Monday, May 9, 2011

Happy Monday

I hope that all of you Mothers had a super day yesterday!!  From what I have read from some of my favorite blogs, there was great fun to be had!!  Excellent :)  I know that my Mother had a great time, my Sister and her Husband went over to the house and brought her- her favorite pie......Chocolate Mousse. 

I was out of town this week and was able to spend some time with my Father & Mother-in-Law, which is always great fun.  We had a big family party early on in the week, with about 45 of our brother and sister in laws, and all the nieces and nephews, and their kids too.  Wow, amazing how many there were of us, and that wasnt even all of them!!!  Huge family my Husband nice, everyone just loves getting together, enjoying each other and visiting for a few hours, and they all live in the area and visit often.  Still, they get excited to get together again.  How can you complain about that?!

On Saturday I was invited to my nieces bridal shower, who is getting married this coming week.  I was excited to go shopping and check out all of the goodies she had registered for at Target.  You gotta love Target, they have a great selection of household items.  I bought her plates, glasses and silverware.  On the way home I was talking about the wrapping to my MIL and decided I was going to wrap it like a wedding cake.  Now, unfortunately Target nor Box-mart had wedding paper.  Can you imagine?  White is not wedding paper to me...... wedding paper has bells, brides, or beautiful tone on tone flowers.  Very elegant.  They had tons of birthday paper, and tons of baby shower paper, (lets not get ahead of ourselves!!!! LOL) With no time to spare, we chose some fun paper that would work. 
 I was so excited to wrap these up, the men were out on errands, and we had papered the entire family room.  Paper and ribbons and tulle everywhere.  How fun right?  I was thrilled the way it turned out.  The downfall was that it was super heavy, and doing my best to keep them all together was pretty interesting.  The morning of the shower the men loaded up the goodies in to the backseat of the car, and I put a seatbelt on mine!!!!!  LOL.  My MIL bought her a microwave and mixer, so you know the back seat was filled up.  Off we went to the shower and it was an open house sort of bridal shower, people came and went.  Gifts were opened and goodies were had.  Lots of laughing, which I always love to hear.  For me, there isnt much laughter going on, I wish there was more, but I am always so involved with work, and definitely enjoyed all of it this week.

I got in some stitching time this weekend too.  Amazing right?  Here is my Bramble and the Rose......
Alot of progress was made, I am keeping my fingers crossed for this week, but I am back at work so I am not going to hold my breath!!!  LOL.  It sure is beautiful, my Sister-in-Law suggested I make a pillow out of it, while that is a great idea, I am not sure I will go that route.  I am usually a 'frame' type of gal.

Almost 2 years ago, I posted about some cookie cutters that my Grandmother had on her wall, ever since I can remember and was desperate for information.  2009 cookie cutters if you want to see the original post.  But my Husband was in the middle of now-where (center of Kansas) a few weeks back at an antique store and found this for me:

We have been on the hunt for these gems for 7 years.  Looking and looking.   They are solid aluminum, weigh about 3 pounds and they are replicas of old gingerbread cookie cutters from the Virgina Metalcrafters in Williamsburg VA.  This is simply amazing.  Apparently the woman at the antique shop, said that just the night before my Husband had come in, she found it tucked away, like someone had hid it to come back for it.  She found it and hung it front and center.  Sure enough, it was meant to be. When he came back, he said "I bought you something.......oh yeah?.........yes, one of those aluminum molds we have been looking for, like Grandmas"  I had 1 of the 2 I was looking for.  I AM SO EXCITED to have this, it even came with the original gingerbread recipe they sold with it on the back.  I immediately googled to find more information on the item (It is the same one at grandmas, but you dont dare take it off the wall to inspect.......) and sure enough, I found the mate I needed online.  I couldnt believe the luck.  Within 3 weeks, I had both of these Gingerbread cookie cutters, just like Grandma, my Fathers mother.  (A few posts back, I visited my other Grandmother, my Mothers mom) 

There are a handful of things that stick out in her home, that grab me and I have fond memories everytime I see them.  With 7 children in her family, I am not sure my name is on any of these items, so I went ahead and got them myself.  Just as good.  Her home is so classic and timeless, and when I see these treats, I remember visits at her house like it was yesterday.  M & M's in the candy jar, samplers on the wall, baking every week-- a fresh baked cake or pie would always be there on Sunday afternoons, waiting for us to visit. Homemade applesauce, canned jam.  To run in the yard, to chase bunny rabbits, to view the gorgeous azaleas blooming in the spring. Grandma is 83 now, and just as young as she was years ago.  She is a classic woman, one who could have easily gone to the royal wedding, and fit in like a glove.  I look forward to seeing her again soon :)

Thanks again to all of you who read my blog-- who leave comments and those who just enjoy reading it, it means the world to me.  I love connecting with all of you.

Have a wonderful week!


  1. What fun times you have had!! Loved how you wrapped the gifts and that cookie cutter is awesome!

    Great stitching progress as well!

  2. wow you sound like you had a great time at the party :) you wrapped your presents up beautifully :) fantastic find by DH on the mould whoop whoop :) and progress on the stitching FAB :) love mouse xxxx

  3. Wow, I love those cookie cutters! How awesome that the one was just put out for your DH to pick up! Glad you had a fun time with family too. The wrapping of the shower gifts is spectacular! I can see why they needed a seat belt though. lol! Beautiful stitchy progress too!

  4. Sounds like you have had a delightful few days! So glad you found those cookie cutters you were searching for! Your grandma sounds like a treasure, so glad you have her in your life. We all need someone like her.

    Lovely stitching progress! Hope you get to work on it some this week after work.

  5. Your stitching looks great, and grats on the acquisitions. I'm so glad you found the mate you needed. I know the sentimental value of things. I have knick knacks from both my grandmothers and from my dad (I know that sounds strange. Well, it's not really a knick knack, it's a stitched piece. When dad died, David redid the house, and it no longer fits with the decor, so he gave it back to me (and kudos to him for knowing it was important and should not be thrown away)). I'm glad you have so many good memories. Those will stand you in good stead when your grandma gets older.

  6. That is great that your husband found the cookie cutter. I doubt that mine even knows what one is! Your post made me miss my grandma so I am going to see her when my kids are out of school and I can spend a few days with her and my mom. Lovely blog!

  7. How exciting about the cookie cutters! And they will bring you many memories every time you look at them. Your Bramble WIP is looking amazing - wow!!

  8. I love antique/vintage cookie cutters too! Yours are beautiful! Congrats on finding them!


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