I wasn’t totally sure what to blog about this week.
I’m a bit in-between on projects and spending time attempting to clean out and clean up my horribly messy work-spaces.
Not very interesting blog material.
But my parents have rescued me!
A package arrived just yesterday from my folks. Christmas! a bit late but perfectly timed.
For those of you who are new here my parents are the engine of all my creativity. Mom and Dad are in their 90s and going strong. Mom does amazing embroidery and other needlework and spends a fair amount of time (year round) hand-making charming Christmas ornaments for the Church Bazaar Of late, she is focusing a bit more on her passion for miniatures (she and my dad are building a doll house).
My father is and Engineer and a life-long craftsman who still works in his wood shop – fixing furniture and planning projects like his lazy susans.His creations are always beautiful and very precise. His workshop is always clean and well organized (I may be adopted)
So – back to presents.
Mom decided to give us all pieces of her mother’s fairly extensive antique silver collection.
I am now the owner of a silver toast holder.But it’s no ordinary silver toast holder. It was made by Hester Bateman one of the only, if not the only, female silversmiths. She lived and produced her work in the 1700s taking over the business after her husband died. Her work is beautiful and you can find samples of it in the Smithsonian.
It’s kind of amazing and I’m proud to have it.
I’m not quite sure where to display it (near the bread?) but it does make me feel like I should dress better and perhaps be a bit more imperious with the staff.
You may be thinking, as I was when I opened it, “lovely! What exactly is it?”
So now I’m all set.
I have something to eat toast from while watching Downton Abbey and my snacks will always be perfectly organized (as long as I don’t go wild and purchase off-brand crackers or indulge in the notoriously asymmetric and dreaded tortilla chip.)
Back to cleaning and organizing.