Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Three for Lunch in the Ladies Parlor. My Old Historic House.


                                                                                                                                                             Over the years, I have become friends with two nice ladies, that I meet on the blog. Janice from,
Curtains in My Tree and Gina from , Gina @ VictoriaWannaBe. Gina said my blog is the reason she started blogging. Janice and I had dogs in common, hers was a Pug and mine was a Beagle, but they were both named, "Sissy." Janice first came to my house a few years back during our fall festival. It was a surprise, she came to the door and didn't say a word. Then I soon said, well I know you. She has been here several times since. Gina came the next fall, but she introduced herself upon entrance. He have been blogger friends ever since.

Easter cookies

A few weeks back Janice emailed and said that she and Gina would like to come for a visit during spring break. Seems those two have become friends as well and they both live in Columbia ,Mo. I said, of course you should come and I'll will make lunch.

Having three for lunch is hard to do in a large dinning room and make it feel intimate. So I had the ideal to set up a small table in the Ladies Parlor. I carried a walnut, Victorian, flip top, card table down from the second floor stair landing. It was a perfect size for three and still room for a center piece . My first thought was to do a Easter theme. Possibly use my, hand blown  glass, Victorian Easter Eggs. Gina saw my collection some years back and now has a collection of her own. But, after I tried and tied, I could never make the eggs work just right. I started out with green  Easter basket grass and eggs. Was not enough. Tried cut glass containers, full of eggs. Too busy. Went with a  candy bunny, nothing. Even tried a sterling silver English egg coddle with glass eggs, So I scraped the egg idea and went with cherubs, instead. I have a large collection of porcelain cherubs on a walnut eterge in my guest bed room. At the last minute I added some open red roses and a centerpiece was born.

Home made that morning, sausage quiche

The weather was not perfect. In fact in rained the night before and started again latter that day. It was a little damp and cold, so I was forced to turn up the heat. They arrived on time, and after hugs and saying Hello to Buddy, whom they had not formally meet, we settled down for lunch.

Only way I could keep buddy Boys attention, long enough for a picture. Hold him Janice

Set still for the camera Buddy

I made a homemade quiche. It was full of spring onions, green peppers and country sage sausage. Along side I served a fresh green salad and fresh strawberries. I also had home made sticky rolls, that I made the night before. I served peach tea. I sent them home with homemade Easter cookies, bunnies and chicks.

After lunch and a look around the house, where we tried to take selfies, played with Buddy, chased Buddy out of the left overs, took more pictures and then we went for a ride all around Pike County. I took my camera so I could share some of the sights, but when I tried to take the first picture, I realized I had no chip in the camera. I wanted to show Gina and Janice some of the old plantation homes in and about the area where I live. Gina took some pictures, so she might share someday.

Helps to take your finger off of the camera.

We ended up  at the antique mall where I sell stuff and work part time. Buddy went along for the ride. Gina found some Victorian treasures to take home with her. Latter they left, Buddy had a walk and I retired, half dead, as the old man, ain't what he used to be.

Janice was chaneling Mary Todd Lincoln

Janice has always like this room

Hope you enjoy the tour and lunch. Come anytime, give me a little warning and I will cook up a mess of something. Hope you all are ready for Easter, it will be here in a little over a week. I am having 14 for mid day meal. Have to start getting it all ready tomorrow. Takes awhile. Open the table, add leaves. iron tablecloth and napkins, get out all the dishes, glasses and silver. Wash them and set the table. I am using the glass Victorian eggs with Easter grass, jonquils, candy bunnies  and malted eggs If you would like to see the eggs before then, check out a former blog about them. What comes first, chicken or the egg, my old historic house BlogSpot.

Gina brought the little French wire patio furniture to me as a hostess gift. She is a doll house person too.

They both wanted to snitch these, but  I kept a watchful eye.

                                    Janice holding court

Come anytime for a tour. I will always leave the lights on and Buddy is more than glad to give a kiss. HAPPY EASTER!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Easter is not that far away, are you ready?

I love Easter. It is the first party of Spring. I think we are all ready after a long, cold, hard, winter. There is nothing more fun than Bunnies, chicks and bright colored eggs and Spring Flowers.

It is one time of the year when the child of you can come out, one does not have to be so serious about the decorations. I just adore little fun bunnies, chicks and other  fun things  that we all associate with the Easter Holiday.

I know none of this has to do with the true meaning of the Easter Holiday, but sometimes we just have to let the little kid come out. What better way to do this, than with fun Easter decorations. they need not be expensive. I have no problem shopping for these fun things at second hand, antique and thrift shops. makes it even more special.

If one does not spend a bundle on the decorations, makes it easier to add      new ones or replace them all, year after year. One of my favorite things to do is, have an Easter brunch and send the cute  little decorations home with my guest. Another favorite is to buy cheap, real candy, Bunnies, at the Dollar Store, use them for decorations and then send them home with my guest for a door prize treats. You'll be a real hero and loved and adored.

I made this fun hanging lamp for the shop window. I used and old lamp shade, some rose chintz and some vintage linen napkins. A glue gun made the project go fast and was very easy to do.

I wanted the store window to be Spring, not just Easter, so this is what I came up with.

This is my favorite Bunny. Hand made of burlap and velvet. Ain't he just the cutest.

Not to be out done by the burlap Bunny, these two are made from  recycled blue jeans.


Last week while I was at work at the antique mall, during a snow storm, I thought about Easter, so I got busy and did the window and a couple of other Easter displays. Looking around the mall I found neat and fun items in several booths. I think the results are cute and whimsy.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Ruby Red!

My Father was a manly man. he was over 6 foot tall and very handsome. He worked hard on the farm and always had a dark tan in the summer. He  hunted, deer, rabbits, quail,  ducks and etc. etc. He threw hay bails, cut down trees and could turn a cow down with his bare hands. As manly as he was, he liked antiques. One thing that got his attention was ruby red glass ware.

My father would often go house to house, farm to farm, to  buy cattle and hogs. He also bought walnut, oak and other types of trees. It was always amazing to me, how he would know what to offer someone for these things and know what they would sell for. He made money from them and never really touched them. he also asked if these people had any old stuff they wanted to sell. I guess in a way, he was the original American Picker. Some of that has rubbed off on me. One thing he liked to buy was ruby red glass. I got a lot of these pieces from his estate.

This glass was popular in the last part of the 1800's and early part of the 1900's. It is what they call flash, that means the red is painted on and fired. The glass is also known as press glass, which means, it was blown into a mold, which pressed  the pattern into it. This glass was often sold at fairs, and peoples names were etched into the red part of the glass. A lot of towns and cities, as well as states ,  sold  glass  with      there name etched on it as well. People brought it home  to remember there trip.

I look for pieces when I am lot and about today. Sometimes people will give me a piece as well. Most of my collection is in the china pantry in the dinning room. One day while setting in the kitchen I thought it would look nice above the door, where the light from the transom will make it shine. So I added a shelf and there you are.

Some times I use all the ruby red glass on my table for a party. it is really fun for Valentines or Christmas I add votive candles to some pieces and fresh flowers to others. I use others to serve drinks, salads and so forth. I really enjoy using my things and it is fun to do different table scapes
 with different themes. Next    time I use the Ruby I will have to remember to take pictures.

Buddy Boy likes to take Selfies, so I'm sending a few along. Come see us anytime. We will always leave a light on and I might even set the table with   the Ruby, and we can have a mess of      smething to eat,.