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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Pearls and Lace Thursday #4

Pearls a La Purple!
Well, the purple chocolate tins with the violets have found a new home, on a dresser that belonged to my wonderful hubby! His father used this piece, and now it is part of the guest room.
The costume jewelry is from my Great Aunt Freda. She had a lovely collection of many items, and I am the care-taker of a few lovely pieces, and have been since I was a child!

I remember the huge sunflower "Diamond" brooch so well. I've kept it in the jewelry box all my life, but now it's time to display it. It is missing some stones, probably from my mishandling it as a child, but it's still so pretty. I can remember taking it and holding it close to my eye and looking through the back of the largest stone and looking at my little world. So fascinating to a child!

The lace is from an estate sale I attended about a month or so ago. One of 3 lovely pieces.
I think the detail is lovely, and do you notice that the flower in the lace looks similar to the "diamond" brooch?? Flowers and leaves. Anyway, just a bit or whimsy.
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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Vintage Rust and Chippy White Paint

This is my mother's beautiful urn. If I remember correctly, she got it from my Grossmutter (grandmother), her mother, and has moved it numerous times, from house to house, then from one spot in the yard to this spot. It's no easy task to move this urn, it weighs a TON! It's made up of at least 3 pieces, possibly 4, and each piece by itself weighs a ton!! I actually remember it being all white and shiny in the garden, but now the aged patina on it is lovely, don't you think?
I have a new outlook on this rusty and chippy garden urn...I used to think it needed to be painted again, made new and shiny looking, but now that I've started to see all of your beautiful blogs, I have a brand new (though belated) view of the rust and chips! I think it's beautiful now! I wouldn't change it a bit!!!
I think it urned (urn humor) the look over the years!!
Hope you enjoy!
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Monday, April 26, 2010

Can You Smell The Roses?

I just can't get enough roses in my life. My wonderful hubby has transferred our rose bushes from one house to another, and they flourished! UNTIL....the dogs began to root them up so they could lay in the cool earth around them. It seems like no deterrent can stop them. They are huge labs, and I don't care for their ways.
So...my wonderful hubby has given me roses for my birthdays for a number of years! I've carefully dried each one, and now they are an unending reminder of his love.

The teacup and saucer are my favorite. I don't know where I found them, but their beauty is also a way I enjoy my roses. Have I told you how much I love roses?? You'll probably see a lot of pictures of roses on my blog as time goes by...but they're not my only favorite!!

I'm sure flowers of all kinds are loved by all people, but I like particular ones over others, as I'm sure you do! I love blues and purples, so hydrangeas are another favorite. I've never seen hydrangea teacups....hmmmm. Anyone out there have any? I'd love to see them!

I'm joining Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Teatime Tuesday.
I don't like hot tea, but hopefully the teacup won't mind!
Perhaps some coffee???
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I'm also joining Martha over at Martha's Favoritesat
for her Teacup Tuesday!!

I'm also joining Terri at Artful Affirmations for her
Teatime Tuesday with Friends~!!!
check it out at http://artfulaffirmations.blogspot.com

So many beautful cups and saucers and settings and teas!!!

Rose Point Mosaic

This is one of my first trys at making a mosaic or collage, and I have to say, it's quite addicting! I just must come back again each and join you all!! What a wonderful idea!!
Hope y'all like my dishes! I pulled out all of my lovely Rose Point dishes and displayed them, then took about 300 pictures of different views, with different lighting for each set. I was so tired, but so excited to see what I could do with my little ol' camera!
Be sure and join in the fun over at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Pearls and Lace Thursday #3

A Box Full Of Goodies!
My wonderful husband went with me on last Saturday to drive miles and miles and miles along the Hwy 80 Garage Sale! We had a blast, my feet STILL ache, and I now have some new goodies to share with you all.
One of the best things I think I got was a box full of laces and 'stuff'. I still haven't gone through the whole thing, and on a nice rainy day when I just want to sit still, I will organize all the different laces and things. I asked the lady who was selling the items if she'd take 5 dollars for the box....she said yes, so mine it is!!

There seems to be quite a bit of lace edgings and even some embroidered pieces that look quite interesting. I have no clue what I'll find or if it's any good, but who can resist a box full of lace???

At another stop, I found 2 bedskirts (twin size) in this beautiful white. I hope to make a new full sized skirt out of it and use it with my bed in the guest room. I suppose it would be easier to purchase an actual full-sized skirt, but then it wouldn't be quite the 'find' this is!

The different laces in this box are amazing. I've never seen so many different styles, and some are in light blue, pink and other colors.

