I was lucky enough to be entrusted
to care for the silver that belonged
to one side of my husband's family.
I had two sick little girls here yesterday
watching movies which left me
free to do something-
but not so much that I would be
out of sight.
being the dutiful little wife I am
I decided to polish the pieces that had been
sadly neglected since late spring.
Now, I know a lot of you like tarnished silver
but I feel guilty if I let this get tarnished.
Here she is-
BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL!
Notice how wonky the top of the candle holder is?
That is from years and years and years of
Real silver is actually pretty malleable-
not hard at all.
Don't ya love it?
The tops do snap down tight and
I should have done that for
but - I keep them slightly ajar
so they don't get yucky inside.
I am always afraid that I will seal some moisture in.
The coffee & tea service sits on the
bombe chest in my dining room.
The drawers store linens and stuff.
The picture above the chest was a landmark in
Green Bay, WI.
Kaap's Restaurant was famous for its
ice cream treats and chocolates.
It is the first place my husband ever took me when
I came to visit his family before we got married.
Sadly, so sadly, progress has destroyed that street
and all the wonderful shops and stores that were there.
So---the silver looked like this when I started...
Pretty sad and kind of embarrassing!
I used my special secret tools for cleaning...
Maas (and the other if I run out)
and old diapers to polish with.
If you use these make sure the diapers are clean---just sayin'......
I won't bother to tell you I could only find two RIGHT HAND GLOVES.
Did you ever try to use a rubber glove
wearing it on the wrong hand?
Can't turn these inside out because they are lined...lol
Yeah- You look as stupid as you feel doing that.
Well, maybe YOU don't - but I do!
NEVER, NEVER, NEVER use TARNEX
on good silver...
I won't even go into all the reasons why...just DON'T!
A few more pics to show you how I worked my fingers to the bone...
Oh---and this is MY SECRET!
See the candlestick below?
It is sitting on one of Grandmother Clara's coasters.
I am so flipping clever that I can't even believe it myself sometimes.
Look! It is...
A hiding place for a few nails and screws
cuz you just
never know when you are gonna have to nail something to the wall.
I have SECRET TOOLS, too.
They look like a shoe (hammer)
and a butter knife (screwdriver)
Please keep these secrets to yourself.
MyHero gets all worked up
when I use stuff like that
for little household jobs.
He is SUCH a spoil sport.
I love these special things.
It is my husband's
sterling silver Christening cup and
my youngest son's Christening cup.
Both are engraved with their names and birth dates.
The little fork and spoon were used by all the kids.
SweetCheeks did NOT want to give it up.
I think she used it until she was almost five.
Well, that was my big adventure yesterday.
I am off to make myself a cuppa coffee...
Which reminds me-
I came across the most
delightful poem the other day.
It just speaks to my heart and I am sure it will
TOUCH SOME OF YOUR HEARTS, TOO!
Y'all have a nice day now, ya hear?
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