I am so owning all the 'itchins' in the title of this post. It is because of them I have been Missin' here on CollectInTexas Gal. Even though I pop in often to see what's up with everyone on my Blog Rolls, I haven't stayed logged in long enough to post, visit or comment. Forgive me! I can't say I will do better, as the rest of November and into December will most likely be more Stitchin'~Pitchin' and Switchin'.
October's Stitchin' ran way over in to November's Stitchin'. So much so that my studio was 'Yarn Bombed'. Being one that can work only so long in a disaster area, I finally had to start Pitchin' and Switchin'.
The Pitchin' amounted to lots of yarn winding, yarn color organization and pitchin' balls and skeins in hampers. Poncho WIP's were pitched into bags and baskets...shawls, scarfs, etc. etc. etc, too.
And finally...The Switchin'.
Which also entailed a lot of Pitchin'.
After digging through boxes of collectibles...I pitched more stuff into the Goodwill box than I thought I'd be able to part with. Now my Junktique Booth is less cluttered and hopefully has just what shoppers can't live without....these 'Pitched Treasures'...
So, before getting deeper into the Shelves, Drawers and Behind the Doors of the Acorn China Cabinet
I thought it best to show you the
Acorn Dining Room Set!
The word Table is derived from the Latin word Tabula which means a board, a plank or a flat piece.
In the Middle Ages, upper class Britons and other European nobility in castles dined in the Great Hall. This was a large multi-function room capable of seating the bulk of the population of the house. The family would sit at the head table on a raised dais, with the rest of the population arrayed in order of diminishing rank away from them. Tables in the great hall would tend to be long trestle tables with benches. The sheer number of people in a Great Hall meant it would probably have had a busy, bustling atmosphere.
The Plague...Black Death caused the dining room table to become smaller. It is true that the owners of such properties began to develop a taste for more intimate gatherings in smaller 'parlers' or privee parlers' off the main hall but this is thought to be due as much to political and social changes as to the greater comfort afforded by such rooms. In the first instance, the Black Death that ravaged Europe in the 14th Century caused a shortage of labour and this had led to a breakdown in the feudal system. Also the religious persecutions following the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry VIII made it unwise to talk freely in front of large numbers of people.
Why dining tables took on a more masculine look...
Toward the beginning of the 18th Century, a pattern emerged where the ladies of the house would withdraw after dinner from the dining room to the drawing room. The gentlemen would remain in the dining room having drinks. The dining room tended to take on a more masculine tenor as a result.
Table legs were considered sexy....in Victorian times.
Did you know that in Victorian times, people were so repressed, that not only was the sight of a female ankle considered scandalous, even the sight of table legs was considered unseemly and indecorous! So it was that table legs were also required to be kept covered and out of sight; they were legs after all!
A typical North American dining room will contain a table with chairs arranged along the sides and ends of the table, as well as other pieces of furniture, (often used for storing formal china), as space permits. Often tables in modern dining rooms will have a removable leaf to allow for the larger number of people present on those special occasions without taking up extra space when not in use.
In modern American and Canadian homes, the dining room is typically adjacent to the living room, being increasingly used only for formal dining with guests or on special occasions.
This was traditionally the case in England, where the dining room would for many families be used only on Sundays, other meals being eaten in the kitchen.
PS...I think my Acorn Dining Room Set is pretty much a Typical North American Dining Room. However, on some Thanksgiving Holidays it seems more like the Great Hall of the Middle Ages...The Population Part.