Monday, December 27, 2010

The Flamingo In The Penguin Body!

Another great Christmas with my beautiful children and family.  Watching the grandchildren open their gifts and seeing their reaction - I wonder what memories they will have when they grow up and have children of their own?  It had snowed the night before and continued through the morning so after we ate and opened presents, the kids spent the afternoon having a snowball fight in the front yard.  Why do they think it is fun putting ice cold snow down the back of each others pants?  Well, at least they used the snow off my car so I didn't have to clean it off this morning.  Some of the kids didn't have gloves, but that didn't stop them.  I probably should have some extra gloves on hand just in case it snows again on our family Christmas get-together.  Also, boots or extra shoes might be a good idea.  Besides the kids, there were several of the older guys out there playing in the snow, too.  But, not Grandma.  No, I'll just watch from the warmth of the house, thank you.

Looking around the living room and kitchen after everyone left, you could see that it was a good day for all.  Small scraps of wrapping paper under the chairs, cookie crumbs on the couch, leaves, dirt and puddles of melted snow on the floor, moved chairs, ornaments in different places on the tree and a dirty glass here and there were the signs of a very happy family Christmas.  After picking up a few things and getting the last of the dirty dishes in the dishwasher, I sat down in my rocking chair.  As my hound dog, Bronx, climbed onto the couch (he thinks it's his), he laid down, yawned and let out a loud sigh.  Yep, we were both just too tired to do anything else.  His job is to follow the little ones with food in their hands and clean up if dropped on the floor and he is quite good at his job.   

So, you ask, what does the title have to do with this blog?  Well, you know, I am never too tired to get on the computer and think about my  online stores. 

It's time to think about the new year (I can clean up later).  Time to remove the "Merry Christmas" pictures.  Need to find a winter picture.  Burrrrr - oh, I dislike the cold.  The snow is pretty, but give me the warm sand on the beach, palm trees and flamingos.  Then I came across this picture.  Oooh, yes!  I'm sure he is feeling exactly how I feel and is lamenting to whoever will listen.  Looking toward the heavens he wails "I am a flamingo in a penguin body."   

Monday, December 13, 2010

The Search for the Perfect Christmas Tree

Yesterday, my daughter, son-in-law and newest grandson, Jascha, went in search for my Christmas tree.  I have to have a real tree - it is just important to me.  As a young child, we didn't have a Christmas tree on Christmas.  At times we decorated the fireplace at my Grandmother's house and then a little later, my Grandmother did get one of those artificial silver trees with the revolving color light that changes the silver to green, blue, red and yellow.  Oh, I enjoyed rocking in my rocking chair watching the colors change on the shimmering tree.  It was pretty, but, in my heart I always wished we had a real tree.  The first year I was married, my husband and I bought a tree for my Grandmother.  We picked it out, took it over to her house, set it up and decorated it.  I don't believe we told her we were going to before we did it - it was like my surprise to her - I was giving her something that I just knew she had always wanted.  Looking back I'm not sure she was all that excited about it.  Oh, she smiled and let us put it up.  But come to think it, her expression was probably more of an "OMG, what am I going to do" expression.  (she would have used the term "goodness" not "God").  By the next Christmas, my Grandmother had moved to a different town and my oldest daughter was born so no more surprise Christmas trees for my Grandmother.  How we pick out my Christmas tree has changed over the years.  There were a few years that we had an artificial tree back in the late 1970s and early 1980s but, since then it has been back to the real trees.  Jascha is my youngest grandson and he is now the Christmas tree approver for me.  Yesterday was his second year for this most important duty.  You see it must be the most beautiful tree in the lot with something that sets it apart from all the rest.  Most important, it must be a hugable tree.  As you can see, Jascha has the process down pat.  It must past the smell test,  then he makes sure that there are no missing needles and then of course, the taste test.
 It is obvious, he is a perfectionist when it comes to Christmas trees and understands how important picking out the perfect Christmas tree is for Grandma.  After running between the rows of trees, some short and some tall, he finally finds the Christmas tree that is worthy.  Once we get the tree to Grandma's house, we put it in its stand and feed it some water, making sure the best side faces the front for all to admire.  Also want to make sure there is plenty of room around the tree for presents from Santa.  We'll let it sit for a day before decorating so the branches can fall into place.  Ah, looks perfect.  Now, Grandma, what about those flamingos?      

