Monday, April 29, 2013

Ancestry Is Facinating!

I've always been drawn to all things British. Ever since I could remember, I wanted to go to England. Before I got married in 1997, my husband-to-be asked me where have I always dreamed of going and I told him England. We went there for 9 glorious days for our honeymoon. Flash forward to 2013. This past couple of weeks, I have been researching my heritage on and discovered that nearly all of my immigrant ancestors were early settlers in Massachusetts immigrating from England. Oh we have a few from Ireland, Germany, and Switzerland, but the majority are from England, and some are very interesting characters. I've been able to go back as far as the 1400's with my lineage. The most intersting thus far has been Sir John Baker (1494-1558), who is my 13th Great Grandfather on my Mother's Father's side. According to the information on Wikipedia, he was a politician. He was Speaker for the House Of Commons and Counsil for Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary, and Elizabeth I. He had a castle! Sissinghurst Castle in Kent, and it is still standing today. There are still two more weeks left of my paid month on, and I can't wait to see what other interesting things I'll find. Putting the pieces of my ancestry together has been alot of fun so far!

Monday, April 8, 2013

My Recent Finds

Hi everyone! Hope all is well. It's been a few weeks since I've posted anything, but I've been busy junking, and finding some great stuff. This jadeite was found at an estate sale. I got there an hour early and was second in line to make sure it was mine! I paid just under Ebay prices, but I wanted it because it's getting harder to find. I started collecting jadeite years ago, before it got popular and I got most of my 200+ pieces really cheap. Ball and Atlas canning jars. Clear jars were $1 and aqua jars were $2. Metal 45 record holder $3 and hymnals .50 cents each. Wood items to be painted and repurposed for the booth. I picked up three Scrabble games for the letters and holders for some projects. Shawnee corn creamer and mixing bowl. Aluminum S & P shakers. Vintage linens. Two sets of embroidered pillowcases $3, apron $3, kitchen towel $1, and cross stitched tablecloth $5. Milk glass hobnail lamp, old cake plate, and a silver tray that was made prior to 1912 according to the hallmarks on back. Knowles grease jar was $2, pottery picher was $1, and Pyrex Butterprint fridge jars were $2.49 each. Jim Shore Santa was found at an estate sale. I'm keeping him as I have a Jim Shore Santa collection. Solid oak doll cradle will be painted and put in the booth. Radio Flyer mini wagon will also go into the booth. Finding Fiesta always comes in waves for me. I found all of these pieces at two different Goodwills. $1 for dinner plates, .50 cents for salad plates, saucers, and cups! I got this lot of Cronin pottery for $37. I'm only keeping the ball pitcher. I saw one at the Highway 80 sale last fall and wanted it so bad, but it was $35 and I'm too thrifty to pay that. I was thrilled when I got all of these pieces for what the pitcher would have cost me. I will put the rest of the pieces in my booth a few at a time. I picked up this bird candelabra for $6. It's so pretty, and I'm keeping it as it will go great in my bedroom. I can't imagine why anyone would want to get rid of it. Good for me! Moda and Waverly fabrics. Apple core and four patch quilt templates. Last but not least, this metal picnic basket and jars were found at World Market. They are new, but I didn't care because they were so cute. I'm keeping these.