Friday, November 28, 2014

Vintage Ornaments Hold Special Memories

When I think of Christmas as a child,  my first thoughts are the silver aluminum tree with the rotating color wheel and Christmas lights strung across the fireplace - bubble lights specifically.  At night, I would sit in my rocking chair and listen to 45s on my record player.  All the lights would be off except for the Christmas lights and I would watch the changing colors from red, blue, green to yellow shine on the tree from the rotating wheel and the water bubbling in the bubble lights.

 Everyone except my grandmother would be upstairs.  My grandmother would be across the hall in her sewing room and I could hear the hum of her sewing machine in the background.  I would listen to Paul Anka, Elvis Presley, Bobby Darin, Dion, Peter, Paul & Mary, the Shirelles, Neil Sedaka and so many more.  Or, I would listen to instrumentals like the themes from The Misfits or Lawrence of Arabia and make up stories to go with the passion of the music.
Last year, I set the silver Christmas tree (the same one that is in the 1963 picture) up with a rotating color wheel in my kitchen.  My kitchen faces the front and has a big picture window, so it was a perfect place to display the vintage silver aluminum tree.

I do have some vintage ornaments for sale at CAROLINABLUELADY Vintage Collectibles.

 1993 Fancy Feast Happy Holidays Fireplace Christmas Ornament

Avon Christmas Ornaments Set of 3 Twelve Days of Christmas

1984 Avon Christmas Ornament Jewel Tone Mandolin

You can find other Christmas decor items at these online stores, too

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Where Are The Memories?

When I first started this blog, I was going to include family memories, information about old glass factories and also vintage collectible items that I have for sale at my online stores.  Well, I haven't done a very good job.  There seems to be so many social media sites and there just doesn't seem to be time to engage in all the sites. But, to be honest, it seems that Facebook has simply taken over my life.
There is one thing that I enjoy doing on Facebook and that is on Thursdays, posting an old family picture for TBT (Throw Back Thursday).  I almost missed this past Thursday and my daughter said that I could always post one for Flash Back Fridays.  I thought that was pretty cool and why couldn't I do something for each day of the week if I wanted to.  So, I came up with a title for each day of the week with the help of my daughter for posting old family pictures..

Sunday - Set In Time Sunday (SITS)
Monday - Memory Lane Monday (MLM)
Tuesday - Travelin' Back Tuesday (TBT)
Wednesday - Way Back Wednesday (WBW)
Thursday - Throw Back Thursday (TBT)
Friday - Flash Back Friday (FBF)
Saturday - Sweet Times Gone By Saturday (STGBS)

The picture I chose for today for Sweet Times Gone By Saturday is a picture of my great-grandparents taken in 1900.  The picture is either of their wedding day or engagement.

Ed and Bertha (Northcutt) Weisenauer

Married 12-22-1900

This was the most cherished item that my mother owned.  She kept this picture with her until she died.  To my mother, her grandpa was the sweetest man she ever knew.

John Edward 'Ed' Weisenauer  1881 - 1976
Bertha (Northcutt) Weisenauer 1883 - 1938