Some of my favorite things hang around on the walls and stand on easels in our home. This sweet drawing of a baby is on an easel in our master bedroom. I found this drawing in the attic of our family home. I don’t think it is a drawing of a family member, but I just love this beautiful baby.
I purchased this drawing of a boy with a butterfly from an auction that benefited the local Humane Society.
I found this framed tapestry on the last day of an estate sale. (Those of you who go to estate sales know that the best deals are on the last day of the sale). I just love the peaceful pastoral scene. (This hangs in my entry hall, and it was difficult to photograph it without a glare.)
My “new to me” Quimper wall pocket has become one of my favorite things.
Along with some vintage cards, I display these two envelopes in the wall pocket. They are addressed to my grandmother, and they are some of my favorite things too. The Lewis and Clark Expedition envelope contains a three cent Lewis and Clark postage stamp. It is postmarked “July 28, 1954. The Majestic Hotel envelope advertises “Every room with Private Bath or Shower”! It was sent to my grandmother when she was living in Steele, Missouri and doesn’t contain a street address (letters were often delivered that way in the “olden” days, because the town postmaster knew where everyone lived.). I can’t read the year on the postmark, but it also was mailed with a three cent stamp.
I also like my wall pocket when it is empty or holding a bouquet.
A friend of mine, who knows that my favorite movie is It’s a Wonderful Life, gave me this vintage lobby card, and I love it.
I also love the altered lobby card that hangs below the real thing. My husband had my photo put on Donna Reed’s cute body for the top of a birthday cake. Don’t you just love seeing Jimmy Stewart lifting my tiny little body into the air? (Of course, it’s really Donna Reed’s body, but in this picture, it’s my faux body – and believe me, this is about as faux as it gets!) Hey! Maybe this is what I should use as my picture on my profile page!!
Another of my favorite things is the view from this window in my bathroom. (I know – it’s pretty obvious that it is faux. I don’t have this view from my bathroom in Arkansas). When we remodeled our home, we replaced the windows with more energy efficient windows. (Of course, I saved the old windows! We all know that I don’t get rid of ANYTHING!) My husband attached a poster I had purchased at Hobby Lobby and hooks to the back of one of the windows. I love that it was an original part of the house, and I love that I can dream that I have a beautiful view.
I want you to know that I am not proud of how I gained blog viewers, but I am willing to share my accidental ploy with you. I don’t have a site meter (those things drive me crazy), but if I did, it wouldn’t reveal how many extra people viewed my last post. But after reading your comments, I do suspect that a lot of extra people viewed it.
When I posted my china storage, women everywhere were yelling -- “Honey, you’ve got to come see this”! After scrolling through my post and allowing time for husbands everywhere to gasp and shake their heads, women were saying to their husbands: “And you think you have it bad; you can never again tell me that I have too many dishes”! Many husbands replied: “You mean this is some crazy lady’s house? I thought it was a store!” Others just shook their heads mumbling things like: “Her poor husband”! (I’m sure some of you even saved a link to that post, so that the next time your beloved sees you come home with china, you can show him that post and tell him just how good he has it). So that’s how I almost doubled my viewers on my last post, and that’s why I feel that I have some ‘splainin’ to do.
When my husband and I got married, we selected two china patterns. Both of those sets were given to us as wedding gifts. (The china pattern selection was very small in 1969. We didn’t have a lot of choices.)
After I had been married for about 10 years, I selected another set of china (the same set that Susan at Thoughts from Over The Rainbow selected when she married). Those pieces were given to me as birthday and Christmas gifts from family for years.
In addition to those sets, I inherited several dish sets from my mother and my grandmother (and a few from an aunt too). My husband and I have been married for almost 41 years (I know, your parents are the only people you know who have been married that long), and I have purchased dishes from estate sales (never on the first day of the sale), flea markets, garage sales, and gift store sales. I have never paid full price or full value for any of the dishes I have purchased. Inexpensive dishes find me, and they beg me to buy them! (I know plates talk to you too – don’t deny it! My husband listens to the plates about like he listens to me, so he never believes that they have begged to come home with me).
Okay, does any of this make me sound less crazy? Of course not! (It probably just confirms the diagnosis of “crazy”!) I realize that no matter how many plates beg me, I don’t HAVE to buy them. I realize that I COULD sell some of my plates, and somebody else could worry about where to store them. My excuses are just that – excuses. Don’t all addicts make excuses for their illnesses?
Now, for those of you who thought you saw some extra space in my china storage, I should point out that I have two dishwashers. That might seem excessive too, but remember, I serve holiday meals to at LEAST 30 people, so I NEED two dishwashers – kind of like I NEED more china. I know what you’re thinking – just go ahead and say it – if I didn’t have so much china, I wouldn’t need so many dishwashers! When I took the photos in my china pantry, both dishwashers were fully loaded, so the spaces you see are where the dishes go after I unload the dishwashers! (Sadly, there are probably fewer spaces in the cabinets than there are dishes in the dishwashers.)
I know none of you called your husbands in to read about how I acquired my dish collection. That’s okay – it can be our little secret. Feel free to show your husband my previous post when you come home with a new set of dishes! (I have no shame -- I’ll take blog viewers any way I can get them!)
Don't ask me why there are two Linkys on this post. I've tried to get rid of one, and can't do it. Please use the first one to link up, and if you want to comment on my post, you have to scroll past the first AND the second Linky! (Oh My! An excess of Linkys to go along with my excess of dishes.) I also can’t get all my words the same size in this post. (Do ya think I’m having a bad blogging day?)
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