Thursday, May 10, 2012

Think on These Things #13 ~ Mommy

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On a recent morning I was thinking of my mom and glanced at my bookshelf with a photo of the two of us taken the last time we saw each other.  Then I noticed on a nearby coffee table, a photo of her holding me as an infant.
A lifetime of years passed between these two photos.
A mom's hug lasts long after she lets go.
Author Unknown

Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.
Author Unknown


While reading many posts from Kathleen's (Cuisine Kathleen) Mother's Day Challenge, I reluctantly decided to link up and share some things from my mom.  I didn't expect it, but this is a hard Mother's Day for me since it is the first one since Mommy's passing in August.

My mom grew up in very humble circumstances being one of eleven children.  Her mother died at age 44 leaving many little ones that the older kids raised. (Mommy was third oldest).  There weren't settings of china or crystal to pass down and these years were huge in developing Mommy's character.

 As I looked about thinking of Mommy and the things I have received from her, it seemed fitting to gather in a room that is most representative of her.  So, I collected items that belonged to her for a Mother's day brunch served on the bedroom set that belonged to her.
 Mommy wasn't about fussy ~ elaborate, yes, but not flowery.
She knew quality and well constructed things.  Her dishes for years were her well-loved Hull Brown Drip glazed.  They were heavy and dark and I liked little about them.  I often wondered how she could hoist a stack of then to put into the cabinet.  In contrast, she loved milk glass and collected some Westmoreland and Fenton pieces.  The white cups were only for display because she much preferred her coffee and tea in a hearty mug.
Mommy loved old fashioned home-style cooking.  She didn't much like making it herself but it warmed my heart always to see her enjoy meals I made for her and tell me I cooked just like her mom.

She never left home without her Sweet 'n Low even though she never had an ounce of fat on her small frame.

I fill my world with flowers and while Mommy admired them, please give her a green plant.  Even better, an artificial green plant that she could dust regularly and wouldn't die. 

She loved linens, doilies, rugs, place mats and well, mats of all sorts. (just ask any family member)
Her favorite colors were beige, ecru, bone, off-white and brown.  If she was feeling really daring, she might throw in a little burnt orange or peach.

She also liked containers.

She was a perfectionist in everything she did and she expected it from others. She noticed hard work and valued it. She was sentimental and cherished a handmade gift especially one from a grandchild.
Mommy was very organized and kept detailed journals with family history. Her home was filled with framed photos of those special to her.  Her photo albums were overflowing.
This is the bedroom set she said would be mine.  It isn't the one she and Daddy used most of their life but was bought when they sold their lifetime home to move to a manageable apartment. 
Besides loving the style of this beautiful bedroom set, I think it really illustrates the personality of Mommy.

Though petite and small in stature, Mommy was strong and commanding.  She had a big personality with inner strength.  See those wrinkles in the Matelasse bedspread, they would not in exist Mommy's world.  She had so many covers on her mattress and boxspring and layers of bedding that I wondered how she could breath or move once inside .

And her windows wouldn't be covered with a simple a sheer panel.  Her windows were festooned with layer and layer of the most beautiful fabric draperies, most that she made herself.
The height, size, quality and ornate style of each of these pieces of furniture really echo the same traits found in Mommy.
She had a large presence and my heart is missing her.


And... looking with love from the generation before me to the generation after me...
my babies
~ ♥ ~ ♥ ~ ♥ ~ ♥ ~
Finally brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of a good report - if there is any virtue and if there is any praise- think on these things. ~Philippians 4:8
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Opening Think on These Things early this week so I can link up with Kathleen's Let's Dish Mother's Day Party

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 With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart

Chicken Salad Crescent Rolls

During an impromptu visit with Jamie, she sent me home with a leftover, lemon pepper Rotisserie chicken she picked up at the grocery store.  After making sandwiches the first night, I pulled off the meat and simmered the bones with veggies for stock knowing I would make Cream of Chicken Soup for dinner the next day.
I have several standby recipes for leftover chicken, but this time decided to make a basic chicken salad as a filling for a can of crescent rolls that have been in the fridge.
Comforting soup and yummy crescents to warm on a chilly and rainy spring day.
Chicken Salad

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INGREDIENTS
2 cups cooked chicken, chopped
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
squeeze of fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup Miracle Whip or Mayonnaise
fresh herbs (I used chives, parsley and small amount of Rosemary)
Salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS
Gently toss all of the ingredients together until combined.

Can be served on a plate of lettuce leaves, on a Croissant or bread of choice.

To make Chicken Salad Crescent Rolls, spoon a scant 1/4 cup of the chicken salad onto each triangle and roll-up.  Bake on baking sheet @375 degrees for 10-12 minutes. (I had more than enough filling to make 8 roll-ups)


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Mop It Up Mondays, Made By You Monday, Metamorphosis Monday, Show Off Monday @Kampen Lane Designs, Motivate Me Monday @Me & Make the Scene Monday @Alderberry Hill, My Boys, Show Me What You Got, Let's Get Stitched! @Not Quite Donna Reed

Knick of Time Tuesday, Get Your Craft On Tuesday, T' Time, Tutorial Tuesday,

Wow Us Wednesdays, What's It Wednesday @Ivy & Elephants, Home Decor & Organizing Party, Show & Tell@Blue Cricket, Look What I Made! @Creations by Kara, Whatever You Want Wednesday, Wow Me Wednesday @Polkadots on Parade, Grace at Home, Whimsy Wednesday @Home Happy Home

Transformation Thursday, Delightfully Inspiring Thursday, Fridays Unfolded @Stuff and Nonsense, Refresh Your Nest @Making Lemonade, Do Something Crafty @See Vanella Craft, Tablescape Thursday @Between Naps on the Porch, Tickled Pink Fridays @504 Main

