Friday, January 18, 2019

A Peek at Mom's Toys

First I want to say how happy it made me that many of my old and now new friends visited me on my past post, Thank you!

Continuing with our kitchen redo, and cleaning everything above the cabinets.

This is one of most treasured things....

My Grandmothers tin picnic basket that was always in her garage, that held my sweet Mom's toys.
I was always so happy to play with them, such sweet memories.

Want to see?

 Alot of odds and ends and things that came from her childhood in Detroit

A little doll be a souvenir from Springfield IL. I am sure her paternal Grandparents bought it for her. My Great Grandfather was a politician and worked in the Secretary of States office passing away in 1936.

She did not have a doll house but she had some great dollhouse furniture.
The details are great.

 I adore this 1930's kitchen sink

Glad her dolls had a full bathroom, isn't this just adorable?

 her little blue iron

 here are the inhabitants of the doll furniture.
They look like they are ready for a evening of dancing like Fred and Ginger.

And she could sweep up things with her little broom and dust pan

Last, something for my brother and I to play with and we did!
Chinese pick up sticks.

Such great memories 
Here is some cute pictures of my Mom in Detroit

look at her with her little purse

all dressed up

yes this really was in Detroit!

But my favorite hangs above the mantle in my cottage

visiting her Maternal Grandparents
Don't you love the Hollyhocks
Her doll buggy with her precious Margaret doll.
Yes........of course I have them!

Have a wonderful weekend


Friday, January 4, 2019

Happy New Year.........Kitchen Chaos!

Its 2019 and I miss blogging so here I am on 4th trying to get back at it!

Most of my presents from my husband centered around the kitchen? hmm
A new faucet, new stainless steel cart etc.
And the day after Christmas Mr. was taking everything and I mean EVERYTHING out of the kitchen! Did not even have a chance to take the Christmas stuff down.

We have painted the kitchen several times, but time to remove the wallpaper and border, oh my!
It never seems I can find a design I LOVE anymore?
 Gone are the days I could look through the 
JC Penney catalogue and come up with my design plan. For instance as I went to sleep after we changed the sheets, I looked at my pillow, there was my favorite JC Penney pillowcase, from my original comfort, sheets etc from 1980. It still is in good shape, I still love it. I just can not seem to find things I love anymore?

so there goes my Herb border, that I even found dishes to match years ago.
And to my horror he decided to go with GRAY!
But what color do you see here the most!?

If you said, GREEN your correct! Told him my Jadeite, depression ware and pink Pyrex 
better look good with it!

AND he keeps picking up things and saying "Get rid of this"
OMGosh! He looks at me and says 
" I know there is some sentimental story behind it?"
Well YES!
 The Stainless Steel cart is to replace my Butcher Block
Yes, I have had it since about 1983, when I look at it I think of the tornado that missed me by 2 houses, the roof was partially ripped off the Penney store so they had a huge sale.
My Mom and I saw the Butcher Block, so I sat on it while she went to pay for it because people were grabbing and snatching like crazy. So yes, it did have a sentimental story, one my adventures with my Mom I miss so much. So the butcher block will find a home in the backyard cottage.

he has it all painted, next we are getting new cabinet fronts. We decided on shaker and after much discussion I finally get cup pulls on the drawers.

I said nothing goes back in, until everything has been sorted and washed 
and put back where I want it.
A friend of mine who has a booth at a antique mall is going to take somethings I am going to part with, such as green depression grill plates that do not match my Cameo pattern.
What else can I part with? Most things I have belonged to my Mom, Grandmother and even my Great and GG grandmother. He even thought I could get rid of my Firkin bucket! yikes! NO! 
and my GGrandmothers egg basket.

Yes, I am probably too Sentimental. But when I see, touch and feel those pieces I see my Mom and my Grandmother and can feel the emotions of when we used those items together. He is blessed to still have his Mom and 7 siblings.
 I guess it is my way of keeping their memories alive, and it makes me happy.

the room echos without my Hoosier cabinet. And I am caught off guard seeing the reflection of the Christmas tree from the living room in the window.

So as I wash things I am going to try to document them with a picture and where they came from.

My pitchers are all washed. Could not part with any of them!
On the left green rose pitcher my Grandmother always had OJ in, pitcher I found at 1515 when it was sold, next is my Grandmother fruit pitcher that always had ice tea.
My Mom's cookie jar she bought when I was about 6 at a antique store, when she died I found her stash of Black Crow licorice in it.
Then my pitcher I bought in 1978 in Colorado as a 18 yr old.
Fey pottery

I am not sure if the company is still around, found a Douglas Fey potter in CO.

