A Favorite Thing #15

Welcome, friends! It’s time for another A Favorite Thing – this is week number 15! I so look forward to this part of the week and the chance to read about and see your favorite things. I thank you so much for taking the time to post and share a little of yourself each week. Let’s look at some highlights from last week:

Diane of Lydia’s Post, shared the details of her Advent Calendar. Her mother started that tradition and Diane has happily carried it on every year. I love the illustration/graphics. She got it from Bronner’s –  a famous Christmas store in Frankenmuth, Michigan and one I used to love to visit when I was living in my home state.

Martha, of Poetry and a Cup of Tea, shared some of her Dicken’s Village with us. She has collected these pieces over the years and lovingly sets up her display every Christmas season. (We have several DV buildings here at the cottage, but alas, they are stored in the shed as we have no room to display them. So I will enjoy Martha’s!) In fact we have that very gate and stone wall. Martha’s display is magical and wonderful.

I had to add this photo. Judy, of 20 North Ora, shared this photo of her dog Bella wearing (not very happily) a Christmas wreath! Love, love this! The things we do to our dogs! You look beautiful, Bella.

And Melanie, of Comfy House, shared her love of paper crafting and mixed media, a skill I am sadly lacking in. Isn’t this lovely? You are very talented, Melanie!

Thank you one and all.

My favorite thing for this week is my great-grandmother’s syrup jug. This was used on the family farm in Orillia, Ontario. It was passed down to my grandmother, then to my mother, who gave it to me several years ago. This piece is in immaculate condition and I’ve admired it since I was a little girl. The top is made of pewter. I’m happy it now has a home here at the cottage.

Now it’s your turn!

You can link up anytime from this evening through Sunday. Make sure you enter the URL of your post. If you’re unsure how to do that, just click on your post title after you’ve published it and copy the information in your browser address window. Come back here, paste the URL into your link entry and there you go! If you have any problems, drop me an email and I’ll help you out. Please link back to this blog on your post. That way, those that read your post and are interested in reading more can do so.

One of my concerns about link parties is that the very reason for them has somewhat gone by the wayside. They’ve become so big and there are so many of them that many bloggers don’t take the time to visit any of the other participants. Link parties are a way to meet new bloggers and share with each other and the only way to do that is to visit each other. So, please, take some time to visit everyone over the next few days. No rush. Stop by, introduce yourself, and leave a comment. It’s the neighborly thing to do. It’s also nice if you leave a comment here, as well.

Have fun!

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  1. Just Cats says

    The jug is beautiful, Claudia. What a nice family treasure to own. I live quite close to Orillia. It is about a 6 hour drive. I visited a friend there a few years back in cottage country. Gorgeous area.

  2. says

    That is the loveliest syrup jug I have ever seen. Such a treasure and how fortunate you are to have it. I have some of my great grandmother’s things too. She also lived on a farm, but in Pennsylvania. She died before I was born, but her things help me to feel connected to her spirit. I so enjoy this party each week. Love to see what each of us hold dear. Thanks for bringing us all together.

    Big Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  3. says

    I mixed my favorite thing – a vintage Santa ornament of my Mom’s in with my Christmas Decorations post. Thanks for hosting Claudia, I look forward to joining in every week.

  4. says

    Thanks for hosting, Claudia. How wonderful that you have your great grandmothers jug-it’s a treasure. And, the Frankenmuth feature brings back memories-shopping at Bronner’s and a big family style dinner. My family lives in Michigan.

