Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Goodies Galore...

A Little Family History...
Yesterday, I posted this picture of the Alton Lennon Federal Courthouse, located in Downtown Wilmington. I'd like to share a family-related historical tidbit about it.



The Courthouse was built from 1914-1916.
Kevin's Grandaddy Coot was among some young neighborhood boys playing in the street outside, as the very first court was called into session. To pick the first jury, the judge sent someone outside, holding a hat full of names. He instructed the man to have one of the boys pull names out of the hat for jurors. The six year old little boy who picked the first jury for Federal Court at the new courthouse, was Kevin's Grandaddy.

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Now on to the Goodies...



I recently participated in the Very Vintage Halloween Swap hosted by Heidi, at Foxgloves, Fabric, and Folly. I met a sweet, new blogger friend through the swap, my partner Lori, from Morning Glories and Moonflowers. She sent me a FABULOUS package of Fall Goodies!


The excitement mounted as I opened the box and saw the green shiny tinsel and purple tissue paper.
Each item was individually wrapped with festive ribbons, that I plan to reuse! :)

Did I make out, or what??? Look at the amazing gifts Lori sent! I just love it all!
David joined in the excitement and helped unwrap, and pose the items for pictures!
Look at this precious little cat couple....
Lori made the super cute button bracelet, and sells them in her etsy shop! Ashley has been eyeing the bracelet, and the mug! David was most impressed that I received "Bath and Body Works Pumpkin Handsoap!" LOL!


Lori also made the beautiful glittery BOO blocks, below!
Thank You so much Lori! You made my day, especially with the hand-crafted items, and I will think of you for years to come, as I enjoy them each Fall!


FOUND GOODIES...
I have been going through some stuff that has been packed up for years, from a house we moved from 12 years ago! Some of the things, I have wondered where they were, and others I had forgotten about! I RE-found some pretty cool treasures that came from yard sales, auctions, or were handed-down. Kevin, Ashley, and I have been taking a long trip down memory lane, as each item was uncovered!

The white hobnail Milk Glass Pitcher is now being used as a tea pitcher.

The blue "airplane spoon," was Ashley's when she was a toddler! And yes, we sailed many a vegetable through the air, making swooping plane sounds, trying to entice Ashley to take a bite! :)
My Grandmother Butler made the rabbit and attire! I'm trying to figure out the best way to clean her. She also gave me the "Turnabout" Cookie Jar,...it's "two-faced." I doubt the paint was original, but added by a previous owner! :)

The Pillsbury Dough Boy, below was mine as a child, dated 1971. I just love this round white puffy guy! The black spice holders were handed down from Kevin's family.


And this was my favorite find...
An old scale!
As of last Friday, I had nothing to post! Now I seem to have abundance of material.... What a difference a few days makes! LOL! Thanks for all of your encouragement! ~Rhonda :)

44 comments:

mysteryhistorymom said...

Rhonda- I am so glad you liked your package of goodies!:) You are such a sweetheart and I loved being your partner!!!

I am having a giveaway for a a darling little ghostie bracelet! Stop by and enter when you get a minute. If you win, then Ashley can have one of her own!:) Lori

Amelia said...

Loved the bit of history about the courthouse and Kevin's family tree.

You did make a haul with your box of goodies...bet you oohed and aahed over all of them...I know I would have.

Seeing all the "old" items - now wondering how to use them once again will be the new challenge.

Smilingsal said...

You sure do have a bunch of good stuff. You should've stretched it out a bit and made it several days of posting.

Michelle said...

I think the two faced cookie jar with the paint is original, as I have seen these at consignment malls before, and they were painted as well.

Nice treasures!

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Rhonda,
I couldn't help but smile at Sally's comment, cause that's what I do is spread stuff out! That way I never get caught up on all the potential blogging topics.