Friday, December 10, 2010

I Love That Pottery!

Piney Woods Pottery Vase 

Cagle Road Pottery Candle Liner

I'll have to be honest - there aren't too many pieces of pottery that I don't like. I'm not even sure that I could tell you the styles that I prefer. When I lived in Indiana, there were the potteries located in the Nashville (Brown County) area that we use to visit quite often. When my daughter lived in Tennessee, we visited the Sevierville and Pigeon Forge areas - great pottery places in the artisan areas. I was always fascinated watching the people spin the pottery using their hands to shape and mold the pieces. Now that I live in North Carolina, I find the Seagrove, NC area is one of the largest communities of potters consisting of over 100 potteries in a 20 miles radius. Having the longest continual history of pottery making in the United States, the Seagrove area was settled in the late 1700s of mostly English and German decent. The Seagrove Pottery area is located in central North Carolina and includes Randolph, Moore, Montgomery and Lee counties. Untouched by urban growth, the area is simple beautiful and is located just east of the Uwharrie National Forest. It is like going back in time driving along the back roads to reach the different pottery shops. In fact, a lot of the pottery shops have picnic tables for visitors to picnic and just enjoy the serenity of the area. While the tradition of Seagrove pottery began more than 200 years ago, there is a unique blend of potters - some are the eighth and ninth generations of potter families, some settled in the area from the 1960s and 1970s “hippie” generation and some are new potters. What brings them together is their love for making some of the most beautiful and unique pottery in the world. Here are three pieces of North Carolina pottery that I have for sale at Carolinabluelady Vintage Collectibles. These aren't vintage pieces as I resell pottery for several Seagrove area potters -

Cagle Road Pottery Basket
The Piney Woods Pottery vase at the upper right hand side has beautiful applied blue irises.  Underneath is the candle liner or holder from Cagle Road Pottery with its beautiful dogwood motif.  And, the Raggedy Ann and Andy basket with the braided handle and hearts to the left is just so sweet.  These three great NC pottery pieces are at my eCrater store.  I do have other North Carolina pottery pieces at my Auctiva Commerce store and my BISI store    I'm sure you will find something that will catch your eye.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Lunch At The Five & Dime With My Grandmother

I loved spending time with my Grandmother when I was little.  When we didn't live with her, I would still visit her on weekends or a week here and there.  I loved watching her sew.  When I was really little around 3 and 4 years of age (early 1950s), she would let me sit on the sewing machine extension and watch her.  I loved seeing how fast she could get that needle going and listening to the whining hum of the machine - it always whined higher the faster she would go.  She was a dressmaker by trade and had her own business.  She not only did alterations, but also made clothes for others.  I loved watching her customers trying on their clothes and her pinning and marking the alterations to be made.  She would let me play with scraps of material so that I could make clothes for my dolls.  There was a card table next to her sewing machine for handwork and I had a chair across from her so I could work too.  She always had a radio on - we would work, listen to music and talk.  And, when I got tired of sitting, I could dance in front of the floor length mirror and pretend I was a ballerina.  Every once in a while I would check to see if she was watching me (it would embarrass me if she did) and she was always working on her sewing project not paying any attention to me so my freedom of dancing could continue.  She never called me a princess, but I was definitely her princess just like my oldest granddaughter is to me.

Every Saturday morning, she would go downtown to get her notions, supplies and materials needed for the next week.  If I was staying with her, I would get to go downtown to shop with her.  We got dressed up and would catch the Delaware-Central 19 bus to go downtown.  I loved her holding my hand when we walked up those big steps of the bus and the bus driver smiling at us.  She always bought most of her notions at J.C. Penney's.  This store was located on the Circle in Indianapolis and the Soldiers and Sailors Monument was in the middle.  Here is a picture of it (Photo by Ruth Reichmann) - copied this off the Internet so hopefully, I'm not in too much trouble. 