  5. says

    It’s fun to see all the favorites here, Claudia. I always try to visit a couple of the new ones and often find a wonderful new blog out there- xo Diana

  6. says

    Hello Claudia,
    I enjoy visiting and joining in on your Favorite Things each week. I remember when you began and I can hardly believe it’s week 15 already.
    Your choice of blogs to feature this week is so charming. I love the little Christmas villages and oh, that photo of Bella with the wreath and brightly colored ribbon. He is being a good sport, I’d say.
    It’s nice that your great grandmother’s syrup pitcher is so welcome and treasured in your home. She would be pleased. It is beautiful.
    I chose the photo of my niece’s red and white ornaments this week for my entry. We were visiting my niece a few years ago and she had the prettiest bowl full of ornaments on her dining room table. I asked if I could snap a photo and she said yes. That Christmas was special because joining the family gathering was my youngest son, Tim. He had just returned from Iraq and he surprised us all. Each memory of that Christmas will always remain ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS!
    Blessings and thanks so much for hosting, my dear friend.
    Carolynn xxx

  7. says

    What a beautiful jug….now we squeeze syrup out of plastic bottles but that is most likely from the times when folks made their own syrup ! ? :)

  8. says

    Claudia, I love the
    favorites that you
    chose to highlight
    this week, especially
    that adorable picture
    of the dog. Makes
    me want to stick a
    wreath on Miss Gracie!

    Hope you are finding
    quiet moments of joy
    this December…..

    Happy Saturday,
    xo Suzanne

  9. says

    Oh my, Claudia! Thanks so much for featuring my Dickens Village on today’s post! It made my heart start racing with excitement! I love your syrup jug–the perfect accompaniment to a plate of hot fluffy buttermilk pancakes! Yum…

  10. says

    What an interesting pitcher– unique! So nice to have family pieces too, isn’t it? Thanks for highlighting my post from last week!

  11. says

    This is such a nice Meme/Party. We all have favorite things and it’s great fun to share them. Thank-you for hosting and featuring each week. This is my first time to participate and I’m looking forward to visiting the others and sharing one of my favorite Christmas Quilts. I’ve never seen a syrup jug quite like yours. It’s a real treasure and a family heirloom that I’m sure you will always treasure. ~ Sue

  12. says

    How special to have your great-grandmother’s syrup jug! It’s a real beauty! Love the Dickens Village pieces too — of all the Dept 56 villages, I like the Dickens one the best!! And, as always, thanks for hosting!

  13. says

    That is a beautiful syrup jug, especially with that pewter top! Isn’t it wonderful to have those sweet things with great familial connections. Thank you for hosting the favorite thing party, Claudia.

  14. says

    Hi Claudia, not doing so great over here – we adopted two senior doggies after our Honey passed away in September and we found out yesterday morning our darling senior gentleman George, has cancer and a blood clot. SOB! So participating today out of nervous energy and not knowing what to do with myself, while waiting to see if he can come home today.
    I adore your great grandmothers jug! How wonderful to have something of hers and my gosh, to be in mint condition. What a treasure.
    Happy weekend to you!

  15. says

    What a pretty syrup jug. I’ve never seen one like it. What a treasure to have passed down to you. Thank you for hosting this wonderful party. It’s so fun to look through each one.

  16. says

    This syrup job is very special in it’s style and condition but all the more wonderful for the family connection! You are so lucky to be the present caretaker of this heirloom. Thanks for hosting one of my favourite things!

  17. says

    What fun it is to check in and see what favorite things are being shared. Your syrup jug would be on my list of favorites, too.

  18. says

    Hi Claudia,
    Thanks for hosting this fun hop! I am in the midst of switching over to a new blog, with a new name, and I hope to be back in the saddle again by the time this hope comes around again :) I do so enjoy reading what other people post!

  19. Elizabeth says

    I love our blog and the link party. What a beautiful jug from your grandmother, so nice to have special memories.

    Cannot wait to discover so many new blogs! Off to explore.


  20. says

    Claudia, Thank you for hosting and for commenting on our blog posts, too. Your link party feels like a warm and supportive place.

  21. says

    I love that jug, too, Claudia. And how special that you can trace it back two generations…. it only makes it more precious. Such a beautiful color. Thank you for hosting this. I’m sorry I’ve been off-and-on-again lately but hope that will change after the new year. Take good care and enjoy these days leading to Christmas.


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