Tuesday, November 10, 2015

George and Shirley...40 Years of Adventure!

Happy 40th Anniversary!

This Friday, November 13, 2015 will be George and Shirley Hatfield's 40th Wedding Anniversary. We will be in Disneyland on that day...big shocker! We thought about taking a trip somewhere different this year...Disney World...but my heart is loyal to that cute and cozy little California park. It's hard to believe we've been together for so many years. I feel so lucky that I found the man of my dreams sitting next to me in Junior English at American Fork High School. He didn't know it then, but I had no intention of ever letting him get away. How is it that 40 years have flown by so fast? Before you know it, we'll be one of those cute little old couples celebrating their Golden Anniversary surrounded by their children and grandchildren. We may even have a couple of "greats" by then...who knows?

Anyone who has followed my blog for any length of time knows that I also use this forum to write my personal and family histories.  I hope that my family will enjoy this post...and I hope that you will too.  This story starts with...

The Proposal...

Bridal Veil Falls in Provo Canyon.

One summer day in 1975, when George and I had been dating for about three years, he took me on a date up Provo Canyon.  He said we were going on a little hike, but to wear something nice.  That seemed a bit suspicious.  My devious little brain thought..."I'll bet he's going to propose today!  Yay!" When he pulled into the parking lot at the base of Bridal Veil Falls, I was certain of it.  George thinks that he is the king of subtlety, but "Bridal Veil Falls" was a bit too on the nose.  And why did he bring a camera and take pictures of us on the trail?  But I had been wrong before...it was best to wait and see.

The trail ended where the water cascaded into a pool.  It was such a pretty sight with the sun shining on the mist.  That was where he finally made it official.  I breathed a sigh of delighted relief!  What a wonderful...and quite romantic...day!

George in his long-hair days.
He thought this date would be a big "surprise."

Not really a surprise...I suspected this all along!

The "official" engagement photo.

George's older brother, Ron, took us out to Hobble Creek Golf Course for an engagement photo shoot. The golf course sits at the base of the mountain near Springville, Utah, and was so beautiful that time of year. It was early autumn and the leaves were starting to change color. Ron took dozens of nice shots, but this one was my favorite!  I just noticed this...George was wearing that same shirt and vest on our "pop the question" day! I wore my favorite white eyelet dress I made for the Military Ball the past winter. Don't tell George, but when I made the dress, I hoped it (being white) would give him matrimonial ideas.

Wedding Invitation.

Another cute couple from our invitations!

The Daily Herald wedding announcement.
November 9, 1975

 Wedding Day...
Alpine Country Club

The wedding and reception were held at the Alpine Country Club, here in Highland, Utah. We weren't members...my dad had a second job there as a custodian, and I worked there as a waitress. The big benefit was that we got to use the venue for free and the catering was at cost. Another big plus in my eyes...the decor was already red and white, my wedding colors!

We didn't have a professional photographer, we had a family friend take the pictures. Though not ideal...many were a bit blurry or dark...I am just so grateful to have pictures. Most of the reception is a bit blurry in my mind. There is a lot I don't remember.

Mr. and Mrs. George Emerson Hatfield

"With this ring..."
My LDS Bishop, Dennis Durfey,  presided over the ceremony.

"You may kiss the bride!"

"Annie's Song"...our wedding theme.

We didn't have our ceremony in the temple at this time and I didn't want to walk down the aisle to "Here Comes the Bride." Instead, we asked a neighbor of George's who happened to be a professor of music at BYU  to play our wedding theme..."Annie's Song" by John Denver. I have loved his music since I was in high school. All the reception background music was from my collection of John Denver albums.

Bridesmaids...Nancy Nicholes, and sisters Patti, Sandy and Lisa Devey.

