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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Vintage Thingies Thursday or I Went to Wisconsin And All I Got Was This Crummy Teapot!


This is going to be an action-packed post! I'm participating in Vintage Thingies Thursday, so if you'd like to see other bloggers' vintage thingies, check it out. So I'm back from Wisconsin, and our Girls Gone Wild Weekend, and garage saling was a bust. It was so hot and sticky, and there just wasn't anything catching my eye. I got the aforementioned Hall teapot, and that's it. So I had alot of money burning in my pocket when I got back home! I am a new convert to TJ Maxx. Usually nothing "new" comes in this house, except for food! I wanted a birdcage, and I just wasn't finding any at garage sales, so I came home with TWO from TJ Maxx!

This one is pretty durn cute as is, but I wanted it for the garden, so here's what it looks like now:

And this one is quite lovely too, but...

I like this better!

Now for a few vacation pictures. I won't bore you too much, but I had to show you what we had to drive through to get there. It rained so hard that all the cars had to turn their blinkers on, so that we could see each other. A couple times I had to sit under an overpass, because visibility was zero. And it hailed too.

This is my sister Mary, my Mom and me, just before we made ourselves sick by eating too much chicken and dumpling soup, sausage, cabbage rolls, jiternice sandwiches (mixture of pork and....liver. I didn't find this out until this year. Still like it thought), and every flavor of kolackys.

This is my niece Gretchen on the left, and our daughter Liz on the right. She only ate the soup and kolackys!

We had so much fun together, but this was also a sentimental journey. We visited my father's grave, and this is my grandparents barn. My aunt and uncle live there now. I love this barn so much, especially the smell of it: machine oil, hay, earth. Oh, and one last thing. This was a Girls Gone Wild Weekend, and we only had the cops called on us once! No, it's not what you think. I said no nudity on this trip! We were taking pictures of the dam where our grandpa used to work, and someone called the police on us! It had to do with terrorism, but come on, this was a town of 2700 people! So that was my wild weekend!

37 comments:

LV said...

It is always nice to back in time with your family. You did a great job with the bird cage as well as your other finds.

Postcardy said...

It's really weird how some people are so paranoid about cameras now.

Joan said...

I know we really did have the weather, didn't we? I like everything in your post. The cages look cute outside your cottage.

Nancy said...

That's too bad the junking was a bust, but you made up for it with those bird cages...too cute!

Nancy

Lisa said...

Oh you shouldn't have told what really happened! It would be more fun to come up with our on good stories! lol!! I'm so glad you had fun and what a great tea pot!!
Hugs, Lisa

Bea said...

I would have been happy with "just" that Hall teapot. I collect Hall and I've never seen one like it.

Your bird cages are great. I've been looking for one to go on my porch.

Glad you had a great girls weekend.

SueLovesCherries said...

First of all, I love (and might even die for) that crummy teapot! LOL! I have a few items that aren't identical, but would match it pretty well! (See my Jan. 3, 09 post for a sample if you want.)

Cool bird, er, I mean plant cages!

By the way, your daughter is gorgeous - she could be a model!

Coloradolady said...

Your teapot is so cute...and I know what you mean about buying new...but your little bird cages are sweet. Love how you have them in your garden.

Oh, that was some serious clouds...glad everything was ok.

Have a great VTT!

bj said...

I love your little teapot but also like the new cages...

Jan Ely said...

Cute crummy little teapot! Cages look great too! Thanks for sharing!

Elizabeth said...

I love your teapot and "new" bird cages. Too bad that picking was a bust, but sounds like a fun weekend anyway!

Vicky said...

great post for VTT, yes, you did a great job with the bird cage.
Have a great week.

CC said...

Oh My !!!..The teapot is just wonderful. I love it..and your birdcages are so sweet. Happy VTT, have a great weekend.

Sarah said...

A great teapot and a Slovak festival. That would make my day!!

Roslyn said...

