Monday, August 8, 2011

Vintage 30's...

During my thrift store shopping "therapy" last week,
I also snatched up these snack plates.
(click pics to enlarge)
This  depression glass snack plate set
was made by Federal Glass of Columbus, Ohio.
The art deco style pattern is called Columbia Clear
and was only made from 1938 - 1942.

I found among my UQO's (un-quilted objects),
this 30's fabric table topper.
I've been looking through this book...
... in hopes of finding a quilting pattern.
The pattern for the topper is not in this particular book.
It was a freebie from Marcus Fabrics a few years ago.
Deciding on a quilting pattern is the difficult part for me.
Any suggestions?

My "newest" snack plates do look lovely on this little topper.

Snack plate sets are something else I collect.
One day, I'll have to share the story of how this adventure started.
It was about 20 years ago at an estate sale.
I had no clue about the box of goodies I purchased for $30.
I'll save that for another post.

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Our movie is about to start....
The series that I am watching with DD Kate is
We began watching it through Netflix,
but their change in services and hubby's threat to discontinue service
prompted me to purchase the entire series and book.

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Buttons, buttons, buttons....
Do you have jars or tins or bags of buttons?
New and old???
Kate was searching through our stash for just the right one.

She recently purchased a new pair of sunglasses
and crocheted a little keeper for them.
It will protect from "dust and scratches, but not from smashes."
She auditioned many and found the perfect one.

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Hi  Ho  H i Ho ... It's off to sew I go...

... some vintage sheet strips!

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Have a wonderful afternoon...  Karen

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Timeless Treasures...

In an effort to take my mind off
"The Bane of My Existence,"
I thought a little thrift store shopping would cheer me.
While standing along side another shopper
perusing the used books,
I watched as she placed this one back on the shelf.
I waited a moment while she moved on and
then the book was mine!
As you can see, I have a few books by Emilie Barnes. 

When I opened the front cover, I read this:
Collective sigh here...

Upon arriving home, I shared the inscription with my Kate.
She said, "Oh, Mom, surely no young person married in 1990
(date at top of page:  1-5-97)
would / could write something like that for a 7th anniversary!"
So we imagined  Mary & Tony 
were seasoned citizens... 
possibly a widow and a widower,
 maybe long lost loves of yesteryear re-united once again.
A second chance at romance later in life.
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I have enjoyed reading the book, and
a sense of nostalgia has been with me ever since.

The book,  Ms. Barnes writes,
"is a book about true treasure---
about the things we hold in our hand and
the memories we hold in our hearts.
It's also about the stories that make up our lives."

She encourages the reader, long before finishing the book, to
"dig through your storage boxes,
flip through those photo albums,
pick up items one by one and tell their stories to your children.
Dust off your pen or your computer,
pulling out that half-forgotten scrapbook,
working once more on that box of old hankies
you hoped (someday) to turn into a baby quilt
or those bits of yarn once destined
to be an afghan for your sister.
Your timeless treasures represent 
your true heritage of love and memory.
They tell your story---
a story that is worth telling.
Keep them close to your heart...
and then pass them on."
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Woven throughout the pages of the book,
are stories of her treasures...
of teacups and silver spoons,
quilts and other handmade treasures...
as well as those of friends and acquaintances,
neighbors and nurses, and her seminar attendees.

She writes,
"Our timeless treasures symbolize what we value most in our lives:
love, joy, beauty, hope, family.
A delicate cut-glass vase,
a brawny set of antique tools,
a child's drawing,
a grandfather's memoir---
any of these can be a timeless treasure
if it brings to mind your most beloved relationships,
your dearest memories,
if it inspires you to reach out and share your story." 

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In the end, all of those "things" we collect... 
well, they are just things.
But indirectly and sometimes directly,
those things when present while investing time and energy 
in loving others... well, that has the capacity to shape memories.
Every day is a timeless treasure...
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Memories of my Granny were stirred when I found this set of tumblers.
I remember well having Cheerwine soda
served in these glasses at her house.
(Cheerwine is a cherry-flavored soft drink
produced by the Carolina Beverage Corporation, NC.)
It was always a treat as a child when visiting my Grandparents.
My home state of MD did not sell Cheerwine.

This pattern, Yorktown, was made by the
Federal Glass Company during the mid 1950's.
And yes... this is a set of 12!
Perfect condition and have probably never seen
the inside of a dishwasher!
And they never will at my house.
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So now you know one of the "things" I collect... glassware.
I'll share some more in the days to come.

How about you?
What do you collect and why?
Does the item evoke a memory 
of days gone by or of a loved one?
Do you then share that memory with your family and friends
to keep that love and history alive?

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Until next time...

"I'll note you in my book of memory."
---William Shakespeare

... Karen

Saturday, August 6, 2011

mourning the losses...

...latest breaking news HERE.

SEAL TEAM 6 members among 38 killed in Afghanistan.
The Navy SEALs were among 30 Americans,
seven Afghans and an interpreter killed in the deadliest incident
for U.S. forces in the Afghanistan war when their helicopter is shot down.
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