I made my own wedding dress and most of the bridesmaids' dresses. When I saw the prices of wedding dresses for one of my daughters' weddings, I almost fainted! I thought my dress was beautiful and it only cost me $30 to make. In my opinion veils were cliche, so I spent $25 on a lacy, floppy-brim hat from ZCMI Department Store. The bridesmaids' dresses were red and white gingham trimmed with lace. George's mother had a new-fangled top-of-the-line sewing machine that she graciously let me use.  It was less stressful to sew at her house while she was at work.  It can be hard to concentrate with houseful of younger brothers and sisters making a racket...lol!

Thomas A. and Rhea Lee Gray Devey.
My parents.

Joseph and Colleen Rae Pullman Ovard.
George's mother and step-father.

Our cake and the bride doll made by Grandma Patta.
I think George's Aunt Elaine Pullman made the cake.

The bride doll made by my Grandma Patta wore a dress and hat identical to my own...right down to the lace trim. I don't know how she did it, but she found a 1/4" inch lace that matched my two inch lace perfectly.She was such a talented seamstress...the ball gowns she made for some of her dolls would make a Victorian socialite swoon with envy.  

I wish I still had my bride's bouquet. Ever practical, George insisted the bouquets be silk and dried flowers so we could keep them forever. Mine was lost after we moved to Germany, but my mother had one or two of my sisters' bouquets.

My Trousseau.

I didn't have a big trousseau...my job at Allen's Super Save grocery store...paid only $2.50 an hour. But I had been making fun things and putting them away in my graduation "Hope Chest." Notice the red and white apple canisters? Do you know how hard it was to find the color red in the 70's? Remember the kitchen colors of harvest gold, olive green, and orange and all the mushroom accessories? Tacky! My kitchen was going to be red and white with black wrought iron accents.

The quilt on the left was the one my Grandma Zetta helped me make. She said it was time I learned to put a quilt on the frame. She helped me pick out the fabric...a polyester and cotton blend. We tied the layers together with yarn...there wasn't time to learned fancy quilting...and then she showed me how to bind the edges.  She was a practical woman, but the lesson stayed with me for life...and the quilt as well.  It's been 40 years and Amber still uses it.  Polyester is forever!

The Honeymoon...
The Getaway Car!

After the reception we tried to sneak away before any mischief could be done to my cute little bug, but we were too late. I had successfully dodged my waitress friends who planned to "kidnap" me and drive me around town for an hour or two. But the car was buried in shaving cream...thanks to my brother Mike. Our first stop as newlyweds was the car wash downtown. We stayed overnight in a hotel in Provo, then headed out at first light for a trip to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. The weather was mild, and the autumn days were pretty, but George was a little disappointed by the amount of smog in the canyon.  We hope to return there later this month...it's been 40 years since our last visit.  We've visited the South Rim several times in the last few years.

The North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Grand Canyon Lodge on the North Rim.

Mr. Hatfield

Mrs. Hatfield

Home Sweet Home...
Our first home...a cozy little mobile home on 400 East in American Fork.

The honeymoon was very brief...just a long weekend. We had to be home by Monday for work and school. I didn't mind though, we had a living room stacked with wedding presents just waiting to be opened! Such fun! I wasn't thrilled with whoever gave us a Chia Pet, but George thought it was cool. Even more fun was exchanging 3 of the 4 crock pots for an iron and a new John Denver album!

We got the best wedding gift ever...two weeks after our honeymoon I discovered I was expecting.  I blame it on the waterbed in the Thunderbird Hotel...lol!

One Year Later...
The Salt Lake Temple at Christmas!

One year later, on December 17, 1976, George and I and our baby daughter Amber were sealed together as a family for Time and All Eternity in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. I am so grateful for the blessings of the temple that made us a "Forever Family." Forty years of marriage isn't a lot of time in God's reckoning, but I am looking forward to spending the rest of eternity together.  

This is our story...

Note:  I had a few paragraph formatting issues...please excuse the excessive text centering. 

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Die Schilling Zwillinge...and the Cookie King!

Snowmen for My Gingerbread Kitchen!
Looks delicious!  How I wish my name was Gretel!

