31 December 2009

The China Cabinet...

As the New Year quickly approaches...I'm adding this ol' post to Miss Mustard Seed's Favorite Furniture Linky Party! I've added Table Dressings to the party, too! Have a blessed New Year, everyone!!!

Furniture Feature Fridays

When I was five years old, my mom, an emergency room nurse...hurt her neck whilst moving a patient..and had to have surgery. With the settlement, my folks headed over to Cooper Furniture, in Bellevue... to do a little shopping. This Pennsylvania House china cabinet, which my parents purchased along with the coordinating table and chairs...is one of my favorite pieces. My paternal grandparents in Minnesota thought it was pretty fine too...and bought the same cabinet and table, but purchased the lyre back chairs with Queen Anne legs, where as my parents chose the Chippendale Chairs with the Marlborough legs. During the house restoration, the table and chairs are tucked away in storage. And the china cabinet...the china cabinet currently stands watch over my living room...waiting for the day that the back porch will be finely fit for dining.

The triptych of the Swedish children playing originally hung in the buffet line of one the restaurants my dad and grandpa helped found in 1964. The wicker sewing basket was a gift for my mother from my father. Inside the basket, my dad had placed several prettily wrapped packages..inlcuding a sweet nightie (which eventually landed in my dress-up trunk). I believe that the wooden Swedish dough bowl..on top of the wicker basket..came from the cabin my grandparents owned on Maple Lake, in Northern Minnesota. The ceramic bowls (I'm mad for bowls), and roosters were found whilst treasure hunting in the Seattle area. The green bowl is the largest of a nesting set..the other two are burgundy, and mustard. Inside the soft yellow bowl sits a crushed velvet Nordstrom Hat box which I believe I found at GW whilst in Portland, Oregon for the National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference in 2005. The carved wooden case under the nesting bowl set was another gift to my mother from my daddy. It opens like a stair step and each of the 5 sections was filled with sweet little wrapped presents for my mama...including tiny carved gift boxes holding trinkets. My dad enjoyed hunting for each treasure, coming up with the perfect presentation, and the element of surprise. I enjoy being just like my daddy in that respect.

Some of the sweet things in the cabinet include...a set of gold rimmed plates my mom bought for my birthday after I had purchased the matching teapot on a visit to the charming town of Sumner, Washington, a little Bunnies by the Bay teacup and saucer which my friend Jenny purchased from my favorite store...when she knew that it was closing..and knew that I loved Bunnies by the Bay, and a French Provencial figurine couple...gathering grapes..which was a gift from a friend whose storage I sorted after September 11, 2001. I purchased the pink rimmed charger plate on the top shelf for 39 cents..at a local thrift store...before it turned into an antique mall. If was filthy...but a little soap and water made it shine. It frames a German clock which belonged to my grandparents. Can you see the little buildings on either side of the clock? I found those at the Agora..in Athens, Greece...whilst waiting to meet a friend for dinner. A Royal Albert "Trillium" teacup and saucer set was given to me by my eldest brother years ago. He is an artist by nature and a scrapper/farmer by trade. Someday, I'll show you some of the "treasures" he's found for me whilst on the job. His picture is in the wee porcelain frame on the lower shelf. The frame was a gift from him when we were young. The creel tea pot on the right is from Eddie Bauer...the pretty teacup next to it was found at a garage sale for 25 cents. It is bone china...I inadvertently dropped it on the garage floor soon after making the purchase..and it is still perfect and lovely and whole.

In the center section..on the lower shelf..is a set of teacups and saucers I purchased at Hallmark years ago. The words, "Friendship is a blend of caring, sharing, and warmth" ring each saucer...with one sweet word reserved for each cup.




That makes me happy.

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Someday, I will tell you more about this china cabinet...about the friendships that have blossomed before it...about the families that grew by its side.

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30 December 2009



Thank you so much for your time and encouraging words this year! I have really been enjoying getting to know you, and look forward to seeing what God has in store for 2010!

May He bless you and your loved ones throughout the New Year!!!

: )

Julie M.

29 December 2009

One Wee Tree...

I FOUND IT!!! I'm back much sooner than I thought...because I found it!!!!

Do you remember seeing this...my beloved little tree which has been happily growing, for the last few years, right outside the door to The Little Red Shop...?

Well, I knew I had another picture...one I just saw the other day...but I couldn't find it when I posted "Merry and White."

But, like I said, I just found it!

And so, without further ado..may I present a blast from the past...a Noble moment in history...

My beloved wee tree...when it was just a little baby!

: )

Julie M.

My wee tree is joining A Southern Daydreamer's 51st Outdoor Wednesday!

Wee Wish You...

