Monday, June 27, 2016

Road Trip Eats!

I am married to an Italian who enjoys good food! My Jimmy just loves to eat and we get to dine out a lot as it is part of Jimmy's entertainment! On our road trip, his first favorite restaurant stop was the Pacific Oyster Company.

We had a really pretty day for traveling with sunshine!

Isn't he a happy camper? This is his beloved oyster stew...with double oysters. You get 18 oysters in the bowl! WOW...not my thing, but it sure is Jimmy's!!!

I love their cute logo...

Thursday morning we passed the Pronto Pup shoppe! You have to understand that Jimmy LOVES pronto pups AKA corn dogs and cozy dogs. Jimmy calls them by their Illinois name...cozy dogs. When we rounded the corner and he saw the giant pronto pup on the the top of the building, he almost had a heart attack!!! LOL!!!

Can you believe they had a pronto pup ride for kids? Too funny!!!

He's ready for eating...3 for $8.00. I had one and he had to deny himself a few more!

Way too funny...a giant pronto pup!

When we were up in the Astoria area, we asked a young man at the museum where we could have a very nice seafood dinner. He suggested the Baked Alaska. So, we gave it a try.

What a great suggestion! The place was just charming and the food was delicious. Jimmy looks pretty happy, huh?

You sit right on the water and we enjoyed the ships being turned by the tug boats. It was just fascinating. You can see that the weather wasn't too great!

Scallop dinner! YUM YUM YUM!

My choice was prawns and crab spahettini....a very light spaghetti dinner with no heavy sauce. Just lovely.

What a wonderful way to end our trip. 

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sunday Thoughts

This is my sweet SIL's father...Hubert Stoll. He is a gem. He worked hard all his life as a dairy farmer and farmer in Illinois.His daughter Brenda is married to my brother in law Allyn.

We are keeping Hubert in our prayers as he has been in the hospital for a few weeks now. His family expected him to be leaving us all yesterday, but I guess the Lord has other plans and he is doing better today. He has a wonderful doctor and pastor that are right there with him. What a blessing.

This sweet soul has been sending out a bible verse every day, plus a little poem he writes and happy birthday, anniversary, congratulation, or any other good wishes for his large family. He has been doing this on the internet for years and I just cherish his daily posts.

We love you Hubert.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Road Trip Shopping!

Jimmy and I didn't have to babysit this week, so we decided to take a little road trip to the beach for an overnight. The weather was pretty the first day, but it poured rain over night and was really wet on Thursday, but who cares when you like to go to antique shoppes?

We enjoyed lots of wonderful shoppes, so I wanted to share a bit of the goods we found. I love this little grouping of purple souvenir milk glass. I just was enchanted by it.

Oh, I loved this little German cardboard home complete with farmers and lots of animals.

The 4th of July is just around the corner and several booths were decorated for the upcoming holiday.

Children's books are always calling to me...this was a really cute Christmas one. I was good and left it there....

A sweet Japanese children's tea set, still in the box. If it would have had 4 teacups and 4 saucers, I probably would have had to bring it home!

I don't know what I liked better...the vintage metal dollhouse or the quilt blocks!

I am always drawn to little shelves and cupboards! Cute little dishes too!

Doll clothes are always so sweet and so fascinating to me. Most are homemade and that makes them even more charming.

You just have to love these little baby carriages. I love the one I own.

I actually loved the wooden blue chair more that then cute teddy bear.

Dollies to love!

She was a cute little stuffed doll sitting in a cheese box!

These were two lithographed children's dust pans with darling graphics.

My other loves is always dishes, teapots, and pretty things! Look at all the goodies on these shelves!

I was sure tempted by this beautiful rose biscuit jar!

A wonderful chocolate pot. I have a one very similar.

Fun fun fun!!!

A nice collection of Liberty Blue. I have a wee bit of this but would love to have the teapot. Maybe someday....

I hope you enjoyed a peak at our shopping. I will post more of our trip later. It was so nice to get out of town and just think of ourselves. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Tea Time Tuesday #117

Tea Time Tuesday! Today, I shared my mote spoons with my Tasha Tudor group. I like to do my blog post on the same subject. A mote spoon is a spoon used to remove the tea leaves in a teacup. Most of the spoons are slotted for that reason. Mote means speck and so the spoons were used to remove the little specks of tea. They were replaced by tea strainers. Mine are all sterling silver.