Die Schilling Zwillinge...und der Konig der Kekse!
How'd you like that tongue twister?   Die Zwillinge is German for twins....der Konig der Kekse means Cookie King.  I still have a bit of German Christmas on my mind from last year.  And it's fun to say..."Schilling Zwillinge!"  Say that ten times fast!

I just created something new for my Christmas Gingerbread Kitchen.  It all started with a trio of Schilling spice tins and some Dept. 56 snowman beads I found on clearance.  The beads were sold separately and were intended to be put together into a snowman ornament with interchangeable heads, hats and bodies.  I just wanted the heads, but couldn't resist the quirky headgear.

Cookie King's Court...complete with Jesters!

It's good to be King!

Can't resist these faces!

Reigning over the cookie tray.
The snowmen are mounted on this "tray" of gingerbread cookies.
After all...a king must have subjects!

Hansel and Gretel...German Scrap.
Carrying home "souvenirs" from the Witch's house?

New Ornies for the Kitchen Tree!
 Lebkuchenherzen...Gingerbread heart ornaments made from heart-shaped tins.

A painted "orphan" measuring spoon makes a cute ornament.
The paint is a multi-surface paint...can't remember the brand.
Cocoa Bean is the color and it actually smells like cocoa!

These were all made from stuff I already had in my craft room.

I can't get enough Gingerbread!

P.S. Meri...I think this candy border came from you!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Holiday Preview...Christmas Characters From Vintage Tins!

Recent Tins.
Found at Flea-ology...a local Vintage Fleamarket.

I recently posted the picture of some tins I found at Flea-ology, which is held at my good friend Paula's home in Payson, Utah.  Paula blogs at Pollyanna Reinvents and is my favorite vendor at Treasures Antiques in Springville.  The moment I saw these, I knew they would become new additions to my collection of holiday characters made from vintage tins.  I have just finished a couple of these characters and can't wait to share them with you.

Jack Frost...
Jack Frost...a snowman from a vintage Postum tin.
Jack is about 8" tall on a 6" oval base.

Vintage Postum Tin.
I forgot to get a picture of the tin I found.

A Bit of Postum History...

I have fond memories of Postum.  My grandparents drank it all the time and I enjoyed sipping it from a tea cup and pretending it was coffee.  Members of the Mormon faith abstain from coffee, so it was very popular in the Mountain West.  It is made from roasted wheat bran, wheat, and molasses.  Although the Postum Cereal Company stated in its ads that it didn't taste like coffee, the drink was enormously popular during World War II, when coffee was rationed.

There is a similar product in Germany, called Caro...also known in the US as Pero.  My German friend, Monika...who is also a Mormon...used to invite me over for "Coffee" every Wednesday.  She brought out her nicest tea set and baked a traditional German dessert.  I must have downed gallons of Caro during my three years overseas.  I still miss it...especially the "instant crystals."

Kraft discontinued production of Postum in 2007.  Eliza's Quest Food, licensed the trademark in 2012 and sold it online.  Since 2013, it has been available in a limited number of stores...primarily in Utah and other Mountain States.

Side View.
Jack's head is paper clay...his arms are measuring spoons.

Back View.

I thought it would be fun to put Jack in a snowy scene.

Dri-Shu Santa...
Cute Santa made from a Dri-Shu tin.
Dri-Shu protects Santa's boots from Snow and Sleet.

Santa is about 6" tall.
His head is a vintage Santa ornament.
I used wooden half-eggs for his boots and trimmed them with chenille.

Tin for a tummy...no bowl full of jelly!
His hands are some kind of electrical doo-hickeys.
I bought a big bag of them for $1 at a vintage yard sale.

Side and Back View.

Santa's Winter Scene.

Give Thanks...

Thanksgiving scene with old spice tin.
I have a bunch of turkey and pilgrim candles.

I haven't made a lot of Thanksgiving crafts...my house is decorated for Christmas before Thanksgiving so my Idaho Falls grand kids can see my Christmas decorations when they come for dinner. I do decorate the tables for Thanksgiving.

I am thankful for so many things...I need to express those thanks more fully.
I am so thankful for this blog and those who read it.
Thank you!