Rusty Crow Primitives

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Bits and Pieces of Family Heirlooms

My husband's family is from NE Kansas; a group of hardworking men and women who made successful lives off of the land.  In the past year we have lost two hard working and intelligent women from the "Clem" side of the family. One was my husband's 100 year old Aunt Mabel and the other was my Mother-in-law, Arline. They had a sister named Donna, who passed a number of years ago. Aunt Donna's family farmed all her life in Corning, KS and she was a member of a small community church; the church would hold an annual bazaar and auction to raise funds for the church.  Although my mother-in-law did not quilt she purchased some of the quilts at the bazaar and auction, often participating in a friendly family bidding war against her 3 other sisters for a chance to own one of these heirlooms. Although Aunt Mabel, Aunt Donna and Arline are gone, we are blessed to have Aunt Hilda the last of the 4 sisters, she is a joy and a treasure to our family. If you are lucky enough to have such women in your life take time to talk with them, learn from them and appreciate what they have done to make our lives so much richer.

History of the quilts: It was commonplace for many family members in the same community to sit around the quilt frame and hand quilt these quilts. So many hours and hands working on "one" quilt. Just to know my husband's great grandmother, grandmother, aunts and cousins lives are woven into these quilts is a treasure, but to have the collection I have is priceless. Thank goodness my mother-in-law held onto them. I hope you enjoy the collection.




Are you bored? Just a few more to go!

The history of families sewn into quilts one patch or one stitch at a time, and the legacy of the art of quilting, passed on from generation to generation. (Quilt Discovery Experience)


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

A Quilter's Dream come true! Merry Christmas

A Quilter's Dream come true!

'Twas the night before Christmas,
And the quilts were not made.
The threads were all tangled, the cookies delayed.
The stocking weren't hung, the pantry was bare.
The poor weary Quilter, was tearing her hair.
Stacks of fat quarters, tipped over in streams.
Visions of Log Cabins, had turned into dreams.

When what to her wondering eyes should appear,
But a bus full of quilters with all of their gear.
They went straight to work with just a few mutters,
Sorting and stitching and brandishing cutters.
The patterns emerged from all of the clutter,
Like magic the fabrics arranged in a flutter.
Log Cabins, Lone Stars, Flying Geese & Bear Tracks
Each quilt was a beauty-even the backs.

Her house how it twinkled, her quilts how they glowed.
The cookies were baking, the stockings were sewed.
Their work was all done, so they folded their frames,
And packed up their needles, without giving their names.
They boarded the bus, and checked the next address.
More quilts to be made, another quilter in distress.

She heard one voice echo, as they drove out of sight,
Happy quilting to all and to all a good night!
~ Author Unknown~
I received this today from a fellow quilter, thanks Frances. 
Merry Christmas to all!!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas from Dixie- It's Snowing in the Pines

 Christmas Eve and  we have a beautiful light snow this morning. I had to grab my camera and take a walk in the woods and share with you the beauty. As I walked I could not get this song out of my head by Alabama; Christmas in Dixie .  I love the snow in the pines, hemlocks and wild holly; this is such a quiet time to appreciate and reflect on God's gift to all.   
 We have made our home from SE Georgia to Western Massachusetts and  NE Kansas to Summerville, SC and back again; it is so good to be back in the south for the holidays. I love the warmer winters, the mountains and snow in the pines.  
Our Southern Christmas Cookies, known as SANDS and of course they have lots of butter and pecans!
2 cups  All purpose flour 
4 tbsp powered sugar 
2 tsp  vanilla 
1 cup  chopped pecans  
¾ cup  soft butter (not margarine) 
Cream butter, sugar add vanilla and then gradually add flour and chopped nuts. Beating well after each add. Roll into 1" balls. Bake at 350° for 15 min. After baking roll in a bowl of powdered sugar.
"Come Scarlett"(Note the southern name, she was born in North Carolina) "come snuggles with mama"!! Where did she go? "It's A Wonderful Life" is about to begin. Look under the tree, is she snuggling with my quilt?
Merry Christmas from the Wesleys!
Over 30 years ago I asked my father to make me the crèche.  Do you have Christmas mementos? This one is very special to our family.


