Monday, November 28, 2016

A Little Different Christmas

this year the tree at 1515 won't be going up
no party 
no cousins PJ day

I had to have some major surgery last Monday.
I am doing fine, got great news but I am off work until January.
This is the first time I have had off more than 2 weeks in my 36 years working as a RN.
Since I can not lift things I know I need to stay home.

It gives a opportunity to enjoy the season at home.
Watching Hallmark movies and sitting by the tree.
I won't have to do everything in one day, I should be able to make cookies and bake.
My nephew is getting married on a Friday and I won't have to miss the wedding because I am working.
I have done cyber shopping today and I don't mind not dragging through the crowds.

Greta does not seem to mind, I will be home with her all day.
Hopefully next weekend I will be up to getting our tree.

But don't forget I have new kittens.......ugh
How will they treat the tree?
We shall tree they are really good kittens and do not bother things

I hope they keep sleeping for the month! HA!

Hopeful Mr can bring up my Christmas boxes from the basement and I can decorate.
I always start with my Hoosier cabinet, putting out mine and my Mom's aprons.

then hopefully the dining room, always love my vintage Christmas dishes on the buffet with the lights.

 my favorite thing is to turn off all the lights except the tree and the ones on the hutch, buffet, staircase and tree.

the twins are going to come down one weekend so we can celebrate together like we do the week I am 1515. But I keep thinking "is that at 1515?"
I think I still have cookie cutters here?
sprinkles? oh NO!

sorry Grandad 1515 will be quiet this year.

Of course I am hoping for some days like this!
just sit by the window by the tree and watch it come down.

So with my surgery and the kittens this year I will just have to adjust.
But I know I already had my blessed Christmas present, a clean bill of health!
What more could any one be blessed with.




Thursday, November 24, 2016

Sunday, November 6, 2016

The Flowers Are All a Buzz

Look at all the bees!
With highs in the 80's and sunshine my flowers have been going crazy!
Dahlia's
Roses
Nasturtium's
Mums
Begonias

It is hard to get in that "Holiday" mood. I want to watch the Christmas movies on TV but feels weird with all the windows open?


this dahlia just now decided to bloom, no blooms all summer?

a few rose blooms still
I do remember one year I had roses for Thanksgiving

these smaller dahlia's are beautiful, the photo does not do them justice

love this color and thought it would look good for the fall




Things are still colorful around the ole Sentimental Home

And please remember to vote on Tuesday!
My ancestors fought too hard to ensure we have that privilege.
My Great Grandfather's business card 1926


Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!!

Happy Halloween

1911


My Great Aunt Annie sending card for her baby sister

Esther an Max 1911

Pemberton Hall
EIU
1911

Halloween 1935 my Dad was 10

Not one picture of my brother and I at Halloween
but here is my friend and neighbor 1975 when we were in HS
He loved Kiss



I am actually off! Going to be warm and Mr and I will be sitting on the porch handing out candy and visiting with our neighbors who all get into Halloween

ANN

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Vacation Vintage Finds

Week one was spent at 1515
No cousin weekend, everyone cancelled on me but Mr. came over on Saturday for my birthday and we had a nice relaxing day together.
But cousin Karen and I have been out hunting as you saw in my previous post.

Last Friday we went to Champaign and I show you some pictures.
One place was going out of business after 45 years and everything was 50% off.
here were the picks from that day

this Christmas Mustache Mug was marked $39 but was 1/2 off


usually Christmas dishes are marked Bavaria or Austria so I was pleasantly surprised to see it was French.
The elderly store owner asked about my collection as we discussed it I noticed this hanging by the check out
a Nickel Plate train ticket.
My Grandfather worked on the NP and I have a small collection of his items at 1515 in my Dad's bedroom so I thought this would be good to add to it.
As I took it down the lady said "Oh honey you can have that"
how sweet of her but she was not done
she came from around the counter and gave me a package marked
"Christmas mice"
I want you to have this too!
In the car I unwrapped this and memories flooded back, I had the girl mice somewhere at home? Memories of buying Christmas trinkets as a little girl.
What a nice lady she made my day!

at the place with all the color coded booths I got this for $3, a seasons greetings box full of these Merry Christmas matches.

But look at this!
Copyright 1915
And what a great little book it is to plan a Halloween Party
Full of games, things to write for fortune tellers, plays, poems.

It is just adorable!

Happy to find these little pottery vases I collect for my kitchen window.

But there was shopping in Charleston too!
$7 
Looks like they are going for $50 or more so I was happy and it is in perfect shape.
I also got a yellow bowl that goes with my yellow hostess set and a round pixie in pink


$4 for a planter was great too!