It was  really tall and there were cascading water falls on two sides of it.  It was so beautiful.  The fabric department at J.C. Penney was on the second floor.  It was so much fun touching all of the fabrics and feeling the different textures - velvet, corduroy, flannel, satin, silk and organza.  I think my favorite fabric was polished cotton - it was so shiny and smooth.  I know, sounds weird, but I was a child.  And, yes, I still have to touch everything when I go shopping for clothes or material.  Now, if we were going to more than one store, it was hard keeping up with her - she walked fast.  And, there was no such thing as a mall.  We had to walk out in the weather, cross busy streets and it was noisy and so many people.  But it was all worth it because we always got to eat lunch at the five and dime.  We had a choice of Woolworth's, Kresge's or the G.C. Murphy dime store.  Sometimes she would let me choose.  Usually, we had to wait a few minutes so we could get two seats to open up together.  I loved watching all the people while we waited and the anticipation of a waitress asking me what I wanted to eat made me feel so special.  

After we ate, we would have to walk back to the Circle to the bus stop and catch the bus back home.  Did I tell you that my Grandmother was a fast walker?  My legs were always hurting by this time and I couldn't wait to get on the bus and sit down in those big seats.  But, once we arrived home and she was putting away her threads, zippers and seam binding, I was looking forward to going shopping with my Grandmother again and eating lunch at the five and dime.           

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Midwest Memories from an ESN Blogger - Button Banter

This morning I was catching up on some blogs that I follow from some fellow eCrater sellers.  I thoroughly enjoy reading Button Banter.  Joyce also writes the blogs - Postscripts from The Postcard Emporium and Grandma Seidar's Recipes.  It only takes a few minutes, whether you are reading her blogs or reading her "About Me" pages on her eCrater stores, that you feel that you have just met your long lost best friend.  I don't know if it is because she is from the Midwest or grew up in the 1950s or was greatly influenced by her grandmother, but it's like I am looking in the mirror when reading her stories and sharing her memories.  Joyce also has three eCrater stores that you need to visit - Melodies Forgotten and The Postcard Emporium will take you back in time.  You might be able to find a postcard of a familiar place of your past.  I sure was. 
Here is a postcard of the Das Deutsche Haus in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Now called the Athenaeum, this building is located near downtown at 401 E. New York Street, not too far from where I grew up as a small child.  This building was built as two wings starting in 1893 and finishing in 1898.  One of the architects was Bernard Vonnegut, grandfather of novelist Kurt Vonnegut and a very prominent family of Indianapolis, In.  You really need to check out The Postcard Emporium as Joyce also includes names and addresses on the vintage postcards as a way for people to find geneology information.  I just find this fascinating.  

I know, got carried away again in memories.  Just can't help it.  Well, I'm off to look at some more postcards.  Why don't you check out my friend's blogs.  Joyce would love to share her memories with you, too.

And, one more thing, don't forget to join us over at ESN.  We love to share ideas and talk.         

Monday, November 29, 2010

Red and Green = Christmas Scavenger Hunt at ESN

Ah, Thanksgiving is over.  I certainly did enjoy my pumpkin pie.  I wonder if the kids noticed that I didn't offer for them to take any extra pie home with them?  I made three pumpkin pies and used my new hand beater to beat the eggs.  Hand beater - you know, the old fashion kind (no electricity kind) - see picture >.  My daughter got me one last year for Christmas at my request.  Anyhow, I'm sure that is why the pumpkin pies looked so perfect not to mention how yummy they tasted.  Yep, I know I ate one whole pie myself (after everyone left).  You know, sometimes living alone can be sooo rewarding.  Next time for pumpkin pie is Christmas. 

Speaking of Christmas, our scavenger hunt at ESN this week is for red and green items.  How pretty and so many cool things to choose from!  Everyone is so busy listing new (old) items for the Christmas season.  Make sure you visit the eCrater Stores Network soon and check out some great holiday finds! 

