2017 Motivation

One of the few items I have that was my Grandma Katy’s is a plate.  I often wish I had asked her more about her life because I know so little.  Catherine Weissgarber was originally Catherine Reich, born on January 26, 1907.  She came to New York on a boat from Austria Hungry and met my Grandpa, Martin Weissgarber in the Bronx.  Martin was from Romania and came to New York on a boat in 1922…and became a citizen in 1933.  This plate was made by the Bernhart Company sometime between 1919 and 1928 in the Schlaggenwald Region on Austria.  I am guessing they bought this plate on a trip they made back to the “old country” with my Dad, Tony, and his brother, John. How brave she must have been to cross the Atlantic to come to America alone….at 17!

Wonder how she felt when she reached Ellis Island and saw the Statue of Liberty?

How lucky we are to live in the USA!  Welcome 2017!







Shabby Cabinet

20161019_110503_resizedOne of the biggest reasons I wanted to go to an auction was to find a cabinet I could transform into my own creation…..and store candles (which I LOVE) and still have space for overnight guests to have a spot of their own.  Our beautiful grandkids enjoy coming over and opening “their” drawers to see the goodies we have been gathering for them and their special visit.    Our daughter can find a spot in her casa for the 5 drawer chest she needs more than us that this cabinet will replace.   I am trying to decide what Annie Sloan chalk paint colors will work best…..am thinking the inside should be a different color….because shouldn’t a guest room hold a piece of furniture that is fun, funky AND pretty? The lower section has 2 shelves….so those will become the grandkid shelves….I removed the shelves from the upper cabinet so we can begin painting.  We paid $135 for this at Voigt Auction House in San Antonio.    They were featuring items from a dealer in Sweden…..so it will be fun to add that it’s “from Sweden”….when we are done.  Will update you when it’s finished!

Camel Saddle Anyone?

Last night I was able to talk David into going with me to Voigt Auction….an auction house in San Antonio off Blanco Road that has a live auction every Tuesday at 7.  I was on the search for a cabinet that will hold candles, extras and maybe have a few empty drawers for overnight visitors….and the first item I had to have was an  authentic camel saddle….how can a Texas girl resist?  It even has a bell….camel-saddle

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