Sunday, February 1, 2009

The February sunshine steeps your boughs and tints the buds and swells the leaves within. (WilliamCullenBryant)

Don’t know why, but I love February. Maybe it is because it is a quickie month that offers the amazing possibilities of spring or that it contains my favorite holiday…Valentines’s Day (speaking of…Brits are getting rid of the apostrophe…so for any of the subjects of the Queen…Valentines Day).But I will do Valentines in more detail next week...this week I am celebrating February!

This month we have Black History Month and Presidents Day…hit the daily double with Barack there! I work with a number of Martin Luther King’s essays in my Comp classes…always love this MLK quote: "Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?"

Oh, and then there is Groundhog Day…how would you like to be pulled out of bed in the middle of your hibernation to give people a weather report. Probably as good as the TV guys though!

Interestingly, January and February were not part of the old Roman calendar because the Romans considered winter monthless…I am still meditating on that one. Then February was the last month when they did tack them on in 700 BC. February was named after the Latin term februum, which means purification, via the purification ritual Februa held on February 15 in the old Roman calendar. It took the second position in 450 BC and has always had number of day issues.

I love the birth flower for this month…the violet…and also the primrose. Violets are always popular decorative accents. I have violets throughout my garden, and I love the spring day when they start to bloom. That brings me to another fav quote (seems I am on a quote tote)…from Alice Walker: “I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.”

These violet plates are from Haviland Limoge factory and date to 1870-1882. The mark CFH - Charles Field Haviland and the GDM is Gerard Dufrisseix & Morel, a factory he absorbed in the Limoge dynasty. I have come to love the "pretties" of the porcelain plate world, and they are so inexpensive.

Slag glass, which is milk glass with "slag"(molten iron)added, is commonly found in purple. This bud vase is purple slag...and that is another topic for future blogs.

Violets are frequently found on cups and saucers made in the 1950s in Japan. These sets are fairly representative of the china imports of that time.

The birthstone is also purple…amethyst…and I do love purple, so, before we go all red for Feb, think a little purple for your monthly circle!


gail said...

Hi Susan,,, I love the violets and amythest stones as well. The violet china here is sooo pretty. There is alot going on in February :) And I hope you have a happy one and the ground hog does not see 6 more weeks of winter!

This is the first week I have not participated in show and tell, but I took the weekend off. But I love visiting everyone. Have a great week.... ((()))gail

Anonymous said...


Violets are indeed very pretty. Loved the lesson about the months, had no idea about that. I agree, why pull out the groundhog when we can get the same iffy forecast from a human.


Miniature Patisserie Chef said...

Hi Susan,

I love the violet plates, cups! They are so pretty. I think what attracts me is their lovely purple colour. It's so cheerful.

Have a great week!

Pei Li

Deb said...

What? Winter is "monthless"....I think winter is ENDLESS!!! Love your pillows in the last picture. :)

Pink hugs,

Noelle Garrett Designs said...

Hi Susan,
I love February too. There is just something about it that make you smile! Great show and tell and that ground hog is too cute and chubby!

Eileen & Karen said...

I didn't realize the violet was the official flower for February. Take a look at a wopper of an Amethyst on our blog! In honor of February of course! I always find your blog so interesting! Thanks Susan!

Carolee Crafts said...

Thank you Susan for your Post, love the lilac room setting and the flowers

Inka Smith said...

Hey Susan,
Thanks for all that info about Feb. I do love Violets and Phils butt looks like mine in the winter! LOL

Susan - InHerOwnWords said...

Susan, one of my Grandmothers favorite flowers were violets. She had several of them on a three tier table by her sunny window. They always looked so lovely. Thanks for the memories!


Shabby Shan said...

Hi Susan,
I like Feb. too. It gives me hope for the spring, and of cource I love Valentines Day! I hope you have a wonderful Feb.!


Anonymous said...

I would not like being pulled from my bed on February 2~ in fact I love to stay inderthe civers and watch the movie, Groundhog's Day, all day long.

Unknown said...

Hi Susan!

Fantastic Show and Tell! I could just hug that groundhog! So cute. Those violet plates and cups are beautiful. And I also love the pillows.
Have a happy week Susan!
Janet's Creative Pillows

Just a bed of roses said...

nice to hear your loves of Feb. and your right, there is alot of celebration going on in this little month.
so looking forward to your antique valentines cards for next week. Glad your through raising a little! brenda

Patricia said...

Violets have always been one of my favorites. Delicate but tough! Thanks for the February info, that is something.
Patricia Rose-A Potpourri of Fabric, Fragrance and Findings

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

Ok Susan,
All I can say is that I want to kiss that groundhog! He's so darn cute! Love the fat tummy!
Great post by the way, just ate up with cute groundhog. hee,hee,hee.
bunny hugs,