31 December 2010

An Old Year Mystery...Solved!

This photograph makes me happy.

Scattered amongst dozens of timeless treasures in my great great grandmother's family picture collection, I had no idea as to the identity of these sweet li'l babes...nor did my dear Auntie Georgia.

For the last couple of years, we've been sifting through and sorting photos and stories, calling cousins....and scouring ancestry.com for answers.  We've even been on a road trip or two in an enhanced effort to fill in the missing pieces of the puzzle that make up our family tree.

Throughout the process, the wee tow heads were stuck in my mind.

Who were they?

The little boy actually looks remarkably like a boy named Mark from my second grade class.  I've always had a weakness as far as resemblances are concerned...I can't bear to not notice them.  So, you can imagine my frustration with the attempt to identify these little darlings.

And then one day...in yet another box, probably in between a crossword puzzle, some old panty hose, a broken watch, some mis-matched earrings...and an embroidered hanky or two,

I found this!

And that made me very happy indeed.

Because, dear readers, there is no mistaking...no there is absolutely NO MISTAKING...the eyes of the third little tow head.

Uncle George!

My wee grandma's big brother!

My wee grandma's big brothers!!



Born in 1921, she'll be celebrating her 90th Birthday in just a few weeks.  Uncle Ralph went to his home in Glory a few years ago,  and Uncle George...is 93!

Now, when I look at the picture, I can't help but see Uncle Ralph.  My mom wasn't quite so sure that I'd solved the puzzle.  "No," she said, "their clothes are too nice and white...and the pictures are too old."

"I know it's them.  I just know it!"

I told my sweet mother.

"Hmmm....I don't think so.  I don't see it."

"Maybe the clothes have been passed down through the generations, "

I offered.

And then, I looked at another photograph from a new perspective.


"Ritta, George & Ralph"

Captured in this blurry over-exposed moment is my mom's dear grandma getting her wee boys in white ready for a photoshoot.

How sweet is that???
Who doesn't love to solve a nice little mystery?
 I'm looking forward to exciting new answers and adventures in 2011.


Thank you so much for your support and encouragement this year.

I hope that your New Year will be Blessed beyond Measure!

: )

Julie M.

29 December 2010

Gourmet S'mores & Other Sweet Surprises...

During the holidays, I spend more time in my li'l shop than in the kitchen...

...stirrin' up things like this! 

I actually threw this together with bits and pieces from my kitchen.

So when Bethany of Happy Homemaker Me was so sweet to ask me to do a little Christmas baking guest post for her blog, I had to stop and think of something fun & easy to do.  

And then it came to me.

I'd make a couple of treats that I created a few years ago...

{Red band platter ~ Vintage, Cup/saucer ~ Wedgwood "Patrician"}

Goodness of Happiness S'mores & Fun Milk!

Just a li'l sweet time will take you from this...

...to this!

Please visit Happy Homemaker Me for all the gooey details and to leave a little bloggy love for Bethany....who has been such a great encouragement to me!

Thank you, Bethany!

But wait, there's s'more!
{I did not just type that}

I received another lovely Christmas surprise.

Roeshel, aka The DIY Showoff, featured my li'l sweetie, Johnny Cash, his snow angel...and a link to his story, on her blog.

Thank you, Roeshel!

God Bless You!!!

I hope ya'll are having a wonderful week!

: )

Julie M.

ps  I'm just two posts away from my 200th.  I feel a little give-away in the air.  I'd like to thank everyone who has faithfully followed along...and been such an encouragement to me with your kind words and sweet smiles since I started The Little Red Shop blog.  Mind you, the give-away will be open to sweet new followers too!

Your encouragement feeds my creativity (it's like fuel for The Little Engine That Could)...and I thank you for that!

Auntie Orpha & Farmer Dadie...

When I happened upon this sweet old photograph of my maternal great grandmother's li'l sister with their dadie, I couldn't help but smile.

Orpha & my great great grand"dadie," Sterling Price Rookstool

This Christmas Eve, unlike our traditional Swedish celebrations of old with my late daddy's family & friends, my mom, eldest brother & I went to dinner and a movie.

{But not necessarily in that order}

What did we see?

Have you seen it?

