Sunday, October 11, 2009

Guess What I've Been Doing?

Hello, Dear Ones! First of all, I want to let you all know how very much I appreciate your prayers for my daughter and baby to be. I was so encouraged by all of you and have such a peace now aso does Angela. Thank you so much for caring and praying for her. I'll inform you after she sees the doctor Monday or Tuesday. I know how great our God is and He's always been so faithful to me and I know He never changes!
Love love to you all!

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Hello, Dear Ones! I'll be combining three Monday Memes today ~ Mosaic Monday hosted by our Dear Mary at Little Red House, Blue Monday hosted by our Dear Sally at Smiling Sally and Met Monday hosted by our Dear Susan at Between Naps on the Porch. Make sure you visit all of these blogs today for so much inspiration!

Now, guess what I've been doing?

I've been polishing my tiny dainty fingers off! Yes, I have! What have I been polishing?

Something that's in this olden scratched and seen better days box!

Cute little drawer pull...

Cute tiny little feet.

Open up the lid and it's filled with silver! Olden silver! Yay! I love this stuff.

See? The original tag is still intact inside the box - well, excuse me - chest!

When we moved Mother to the retirement home, she just couldn't keep everything. She wanted me to have the chest filled with silver - it was my aunt's. I'm so proud to have it and will cherish it. But it needed a good polishing. I had to do a little research to find out what pattern this was. After searching on the internet I found it! This pattern is 1940 'Treasure' by Wm Rogers.

Then to my surprise there was a serving set in the little drawer but of a different pattern. This pattern is called "Serenade" by Wallace/Harmony House - 1944. Oh, joyness! Oh Hallelujahness! I love this stuff!

Here's a closer look at the pattern on the serving pieces.

Look! There are teaspoons! Aren't these just so precious! I am so smiling at these little gems.

So after donning my pink gloves, grabbing a soft cloth and my Wright's silver polish and many polishing rubbing shining sessions over a couple of days, look what happened! Yes yes yes! A transformation from tarnished to shiny and bright!

Just look at the luster and I love this pattern. I think it looks a tad art decoish, do you?

Now my olden 'new to me' silver is back in its olden scratched up chest just awaiting its next adventure. Maybe a tablescape you think?

Thank you Mother~

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

Look For The Silver Lining

As I wash my dishes, I'll be following a plan,
Till I see the brightness in ev'ry pot and pan.
I am sure this point of view will ease the daily grind,
So I'll keep repeating in my mind.

Look for the silver lining
When e'er a cloud appears in the blue.
Remember somewhere, the sun is shining
And so the right thing to do is make it shine for you.

A heart, full of joy and gladness
Will always banish sadness and strife
So always look for the silver lining
And try to find the sunny side of life.

So always look for the silver lining
And try to find the sunny side of life.
~sung by Judy Garland

79 comments:

  1. Magnificent!
    So very pretty.

    God bless you all. Will continue praying,
    d

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  2. Oh my word, this silver is stunning. I really love it. It is so pretty and just glistens with all the pretty shine of the polish. I can't wait to see a wonderful tablescape with it. Hugs, Marty

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  3. Shelia - I hope you and your daughter all see the sunny side soon! Love the old silver. Isn't it fun to put new life into something old. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week.

    Charla

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  4. I just said a prayer for your daughter and her baby. Let me know how she is doing... thanks for visiting.

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  5. That silver sure looks pretty all polished up.
    I too will continue to pray for your daughter.
    Carolyn

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  6. Oh, Shelia, you know I love these very shiny objects! You are a very blessed lady to have this to play with, and I am happy for you!!!

    I'm also happy to pray for your girls. It's a pleasure.

    I put up a little sneak peek so you can see the tip of the spoon I'm giving Gloria. It's one of my favorite olden patterns. I will take a picture and post later.

    Love to you, dear friend...

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  7. Dear Shelia, I didn't know about your daughter. I will say prayers for her and the baby. Yes, please keep us posted. Love to you ♥

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  8. Hi Sheila...your silver is just gorgeous! I love silver flatware...I would have several sets if I could afford it. I have one set of sterling and on of silverplate, and I love them both. I also bought a set of 5 o'clock spoons to serve with tea...they are really children's teaspoons, but are used for afternoon tea quite often...and I bought a set of butter spreaders to match my silverplate, also to use for serving tea. I love the pattern on both your serving pieces and utensils...its beautiful, and you did a fantastic job!

    Continues prayers for your daughter and grandbaby...I know we will get a good report, as God is there, protecting them both.

