Saturday, June 24, 2017

Vintage Show & Tell #2: Chalkware Piggy Bank

Welcome to Vintage Show & Tell! I'm so excited to be offering this new linky party to my readers. I absolutely love collecting, reading, and writing about vintage and antique treasures so this weekly party will be a real treat for me! I hope you'll all enjoy visiting one another, as well, and invite your friends to come party, too!

Tonight I want to introduce you to my piggy bank. For as long as I can remember, this sweet piece has been my special coin bank. I've never been one to hold on to money for very long, so he's been a very hungry piggy over the years! From very early childhood until I graduated high school, he sat on my dresser or shelf. Once Jamie and I were married, I packed him away in a box of special things, but I've recently dug him out and he now sits on my dresser, once again!

This is a mid-century piece and is made of chalkware composite, a material that's sturdier than regular chalkware. Chalkware was known as "poor man's porcelain" and was popularly used in carnival game prizes in the early 1900s before stuffed animals became the coveted prize. It's hand-painted with oils or watercolors and glazed. It was made in Taiwan and has many bumps and scars. Still, it's a priceless treasure to me!

I'd love to see what you've got to share today! Link up your vintage stuff---(older posts are fine!)---and let's all visit one another and be inspired by fun things from the past!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Homemaking Party: Lemon Tea Cookies

Welcome to The Homemaking Party! I'm so happy you're here visiting as I've got a very yummy recipe for you to try out! Do you love lemon? I do! Lemon cake, lemon tea, lemon chicken...it's one of my favorite flavors. Today I'm showing off a recipe for Lemon Tea Cookies. Unlike any other recipe I've found, these ones are definitely full of tart lemon flavor.

Lemon Tea Cookies
2 c. flour
1 c. powdered sugar
1/2 c. cornstarch
1 c. butter, softened
1 egg yolk
juice and zest of 1 lemon

Combine flour, powdered sugar, and cornstarch in a bowl and mix with a wire whisk. Zest the lemon and squeeze out the juice. Then stir in the zest, juice and yolk until it's all well blended. Scoop the mixture onto ungreased cookie sheets and bake at 350ยบ for 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden around the edges and not doughy in the middle. 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Vintage Show & Tell #1: What Would You Do With This Vintage Post Office Box Door?

Hello friends! Thanks so much for stopping by for my revived Vintage "Stuff" Linky Party---The Vintage Show and Tell! It's been a year or so since I last ran this party and I'm super excited to be offering it again. Please link up your recent posts featuring vintage "stuff" and share the party with all your friends!

Earlier this week, I was at the post office here in Pendleton, Oregon and noticed these metal post office box doors sitting on the counter. They were selling them for $5 each so I asked the clerk about them. She said they had a whole box of them that they were selling and let me sift through it to find the best one. Most of them were dated in the 1950s but this one from 1971 was the only one that still retained the box number. 

What kinds of crafty things would you do with this cute bit of history? I was looking up ideas and found this neat project by Brynne at The Gathered Home. I especially like her little GIF that shows how she painted around the Greek key designs.

I can't wait to see what you've got to share with us this week!
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Our Visit to the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center and Gold Panning in Sumpter, Oregon

Welcome to the Homemaking Party! We're still in Oregon---ha! A couple weeks ago, Mom and I took the kids back up to Baker County to visit the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center in Baker City. It was a blast!

We started off with goofy pictures in these photo stands...

Grandma even got a funny shot with Liam!

Then we went into the museum where they had a big room set up for kids to interact with toys, games, art supplies, dress up, games of mathematics and skill, and more. Here Liam and Kynthia have been out rabbit hunting with their trusty wolf dog.

Then we wandered around the exhibits. These life-size and life-like scenes are amazing!

Some of these looked like real people standing there...

After the museum, we headed up the mountain to visit Sumpter again.

Elisha has been wanting to learn to pan for gold for several years. Since it was his 14th birthday weekend, I decided it would be a great time to take him!

He found many garnets and lots of gold flakes!

Then Grandma bought him his own gold pan! It was a great day!

Thanks for visiting the Homemaking Party! Be sure to come back Saturday morning as I'm reviving my Vintage Show & Tell Linky Party and have several neat things to show you!

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