October 2, 2009

Moving Day...

I feel as if I have been gone from blogland for a while now and miss all of my friends here!  A lot can change in less than a week.

For many that are new here, welcome friends!!  Looking forward to knowing all of you.  I am hoping to have a little bit of time to get around this next week and visit many.  Things have just been a little chaotic with us getting ready to move next week. 

As my title says, "Moving Day" the movers came and took all our things away...we are now with an empty house that echos.  We had our things moved sooner than us, because we needed to do a lot of painting and knew that would be easier with all of our stuff gone.  So now I sit on a metal chair (not comfy) and card table to type this post.  Once we are moved to Colorado, we still will be without our things for a little bit because we will be installing our wood floor...we will survive.

A midst a sea of boxes...

As I said,  a lot can change in a week. 

My family and I had to deal with a very hard loss last Saturday.  Our family pet, "Sammy Cat" was in a very tragic accident and lost his life. 

With all that is going on with our move it was overlooked that he wasn't in on Friday evening and somehow ended up underneath our neighbors car the next morning. Without all the difficult details...he was ran over. 

There is a lot of guilt on my part...how could I not know he wasn't in?  I check every night to make sure our cats are in as we lock up.  That evening seems like a blur and I know we all were very tired.  All of us had been in and out that evening, so we are not sure when he escaped past us without knowing.  Many times he will go just out on the front porch and roll around then run back inside.  He has always been a little skittish and didn't like to be out there without any of us.

 Sometimes you wish you could turn back time and do it over.  I always check.  Sammy and Lilah have always been inside cats.  Sammy was with our family for almost 10 years.  He was everybody's buddy and a great listener ( the kids all said how they talked to him in their rooms when they were sad, mad or needed to vent), unique personality (we called him a cat-dog because he fetched), and such a beautiful cat with amazing green eyes.  We loved him...

 Every time I sat at my computer to write my posts, or visit your blogs...Sammy was right there...in the other chair sleeping. I would stop pet him and tell Sammy I loved him.  As I type this I am overcome with emotion of my love for my cat and how much I miss his company.  It has been a very hard week with the reality that he is gone and is greatly missed from our family. 

In loving memory...Sammy Cat

So...it has been hard to want to come sit here.  But, I miss you all.  

Getting ready for this move there are a few very special things I never let the packers move, because it is irreplaceable.  Things that were given to me from my Grandma Bunny ( I loved having a Grandma named Bunny, the nickname she wanted to be called by her grandkids) like beautiful teacups and saucers. My Grandma passed away from colon cancer in 1992 and I cherish everything she ever gave to me that was hers...those were the best gifts.  

A few of my favorite things...

Many years ago I fell in love with some turquoise pottery and since have started to collect these beautiful pieces.  I have had a hard time finding more pieces to add to my collection.  Santa Anita Ware is the name on the pottery made in California. Would love to know if anyone has any information on this company or would know where I could find more?

These are almost in perfect shape...love them!

My Aunt and Uncle have traveled many amazing places and on one of their trips spent time in Turkey.  They brought me back a gift...this beautiful hand painted little bowl.

Hand made and painted in Kütahya, Turkey.

Gifts from Mr. Wonderful...
Waterford butterfly bowl and
a handmade weaved glass bowl.

This Marquis Waterford  bowl was given to me on our 4th anniversary.  I had been wanting this bowl for awhile.  I love the way each butterfly is different in shape, size and color.  So pretty!

Each delicate butterfly is so unique...

This is a Homer Laughlin bowl that was given to me at my baby shower when I was pregnant with "Drama Queen" and I will give it to her one day.  I love the little picture of the baby in the center.  It is over a hundred years old...

Sweet baby...

I am happy I was able to share some of my favorite things with you all and remember the memories that are cherished with them. 

I am glad you all enjoyed the post on Upholstery 101 and I am hoping to have another post up on the series next week.  I also will show my last Whimsy Spotlight for awhile.  I meant to have it up this week, but with all that I had going on it just wasn't going to happen.

I will leave you with an amazing find that I picked up at Goodwill last Friday.  I can't wait to re-upholster them and I am thinking I just might do some of the work on video...I am a little camera shy, so we will see. ;) 

I paid $2.99 each...what a deal! 

I have tried to find out any information I can about what these chairs are called exactly?  The closest thing I can find is the mix between a berege chair and a slipper chair.  It would be great to know the time period and what they are.  I have big plans for them and look forward to one more project!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Bless you all and hugs,


  1. I am so sorry to hear about Sammy Cat. It is so hard to loose a beloved pet. Good luck with you move friend!! Sure love and miss you.

  2. Victoria, I am so sorry to hear about Sammy. He was such a pretty cat...I had a cat when I was a little girl that looked just like him.

    Hope the move goes well. I don't blame you for not letting the movers touch your gorgeous glass pieces!!

  3. so sorry to hear about your kitty...
    blessing to you~

  4. It's such a loss when we lose a pet. They're such a part of the famiy. So sorry.
    Beautiful find with the chairs and beautiful gifts from your Grandma Bunny.
    Good luck to you, my friend.

