Friday, May 06, 2005

Belleek Newslettre (# 9.1)


Finally, HOPEFULLY, I've got my NEW Computer 'fixed'
up and I'm ready to edit my first and long overdue
Newslettre of this marvelous New Year !!


YES, I've finally caught up with the times !!
I'm Cable Ready HIGH Speed Internet AND Wireless !!
This necessitates several VERY important modifications
for those of you whom wish to maintain contact with me
as you will note, BOTH my Telephone and E-mail ID have

My NEW Telephone is (OLD FAX Line) : 425.746.6363
that's 425.PHONEME !!

And, my E-mail ID is delyicious@comcast.net !!
I have NO idea whether or not it was out of respect
or admiration or just plain lack of interest, BUT I
thoroughly enjoyed the fact that Comcast had
{delyicious} available for me !! I'm JUST getting
TOO old to modify everything over nite !!

So, PLEASE take a moment and Update your PhoneBooks
with my new contact information !!

IN 2005 !! **

The Great Lakes Chapter is inviting ALL Belleekers
to meet them in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They will
be hosting the Belleek Collectors' International
Convention September 8, 9 and 10 at the Crowne Plaza
Hotel. It is 5 minutes from the Gerald Ford Airport
that has connections to the major airline hubs.

Registration forms were inserted in your latest
copy of the B.C.I.S. Newsletter !! If you have NOT
as yet received one, PLEASE contact our Convention
Coordinator Phyllis via E-mail at :



My name is Bill Lynch, and my daughter owns Lynch's
Lair, an Irish/Celtic Gift Shop in Grand Rapids,
Michigan. We are very excited about the Belleek
Collector's International Society's 2005 Convention
being held in our city. So much so, we have added a
special page to our website for the Great Lakes
Chapter to help promote the Convention to BCIS Members.
We would appreciate it if you could help get the word
out in your newsletter about this page dedicated to
the convention. It can be found at :


by clicking on the BCIS Logo on the left hand side,
about half way down. You can also link it from this
picture if you would like .. ..

Actual URL :



The Great Lakes Chapter would like to put a cookbook
together and have it ready for the 2005 Convention
in Grand Rapids, MI. !! If anyone in your Chapter
would like to submit a yummy dessert recipe worthy
of serving on or in pieces of Belleek, please have
them submit them to Phyllis as soon as possible !!
And if they have a picture of the dessert, even better.
Send that along also !!

The recipes can be sent to :

Phyllis Bagnall
10295 Carriage Way
Davison, MI 48423

or they can be emailed to :

phyllisbagnall@msn.com !!

Don't hold back on us. Send us your very best to
ooohhh and aaaahhh over and be included in this unique
book !! Be sure to include your name, address, phone no.,
email address and where your recipe came from or a story
about it !!

The Rules of Chocolate.....

If you've got melted chocolate all over your hands,
you're eating it too slowly.

Chocolate covered raisins, cherries, orange slices
and strawberries all count as fruit, so eat as many
as you want.

The problem: How to get 2 pounds of chocolate home
from the store in a hot car. The solution: Eat it in
the parking lot.

Diet tip: Eat a chocolate bar before each meal. It'll
take the edge off your appetite and you'll eat less.

A nice box of chocolates can provide your total daily
intake of calories in one place. Isn't that handy?

If you can't eat all your chocolate, it will keep in
the freezer. But if you can't eat all your chocolate,
what's wrong with you?

If calories are an issue, store your chocolate on top
of the fridge. Calories are afraid of heights, and they
will jump out of the chocolate to protect themselves.

Money talks. Chocolate sings.

Chocolate has many preservatives. Preservatives make
you look younger.

Why is there no such organization as Chocoholics
Anonymous? Because no one wants to quit.

Put "eat chocolate" at the top of your list of things to
do today. That way, at least you'll get one thing done.

Chocolate is a health food. Chocolate is derived from
cacao beans. Bean = vegetable. Sugar is derived either
from sugar beets or cane, both vegetables. And, of course,
the milk/cream is dairy. So eat more chocolate to meet
the dietary requirements for daily vegetable intake.


