Golden August Days

 

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My newest charmer, Augusta, is a Greiner paper mache doll.

In the turning of the days for my family, it is August that routinely brings us fun outings. There is the Aurora Colony Days festival, followed by the Portland Doll Show, with the Oregon City Antique Fair bringing up the rear. And this year our August events were led by a wedding! My youngest son, Jeremiah, married his long time friend and sweetheart, Jazmyne.

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Jeremiah’s first dance with his new bride in a sun-gold haze.

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A formal occaision! Me with Jeremiah and Jonathan. Unfortunately, middle son Alex was not able to be there.

Our path to the wedding, which was held in the Yakima Valley, Washington, led us through Goldendale where I stopped for wine at the Maryhill Winery, my favorite!

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Showing off one of my bottles, along with the Columbia River Gorge-eous view.

The very next weekend we went south of the mighty Columbia to the Pudding River and antiques at Aurora.

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I resisted the urge and didn’t buy any chairs this time, though these caught my eye.

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Artful displays of glass always catch my attention too. A few of these “sun purple” sherbets did come home with me.

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A Victorian curved glass side by side secretary has been on my wish list for many, many years. This one is small enough to fit in my available space, and as a “shabby chic” renovation, it fit my budget–yes, the $1400 ones are still lovely to look at and dream about. I forgot to photograph this one before it left the shop. It was hard to photograph in its new little location. I already love it as my new best protected doll display place!

The next event, the Portland Doll Show did not fail to delight!

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These three mid-19th century papier mache ladies were some of the first dolls to greet me.

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A Martha Chase boy dressed in lace with a wee bisque companion was also a charmer.

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Brighde goes for more modern dolls. She thought this huge brunette girl could be her daughter, and she would have liked to bring her home. (We didn’t.)

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Several china dolls and an all-bisque little girl came home with me.

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Then, Gussie sort of leaped into my arms later in the day.

I will tell you all about these dolls in my next post very soon.

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After attending two other antique and doll events in close succession in August, I don’t often find much at the Oregon City Antique Fair, but I do usually find something unique. This time I found these vintage Japanese kimono remnants for doll sewing, and an oval framed old photograph of two girls dressed in Edwardian white; one holding a bisque doll.

 

 

The Little Sisters painted 1896 (2)

May all of your August days be golden.

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