Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Would You Pay Your Child To "Hit" The Ball?

I was reminiscing this morning about when the boys were younger.  We have been living on this property for 21 years now.  The first ten years seemed to go by much slower than these last ten have.  My youngest will be 21 next month, time is flying by.  But, I was thinking about when they played sports, my oldest played baseball, the youngest soccer.  When Tom was playing baseball, during a game, he just would not swing at the ball.  I knew he could hit good, because we practiced at home.  He would get up to bat and look at the coach.  I finally asked him, why do you keep looking at the coach?  He said, to see if he gives me a signal.  I asked, does he ever give you a signal, no, was the reply.  So... I took matters into my own hands, I offered him $10.00 for every ball he would hit during a game.  Of course, his first time up, he hit the ball -Tom liked money.  (He was willing to wash dishes every night for $5.00 a week.  At the time that was probably a good allowance, but it meant a lot to me to have a dish washer.)  I had to cut him off after the second game, I couldn't afford him, and he understood.  But he did continue to do well, and he kept on hitting the ball!  I wouldn't pay my children to make good grades but to get him to realize what he could do I think it was worth it.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Seek And Ye Shall Find and -Need a Top Hat Model

Thanks to the wonder of the internet, after looking at many pages of poppies, I discovered my pitcher and biscuit jar are Royal Bayreuth.  They have made many beautiful items with the poppy design, dishes, cups and more. 
At the same sale I found this great top hat, unfortunately I couldn't find anyone to model it for me  -men!  It is available here.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Vintage Decorating Ideas: Enlarge and Frame Old Letters - From Southern Living

I love the look of this enlarged envelope for art, found on the Southern Living site, and using an envelope from a relative adds to it..

“This is one of my favorite things,” says George of the framed envelope in the dining room. It was addressed by George’s great-grandmother to her uncle, George’s namesake, in 1917. He found it tucked away in his grandfather’s dresser. A local printer scanned and enlarged the envelope.


Sunday, June 5, 2011

Found A Beautiful Pitcher -With A Biscuit Jar ????

I found this beautiful pitcher and container this weekend.  I had to think for awhile what the container might be -maybe it's a biscuit jar. The only marks on the bottoms are numbers stamped in.  No matter, I think they are both wonderful, they do have some chips, but I don't think that detracts from either one.  I plan to do some more research before I list them on my website.  I have found these are Royal Bayreuth, you can find them here.

I also found this wonderful metal container, I'm guessing it might have been used in a store.  Inside the lid is stamped Brunhoff Manufacturing Co.   I love the color and have decided to keep this piece for now.  It looks great on top of my kitchen cabinets.  It's very large, nine inches tall and twelve inches across.  I wonder if there was a replaceable label on the lid at some time.

If you know anything about these pieces, please let me know!