But, first I want to show you some of the cool things my parents own that I haven't taken home...yet.
My mom isn't going to be too happy to see the cobwebs in the photo, above, but the collection is up by the (high) ceiling and I didn't feel like dusting all these objects. My parents live by the lake, which means lots of spiders! This is just a part of my dad's collection of beer steins, etc. My favourite item is that little guy who pours shots. He actually moves. I loved it when I was a kid.
My mom will not part with this owl paperweight, made in Italy of alabaster. If she did, she would have a problem, because my sister wants it too! What is it about owls that makes them so fascinating?
Something else I loved when I was a kid is this pencil sharpener. It was mounted on the wall in our rec room. My dad has it mounted on the wall in their basement now. When my dad was in the hospital, I bought him a bunch of pencils, because he likes to do crossword puzzles. I knew my daughter would get a kick out of this pencil sharpener like I used to, so I asked her to sharpen all of grampy's pencils. Some of them were sharpened down to about half the size, but she had a good time!
I did come home with this set of Jürgel-Pulsnitz plates. I had never seen them before. My mom offered them to me, and I think the little guys are perfect for our sushi soy sauce.
I also took home a few more vintage glass serving dishes:
Doesn't that last one have a lovely shape?
On a trip to my parents' basement, I found a couple of pieces of this vintage fabric.
I thought I might make some dresses for my little chick's Maplelea (Canadian Girl) dolls. Let's be clear, I don't sew. But, I figure if I'm going to learn at all, it's better to start with a doll's dress than a human's dress. I found this free dress pattern, with a video that clearly explains how to do it. This will make a wonderful Christmas gift if I can get my butt in gear. Stay tuned. My daughter has been asking for doll clothes, but I think they are too expensive to buy!
I'll be back tomorrow with some pictures from my parents' house on the lake.
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