Celebrating Mothers part 2 - Treasures from Grammie

My Great Grandmother Grammie had a huge impact on the person I am today.  She taught me to sew, cook, bake, embroider and garden.

I grew up on a lovely property that had room for an orchard full of cherry, apricot and apple trees and a huge garden where Grammie grew strawberries, raspberries, beans, peas, tomatoes, grapes, rubarb and many other good things that have faded from memory.  The property was large enough that she had her own cottage and so she could be a part of our lives every single day.

There are more memories than I can count attached to every one of the pieces in the photo.

Although I am certain she would also beat eggs and meringue using the "egg beating" jar on the left, my favorite memories are of the times she would bake up a pan of shortcakes, let us pick strawberries in her garden, and then pour cream and sugar into the jar and let my brother and I take turns whipping the cream until it was just right for strawberry shortcake.  I can not look at it without being transported back to those golden afternoons in her kitchen.

The glass plate with the little dividers always sat on the big dining table at every family celebration and it was heaped full of her bread and butter pickles, dill pickles and spiced peaches. I always have it out during winter holidays.

Family celebrations in our family - there were many!  Every Christmas, New Years, Easter, Forth of July, Thanksgiving and of course every birthday.  With 9 total family members, there were plenty of birthdays to fill in the gaps between holidays.  And then in the summer, there were always picnics, and in the fall a trip up to the mountains to see the aspens turn.  At each celebration, four generations of family members came together to share each other's company and delicious food. 

For my siblings and me, these celebrations brought us our greatest joys and happiest memories. And, although at the time we were unaware of it, these times of togetherness provided a constant in our lives - something we could count on and look forward to throughout each year. Grammie was a very big piece of seeing that each of these celebrations took place... and she provided most of the home cooked food!

Everytime I look at any of these treasures, I am reminded of how very, very lucky I was to have have been able to share my childhood with a close knit, loving family that included grandparents and a great grandmother that we dearly loved.

My Grammie. Thank you for allowing me to share her with you. I wish everyone reading could have had her strawberry shortcake - oh and her garden fresh peas... OMG and her lemon pie on a warm afternoon while sitting in her big metal chairs in the shade of the big, old walnut tree.

 

PS. Sonja left me a comment on my Colored Mod Podge Glass Jar post and told me that the little pink dish and the pink goblet are actually depression glass which was often sold in grocery stores and purchased using collected stamps.  To be honest, I had never given their origins a thought!  They belonged to Grammie and were a part of my childhood! 

Sonja made me realize there is more to the story, and has peaked my curiosity.  If anyone would care to share anything about the other pieces included in the photo above, I would appreciate it very much as those little bits of information add to my understanding about the woman she was before I knew her.

 

What a beautiful post!

What a beautiful post! They're all Depression glass! My house is full of it because it reminds me of home during the 1940's. How wonderful that you were blessed in such a way. The few items I possess that belonged to my grandmas are more precious to me than anything else I have. In the grand scheme of life, we shouldn't be so obsessed by "things" - but when they're tied to such special memories, it really can't be helped. Your Grammie was a beautiful lady - and I know she's very proud of you!

This is a beautiful blog - thank you so much!

Hi Pam,I'm catching up on my

Hi Pam,I'm catching up on my reader.I know you'll always have some wonderful blogs and I don't want tot miss a word of it,so,I keep holding off to read till I have enough time.I love the skirt and and can't imagine piecing that together.The love you have for your family is quite evident and I applaud you for putting loved ones at the top of your list.Then there is the wreath. I just might give that one a try.........

Pam, what a great photo of

Pam, what a great photo of your grandmother! I have very few photos of my grandparents and aunts and uncles. I don't know anything about the items in that photo, but I surely love that memory of what something tasted like or smelled like, something that person did that was nurturing and giving, and was uniquely theirs.

Love this story, and of

Love this story, and of course the glassware too! (Right up my alley!) I agree, this looks like depression class. Check on the bottom of the pieces, for an 'F' with a little shield around it, some of it looks like it's by Federal glass company.

Those pieces are definitely

Those pieces are definitely depression glass. They came in different patterns and you could collect a whole set. If you do a search on eBay for depression glass you'll find all kinds of examples. Whenever I visited my grandmother when I was little I would always choose a small dark green glass for drinking out of and that memory is what motivated me to collect that pattern as an adult. They are lovely pieces with a wonderful history, thank you for sharing yours!

Thank you Cassi and Sarah for

Thank you Cassi and Sarah for your thoughts about the glass pieces.  I can see I need to do a little research about depression glass!

I had never thought to look on the bottoms - you can tell I am no collector!  There are no markings on the little pink pieces nor the clear glass divided tray.  The whip cream maker however has a marking that looks similar to A8J - except the A and J are very stylized and the "8" is actually two stacked diamonds.  I tried googling A8J but got a bunch of computer stuff - not exactly what I had in mind!

The current issue of MS Living just arrived with an article about jucers (reamers I guess is more correct).  It seems the green, transparent glass ones are the most common!  Mine, however, is quite unique because it belonged to my Grammie!

I appreciate you both taking time to help.  xoxoxxo

Oooooooh, I love reading

Oooooooh, I love reading about your family's history, I feel like I'm there with you. I've read about Depression glass before, probably Martha Stewart, I'd check her website for more info. Tthe last photo reminds me of the images of Virginia Woolf and the whole Bloomsbury Group and the Arts & Crafts era. I recently saw some of Vanessa Bell's (Virginia Woolf's sister) paintings at the National Portrait museum, it looks like your grandmother walked right out of one of them!

What a lovely story! Your

What a lovely story! Your Grammie was very beautiful, both inside and out. I love these old sepia tone photos!!

A few years ago I took an old one of my Oma (grandmother in German) and had it restored. Then I took similar poses of my Mom and of me, all more or less at the same age. Then I transferred them to embroidery cloth and added silk ribbon flowers. I gave the resulting piece framed to my mother for Mother's Day one year. I think I even blogged about it.

Can't answer your questions about the glassware in yoour first photo but your second photo reminded me f my project which also ties in with your theme of Mother's Day :)

How wonderful that you are

How wonderful that you are still using these items at family gatherings - creating new memories for all the generations concerned. Sounds like you have some good and close family traditions as well.

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