The simple pleasures of home shine brighter
when the spirit of God intertwines our hearts
with His gentle Joy.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

A Fall Cloche Party!

My very first "party"!
I'm so honored to be invited to participate in. . .
A Fall Cloche Party ! ! !




I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to our hostess,
Marty @ A Stroll Thru Life, for all of her planning with
such inspiring ideas for Fall Cloches on her recent posts.

My Fall Cloche is a tribute to my in~laws, Edwin & Mary.
I purchased this hand painted fine porcelain figurine to
commemorate the family tradition of sharing Thanksgiving
at their home since "Mr. Ed" and I announced our engagement
( Thanksgiving 1968) until the time when their health no longer
allowed for them to host. Being retired from Ed's Army career,
and being close once again, the torch was passed to us!
A tradition that continues On Crooked Creek.



The piece from the Jessie Wilcox Smith Collection,
a 1986 Holiday Figurine Series titled "Giving Thanks"
was purchased from Avon. Its design comes from an
original figurine that premiered in 1930's Good Housekeeping
Magazine by the Hearst Corporation.



Mary always spoke fondly of Good Housekeeping Magazine . . .
renaming it. . .My Magazine.

"Giving Thanks" receives a place of honor On Crooked Creek
each year during Thanksgiving. It only seemed appropriate that it would be the premiere item to be displayed in my first cloche!


Purchased the Summer of 2009, the cloche came with the green
cast iron base. The base was really what attracted my eye. . .
the actual cloche (bell ) makes me very nervous! ! !

Early in the Fall,
I placed the cloche in our entry hall On Crooked Creek.



The vintage print above is a watercolor depicting a farm couple
"Giving Thanks" over their bountiful harvest. A gift to my husband from his Grandmother Ida, Mary's mother.



Our family tradition On Crooked Creek is to alternate holidays
with our grown son and daughter~in~law. This year we will be
joining them at their home (in the country) for Thanksgiving.
The tablescape photoset is from Thanksgiving 2009.


Again, a place of honor on our Thanksgiving table to celebrate the numerous blessings On Crooked Creek. . .



Marty, many thanks for asking me to participate in your
Fall Cloche Party. As an honored guest, I wanted to express how much I admire the quote from your Mom at the top of your blog.

"Giving Thanks" for Ed's parents, Edwin and Mary.
The family tradition continues. . .handed from one generation to another. Blest be the tie that binds.

Until next time. . .
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