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Monday, June 30, 2008

Heirlooms and art swaps

For the past month, Miss Sandy of Quill Cottage has been hosting a blog~a~thon and a three part art swap entitled "I Remember Laura". The final installment requests that we share our cherished family heirlooms. In keeping with the theme I thought I would show a set of six silver teaspoons that were given to my great grandfather, Andrew Jackson Ingalls and his bride, Emma on the day of their wedding from my great~great grandfather, Lansford James Ingalls and his wife Mary.

The spoons rest in their original presentation box. (Which is held open by a skeleton key.) They were purchased from Henry Buckstruck, jeweler, 11 East Seventh St. St. Paul, MN. There is an "I" engraved on the end of each spoon. A true treasure indeed.

Before I ship off the box of art swap treasures, I thought you might like to see what I made.

Miss Sandy provided the supplies to create three Laura Ingalls Wilder themed tags. I made one extra as a thank you for Miss Sandy.

Next up was a blank recipe card, and fun trinkets so that we could share a favorite food.
Here is the front.

Left interior.

Right interior.

The back of the small book has a quote referencing Laura's wedding cake from
"These Happy Golden Years".

Here is a second little book that I made. Miss Sandy gets to keep whichever one she likes the best.

Front cover.


The back has a quote from "Farmer Boy" regarding pies and cakes.
Lastly we had to altar a 9 patch quilt square and a photographic image. Given that LIW is such a wonderful author, I made my two into a book bag, with a small inner pouch for pens, etc.

I had a hard time stopping, so I also made up some goody bags for all the participants. Inside the bag is a vintage hanky, candy and the supplies to make a few tags.

Here's to Laura Ingalls Wilder and Miss Sandy. Thank you so much, it was fun!________________________________________________________________

Last week's quote:

"Music is the universal language of mankind."

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Perfectly exquisite and so generous of you to do all that extra work. I know that Miss Sandy will love her gifts.

The silver spoons are a wonderful family treasure...simply exquisite and with the initial "I" all the more special.

It's been a pleasure meeting you, Laura. Hope that our paths will cross again!

Miss Sandy said...


It is I who should be thanking you for the honor of telling your story as well as sharing your inspiring testimony. Thank you so much.

I am blown away by your generosity and the swap items are fabulous! I am so excited to see them all come together! Thank you so much for all your participation and help! Have a great day!

A Hint of Home said...

Your spoons and case are unique.
I enjoyed visiting today.
Thanks for sharing your story and posting.

ceekay said...

Thanks Laura. I did get your email and I am doing quite well right now. Your tags are so beautiful! I hope someday soon we can meet in person. BTY, did you know Ginger is getting married this weekend?

Karla @ Ramblin' Roads said...

Beautiful work! And I'm so excited that I was one of the participants... how generous of you to make the little goody bags! I've enjoyed getting to know you through the blog-a-thon.

Barbara H. said...

I am just getting to visit around for the blogathon.

The artwork is beautiful! I wish I could have participated -- we just moved my mil here and it just wasn't possible. But mine would not have looked near as nice, so I will enjoy looking at them here!

I love the spoons, too -- what a treasure!

Kitty Scraps said...

As a papercrafter I can certainly appreciate all the attention to detail and creativity you've poured into your tags and recipe booklets. They are amazing, thank you for sharing.

katiwalkerart said...

love your website. How fun! I just stumbled upon it and I love all things involved in designing. do you review products? also, do you know where to get those umbrellas used in the girl's pink bedroom?

Kati Walker