Monday, July 13, 2009

Flea Market Finds

Just had to share what I found at the flea market this weekend. From only one lady's booth!! AND, she had even more!! BLING!!!

I just love old costume jewelery, don't you? I remember playing with some of these pieces from my mother's jewelery box way back in the 50s.

You'll probably see some of these beauties on a few new items in the cottage in the next few weeks.

Back to the sewing room! I'm creating Victorian Window Treatments this week. What fun!! Here's one that I finished yesterday...

I took the inspiration from a photo that I got inside an historic home in Charleston a couple of years ago. I'm going through my scrapbook from that trip and duplicating several of the window treatments we saw on our many historic tours. Just LOVE that town!!

I'm going to try to post more often. I'm such a bad blogger as I can't seem to get in here very often during the summer months.

I've got some wonderful vignettes to post for you next time.

Friday, July 10, 2009

New at Aunt May's Cottage This Week

I've been busy working on Victorian Sachets this week. I never thought I'd say this, but I'm kinda sick of the smell of Lavender right now. After filling 13 sachets with almost a cup of Lavender each, I really want to breathe some fresh air.

I've also listed a couple more of my Vintage Wedding Gowns. These are some of my absolute favorites!! You'll also find a couple of Vintage Prom Dresses from my collection, at very reasonable prices, I might add.

Next week I'll be working on Decorative Beaded Hangers. I love doing those!! Have a wonderful weekend........

Thursday, July 2, 2009

We Have a LOT to Celebrate!

I ran across something interesting recently. Did you know there really was an Uncle Sam?

It seems that after serving as a soldier in the Revolutionary War, Sam Wilson began a meatpacking business in Troy, NY. Known for his honesty, common sense and friendliness, everyone in town called him Uncle Sam. When the War of 1812 broke out, Sam became a supplier of meat to the Army.

One day, a reporter writing about the war efforts visited the Wilson butchery. There he noticed that all the barrels of beef were stamped with the initials "US". When he inquired as to what the initials stood for, a clerk told him, "Why, that's for Uncle Sam, of course".

Very soon, the story of the army's "Uncle Sam" began appearing in newspapers all across the country and the association caught on as everything the army used, from cannonballs to blankets, was referred to as "Uncle Sam's".

One of the most satisfying elements about celebrating the Fourth of July as a family holiday is that even if our personal experience varies - if we are barbecuing on the beach or the patio of an apartment building or enjoying a brass band concert in front of a village bandstand - it doesn't really matter.

We think this is because when, as a nation of individuals, we come together with family and friends to celebrate Independence Day, it's more than the birthday of a country. For what we really celebrate in our hearts is the birthday of an idea and, like our forefathers, a deeply personal vision of contentment.

We really do have a great deal to celebrate, don't you agree? For where else is there a nation that sets aside one day a year to exalt life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?

How do you celebrate the Fourth of July?

excerpts taken from Sarah Ben Breathnach's Traditions