Monday, December 16, 2013

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church - Crossville, TN

Oh what fun we had Saturday hosting the 7th Annual Gift Giveaway at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Crossville, TN to needy children in Cumberland County.  This was my first year involved in this and I truly loved the holiday excitement of the workers (about 60 volunteers) as they lead each child thru the store then to the wrapping station and back for lunch, cookies, a visit with Santa, Christmas movies and....a magician (Pastor Lampman), face painting and so much more. No time for the kids to be bored. The kids were in awe at the selection of beautiful gifts available to them.

 I don't have the exact statistics but I believe we had 82 children who could "shop" (select a gift for zero dollars, all donations from the congregation) for a maximum of 10 family members.  I think we gave and wrapped over 600 gifts.
Tables by age group.

Wrapping Station and elves waiting for the kids.

Many tables of gifts all sorted by age and gender.

How about jewelry for Mom, Sister or Grandma?

Ahh, there they are, Pastor Lampman the magician and his wife Linda.

Tubs full of gifts, ready to refill the tables when needed.

I saw that cookie! You cant hide it!
Santa's shoppers and wrappers enjoying a cup of coffee before all the families arrive.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Ho Ho Home!

It is so good to be home as a family again. We have had a few ups and downs the last few months as all family's experience on life's paths but we see the light at the end of the tunnel. We are so blessed to have such good friends, loving family and the best church family you could ever ask for.

We just got home Monday and somehow unpacked and put together our Christmas décor in a few hours with 2 trees and a sled, but it is "home" and we feel warm, blessed and so thankful for all we have and all who are in our lives. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Burlap and Birds

All kinds of red birds, chickadees, bird houses, burlap ribbon and swirls of red make this tree shine.

                                     Vintage glass ornaments handed down thru the family. (okay, okay, some were bought at antique shops, shh!)


Friday, December 13, 2013

In Memory of Arline Mae Wesley Jordan

Obituary photo of Arline M. Jordan, 1928 - 2013, Topeka, KS
My Mother-in-law, Arline Mae Wesley Jordan. Heaven has gained an incredible angel.

    Arline Mae Wesley Jordan, 85, Topeka, died Sunday, November 17, 2013, at Plaza West. She was born February 26, 1928, at Corning, the daughter of George William and Estella “Mae” (Follett) Clem.

    She attended Greenwood Grade School and Corning Rural High School, graduating as co-valedictorian of her class. Arline moved to Topeka in May, 1946, and was employed by O. McCormick Rug Company from 1946 until 1950. Subsequently she worked for Myers Year Book and after that the Supply Depot where she was a keypunch operator. In January of 1955 she commenced working for the County for Roy Bulkley, County Attorney. In January of 1959, she transferred to the Probate Court and was Secretary to Judge E. Newton Vickers, who was Probate-Juvenile Judge. In 1963 Judge Vickers assumed the District Court Bench and Malcolm G. Copeland was elected Probate Judge and she remained his secretary until September of 1970 when she became the first female bailiff, going to work again for Judge E. Newton Vickers, Division 3 of the Third Judicial District. She remained in that capacity until May, 1990, when she retired.
Arline was a long-time member of the Goons Lunch Group. Arline was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Topeka Post # 400 of the American Legion and of Philip Billard Post # 1650, V.F.W.
Arline was married to Francis Wesley, who preceded her in death in 1966. They were preceded in death by a daughter, Sandy Wesley, in 1965. Arline was married to Paul V. Jordan, who preceded her in death in 2002.

    Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law: Steven L. and Melissa Wesley of Crossville, Tennessee; a daughter and son-in-law: Paula and Harry “Hank” Greenwell of Louisville, Kentucky; a sister: Hilda Freel of Topeka; three grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.