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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Thursday, July 6, 2017

HOT AND DRY JULY

It is July, and it is hot and dry in Colorado.  Our yard is suffering and not at its best.
Cooler and a little more pleasant on the porch.
But August and September will be here before we know it.  The roses will have their second burst of blooms and our monsoon season will arrive.

Till then, stay cool!

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

CELEBRATING THE FOURTH OF JULY WITH A TOUCH OF 20TH CENTURY PATRIOTISM


My great-grandparents, grandparents, and parents never hesitated to declare their opinions about politics and patriotism.
I inherited several of their items that are indicative of their participation in support of this country.  Here are a few items to remind me of my important heritage.
A collection of pins and WWII memorabilia ---


Included is a Carrie Nation hatchet stickpin that belonged to my great-grandmother who supported the temperance movement in the early 20th century and a pin belonging to my father supporting Eisenhower for president in 1956.  My grandfather held a couple of elected local offices, and the lapel pin of the elephant holding the flag belonged to him.  
The grade school picture is of me during WWII holding an American flag.  In my great-grandparent's belongings I also found several 48-star American flags plus a couple of Betsy Ross cards.   
Draft registration cards --- my grandfather's from WWI and my father's from WWII --- both showing agriculture deferments. They were required to stay home to grow food to support the war effort.
My grandfather won a national award for superior achievement in agriculture for his contribution to the war effort presented to him in Oklahoma in June 1943 by the Skelly Company.  "Food will win the war --- Food will write the peace."

Even though I was quite young, I remember this as a big deal in our community.  This picture was taken of the family on the day the award was celebrated locally with my cousins in their little military outfits and me in my red, white, and blue outfit.

Just a reminder to me that everyone has a responsibility to do what they can for the betterment of our country. 

Have a joyous Fourth of July in celebration of this wonderful country.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

ON HIATUS


Taking a break -

The last month or so has been a little rough as I've dealt  with some minor medical issues --- nothing serious (I'm thankful!), just several things all at once.  My energy level is low and any inspiration or motivation is non-existent, so I've had nothing of consequence to blog about.

It's time for a short hiatus.
I'll be back. 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

AN EASTER REVISITED

I had a wonderful mother-in-law, who lived to be 100 years old.  That means I had a mother-in-law for 56 years --- a long time for a mother-in-law/daughter-in-law relationship.  She always treated me as well (or better) than she treated her own daughters!

She did have one bad habit, though ---- she loved to make Easter outfits for her grandchildren.  Here is our otherwise adorable son in his grandma-made Easter outfit in 1972.

What can I say?  It was the 1970s, and she loved him very much!!!!

I hope you have a joyous Easter with your family
(and may your knickers NOT be made of polyester).

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Monday, April 3, 2017

NATIONAL TARTAN DAY

National Tartan Day on April 6th has been designated as a day to celebrate Scottish heritage.  I don't think I have a bit of Scottish ancestry in me, but I do love tartan/plaid.  

 I'm always on the lookout for wool, plaid clothing in thrift stores that I can deconstruct, wash, and make into something else.  You would be surprised at the number of pieces of Pendleton, Ralph Lauren, etc. clothing that I have found for just a couple of dollars.

 Pillows are my favorite thing to make from my found plaids --- 










I've even been known to save scraps of plaid paper to make Christmas cards.





I think I will go celebrate by making something plaid.
 Happy Tartan Day!!

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