(back in the day, Maynard was one of those words my Dad used in our house when i was growing up--and now that i am a mom of a parrotting 6 year old, i am convinced it was used in one of those instances when you couldn't use curse words in front of your child.)Ri was super excited to have found it, because she'll have an egg beater she can use to help Mom when we're baking. Then we found this fabulous little number and knew it was a match waiting to be made...
Here's the "Famous Cook" of the even more "famous" Ri's Water Cupcake and Sandwich Shoppe (things she says about her play kitchen when we pretend she owns a restaurant and she wants to make a meal for Momma and Daddy.) Doesn't she look like one hip little Susie Homemaker and especially swanky in front of that toy refrigerator that Poppa built her?
These are even made in "W. Germany".
These are some of the linens i've found recently. Finally got them laundered and pressed. Ri is very thrilled to have a hand embroidered poodle dinner napkin to call her own now. The embroidery on this makes me wish i were that good (maybe someday.) The trolley hanky will become part of the afore mentioned laundry room valance i have in mind. The rosy looking embroidery is what i am really excited about finding this week!This is a closer look at it in it's new home. I got it last week when J and i ended up in big trouble at Mad Hatter Antiques. :o) I had intended to go to MHA to purchase the chalkware busts of Immaculate Mary and The Sacred Heart of Jesus as a gift for Hubbie and my 8th Anniversary. But because i couldn't talk myself into the $$$ they were asking for them again (for the 4th week in a row), i was distracted by this table runner. I loved the design (red and blue, my faves!) and the crocheted edging is just perfect. But for what? In the store it reminded me of something, and i couldn't really place my finger on the "what".
When i got home, it hit me.
It's the perfect table runner for our prayer table! And now that it was laundered and pressed, i was able to do a little restaging of the table that i had intended on doing this month, but was left so uninspired by the plain jane, mass manufactured table runner i had on there before.
February is a bittersweet month for our family. Normally, the reasons why are only in the back of our minds, however last week my mother-in-law said aloud the words in a phone message that jolted the memory into the cerebral forefront. It was a simple message of Happy Anniversary and to let us know that Fr. Peter (my hubbie's brother) was up visiting her on the 3rd of Feb and that he said a Mass for us and for their father, who died 18 years ago, that day.
I never was able to meet my father-in-law, however from the stories i've heard my in-laws share, i have learned he was an awesome, inspiring, sometimes goofy, beloved man who worked his guts out for his family, for his beliefs, and for the Church. After Hubbie proposed to me, the first date we thought of for a wedding day was Feb 3rd. We figured it would be a good time to travel (not to busy with tourists in Ireland at that time), a slow time for the church and reception area (it'd be a day all to ourselves in the appointment book), and a slow time at work for Hubbie and me and until my hubbie shared the news with his mom, it seemed it would be just another average, ordinary day. It didn't occur to him what other anniversary would be remembered on that day. I remember the look of sheer panic on my hubbie's face as he took in the words from his mom's response to the news--before she had even finished her sentence, he had remembered--, "You remember what else happened on that day don't you?" It was at that time, the 10th anniversary of the passing of Hubbie's father. Respectfully, we all agreed that it would be a very special day to be married. It would be a day that we could feel like we could be honoring Hubbie's dad at our wedding too.
And so to make a long story just a little bit longer, with this table runner cleaned, i was able to really do up the prayer table the way i had been intending to the past couple weeks.
With the prayer of St. Anthony (the saint my father-in-law was named after) and with his and my m-i-l's picture and our "blessing candle", it is now the perfect little spot to pray for them this month.