I just realized I never came back with a picture of my $15 steal of a deal in this old sewing machine. All I did was sweep it down real well to get all the dirt and webs off of it. I have decided that since I still have a young one at home that likes to play with interesting things, that I would display it with the machine down in the cabinet. I really want to show off the machine but I know my little guy won't be able to keep his hands off of it... me either for that fact, lol! It's fun to turn the handle and watch it work.
The top of this sewing cabinet is the perfect place for some family Bibles, along with some old family books. Doesn't the sweet stitchery from our dear friend Linda over at Parker's Paradise look wonderful just above the sewing cabinet?? It's like Linda knew exactly what would look great in my home, I still love it so much Linda! Thank you again, sweet friend!
The old glasses on top of the family Bibles belonged to my great-uncle Oscar. I bought a box lot at a garage sale for super cheap and there were two itty bitty extremely dusty oil lamps inside. They cleaned up quite nicely, I was honestly surprised.
I bought these little squirrels a few years back when I was working at Hobby Lobby. I do miss working there this time of year when all the fall is out. I brought fall decor home each week, hehe!
This little display is on top of the entertainment center in the family room. The ceramic bear is the very first holiday piece I ever bought for my home back in the late 80's and I just can't seem to part with him. He's such a jolly little guy. House of Lloyd, the home party... anyone remember them? My family loved them and had lots of parties. Back then, we had these potpourri pots instead of tart warmers. You put a tea light in his belly (which is why he has a heart hole). Inside his head is where you put potpourri with a little water, then his hat had air holes in the top. Thankfully sometime shortly after that, people started using wax tarts instead of the potpourri because it would get pretty nasty if you let it set a couple of days. My grandma and granddad's wedding picture is in the background. Oh, and yes... I realize that one candle is way too tall. I have a replacement patiently waiting to be waxed. Should have done that before I took this picture, haha.
I have lots of teddies in my family room because I use to collect them years ago. They still mean warmth and comfort to me. This sweet teddy bear is sitting on a little stool with the state outline of Oklahoma carved in the top that my husband made many years ago in scouts. So we know it's an antique, hehe!
A quick shot of part of the mantel. My main project this winter is to organize all photo frames and family pictures.
Just a little pot with berries in the Living Room in the Amish corner.
In the main bath, I keep a sewing drawer that belonged to my great-grandma. I have fun changing it out with the holidays.
Isn't this little blue vase just precious? My dear friend Katie over at Willow Creek Homestead brought this back to me from a family vacation they took to San Antonio, TX. It came from The Guenther House. From the website, it looks like a really neat place.
Maybe I can get it together soon and get pictures of the rest of my fall decorating. You all will be showing your Christmas and I'll still be in fall, lol! Oh well, I would leave my fall up all year long if my family would let me... dang family anyway.
Don't you just love receiving packages in the mail, especially when they are a total surprise?!? My dear Facebook friend Micki Groom Creamer sent me a message that she was sending me something only I didn't see the message! When I opened my mailbox and there was this huge package crammed inside, I was shocked. Micki knows I love old sewing notions and has sent me some in the past that are displayed in my vintage sewing bathroom and laundry room (which is right beside the bathroom). What a sweet, sweet thing for her to do, look at all this fun stuff!!
There is old bias tape for 10 and 25 cents, love that! The old DMC and Coats labels on the floss, some say 12 cents. Those will definitely be used in decorating, love those old labels! A couple of cute patterns, a Christmas potholder & oven mitt panel, a beautiful quilt block that was started and never finished. I was wondering what I could do with the adorable Americana fabric and Micki sent me pictures of pillow tucks she made out of it... CUTE!
Just in time for Christmas giving, there was a 'Cookies to Give in a Jar' kit complete with twine, jar toppers, and labels. Perfect! But my most favorite thing of all has to be the 1938 Singer instruction book!! What a real sweetheart my friend Micki is! She has a fun and wonderful open group Christmas page on Facebook that you really should join: MAKE MINE A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS.
I gotta end this post with a picture of my little guy. I was out taking fall foliage pictures again and he wanted me to take a picture of him as he was dancing and singing in the leaves... so sweet.
I suppose that's enough rambling for one post. I appreciate you all giving my friend Katie from Willow Creek Homestead a wonderfully prim welcome. She was overwhelmed at the response and I was too! You all are so dear and precious to me! Thank you for your friendship! =]
Have a wonderfully blessed week~