Saturday, September 13, 2014

Pyrex Pumpkins Fostoria and Friendship

Do you want to come along and see how successful our girlfriends road trip was?
We were headed to our annual trip to the Arcola IL Broomcorn festival and we head up old route 40 from St. Louis to my hometown in IL. Stopping in each little town on the way at the antique shops.
We always start at the Powhatan resteraunt in Pocahontas for breakfast.

Jan found the first find of the day 
pink gooseberry, she has been trying to find the set, but here is a start!
Then I found this!
Barbwire, let Jan found one in another town. I seem to love the black and white these days.
The store told us about a new Hospital charity shop...ok!

I found a refrigerator lid! 
snowflake garland for $1
but when I got to the check out, there was a sale!
I paid 87 cents for the 2.
Jan got a American Fostoria fruit bowl for $20.

Onward, we remember the green square dot bowl we left behind the year before.
It was $40
well, looky it was in the same spot as last year and marked $30!
Jan took it home.

we love the one mall in downtown Altamont.
Just as I was ready to tell Patty I found Verde Green fridge set I hear Jan scream
I have never found friendship bowls.......she spotted them!
I am sure people thought we were nuts.
But by the time we left we had free waters and offers for some beer.
Pyrex and Beer? Not for me but my friends liked that.

So here is my friendship set minus the orange bowl
but by the end of the weekend I had the entire set!
Oh happy day.

So here is our one day, 120 mile haul
Pink Gooseberry
Verde Green
Primary fridge set
Yellow hostess set
Alot of lime green

look at the space saver white turquoise snowflake I found, but then let Patty have it since she is the turquoise queen. And we all love the salad bowl set in the turquoise, even with tongs for $8

Day 2
Headed to the Broom corn festival after we stop off at Persimmon Lane in Charleston

I found pink daisy pan, $8!
And a yellow hostess bowl and lid.
The spring daisy gravy boat was $5 from the day before

Well of course we bought brooms!
Every color under the rainbow but I bought the plain one for Mr per his request.

Downtown Arcola has a great Antique mall
Jan found something she has been dreaming about!
Fostoria cake stand!

She and Patty found glasses, tooth pick holders, vases all at good prices.
I have all my Grandmothers piece but would love to have the elusive
square cake stand.
thank goodness for cell phones
found this funky lamp for our friend still has at 1515 and you will see why later!

The last stop of the day, Jan found her gooseberry set! 

Day 2 haul
yellow hostess set for me
pink daisy for me
autumn wheat and gooseberry for Jan
yellow and a fk turquoise eye bowl for Patty

Day 3
relaxing morning, breakfast out and a stop in 
Tee Town for pumpkins
beautiful cool day

yes, near my hometown it is the honor system, just leave the money!

And here is what Jan's SUV looked like
Pyrex Pumpkins and Fostoria

But most of all packed with the love of Friendship
Thanks Jan and Patty, love you both!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Mr. Did Good!

My Mother in law just had her 90th birthday and she decided to move into a smaller apartment in her retirement complex. So Mr. headed over to his Mom's this weekend while I was away Pyrex hunting with the girls.

He called me about a lamp I wanted but was surprised when I got home he had a box.
I thought, great what is this?
8 juice and 10 ice tea glasses
I can never remember my MIL not having these.
I can not count how many glasses of tea I have drank out of them over the last 18 years.
That was fine since ours were getting chipped and I was looking for replacements.
But then Mr. said "they are made in France!"


Apparently they have been made in France since 1939 and are a staple in cafes and school cafeterias because of their durability. With 8 children, maybe that is why my MIL had them?
They are still sold at William Sonoma.
Hard to see here but they have a Tulip design and are stackable
Which worked well in the cabinet

I was looking for replacements to my Green Fostoria that has gotten chipped and broken
Plenty of clear but I have not found juice size replacements when I have been antiquing.
(yes my dishes are now antiques)

What a nice treat since France is special in our hearts for Mr and I, for our anniversary and the 5 consecutive years after that we always spent a week in Paris, we have not been able to go for several years. So he brought a little of France home to me.

Last weekend we had my MIL 90th birthday early
I was disappointed only 6 siblings were there, since we had planned this since December.
But she had a great time with food, plenty of my husbands cousins, some grandchildren and one Great Grandson.
I made slide shows up with pictures of my MIL and others with the cousins and even a trivia game with some genealogy questions about my MIL
open your eyes Mom!
with her children and nieces and nephews

there is that sweet smile
1946 when she won a equestrian award
it was nice to share all of this together and celebrate her life now not later
the 5 older boys, and as you can see Mr was on the way
boy #6

yep that is Mr in the front holding his brother hands (apparently barbershop quartet brothers!)
2 girls were to follow
She is a amazing woman to me
And one smart enough to buy durable French glassware!

Thanks for letting me share!

Yes, the next post will be about our Pyrex hunting weekend....boy was it a success!!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Good Will Hunting!

I rarely find anything at the GW close to my home.
But they just opened up one in my hometown!
small clear Pyrex Colonial mist bowl 99 cents
the larger bowl 1.49
I have a blue on white colonial mist mixing bowl I got at the auction for just pennies so I thought, why not for that price?

measuring cups are so expensive, so I picked this up too.

Was there anything else?

found 6 crystal etched glasses taped together, then I found the other set!
They remind me of my Mom's Fostoria Holly luncheon plates.

it is hard to capture the etching
so 12 in perfect shape
so not bad for a little stop

The best for last!
Yellow Dot Pyrex bowl, auction find
yes $1

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Vintage Pink Rug

So happy to of found this at a flea market for under $20!
I vacuumed it well but am wondering how to clean a vintage rug like this?

think it goes well in the pink bedroom at 1515

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Ma and Papa's Edison Phonograph

How about a good ole family summer time dinner
all freshly grown
prepared by cousin Fred
enjoyed by us girl cousins

so if it is a old fashioned summer meal how about some old fashion entertainment?

I know you guys can not believe the things our family has.
So hear goes another story.........

This summer, Fred and I had planned a day to "run around". That means, drive in the country, stop at some cemeteries and lunch and some little place.
I arrived at 1515 and was waiting for him and thought I would get one of my Great Aunt's box out and start scanning somethings. As I found the box had alot of receipts in it.
Fred came through the door and starting tell me about fixing his Grandparents (my Great Grandparents) Edison cylinder phonograph, and said "I sure wish we had the receipt for it"
look what I found 15 minutes earlier!
YES!! the receipt.
I had NO idea he would ask for it?
But as he was asking, I reached in the box and I handed it to him!
1916 purchased in Chicago
Amazing I think.

Not only that but we have the diary entry about when they bought it, when they would buy different cylinders and many were bought at my cousin Marty's Grandfather's music store.

So after dinner we sat and listening to the same music my Great Grandparents, my Grandmother and her siblings would listen to.
Missouri Waltz, bought in Chicago by my Grandmother when in nursing school
Silent Night, I imagined my loved ones on Christmas around the phonograph
The Stars and Stripes forever and even a comedy routine about a man who bought a "machine" in other words a car.
here it is almost 100 years old and still works like a charm!
Stars and Stripes performed by the John Phillip Sousa!

The cylinders look like this and there are over 100
he pulled the drawers out of the cabinet that it sits on, the original oak cabinet.

Just wish I had a picture of them seating around listening to it but I am sure Mama and Papa are smiling
or laughing!
on his 84th birthday in 1937

I so adore my family and my family history