Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Souveniers

I've been a bad, bad blogger. My apologies, but I've been a busy one lately. Still no stitching that I can reveal, but I'm making progress on the model. I'm excited to say that the plan is to release the chart at market in September. I'm stitching as fast as I can. Hopefully, we can show a sneak peek here soon. I just returned from a quick trip to Minnesota to see family and do a little antiquing. We attended this show. It was simply amazing. Row after row and building after building of the most wonderful things. If I hadn't been flying, plenty more would have come home with me. My favorite finds were the samplers, the tons and tons of crocks, and the many weather vanes, just to name a few. We walked for at least seven hours and probably missed some things. I spied this guy, and had to go back and get him. I've always wanted a Hubley Boston Terrier doorstop. He certainly weighted down my luggage. The TSA went through my suitcase and I'm sure they were surprised to see him. Well, maybe not...they probably see lots of unusual things. The real Bostons weren't quite sure what to think. I caught Henry chewing on the ear. The cast iron had to have sharpened a tooth or two.

No trip to the Midwest is complete for me without buying another crock. It had to stay behind until I drive back there next month. I think I got a great deal on it, especially after seeing one priced at $4,700 in a shop. It was a 5 gallon jug, with a nice leaf design in mint condition. I've never seen one that expensive before.
This silhouette was too cute to pass up. The same dealer had the sweetest spinning wheel with the original blue paint. I'm kicking myself for not getting it.
I came home to some exciting news. We are going to be blessed with another grandchild in February. What a homecoming...I'm thrilled.

20 comments:

Becky said...

My grandmother had one of those Hubley Boston terrier doorstop. I haven't seen one of those in a long time.

Vonna said...

Those are my kind of souveniers! Love the door stop and the crock...and I want me a weather vane too...one with a horse on it...wish I could find one....

samplerlover said...

HI Tanya, sounds as if you had a wonderful time visiting family. Love your doorstop and your crock. You are getting a lovely collection of silhouettes. Looking forward to seeing what you have been up to. I am sure that is going to be wonderful - Sandra.

Joanie said...

We had one of those too! And how I wish that I had it now! I love your crock too! Great finds.

Melissa said...

First off, congratulations Grandma! You must be so excited!

Wow you're the girl to shop! I think I would be overwhelm by all the stuff to look through. You've done great with your finds!

I am really looking forward to seeing your stitched model! It sounds wonderful!

Nancy in WI said...

I love your little doorstop. I have never seen one like it! I, too, am going to be a grandma again in February and this baby will be living close to you in AZ!
Nancy in WI

Margaret said...

Congratulations again on your grandchild to be! I love that Boston Terrier doorstop! Like the crock as well.

Loraine said...

Love your finds! The crock is amazing, and so is the door stop. I always wonder if TSA will take my "treasures" when I fly. So far, I've been lucky. I once heard of a lady flying from Haiti, who had a real head in her luggage to ward off bad spirits. Can you imagine finding that? LOL
Can't wait to see what you are working on!

Katrina said...

Love all your finds especially the terrier statue, it's so you :-).

Sherry said...

congratulations on your future grandbaby! How exciting. Love the finds - crock and doorstop. It would probably freak my dog out (chocolate lab) as he's a chicken!

Sandy said...

Oh my gosh ... I LOVE the Boston door stop!!!!!!

Michelle said...

Congratulations on the new grandchild! Love all your finds!

Sherry said...

You got some great souveniers. Congrats on the terrior. He is a handsome fella!

Nicole said...

Congrats on the new grandbaby Tanya! I know you must be so excited! I love all your great finds from your trip!!

MyLifesAStitch said...

Love your souveniers! Especially the cast iron dog and the sillhouette! I'm always on the hunt for sillhouettes, and so rarely find them... and when I do, they are outrageously priced. Sounds like it was a great trip!

Can't wait for the "reveal"!!

MyLifesAStitch said...

I can't believe I left this out - Congratulations on the new addition that is on its way!! :)

Karoline said...

You got some lovely finds. Congratulations on the new grandbaby.

Alice said...

Sounds like you had a great time away even if it was short. That show sounds awesome! Great finds too. Well, I cannot wait to see your sampler, you should know that. ; ) I have often had the urge to try my hand at designing samplers but my life is a bit iffy and I can plan very little ahead. But you know the saying..."Never say Never"! : )
Alice
xxx

Siobhan said...

Fantastic finds, Tanya! I love the crock and the silhouette, but I think the Boston doorstop is my favorite. Can't wait for some sneak peeks of the model you're stitching!

Suzanne said...

Great souveniers! I really love the crock and the terrier.