The following Link is to a Site that contains the
compilation of the 'Top 100 Gadgets of ALL Time' !!
These were voted on or selected by, I believe, the
contributors to PC Magazine !! This is not only a
nostalgic Site, but got me reminiscing over my
childhood days, which, some say haven't escaped me
as yet !! See if you remember these marvels of the
past !! BETTER yet, did you ever own any of them ??!!



Being creatures of habit, as we acquire additional
Belleek treasures, a necessity is born to display
them properly !! As a novice, some 30 plus years
ago now, I simply placed my handful of items around
the garage !!

Editor's Note : YES, we actually lived in an old
garage that had been converted into an 'apartment' !!
I was doing graduate studies at Oregon State
University and being poor we located this garage
for only $50 per month !! It had been remodeled
into 4 rooms : a bath, 'utility' kitchen, bedroom
and living room !! The kitchen was SO SMALL, that
you couldn't open the refrigerator door completely !!
The bedroom wouldn't hold a double bed so we hung a
broom pole across it to make a closet !! When you
opened the queen hide-a-away bed in the living room,
you had to 'stack' the dining chairs on top of the
table !! ENOUGH SAID ??

In any case, I've seen Belleekers, as they add
to their collections, do everything from a simple
"it's time to rearrange the china cabinet" up to
and including purchasing or building custom
additional china cabinets !! In certain cases,
additions have either been remodeled or added on
to homes !!

Unfortunately, when I acquired my first Woven
Spider Web Plate, I not only didn't have the
additional space to display it, BUT I was VERY
hesitant to attempt to place it up on a plate
stand, being the rather fragile structure of the
weave itself !! Therefore, for the next couple
of years, it remained packaged up and resting
securely on the top of one of my china cabinets !!

I FINALLY had a brilliant epiphany, as I awoke
one morning with what I believed would eventually
resolve my dilemma !! PLEXIGLAS !!

The Spider Plate is like 11" in diameter, so I
located a 12" bowl and traced its outline on a
STIFF piece of cardboard !! I then, using my
razor knife, cut my cardboard template from the
sheet !!

I took my 12" circular cardboard template down to
a mirror and glass shop and had them, using one of
their power implements, cut me a circular piece of
Plexiglas !! What's REALLY nice regarding 'plexi',
is that you can drill thru it, sand the edges, i.e.,
do just about anything you wish to shape it into a
finished product !!

With my plexi dish in hand, I returned home and with
the use of some furniture pads, you know, the ones
you place on the bottoms of chair legs, etc., along
with some electricians 'cable ties' and my trusty
drill, I had everything assembled for completion of
my project !!

I measured everything out carefully, and attached 3,
like " furniture pads in a triangle shape towards
the center of my plexi !! I then drilled appropriate
sized holes for the cable ties to easily fit thru, 2
thru each furniture pad !!

Then, CAREFULLY placing my Spider Plate upon the
furniture pads, I looped the cable ties around the
'foot' of the Spider Plate and thru the holes,
'pulling' them secure closed on the rear of the
plexi disc !!

From here, it's a SIMPLE placement of the plexi disc
up on an appropriate size plate stand !! What's
REALLY nice, is that if you don't like the position
of the spider, you need only rotate your disc !!

Well, that was plexi project number ONE !! I then,
made a 'shield' design template for my Woven Mirror
(Picture) Frame and did the same with that project !!
I have since mounted my second Spider Plate and my
Christmas Present, to myself, that of a Woven Wall
Pocket in similar fashion !!

Unique Woven Belleek Items !!

Above left, my Woven Wall Pocket,
First Period (Decal) Mark on the pink liner !!
Above right, my Woven Mirror Frame,
Second Period (Decal) Mark on the reverse side !!


Del E. Domke, Belleek Consultant
16142 N.E. 15th. Street
Bellevue, WA 98008-2711

Telephone : 1 (425) 746-6363
Message : 1 (425) 746-6363
FAX : 1 (425) 746-6363
E-mail : delyicious@comcast.net
Web-site : The Beauty and Romance of Irish Belleek (or) :