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Christmas is Coming!

Posted on 25 November, 2020 at 8:00 Comments comments (16)

This is the history of Vintage Shiney Brites

I love Vintage ornaments, and I love Christmas!  I collect:


  • Christopehr Radko
  • Swarovski Chystal Snowflakes
  • Polish Ornaments
  • German Ornaments
  • Hallmark Specialty Ornaments
  • Carlton Specialty Ornaments
I love finding out the history, and so here is the history behind Shiney Brites, which has been taken over by Christopher Radko.

Classic Ornaments

If you’re planning a total ornament rehaul this Christmas, this set of 20 is the best bang for your buck. The 1.5-inch classic ball ornaments are made in different colors of blown glass, and each one is decorated with the signature sparkly stripes in various colors. The set is just $14 right now, which makes each ornament less than $1 each. Stock up while you can!


Buy It: Shiny Brite Ornaments Set of 20 ($14, orig. $24, West Elm)


colorful glass christmas ornaments

Credit: Courtesy of West Elm

Ball Ornaments

This set of striped 1.5-inch ball ornaments is another holiday staple. Half of the classic ball ornaments are made with various colors of blown glass in vertical stripes, while the other half have a modern color-block design. At $17 for a set, these gorgeous ornaments should be at the top of your Christmas list this year.


Buy It: Shiny Brite Ornaments Set of 9 ($17, orig. $29, West Elm)

If you frequent antique or vintage shops, you’ve undoubtedly seen Shiny Brite ornaments, even if you have no idea of their name. They’re the colorful, often intricately painted glass ornaments, ranging from classic red to hot pink to candy-striped. They’re usually a bit expensive for someone (ahem, me) who’s used to thrift-store prices—maybe $20 to $30 a box—but I recently found a set of 12 in their original cardboard box for $4.50 at a charity shop.


I’ve always admired them, but now my curiosity is officially piqued: What’s the history behind these adorable little ornaments?


The Shiny Brite story begins after World War I with Max Eckardt, a German born in 1890.


Though Eckardt was from Oberlind, Germany—just 20 miles away from Lauscha, a hub for glass ornament makers—he first trained in the toy industry. In 1926, though, he officially entered the ornament business with his brother, Ersnt, opening a factory in Oberlind, where his relatives and employees hand-decorated the glass balls. His company also had an office in New York City at 1107 Broadway, which later became part of the International Toy Center. Max emigrated to NYC in the late 1920s.


With another war on the horizon, Eckardt feared the United States’ supply of German glass ornaments would be compromised, compelling him to found, in 1937, the Shiny Brite Company. The inspiration for the name is obvious: The insides of the ornaments were coated with silver nitrate so they would stay shiny, season after season.


To keep his company afloat, Eckardt sought the help of New York’s Corning Glass Company in 1937—with the promise that Woolworth’s would place a large order if Corning could modify its glass ribbon machine, which made light bulbs, to produce ornaments. The machine switchover was a success—molten glass was shaped into balls with the help of compressed air—and Woolworth’s ordered more than 235,000 ornaments; in December 1939, the first machine-made batch was shipped to Woolworth’s Five-and-Ten-Cent Stores, where they sold for two to ten cents apiece.


My favorite Shiny Brite style.

Eckardt’s fear proved prescient: Hitler’s rise to power, along with the British blockade, stopped the import of European ornaments to the U.S. in 1939.


By 1940, Corning was producing about 300,000 unadorned ornaments per day, sending the clear glass balls to outside artists, including those at Max Eckardt’s factory in New Jersey, for decoration. The ornaments were lined with silver nitrate, then run through a lacquer bath, decorated by Eckardt’s employees, and finally, packaged in brown cardboard boxes. At first, they were strictly silver, but eventually, Eckardt produced red, green, gold, pink, and blue ornaments. Corning also began offering a variety of shapes, including tops, bells, icicles, teardrops, trees, lanterns, and pinecones.


The showroom address, 45 East 17th Street, NYC, is now a Sephora.

