Sunday, May 24, 2015


Two months have passed on my limited hiatus from my blog, so thought I would check in with May's randomness.

1.  Took a chance to get out of town for a weekend -- our usual destination, Denver.  We saw the '1968' exhibit at the Colorado History Museum. 

What fun to relive the fashions, music, furniture, etc. from that year. 
 But, of course, seeing the documentation of the assassinations, war, and discrimination of the time was sobering.  It was all special sharing the exhibit with our son, who was born in 1968.

2. A trip out of town would not be complete without some antiquing and junk hunting.  My radar is always up for brown transferware, but the prices are slowly inching up beyond my comfort zone.  I think over $100 for a single piece (in spite of any wonderfulness) is too expensive.  Bob always tells me, "They have it, and you don't!" So guess they can ask what they want for it.  
However, I did find this piece which is quite large.
 Don't have a clue what its intended purpose was.  Any ideas? It almost looks like it needs a lid, but there is no indication of a ridge to hold one.  It was in my under-$25 budget and interesting, so I bought it.  It has a kite mark, but the date symbols are blurred.  I'm sure it is from the 1880s, as I'm familiar with the pattern, "Brazil" from G. W. Turner & Sons, Tunstall -- I already have a plate in the same design.
For now it is holding a pile of antique linen dinner napkins.

3.  Caitlin and I spent a couple of afternoons working on a photo display board for her high school graduation party. 
So hard to narrow down 1000s of pictures taken over 18 years time to just a few -- she has always been so cute!
4.  High school graduation has come and gone.  It seems all her school years have passed by so fast.
 Caitlin is happy.
Grammy is sad.
I was a blubbering idiot at graduation, and took a bunch of horrible pictures.  This was the best of the lot of her with her cute boyfriend after the ceremony.  Thank goodness there will be an official picture forthcoming of her receiving the diploma (with honors) taken by the professional photographer during graduation.
5.  One of the reasons (see here) for my sabbatical from the blog is finished.  The name of the quilt has now officially been changed from "The Albatross" to "Merry-go-round".  
If it ever stops raining, I'll take it outside for a photo shoot to have for my records with the final reveal next month ----
Still a lot of work remains to get ready for the quilt show in August.  And, we are also tentatively planning a trip to Washington state in August.  Plus, we just found out our house will be on a local benefit home tour at Christmas.  I foresee some new projects in our future in preparation for the tour.
Thanks for enduring this long post - it's been a busy May.  
See you next month!


Mitzi said...

An absolutely beautiful quilt!

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Elaine Foley said...

Ooh, I love that brown transferware. I agree $100 is a little steep. $25 is much more to my liking too.

Your granddaughter is adorable. Love her curls. Oh to be just starting out in life. So many possibilities.

Christmas House Tour, looking forward to the photos! But not just yet. I can do without Winter. Ours was so harsh in Boston this year.

Sue said...

A house tour how exciting!!! you get to show off all you how the quilt is coming and can imagine just how much blubbering went on at graduation...I have a few more years to go but i know I'll do the same thing....and at the upcoming wedding as well....

SmilingSally said...

Hi Sally,

That brown transferware could hold a pile of mashed potatoes.

Susan Clayton said...

Congrats on finishing the quilt. Sounds like a full month. How interesting to look back at 68. An eventful year to be born into the world. I like the little dish Looks French casserole -ish to me and I see what you mean about a lid. Glad to see your post. Enjoy!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I know you have a new post, but I missed this one! Congrats on finishing that gorgeous quilt! Just awesome. What a TON of work. Had to comment on that gorgeous transferware piece too. Wonderful. I find the brown just so much more soulful. What is it about it? Summertime blogging is such a challenge. SO much else to do. Glad you are having a nice summer.