31 May 2010

Leaving Nebraska...





Wouldn't you like to be a fly on the car?

: )

Julie M.



27 May 2010

Playing House...



I went for a drive with the Wonder Twins today through some wonderful old tree-lined neighborhoods.



Doesn't this remind you of a little Playskool dollhouse?

: )

Have a sweet Memorial weekend!

Julie M.

ps  I took a bunch of lovely house pictures....but I have to go pack for Nebraska.  I'll take YOU on the tour...another day!  

The Open Road...





Isaiah 40:28-31

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This sleepy traveler hopes to share more of the lovely sites we've seen on The Midwestern Junkin' & Family History Huntin' Tour...soon!

Have a blessed Memorial Weekend!

: )

Julie M.

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ps  We're in Southern Minnesota now...the Wonder Twins have been shopping, swapping clothes...and playing dress-up in preparation for my mama's 50th High School Reunion.  We'll be heading down to Nebraska soon, where mama will celebrate with her classmates and Auntie Georgia and I will go on a family history hunt.  Our family has lived in their little town for over 200 years!!!

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21 May 2010

The Little Red Shop's Hittin' the Road!



It's time for...




The car's ready for pack'n and we'll soon be hitting the road for a great adventure!  Haystacks and cornfields here we come!

I'm fixin' to blog and tweet from the road....so YOU can enjoy the sites too!


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Last big stop on the tour...




Ohhh...yeah!

A SWEET BIRTHDAY PARTY, INDEED!!!
{Yup...it's true!  I'll be aging on the road!}


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I hope that YOU are having a lovely May and maybe, just maybe...we'll see you in June at the big show!


Have a beautiful weekend!

: )

Julie M.


17 May 2010

Wandering Rose...




A remnant from the nursery days of old, this climbing rose with the hardiest of hearts, is taking a wee tour through what's left of the bungalow's ol' back porch.

I hope ya'll are having a miraculous Monday!

: )

Julie M.

ps  I'm recycling every little bit of treasure that I can.  What would you do with these old tongue & groove boards?

14 May 2010

Johnny's Jump-Ups & Little Beau Peep...



Hi.




I hope ya'll are having a lovely week.  It's been beautiful outside for the last couple of days.  So, I thought you might enjoy seeing how Johnny's jump-ups are doing!




Aren't they sweet?



God is so good!





Peep had another visit with the vet today.  She has a little fever and hasn't been eating much for the last few days.  Dr. Val, Dr. Fred's daughter and partner in practice, was the one who treated Peep on her first two visits for her injuries.  This afternoon, she kept looking at Peep's lil' ear/cheek and saying, "WOW....WOW!!!" in astonishment at how well she is healing.  I told her that people all over the world have been praying for Peep.  

Thank you so much!  





She still needs your prayers...for the continued healing of her ear/cheek, for a miracle with her left eye...which she can't blink..and (READER WARNING) she is going to lose at least a couple of inches off the end of her lil' tail.  We are praying that it will happen naturally and cleanly.  She has already lost the lower portion of her left ear and more.  : (  But, as sweet as ever...she never complains, nips or scratches.  She is a dream...the most patient of patients.  I am just so sorry that she was attacked...but God has been so good in giving me the strength to take care of her.



(IF YOU ARE SQUEAMISH LIKE I AM....IT'S SAFE FOR YOU TO READ NOW...)

Peep's in my room for the night.  She's all snuggled up in her pink princess bed....purring away...


Thank you again for your continued prayers!

 I hope ya'll have a blessed weekend!  


: )

Peep & Julie M.

11 May 2010

The Road Home...



Just in case ya'll saw last week's Outdoor Wednesday post and thought...

"Poor Julie..."


"...she doesn't have any trees!"

I thought I'd let you know that it's all good.  Though it isn't unusual to have a tumbleweed cross your path as you drive through town, life is beautiful up here in the toolies.



We do have trees!




Mountains








Windy Roads





Railroad Tracks




Old Trucks


New Trucks



Fluffy Clouds









Fly-Fishing Holes







This is the road...



home!



I hope you're having a beautiful week!

: )

Julie M.


pps  I shot the photo of the crows perched on top of my neighbor's tree from one of the lil' windows behind the desk where I blog!

09 May 2010

Wondermama...aka...My Mother, The Supermodel...



"How do I keep looking so fresh after a long day with 2 busy boys?" 

My mama, with my big brothers Jeffy and Bryan





"A little Pine Sol, and two dozen chocolate chip cookies!" 

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Happy Mother's Day!

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I hope ya'll are having a beautiful weekend!


: )


Julie M.

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{Today's greeting is an excerpt from last year's Mother's Day post, Noble Women:  Midwestern Mothers and Daughters.}

06 May 2010

Tales from the Barnyard...



