Shopping With My Sisters

Even with all the stuff going on we still find time to get out and have some fun. First up was a trip to Applewood which is the estate of Charles and Ruth Mott. Charles was a co-founder of General Motors, and Ruth wanted their estate to be available to the people of Flint, so she started a foundation that supports lots of programs and the estate. It’s open to the public and is free. We wandered around looking at the grounds. The house is closed right now because of the pandemic, but there are tons of gardens and a wonderful orchard. We were impressed with the size of the chicken coop:

The coop echoes the house with brick and a slate roof. Those were some spoiled chickens. I wondered how the family ate all the eggs that so many chickens would produce. Then I discovered that they did have six children, so they had a built-in demand for breakfast eggs and baked sweets.

I should have taken a picture of the house so you could see how the little details match up. To the left of the chicken coop there are veggie and flower gardens. I imagine that this area was used for kitchen gardens while the Motts lived here. Fertilizer was close to hand because there was a huge cow and horse barn to the right, which looks a lot like the house and chicken coop.

The other thing we did there was try the apple jelly samples which the staff made from apple cider. I had never considered making jelly from juice or cider; so much easier than cooking apples and then draining and straining them.

So after doing all that walking, we went to a vintage mall that has a lot of booths full of collectibles, both good and bad. We were looking for a china bird for my sisters’ old bird cage. Of course, we couldn’t find one that would work, but we saw tons of other things.

We saw lots of dog and cats; this is one of the not-so-good things:

Our big eyes follow you wherever you go!

I have never been a fan of those big-eyed pictures from the ’60s and ’70s. Why on earth would you ever make a hooked wall hanging with these two sad pets? It was about two feet wide, so it wouldn’t make a pillow. I guess you could throw it on top of a surface, and then cover it with books or dog toys. Not exactly how you would want to treat something that you paid $35 for!

This picture is for Kathy:

I don’t think this is traditional taxidermy.

Kathy has quite a few of these little critters made from rabbit fur, I think. The seller called them taxidermy, but only in the sense that they are made from preserved fur. You don’t call a mink stole taxidermy and I’m pretty sure that those tiny little kitties in the basket were not made from real-life tiny kittens. That collie in the upper left has a very strange expression; his face is definitely not symmetrical, and his whole expression seems pretty sad about it. The prices were pretty fair, at least they are in the single digits.

This is the last dog/pet entry:

Do they call you: Charlie Chaplin, Groucho Marx, or Adolf?

I guess it’s best to address the elephant in the room. What is the deal with the black line under the nose? I have seen many, many dog noses in my time, and none of them have ever looked like this! I want to like this picture; cocker spaniels are pretty sweet dogs but this poor fella doesn’t look too bright and that mustache! I do like the carved wood frames, but this one needs some TLC.

I was horrified by a lot of things in this booth, but the lions in the lower left were the worst:

They were plaster and probably were white originally and located in a home where the décor trended toward pretentious, unless it was a huge estate or a library. I just can’t understand why they painted them those bright colors; now it looks like it belongs in a child’s play castle. I am grateful to the lions for distracting me from the rest of the things on the shelves.

I was tempted to buy this for my dentist:

I just can’t see anything but a tooth with those three big roots/legs under the cup. I’m not at all distracted by the flower decal. I imagine someone somewhere has a flower painted on their tooth, so this still looks toothy to me. I have seen footed cups before, but usually the feet are only a couple of inches long and are in proportion to the cup, unlike this thing.

We weren’t sure what this is or who might want it:

You see these face cut-out things at amusement parks, but usually they are figures doing something crazy like skydiving, or it’s a famous piece of art with faces missing. Who wants to put your face in this little girl’s body and snap a photo? Plus, she’s missing her left arm and there is a creepy big hand on her right shoulder. I wish I could talk to the person who owns this booth and find out where they bought it. It’s a weird thing, and even the rabbits look a little worried.

I just love the promises that vintage products make and do not deliver:

This push mower is called, “Silent Yard Man” which is certainly optimistic. You know that this probably makes a pretty loud whirling noise at the best of times. I have to say that my personal “Yard Man” is never silent while doing something like physical work in the yard. It just isn’t his favorite thing.

That’s it for this week. Hopefully, I’ll be back in CO next week and can go shopping with Kathy just like it’s a normal week. Fingers crossed that it works out that way! I hope you all get to do something that you love this weekend!

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2 Responses to Shopping With My Sisters

  1. As far as the ‘Lions’ go—along with the other ceramics, some people never progress past the coloring book stage…don’t think in three dimensions and are basically color-blind. I taught local community Art Classes….and some just don’t see it or get it! Hugs! Sandi

    • kathy & deb says:

      Sandi—that’s a great way to put it: coloring book art. That describes those lions perfectly. They were such eyesores and I couldn’t put my finger on a great descriptor. Thanks. Have an awesome weekend. I’ll wave from I-80/94 as we pass through Chicago next Wednesday.

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