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More family history…

#21 & #22 – 1″ Life Sampler – dress form & birdcage

When I was a little girl I loved to go to my great grandparent’s house.  It was just so old and I loved that.   I loved tromping around in the rustic ‘outdoors’ and the two rooms inside that were my favorite were the guest room and the attic.  The two things that I remember admiring the most in the attic were my grandma’s dress form and her old bird cage.

I have had her dress form in my possession now for many years.  It is handmade.  The main part is made from a paper mache’ and stuffed with old newspaper.  My grandma probably did that herself and I’m sure that my grandpa made the frame for her.

I lovingly call her Mergatroid {Mergy}.  I wish I had named her Sophie, after my gr. grandma but Mergy stuck many years ago and I can’t change it now!  😉

My great grandpa filed a claim to homestead that land at the age of 21.  The homestead was finalized in 1914 and signed by our president, Woodrow Wilson.   They were true pioneers and knew what it was like to live off of the land.

That property is about 10 minutes from where I now live.

March 26, 2010 - Posted by | 1" Life Sampler, family


  1. Amazing history you have, priceless!! I love the picture of your grandparents and their home. I also have memories of playing at my grandmothers home in Iowa. A very modest home but to me it was a castle to explore. I’m so enjoying your sampler. I thinking of starting one myself.

    Comment by junebug | March 26, 2010 | Reply

  2. Wow, how cool is that! I love homestead stories. What an interesting time that must have been to live in… I have many fond memories of my grandma’s dress form, sure wish it would have been saved – even though I was a little afraid ’cause it had no head. Ha! Your sampler is beautiful. I’m trying to catch up with mine!

    Comment by Karoline | March 26, 2010 | Reply

  3. I love hearing about your history. We recently found out that our 100 year old house use to be a boarding school for girls. My oldest daughter thinks that is way cool and thinks there might be clues in the attic. We only have insulation in the attic, I think it is good for her to dream about the possablities.

    Comment by Rosie McLain | March 26, 2010 | Reply

    • You’re right, Rosie – Encourage her to dream about the possibilities. Maybe she’ll become an author and her first stories will begin with those thoughts! …could happen! 😉


      Comment by Elaine | March 26, 2010 | Reply

  4. I love to read your blog and about all you have to tell us. I love anything old. I often think I was born in the wrong time. I was much happier with less. I want to have a blog and I hope one day you will enjoy reading mine. I am not very talented only in the field I work. I purchased a new book Blogging for Bliss. So hoping to be able to blog soon. a great book number one blogs to look at. Have a great day. It has turned cold here snow, flooding that hurt many farms, warm now cold and raining. Where is SPRING?

    Comment by Pat | March 26, 2010 | Reply

  5. I love family history…even when it isn’t mine. And I love old photos even more. In fact, I have several beautiful old photos of babies and children that weren’t in my family! They were just so lonely at the antique store…looking for someone to care for them. I’ve often wondered where their families are today. So glad you have your families photos. Priceless! Julie

    Comment by Julie, berry farm girl | March 26, 2010 | Reply

  6. Enjoying your blog, your willingness to share your talents and thoughts (and family):o )
    Also, beginning to feel like a 1″ sampler may be doable.
    Thanks for the spot of peace and beauty.

    Comment by Staci | March 26, 2010 | Reply

  7. I love that you have your grandmother’s dressform– that’s priceless!
    Your squares are so wonderful– I love the beading detail on the dress, and that birdcage is so charming!

    Comment by Jill | March 26, 2010 | Reply

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