From the Dress In Vintage shop, we find something that will surely excite your Santa.  This is a beautiful Red Lipstick Vintage Kayser Full Slip.  Send Santa on some errands if you want to get dressed more quickly.  This lovely lady has been in business selling online for over 10 years and has some beautiful vintage clothes including gorgeous lingerie.

Here is a great wall Christmas decoration from Walls That Talk.  A beautiful green Christmas tree.  Check out the other great wall decorations and get creative!
Look at these wonderful vinyl placemats full of Christmas cheer!  Easy cleanup and great for the kid's table.  You need to check out Yard Sale Bargains for these and some other great holiday finds.  Great price on these Christmas placemats!
OK, if you are looking for something to hang on your tree and is really cute, check out the Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd Hallmark Collectible Ornament.  I found this in the ComycGyrl store.  She has tons of really cute and unique treasures.  I'm sure you will find something that will bring back a fun memory or two.  I will always relate the doctor who delivered my youngest daughter to Elmer Fudd.  I'll tell that story later!  

                                                                                                      Want to show you these great Christmas cheese spreaders I found at Le Petit Marche - another great store at eCrater.  Aren't they wonderful?  Her store is just so much fun to browse in. 

And, here is a wonderful gift for that young person in your life that is interested in playing a musical instrument.  Hazel's Hodgepodge not only sells wonderful collectible treasures, but also sells musical instruments.  Here is a great child's guitar (and in red) at a great price.  

Hope you've enjoyed the scavenger hunt this week.  And, more important, hope it has given you some ideas for Christmas decorating plus a few gift ideas.  There are so many great eCrater stores.  Visiting the eCrater Stores Network will let you meet some of the great store owners adding a great personal touch to online buying.  Only 26 more days until Pumpkin Pie! 

Sunday, November 21, 2010

T.H.A.N.K.S. - An ESN Scavenger Hunt

In just a few days, Thanksgiving will be here and time to spend with family and friends or just relax and watch TV or read a good book.  Personally, I can't wait for the pumpkin pie!  Our scavenger hunt at the eCrater Sellers Network this week will be finding items for each letter of THANKS.  Sounds pretty simple, right?  Well, this was harder than you might think.  Hope you enjoy what I found ........

   Here is a very pretty retro-looking shoulder tote from Barb's Bargains ecrater store.  Love the pinks in this bag!  All cotton, this tote is a Bag Hag by Jessica tote.    

h  From Another Time Antiques, I found this gorgeous handpainted collector plate with green, red and blue grapes.  The artist signature is Joan Kemblowski.  This is so pretty!  She has so many great collector plates. 

Look at this cute Animal pin from Bargain Express.  This silvertone pin has a cow, rooster and pig anchored to a barn with pretty colorful beads and is just so unique. 

n    Here is a great gift idea, a pretty Napco Christmas figural lady planter from Katzz-Kloset.  From the 1970s, this sweet girl is all dressed in white with presents in hand.  She would be perfect holding a finger cactus.  Be careful handling that cactus, though.

k    Eccentric Thrifter store includes some beautiful knitted hats and scarves.  I just love this red boucle toboggan knitted hat with orange, raspberry, purple dark grape yarns - Delicious! 

 Now who is everyone waiting for as they are watching the Macy Day parade on Thanksgiving morning?  Santa of course!  What a wonderful Star Santa Vinyl for your wall.  Check out T Storm Graphics for this and other wonderful ideas to get your walls to talking.

I know I have so much to be thankful for - a wonderful and loving family and beautiful memories.  Happy Thanksgiving everyone! 

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Family Traditions Are For The Present

Thanksgiving will soon be here and for the past couple of years we have not had our traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the family members. With trips up to Indiana, our family traditions have sort of taken a back seat. 

Growing up, we lived with my grandmother off and on for much of my childhood.  She was the oldest of five children and grew up on a farm.  She taught me how to sew and cook and I was very close to her.  Family tradition was very important to her and that included birthdays.  We had quite a few birthdays in December.  My great-grandfather's birthday was on the 22nd and mine was on the 26th.  My youngest daughter was born on the 12th.  This picture was taken at my grandmother's house in celebration of our three birthdays.  My great-grandfather turned 90 years old.  I turned 24 and my daughter 2.  Yes, our birthdays were usually celebrated on Christmas.