Found these at a little garage a lady has open at her home on Saturdays

the pretty little basket was $3 and the toothpick holder $1.75
one more
brown transferware gravy boat for $1.75
to add to my collection 

1515

But then sometimes things come to you.
Cousin Karen had things she inherited
she wanted to know if I was interested?
Oh MY!

Never used!
I paid her $40

Then this!
14 pieces of Fostoria!
square and round nappy's, plates,creamer and sugar.
I happily paid $60 for all of it.

But the best new thing was.............
Handmade by my sweet cousin Karen
she is about my 5th cousin and we met each other when I was the Charleston Riot Chairperson but we love being together and she has been such a blessing in my life.
What could be better?

What was your favorite thing in my new finds?




Friday, October 14, 2016

OH I Love This Color Wheel!

Vacation= Pyrex hunting!
My cousin went to a antique mall in Champaign I had not been to.

Oh my!

RED!
I can not believe the number of Cosco carts and table and chairs they had.
Just love it when antique dealers set their booths up like this!

Yellow!
alot of yellow Pyrex hostess sets.
Loved the cart in the front on the left

How about some Pink!
the gooseberry Pyrex was $160 set.
I have the set minus the smaller pink bowl that I am still hunting!

Now for some......
Turquoise!

Balloon Pyrex chip and dip was $145! 
they even had a old turquoise bottle of Melmac cleaner!
Look at that gorgeous turquoise table. Everything was in such great shape.
I think I just stood there in awe.

Hope you enjoyed.
Yes, I have found some finds and will share soon.
One huge place was going out of business after 45 years.
The lady was so sweet she kept giving me things free!

Tomorrow is my Birthday and we are going on a "Chicken Run" today.
Amish restaurant that has the best all you can eat fried chicken.
Then shopping in Arcola/Arthur.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Oneida and Fostoria Made Melmac?

A trip to my jeweler to get watch batteries turned into a grand discovery!

Fostoria and Onedia made Melmac dishes?

I have used the same Jewelry store for over 20 years. They have been in business since 1936 and are a 3rd generation business. They use to also be in the bridal business and I got my wedding dress there also.

Recently the owners wife passed away. I miss seeing her smiling face, and she always wore a flower in her hair. Since they have been in business that long, do you remember when we got married we purchased our china, crystal and wedding rings all at the jewelry store?
Her son has taken over the business and is in the process of going through things.
In a back room they had drug out boxes from the basement.
Do you want to see what we have Ann?
YES!

I spotted the white melmac immediately! My friend has been looking for some. Here was a entire set, plates, bowls, cups, saucers serving pieces in pristine condition..........NEVER USED.
When I flipped them over and saw 
I was astonished.
I quickly was calling and texting my friend


then I spotted the turquoise!
My friends favorite, flipped them over and saw
Fostoria!
I thought they would look good with the white
the pattern is Retro Chalet and is from the 50's.
Yes these have been sitting in storage since the 50's!
Squeel!
I picked up all 60 + pieces for my friend for $1 a piece.
found information on line about them

I felt like Mike and Frank unearthing things that have been boxed away for 60 years!
Are you wondering if I got anything?

YES!
Fall Onedia melmac
only 3 dinner plates, platter, one cup and sauce, 2 sizes of bowls
great design creamer and sugar
$20 for all mine
Love the fact they are new, never used and vintage.

I need to go back, why?
American Fostoria with the stickers still on
Picked up 3 plates and this saucer

The use to have my blue Fostoria Navarre Blue
but could not find any
But if you like Navarre they have plenty of creamer and sugars
or some assorted glasses
they even had more fostoria like my Mom's holly
clear plates with etching.
another table had 1980's stoneware sets, Candlewicking, coin glass, fostoria juice glasses, candlesticks! It was overwhelming.


and these I thought were Blue Ridge dishes at first
they had a creamer and sugar
the company went out of business in 1957 before I was even born!
I need to go back and really spend sometime there.
They also were bringing out vintage jewelry and I bought a beautiful brooch for $20.

It was wonderful and sad at the same time.
I wonder what Mrs. Butterfield would think? 
I guess as things went out of fashion they went to the basement.

My friend is delighted and plans on using them.

How about a kitten update?

Pounce shows a interest in helping with my blog posts!

Jasper is enjoying the cooler weather and the windows open

But they are great buddies

found the asleep in a storage bin 

Last week we were in Chicago for my cousins wedding

she was beautiful, yes that is the groom looking at her with adoring eyes.
5 of the 7 of us were together again
Winkler cousins

Mr went with me.
the next morning we had a great breakfast at 
Southern Belle's in Plainfield
check out that omelet!

Vacation started today.
Love fall, my birthday is a week from Saturday
so that means.....Cousin Weekend!