Hmmmm, I wonder if I need to get some of this added to my 'pile' for a soon to occur
When I reach 50 posts I'm thinking of having a Give-Away.
Would y'all want to see some of this in the lot??
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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

White Roses and Dancing Cherubs

This belonged to my great-grandmother whom I never met, but I have heard so many stories about her over the years that it seems like I did know her! She was a hard-working single mother of 4 children in the early 1900's in Dallas. I don't know how she made it. It seems almost impossible, but with her integrity and strength, she raised those 4 children in a time where the world was changing and a woman wasn't thought of as the head of the house.

I'd like to think that her husband, my great-grandfather, must have bought this for her. I don't know the actual story, but perhaps this was a gift to her from him. It bears a label from a jewelry store in Dallas, Arthur A. Everts Co. Maybe he passed the store one day and saw it in the window. Maybe he went to the store with her and she saw it and fell in love with it at first sight. How ever it happened, I know it was special to her, and she cherished it for many many years.

The delicacy of the roses surrounding the dancing cherubs is so pretty, and the coloring is something I've never seen in any other pieces. It seems to be made of a delicate type of material, though I can't tell you what it is. All I know is that I am delighted to have something that was considered so special to someone in my ancestry.
Different subject: Blogger...does anyone know why I have to post my blog in between the 'code' for my pictures? Do you all have the same problem?? Maybe it's a setting that I have it on or something and don't know how to fix it. Any help really would be appreciated!!

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Beethoven's Bust and Beautiful Books Bonanza

Well, it seems Blogger is Broken, or at least not feeling well! I'm going to try to post anyway, because I want to share some new finds! The bust above is of Beethoven. He is one of my favorite composers, and I've always loved his music. Now...I play the violin, not the piano, but when a few weeks ago I came across these books of piano-forte pieces, I knew I had to get them.

Who would have thought that in a little tiny town near me I'd run across these?? They are wonderful! I'll never be able to play the music, but I can tell that someone way back there loved and practiced many hours from these books. They are volumes 1 and 2, and they are full of wonderful Beethoven compositions.

When I found them, my first thought was "oh my, what a find!". So I asked their price. The lady who owned them and had them in her garage sale asked me a few questions...first, "Do you play the piano?". Well, no I answered her, but I play the violin and peck at the piano! She was happy with my answer and told me that she really hoped the books would be sold to a music lover!! Wonderful! For me!

So, they are now home with me and happily resting on my little piano, next to their composer. Beethoven's bust by the way was a present from my mom. A present that was intended to be a 'gag' gift!! Little did she realize that it was PERFECT for me! I've treasured him and taken care of him now for many years.

Hopefully in the near future Blogger will be fixed and everyone can post again without the tortures of 'code' and no centering or changing colors of print!! Or size! We live in a world now of computers and microwaves, so maybe a little Beethoven and timeless music is what we can use for a while. Maybe I'll peck a bit at the piano music in a little while....AFTER Dallas beats San Antonio for the Basketball Playoffs!!!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Pearls and Lace Thursday #2

First Graces and First Prayers
These are books by Tasha Tudor, the famed and loved author and illustrator
of lovely childrens books. The pictures inside are wonderful. Full of colors that delight the eye.

I remember them always being a part of my life from childhood.
The inscription in the front is more lovely handwriting: these books are
from my beloved godparents who treated us like we were their grandchildren.

The simplicity of the artwork, the tenderness of the drawings,
the depiction of childhood and love. Prayers and Graces.
Makes me think of a little child's head bowed as he kneels at the bedside,
saying his nightly prayers:
"Deah Woahd"
(that's what it sounded like when my own little son prayed)
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Monday, April 12, 2010

My Brick Walls

I knew a lady years ago who told me a story. Actually, she told a whole room full of ladies this story, and it has really helped me out over the years.

She told us that one day her husband (who was a brick layer), drove her all over the city and pointed out walls, buildings, bridges, etc. that his hands had built. He told her that they were his life's work and that they would stand longer than he would live. Others would see them, perhaps benefit from them by living in them, using them, etc. He ended the drive with extreme pride over his accomplishments.

She however, had another idea. She was an avid crocheter of beautiful afghans. She had made hundreds of them over the years and given the majority of them away to friends and family. She taught anyone who wanted to learn how to crochet, and she was still cranking them out, beautiful colors and patterns. Her 'brick walls' she told us, were these afghans! These were the things that people would remember her by, they would last longer than she would, they would give delight, warmth, and color to other households.

So, what are my brick walls??? I guess I have quite a few different ones...

My scrapbooks and handmade cards, my tatted doilies, the pictures I have taken, even the collections of beautiful dishes and glassware. These are some of my brick walls. I might not have put my hands to a brick and laid it down to last for years, but I have things that I've touched that will last for years, that others might enjoy. And yes, I've made some afghans too.