  5. Oh Victoria, I just cried when I read about Sammy Cat! I have three cats, two of which are 13 years old and I can so feel your heart breaking! I will keep each of you in my prayers!

    Also, as you move and being anew in a new wonderful home in a wonderful place!!

    Can't wait to see what wonderful things await you:)

    Lou Cinda

  6. Oh, I am so sorry to hear about your cat. It's heartbreaking to lose a pet, I know.
    I hope your move goes well. I love all your treasures and that your gram was named Bunny - seriously, how fabulous is that? :) Last time I moved I made the mistake of letting the movers handle everything and I wound up with a couple of my very special dishes broken. Never again. You are smart to head that off.

  7. So, so sorry to hear about your family cat. Sad to loose animals that we love so much.

    Glad to see you're one step closer to getting to your new world and home. GOOD LUCK!!!!

    Your favorite things are beautiful.

  8. Oh Victoria, I am so very sorry about the loss of your sweet Sammy Cat. I know words are not enough. Just know he is your sweet angel playing happily at the Rainbow Bridge where one day you will all meet again. Big hugs to you sweet friend!!! xoxo

  9. That just breaks my heart of hear of your handsome Sammy. My sis has a Sammy too. He is so independent and smart. She had cat fencing installed to keep them in and Sammy almost immediatley found out how to escape and has continued to do so the entire time. Cats have minds of their own.

  10. I am so sorry about your cat...

    And to the happy items, those chairs, gasp, gorgeous...oh my, if only I could find a couple of those myself. I can't wait to see what you do with them.

    Good luck with your move! Janell

  11. It's always heartbreaking to lose a beloved family pet. I'm very excited to see what you do with the chairs because I have two similar chairs. I bought them at a yard sale from a woman who said they had been her grandmothers chairs.

  12. I am again sorry about Sammy, he was a loved kitty. Also I love those dishes I have never seen them before. They are Beautiful. I can't believe you are moving to your dream destination! YAY! Have a good weekend my friend, Call me when you get a chance!

  13. Ah, I'm sorry to hear about Sammy. It's hard to lose a beloved pet.

    The pictures of the boxes look all too familiar to me! Hope you'll be settled in soon.

    I have some pretty plates and things I just inherited from my grandmother. Trying to decide where I'll display them...

    Can't wait to see all the whimsy touches you bring to your new house.

  14. I never undersood how people felt about pets until I had children. This might sound crazy, but we had several dogs growing up (all my sisters) and I never cared for them. I always wondered why and how a person could love an animal that much. NOW, I have 3 children and I look at life COMPLETELY different. ANY and EVERY living thing deserves love. How can you not love an innocent creature? Your cat was beautiful. I am so sorry for your loss. Take care...


  15. I am sorry about your dear cat. :(
    *hugs* Blessings on your move!!
    Hope all goes well.

    Love~ Miss Jen

  16. I am so sorry about Sammy! It is so hard to loose a pet and on top of all you have going on. I am just so sorry.
    Moving is not fun.. Just did it. Still unpacking. It would be nice if life would just stop for a week, so you can just get it all done and then push the start button again to pick up where you left off..
    I will keep you in my prayers and I know it will all work out. We are all here for you.

  17. Hi Victoria! I am so sorry to hear about your cat, I know a loved pet is like another family member and very much missed when they are gone. Good luck with the rest of your move, you certainly have a lot going on!!


  18. Oh Victoria, I am so, so sorry to hear of the loss of your sweet cat. Cats are quick and jump at any chance to "escape" through an open door. Try not to be so hard on yourself; you are under enough stress with the move, I am sure.

    I will be thinking of you. Good luck with your move,

  19. I am so sad for your loss...I know how a family pet is an intergal part of your lives. Just think of him as an angel watching over your move....
    I wish you all the best in your new home!

  20. Victoria,
    I'm sorry about the loss of your sweet Sammy. He was a real beauty and I'm sure your family misses him.
    I wish you well on your move, and hope your journey to your new home is a good one.

  21. My first time visit. Lovely site. I was so sorry to hear about your kitty cat. That is too sad. Sending you some furry purry hugs.

  22. Victoria I'm so sorry about Sammy. As a HUGE cat and animal person I am crying as I type this.
    My prayers go out to you and your family.

    Many blessings for a smooth move.

  23. I'm so sorry to hear about Sammy, Victoria. I know how hard it is to lose a beloved pet and my heart goes out to you and your family.

    The Santa Anita Ware may have something to do with the Santa Anita race track in CA.

    Good luck with the rest of your move sweet friend :)


  24. Victoria..hope you are getting settled!
    when you get a minute could you email me your new mailing addy?

  25. Hi Victoria! Sorry about your cat. :( But here's some good news, I featured two of your projects on my blog today! Thank you!

  26. You have some truly beautiful things there! I'm really sorry about Sammy cat :(.


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