Monday, December 29, 2008

My Grandparents' Buffet

Is everyone done celebrating Christmas for this year? We aren't! We have one more and that is with our two sons and families this coming Saturday. It will be so good to be with them. I am really looking forward to it. But after that it will be back to just plain winter for, oh, three or four months, I suppose! Ahhh, winter in Minnesota. Good thing I have plenty of indoor projects to keep me occupied.

In my last post, I showed a close-up of the winter decor on the buffet in my dining room, the tiny lights twinkling in the mirror. Here you can see the entire buffet. The picture propped up on the right side is my maternal grandparents on their wedding day. They were married on June 12, 1907. I don't know if the buffet was a wedding gift or not, but this was their buffet and it was in their home from the early days of their married life. It seems appropriate to me to have their picture displayed here.

Some years ago the buffet was given to me by my mom. The large bottom drawer stuck, the two center doors hung crooked and didn't close properly and the finish had deteriorated. Since the buffet held special meaning to me, I decided to have it professionally restored rather than trying to do it myself. In the restoration process, a dark burn mark was revealed, more than likely from an oil lamp that sat too close to the top ledge. Ahhh, the good old days before electricity! I keep an oil lamp in the same place. It just seems to belong there.

The books under the wedding picture are an 1885 Bible, a 1906 and a 1909 hymnal and a 1907 small catechism, all in Norwegian. The hymnal in English behind the wedding picture is much newer - 1941. None of these books belonged to my family although my family is Norwegian. Grandpa is of the first generation in his family born here. Grandma and her mother were born in the US but her dad was born in Norway. I picked up these books at an auction probably 20 years ago. It is sad that the little catechism has a name embossed in gold on the cover. No one in that family bid on them at the auction, so I did. I have kept them ever since.

I love the pose of the wedding couple! And check out the bouquet! One sad note on this joyous occasion was that the groom's mother, my great-grandmother, passed away on June 4, just days before the wedding. Alas, the wedding arrangements had been made, guests were arriving, she would have wanted them to proceed with their wedding, and so they did. (Click on the pictures to enlarge. The bride might look familiar. On the top right of my blog there are pictures of "Em and the Gran." The Gran picture is actually this grandma's sister, my great-aunt Anna.

I don't know what happened to Grandma's dress. I'll have to see if Mom knows. ..... A quick phone call to Mom and I found out that Grandma's dress is (hopefully) in Mom's cedar chest, safe and sound. She is going to look just to be sure!

I need to make a note to myself to tell you about my mom's wedding dress someday. Now that is another great story! It's a perfect example of "upcycling." Hint: it is white silk and the year was 1945.* Care to guess? Leave a comment!

Til then, be warm, be happy, be safe and have a joyous new year!

*Edited to add: Today is the 63rd anniversary of that wedding day.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Tis the Season

A little peek into our great room.

Be safe, be happy and have a very blessed Christmas!


Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Well, the guests have all gone home and it is calm and quiet at our house. What a beautiful day it was with our home full of family. I hope you each had a wonderful day as well.

Marge, the most thankful gran

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Kris Kringle Market

The Kris Kringle Market at Red Barn MN started today. I haven't had a report yet from Kari as to how things went, but I have a feeling it's been a good day.

My camera batteries were dead yesterday and the spares, freshly charged, were at home. Can't believe I did that. I took a few shots with my phone but they just didn't do justice to the awesome items that were available.

Stephanie made some beautimous grapevine trees. The photo shows nothing but blurry lights. And the same goes for my glitzy alpine trees. Blurrrrrrrr. Dang.

Oh, did I tell you what I found when I came home after three days at the October sale at Red Barn?

This is a 1952 army truck -- probably a fire truck. Apparently we really needed a red army fire truck. That's what happens when your husband goes to an auction with the guys while you are out of town.

I'm heading back to Red Barn MN on Saturday morning. Our new living room furniture gets delivered Saturday afternoon, just in time for Thanksgiving. One good purchase deserves another, don't you think? I guess we really did need that red army truck!

Marge, gran on the go!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

On the Road Again!

In an hour or so I'm taking the Womb with a View on another road trip to rural Buffalo MN -- three hours each way. Today is set up day at Red Barn MN for the Kris Kringle Market that starts tomorrow. There will be goodies galore, both old and new for Christmas gift giving and decorating. I hope to come home this afternoon with a lot of pictures of Kari's Red Barn all decked out, ready for shoppers.