Show & Tell Friday @My Romantic Home, Foodie Friday @Rattlebridge Farm, Home Sweet Home @The Charm of Home, Inspiration Friday @At The Picket Fence, Frugalicious Friday @Finding Fabulous, Potpourri Friday @2805, Design Dazzle Party, I'm Lovin' It @Tidy Mom, Fun Stuff Friday @Toys in the Dryer, Latest & Greatest Friday @Days of Chalk & Chocolate, Friday Block Party @Curb Alert, Shine On Fridays @One Artsy Mama, Functional Friday @ The Not So Functional Housewife, Pomp Party @Create.Craft.Love, Friday Food @Mom Trends, Anything Goes @Bacon Time, Feature Yourself @Fingerprints on the Fridge

Say G'Day Saturday, Weekend Wrap-Up @Tatertots & I ♥ Fridays Link Party @Petals to Picots, Jello, Strut Your Stuff @Six Sisters', Serendipity Saturday, Saturday Link and Greet @Country Momma Cooks, Sunday Show Off @Twigg Studio, Link Your Stuff@Annemarie's Crochet Blog, Tickled Pink Friday @504 Main, Sunday Round-Up @Kayla's Creations, Serenity Saturday, DIY Project Parade, Seasonal Sundays @The Tablescaper, Pinworthy Projects @Just Us Four

Sunday's Best @My 1929 Charmer, Sunday Showcase Party, Nifty Thrifty Sunday @Nifty Thrifty Things, Overflowing with Creativity @It's Overflowing, Show Your Stuff @Just Winging It

Monday, May 7, 2012

Knitted Dainty Bells

 John's Aunt Marie knitted little bells like these in red and green and embellished curling ribbon for Christmas corsages  many years ago.
 I used her pattern and made bells in white, pink and blue.
They are sweet used to decorate wedding or shower gifts or as 1st  (Christmas Together, Baby's 1st Christmas) ornaments
I stitched a pin back to the white bells so they can be worn as a corsage (for the Bride-to-be) as well.
Dainty Bells
Print Pattern

Yarn required for each bell is about 6 yards worsted weight 4-ply
a bead or bell for 'clapper'
Size 8 standard knitting needles (I used size 5)

Cast on 6 sts.
Row 1: K across
Row 2: SL. ST as to K. K 5 (mark SL ST end)
Row 3 through 17: Repeat rows 1 and 2, end on SL ST end.  Bind off. Do NOT cut yarn.
Pick up 1 ST along edge opposite SL ST, 19 STS.

Row 1: (Wrong side) K
Row 2: P
Row 3: K
Bind off in P.  Fasten off leaving about 18-inches yarn.  Thread needle and back stitch so seam will not pucker.  Pull needle through SL STs and draw together.  Fasten securely.  Thread bead or bell and attach to inside of bell.
I still have the hand written pattern from Aunt Marie.
She will be 94 years old in June
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LINKING TO:
Mop It Up Mondays, Made By You Monday, Metamorphosis Monday, Show Off Monday @Kampen Lane Designs, Motivate Me Monday @Me & Make the Scene Monday @Alderberry Hill, My Boys, Show Me What You Got, Let's Get Stitched! @Not Quite Donna Reed

Knick of Time Tuesday, Get Your Craft On Tuesday, T' Time, Tutorial Tuesday,

Wow Us Wednesdays, What's It Wednesday @Ivy & Elephants, Home Decor & Organizing Party, Show & Tell@Blue Cricket, Look What I Made! @Creations by Kara, Whatever You Want Wednesday, Wow Me Wednesday @Polkadots on Parade, Grace at Home, Whimsy Wednesday @Home Happy Home

Transformation Thursday, Delightfully Inspiring Thursday, Fridays Unfolded @Stuff and Nonsense, Refresh Your Nest @Making Lemonade, Do Something Crafty @See Vanella Craft, Tablescape Thursday @Between Naps on the Porch, Tickled Pink Fridays @504 Main

Show & Tell Friday @My Romantic Home, Foodie Friday @Rattlebridge Farm, Home Sweet Home @The Charm of Home, Inspiration Friday @At The Picket Fence,  Frugalicious Friday @Finding Fabulous, Potpourri Friday @2805, Design Dazzle Party, I'm Lovin' It @Tidy Mom, Fun Stuff Friday @Toys in the Dryer, Latest & Greatest Friday @Days of Chalk & Chocolate,  Friday Block Party @Curb Alert, Shine On Fridays @One Artsy Mama, Functional Friday @ The Not So Functional Housewife, Pomp Party @Create.Craft.Love, Friday Food @Mom Trends, Anything Goes @Bacon Time, Feature Yourself @Fingerprints on the Fridge

Say G'Day Saturday, Weekend Wrap-Up @Tatertots & I ♥ Fridays Link Party @Petals to Picots, Jello, Strut Your Stuff @Six Sisters', Serendipity Saturday, Saturday Link and Greet @Country Momma Cooks, Sunday Show Off @Twigg Studio, Tickled Pink Friday @504 Main, Sunday Round-Up @Kayla's Creations, Serenity Saturday, DIY Project Parade, Seasonal Sundays @The Tablescaper, Link Your Stuff @Annemarie's Crochet, Pinworthy Projects @Just Us Four

Sunday's Best @My 1929 Charmer, Sunday Showcase Party, Nifty Thrifty Sunday @Nifty Thrifty Things, Overflowing with Creativity @It's Overflowing, Show Your Stuff @Just Winging It

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