    God bless,
    Mary

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  9. Wow, Shelia! What beautiful silverware! What a nice gift from your mother! Isn't it kind of fun to polish silver and see each piece transformed? Old silver has such a nice patina, too! I'm so happy that you are more at peace about your daughter and grandbaby. Please keep us posted. Lovely post! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

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  10. Oh Sheila...I don't think I would be quite as happy as you after doing all of that polishing...what a tedious job!!! It sure looks pretty though:)!!!

    I am still praying for all of you!!!

    God bless you all!!!
    XOXO
    Cathy

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  11. Beautiful. Nothing like a box of beautiful silverware!! I have my mom's and my grandma's. I am sure they need cleaning again also!

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  12. You are a better woman than I am to polish all that silverware! Whew, I'm exhausted just looking at it. I saw a set an estate sale and could kick myself for not buying it... I need to bribe someone to help me polish my other silver. Plus I need to find some Hagerty's polish. That Wright's stuff just doesn't cut it for me. Prayers are offered for your daughter.
    hugs, Sue

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  13. Oh what beautiful silver..a lot of work to polish it all, but worth it! I'll bet you had a lot of memories going through your head as you polished. I love the things my Mom lest to me, most precious!
    Come say hi :D

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  14. Your silver is beautiful. I bet you have been polishing for days on all of that!

    Continuing the prayers.♥

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  15. Oh what a beautiful glow is coming from the box you shined up! Now go put your dainty little feet up and have a glass of peach tea!

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  16. I'm sorry, I'm so late reading here and I didn't know about your daughter's situation until just now when I read it.
    For certain she and the life she is carrying are in my prayers, as are you and the family. God Love and Bless you all and Build a Wall of His Loving Protection around you.

    You did a great job on the silver. And how wonderful to have such a family treasure handed down. Beautiful.

    Love and Prayers,
    Eileen

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  17. The silver is absolutely gorgeous, Shelia. I'm looking forward to your tablescape, using this.

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  18. O ness....this just takes my breath away....I love it shiny, too...no tarnish for me!! Very beautiful....
    My prayers still being offered up...
    xo bj

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  19. Oh how appropriate for a pattern name, Treasure". Your silverware are really treasures. They are stunning!...Christine

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  20. Shelia,

    What a treasure. It is gorgeous! You really did a nice job polishing it.

    I am praying for your daughter.

    Jane

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  21. Shelia, sending prayers....oh yes!

    The silver is gorgeous!!

    Hugs, Barb ♥

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  22. Oh it is so beautiful. What a treasure. I was blessed with my Grandmother's silver by my Mom a couple of years ago and I treasure it.
    Debbie

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  23. That is fabulous. What a treasure.
    Cheri

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  24. Hi Shelia; I am so happy that you an your daughter are having some Peace, how Great is our Lord to give you both his Peace and comfort at this time.. I am keeping you all in my Prayers.... Now how lovely and what a beautiful set of Silver. They are just gorgeous, and what a great treasure from you Mom.... Have a great week...

    Big Hugs;;
    Alaura

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  25. The silver is gorgeous! And against that blue in the collage...have a good week.

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  26. Oh so pretty Shelia! I love that sweet pattern. I'm also looking forward to seeing a tablescape with this silverware on it! :0)

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  27. Beautiful silver!!!! Love it.
    I'm wishing you the best with daughter and baby!

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  28. Absolutely gorgeous! Love the shiny silver pics, so pretty!

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  29. Shelia, Hello I have found your blog tonight, by another blogger friend Alaura. I love your blog. I would like to say that I have read some older blogs and saw a little bit of information on your daughter. Oh sweety I will pray for you, I have a prayer list on my blog for my cousin and other bloggers whose family members are suffering and are in need of a prayer; I would gladly love to add your daughter to the prayer list if you would like. I will say a prayer for her and the baby, how awful for her, she must just be so distrot and nervous. May God wrap his loving arms around her and the baby.

    Blessings to you hang in there it can not be easy for you either.
    Hugs,
    Heidi

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  30. Shelia, it's beautiful! And how wonderful that you appreciate it and will cherish it. I'm sure your mother knows that it is in good hands. I've been away from internet access and have apparently missed news about your daughter and grandbaby. I'll continue to read. They have been on my prayer list since you announced the pregnancy, so I'm already praying for them. laurie

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  31. Wow, I was wondering how you were going to kill three memes with one item and by gosh, you did it! And you did it beautifully. I love your mosaics, the blue in the case is a gorgeous shade and I love the utensils and how shiny clean and beautiful they look...quite a transformation!

    Thanks for sharing.

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  32. I saw the silver polish and had to take a peek! What a beautiful treasure!! I also love antique silver and really enjoy polishing it. Lovely to see you take such care of it. This is my first visit-- I'll be back!!