I'll be going back on Saturday to work in the afternoon. The harvest sale at the barn in October was terrific. It will be interesting to see what effect the economy will have on this 'market.' Stay tuned!

For those of you in the southern part of Minnesota, don't forget that From the Heart Boutique in St. Charles is open now, each Friday - Sunday, for the Christmas season. That little cottage is bursting at the seams with seasonal and everyday gifts and decor. If you've never been there, you are missing a real treat!

Marge, the gran on the go

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Kris Kringle Market at Red Barn Minnesota

Join us at Red Barn Minnesota in rural Buffalo MN for the Kris Kringle Market. This shoppers’ delight will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 20, 21 and 22 beginning at 9 a.m. each day.

You’ll find holiday gifts and d├ęcor, most of it made in America and much of it hand made by local artisans. There will, of course, be great furniture pieces by Kari, owner of Red Barn, MN. Many of the pieces she makes incorporate old windows, old doors or other pieces of reclaimed wood. There will also be sweet holiday treats and even some vintage and antique treasures.

We won't each have individual booths this time. Rather, all of our goodies will be displayed together throughout the barn. This should be interesting!

You don’t want to miss this opportunity to shop at the Red Barn. It’s rumored that Kris Kringle himself will pay a visit on Saturday afternoon!

If you attended the harvest sale at Red Barn MN in October, you know what a fantastic shopping event it was and that you don’t want to miss this holiday sale.

If you haven’t yet been to an event at Red Barn MN, here’s your big chance! Mark your calendar now for November 20 through 22. The address is 1569 County Road 37 W, Buffalo MN 55313. Here's how you get there:

I-94 West to the Albertville, MN exit. Go left onto County Road 37 (W). Stay on Cty Rd 37 W for approximately 15 miles. Red Barn MN will be on the left -- it's the red barn with all the cars in the driveway!

See you at the Red Barn!!!


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Sandy is out!

I just got word today from Sharon, aka Fjerda Pfarkel, that Sandy the horse (is she a blonde or a palomino?) formerly owned by Ki and now owned by Frannie Pfarkel (Dianne (and Roger, too!)) has been released from "quarantine." Check out the Pfarkel Sister's blog, Junk {Re}defined, to see what they and Sandy have been up to since the Junk Bonanza.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Join the Junk Revolution!

The Junk Revolution is scheduled to open its online store on Nov 10. Hurray!! We are all anxiously waiting! To kick things off, Ki is giving away a funky hand-embellished military messenger bag. Do you want a chance at winning the bag? Just click on the picture of the bag in my sidebar or go to Margo's Junkin' Journal where you can find out how to enter the contest to win the bag. I'd wish you good luck, but hey, I want to win the bag for me!

the Gran

Saturday, October 25, 2008

What a week it has been!

I have been so-ooooo bad. I've been home from the fall sale at Red Barn MN for almost a week and am just now telling about it. On top of that, we had a Tomboy Tool party this past Tuesday with Tomboy Cheryl Woodward and it was awesome!! There were about 15 of us at Gatherings & Gifts and we purchased a truckload of tools! Cheryl, thanks for such a great evening. You have to come back to St. Charles again sometime. And next time, I will remember my camera. Unfortunately, for this one, there are no pictures.

Back to the fall sale at Red Barn. This sale is in a barn in rural Buffalo MN. I stayed at my friend Kari's house for a few days during the sale. She owns "the barn." We vendors set up our booths on Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday morning the shoppers were lined up outside waiting for the doors to open. Here's the scene as I walked from the house to the barn.

There were wagonloads of salvage -- old doors, windows, various pieces of iron, posts, a wringer washer, a porch swing, a sink, grates, even books at rock bottom prices.

Inside were the pumpkin greeters and a barn full of treasures old and new for fall, Christmas and everyday decorating.

There was no indication of a recession at this sale. Minnesotans know how to shop! I made more new friends and had a ball working at the sale. The days were long and the nights short, but we had fun! Thanks, Kari, for putting up with me for days!

A couple days after coming home from Red Barn, I was off to From the Heart Boutique with more of my goodies. From the Heart is in my town - St. Charles - and is open Friday through Sunday for 6 weekends starting November 7. Barb the owner has been running this boutique for around 14 years. Since it is open just 3 times a year, people flock to St. Charles to shop during those special times. I'm looking forward to working a few shifts during these 6 weekends. I miss my customers!! This should be an excellent chance to visit with many of them. Stop in and see me some time!!