Monday, September 16, 2013

Tea Tuesday

Hi Everyone! Well I finally got the runner on the buffet and made a little Autumn display.   The candle holders I made 30+ years ago in ceramics class--I change the candles this time of year to orange and later on closer to December they will be changed again.  This mug (currently empty as the water was taking too long to boil and I got impatient!) has a raised unicorn head design on both sides.  It's a little small for my taste, but I pulled it out to continue to show you some of my collection.

The main focus of this little display is the pheasant which resides in our Dining Room year round.  Quite an attention getter, it always stole the scene when our daughter was young & her friends came for a visit.  Of course, there is a story.  I estimate this pheasant is at least 75-80 years old.  It belonged to a beloved uncle who lived with my grandparents.  Many, many years prior to my birth, when the town he lived in was just dirt roads, he accidentally hit this bird with his car.  He felt so bad that he had it stuffed & always kept it on their mantle.  Every time we went to visit, I begged to be lifted up so I could touch the pheasant.  When my uncle passed away, my aunt put it in her attic.  Years later, I asked what had happened to it & she gave it to me.  I treasure it to this day.

Now, I'm going to ask for some opinions since I know a large number of you who take part in Elizabeth's Tea Tuesday are paper artists.  I'd like to purchase a heat tool, and if anyone would like to share the brand that they use and how they feel about it...I'm all ears!

19 comments:

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

First, I like your display. I had to enlarge the photo to see the cornucopia on the mug, but I did see it.

That's one special bird. I like the back story. Such fun when you know a bit of history of a piece. Of course, I want to see what looks like a plant stand to the right of the buffet (grin). I'm such a snoop. It looks really old.

I bought a blue heat tool at JoAnn's one year at Christmas when it was 50% off with a coupon. I bought another one for my basement studio a year later, because I didn't want to keep moving them back and forth. I don't remember the name, but it's the one JoAnn's sells and (the price I paid for it two years in a row) was 1/2 of $19.99. So each one cost me about $10.00. They are functional and, as long as you don't hold them against the paper, you are OK. Otherwise, they will burn up.

I went to JoAnn's web site and found it. It's called Darice brand and here is a link:

http://www.joann.com/darice-super-heat-tool-with-stand/prd20134/

Looks like it's still the same price as before. But if possible, I would wait till you get a 50% off coupon, since the price reflects a 40% off price. Read the reviews, though, because some people don't care for it. Since I have a funny way of holding it, the design doesn't bother me. Some don't like it, though.

If you want QUIET, and I mean QUIET, get the Heat-it from Ranger:

http://rangerink.com/?product=heat-it%E2%84%A2-craft-tool

I have no idea what the cost is, though, so you might need to call around, since I'm not familiar with who sells Ranger products, although Michael's would be my guess. Probably not Hobby Lobby. Hope that helps.


Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

BTW, thanks for sharing T today.

Krisha said...

Great story and very similar to what happened when my DH and I first got married. We hit a pheasant with a car too, but only injured it, but it wasn't going to live. Since it was OUT of season we didn't really know what to do, so we ate it.....LOL The ONE and ONLY time I have had pheasant and it was a road kill (well almost)

Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful decorations, and love your pheasant, and the lovely story behind it. I have a heat tool, but the name is so worn I cannot tell you the brand - sorry. Hugs, Valerie

Bridget Larsen said...

OH wow, love your display, cant imagine anything lasting 30 years in my house lol
Bridget #6

dawn said...

I love decorating for fall, my favorite season. Your table runner is so pretty, would love one like that. The pheasant looks so real, I can see why it's an attention getter! I love the story behind it, how nice that she shared it with you and now it's not hidden away.
Sorry, can't help you about the heat tools, don't use them myself.
Happy Tuesday!

see you there! said...

A pretty fall display. That pheasant is looking pretty good for a old fellow :-)

I don't have a heat tool, will be looking through comments to see what people recommend though. You never know....

Darla

voodoo vixen said...

Your fall display looks lovely and the pheasant story was great, its always nice to know the history of something.
Heat guns... given the choice, I would get the ranger one, it is hairdryer style and great to use. Of course, if there is a bargain to be had and it is the collumn sort, get that as I have both and they both work!

Divers and Sundry said...

i enjoyed the family story about your pheasant. :) heirlooms are treasures.

Tracey said...

I so enjoyed the story of the pheasant and thank you for sharing it with us. I have a heat tool that I purchased well over 15years ago and still works perfectly. The brand on the side says Milwaukee. I don't even know if they still make them but I have never had any troubles with it.
Happy Tuesday

Maudieroff Roffey said...

Hi Debbie that pheasant really is stunning - and what a great keepsake. I use a heat gun that is supposed to be for removing wallpaper from walls!! I wouldn't recommend it to anyone as it can be way too hot - I have used it for years though. Good luck finding one that suits your needs... have a great week - Mxx

Spyder said...

wow that is one very special bird, I thought is was a china one,not a stuffed one, it has lasted very week!
Happy T day
(Lyn)

Cazzy said...

Hi Debbie,

That is a really interesting story, you should write it down to pass on to whoever inherits the pheasant next, it could actually be worth something with the story!

Nice mug, and great Halloween display.

Cazzy x

Denise Price said...

Happy T Day! I have never seen a taxidermy that wasn't a hunting trophy in someone's home. So, your pheasant has a very unique backstory!

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

I love love love the Pheasant. The table looks beautiful. I have a heat gun made by Wagner and could not create without it. Well not beading but other things. LOL I am not sure if this is what you are needing.
Happy Day Debbie
Nicole/Beadwright

Rita said...

Dead stuffed animals of any kind creep me out, so I'd pass on touching it--LOL! But I know it has sentimental value and it is cool that you do a seasonal display like that. Very nice!

My heating tool is a Marvy Uchida and has always worked well. Must be 15-20 years old when I think about it. I can't even remember when I got it, to be honest.

Magic Love Crow said...

I love your Autumn display! Your pheasant story made me smile! I have a feeling, that this pheasant will be treasured forever! Your candle holders are beautiful! Big Hugs ;o)

Nan G said...

Fab story about the pheasant! Now I had to stop and comment when I saw your question about heat tools...here's my input - for heat embossing powder I use the one from Joann's cause it gets 'hot' and quickly. I have the Ranger (TH) heat tool also, I use that for drying inks, the various textures pastes and paint. In my opinion, the TH heat tool takes TOO long to melt embossing powder. Good luck.

Dianne said...

What an impressive bird, and so colorful! Looks beautiful and has survived the many years elegantly. I have a seldom-used heat tool that my hubby bought. It is a Marvy by Uchida. I don't stamp much, but it does embossing very well and gets HOT. I've had it for years so don't know if it's still available. You do have to use the tool at the right distance from embossing powder-makes a difference. If I want to dry watercolors quickly, I just use my hair dryer!