Showing posts with label family history. Show all posts
Showing posts with label family history. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Treasures I found

Just a quick post today to show you some things I acquired in Germany.

My dad gave me this feather. It's not just any feather, nope! It's an antique writing feather that has special meaning to our family. It's the writing feather that my great-grandfather and great-grandmother used on January 23rd 1909 to sign their marriage certificate. Isn't that so cool?
It's so special that they were able to safe it through 2 world wars, especially since they almost lost everything in the second world war.

The date is engraved into the gold part of the feather. 
I will cherish this piece of history for sure and pass it along to my kiddos.

Then I bought these two macrame plant hangers at a thrift store. 1 Euro for both, yay!

The second one is a double hanger and I'm not sure what pots to use in it or where to hang it, but hey I had to buy it ;)

I snatched up this old brass fish towel ring from my parent's guest bathroom. 
Sorry dad! It'll look so good in our powder room though,

And when I came home from Germany, 
the hubby surprised me with this amazing massive brass skull. 

I love it so so much. I recently spied it over at Emily Henderson's HERE 
and can you spy it in the following photo?

Such a great Craigslist find, don't you think so?

For now it's just leaning on my sideboard. Oh where to put it??

That's it for today. Short and sweet!



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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

And the winner is...

One of the reasons (besides doing Christmas shopping) why I haven't gotten around to finishing any home projects is that I have been working on some ancestry stuff again. I started on and a couple of years ago and I have been hooked ever since. It is so addicting!

My grandmother was a remarkable woman and I so regret that I never got her to write down her life story. I was too young and ignorant. I didn't even think about it. But now I have asked my father to write down anything he can remember about growing up during the second World War. He was 6 years old, the age of my daughter when the war started. I don't want my children to ask one day and not have the answers. My son is already so very interested in history in general, especially when it comes to our family history.

I want to make a book with photos of my father's childhood and possibly give it to them for Christmas.
So the past couple of days I have been sitting in front of my computer and translating my father's stories into English and scanning more photographs. I'm still not done translating, I will put it all into a Shutterfly book, which takes long as well. But I know it will be well worth it.

I'm really unhappy about not being able to find out more about my grandmother's father, my great-grandfather who was the director of transportation in Berlin. He has a bus named after him which is standing in a museum in Berlin. It is the Robert Kaufmann bus which was the first bus not drawn by horses anymore. My grandmother passed on lots of information about her mother but I don't have much when it comes to my interesting great-grandfather. I want to find out more about him so badly. I have come to a dead end.

Anyway enough talking on my part. Bla, bla, bla....I'm sure you don't want to hear about my family history. You want to know who won my giveaway, right?

So this morning when my daughter got up we had an old school winner drawing. She had so much fun. There weren't too many names.

So here it goes:

Thew winner is Andrea Duncan Surrey from Oak Ridge Revival. Congratulations 12/12/12 is your lucky day ;)
I can't wait to make the silhouettes.

Talk to you on Friday and I hope I can share the finished silhouettes with all of you.