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  33. Love your mosaics, Shelia, and all that gorgeous silver. Old silver is my thing! Love it all. I'm so glad you and Angela are both feeling some peace about her pregnancy complications. Many are praying and God is great! Have a beautiful new week...Kathy

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  34. Hi Shelia,
    Wow...you lucky girl, you! Beautiful silver...how I do love it! :-) And you did a fine job polishing it right up! I know we'll be seeing its shinyness in a future tablescape for sure! :-)
    Susan

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  35. Wow Sheila, you have been busy shining all that silverware to it's former glory. I love silverware too. I can't resist buying it when I see it in a thrift store. This is a special treasure from your Aunt. Your mom wanting you to have it is so sweet. She knows it has a good home. I'll be watching for a gorgeous tablescape featuring your new treasure.

    I am so glad your daughter and her baby are not in eminent danger. I know her doctor will be aware and take good care of her. I will keep praying for a healthy baby and pregnancy Sheila. I know you will keep us posted. I am so happy for you my dear friend.

    Hugs xoxo, Jeanne

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  36. Shelia, I have been having posting issues, but I think I got them fixed!

    Your silver is just gorgeous!

    I will continue to pray for each of you....

    Lou Cinda :)

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  37. Wow!! What fun shiny pictures with beautiful BLUE lining in the silver chest. You came up with some great pictures. The silver looks wonderful now.

    I continue to pray for your daughter and grandbaby.

    ~Linnea

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  38. What beautiful silver, Shelia, you did a great job making it sparkle. Interesting that it's stored in a "tarnish resistant" chest, and still got all tarnished!
    You're so lucky to have the iced tea spoons, they're so hard to find. I have a set of 6 that I'll never let go.

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  39. What a treasure! I find the older I get the more I love silver! :)

    During football season is when all our silver is polished. I line up the pieces that need polishing, hand my husband the silver polish and a cloth and he does it while he watches the Sunday football games. He does a good job too!

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  40. Your patience and hard work paid off! They look like brand new now!


    Ebie's Mosaic.

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  41. I wish I had my mother's silver. It was a Daffodil print. We lived a few miles from Puyallup, Wa. and there was a big Daffodil Parade every Spring. She wanted me to have it but when she was in her 80's she needed help cleaning her house and the lady took it. She also took my original Barbies! Sad what people will do.

    Anyway, I bet all that polishing was good therapy during this anxious time. I hope your daughter is doing better.

    Take care.

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  42. Good Morning Sheila,
    Your silver is gorgeous and just glows from the polish you gave it! I love to see old silver look pretty again and these patterns are gorgeous and vintage too, lucky you! I so hope your lovely daughter is feeling good and we are all praying for her too! Hugs, Cindy

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  43. Hi Sheila,
    Lovely mosaics and what a fabulous job you did on the silver it is just stunning.
    Far too nice to keep in a chest, I do hope we see it in a Tablescape one day.
    Maggie

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  44. Oh my goodness, Shelia, what beautiful silver! Thanks so much for sharing your lovely images at Mosaic MOnday. :)

    Shelia, I will certainly keep your daughter in my thoughts and prayers. I went into premature labor with my first child, so I know how frightening it can be.

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  45. Silver is gorgeous. I only have silver plate and wish I had my Moms silver which was my Grans. My Dad gave it to the neighbors when all the kids said we did not want it. Meaning non of us wanted it at that exact time. The neighbor gave it to her daughter. Oh well another life lesson learned:) Sending more prayers for your daughter. Yes, please keep us all posted if you hear any news today. Now go and work on your tablescape with that pretty silver.
    Joyce

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  46. Good Morning Sweet Shelia ~

    This is a precious post. God Bless your daughter and baby...they are in my thoughts and prayers. You are too.

    Have a peaceful week.

    Smiles ~ Ramona

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  47. Lovely post ... looking at all your photos reminds me of times I sat with my mother polishing silver.
    Hugs and blessings,

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  48. What a treasure. You did a wonderful job with cleaning it. Your fingers must have been sore when you finished. I hope you are having a wonderful Blue Monday.

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  49. I'm back, precious, to tell you I prayed for your girls today.

    Love you lots...