Looks like you found some great stuff...I really love the old scale!
Diane

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

Hi Rhonda~ I know what you mean about Lori being such a great swap partner. I had her for a fall swap and I couldn't belive all the wonderful things she sent and all the beautiful ribbons and such that she wrapped them in-Just Beautiful!

French said...

Loved the little history tidbit! What a gamut of fun stuff! Gotta love presents;) French

Vanessa Greenway said...

First, your blog looks wonder"fall"!! And the goodies and so nice! Have a great day! Hugs, Vanessa

Natalie said...

What a great story! And wow, what a treasure trove. Both the wonderful items you received as well as those rediscovered.

nikkicrumpet said...

WOW what an amazing swap gift!! You made out like a bandit. And your found goodies are pretty cool too. I love love love that butter dish!

imjacobsmom said...

Isn't that fun to rediscover past goodies. We have boxes in our crawl space from TWO moves and 20 years ago. We can't find the matching gravy boat and carrot/celery sticks bowl to my good china and I think that it got packed with the old bar glasses. But the thought of going down there is frightening. Not because it's scary - it's because it's just loaded to the gills with stuff! ~ Robyn

justabeachkat said...

Wow! Lucky you....so many goodies!

Recently, I did the same thing. I opened up some old boxes that had been stored away and the memories flooded back. It's a nice feeling.

Hugs!
Kat

Jessica said...

I have so enjoyed seeing all your new ( and old ) treasures. I particularly love the milkglass 'tea pitcher.' It's gorgeous. :)

Hugs~ J

Kelli said...

I'm loving all of your new goodies, Rhonda! The scale is amazing and the halloween things are so fun and cute!
~Kelli

Southern Lady said...

Rhonda, I loved seeing all of your newfound treasures ... especially the scale and that elegant green vase in the first picture.

I enjoyed reading about your trip to Riverfest, too. It looks like it was a perfect day for it. Your pictures are beautiful.

Sincerely,

Janie

dana said...

You did Make Out with that haul of Halloween goodies! I would have loved all of those items, too! I just recently received that soap from a friend. All of your things are great and will be treasured for some time.
I also enjoyed seeing your "found treasures"--LOVE those green glasses and the old Pilsbury Dough Boy!!!
Come check out my post to see what my partner sent to me! Dana

duchess said...

Great stuff. I love the old scale. Wish I could find one - I don't know that I have anywhere to put it but I'm sure I could find a place.:)

jeanne said...

Rhonda, your Halloween Swap goodies are so much fun. A very thoughtful box of gifts. I know you enjoyed this swap as well as I did. BOO!

Hugs...Jeanne

Susie Harris said...

I just couldnt resist.. We are to be on the road for Canton but Mr. is still in the shower... just a minute to say HI!... I loved that story about the court house. Very neat. I love history like that! I have a Pillsbury dough boy just like that one. I also have the Mrs. too... Have a great day!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Rhonda, Your Halloween swap stash is wonderful. It's been fun this morning seeing what everyone received. ~ Lynn

Kathi said...

Rhonda, That's such a cute story about the little boy pulling names out of the hat. How special that he was Kevin's grandpa.

I love those spice "books," the scale is really cool too.

The Halloween package is really fun too. Happy Wednesday, Kathi

Monogram Queen said...

I love that bit about Kevin's Grandpa! Neat!!!

I LOVE your Halloween goodies. I would be swooning.........

Love all of your "new/old finds" too. I love when things have meaning. I have my old baby spoon.

Bridget said...

The paint on your cookie jar is called "cold paint" where it was added after the glaze was fired and quite common on jars of that era. i think they are charming and I'm hoping to start a collection...I just need time to go hunt some down.

mommyholly said...

OK so I LOVE your swap package- those bracelets Lori makes are AMAZINGLY cute!!!! :) And the "boo" blocks, I am loving those!!!! Yay for an awesome swap package, xo! :)

onlymehere said...

