Friday Finds: Record Keeping

Gosh, a week has gone by since my last post.
*poof* goes the time...

This morning I went out to one garage sale and I found this neat little table.

It needs some work to spiff it up, or a good cleaning and a large doily until I get to it, ha!

But, it gets interesting here when you take out the drawer to clean out the spiders.

The back of the drawer was used as a make shift ledger of sorts!

To keep track of the boat payments made by Pat. 

By my calculations, Pat paid $1475 for the boat between 1998 and 2001.  That's only 14 years ago that this record keeping started.  It's hard to imagine that the person was short on paper in 1998.  So, it leads me to think that keeping track of this was a covert operation, being hidden on the back of a drawer.  Why?  Don't you love this?  This is Pat and the boat seller's story and I hope I'm not invading their privacy by making it quasi-public.

All of us lovers of old things are intrigued by the stories that old houses, objects, and such have to tell.  But, this time, maybe because it's so recent, it feels a bit like an invasion of privacy.  

Obviously, not so much so that I didn't post this though, hmmm....
But, it intrigued me and I thought you may find it interesting also. 

So, I started this post to show you the drawer, my "find". 

But as I end this post, I think my sense for the respect for the privacy of the - should I call them story tellers?- and for the personal items we find that hold history and stories, is my somewhat surprising find this week and the more valued one.

Kim Klassen dot Com

Friday Finds

Ha!  This quote is my Friday Find...this morning I read in Pam Garrison's blog post how she lacks focus...made me laugh, because I can relate!

So, with a lack of focus, instead of doing what I planned to do, I made the print above letting each idea preempt the last while I was making it. :)

And, talk about good ideas....Pam's a colorful bonanza of inspiration over there!

Kim Klassen dot Com

Little Things Thursday

The end of the school year means end of the year programs and award nights.  I wanted to begin to link up with Kim Cunningham on her blog Little By Little for Little Things Thursday because it's the little things I get the most joy out of.  I'm pretty sure that's the same for most people hence such a linky party. :)

The Jr. High music program seemed like a good fit for Little Things Thursday.

I could see each child individually at the Jr. High program last week.  Of course our own kids always shine brightly in our eyes and hearts, but, for a brief period of time, I had an acute awareness of each child that night and their special place in the kingdom of God.  

All these little things...

Our word for the past weeks here in our home is "poof".

Our second daughter graduated from college last Saturday. *poof* went the time.
This flutist above will be starting high school next year. *poof* went the time.
Our son finished his first year of college and is home for the summer. *poof*....
The others all growing and maturing so...

So, I share with you the scripture that has been on my heart these past weeks while I contemplate once again the time and how it goes...

"Teach us to count our days aright..."
Psalm 90:12

If you've have spent any of your precious time here reading my blog, I thank you.

Little by Little

Wordless Wednesday

Texture Tuesday: Yellow

This is a photograph I took a few years ago and have even posted it before, however this is a new edit...textured with "Cybil" from Kim Klassen's Downton Abbey collection. 

Sometimes, we need the reminder to be our own sunshine.

Happy Tuesday!

Other People's Stories

Over this past weekend, I left a bid at an auction...and was able to get some of the boxes of photos that they auctioned off.

Meet little Ruth.

Do you suppose this is little Ruth all grown up?  Or maybe it's her mother and Aunt Catherine?

No name is on this one but it's a large and beautiful photo.

This one is my favorite and will be going up on a wall somewhere!  I don't recall seeing too many old photos of people posing in such a way.  Looking in the mirror before heading out....and look at that staircase!!

And, this grandfather with his arms full of gifts?! with such a warm smile....

I am not a boxing fan.   But, I do like this picture labeled "Elmo".  I googled...thought maybe there was a champion boxer from Nebraska named Elmo but my search didn't come up with anything.

They said "I do"!

Oh gosh, so pretty. (Notice the lace collar.)

Another favorite because they are so happy! And, look at those bundles of babies and bundled up toddlers, so cute!!

According to the note on the back, Pearl is playing the piano and they are singing for a 50th wedding anniversary.

A few weeks ago, I picked up this lot of vintage photos at an antique store.  I hope to show you more of them too when I get a chance to take pictures of them.

old photos: moments captured from a long ago time: blessing my moment now

Kim Klassen dot Com

Vintage Inspired Wreath

For my birthday awhile back I received and incredible box of goodies and gifts from a dear friend of mine.  Among those treasures was a bag of crocheted flowers that she had made.

I knew right away that I would string them onto a garland/bunting of sorts.  

Well, when I came to do just that I realized that I would like them in a wreath instead.  I found a foam wreath that I had in my stash of supplies.  I proceeded to wrap it with 1" strips of muslin I tore from a scrappy piece I had.  Maybe it used to be a pillow case?

I had not decided the details yet when I emailed my friend and told her my plan.  She said she could see them with greenery and pinned on the wreath.

So, I went and sat with the flowers and my wrapped wreath at my messy sewing table and there were vintage white buttons...and fabric scraps...all in sight...hmmm...maybe that could work?

I went to my stash of green vintage fabrics, tore pieces about 1" by 3" and folded them into a rough leaf shape.  I pinned them to the foam wreath along with the crocheted flowers and layered buttons for the flower center.

I had to choose buttons that had small holes for the top button so my pin wouldn't just pop through.  The pins were ones I had on hand, but you could do this with pins with a pretty pearl head and then it would be easier to choose your buttons.

Each flower she crocheted was a different pattern so with the random green patterns of vintage fabric and different buttons, it all works well together!

Want to make your own?  A quick google search will bring you all kinds of flower patterns!

For fun...I textured one of the pictures. :)

Linking with these Tuesday Link up Parties:

Saturday Digest

 ►I was told of a new antique store in Columbus a couple of weeks ago, but when I stopped, it was closed due to illness.  So, I peaked in the window.  I think I need to go back, don't you?

►Are you a bird lover?  bird watcher?  I found this Cornell Lab of Ornithology site that is full of information!  This link on their site takes you to a number of bird cams, I love watching birds!

►Amy of Four Corners Design is posting a "shelfie a day" on instagram through May -#shelfieaday- I'm joining in.  Maybe you would like to also?  Or just follow along.  (user name jillruth) Should be fun! :)  

►Kerrie at Sea Cottage is having a may enter until May 10th...she has a beautiful and peaceful blog!  You may already be a regular visitor there, if not check it out and breath in the sea air...

►Our dance recital (two performances) is today for two of my girls. There was a costume malfunction at dress rehearsal last night so I have some stitching to do this morning!  My little "mad scientist" is the one all buttoned up.

~Enjoy the rest of your weekend!~

It's Mushroom Time!

It's morel mushroom time here!  Do you eat them?  Some of my family went out seeking for them on Sunday after we celebrated my daughter's First Communion.  We went on a second hunt later and I brought my camera along.  I think we'll send out another search party today. :)

Linking with Kim for Friday Finds because if you love morels, you know that this is indeed a great find!
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