As I was looking at some of these old pictures and thinking about earlier memories of our family - (this picture is my grandmother, mother, me and my brother), I was thinking how safe I felt as a child.  I had both my grandmother and mother to talk to about anything.  Sometimes I miss her so much.  Then the phone rang and it was my oldest daughter.  "What are you doing for Thanksgiving", she asked.  She was going to have to work part of Thanksgiving day (retail never sleeps) and then go in early Friday morning.  I hadn't had Thanksgiving dinner for two years.  I have 3 grown kids, 7 grandchildren and a great-grandson and they all live close to me.  That certainly isn't very common in this day and age.  So, our Thanksgiving tradition is returning this year.  Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade on TV in the morning!  Football the rest of the day!  All the traditional foods including my grandmother's pumpkin pie.  Although I know the recipe by heart, I will get out her hand-written recipe and read it.  At the end of the recipe she wrote "Good pie" and that will make me feel safe.  I will feel her love and I will smile. 

"Over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother's house we go"  

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone  

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Kitchen Scavenger Hunt at ESN

It's almost time for Thanksgiving and then Christmas is just around the corner.  Such a great time of year spending time with loved ones and friends.  For some of us, the kitchen is the heart of the home.  Any successful holiday gathering starts in the kitchen.  Whether you are getting ready for that dinner party for friends,  the holiday meal for family or baking cookies with your kids and grandchidlren, the kitchen is where a lot of wonderful memories are born.  Our ESN scavenger hunt this week involves the kitchen.  So, let's get started and prepare for the Holidays!       

This Pie Plate and Cover offered by Bargain Express is just too cool.  Show off the pumpkin pie in style!  These always look so pretty sitting on a buffet.

And, you all know how we have to set up card tables for extra eating areas.  Here is a pretty Franciscan gravy boat - not only great for turkey gravy but you could also use it as a serving dish for just about anything and the spout would be a great spoon rest.  Check out Hazel's Hodgepodge for this and other great items. 

And of course you will need an apron to protect your holiday clothing.  Here is a Pumpkin Pie apron embroidered by Embroidery Fashions Boutique.  I bet you can find other cute aprons for your grandkids to wear while they are helping you bake all those goodies.  Oh, I think licking the spoon counts as helping!  

Look at this pretty Apple Candy Dish from Cleo's Collectables.  This dish could be used for a multitude of great dishes.  Don't forget homemade fudge, peanut brittle and divinity. 
I loved watching my grandmother cook and bake.  She always wore an apron and I always got to lick the spoon! 
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!   

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Scavenger Hunt in the Snow?

Scavenger hunt parameters from ESN for this first week in November - warm, fuzzy, cozy.  Hmmm, sounds too much like winter for me.  I have to tell you, I am NOT a cold weather person.  Gave that up about 11 years ago by moving south to North Carolina.  Oh, we sometimes get snow, but they know how to handle it down here - YOU STAY HOME!  No big deal, it's usually gone by the next day, anyhow.  It's perfect!  I just don't understand why anyone wants to go outside and freeze you know what off.  I mean, losing the feeling in your fingers and toes, not to mention your face freezing up and not feeling your nose run.  That's just not my kind of fun, not cool at all.

OK, so back to the scavenger hunt - hmmm - warm, fuzzy and cozy!  Well, it definitely means staying in the house to me - baking smells from the kitchen, candles burning, watching football and sitting in a comfy chair.  Maybe a little sewing or crocheting, but only if I get bored watching football and eating warm cookies or banana bread (probably both) and drinking hot chocolate.  Hmmm, seem to have a one-track mind.

The one thing I do like about Winter is winter fashion - love the wool suits with long skirts and tailored jackets worn with tall dress boots (late 70s and erly 80s style).  Here is a beautiful scarf from Barb's Bargains to dress up that tweed suit.  Beautiful!    

