Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Gifts From the Heart

Aren't gifts from the heart the best?
I truly think so.
I am still putting away things in my dining room from Christmas.
They include the wonderful handmade things my SIL made me.

want to see?

she made me these adorable bottle brush trees on old wooden thread spools.

sprinkled with glitter, wrapped in ribbon

Parisian cards attached


bells and beads


yes she put her soul and heart into making them

I am hoping she reopens her Etsy store soon.
I told her this would be so cute for any holiday wrapped with different ribbon and cards.

That was not the only thing she made.
This one made me cry

a beautiful picture with my parents
their wedding picture and other snap shots of them
love it!
It needs to be hung in our bedroom.

It has been another crazy week around here.
Mr worked all last weekend on some of our pipes in the basement.
Then after getting out Aspen back for 2 weeks after a Uhaul hit my husband, the transmission and engine went out! Long story short, but the damage to the tire and rim, caused the issue with the transmission the led to the engine, but we can not prove it so..........

So here is Mr. on what happened to be his birthday with his new Dodge Durango.
May I say, it was way to cold to be a new vehicle!

here is my beautiful bouquet of roses Mr. got me for Valentines Day

Hope your Valentine was good and this week is even better!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Valentines......Jadeite.........Friendship

Time for a little Valentine vignette
I had not given my Jadeite much attention lately, so how about center stage?
my Hoosier cabinet ready for Valentines Day
and a few of my Jadeite piece.

I remember on a trip with my Mom finding this creamer and sugar for about $3
I also like jadetie because it brought back wonderful memories of church.
Seems our those were our church dishes and I can remember putting money in a little jadeite bowl and Sunday School.

So are you ready for a cup of tea from a Jadeite coffee cup?




this one makes me think of Mr. because he makes me waffles.

Now for the Friendship
Look what Pam from 
Virgina Retro sent me!

it fits right in!

Happy Valentines Day to all my Blog Friends
and Friday is Mr. birthday so I will be making Brownies in his Mom's
heart shaped cake pan.

yes, Mr, and his Mom on his 1st birthday and see the heart shaped cake!


ANN

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Just Gotta Love a Auction! and Pyrex!

Near 1515 there is a Auction house that has a every Tuesday night auction and a once a month Antique auction.
It is the same place I got my Fostoria cake plate recently.
They have online bidding and they post pictures on FB and their website.
The pictures are not too clear and 40 items could be in one picture but I spotted this at the end of the table in one picture!
It was a gamble but boy did it pay off.
$4
For Bluebirds for Patty in perfect condition

Pink Daisy 1 1/2 quart for me.
and
2 pieces of Gooseberry Pink for $4
I was happy when the girl from the auction house called and said I won.
Over the years I have been lucky in person...

the daisy set for another friend for $2.50

or my first Friendship pieces


I am afraid someone is going to catch on and I won't be so lucky.

My Pyrex buddies from work and myself all had the flu last week.
So Monday 2 of us are off and after a weekend of rest we are headed to 1515 for the day.
Seems the antique mall at home has a new vendor I spotted last weekend 
as I was starting succumb to the flu.
I snatched this up
Compass divided dish to go with my barbwire and

black snowflake
and do you see my Christmas tree mugs I have neglected to show you?
Bought them in Dec. I am still behind since my computer was dead for a month and now I left my camera at my in laws so i phone pics only.

So come shopping with me at the Copper Eagle

Jan is in the Grand Cayman Islands but I promised to pick up the pink lasagna.

anyone need a primary set? I am grabbing those 2 small red hostess bowls.

and it may not be Pyrex but I love the glassbake brown tulip

Patty wants to bring home the golden boomerang coffee carafe and 
the Turquoise Princess  Casserole
there is even more, a frosted garland Christmas casserole, daisy, barbed wire, another compass, friendship and butterprint.

Can't wait to go back Monday.
So it is a road trip, Pyrex and lunch with the twins.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Blue Lusterware Tea Set.........and a Interesting Week

As the basement clean out begins I told you I found my Grandmother's Blue Lusterware Tea Set.
Along with some other lost treasures that have been packed away since my Mom died in 2002.
I can just hunt thought my basement for fun instead of going antiquing!
a wedding present of a blue Fenton candy dish and a opaque milk glass plate that was also Grandma's.

just one large plate
I can remember Mom would have it on her hutch

since I did not have anything on the buffet I put the set and plate there for January
The set has 6 cups/saucers, desert plates, creamer, sugar and the teapot.
All in good shape.
I wonder when she bought them? I do remember them on the shelf above the stove in the kitchen.
We would use the teapot from time to time when Grandma and I would have tea,

So far now they are on the buffet


Now for my week........and I have said this before here
I HATE JANUARY
It is always a traumatic month for me
My Dad died in January
Other traumas I don't want to bring up happened in January and you may remember 3 years the water mains broke at home and 1515 the same week. What is the odds of that?

