Thursday, November 22, 2012

It's a Day of Thanksgiving!

Let us celebrate God's goodness to us! 
 We have so much to be thankful for!

Just for fun, I like to play with my little seasonal vintage knick-knacks,
like these cute little squirrrels!   Old Salt and Pepper Shakers from my shop,
hanging out with my pretty new white pumpkin.
I am thankful for my small business,  Vintage Treasures, which is so enjoyable.
   Thank you to my dear customers for your patronage!
I am thankful that I get to work at something I enjoy so much,
sharing pieces of the past, and bringing so much pleasure to others. 
It's the little things  that  really are the big things.  

  Pie time!  My grandkids gave me these new potholders!
I am thankful that they are such thoughtful young people.
I am so thankful for the abundant foods we can all enjoy.
I'm forever thankful that my Mom baked and taught me to bake!

I am thankful for my cozy home and all my pretty things.
I mix up all my autumn dishes, using similar transferware patterns 
Homer Laughlin china and novelty pieces too.
  A happy jumble of pretty things,  even if I only have a few of each.

 I  especially love this turkey plate!   

A souvenir from my new friend Yvonne's  fabulous shop in 
 Cayce, South Carolina.
Click on turkey to visit their unique store!

 Subway art from a fellow blogger lists my favorite fall blessings.


Grandma didn't forget kid-friendly fall decorations too!

"How wonderful it would be if we could help our children and grandchildren
 to learn thanksgiving at an early age.  Thanksgiving opens the doors. 
  It changes a child's personality. A child is resentful, negative,    or thankful. 
  Thankful children want to give---  they radiate happiness, they draw people."
                                                                                    Sir John Templeton

I am so thankful  that God has blessed me with my sweet grandchildren.
"Thank you for the food before us,
the friends beside us,
 and the love between us."
Denise's Window Box

I am thankful for the brave and dedicated military personel,
 who sacrifice so much to keep America free!

 For All We Have
                                                                               by Roger J. Robicheau
A table with chairs, that welcome sight
Our family, our friends, pure delight.
A caring kiss with a gentle smile
Each tender hug lasts that country mile.
The presence of love so fills the air
This gift of God brings our hearts so near
Reflections of past bring nurtured thoughts
Great visions come by, what life has taught
In thankful ways we embrace this day
And often think of loved ones away
Those serving us proud are often gone
But their spirit remains, closely drawn
Our nation should praise each special one
For all we have's through what they've done.
The freedom to have Thanksgiving Day
Keeps certain plates bare, please truly pray.
In 1863, Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday of November
 to be a national Day of Thanksgiving.

May your hearts and homes be filled with
 the warmth of Thanksgiving.
Love, Linda

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Fall Antiques at Women's Club

 A local antiques show took a lot of my time last week, but I thoroughly
 enjoyed selling my vintage treasures with the other  ladies and their great displays. 

Gail, who once had a tea shop,  had oodles of teapots and lovely china. 

 My little grandson came to visit  in his Halloween costume,
 and  immediately found a rocking horse in the foyer. 

China at Stacy's booth matches mine, from Czechoslovakia. 

Super talented Nancy showed me a charm quilt.  Every  single piece is a different fabric. 
 This miniature umbrella  quilt is designed by  Tina Gravatt, author, collector and lecturer.

Lovingly pieced and  hand quilted
by Nancy Steelman

Nancy is also making a table runner with yo-yos.

Here's a nifty gadget, from Clover to help make the yo-yos easier. 
It is sold in fabric and needlecraft stores.

 My granddaughter, Amber came to visit with her friends and found some vintage CareBears,
and we giggled as each girl picked  the one that matches her personality!

A real treat!  Hans, a retired violinist from the Louisiana Philharmonic strolled around the room playing tunes from Fiddler On The Roof and other Broadway hits.
  It was incredible, you could walk around shopping for presents and hear these glorious songs!

 He seemed to play so effortlessly, and thrilled us with great music!

A  friendly customer stopped to chat, and I spotted her wonderful
tote bag, made of vintage barkcloth.

 Shows you what  amazing things you could do with some  remnants
of some nice old coordinating fabrics and a nifty button.

Here's another  piece of barkcloth that is similar!
 "Wouldn't it make a nice bag?"

Joan always has the most gorgeous linens!
These lovely pillowcases were hand embroidered in the 40's or 50's.

 Here's an unusual piece of depression glass, wouldn't it be pretty with pickles
 and olives on your Thanksgiving table?

Such a sweet teacup and saucer!

Marion makes lots of fabulous seasonal silk flower arangements!

 Ah, my cynicism is showing.  I suppose everyone is relieved that the election is over.
I am praying for this great country and our leaders, and that America, the land that I love, will continue to be free and prosperous, and  I am reminding myself that God is in control. 

 A cute clip art  piece I grabbed and edited,  from a 50's Sears Paint  brochure.

Then,  after all that fun playing with my vintage treasures and seeing all my friend's
 fine displays at the Women's Club Antiques Sale,  I had to get back to more serious work,
painting and making the world more beautiful, one room at a time!

If it doesn't move, paint it! 
 -Robin Kent (and others)

Love, Linda