irises, peonies and of course, lupins. I think she told me that this picture came from Canada via Ebay. Aren't the colours gorgeous.
A colection of pomanders. They look cute all together.
A collection of cats in amusing guises. I believe they are by Quail and all have a "Q" on them somewhere.
She is also mad about orchids and has lots in her kitchen.
Look at this lovely cake stand. It depicts Anne Hathaway's cottage:
Better for the figure than the real thing!
In between all this thrifting, sewing tapestries, and razzing round the country bookmaking with her husband (look out for "Pinno" at the races and have a bet), she enjoys scrapbooking. She appears to have taken over a corner of the drawing room for this purpose!
I believe one dedicated to afternoon tea is the current project.
What a talented sister I have!