So last Saturday Mr. calls me "I was in a accident" He was ok thank god and that is what is so important.
On one Stan Musial Bridge, a lost U-Haul change lanes and slammed into the Aspen
How he drove home on this I do not know!

Tuesday we had to put our precious Shadow who lives at the business to sleep.
Mr's constant companion, they spent more time together over the last 15 years than we have.
I named him Shadow because from the minute he showed up as a little puppy at the front gate, he followed Bob everywhere. My heart hurts for my sweet husband.
The same day my distant cousin whom I worked on the Charleston Riot with lost her mother.

Thursday as I was getting ready to head off to 1515 I got a call the water line had broken there and the city had turned off the water.
Thursday I still couldn't find a plumber...they all were busy so I spent the night with the twins.
Friday finally a plumber and only $169. The access panel had blown open and the cold air had gotten under the house.
My luck is turning?
NO
My cousins both got ill and could not make the weekend at 1515.
Friday I went to the funeral and out with friends for dinner.
Well, I did not get out of bed until Sunday about 11am.
I was at the porcelain throne. I have not been sick like that in years.
The twins and Fred brought care packages and all I could think after 36 hours in bed was thank goodness no one was there.
Yesterday I finally ate something for the first time since Friday and drove myself back home.
I guess Christmas will still be up at 1515 in February!


Hard to believe but the Aspen was fixed already! Thanks State Farm for saying Mr should not drive it and got it fixed before they even got the police report to prove we were not to blame.

And sweet Mr. had made me homemade Chicken Noodle Soup 
and Boots couldn't wait to get on my lap.


Pray I make it through January without any more catastrophes.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Cleaning Out Just Means Finding New/Old Treasurers

I told myself I am really decluttering this year.
Hmmm I say that every year, but no really this year I will.

I got a new sewing machine for Christmas so I told myself I am going to do the craft sewing room in the basement.

So as I am shuffling Christmas containers, I opened one heavy box.
Oh it has my David Cassidy stuff in it!
But here is the treasure I found

the sweetest handmade Valentine from my Grandma

I never knew my Grandmother who lived at 1515.
My Grandma taught me to bake, the names of flowers, my love of china, silver and entertaining. It helped I was her only Grandaughter so I had her undivided attention.

Of course I sit there and cry, but they are happy tears of all the memories.
Many memories, notes from my Mom, a photo album from High School.
Oh how can I sort all this? Seems each container is about 1/2 full.
I did part with cards from friends and extended family members.
I even found a 1/2 box with blue fenton ware and a lusterware blue tea set.
Oh my I have my work cut out!

I should take a before and after picture.
But not until AFTER I am done, you would not believe my yucky basement!

It is fun to find new/old treasures here at home.
Have you found a new/old treasure in your house lately?

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Beauty of American Fostoria

With Christmas, and no computer I had not been able to show a new treasure!
The American Fostoria square cake plate.
Most hunted by my Girlfriends and I.
I took this at the auction house I was so excited!
I bid on it absentee and got it for $55.

Did you Grandmother have the pattern?
Both of my Grandmother's did.
A luxury of post WWII homes.
My maternal Grandmother used all her pieces for her Eastern Star and book lovers meetings.
Her friends gave her many pieces and I am blessed to have her collection, near 100 pieces.
But no cake plate.

the candlesticks showed up on my Grandmother's table for my parents wedding reception

One of my friends has the memory of her MIL always making a birthday cake for her 6 boys and placing it on fostoria square cake plate
on one of our antique trips she was thrilled to find the round but is still on the hunt for the square.
And oh yes, she tried to offer to buy the square one off of me...NO WAY!

For the 1515 Christmas party I always make a Peppermint Cake.
I could not wait this year.

it looked so pretty (sorry about the lighting, no computer and then I forgot my camera!)

I can never pass a piece of American Fostoria without think of my dear Grandmother.
It always reminds me of a melting ice cube.
It has been fun teaching my Girlfriends about its beauty, watching them buy their first pieces, and adds some fun to our Pyrex hunts.


I think my dear Grandmother would appreciate the fact that something she so adored 
is treasured today.

Does the Fostoria pattern bring back any memories for you?
I love it when you share those memories........it is a Sentimental thing with me!


Ann

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!



Thank you to all of you who shared your friendship with me in 2014.
I so appreciate those who follow my blog and I look forward to every comment.
We have never met but I so treasure our friendship.