During World War II, however, the lacquer paint and silver lining became scarce, forcing Eckardt to make clear ornaments with thin, pastel stripes, which didn’t require as much pigment. The metal caps and hooks were replaced with cardboard and yarn. Some ornaments came with a tiny sprig of tinsel inside, but eventually, even this small amount of metal was prohibited during the war.

A Sears catalog ad from the 1950s for Shiny Brite ornaments.


After the war, the crimped metal caps returned, with the addition of the words “Shiny Brite Made in U.S.A.” on the top. As part of the rebuilding effort, the U.S. government shipped Eckardt and his son, Harold, off to West Germany, hoping to breathe new life into the German glass ornament industry. There, they set up a factory in Wallenfells, which they named Lanissa, after Max’s three granddaughters (“L” for Lynne, “an” for Anne, and “issa” for Allison, whose nickname was Lissa).


Stateside, Corning continued to crank out Shiny Brite ornaments—by the 1950s, production reached a rate of 1,000 per minute. (Machines also now painted the ornaments.) The 1950s was the Shiny Brite heyday, with Eckardt operating four New Jersey factories to keep pace with the demand. In 1955, Thor, a Chicago washing machine manufacturer, purchased the company, which eventually produced about 75 percent of the ornaments sold worldwide.


Source: Christmas Nostalgia

Eckardt died in late 1961, and shortly thereafter, Shiny Brite's light began to fade, possibly due to the popularization of plastic. In the late 1990s, designer Christopher Radko revived the Shiny Brite name, and in 2001, began selling reproductions of the originals.




Outdoor Spaces make Happy Unmasked Faces

Posted on 7 August, 2020 at 21:00 Comments comments (0)

It's not difficult to find something to do in Huron County!


You can shop, hike, walk, bike, or fish!


If you're looking for something to do that doesn't require you to wear a mask, why not walk, hike, or bike the G2G Trail.


The trail has now been resurfaced all the way from Guelph to Goderich and is open all the way for everyone to enjoy! Tie up your laces, get on your bikes and get trailing! The improvements have been done for you to enjoy :)

Get off the couch and on the TRAIL!

As an outdoor enthusiast, you, your friends and your family can Bike, Hike, Run or Walk the trail. From bird watchers to experienced cyclists, the G2G Rail Trail offers a place for you to be as active as you choose. This is a very large and safe corridor for all ages. The G2G Rail Trail Experience includes collaboration with our local communities and stakeholder events. Watch our webpage calendar, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter feeds for more information on upcoming events to learn how you can support us.

NEW - Princess High Tea

Posted on 18 May, 2020 at 21:25 Comments comments (67)

Well, it's been some time since this virus appeared!  We have had many cancellations, and a few new ones for June and July.

We have a guest staying with us for a year, since last Monday.  Her name is Grace, and her family owns Becker's Convience Store here in Seaforth.  They are very nice people, and we are happy to have her here.

We are now doing Princess High Tea for Moms and daughters.  Since some children are fussy eaters and there may be allergies, Nancy is happy to work with Moms on the Menu.

Peanut Butter with Laura Secord Hazelnut Spread

Cheese with special sandwich spread

Ham with pineapple jam

Small cakes with butter cream icing

Banana Bread with raisins and walnuts

Lemon poppy seed loaf

Beverage to be determined - tea with lots of milk, Italian soda, lemonade, iced tea - tea for the Moms

Book now by calling 226-699-0003

Foods That You Don't Actually Need To Keep In The Refrigerator

Posted on 19 April, 2020 at 14:35 Comments comments (0)

Foods That You Don’t Actually Need To Keep In The Refrigerator

While meat and dairy products need to be refrigerated to keep from molding or going bad, there are other foods that should never be refrigerated. A refrigerator is a very specific, cool, dark environment that isn’t hospitable for every kind of food item. After reading this article, you might need to make some more space in your pantry.


Keep reading to find out where you should really be storing your condiments, pineapples, and dark chocolate.


You’ll be clearing out your fridge in no time


Keep Apples Out Of The Cold

Apples can last a week or two at room temperature, but they start to get mealy very quickly if you keep them in the fridge. Also, apples can cause other fruits to ripen faster because of the natural gas that they emit. You don’t want to trap all of that gas in your fridge with your other perishables.



