Sunday, December 10, 2017

HOMEMADE CHRISTMAS

One of my favorite bloggers is hosting with her friends a week long party of Christmas goodness.  Check out Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson for the schedule of "Creating Christmas".  Tuesday, December 12 has been designated 'Homemade Christmas'.

I've always been a sewer and a wanna-be crafter, so homemade is a natural.  Back in my day in my small hometown, we didn't have kindergarten so I've never been very proficient with glue and glitter even though I try.  But, I can sew up most anything.
Several years ago my friend, Jan, and I teamed up together to make about a dozen of these homemade Santas as gifts for our friends in our Wednesday Morning coffee/quilting group.
Jan made the faces and bodies and I made the clothes.  This is still one of my favorites, as he just looks like the Santas of my childhood.
Handmade projects with memories attached are special.  This is an elf that I made using buttons from three of my grandmothers' button boxes.

Another handmade project for me has been the knitted stockings ---- started in 1958 on our first married Christmas.  I knitted the one on the far right for Bob that Christmas, and continued as family members were added.  The last one I did was for grandson, Wyatt (on the far left), who was born in 2002.  

  Now, I'm just waiting for those great grandchildren to come along!!

And what is Christmas without those wonderful handmade Christmas projects of preschoolers?  They are the best!

Homes filled with handmade Christmas are real blessings to visit, and are just meant to be shared!

Go over to Carol's Art and Sand and share your favorite handmade Christmas on Tuesday.


Monday, November 27, 2017

LET'S PLAY HOUSE

There is no place I would rather be than in my house ---- I'm a real homebody.  I've always been that way.  As a child, my mother was always encouraging me to go outside and play.  I didn't want to go outside ---- it was cold, it was hot, it was windy, it was wet, there were bugs and dirt!  Just let me stay inside where my books, crayolas, toys, dolls, and play dishes were.  When I was about four, my parents built me a play house about 10 feet from the back door of our house.  Now I'll go out ---- ten steps and I'm inside again!
That's me at the age of 6 forced 
outside to have my picture taken
on the backside of my playhouse.
My absolute favorite day was Friday when mother and I would clean my little cottage ---- scrubbing windows and floors, etc.  I loved that little house.  
My playhouse  -- at its current location
(moved 3 times and now 75 years old)
 -- picture taken a couple of years ago.

From the beginning, I loved all of my dwellings.
I've lived in 20 different houses over the years --- that doesn't count the various (high school and college) dorm rooms.

There was one dorm room that I absolutely adored, however.  My roommate left mid-semester, and the dorm people moved me to a single room that was about 5 feet by 10 feet --- just a bed and desk, but it did have two huge closets.  

Just waiting around in a 
dorm room to get my MRS. degree. 
 My sewing machine fit on the desk, and I was in heaven sewing, knitting socks, etc., by myself  ----  still playing house!  It was a wonder I kept my good grades up.

    He married me while we were still teenagers in between our Sophomore and Junior years in college.   Our two-room apartment was in half of the basement of this house.  It was really a dump, but I loved fixing it up with new curtains that I had made and our wedding presents.  I shined those old linoleum floors til they glistened.
And, taught myself to cook for real in this basic kitchen ----
And, decorated for Christmas ----


There were many more houses to follow ----

A couple of our favorites ----

A wonderful house we bought in 1976. 

Another favorite that we 
owned from 1990 to 1997.

 And, now we have lived in this house for 20 years.

Today I've really reverted to my childhood ---- playing with dishes!  We're having 14 friends over for a Christmas soup lunch soon, so I need to decide a tablescape.  Maybe this???



I hope everyone has fun playing house in preparation for the upcoming Christmas season.  I plan some more Christmas decorating today!

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

TOMORROW IS THANKSGIVING ---- TODAY I'M THE SOU CHEF AND THE PASTRY CHEF

I'm getting ready ---- are you?
I've cut up the bread and a yellow onion for the dressing and a  red onion for the salad --------
Made a pumpkin pie ----
Left the house to go to Sonic for a vanilla diet coke to energize me for the afternoon ----
Made the cherry filling from scratch for the cobbler   ----
The cobbler looks pretty good right out of the oven ( I want some NOW.) ---
I love this old trivet and use it everyday.  It came out of my grandmother's old wood cook stove. 
 It says, "Cook cereals here - will never burn if register is raised."  Lots of Thanksgiving memories from two grandmothers' and one great-grandmothers' kitchens.

OH, yes --  they want supper tonight.  I made taco soup ----

I still need to do some prep work on the potatoes and broccoli and the bacon needs fried to top the broccoli salad ---- it's still early in the afternoon!

I wonder when the REAL chef will show up ---- maybe tomorrow???  Oh, that's right ---- I'm the chef in the Salmagundi household.  Guess I had better get a good night's sleep to be ready for tomorrow's work. 

May your cereals never burn and have a thankful and joyous Thanksgiving with your friends and family.

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

OUT AND ABOUT LOOKING FOR BROWN TRANSFERWARE

We had not been to Denver for awhile to check out our favorite antique mall, but since we were in northern Colorado had to stop in!  We don't buy much anymore, but I still like to look for bargains in brown transferware.