This was my first mote spoon. Jimmy brought it back to me from Illinois and it's my favorite.
It has tiny star shaped holes stamped into the silver.

The bottom of the spoons have little arrow shapes and were used to remove the tea leaves that may get caught in the teapot spouts.

Often these spoons are confused with olive forks. I had an antique dealer try to convince me that her mote spoon was an olive spoon. 

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Sunday Thoughts on Father's Day

This little plaque sums it all up for my Jimmy. Oh, how he loves his little Otto and thanks God everyday for the gift of a grandchild.  Otto is almost 3 years old now. He stayed over night with us on Friday and he is one funny little boy. What a joy.

The old Italian Papa has been waiting for a ripe tomato and finally had one ready. So Otto and Papa went out to "pick" it and "eat" it.

It was all pretty exciting for the two!

It's been an emotional weekend for us with some family issues going on. Little Otto was the best thing that happened this weekend. Jimmy sings him a song when he puts him down for a nap. Otto didn't want his song when I was getting him ready for bed, but then he jumped up into Papa's arms, hugged him around the neck and wanted his song. It was so very precious! It was the best present a grandpa could ever wish for...what a gift. What a gift from God our Otto is.

Happy Father's Day.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Hitty's New Quilt

I love this book! It's such a charming book about the life of a little wooden carved doll. It goes through her first 100 years.  As a doll person, I had to have a Hitty doll. Most of my friends in my Tasha Tudor group have a Hitty doll too. Mine is not a hand carved version, but I like her face and she is quite fine.

All the illustrations are done in black and white. Here she is in her little cradle with a quilt.

A few weeks ago, I found a little quilt kit on Etsy. I thought it would be fun to make it for my Hitty.
It's a very small quilt.

Here she is, sitting on her  finished little quilt. I love the colors.

I'm not a hand quilter, but one of my Tasha friends encouraged me to  quilt the little quilt by hand with a simple criss cross pattern. It's not perfect but I did have fun giving it a try. It looks cute with the handwork. Actually, the most difficult part was the binding, as it is really tiny. The finished quilt is 5 1/2" x 5 1/2".

I found the cradle a few years back and it just happened to be the right size and all for Hitty. It's pretty close to the one in the book. So I made some bedding for her to match the quilt and she is quite happy with it.

She's snug as a bug in a rug! 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Thursday Treasures....Compliments of a Friend

I received a package the other day from my good friend LaVonne. It wasn't my birthday, it wasn't Christmas, it wasn't a gift exchange, so what could be in this box weighing 14 pounds?
Last summer she had a very magical season with farm helpers and guests. Every Saturday, the gang would go to garage sales and they would have great adventures. Little did I know, that I was joining in the fun each week as they went on the hunt. She was collecting strawberry items FOR ME and they all joined in the fun. Whenever someone would see a strawberry themed item, they would yell out "strawberry"! She kept the goodies in a box all winter, waiting for the season to come around to send me my package. Can you believe all the treasures? I was so surprised and I must say, delighted.

A closer look at some of the fun things in the box from Montana! I really liked the clear glass strawberry bowls.

Can you see the little metal plate hiding with two Strawberry Shortcake dolls?

That's a strawberry kitchen timer along with a strawberry stamp for shortbread cookies and a bar of sweet smelling soap.

I have never seen strawberry tea light candles! One of her guests made me the potholder and I adore the vintage tablecloth.

Paper goods were in the group of  items too...such cute little notecards.

I adore this photo album!

I could believe she found another beautiful strawberry cup and saucer! Now I can have tea for two!

This is the cutest little ceramic strawberry, perfect for jam or jelly.

I had to laugh at this one...a mouse trap. LaVonne actually sent this one to Jimmy. Too funny!

This adorable pink glass punch bowl with matching cups is for my dolls. Can you see the strawberries in the pressed glass? Oh, how I love this gift!!!!

Flip flops too...who knew????

This is a long homemade frock made from a very cute strawberry print fabric. Too bad it didn't fit as I could have worn it and had a good laugh. I guess LaVonne put it on at the garage sale! She is a riot and it made me laugh to imagine her having fun.

How do you thank your friend for such an unexpected and delightful package? Thanks so are so fun and a great friend.