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Friday, January 30, 2009

PINK SATURDAY

Welcome to another Pink Saturday hosted by Beverly. Click on the "Pink Saturday" button on the right-hand side of my blog to visit other ladies posting photos of their pink treasures. Thank you for stopping by and please leave a comment. Enjoy your visit~~~~~~ These two glass containers have been around for a very long time. I think that my mother had cotton balls in them when they were on the bathroom vanity of my childhood home.

My talented mother used to knit and crochet quite a bit before her eyesight started failing. This pig was in my daughter's room and the doll and blanket were on display in my mother's "knitting" room.

This hankie is so pretty and delicate....I just love it. My mother saved many of her hankies and this is just one from her collection.


I found this Lefton vase and doll at a yard sale and spent all of $1.50 for both of them. The doll has such a pretty face but I wish that she had a different body. Perhaps I can remove her head, put it on a more suitable body, and give her a dress and some accessories. The delicate flowers on the vase are so pretty......


I believe that this cup had a floral arrangement in it at one time, and it is sitting on a pretty dresser scarf that was crocheted by my grandmother. I have several tea cups and saucers along with many of my grandmother's crocheted items. I come from a long line of ladies that did needle work and I was instructed in the fine art of embroidery as a little girl. I also dabbled in knitting and some crocheting but I didn't have the patience that my mother and other ancestors had to pursue any of it. At the urging of my mother and I, my daughter did a couple of embroidery pieces that I saved for her to show her children. I have a lovely tablecloth that my mother worked on for over a year (embroidery) and countless pillowcases that my grandmothers and I worked on.
Thank you for visiting my Pink Saturday blog and have a wonderful weekend. Since I live in Arizona, I will be cheering on our Arizona Cardinals this Sunday. I think that our Super Bowl party will be a very lively one!



Thursday, January 29, 2009

Friday's Favorite Family Foto

Welcome to another glimpse into Friday's Favorite Family Foto. Thank you, Deborah, once again for hosting this and thanks to all the wonderful ladies who participate and leave such lovely comments.
The first picture is of my mother standing on a stump (why I don't know) wearing some funky striped stockings!! I don't know how old she is and I don't know what she is looking at but I love her coat and hat!
This next photo is of my mother (standing) serving as godmother to someone I can't identify. The girl seated made her Confirmation and asked my mother to be her godmother. I really like the hairstyles and dresses in this photo.
This next framed photo is of my mother standing on the chair but I'm not sure of her age. The older lady in the picture is my great-grandmother....probably the one who kept my mother alive when she was born by placing her next to the oven and using it as an incubator. The other child in the photo is my mother's cousin, Francis.

Here is another framed photo of my parents as stylish as ever.

I know nothing about this next photo except that it is of my grandma Rose (second from the right) when she was a teenager around 191o-1913.

I've looked over all the photos that I've posted since I started participating in this group about 3 or 4 weeks ago, and I realize that almost all of them are very vintage. I really should start posting photos that are more current like pictures of my daughter's wedding from 2006 and photos of my precious grandson.
Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful weekend.





Friday, January 23, 2009

Pink Saturday

Welcome to another Pink Saturday hosted by the sweet Beverly. If you want to visit more participants or find out what this celebration is all about, click on the "Pink Saturday" button.

My first photo is of a small pink purse that was a gift from my friend, Tina. I like all of the embellishments on the purse.

My next photo is a true yard sale find. I think the sign speaks for itself.

With Valentine's Day approaching, I thought that I would include a pretty pink, flower heart for today's celebration.

This photo is of my mother's vintage, 1950's jewelry box. I always remember this on her dresser when I was growing up.

My final photo is of a darling porcelain doll with a cute pink dress adorned with pearls and a flower. The dress was made by my mother many years ago when she was still able to crochet.

Thank you for viewing my photos for this fine Pink Saturday celebration.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Friday's Favorite Family Foto

My Friday Favorite Family Foto grouping this week seems to have a wedding and watch theme. These pictures have a story that weaves through them and binds 4 generations with something as simple as a watch. Read on~~~~~~~

Welcome to another Friday Favorite Family Foto celebration hosted by the sweet and thoughtful Deborah. If you want to participate in our fun Friday happenings, click on the "Photos" button on the right side of my blog.
The first photo is of my mother as a bridesmaid again in what she calls her "fish shark" dress. She hated this dress but I just love how her hair, headpiece, and large bouquet of flowers offer a visual reference into the 1930's.

This next picture is one of my favorites of my mother. She was always a fashion plate and I just love how she coordinated her hat and gloves to this suit. Notice the watch on the left/heart side of her body. There is an interesting story about the watch and it goes like this:
This watch has been in our family since 1913 making it a 96 year-old heirloom. My Grandmother, Rose, wore it for her wedding on July 20, 1913. You can barely see the watch in this photo but it is on my grandmother's left/heart side. My grandmother was 15 years old on her wedding day and she hardly knew my grandfather. They were married until his death in 1956. They were both immigrants from Sicily and my grandmother always spoke of "the big lady".....the Statue of Liberty as she and her family went through Ellis Island when she was a little girl.

My mother, Sarah, wore the watch on her wedding day, September 12, 1943. I, too, wore the watch on my wedding day, November 18, 1978. I, however, didn't have any pictures taken wearing the watch. I, instead, thought that the watch was not appropriate for my dress, so I wore it under the top part of my dress. In keeping with tradition, I did wear it but it can't be seen. I tried to scan a photo that shows part of the watch chain in the "V" part of the top of my wedding dress, but the picture didn't scan well at all. I'll have to find some other pictures and hope that they look better.

