Thursday, June 4, 2009
VTT - Pitcher Love
Yesterday was the last day of school for our girls and summer vacation has begun. Our youngest are both moving from elementary school to middle school and I have been in a reminiscing sort of place realizing I will no longer be the class mom, no longer buy great big shiny, red heart balloons for Valentine’s day, no longer collect money for the class gift, take pictures at the school dance, tell stories, and bake pies for the teachers the day before Thanksgiving. Middle school will be different.
Last summer, the girls and I spent some time in front of the sewing machine. We made twirly skirts and father’s day map holders. This summer we are planning on pajama pants from vintage sheets, shorts, maybe a summer quilt to use when we go to the outdoor movies on Friday nights late in the season.
We spent a warm summer afternoon dying wool with Kool-aid and will spend another afternoon creating something fun from that wool. It was such fun. When I was a kid, summers meant hot afternoons under the California sun, playing in the park, swimming at the neighborhood pool, riding bikes, playing games on the grass under the big tree in the backyard and fresh white bread sandwiches and Kool-aid for lunch.
Mom always made Kool-aid in the big hobnail milk glass pitcher. Always. A few years ago I found a pitcher, like the one I remember so fondly, in an antique store. Of course, I had to have it and the price was right. Now, my kids will remember the Kool-aid pitcher in their childhood.
A couple of weeks ago I found this smaller replica of my large pitcher. It is perfect for my favorite flowers, daisies, but I have not been able to find out the history of this piece and what it was used for. It is only 4 ½ inches tall and has all of the details of the large pitcher.
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