I love burning candles in the winter.   Look at this unusual candle holder that I found in Cleo's Collectables eCrater store.  Isn't it just too cool!  It's called the Aftican Tribal Figurine candleholder.  It is about 10 inches tall by 10 inches wide.  Perfect for an end table or use as a centerpiece.  Think she only has one of these left.

Must include baking during the winter season - the aroma of cookies, breads and pies through the house.  Makes me all cozy and warm.  Found a wonderful cookbook from Sadie Bell's Books - Gracious Goodness Christmas in Charleston Cookbook
Charleston, SC is one of my favorite places to visit.  If you have never visited this wonderful southern city, you really must. 

Unfortunately, I do need to go out in the winter to work - yes, the 40s and 50s are cold enough for me.  I just love this scrarf and hat set handmade by Wolfie at the Eccentric Thrifter.  Love the colors.  This would surely keep me warm going from the front door to the car.....

Well, I'm ready to curl up with a good book and relax in my cozy home.  Hope you enjoyed the scavenger hunt today and stay warm! 

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Meet Eccentric Thrifter, A Special ESN Member

The Eccentric Thrifter, Ramblings of a Thrift Store Connoisseur is a blog full of informative and hilarious ramblings of a wonderful and dear friend, Linda.  As an admin of ESN, she is affectionately known as Wolfie to the members of the eCrater Stores Network.

Both Linda and her hubby love to go thrifting and some of their adventures - well, you just need to check out her blog to see what they are up to now.

Not too long ago she wrote a blog about "My Little Italian Guy"  Her story was so funny, I was laughing out loud.  To top it off, I was at work and how do you explain yourself to your co-workers?  Here, let the Eccentric Thrifter tell you herself:  "This little cutie so absolutely so cool, I couldn’t leave him behind if I’d wanted to.  Actually I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw him in a thrift store. To me, he is the spitting image of one of my daughters’ former boyfriend.  So I bought Italian Guy, thinking my daughter would think this was one of the best Christmas presents ever. Gosh! What do I know!? NO. Not funny. No, not accepted. So much for Christmas spirit."

Needless to say, Italian Guy is for sale in her eCrater store,  Eccentric Thrifter.  He is a cutie - a wooden 3D sign about 25 inches by 13 inches.  Love it!

Linda also has a passion (I call it obsession) for Wilton cake pans.  Here is one of Santa for the Christmas holidays.  She does have a lot of these great baking pans so you really need to check her store out.


She has so many great things in her store - you really need to check it out!  From knick-knacks, to crafting magazines, her own handmade hats and scarves, kitchenware and Hawaiian shirts, her store is filled with wonderful finds and treasures.  AND, don't forget to check out her blog Eccentric Thrifter   She will definitely brighten your day and bring a smile to your face!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Broken Cup

Going through my mother's things, we ran across a wrapped item in a box - felt kind of fragile.  We carefully unwrapped it and inside was a broken cup.  Just a plain white coffee cup that looked like millions of other restaurant-type cups.  Because of the other items in the box, we knew it had not been broken after it was packed.  At the time, my brother, sister and I thought this was pretty funny.  Our mother had wrapped it after it was broken - not able to throw it away.  Even though this cup wasn't worth anything and could not be fixed, that was just the way she was.  Even the most worthless object was special to her.

It's been over a year since we found that cup.  In my mind, I can see her wrapping that plain, white, broken coffee cup.  Gingerly, taking her time to make sure every piece of broken china was secure and carefully placing it in the box with some of her other pretties.

What did we do with the cup?  Well, after sharing some laughter and other memories, we carefully rewrapped the broken cup and place it back in the box to go through later.  I'm not sure that we will be able to throw that worthless, plain, white, broken coffee cup away.  Perhaps, we will leave that for the next generation.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Meet ESN Member, Bargain Express

It is obvious that Gale, the author of the Bargain Express blog, loves the hunt of finding vintage treasures. If she is not out going on treasure hunts, she is treasure hunting at her fellow eCrater friends' stores. With a heart as big as her home state of Texas, this lovely lady also crafts.