A Merry Wednesday...The Sixth Day of Christmas!!!

...be back soon...

My dear friend Jenny's wee Maddie, Christmas Day 2009

: )

Julie M.

Merry and White...

Isn't waking up to a fresh coat of snow just the loveliest?

{Do I hear sneers from the Eastern crowd?}

Why, that's just exactly what happened today!

I decided to let Ol' Red stay nestled in for a long winter's nap...and took a stroll around the nursery.

Okay..so that was a couple of months ago, after our first snow...but you get the drift...

The "Popcorn" tree in front of the main house.

The Hawthorne Tree

The picket line

I rescued the front section of picket fencing from my back gate neighbor who was about to burn it. She had previously used it to line her vegetable garden.

Ponderosa Pine amongst apple branches

The Plum Tree

I found this washtub set divided and strewn throughout the yard of the bungalow before we moved it. One tub was buried in the front yard under a large tree and a giant picnic table. The other tub was buried in the yard just below the kitchen window...while the stand, above ground and on its side...was just a few feet away...near the cellar door. I believe I bought the green tool tote several years ago, at a farm tag sale just down the road.

The round tub and table were inside the bungalow's maze of a cellar. The tub was filled with rags, tab tops, and red and white enamelware. I used the table as a work station as I sifted through the trash and treasures...hunched over in the dark...wearing a hard hat with a miner's light. Good times. Can you see the wee birdhouse in the background on the post of the split rail fence?


(It's my new {Winter} blog header :)

I paid one dollar for it years ago..at the moving sale of my neighbor, a Swedish opera singer. It was dingy white at the time and a couple of the roof's shingles kept insisting upon popping off...okay...maybe they still do. Anyway, I painted the wee birdhouse with left over exterior paint from my shop. Please don't ask me the exact color...it's a mix. The neighborhood was pretty excited when I primed the shop...Pepto Bismol pink..it was actually kind of pretty!

And so is our lovely new snow!!!

How was your day? Did it bring you any sweet surprises?

: )

Julie M.

Wee Tree History

{Be sure to check this link!}

ps Since new fallen snow is one of my favorite things...(and my most very favorite post from 2009 is missing!)...I'm adding "Merry and White..." to The Nester's Best of the Nest 2009 Party! and now...March 5th, 2010..with our snow long gone and spring quickly approaching...I'm joining the Frugal Friday Party over at The Shabby Nest!

Okay...since I know that so many of your are longing for Spring...

...here is a little glimpse into the future...

Just click here, to see the beauties I picked up a couple of weeks ago...

: )

25 December 2009

~ Glad Jul ~

Little David, my precious Swedish~American daddy, 1944


May God bless you and keep you in perfect peace as you cherish each and every moment with your loved ones...this Christmas ~ as we CELEBRATE the REASON FOR THE SEASON, and throughout the New Year!!!

Glad Jul!


Julie M.

18 December 2009

The Old Wagon Wheel...

"Have a beautiful weekend!"

...said the old wagon wheel planter.


17 December 2009

Fancy Nancy...The Elf, Herself

Well, hello there! (I hear my aunt's Minnesotan accent when I say that) I know it's been awhile. I've been a little distracted lately with my shop, and life, and what not. Thank you so much for your patience and your sweet comments! I really appreciate it/them/you! It's getting pretty late...so I'll just jump right in...

One of my clients called me "Fancy Nancy" today.

I don't know why...

Wee me in a hooty tooty outfit from my paternal grandparents

As I selected some pretty tissue paper to wrap the stocking stuffers she had picked out for her sweeties, Sasha said, "You're so fancy!!! You're just like Fancy Nancy!"

Sasha had been in the shop last week with her wee darling girls. When they saw all of the goodies and sweet things and a particular doll just waiting to be wrapped...they got all big-eyed and grinned shyly from ear to ear. "I wrap presents for Santa," I said. "I'm like an elf...that's why I have The Little Red Shop!" As I turned my 5'7" self back behind the counter to fetch something, I heard one of the girls whisper, "I thought elves were supposed to be little." "Elves come in all sizes, honey," Sasha said sweetly but firmly. "We don't discriminate." hee hee...

My older brothers, the middle one, and the farmer...in corduroy vests made by our paternal grandmother.

I hope you are all having a festive and beautiful December!

: )

Julie M.

ps You can read more about Fancy Nancy and her splendiferous Christmas here.

pps I have the left over fabric from the nifty corduroy vests my grandmother made for my brothers...I also have a rug-sized swatch of the carpet from my grandparents' Edina basement which looks a mighty lot like those vests...and the stair runner in Kate Winslet's cottage in The Holiday!

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