Saturday, January 26, 2019

Blue Ridge Dishes

The kitchen redo progress with me going through everything to decided what to keep, clean what I do keep and find a place for it.

One thing I really need to clean was my Grandmother's Blue Ridge dishes I have on a shelf
 in the kitchen above the Hoosier cabinet.

the plates are identical but different stamps on back

you can read about them here 

my favorite is the square ones
Took awhile to figure out the pattern, Flower Ring.
All hand painted
made in Erwin TN from 1917-1957

creamer and sugar

tea cups too

I found more plates some are the strawberry pattern 

and a bowl I remember my Mom had which is a sunflower

I can remember eating my Grandmothers pimento cheese sandwiches off the square plates.
Then I found this picture!
Apparently they were used on my 1st birthday!

can you see the square plates used under the bowls? the tea cups too.

I sometimes think if my Grandmother ever came back to life she would be so happy I still have so many of her things. As I look at this picture it is amazing, I have the dishes, the silverware, the salt n pepper shakers, the cake plate because it turns and plays "Happy Birthday", the flower pots in the window sill, and the letter holder next to the phone I keep my bills in to this day.

Going through all this is so fun, finding things I forgot I had...oops.
Oh and I found my Grandmothers meat loaf recipe! She made the best.

Have a great weekend!


per request here is my sweet Grandma's meat loaf recipe.
We had many a cold meat loaf sandwich. I am sure she used lean ground beef.

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!!