Handmade Pottery That Runs in the Family

Pick up one of our Eden Lamps, Gumball Lamps or Gumdrop Lamps, and you’ll not only notice that it’s been designed and crafted by hand, but by four generations worth of hands. That’s because they’ve been cast, hand finished, and hand glazed for over 140 years by the family of artisans at Haeger Potteries. Founded in 1871 by David H. Haeger, the company began firing bricks along the bank of the Dundee to river to help rebuild after the Great Chicago Fire. So while Haeger Potteries may have its foundation in Chicago, Chicago actually has its foundation in Haeger Potteries (literally).

Haeger_sign_p1

When Royal Arden Hickman joined Haeger Potteries in 1934 to help create artistic ceramic wares, the company began selling their goods under the Royal Haeger brand name. Over 70 years later, these pieces are still highly collectible and extremely sought after. Today, David Haeger’s vision for creating stunningly handmade ceramics lives on in his great-granddaughter and current president, Alexandra Haeger Estes. It just goes to show that the only thing more established than Haeger’s rich collection of pottery is their family. 

Each piece begins its life as a handcrafted, individually designed work of art. From there, a master mold is cast, and it’s ready for production. 

Haeger_WhiteMold_p2

To ensure each piece meets Haeger’s stringent design standards (as well as your own), a real person hand finishes each one.

Haeger_GreenGloves_p2

Haeger’s specially designed glaze creates a look that’s unlike any other. And since it’s all done by hand, each piece also has a look that’s unlike one another.

Haeger_Spray_p2

Once the ceramic is kiln-fired, each glaze’s true colors come shining through, as well as the craftsmanship of each artist. 

Haeger_GreenGumdrop_p2

And since what goes inside is just as important as what goes on the outside, hardware is personally hand-installed into each and every piece. Talk about a truly finishing touch. 

Haeger_BlueEden_p2

Haeger_granddaughter_p2

Founder David Haeger’s great-granddaughter, Alexandra, carries on the tradition of providing individually designed, personally inspected and beautifully handcrafted works of art from their family to yours.

 

Cherry Ice Cream Sandwiches with Brownies

Audreys-Brownie-Cherry-Ice-Cream-Sandwiches

I love cherries and jump on them as soon as I find them in the store. My first try was to create these Cherry Chunk Cookies and make ice cream sandwiches. I read in the comments that using fresh cherries worked. Well – while they tasted quite good (a little too soft maybe), they also turned blue/green in colour because of the cherry juice, which made them look hideous. So, I did not photograph them and we just ate them. I probably should have tossed the fresh cherries in some flour before adding them to the batter so the juice wouldn’t transfer. 

Audreys-Brownie-Cherry-IceCream-Sandwiches

After that, I decided to use the remaining cherries and create miniature cherry clafoutis based on Aran’s recipe. Again, they tasted great, but the custard was a dull beige colour and when I took my photos I found them to be uninspiring and not at all what I had in mind. I wanted bright and fun and pink! These two fails have led to a lot of dessert, more than we normally would have. Also know that I am very impatient, which is probably why I didn’t make the same recipe twice and work towards a different result. So I surprised myself when I attempted yet another recipe. This time back to my original thought of ice cream sandwiches. I could get the cherries and pink with ice cream and I decided to make brownies instead of cookies. 

Cherrybrownie

There you go. Fun, summery and cherries included! And these cute sandwiches are now living in the freezer until we have a real reason to eat another dessert. And yes, taking pictures of ice cream is a challenge – drip, drip, drip… 

Cherry Ice Cream Sandwiches with Brownies (Brownies from Martha Stewart)

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Yield: Between 4 and 8 sandwiches depending on size

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for pan
  • 6 ounces coarsely chopped good-quality semisweet chocolate
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch-process)
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • store bought cherry ice cream. Look for locally made for best results, or make your own.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a buttered 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper , allowing 2 inches to hang over sides. Butter lining (excluding overhang); or use silicon mold.
  2. Put butter, chocolate, and cocoa in a heatproof medium bowl set over a pan of simmering water; stir until butter and chocolate are melted. Let cool slightly.
  3. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl; set aside.
  4. Put sugar, eggs, and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, and beat on medium speed until pale, about 4 minutes. Add chocolate mixture; beat until combined. Add flour mixture; beat, scraping down sides of bowl, until well incorporated.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan; smooth top with a rubber spatula. Bake until a cake tester inserted into brownies (avoid center and edges) comes out with a few crumbs but is not wet, about 35 minutes. Let cool slightly in pan, about 15 minutes. Lift out brownies; let cool completely on a wire rack before cutting into squares.
  6. Once cooled, use a round cookie cutter to cut out pieces or cut into squares. Scoop small amount of ice cream on to back side of brownie and top with second brownie. Squeeze down slightly to ensure the ice cream and brownies stick together. Put into freezer and allow ice cream to fully freeze.

You can choose to make your ice cream if you want. Or you can simplify this even more by making brownies from a box and making square sandwiches instead of round ones. 

