Friday, August 28, 2009

Rooster Party Time!

Hello everyone. I hope I'm not too late for the rooster party. This is the first party I've done and I'm so glad Barb at Bella Vista is hosting this. I started my love and collection of roosters about two years ago quite by happen-stance. My 91 and 92 year old grandparents were moving into an Assisted Living home and my son was buying their home of almost 50 years. So in the process of cleaning out Grandma's things, there were several items that I wanted just because they reminded me of her and the warm, cozy and inviting home that she had created. The first item I asked for was this ceramic rooster/cookie jar that she never used as a cookie jar, but sat up on a shelf above her stove and refrigerator. Every time you would walk into her kitchen you would see this rooster. This was the start for me. I placed this precious memory in the little corner nook behind my kitchen faucet and thought, "Well, isn't that cute, and the colors go with my already grape/fruit theme."

Then in going through her knick knacks, many of which were packed away and hidden in drawers and cupboards I found this rooster figurine. I snatched that up, too. This sits on my desk (where I'm sitting right now) in the corner of my kitchen. He looks right at home beside my fruit lamp, doesn't he?
In Grandma's kitchen drawer we found these cork hot pads. They look to be very 1950-ish. They now have a home in my towel and hot pad drawer. And I do use them.
Well, by now I'm on a roll. I found this kitchen floor mat at Lowe's and thought it was perfect. My kitchen and dining room and my house in general has a European/Tuscan theme to it, so now this mat ties the two themes together.

Then I found pot holders and dish towels at Wal-Mart.

My latest rooster find was this table runner for my kitchen table. I also have placemats that coordinate, but they don't have the roosters on them. And, again, the colors are perfect. I like the muted reds, greens, golds, and purples. Nothing too bright and shiny or in the primary color scheme.

I love my roosters, old and new. The old especially hold so many memories for me and that feeling is just like a warm hug from Grandma. So I will continue with my rooster collection, but it always has to "feel" right. Not just any old rooster will do.
I hope you enjoyed the little tour of my kitchen and memory lane. Thank you Brenda!


Darlene said...

Stopping by from the Rooster Party. What a wonderful collection of roosters and what fond memories you have from them.

Ramona said...

Good Morning! Absolutely delight! Your rooster collection is wonderful. Thank you for sharing...this is so much fun!

Smiles ~ Ramona

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Nina, so glad you chose this for your first party. Your roosters are adorable.....each picture is so lovely!

Thank you for sharing with us and being a special part of the group.

Barb :-)

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Nina,
You have some of the prettiest roosters ever my friend! Love the big guy in the first photo and your precious towels. Cute!

Happy Rooster Party! ;)

Have a wonderful weekend, ~Melissa

Lori E said...

I like the table runner. The colors are country and muted and soft. I would hate for someone to spill on it.

Stacey said...

Hi Nina! You have some great rooster items. :) Hope you have a nice weekend.

Theresa said...

Love them all but my favorites are the cork pads! I have seen those recently on canisters! Great post, have a blessed day!

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

I'm so glad you were able to get the roosters from grandma. The new ones are nice too.

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

This was such a great post, I know how you feel having something that belonged to someone special, and I know that your grandparents are so glad that you have them to be cherished, and passed down! Your collection and the way you have displayed them is beautiful, thank you for sharing.

JKW said...

My daddy is 93. He is healthy but weak so had to leave the residential care for nursing home. Not the same. Your parents will love it once they get use to it. So glad the home could stay in the family. OK, LOVE the table runner. Best I've seen. Blessings, Janet

Lily said...

I sure am seeing a lot of roosters lately! I'm under the weather again or I'd be snapping away. I don't have many. If Hubby had his way, we'd be up to our elbows!

I do have one colorful guy in my corner rack of the kitchen and some beautiful placemats with embroidered roosters. You have some lovely things and it's nice that they come with memories attached!

Torie Jayne said...

Hi fellow party goer,
Great display of roosters! lovely mats.
Have a great weekend!x

Beansieleigh said...

Hi Nina! Love your collection of roosters!!.. And most DEFINITELY, the ones that evoke the best of memories are the most highly valued and truly treasured pieces of them all! Hope you're having fun with all the rooster festivities! I'd say you did very well for your very first blog party! Have a wonderful weekend! ~tina

blushing rose said...

What lovely roosters ... your collection is wonderful. Have a wonderful weekend. TTFN ~Marydon

Linda said...

Love your rooster collection. It's especially nice that some of them were in the family. Linda

LV said...

Love your rooster memories. Very nice post. You did a great at the party today.

Irma's Rose Cottage said...

What a lovely collection! Great rooster party!

Irma :)

deborah said...

your cork hot pads match my vintage canister set. It's wooden, complete with s&p shakers

Becky K. said...

Fun collection and for all those special reasons.

Happy Rooster Party

Becky K.
Hospitality Lane

DJan said...

I wonder what other people collect? Is there a central place where people put their collections? I've got to research this a little more. I love the roosters; I used to collect turtles but when I moved I didn't bring them along.

Barb said...

You are so blessed to have those treasures from Grandma- priceless.
I loved all the roosters.

I see you are an Air Force mom. I'm an Army mom. I will keep your family in my prayers.


Sarah said...

Nina, I love my roosters old and new alike also. Thanks for sharing yours with us. This has been fun.
Hope to see you at my place for some more rooster fun.

Lara Harris said...

Lovin the dish towel and pot holders!:)

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

That's wonderful that you have some of your Grandma's rooster things (and they're so cute)! Thanks for sharing your rooster collection!


Doris Sturm said...

I enjoyed looking at your rooster collection very much. I know what you mean about it having to feel right because some pieces just speak to you as others are 'ah' but the most precious ones are the ones from your grandmother because I know how I feel about my Oma (who is long gone) but she will live forever in my heart.
Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful weekend!

SquirrelQueen said...

You have a delightful collection of roosters, I love them all both old and new. I think it great that some of them have special memories for you.

Have a wonderful day,

juls4real said...

Give grandma a hug. Love your roosters. The cork hot pads are darling.


Julie said...

I love your Roosters... I am having a-give-away... I would love for you to drop by.

Nancy said...

They all look right at home. What a cute collection. My grandmother loved roosters. She had several of the little rooster candy dishes that was so popular for a while.


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