Thursday, April 29, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
The tricky part, I'm finding, is the change in the spelling of the last name when they then move from French speaking Quebec to the English speaking US. It becomes a "phonetic" spelling which makes it very hard to find death records. My Great Grandmother's name was Marie Celina Dauphinais according to her (French) birth record. Her Father's name was Godfroid Dauphinais and her Mother was Hermoine Rivard. Those names, on the tombstone inscription in Cannon Falls, Minnesota, now read Lena Duffina (Carpentier-married name), Godfrey Duffina and Ermie (Rivour) Duffina respectively. Lucky for me I found the cemetary in which they were buried and will be heading there to find the Duffina family (although I prefer the Dauphinais spelling). I will post pictures if I'm successful in finding the grave markers (I believe Lena's husband, my Great Grandfather, Hercules Carpentier is also buried there) but it sounds like there was some moving of buriel sites so I may not have any luck.
(Old Quebec City pictures nabbed from this website: http://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotos-g155033-w3-Quebec_City_Quebec.html#1604479)
I keep teasing my sister that if I go back far enough in France we may find that we are related to King Louis or one of the King Henry's? Wouldn't that be something...better polish my crown!
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
and this old little cupboard (love this color!)...and...I've decided that it's time to turn Shelby's room into my official studio because Alice and Elsie is growing...(or at least I hope it is...)
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Lots of vintage trims, an old honey? jar and a trolley car ticket book...
Love these old pins...and I have to tell you a quick story about the metal childs cupboard in the background...it was marked $2, couldn't believe the price...the vendor had another one very similar marked $24. Why the difference I thought to myself. I went to pay and the vendor was horrified at the price, he got it at a garage sale for $2 but meant to change the price to $22...he gave it to me for $5. Boy did I get lucky!
After the Grand March Sebastian went to play at a friends house so Tom and I ran back to Roseville to finish looking through the flea market goodies we didn't get time to look through this morning...here's what I picked up in round 2.
I am completely exhaused (as is Tom)...we were supposed to go to our neighbors 50th birthday party but we graciously declined the invitation...the only thing we're going to do tonight is plop down on the couch and watch The Hurt Locker.
Oh, and one more thing...Happy 15th Birthday Jordan, we love you!
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Tom was working on replacing the hardware on the front door when I got home...told him about the cabinet I saw and let him know I wanted to go back with with him later to check it out... In the meantime, I got to work replacing the floral draperies in the family room with some lighter, airier Rachel Ashwell curtains...what a chore that was! Patching holes, measuring, drilling, painting...whew! I sure wish I had thought about getting "BEFORE" pictures...
I painted a shelf, painted an old table we bought last year at a garage sale (you'll see pics of that on Tuesday), patched and painted more holes in various places throughout the house (thanks in part to my constant "re-decorating", washed all the bedding and put away the flannel sheets (don't think we'll need those again until December), washed the couch cushions, raked some leaves...THEN...we jumped back in the car and headed back to Minneapolis. By this time I had thought about the cute cabinet so much that I KNEW I wanted it, figured I could talk them down on the price a little bit and was so excited to get it. When we arrived I started leading Tom to the booth, as soon as I got it in my sights I noticed the cabinet had been SOLD! Argh! I was so disappointed...we found it up on a dolly ready to be loaded into the lucky ladies truck. Oh well, I guess it wasn't meant to be, Tom tried to make me feel better by telling me that it was too tall for a TV stand...maybe I'll find something like it somewhere else right?
By this time we were so exhausted we stopped for pizza (how strange it is for us when it's just the two of us) then went to the movies. I figured since I had Tom working so hard all day I'd let him choose the movie...alas, we saw Hot Tub Time Machine. I guess it wasn't so bad.
Today I finished painting (Tom slept until 10:00) and tried to clean up some of my mess. Tom finished raking leaves and put out my birdhouse...now all I need to do is paint the pole to match the fence.
Lucky Tom took tomorrow off work to go to the Twins inaugural game at Target Field...hope the weather is nice! I'll be back at my list after work...still trying to figure out what I'm going to do with the huge vintage screen I got a Mustard Moon a few weeks ago. I think I have an idea...
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Another reason for my lack of a trash to treasure project is that I've got this uncontrollable need to re-decorate my house. I'm hanging new curtains in the family room (which means plastering holes and dragging the paint out to retouch the repairs), I'm replacing all the rugs by all the doors, I'm painting furniture, re-arranging furniture... AND...I'm driving the hubby nuts! The biggest problem I've run into is finding a rug I like for the front entry way...I've got piles of them here that now need to be returned to their respective stores because they didn't work out for one reason or another. Anyone got any good ideas where to get an informal shabby sort of rug for an entry way?
I'll be posting more pictures this week of my journal (and yes, I actually journaled daily, surprise, surprise!) and of the fabulous shells we found on Honeymoon Island...you know, shells really stink...even the ones without the little critters. We've got all of ours soaking in a bucket of bleach. Can't wait to get them all cleaned up!
That's all I've got for now...vacation was absolutely fabulous but it's soooo nice to be back home!