The rest are my Great Grandmothers crock pitcher, my Moms blue ball USA pitcher and a smaller blue pitcher Grandma always had milk in.
Just worried are ceilings are so high now with the border gone not sure how it is going to work.

I suggested some new enamel signs like Pantry, Grocery etc Mr. said NO! 
We shall see.

So for the next few weeks I am going to show you my kitchen collection and where the things came from. No kitchen reveal until the cabinet fronts are up!

My Grandmothers wall pockets.
This one hung at 1515 until we sold it, I just did not ever take it back it has a companion here.

This was my Maternal Grandmothers is always hung in her kitchen. When I cleaned it the twin holding the pine cones broke apart so I have to find the right size twin to fix it.
I imagine both were gifts and came from the same 5 & 10 in Charleston.

I did get the corner next to the stove put back together
My Fortnum and Mason spice cabinet my Mom bought for me on one of our trips to England.
The oil and vinegar set Mr and I bought in a favorite little kitchen shop not far from our hotel in Paris.
Mr wanted a new stainless utensil holder, instead I did order a new one to match the spice cabinet better. Hate to see my Herbs go!

So come along over the next month and see my treasures!

Hope your Christmas and New Years were great.

Here is to a wonderful 2019 for us all!!


Tuesday, July 3, 2018

4th of July

Thankful to my ancestors who fought to create The United States of America.
To me that is what the day is about.

Here is my 3rd (yes just 3rd) GGrandfather William Galbreath who served in the Revolutionary War for 7 years and lived to be 82 yrs old.

The following are my Great Grandfathers who fought in the Rev War
William Galbreath
John Galbreath
Adam Mitchell
William Barnes
John McMachen
Edmund Fair
Henry Sousley
Johannes Amnet
Caleb Busick
Jacob Daniel Scherrer
Elias Tolin
Peter Goslin
John Combs
Benjamin Neal
Ambrose Rucker
John Ripple
John Wilson

242 years later they are not forgotten

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

A Happy Pyrex Jadeite Fiesta Valentines To You!

Happy Valentines Day!

Say it with Pyrex, Fiesta Ware, Jadeite!

and all the Valentines are food related

a little sugar in my pink gooseberry set

gooseberry, stripe and pink Pyrex with pink Fiesta.

does someone have you "steamed up"?

I love these old 1950's Valentines. You can pick them up at such a minimal price, 
what a great way to decorate.

Today is my Valentine's birthday!

With Mr. being one of eight, it is easy to tell which birthday pictures are of him, his Mom always made him a hear shaped cake. Now I make brownies in it for him.

Happy Valentines Day!!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas!!!

I am so excited my favorite day of the year, Christmas Eve is here!
The day of anticipation of what is to come!


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Christmas at 1515

Another great early Christmas at 1515

I did not get the aluminum tree up, just never enough time! But in Nov the twins and I went to a Vintage Market and I got a baby tree.
the picture in the back is my Grandmother in a ice storm.

I think it turned out ok on my vanity, loved the reflection of it in the mirror

I did the kitchen in November

of course...Christmas Pyrex!

my Christmas aprons

Kitchens seem to be my favorite rooms at Christmas
I think of all the Holiday meals my Grandmother made in her kitchen and using her Hoosier Cabinet

We put the tree up in November too
fake but with all vintage shiny brites it looks good

the dining room set up for the party

my cousin in Seattle always sends a beautiful centerpiece!

put the Fostoria to good use

and did we have a crowd! 28 all mostly cousins with the exception of 6.
Yes some are distant cousins but cousins from my Mom and Dad both.
In a small town, they all know each other anyway and look forward to seeing everyone.
the dining room has seen many Christmas dinner, 1943

and Mr came for the 1st time! Visiting with cousin Fred

I put a tree up in my Dad's boyhood bedroom too.

 shiny brites

Pictures of the cousins with Santa are displayed.
 Yes the colored ones are of me.

love my vintage Christmas items I display there, want to see?

all vintage

cousin Mary gave me the Santa sleigh this year for Christmas, I love it!

And then my Santa's on my Great Uncle shelf

Being there for a week was wonderful

We made cookies

Even went to see Christmas show
Always have loved the Big Bad Voodoo Daddys
Could not believe they were in Charleston!

wonderful Christmas show!

Of course home is decorated too

the new LED lights are bright!

Mr even did the sheds for me

Have a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!