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 🙂

 

 

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

Centerpieces

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The tween loves flowers.  She would like to own a flower shop some day.  When everything is in bloom she loves to create centerpieces for our table.  Here are her latest creations.

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They really do add a little brightness to the dreary days we have been having!

Friend or Foe??

Queen Anne’s Lace is a weed….or is it?  If you do not know what it is, read about it here.  It is considered a wild carrot.  I personally have never eaten one but it is considered a wild food source.

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This is after 24 hours in the dye. It’s actually a light pink, darker purple, and blue hue

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when picked it’s this pretty white color

We have quite a bit of this around our area and by quite a bit I mean it’s everywhere.  If you are a gardener and this weed is in your garden, it is quite a chore to get rid of it.  I never looked at it as a problem plant (like my Japanese Lanterns that I wish I had never planted) because it is pretty when it’s growing.

A fellow blogger who has a wonderfully talented way of sharing things and a very interesting blog you can find here: (Cynthia Reyes) recently shared a very funny quip of this fine weed.  Read it here.  This reminded me of something my sister had done with her children and taught my children.  If you snip this pretty flower and place it in a cup with water and food coloring, the plant will drink the dye and the top of the flower will take on a pale shade of the food coloring. After 2 days you spray the top of the flower with hair spray to keep it from shedding out its pretty lace and display it in a vase for a few days.  Cheap and very pretty table decoration.

I decided to show a quick breakdown of how to do this for anyone else who has this weed, flower, free table centerpiece growing in their yards or gardens.  Unfortunately I only had a little of the regular food coloring which works the best.  I used gel color which is great for frostings but not as good for flower dying!!  Give it a try with your kids or for your next flower arrangement!!

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