Love the teapot, it's very cute.

marianedwardsdreamweaver said...

sounds like you had a fabulous weekend and didn't come home empty handed either :) i love your grandparents barn if only you could pick it up and take it home :)

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

What a fantastic trip you must have had, fun with your girls, visiting old memories, eating, getting in trouble with the Law...lol...
I love the picture of the old barn, I love to capture the spirit of the pass in old barns.
NOW, lets talk about that crummy teapot, girl...that thing is beautiful, I have been hunting one like that for awhile. I can send you my addie if you'd like to pass it on..ROFLMBO...ah...you did say it was crummy ...lol...
Thanks for taking us on the trip with you, I enjoyed everything but that storm, Lord I hate driving in weather like that.
Have a great week-end
Molly

the wild raspberry said...

sounds like a fun trip...love your tj maxx finds! i may have to swing by there today...
chasity

Miri said...

Sounds like a fun trip...dam picturing taking and all! Love the birdcages in the garden but honey, that teapot was well worth the trip in itself! Fabulous!

LADY JANE'S EMPORIUM said...

Happy VTT to you Carol...new friend and neighbor! Where you at in Illinois? Joliet here...
I totally love your birdcages...even if they are new...you're sure to have fun mixing them with vintage treasures for some great vignettes! Happy VTT! And I'm coming back soon to visit your lovely blog home! Marked myself as a follower!

Keetha Broyles said...

CAROL!!!! We drove under a nearly IDENTICAL cloud last summer on our way to Hayward!!! It was the scariest storm I've ever driven through.

I had NEVER seen a cloud like that before, and now here you are showing another one JUST like it!!!

Hey - - - I LOVE the "crummy" tea pot!!

Kristine said...

OOOH your blog is so pretty with the cherries. Your blog title made me giggle with the tea pot.

I like the bird cage A LOT.

Thank you for the ideas about the glass insulators. So fun that you also went to Estes Park...we try to go every other year, but lately it has been every year because we enjoy it so much and can escape the heat by going! We love to hike and so do the kids and it is a terrific place for that as well as eating..haha.

Have a wonderful day!

Kristine

Kellie said...

I don't think that teapot is crummy at all! It's precious! And if I didn't know better, I'd think the birdcages were vintage too!

fortheloveofthrift said...

Gorgoeus tea pot and beautiful daughter! Sounds like you had a blast with your Girls Gone Wild weekend, bring on the fun!

Jingle said...

Oh, those bird cages are fabulous! I would love to get a neat one for my studio!

Susie's country cottage said...

I love to see your vacation pictures. They dont bore me in the slightest and I love the pic of you and your mum and sister. Your blog gives me a sense of the real America and not the one that us tourists get to see so I like that.
How do you always manage to find the most amazing things. I love the teapot.

Jewelgirl said...

I love those family trips back to
places your ancestors lived/worked
I try to always incorporate family
history work into my vacations.
All in all that's one great teapot
AND fun time!

Ruby said...

Thanks for coming by, love the teapot! Sounds like you had a great time despite the weather and no other 'great' finds. Have a good weekend.

Susan said...

Sounds like a lot of excitement on this trip. I love that Hall teapot. It is very unusual for Hall but very cute.

Carrie said...

You chose two lovely bird cages, and you've accessorized them very attractively!

SugarPlumFairy said...

Yay, Czech fest! Nice travelin' with ya! :) xoxo

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

it is always nice to be back and visit the place where you spent your childhood.. and your birdcages just awesome.. love the idea where you put plant in them.. Have a great weekend.. I am late for the VTT

katillacshack.com said...

Carol! I LOVE that teapot!!!!! LOve Love IT!!!!

laurie -magpie ethel said...

TJ Maxx is one of my favorite stores (Homegoods is my TOTAL FAVORITE THO, also owned by TJ Maxx). That lunch you had is so regional...I have never heard of jiternice sandwiches and have no clue what a kolackys is. Looks like a fun trip!

Jo - To a Pretty Life said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog! I love the little windmill you found, and the birdcages look perfect in your garden. (to answer your question, I think I will be using more blue in my house...I've been thinking blue for a while, but never actually bought anything in that colour).

Piecefulafternoon said...

I just can't get enough of your blog. I adore that little teapot. I don't have nearly as many collections as you do - but I do collect teapots - I guess I should do a post on them one of these days. Yours is just lovely.

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