Thursday, September 24, 2009

Treasure Chest Thursday -- Handmade Jewelry

These pieces of jewelry are very special to me because they were made by my children.

The heart pin was made by my daughter in one of her school classes. I can't remember which year. Somehow I have lost the pin part so I am going to have to replace it.

I believe my oldest son made the shell necklace for a mother's day gift in kindergarten.

My youngest son is responsible for the bead work. He made the turtle necklace just because, and I believe the gecko earrings were a gift. These were not part of any school project.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Treasure Chest Thursday -- Grandma's Braided Rug

This is one of the hand braided rugs that I rescued from grandma Smedley's house. I gave the other one to my sister.

I wish I knew more about them, like when they were made.

Grandma used to have a huge braided rug that was very colorful sitting underneath the big claw footed wooden dining table in the kitchen. I loved that rug. I wonder what happened to it. Come to think of it, I don't even know what happened to the big table.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday -- Rodney Barker Piggott

This is another photo that mom sent me. Rodney Barker Piggott born 12 Aug 1934 and died 13 Dec 2006 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was buried 21 Dec 2006 in Bloomington, Bear Lake, Idaho. Rodney was my favorite uncle and I miss him dearly. He and aunt Carolyn were there for me when my oldest son had Leukemia at the age of 3. For two weeks they let us stay with them while he had radiation therapy on his head at the Primary Children's Hospital.

I was not able to go to his funeral so I haven't really said goodbye yet. As soon as I am able to go to Idaho I will be visiting him for sure. Here is a link to his full obituary:

Friday, September 11, 2009

Mrs. A. W. Lange Postcard

I discovered a new antique store in Jacksonville Tuesday. Okay, it's not new, I've just never seen it before. While I was in there I found this postcard that caught my attention and curiosity so I had to buy it.


Addressed to Mrs. A. W. Lange, Marshall, Wisc.
Home we are, I
have to laugh every
time when I think
of how we caught
the bus. I bet you
laughed some
after you got in
the house. Clara
Off to the side says:Got our
fish home

There is really not enough information to figure out who Mrs. Lange was. Hopefully she has some descendants that can figure it out.

I sure would love to know what was so funny!! What ever it was it must have something to do with a fish.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Treasure Chest Thursday -- Grandma's Patch Quilt

This is a patch quilt that grandma Smedley made. It was being used as a mattress pad on the old iron bed that dad used to sleep in when he was a kid. The bed is mine now and of course I took the quilt along with it. Unfortunately the bed is still in Idaho.

It sure looks like hard work. The quilt is made of many different types of material. There are pieces of old sleeping bags, curtains, old material scraps, a polyester suit, clothing, and stuff I can't even name. The most important pieces to me are the ones from grandpa's old flannel shirts. When rapped in the quilt it is almost like snuggling with grandpa.
I'm not sure how old the quilt is, it could be anywhere from forty to sixty years old. I really need to do some repairs on it. Looking at some of the rips you can see that she did not use batting in the middle, but a couple of layers of more patch work. Let me tell ya, that thing is very heavy and warm.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Smile For the Camera -- School Days

I have seen so many class pictures of my aunts, uncles, and mother and I would really love to post them, but alas I do not have access to them. (bummer) Heck, my own class pictures are still in Idaho! (I really must remedy that some day.) So I guess we are going to have to settle for my kindergarten picture.

This picture was taken on the last day of kindergarten, my kindergarten graduation if you will. I walked to kindergarten every day because it was just around the block. I don't know why on this day my teacher, Mrs. Hampton decided to give everyone a ride home. I guess it was because she wanted to take everyone's picture in front of their house.

Ah, I remember the good old days of taking naps on a mat, eating snacks, spilling my punch on plerk pleagle (that's what me and my friend Shelly called him). I can still see his red punch mustache, and the mean look on his face.

Wordless Wednesday -- Robert Price & Matilda Kelsey Wedding Photo

Robert Price used to say about his bride, "You could walk the streets of London all day and never find a more beautiful woman."

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Treasure Chest Thursday -- Grandma's Cake Plate

When grandma Smedley made a cake this is the plate and lid she would use. If I remember right the kind of cake we found the most under there was german chocolate or a spice cake.

On the bottom of the plate is a piece of tape with her name on it because sometimes she would make a cake and take it to various social events and that would ensure that it was returned to her. I have left the tape there and hopefully it will stay there forever and ever and ever amen! (It has made it so far through numerous washings.)

The plate is made by Fireking and it is peach luster in color with a laurel pattern. I enjoy the plate so much that I have started to collect the set. The only pieces I don't have are 3 other plates just like this one, and two big bowls.

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