Sunday, July 26, 2015

Breakfast on a Tray

I have a few pieces of some unmarked china 
with a sweet dogwood pattern on it.  
I thought it would set a lovely breakfast tray
A pretty pink place mat picks up the pink in the dogwood pattern
I used a medium size candlewick plate to anchor the small plate
Topped with a berry bowl.  White handled flatware keeps the setting light and bright.
I love these white napkins with the pink edging and design and the flower napkin rings.
A pretty pink wine glass for orange juice 
and of course a great cup of coffee!
I am downsizing some of my dishes and now that I have set a tray with these, they will now be going to the thrift shop.  

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Wishing you JOY,


Saturday, July 25, 2015

J is for Junk in the Trunk

Junk in the Trunk is a vintage mall near me
I go there from time to time and enjoy browsing and of course sometimes I find treasures! 
My very first visit I found these two pink pottery pieces for my collection.  Both under $5 each
This USA mini piece was $5 and I added it to my collection earlier this year
This McCoy piece was also $5 and came home with me!

I thought this frog planter was unmarked McCoy but wasn't sure.  I went home and checked my books and yes it is!  So the next day...
Home it came and only $6

I also get great ideas from the displays
Like this one, using a painted metal tray as a magnet board
This Pyrex divided dish was a steal for $3

I'm in love with this shelf and just might have to purchase it if it's there the next time I go

So much fun to browse this fun vintage store! 

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Wishing you JOY,


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Family Treasure's #3

One of my favorite family treasures is one I've had for a very long time.  It belonged to my Dad's Mom and
 he gave it to me when I was a child.
This small cedar chest! 
I've kept my 'treasures' in this treasure for many years.  It's been refinished by my Dad once but 
it needs some tender loving care once again.
It is small and would be called child size I think.
25" long, 10" deep and 12" wide
I can't find a makers mark but Dad's 
Mom wrote on the lid of the chest.
I love that she wrote her name in cursive
I have two of her hankies

I tried to find some info online and did find a company called Farley & Loetscher from Dubuque, Iowa that made cedar chests.  She was from Dubuque, Iowa so it seems likely this chest was made by this company. 

It's not worth tons of money, but it is priceless to me!  This will be passed on to Miss Rosemary one day! 

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

I is for Ivy

I must say I had a hard time coming up with a post for the letter I
Then I remembered a little something I found at the thrift shop last week
I've seen these pieces in vintage stores so when I saw it for .25 I had to pick it up!   A little research showed that is a piece made by Royal Copley and likely dating back to the 1950's
so about as old as I am! 

Royal Copley was the brand name the Spaulding China Company used for its affordable line of ceramics found in department store chains such as Woolworth's. The company only lasted for 15 years between 1942 and 1957, but their lovely ceramic pieces have become more and more collectible over the years.

This pattern came in several shapes and I've seen some with the ivy trailing down like mine and others where it goes up.
Still for .25 it's a sweet planter! 

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Wishing you JOY,


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Family Treasures #2

Last week I shared some of the keepsakes I have from my Dad's childhood.  Now on to his career.
Dad graduated high school in 1948 and joined the Marine Corps.  His dream was to fly airplanes.
It seems he loved airplanes from a young age and had many model airplanes in his room.
My Dad did not go to college, but did qualify for flight training school and would become an officer once he completed his courses.  To do so he had to be discharged from the Marine Corp (he was a private first class) and enlist in the Navy so he could go to flight school in Pensacola, Florida
Here he is in his navy uniform
accepting his diploma from the naval pre-flight school
He became a naval aviator in 1950
he was then decommissioned from the Navy and went back to the Marine Corps as a 2nd Lieutenant
He continued his training at El Toro (Santa Ana), Calif in early 1951

These are from his personal photo album
He flew in the Korean War taking off and landing on air craft carriers and was awarded the air medal for "meritorious acts while participating in aerial flight as a pilot" in Korea.
In 1952 he was stationed in Corpus Christi, Texas as a Flight Instructor and it was here that he met my Mother. 
They married in 1952
My brother was born in 1953 
In 1955 my Dad adopted me and I became a Buschmann too!
Dad was just Dad and his job was being a Marine and flying airplanes...I never thought much about it as a child.  I lived either on base or in communities where many other Marine families lived.
My Dad was a hard worker and did his job well and was promoted many times.  Here he is with his Capt's bars.  He went on to be promoted to Major and in 1966
He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel!
We were all very proud of him.
I really began to 'think' about the military and my Dad's career in 1967-68

My Dad was stationed in Vietnam my Senior year in high school.  With all the protests on the news I became aware and concerned.
I was and am a proud Marine Brat and never protested the war.  I wouldn't do that.  I did discuss the war with my Dad and his take on things really made me grow up and see the big picture.

This is my Dad's jewelry box.  He did not wear much more then his wedding ring and a watch but the occasional cuff links and of course dog tags.  These items mean a great deal to me.  We have some of his uniforms and military insignia's but they are in storage and I didn't get them out to photograph them.
Many of my Dad's things have been shared with my brother and the 4 Grandchildren but these three pair of cuff links are the one's I kept. His initials, the Marine Corp insignia and these ruby colored stones.  
This is his Naval Aviator Wings
Dad received the Legion of Merit award for his time in Vietnam.  He was Commanding Officer of Marine Air Control Squadron 4.  He was authorized to wear the combat 'V'.  This was a very high honor. We all were (and still are) so proud of him!
My Dad retired from the Marine Corps with almost 25 years of service in 1973.  
He went on to have a second career as a computer programmer for Litton, Industries
He retired a second time and planned to travel with my Mother across the country in their RV.  Things didn't go as planned.  Sadly my Dad was diagnosed with Parkinson's with Lewy Body Dementia.  It was hard to see this brilliant man unable to remember how to do the simplest things.  I must say Dad kept his good humor through all of it.  Mom became a caretaker and eventually a widow.  
On July 21st it will be the 10 year anniversary of my Dad's passing.  We all miss him very much.  He was an Honorable man who taught me so much and influenced the person I am.
*taking a cry break here*

Both my parents were 'keepers' and I am blessed to have so many photos, mementos and other items to help me remember their lives.
I have much more to share in future posts and not all will be so sad! 

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Monday, July 13, 2015

The Grands!

This summer if flying by! 
The Grands are having a good summer so I thought I would share some photos with you.
These two are bonded for life! 
Tiger loves his little Sister.
Tiger has been learning to ride his new bike
two weeks of swim lessons this summer
He can swim!  
A church camp out
Fun at the Lake
Fun time spent with his Mama
and his Daddy
Tiger has read over 50 books for the summer reading
program at the library
Summer has been fun for this 4 year old! 

Miss Rosemary
Has started smiling
Had her first dip in the pool...with mixed feelings about the whole thing!
More smiles and coos!
Rides well in the car!
Sleeps well!
Loves spending time with her Great GrannyB
And time with her Great Grandma Joy 
on Rosemary's first trip to the mountain house
Yes you are loved little one! 

I am so blessed to have these two in my life! 

Wishing you JOY,