Last

Post by Giulia Doyle : Audrey's

DIY Colorful Cube

Cube1

It's Jeran again, from Oleander and Palm. I'm back, as promised, to share my DIY Colorful Cube.  Geometric shapes and designs are everywhere right now. And I can't get enough of them. They bring a modern, angular edge to any space. I shared how I wanted my living room to feel more current, and I think playful accessories from The Land of Nod and little touches like this decorative cube help. The cube adds a subtle splash of color and interest to my mantel without feeling heavy or bulky. I set my little white fox in my cube and it acts as a 3 dimensional frame for it.

Cube2

Cube3

This is a simple little DIY that requires very few materials and just about an hour of your time.

Cube4

Supplies:

3 3-foot lengths of 1/2" maple (I got mine at Home Depot)
16 small finishing nails
Craft Paint (various colors)
Hammer
Paint brush
Saw

1.  To start, measure 8 in. lengths of the wood and cut them with a drop saw (this could easily be done with a hand saw as well). You'll need 12 pieces that are 8 ins. each.

2.  Then I painted the pieces in various colors. I used Martha Stewart paints in Metallic Yellow Gold, Pea Shoot, Wild Salmon, Wedding Cake, Hailstorm, Scottish Highlands, and Mint.  I wanted a random selection of colors, but green was definitely the anchor.

Cube5

3.  When the pieces were dry, I began to assemble the cube by nailing the corners together. 

4.  I started by making to flat squares.

5.  Then I attached the 2 squares together with the cross pieces. 

6.  Once the cube was assembled, I went back and painted over the nail heads to hide them and did any touch up necessary.

And that's it! It's really such a simple DIY for your home. For an easy update, add a little geometric to your space. I think these would look great in a grouping of different sized cubes. They also could look great in one solid color or stain the wood a nice dark walnut color to bring out the wood grain.

Post by Jeran: Oleander and Palm

Nod Products in a Grown Up Space

Hi, it's Jeran from Oleander and Palm.  I was here a few months ago and shared my girl's Toddler and Tween bedroom makeover.  I'm back because, with the help of The Land of Nod, I've been working to give our living room a more modern feel. Yes, I'm using Nod products in a grown up space!  

Lr1

Lr2

I started with a fresh coat of white paint.  This was our living room before, boring beige, bleh. It's funny how your taste can change in just a few years. But, I find myself drawn to more clean lines and geometric shapes.  Yes, our house was built in 1920, but I really think trendy, modern and fresh can be achieved in any home with Nod's products.  And I'm not talking about stripping the room bare and starting with all new furniture.  Most of my furniture, even my rug did not change. I believe a room's feel, mood and even style can be changed with just a few accessories and a little paint.

Lv3

Here's what I chose from The Land of Nod's fabulous products to give my room that quirky, playful vibe, that only Nod can do.  

1.  I got the Between Rock and a Lamp in gold (because the geometric goldness of it was too much to handle).

2.  The cute Squirrel night light (because who doesn't love a woodland animal?).

3.  M Magnificent Metal Letter (because type adds a graphic element).

4.  Rhino Book Ends (because we are both teachers, so we have LOTS of books and rhinos are my biology teacher hubby's favorite animal).

5.  Store by Numbers Cube I'll need numbers 1-5 (because we need to get those toys under control and we might as well encourage learning to count at the same time).

6.  Black Sequin Heart Pillow (because it's so totally awesome!).

Lv4

I also spent a Saturday morning cutting and sticking on my wall of triangles.  I was inspired by Nod's dot decals, but wanted something more angular and geometric.  I used my Cricut machine to cut 2" triangles out in green, silver, cream and black vinyl.  Then I did a whole bunch of measuring and taping to get them all in neat rows and columns.  I placed the colors in random order and I'm so pleased with this inexpensive, totally removable, addition to the space. 

Lv5

Lv6

I mostly rearranged my nicknacks on the mantel, but I did make a fun DIY colorful cube (I'm calling it a 3D frame).  I'll be back to share the how-to with you later.

Lv7

Lv8

Lv9

Probably my favorite part of the room is the new grouping of art the sits over my green chair (which I just moved from my bedroom to the living room).  There's some of my old favorites in the mix and some new pieces as well.  I used the M Magnificent Metal Letter as the anchor and then arranged everything around it.  There is a collage of my instagrams, a framed textile from Yemen, a simple little water color I painted, a treasured painting of children I bought in Rome many years ago, my gorgeous Breathe print, and a hanging vase with a little paper flower I made (from this tutorial).  I love using a grouping of little pieces to create one big statement. 

Lv10

Lv11

And last, but not least, a got some order of my book shelf.  It doesn't look like an explosion of toys and junk anymore.  I'll be back later to share how you CAN live with toys stylishly in grown up spaces.

Lv12

Lv13

There you have it friends, playful, modern style can be achieved quite reasonably with Nod products.  Wouldn't you agree? 

Lv14

Lv15

Post by Jeran: Oleander and Palm