Throwback Thursday Durand Illinois

My mother Marian on the left her elder brother John in the middle, her younger brother Robert on the right with the dog in his arms. Maybe 1926?  was born in 1912. Wish I knew. Would like to ask who is that gray haired man on the porch?

From my grandmother’s album.

Crystal Necklace Cleaning

When I wore this 3 strand crystal necklace to my son’s wedding in 2002, my Aunt Rhea sat right behind me. She leaned forward over the back of the pew and said, ”Oh you’re wearing your Grandmother’s necklace.” Now I’d always thought of it as my mother’s necklace when it came to me in 2000 when my mother passed.

Today I found it in my dresser and thought I’d like to clean the crystals and wear it this coming Saturday to the National Kidney Gala fundraiser to which Steve and I are invited.  Spiff up a plain dress for sure.

I wish I knew more about the necklace but there is no one to ask.

A search found a simple method of a few drops of dish soap and some alcohol in lukewarm water, a cool rinse and then gently dry with a handkerchief so no bits of fiber from a towel.


Magic Rabbitlight Sign Delight

Wednesday Night 29 January

St. Augustine Florida

The Magic Beach Motel. St. Augustine FL

Could rabbitlight be a word? The challenge stated words ending in light.  Signlight? a delight?

Spaceflight  in Starlight at Becky B’s Blog 

Born in 1895 Throwback Thursday

On the left.

My paternal grandmother, Mary Alta Kerr, born February 7, 1895  and her brother and sister. I need to do more research, dig around in a box, to get info on her siblings details. I know she called her sister “Sis”.

This is the grandmother who taught me to knit when I was little. No date on the photo. She looks to be 5 or 6? Maybe 1900-1901?

Mary Alta Kerr Hendricks passed March 13,1979 and is buried in Morrisonville, Illinois.

Mary Alta, Sarah and Will Kerr in Illinois

1966 Throwback Thursday 35mm Slide Converted to Digital File

My friend V gave me a really cool device that converts old slides and film negatives to a digital file.  I used it when I was teaching photography and helped a colleague preserve some wonderful pictures of her family.

Tonight I started thinking about my own slides I found while cleaning out a drawer and brought the file converter out.  After re-reading the steps to use the converter, I was successful.  I won’t do a whole slide show today but wanted to put this 1966 picture up of me with my family.  I’m the one on right front (eighth grade) and I am sure my mother and I sewed our fashion choices on the old Singer sewing machine.

Certainly next time I can center the cardboard frame more accurately.  I left that exposed pipe in, too.  In an upstairs closet, are forgotten metal carousel trays of slides to convert but just did the 24 images tonight.

Once you get a rhythm it doesn’t take too long.

What I’ve noticed is a LOT of the slides I’ve kept for decades are not worth converting into a digital file for posterity.

But did I put them in the trash?  Not yet.

Will save some of those treasures for a future post.

Thanks for the great gift, Vincie. 

Dovecote in Aspinwall on Brilliant Avenue

Dovecote, a vintage boutique in Aspinwall Pennsylvania, located on Brilliant Avenue.  What a great address.  Brilliant!

My friend Vincie and I were shoe shopping at Soothe the Sole  on Brilliant Avenue and Holly (at the shoe store)  suggested we check out Dovecote right across the street.

Here’s what we discovered –

Mr. Rogers

The boutique is definitely eclectic and affordably priced. Scroll down for more details.  There are vintage items, consignment items, handcrafts, antiques, jewelry, home decor and holiday fun. Sports team theme including black and gold potholders and darling onesies with hand sewn embellishment, adorable ruffles.

The felted Mr. Rogers created by Artist Christine caught my eye, and the Pennsylvania ceramic platter would be cool to serve from at a dinner party.

from their website

from Dovecote Aspinwall  click for virtual store tour
“If your style is eclectic with a vintage vibe, this is the place for you! We offer a wide variety of vintage & antique home decor items, as well as new & vintage clothing & accessories. From tables and lamps, paintings, and dishes; to jewelry, shoes, candles imported from Spain, gifts, vintage-inspired greeting cards, and more, there is something for everyone in our cozy store. We carry Lindsay Phillips’ line of shoes & sandals (SwitchFlops), as well as Naked Bee’s organic skin care creams & lotions. Need to make space in your closet or sell your unused home accessories? We offer resale and consignment options. Visit our vintage boutique, and then follow us on Facebook for frequent updates!”
A place to take things when you need to downsize! Good to know.