On the first aisle I spotted this large platter with a late 1800s Alfred Meakin mark.  It is in good shape ---- the price just $6.  Even though it is the lighter (almost rust) brown; at that price how could I refuse?

One of the things that has always appealed to me about brown transferware is the variety of patterns and color.  This stack shows some of the platters that I have ----- and I'm always looking for more.  How many do I need?
After the rust-colored platter I picked up this bowl with a simple aesthetic pattern but an intricate border.  The manufacturer mark indicates that it is from the T and R Boote Co. of England.


 It has a 'kite' mark on the back with the pattern name (Summer Time); and the numbers and letters indicate that it was manufactured of earthenware on November 26, 1878.
I should stop this obsession, but I so enjoy the occasional find! They are all so different.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

CELEBRATING A 21ST BIRTHDAY

We celebrated our granddaughter's 21st birthday with a relatively QUIET family dinner.


Her transition into adulthood is going well, so this Grammy is trying very hard to cut her apron strings.  I'm finding 
it harder than I did with my own children!

Wishing our dear Caitlin a fun birthday week followed by a life full of blessings.


Monday, September 4, 2017

ANNA PETERS CHINA, MY MOTHER, AND OUR WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

This post is all over the place, but connected in a way!  Bear with me as I ramble ----
My mother had a green thumb and loved her rose garden.  She, also, was fond of anything with roses on it especially china.  This plate was one of her favorites and hung on the dining room wall when I was growing up.
 It was painted by Anna Peters, who had a china painting studio in Denver at the turn of the 20th century.  About 40 years ago, I started looking for more Anna Peters china when we were out antiquing.  In about 1976, I found two smaller plates painted by Ms. Peters and gave them to my mother for Mother's Day that year.  Over the years, I have acquired nine more pieces of the Peters' china which I found mostly in the Denver area.  My mother passed away before I could give her any more of these beautiful rose dishes.
To celebrate my Mother's birth date and our wedding anniversary this week, I grouped the Peters' dishes in our dining room plate rack.

And, now our 59th wedding anniversary ----
The time has passed unbelievably fast.  Who are those teenagers in this 1958 photo?
The picture was taken on our wedding day in my parent's dining room, where we held the reception for 300 people.  My parent's house was big; the day was a beautiful September day; so the reception flowed out into my folk's lovely backyard.  But, 300 people --- my mother was a saint!!  Her 39th birthday was the day before our wedding day.
If you look at the picture of Bob and I, you can spot my mother's favorite rose plate hanging on the wall.

My mother and dad gave us a beautiful wedding to share with friends and families.  The flowers were beautiful ----
The cake was perfect ---- 

The whole day was special!
The perfect start to a wonderful 59-year (and counting) marriage.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

A SIMPLE SUMMER OF RANDOMNESS

 I haven't posted much this summer, so here's some catching up of randomness.

From Bob's workshop:  Bob and Wyatt were able to recently tear down a couple of 100-year old buildings for some great salvaged wood.  Here is a chimney cupboard Bob built from salvaged wood and pallets.
He made a couple of these tool chests with interior trays.  One he gave to the friend that let him tear down an old lean-to for the wood.  The other is currently for sale in a local consignment shop.

He made this lamp base and donated it to the local boys and girls club for their fundraising auction.
I love the twig tables he makes.  This one is sold, but he is working on another one with a top from an old board 2" thick.

Wyatt has spent time with us this summer --- he loves working with his papa in the workshop.  And, anytime he can fire up the forge, he is happy.  What is it about boys and fire?
He also did some leather work and made Scottish jewelry from forged nails.
And he had a temporary job at a local tree farm and earned money to buy a "long-dreamed-of" kilt.  He goes out for the high school track and field team in the spring, and hopes one day to compete in the Highland Games.  For now, he has started his sophomore year in high school with a school trip to Nebraska to view the eclipse.
At 15 1/2 years old, he is pushing 6'2" and is experimenting with growing his hair!!!! He has been seen with a mini-man-bun ---- this Grammy is learning to choose her battles.
His sister, Caitlin (my favorite granddaughter), will be 21 in a month and is doing a great job figuring out adulthood.  She has a good job at the local health conglomerate.  (I'm really envious of HER hair!)
Allergies and asthma have not been kind to me recently, so I have been perfectly happy to stay inside and quilt.  I finished the following small quilts this summer.
And, these four pillows for the porch.
Both the flower gardens and the vegetable garden are doing well after an early August monsoon season of rain.  Bob is our resident gardener with occasional help from Wyatt.
That's about it for summer ---- bring on the Autumn goodness!

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Monday, July 31, 2017

MONSOON AUGUST

As I mentioned in my last post, August is monsoon season in Colorado.  Don't ask me why ---- Colorado is usually dry and arid in the summer, but every August the monsoons arrive for a short visit.  We have had rain every day for a week, and it continues.  We are currently under a flash flood warning as I'm writing this.
 A break in the rain, so I went outside to take a few photos ---- mud and crud everywhere!
Large rain drops are beginning to fall again.
One last photo of a rose bud before I run back inside.
The other day, the sun came out long enough for me to take the quilt I just finished out for its official portrait.
 I never mind an opportunity to stay in out of the wet weather.  It gives me an opportunity to do what I like best ---- quilting.
This traditional block is called Cactus Rose, and is not dependent on Colorado's fickle weather!

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