Now that Peep has officially retired...there's a new barn kitty in town.

The Little Red Shop is proud to present...


Dabney Coleman 


: )

Julie M.

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Thank you so much for all of your concerns, prayers, and sweet comments for Peep.  She still has a way to go, but is doing quite well!  At this very moment, she's catching a few rays from her perch on the steamer trunk in her little front porch apartment.  

I hope that you had a gorgeous day!!!

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05 May 2010

Alice and the Tall Old House...



Last week, my friend Alice invited me to go on a little road trip with her.  She was planning to head Southeast to fetch her grandbaby.  Her son-in-law...who, in his early thirties, happens to be just a few months younger than Alice...would be meeting us half-way from his home in Oregon.




If you only picture rain forests, ferry boats, and piping hot espresso when "The Emerald State" comes to mind...you might be a little surprised by a good portion of the terrain of Eastern Washington.




Isn't God amazing!!!




Alice had been wanting to show me a little town on the way to Bend, (Oregon)..which has some really cute shops.  Unfortunately, it turned out that said town was 45 minutes PAST our meeting point with Alice's son-in-law....in Goldendale, Washington.




We decided to drive around the lil' town a bit...we didn't see any shops...but...

...we did see this.




Mmmhmm...





This is the view of Mt. Adams from Goldendale!




If you'd like to live in the shadow of a 12,276 foot volcano...





This house is for sale!





Uhh....




Yeah!



Wouldn't The Little Red Shop look lovely in this ol' beauty!!!



Well, moving a wee bungalow 1 block is one thing.




Moving this painted lovely 2 1/2 hours across cowboy country...would be quite a different story!




I would have loved to see inside the house...but we didn't have time.  We were planning to head on back to Yakima to do a little treasure hunting...(with an already sleepy toddler in tow).  I won't mention the fantastic things I found there...then I might just have to post about them...on another day.



The Charles Newell House was built in 1891, and is on the National Register of Historic Places.


Speaking of cowboy country...


My friend Patrick's project for the Wyoming Short Film contest won the popular vote and was the top-rated entry!  Thank you so much to everyone who viewed and voted for "Absaroka!"  Now, the final decision is up to the judges.  They will announce the Grand Prize Winner on May 21st 2010.

Have yet to see "Absaroka," just click here! 

Thank you!

Have a beautiful day!

: )

Julie M.

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03 May 2010

Barn & Bungalow ~ Deleted Scene


Those of you who have been faithfully following Ma Cuisine, may have noticed that I neglected to comment on a certain little scene in my barn & bungalow estate sale post.

Do you want to know why?


I thought it was too phoofy.  

Though I like the individual pieces, putting them together to add a little something next to my breakfast hutch was well, as far as I see it...a bad idea.

It's just too much.


The embossed bucket came from Seattle's Fremont Flea Market a few years ago.  It was the end of the day, and a guy almost backed into a booth with his car whilst its vendor was closing up shop.  I helped pick up some of the scattered pieces...and the gal kindly gave me the unharmed bucket!  I borrowed it from my room for this ill-conceived shot.

I think the little bread plates are sweet...but too small for the scene.  They are from Poland.  I wrote down the brand...but it's not within arms' reach and I'm all snuggled up on the couch with a snoring cat using the back of my head for a pillow.

I bought the wee plates and 4 fancy gold tumblers for my shop.


My brother was kind enough to choose a restaurant for his birthday dinner last month...smack dab in the middle of a thrifters triangle.  I had second thoughts about the glasses before buying them....but now, I absolutely LOVE them.  Even without tea lights, they beautifully capture light.

They're out in the shop now...along with the pretty white plates.  I had so much fun decorating this afternoon, that I'm looking forward to going back out tomorrow, (rather than being overwhelmed with all the work there is to do!)

I'll share pictures of the wee shop...someday...hopefully soon!

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

: )

Julie M.




02 May 2010

Estate Finds from Barn & Bungalow...


When last you saw my little breakfast hutch, it was looking pretty empty and y'all said you just couldn't wait to see it full of treasures.

Right?


Well, your wait is over!



Ooops...wrong direction..okay...wait...



almost....



Here it is!




Would you like a closer look?




Ooh...sparkly!

The French Cristal d'Arques ~ Verre à Pied goblets are from the barn estate sale I attended a couple of weeks ago.  I bought a set of 10 for $10.  They had larger goblets and stemmed dessert dishes too...but it was late in the day (I was the last customer) and the gal wanted twice as much for them...even tho' she was going to mark them for $1.00 each first thing in the morning.  They were really pretty...but not in my budget for that day.

