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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Antiques, Aunts, and Architecture

I recently returned from my trip in the Midwest, iPad and photo memories in tow. You might have read in my previous post about the antiquing and shopping ventures I enjoyed with my new daughter-in-law, Brooke.

Brooke and Jackie (I am not good at selfies...)
One of the shops we visited was the Anew Tea Emporium in Shawano, WI. We left with a combination of 18-year aged balsamic vinegar and Tuscan flavored olive oil. That evening we enjoyed Caprese Salad for dinner that evening. It was an excellent combination.

Caprese Salad ~ OMGoodness!!
The remainder of my stay was filled to the brim with more antiquing, time with family, and enjoying and appreciating a wide range of charming places and excellent architecture.

My family lives a few miles out of town, leaving me to meander down country roads and into and out of the Nicolet National Forest while traveling everywhere I went. There is something so glorious and magical about a tree covered country road. I found myself stopping on many occasions to capture the next breathtaking moment.

 The tree-lined roads were one thing, but the old barns were another!

Barns represent so many things to me ~ generations of hard work, family time, rich bounty and harvest, milking cows, hay bales, gardening, and lots of green grass to mow! How glorious and charming this old farm is. Picture perfect, I'd say!

The anticipation of wedding weekend was upon us and true to my family's heritage, the wedding reception for Jake and Jayme was held at an old barn, Tansy Hill Farm.

It made a charming spot for their celebration.

Amazing young adults in this photo ~ all of them!
The newlyweds ~ handsome and beautiful
Reception rain clouds couldn't dampen our spirits
Tansy Hill Farm, Wedding Reception
The Hens of Tansy Hill Farm (You know I love chickens, right? :)
My sweet family.......I am so blessed!
Needless-to-say, our time of celebration was wonderful and spent with some pretty awesome people in some pretty awesome places.

I spent the last day of my vacation with my niece Nicole in Milwaukee and while she was away at work, I walked down to Lake Michigan, Atwater Park, in Shorewood.  I didn't know until then that the Steam Ship Appomattox lie there in the harbor.

Historic Site - Shipwreck of the Steamer Appomattox
The Appomattox was possibly the largest wooden bulk steamer ever constructed on the Great Lakes and was used to haul coal. It ran aground in 1905 due to a deadly combination of fog and smoke.
Atwater Park, Shorewood, WI
Atwater Park is lovely with a grand view of Lake Michigan. Milwaukee is the State of Wisconsin's largest city and runs along the western shore of Lake Michigan. Cultural roots reach back to French Catholics / French Canadians, German, and Polish immigrants. Evidence of this proud heritage remains in the historic structures throughout the city.

Milwaukee Architecture
Did you know that Milwaukee was nicknamed "Cream City" in the late 1800's? (Thank you, Alex, for the history lesson!) 

"While many people assume that the name comes from the State's long preeminence in the dairy industry, it is in fact derived from the cream-colored bricks from which many of the City's buildings are constructed.

Deep veins of red lacustrine clay run along the western shore of Lake Michigan, and one of the unique properties of this clay is that when formed into bricks, it turns a light golden yellow color after firing. Not only pleasant in color, these bricks generally possess superior strength and weather resistance characteristics, as well as excellent color-retention properties.

Milwaukee masons have used these locally fired bricks since the first brick homes were built in the area in the late 1830's. By the 1850's, word of Milwaukee's cream-colored bricks had spread throughout the Midwest, and demand increased dramatically. To supply that need, brickyards grew throughout the area, with most of the outbound shipments being made via scows and tugs leaving the growing docks on the Milwaukee and South Milwaukee waterfronts."

Kenosha Southport Lighthouse, in Cream City Brick
Valentin Blatz Brewing Company, Milwaukee, WI

Located in Milwaukee and true to the City's brewing heritage, the Blatz Brewing Company was also constructed of Cream City Brick in the late 1800's

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Milwaukee, WI
On the National Register of Historic Places, the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church shows incredible use of Cream City Brick in a more Gothic or Victorian application. A truly beautiful structure and rich with meaning in Christian heritage.

It was a wonderful stay in Wisconsin. There are so many wonderful people, places, and things they say, "Home is where the heart is."  Wisconsin will always be my home. 

Before I go, I have some fun news to share with you all. I have recently been accepted and will begin attending the Interior Design program at the American Institute of Interior Design (AIID) in Fountain Hills, AZ. 

Making this official is a dream come true for me. I look forward to adding "Interior Design" to my title and to the things I offer my customers.

Until next time.....blessings!