She loves to put together groups of her interesting finds in color themes. Check out her orange, purple and green collections. Her latest "All That Glitters Is Not Gold..." is a wonderful selection of interesting treasures.

Just an example of one of her great finds are these lovely

Montana Silversmith Scalloped Southwest Pierced Earrings

Check out her Blog for other wonderful tales and treasures!

Where Does The Time Go?

I do believe that I am slacking when it comes to blogging. It seems like spring was in the air and now, all of a sudden, Christmas will be here before you know it. Usually, I don't get into the Christmas spirit until Christmas day. But last weekend, I spent a few days in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, TN. Leaves were starting to turn and if you can ignore the snail-pace traffic, the Smoky Mountains are one of the most beautiful spots in the world in the Fall. One of my favorite shopping places is The Christmas Place in Pigeon Forge. If only I could decorate a tree like they exhibit in that store. Such beautiful trees from traditional to funky. Of course I had to purchase some more ornamemts - love beachy and feathery ornaments.

Hopefully, we will decorate before Christmas this year!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Memories of Childhood

Picture taken in 1955 of my mother, baby sister, brother and I. I sometimes forget how pretty my mother was and how much she loved us kids. I love this picture of us!

This is my first attempt at blogging. I have been selling collectibles online for 3 years now and have decided that I really need to keep up with all the networking that one needs to do to get buyers to their store sites. With 3 1/2 years until retirement, I have finally found what I would like to do when I grow up - selling memories online. I love old carnival glass and being from Greentown, Indiana, I am also a collector of Greentown glass.

For now I am going to attach something I wrote on Mother's Day of this year about my Mother. Along with talking about the treasures we are finding, I will be sharing some of our memories that come with the treasures.

Mother's Day For A Special Mother

My mother is no longer with us but will live in my heart forever. She passed away September 9, 2008 at the age of 87. She had suffered from dementia with lewy bodies. Her happiness was her home, being surrounded by her "pretties" and her privacy. This disease took that away from her.

My mother's greatest gift was her unconditional love for my brother, sister and I. She raised us kids on her own, working in a factory until she retired. Growing up as young children in the early '50s, it's amazing what she accomplished through hard work and perseverance. Although, she had to work outside the home, the rest of her time was devoted to us kids. She loved us and talked to us about everything. She would buy records (45s) and play them on our record player. We'd sing and dance in the living room. She would read to us from the Bible, especially stories about how Jesus loved little children
She was also very creative, making up her own stories and telling us - I loved listening to her stories when I was little. We could play with our toys in the living room - I don't think she ever told us not to mess anything up. We were poor, but we didn't know it because of her unconditional love for us. Did she ever get mad at us? Well, the only time she would get mad was if my brother and I would fight. She did not like fighting at all. Oh, and maybe the time I cut my sister's hair that had never been cut before ..... we'll just leave that for another story.

My mother enjoyed collecting things and going to auctions and never, never threw anything away. She had always saved newspapers even when we were little kids. She'd like to cut out recipes and fashion advertisements - well, just about anything that caught her attention. When grocery stores started selling dinnerware in the '50s and '60s, she started buying dinnerware - she liked every pattern! When she retired, that's when she started going to auctions and really started collecting. In her eyes, anything old, especially glass, was beautiful and special. I don't think any auctioneer had to put back a box due to no bidders if she was in the audience. Most items are still in the boxes that she brought home from the auctions, still carefully wrapped in the same newspapers. She also loved to read and belonged to about every book club there was. And, I would almost bet that her Avon rep received sales awards having my mother as her customer. She saved all of our clothes, our toys and school papers as we were growing up.

It is taking us quite a while going through all her things and to be honest, I don't know when we will be done. She had always said we would have fun going through her things. Wasn't convince at the time, but she was right. My brother, sister and I have found a new closeness that we had not shared in a long time. Not only are we finding our childhood memories, but we are also finding things including her written personal thoughts that bring awareness about how unique and wonderful our mother was.

At times there are tears, but then there is laughter, so, yes Mother, we are having fun going through your treasures. You see, these "things" are our memories, too.