Cool As A Cucumber Is Just A Saying

Cucumbers do not do well when they’re left in the fridge. They can quickly become waterlogged and lose a lot of their flavor. Instead, store your cucumber on your counter or in a pantry. Just don’t forget that you left it there. You don’t want to find a rotten cucumber in your pantry later on.


If you want your cucumbers to be cool because you want to put them on your eyes, then you can leave them in the fridge momentarily or store slices of cucumber in ice water.


Eggs Aren’t Kept In The Fridge In Some Parts Of The World

In some countries, eggs aren’t kept in the refrigerator in grocery stores or in people’s homes. That’s how it’s done across the pond in the UK. A study recently uncovered there found that it actually makes no difference whether or not you store your eggs in the fridge, so you might as well save yourself some fridge space.


Not so in the US! Please keep in mind that the FDA recommends that eggs be kept in the fridge, however. It’s best to read the full precautionary statement before quitting the fridge on this one.


Ketchup Doesn’t Need To Be In The Fridge

Contrary to popular belief, ketchup doesn’t actually need to be stored in the fridge, even after the bottle is open. That’s why all of those diners can just leave glass bottles of ketchup out on the tables for hours at a time.


Soy Sauce Doesn’t Go In The Fridge

Soy sauce can live just fine in a pantry for up to a year and a half. It doesn’t need to be refrigerated because it’s fermented. The fermentation process both makes the sauce delicious and allows it to stay fresher for longer.


Keeping soy sauce for longer than a year and a half might change the flavor of the sauce a little bit, but it should still be good to eat.


Keep Bananas Out In The Open

Bananas hold on to their nutrients better when they are kept out of the fridge. Cold temperatures actually slows down the ripening process (as we saw with the avocados). But there is also a lot of moisture in most refrigerators which can cause bananas to turn brown or even black.


If you really want to keep bananas around for a long time, slice them into small pieces and store them in plastic bags in the freezer. Frozen bananas are perfect for smoothies.


Hot Sauce Likes It Hot

When it comes to any kind of hot sauce, you have to remember that these products have a pretty long shelf life. They’re full of natural preservatives like vinegar and they often don’t contain very many actual fruits or vegetables.


You should store hot sauce away from direct sunlight and keep it in a cool, dry place like a pantry or a cupboard. If you’re a hot sauce fanatic, you might just want to leave it on the table because you know you’re going to use it again with your next meal.


Pickles Are Preserved

Pickles are full of natural preservatives like vinegar and salt, so you don’t need to store them in the fridge. They can stay out of the fridge for three years even after they’re opened. If you really like cold pickles, you can leave them in the fridge, but you don’t have to store them in the fridge.


Chocolate Doesn’t Belong In The Fridge (Sorry)

I know a lot of people absolutely love cold chocolate, but the ideal temperature for chocolate is actually between 65 and 68°F, which is much warmer than the average refrigerator.


Only store your chocolate in the fridge if you live in a very warm part of the world and your chocolate is at risk of melting completely. If you really love freezing cold chocolate though, I’m not going to stop you from eating it that way.

11 best places to eat in and around Seaforth

Posted on 18 April, 2020 at 15:35 Comments comments (0)

A question we are often asked is where is a good place to go and eat?  We support the small businesses in our county and are proud to present them to our guests.  This in Nancy in front of the Beach Station Restaurant in Goderich.  The sunset was breath taking!


Since John and I love food, we have tried and recommend the following Restaurants.


1. Maria's Wok and Dine - Asian Fusion - Seaforth

2. Wong's - Chinese Food, liquor license - Seaforth

3. Pizza Train - Pizza, Subs, Burgers - Seaforth

4. New Orleans Pizza - Pizza - Seaforth

5. Cowbell Brewery - various, liquor license - Blyth

6. Part 2 Bistro - various, liquor license - Goderich

7. The Beach - various, liquor license - Goderich

8. The Park House - various, liquor license - Goderich

9. The Albion Hotel - various, liquor license - Bayfield

10. The Black Dog Village Pub and Bistro - various, liquor license - Bayfield

11. JR's Family Restaurant and Take Out - various home cooked  - Brussels


As we venture out more, there will be more recommendations