Here is the watch in my daughter's young hands taken on her wedding day, February 4, 2006. We have pictures of her wearing the watch before the wedding, but for some reason they wouldn't upload for this post. I'll try to show her pictures along with my wedding pictures in another post.

Finally, here is the closed watch in my mother's "older" hands. This watch is a true family treasure.





Friday, January 16, 2009

Pink Saturday

As stated in a previous blog, I'm doing a doll theme for Pink Saturday. Here are a few of my "pink" dolls~~~some are vintage and some are not.
Here is photo of my beloved American Character Tiny Tears doll from the 1950's. I played with her quite a bit and she was my "baby" when I was a little girl. She is completely original except for her shoes.

This photo is of "Shea" dressed in a darling pinafore over a pink-striped dress. I bought Shea at a doll show and I love her coloring and open mouth.


This is my Vogue Ginny doll from the 1950's. I have several vintage Ginny dolls and my original Jill doll (Ginny's older sister). This Ginny is not a walker, but I do have two bent-knee walkers.

This is Meg from the Little Women. She is sitting on a tufted bench and she has her embroidery hoop and stitching in her hands. I have the other three Little Women dolls, but they are not dressed in pink.

This is a mini Jan Hagara doll that I bought at a doll show.


This is my very first walking doll from the 1950's. She is completely original except for her wig. I played with this doll quite a bit and she still walks and turns her head when prompted.
Thank you again, Beverly, for hosting another Pink Saturday. This is such a great group with so many wonderful photos to share.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Friday's Favorite Family Foto



I am new to the Friday's Favorite Family Foto group but I wanted to participate because I have so many wonderful vintage family photos to share. These photos are part of my heritage and I look at them fondly remembering the people, places, and events with warm, fond memories of a wonderful childhood.
The first picture above is of my father's parents, Anthony and Domenica, who both immigrated from Italy. My grandmother had 12 children of which my father was the third behind his brother, Charles, and his sister, Ida.


This is a picture of my father, Frank, who proudly served his country during WWII in North Africa and Italy. He was attached to the 5th Army and he will be remembered as a fine soldier and a wonderful father. He was born in 1914 and passed away on Jan. 1, 1999.

This is a picture of my mother taken when she was a bridesmaid in a friend's wedding. I love this picture of my mother because she looks so strikingly beautiful like a long-ago Hollywood movie star. She, too, was born in 1914 and she will be 95 years old in September.
Another favorite picture of my mother was taken when she was around 2 years old. I love her delicate jewelry, button-up shoes, curls and huge bow. My mother wasn't expected to live when she was born, but my great-grandmother bundled her up and put my mother by the old-fashioned stove and used it as an incubator. My mother has outlived everyone in her family and she happily lives with us in our home in Chandler, AZ.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

PINK SATURDAY~~~~PART TWO

I'm absolutely thrilled with the responses that I have received from some of the participants in the Pink Saturday group. My post was very rushed and my thoughts weren't exactly in order when I blogged Saturday morning after returning from Tucson. I quickly decided on some photos and uploaded them with some descriptions, but I wasn't completely satisfied with my choices. Therefore, I'm surprised and happy with the comments that I have received. Next Saturday I'm going to stick with a Pink Saturday doll theme and share some photos of a few "lovelies" that I have. I want to thank Beverly at How Sweet The Sound for hosting Pink Saturday, and express to her how grateful I am to be included with such an inspiring group of women who encourage and support one another. I've read so many marvelous blogs and I'm so impressed with each of them. Thank you all, again, for your lovely comments.....they are much appreciated.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Pink Saturday

This is my first time participating in the Pink Saturday group and I'm very excited to be a part of it. I'm sorry that I'm a little late posting but we were in Tucson and just got back at 10:30 A.M. local time. My first photo is a vignette from my old house that includes a reproduction doll, a trunk full of goodies and a hat with pink flowers. I still have all of this stuff, but it is not displayed in my new house.I have an extensive hankie collection and I'm including two hankies that my mother gave to me. Her name is Sarah hence the S's.
My mother used to knit and crochet almost everyday and she won 3rd. prize for this elephant at the Arizona State Fair.
This baby planter is one of several that I have. I needed some planters for my daughter's baby shower, so I now have several tucked away hoping to use them for my second grandchild.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

GOING BANANAS!!!!

On New Year's Eve, my husband and I went to a friend's house to enjoy a nice, relaxing evening munching on snacks and drinking in moderation~~~except for Robin who had a "few" White Russians! The men, of course, sat in the family room watching a football game (I, too, love a good football game) while the ladies sat in the kitchen snacking and chatting. Suzanne, the hostess, asked us if we wanted to play a new game that her sister-in-law gave her while visiting from Tennessee at Thanksgiving. Robin, Suzanne, Joanne and I played a few rounds of Bananagrams and I was hooked. I LOVE THIS GAME! A few of the guys strolled into the kitchen and played a round or two and then all 8 of us switched to a new game, Cranium. We had a ball playing Cranium, but my mind was on Bananagrams. After we finished playing Cranium, I pulled out the "banana" that held all the tiles for the game and Griff and Brian decided to play too. Griff was a whiz at this game but I was a good match for him. He won every round but I came in a close second while Brian trailed along. At midnight, I was the only one at the table still flipping tiles trying to make words so I could yell "Bananas"! The game requires at least 2 players, but I didn't care because I loved the challenge of making words with my limited tiles. I looked online to see where I could buy this game and I found out that the game is available at Barnes and Noble....guess where I will be tomorrow?