Couples

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The latest “couple” to move into our home. They are actually 10 inches tall

Looking around a few of the door frames and window frames in our home it may appear someone has a “couple” collection starting.  Let’s be honest…it’s me!!

I can’t help but love these types of people.  Wood, resin, glass, it does not matter.  Each one of these “spoke” to me in some way and I enjoy visiting them every day.  You can see each couple as you walk through the main rooms in our home starting from the backroom entry through to the front room office area.

The latest couple above was a thrifty find I had at a local antique mall.  I paid $2.00 for the set!!!!!!

They have a resting place on the storage chest for our winter clothing items in our back room and you can see them straight through from the living room or looking out at the backyard.

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These cute Amish corner sitters are displayed above the sink in the kitchen with all the antique throat lozenges tins.  Sorry for the bad picture but you can see the girl on one side and the boy is on the other.

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Next up another cute Amish couple you pass under to enter the living room.  They are next to the awesome sign a friend picked up for me.  It’s amazing how some friends just know what you would like in your home.  I love the detail on this couples clothing.  While the Amish sets have no faces, they don’t need them as they are cute enough.

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Once entering the living room, the older couple greets you with their farm chore baskets in hand on our mantle.  My mother had this set for years in this house when I was growing up.  She took them to Florida when she moved there in 1992.  She has since moved back by us and I was given this set.  It has come full circle.

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And the last couple before entering the office area is yet a different set of Amish people.  This couple reminds me of teenage Amish kids.  I love the colors of their clothing and again, no faces.  Here is a history of what I found on why the Amish figures have no faces:  Amish Faces

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I have many more door frames and window sills waiting for their couple to join our family 🙂

 

 

1955 Prestige Silverware Set

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Today we had lunch with the man of the houses parents.  We then stopped at their house to pick up a silverware set his mother purchased before her graduation day from High School in 1955!!!

Every year “grandma Ruth” (the man’s mother) always asks us for Christmas gift ideas.  It was hard for her at first to understand my requests at Christmas.  I am a very practical person.  Sure, I love the finer things, but when someone is willing to spend money on me, I will choose something practical that I want and that I would love to save the money on buying for myself.  Some things I have requested are:  muck boots, black dress socks, leather driving gloves, a toaster and last year I asked for a toolbox with a few tools and different size nails I could use in my barn.  The first few years she would beg me to pick something different and now 16 years later, I think she knows me well enough to realize these are “gifts” to me.  Awesome gifts!!

So when she asked me the other day what I would like I was quick to tell her “silverware”.  Our set is now missing many things (I am sure the kids removed them at some point to dig outside or to take fishing in the creek).  I would like to have service for 8 again on all pieces.  Ruth then said to me, “you know I have a set I purchased before graduation from high school sitting in the basement” and before she could finish I said YES!!

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You see these are not just silverware pieces.  These are special pieces she purchased as a young girl to take into her future with whoever her husband to be was and for the family she was certain to have.  These pieces were hope of a wonderful life and future.  These pieces were part of the mans childhood.  Through the years she has kept this set perfect.  This set means more to me than she will probably ever know.

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The box has been carefully stored through the many years only making an appearance at a few very special family gatherings.  In my 16 years, I had never seen them.  Yet today opening the beautiful box they were delivered in so many years ago, these pieces are in perfect condition.

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The certificate of registration of this hand picked set is in the box.  All the original paperwork and receipts are gently folded inside.

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The silver etiquette book with complete instructions and pictures for the use and care of the silver is included laying gently on top.

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There are many different serving pieces included.

I can hardly wait to use these at Thanksgiving when Ruth will be here to enjoy the future she chose and purchased so many years ago.  I will cherish this set and we will use it often with the same hope Ruth had for it so long ago.  I will save the paperwork and pass this set onto my children who I can only hope will cherish it as much as I do.

 

 

Tin Score!!!

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TINS!!!!  Yayyy!!!  Ok, I love tins, I can’t help it.  They are a connection to history.  I love to find unique “old time” items from long ago. (See more of my tin collection here.)

Today was a rainy, cold day in Buffalo so we headed to an antique store we had never visited.  It is less than 20 minutes from our house and we drive by it quite often.  I am not sure why I have never stopped in there before but boy am I glad I did today.  The building was quite large and every little consignors area was decorated so nicely.  The prices were more than reasonable which was a treat!  We left with a nice collection of items in the car including these tins, an angel decoration, 2 wreaths, a candle, an antique toy car, and a home baked cookie Grandma bought.

A great way to spend a terrible day!!

The Tin Girl

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My two newest antique tins

I am the “tin girl”.  I do have a heart, but I will never have enough antique tins.  Not just any tins, they have to be ones that call to me.  They catch my eye and whisper softly “I have a history….if only I could share”.  So the lucky select ones that I know came from some place special in their past get to come home with me.

I found these two last night at an antique store near the place my daughter has her voice lessons.  I took my mother, son and his friend along as they all wanted to visit this shop.  We spent and hour there, went and picked up my daughter from voice and returned to spend another hour browsing.  I love that my kids can appreciate antiques and love to look at the old items and ask questions or read about them.  We all left with a little something.

These two tins will now find a resting place in my home.  Here are a few more from my collections which are scattered throughout our home.

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my new talcum powder rests next to one I already had in our bathroom medicine cabinet

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These are both denture powder tins and the little jar on top is violet oil

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bath salts, little souvain pain killer tin, face powder, antiseptic all adorn this shelf

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Necco tin, creamette pasta, Hershey’s candy, boric acid, toffee candy phone booth, old Buffalo Sabres hockey beer bottle

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these little 3 are all antique tins from throat lozenges

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These 3 are tobacco, pastilles, old playing cards

Garbage Find

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I love old windows!!  I know weird right????  But I can’t help it.  Look at that window…there’s a history behind it and I only wish it could talk and tell me it’s tale and all it’s seen.  (I know it’s hung upside down but I like it that way)!!

This window was in the garbage down the street.  My heart almost skipped a beat when I saw it and I jammed on my breaks so hard I almost flew threw the windshield.  WHAT???? WHO WOULD THROW THIS OUT!!!!  It was calling me to take it and now I get to look at it everyday proudly displayed on our garage!!  The pots and pans were free at a garage sale last summer.  I had plants in them (see here) but decided to spray paint them to add another dimension to the wall.

Waste not want not and I love my new display!!