The silver plate English tea box was a gift from my oldest friend, Cameron...(friends from birth...not "OLD" old : )  Thank you, Cam!  It holds tea strainers and such...

I found the spicey yellow box at GW the week of the barn sale for about $2.99.  I had initially thought of painting it for the shop...but fell for it just as it is...in my own kitchen!  Doesn't it look swell with the Cattern Cakes and Old Lace book?  It was a gift from my paternal grandmother back in 1992.  By Julia Jones & Barbara Deer, it is "An enchanting twelve-month calendar of traditional {British} festivals and feast days, and the foods, folklore and handicrafts associated with them."

May's events include...

May Day

Whitsun

&

Oak Apple Day

If you'd like to fix some gooseberry pudding or plum duff...you know who to call.




I've had the English "Vienna Woods Designs" tray for several years.  It..and the "Home Made Ginger" tin, which I found quite recently, were both thrifty finds.


Are you ready for this?  The Toledo scale came with the bungalow my mom and I rescued and moved.  It was buried amongst the goodies and garbage in the cellar. (Rest assured...I disinfected the dickens out of it!)  I had hoped to find the tray...but no luck...a stack of black-banded "Ultima" dessert bowls are in its place.  I bought them barn sale weekend at my local thrift store...along with the cool vintage baking tin.

The two teacups are part of my Johnson Bros/ Myott Meakin collection.


Would you like to see what else I've found?



The set of crocheted lace-trimmed cotton napkins in the vintage egg basket are on loan from The Little Red Shop for the shoot.  (The basket was a thrifty find and is part of my personal collection.)



These lovely "Midwinter" Staffordshire jam pots were last minute barn sale finds and were covered in schmutz.  I bought the 7 piece set (stand, pots, lids, & spoons) for $2.00.  Mhmmm! 

The plate is Langenthal...I'll explain more on that later...





The wee bone china jam pot is ~ "Edwardian Kitchen Garden," by Ainsley...and may have cost under $2.00.

The lil' Victorian greeting card is from The Gifted Line..and can be found in my shop!

Now, for the stack...

The serving bowl & dessert plates and bowls are Knowles, "Juanita."  I believe I paid about $5.00 for the set at a garage sale last summer.

The bone china teacup is by Radfords ~ Garage sale last weekend ~ More schmutz ~ 25 cents!

Isn't it sweet!




The saucers are from Austria, Bavaria...and Limoges.  The weeist gold-rimmed dishes are from my paternal grandparents' collection.  Years before my grandma passed, she set the dining table full of dishes and told us to take what we wanted (in an assigned order).  I have a lovely collection of complete tea cup and saucer sets from that day...but they're still packed up in storage...due to the on-going house restoration projects.




Oh, hello!

This sweet little vintage ceramic vase and its twin just stopped in for a wee visit.  They belong out in The Little Red Shop too...well, for now..that is!



I have a set of three teacups & saucers found on sale at Hallmark years ago...

"Friendship is a blend of caring, sharing, and warmth."




The two rose centered (not visible) green rim detailed saucers are from Taylor, Smith & Taylor.





When I was just about done with the new display on my wee hutch...I couldn't help but feel that something was missing.  I knew exactly what I wanted and I searched high and low for it....in literally 16 places!  I knew where it was...but not in which card/photo box it would be found...





Ahhh....then I found it...in my Christmas card box! 

 This postcard is a souvenir from one of the many happy birthdays my brothers and I spent at Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor with all of our friends.

Speaking of birthdays...





I found this perfect Langenthal teapot at the Salvation Army in Sumner a few years ago.  It's from Switzerland, and so pretty...that I bought a few of its matching teacups and saucers.  Then my mama stealthily went back to the shop and bought several of the dinner and desserts plates for me as a birthday surprise.  

What fun!  

Oh, and guess what else....

The lovely ironstone plate behind the teapot is from Syracuse.  I found it when the local antique mall was still a thrift store.  More schmutz ~ 39 cents!!

I found more treasures in the barn & bungalow...but they'll keep for another day!

On my next kitchen post....I'll share the nitty gritty before & after pictures of my lil' breakfast corner project...




From Yuck to Yum!!! 

In the meantime, I'm off to have another sip of tea (Honey Chamomile)....out of my "Rabbitz Howse" Winnie the Pooh mug.  I bought it with a Disney Store gift card my paternal grandma gave me...when I was twenty-something.  I love it!

If you have any questions about items from The Little Red Shop, please send me a note!

Thank you!

I hope that you had a dreamy weekend!

: )

Julie M.

ps  You can read more about my little breakfast hutch (and previously mentioned treasures shown in this post) by clicking on Ma Cuisine.

pps  I'm joining Rhoda and Susan for Thrifty Treasures and Metamorphosis Monday!





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