We thought it was wonderful!
{I only had to look away from the screen a few times}

Though a few decades down the road...I think that Orpha & Dadie are the spittin' image of Li'l Miss Mattie & Ol' Rooster Cogburn.

{Minus the mess & the eye-patch, of course}

{Well, minus some of the mess}
What do you think?

Handwritten note on the back of the photograph by my Great Great Grandma Malinda

Have your traditions changed over the years?

I hope you had a Blessed Christmas!

: )

Julie M.

12 December 2010

A Bush and A Peck Brave Girl Give-Away!

I'll let the girls speak for themselves...
{To pause my playlist, just click on its button on my sidebar}

Jeanne is hosting a Brave Girl Workshop Give-Away!

Please visit A Bushel and a Peck for the details.

Thank you!

: )

Julie M.

10 December 2010

Maison Douce Enamel Sign Give-Away!

Oh laaaa....

The lovely Isabel, of Maison Douce, is hosting a Ramsign give-away on her blog!

Please visit Maison Douce for the details.

Thank you!

Happy Weekend!

: )

Julie M.

09 December 2010

Alice and a Trip Down Restoration Lane...

My friend Alice called yesterday to see if I could go on a li'l road trip with her to fetch something for which she's been pining.

This was the last picture I took on the way back to the The Little Red Shop.

It looks like someone is trying out new colors for the old bakery.  The historic church just behind it is undergoing quite a bit of a facelift too.  It was damaged in a recent flood.

It makes me happy when people put so much time and love into cool old structures.  It's a lot of work, but it is so worth it.  The buildings my mom and I are restoring are far from done...but God knows their potential, so do we.

Thank you so much to everyone who has kindly supported our project with their prayers, encouraging words...and hard labor!

We really appreciate it.

Oh, and Alice couldn't find quite what she was looking for on our little adventure.  I'll fill you in on the scoop of where we went...and what she found, when she does.   

Have a beautiful weekend!

: )

Julie M.

07 December 2010

Pie in the Sky and Geeky Glasses...

My brother called from Minneapolis earlier today to say that he had put a little something in the mail.

"This is not Christmas," he said, "this is just pie."

Fresh from the oven!
{He said that freezing pecan pie makes it weird}

Thank you, Jeffy!

At this very moment, it may be flying over a town near you!

I was thinking about posting Jeffy's pecan pie picture when I happened upon Donna's blog, Funky Junk Interiors. She just did a little crafty post which reminded me of the year we strung real cranberries and popcorn on twine to make a garland for our Christmas tree.

I remember it as if it were yesterday.

Jeffy is the one in the glasses.

Christmas 1981


Correction:  The Minnesotans are the ones in the geeky glasses!  My mama is from Nebraska, and I'm from Washington State, just over a lake from where this picture was taken...by my daddy (who was also a Minnesotan...with really nerdy glasses).  Jeff is actually the one with his eyes closed (he's probably dreaming about pie)...and do I, or do I not look exactly like my grandpa?  (Yes, we are both wearing velour.)

Who doesn't love velour?

  My dad bought the painting in the background at the Hennepin Art Fair around 1966.  I used it as the background for my grandpa's li'l whittled dudes in my glittered birdie post.


I hope you're having a beautiful and festive week!  I had better run.  I have to get up early to open...

Happy baking & decorating!

: )

Julie M.

01 December 2010

Mmmm...That's So Yummy!

Whilst out in the nursery this afternoon on a scavenger hunt for Christmas decorations for The Little Red Shop...I happened upon a cool site.

A cool site indeed!

A Can Cone!

Mmmm....that's so yummy!

You know you want one too!
{All you have to do is rescue a neat galvanized garbage can from the dump, leave it out in the cold under a steeply-pitched roof...and wait for the avalanche.}

As I was editing the picture I noticed a little something else.

Do you know what it is?  

Can you see him?

For the last couple of weeks, dogs have been getting into the nursery.  They're big fans of Dabney Coleman's food.  And, I must say, one of them is pretty talented.

But was it really the BEST idea to do a self-portrait?

Silly doggy...I know who you are!

: )

Julie M.

ps  That gate doesn't really live behind that there can.  I just grabbed it from across the way and stuck it in the snow.  It's the old gate to my breezeway.  Handy Dan built a new gate last year.  Well, it's really more of a secret garden door!
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