Sometimes I get extremely discouraged. As in this morning. I just got the laundry room all picked up, organized, swept and clean during the end of last week. It took me hours to put all that junk up and get it nice looking (it stores a lot of our Dachshund Kennel food and items). This morning, I went in there to find that my husband had been in there. Need I say more? I was very angry. Then I remembered my brick walls. Cleaning up after him is another part of it. It might not last long, but it's a part of something that WILL last a lifetime.

So, what are your 'brick walls'?

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Pearls and Lace Thursday #1

Grossmutter's Influence

As a little girl, I remember my grandmother (whom we called Grossmutter) taking my sister and I to her Church. It was in an old part of Dallas.

I can remember the smell...it had to be the smell of God, and heaven, right?

Or perhaps it was the smell of old church pews and past Vacation Bible School snacks,

but nevertheless, it was what a Church smelled like.

In my sweaty hand was a knotted handkerchief. It contained my 'offering' for Sunday School.

I would have to untie the handkerchief and put the coins it held into the Church shaped container in the classroom, as one by one each child put in their own coins.

My mother teaching us to put these coins into the handkerchief each Sunday is probably one of my earliest memories.

Going to Church with Grossmutter was always the BEST of Sundays. We didn't get to go with her often, but of the few times we did, it was an occasion to remember. Once I saw blue eggs in a nest outside the 2nd floor window of our Sunday School room!!!

I have a number of handkerchiefs from her, those that she cherished and shared with me, those that I now cherish. And along with that Sunday School memory is the memory of the white pearl necklace, saved for BEST occasions, which of course was Sunday and Church.
I still have that same necklace, tattered at the clasp now, but still in tact. Still precious. Witness to those days now gone.

Do you remember your grandmother's handwriting? My Grossmutter had spidery writing. It was very unique to her, and each envelope that arrived at birthdays and Christmas were always so special, because we could tell which one was from Grossmutter because of her writing.
I still have a few cards from those memorable days. Cards of love that never ends.

The crocheted crosses were another of the things that I remember her always having close by her. She read books, did crossword puzzles, had millions (it seemed) of cats, had a laugh that bubbled out of her. Her hands and arms were wrinkled and soft, and I loved to touch her skin.
She always touched us gently and we knew we were greatly loved by her.

It wasn't until many years later, when I was in High School, that one afternoon I was babysitting for the music director of a little church in Dallas that I returned to that same Church. I didn't know it at the time, but when I took the children upstairs to the nursery rooms, something clicked in my head. It seemed familiar. And the SMELL!! I knew that smell!!! It wasn't until I went into the Sunday School room and stood at the window. The same window I had stood at many years earlier. I remembered it was there I saw the blue eggs!!!

It was Grossmutter's Church!!

I wish I had worn my pearls and carried my handkerchief.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Treasure Found: Stacks of White Dishes!

Have you ever just skipped going into a store or shop because you look at it and just think,
"Noooo, I don't think so".
Well, I stopped.
What did I find? STACKS of creamy white dishes.
The stack of plates were my wonderful find at a very non-antiquey (is that even a word?)
place on the highway. Boy, was I surprised! I've passed this place
for years and years. Probably a hundred times!

Then Saturday, I stopped and went inside. It was full to the brim with great old stuff. Whatever interested you was proabably there.
I not only found the stack of dishes (for 10 bucks), but the
lovely jar on the left...is it a vinegar jar?

The pitcher on the right was found at another shop earlier last weekend.
It matches one I already have, though this one is larger.
Price? 4 bucks.

I just love the way they look all together!
The spoons were the first thing I found in that little old shop.
They are matched and have such intricate work on them.
He gave me a great deal on them too!

My husband was impressed. 10 bucks for 39 plates. Yes, that's right.
39 plates!!! He even helped me get all the price tags
scraped off of them.
Then he says this to me.
"I kind of like that look on them, with the cracking varnish
and the chips".
Be still my heart!
Could a man say anything better about my dishes??

Hope you enjoy my new whites!
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Monday, April 5, 2010

Purple Majesty

Take my life, and let it be
consecrated, Lord, to Thee;
Take my moments and my day,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Take my hands, and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love;
Take my feet, and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.
Take my voice, and let me sing
Always, only, for my King;
Take my lips, and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee.
Take my silver and my gold,
Not a mite would I withhold;
Take my intellect, and use
Every power as Thou shalt choose.
Take my will and make it Thine,
It shall be no longer mine;
Take my heart, it is Thine own,
It shall be Thy royal throne.
Take my love, my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure-store;
Take myself, and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee.

I'm grateful to God not only for His death on the cross, but for
His salvation which He has given me.
May I always live my life worthy of that calling,
and be faithful to the end.

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