I'm always afraid to do swaps bz I've been ripped off on similar things in life before. I'm glad to see your's turned out so well. You did get some really nice things! I knew you'd find things to post about bz life keeps happening and it gives us new blog posts!! I'll look today and see if I can find the whole kit for Witchalena with the references for you. I'm actually FINALLY ready to decorate and have my front room back. It's been a long haul. If we can just get the plumber here Friday I can paint this weekend and then only have the flooring installed before I'm done. It's been a long haul bz we have had to pay for the upgrades out of pocket but what better time to do them?!

Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

Lots of fun stuff in this post! Great pics, too! Thanks for sharing it all with us.

Kim's Treasures said...

What a wonderful box you received for your swap! How fun!!!

And how fun to re-discover some hidden packed away treasures! Love the pitcher!

jen said...

I love all your halloween goodies! Lucky you! You found so many neeto vintage finds, I love the milk glass pitcher, and the rose container!

Beverly said...

Wow, Rhonda. There is a lot of eye candy in this post. I love all of your Halloween goodies and all of your found goodies.

Mrs. B said...

So much cute stuff! Your swap goodies are great. And that old scale is so cool!

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

What great swap goodies!

I love your old glass collection. I'm a huge fan of Fenton art glass - so pretty.

Polka Dot Moon said...

What a delightful box of goodies! A fun swap this was :)

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Cool swap package you received!!

Blessings,

Sher

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Wow Rhonda, what a great box to open! You have your blog looking great girl!!! You are one creative female, we all wondered if you were going to do something crafty with the "toilet" but I see you are being the appropriate blogger...yes anyhoo, love all the decorations that you have for fall. I just love fall!
Debbie

Susan Hickam said...

You really got some great halloween stuff- love the cat couple and the button bracelet! I also think your milkglass pitcher and scale are sweet! Happy halloween season!

Nancy said...

Hi Rhonda, First, I love your new look! Oh, and all those pretty goodies you recieved, I am so happy for you! Then, how wonderful to have the treasures from your past...I love the pillsbury fellow..I had one too when I was little, my brother had bought it for me. Wish I still had it! Enjoyed your post! Nancy

KatCollects said...

Hey, I saw those cats and almost bought them one day, kicking myself for not getting them : ) This has been such fun.
Kathy

Mad Red Hare said...

This is so much fun. It is like christmas in October.

Pink Slippers said...

what a neat story. i love hearing ones like that and then daydream about the GOOD old days. I would of loved to live then. except for all the dust.

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

What a fun swap!!! I LOVE those cats, those are so cool! You got so many wonderful things! I love your found treasures too :) The bunny is darling!

Big Hugs,
Amy

Heidi Ann said...

Hi Rhonda, I LOVED seeing all your wonderful "goodies" from Lori!!!...What a great swap box!...I am just so happy the two of you have enjoyed getting to know each other!...You both are dear friends!....Your friend, Heidi XO

Heather said...

What awesome goodies!!! Both from your swap and the re-found treasures!! I LOVE that scale but you know my favorite is that milk-glass pitcher! Oh my goodness it is beautiful!!
Your trip to Wilmington looks amazing! What a quaint town. Great steal on the shoes!!!!! WOW!!!
Funny story about the golf cart too. I'm sorry but I did have to laugh...........maybe it was His plan to leave you stranded so you could have even more time for just the two of you!!! LOL!!!
Miss you!
Heather:)

PS My Dad is doing well. Surgery on his arm went well. He is having problems with severe heartburn now due to meds that he is on. The cardiologist did shock his heart to put it back in rhythm. It worked!! No more arrythmia! He is bored though as fall is usually his time of the year- hunting, hiking, woodworking, etc. And it will be three months before he can get back to work. He has a lomg time yet so I am trying to think of a hobby he can do to help pass the time. :)

Bella Casa said...

Wow what a great box of treats you got! I love that cat couple, and everything was wrapped so pretty, love that!!!

Fun, fun, glad you're back!!

Bella

Tammy said...

What a fun swap! Really cute stuff. Have a lovely weekend.
Tammy