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  50. Oh Shelia. That silverware is so beautiful and all so complete and shining in its chest, What a treasure that is.
    Thank you for viiting and have a wonderful day

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  51. We are on the same wave length dear Miss Shelia.. I just bought some silver cleaner and a special cloth. My dear MIL left me her silver. I choose to use it everyday, since she passed away. Just to remind me how much I l love her and miss her .
    Not sure when "the job" will get done, but you have inspired me for sure.
    Happy Blue Monday
    Love Claudie
    xoxo

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  52. WOW! I'd be dancing in the rain outside if I'd been gifted that lovely olden set! It is absolutely precious, and looks so pretty all shined up.
    Brenda

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  53. Wow you certainly had your work cut out for you!! I have my mom's set in a box too....but my box must be better than yours because it does work!! (na,na,na,na,nana--said in a whinny voice).

    Your set is beautiful and oh it came out so nicely!!

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  54. Its a good stuff and i like it too.

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  55. Its a good stuff and i like it too.

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  56. What a BRILLIANT mosaic..The silver is beautiful..what a treasure. My hands would cramp from polishing all that..but I would do it too...So rewarding!
    Now put some plastic wrap over it, cause that anti tarnish chest isn't anti enough!
    Prayers for mom and baby 2B

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  57. Sheila, I haven't stopped by for a visit in a few days and I see I've missed sooo much! First of all, YES, I will pray for your daughter, Angela and her dear baby. I know that must be so difficult for all of you waiting for the drs. and waiting for the Lord to give us answers. Keep us posted, please.
    Next, I also have a daughter named Angela! :) Also, I JUST noticed in your profile that you are a pianist! I took lessons for 7 years, but don't play for the church.
    Lastly, I absolutely LOVE your silver! Oh, how fortunate that you have those. They are just lovely and polished up beautifully.
    Oh, I'm so glad we are friends so I can learn all these things about dear YOU!
    Donna

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  58. Oh my, you must have no fingers left; however, you DO have beautiful shiny utensils. How I love silver! Happy Blue Monday, Shelia

    I am keeping your baby in my prayers.

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  59. Oh that's a whole lot of work! But a great way to keep the mind busy huh!


    If you haven't already come link up to my Room a Month Link party (Every Monday!)http://theshadesofpink.blogspot.com/2009/10/room-month-monster-dominoes.html

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  60. Oh that's a whole lot of work! But a great way to keep the mind busy huh!


    If you haven't already come link up to my Room a Month Link party (Every Monday!)http://theshadesofpink.blogspot.com/2009/10/room-month-monster-dominoes.html

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  61. Shelia... I don't know why, but I've had a nagging in my head to come visit you and I just haven't had time until now, but now I know why. I will send up a big giant prayer to God to take care of your baby girl and her baby on the way.

    Love and prayers for you sweet friend...
    rue

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  62. We're still praying!!

    Oh, my...I love the silver...all polished up.

    That was my "thing" when I SOLD on eBAY...silverplate!! I must have sold MORE than 75 sets of it...polished it all myself, too.

    ***POLISHING TRICK***
    If you have very BLACKENED silverplate, put HOT tap water in a glass oblong pan, with bottom lined with aluminum foil. Add 2-3 Tablespoons of salt and gently mix with your fingers. Add your silverplate...and let sit about 15-20 minutes. As you remove each piece, use your Wright's polish. The tarnish melts off like butter.

    Bye...
    Jan

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  63. Serenade How perfect...your daughter and grand baby are are in my thoughts and prayers....
    xoxo
    Julie

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  64. Ooh Shelia, you've shined them up so pretty. I hope you're going to at least take a few pieces to show your mom! She'll be so proud of you for taking good care of them.
    My grandmother had a silverware box just like that, but I don't think her stuff was actually silver. Hmmm... have to ask my mom now.

    Justine :o )

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  65. Ooh, just asked Mom and she said it is silver!

    Justine :o )

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  66. Your silver is BEAUTIFUL! And Shiny! Ya know how I like SHINE. Such a wonderful keepsake.

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  67. Oh my word, Shelia! What a sweet treasure. It's stunning. WOW=WEE! You know I am a fool for silver!

    I know you are planning a sweet silver tablescape aren't you?

    Big hugs~ J

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  68. I enjoyed seeing all these beautiful mosaics! I must learn how to do those! The silver is all gorgeous!

    I'm praying for your daughter and baby!

    Katherine

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  69. Hi Sheila, Oh my goodness what a treasure to have and hold. The pattern of the silver is gorgeous and does look art deco to me as well. You have worked very hard to bring back the shine and it is so worth it. Your Mother will be proud of the care you have given these keepsake beauties. Have the icetea spoon and serving set is such a plus. The chest keeper is wonderful too. I know you are going to enjoy it all.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Love the note song too.
    Have a wonderful day and continued prayers for your daughter!
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

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  70. Good Morning Sheila, thanks so much for stopping by and yes for now my blog will be open as i just can't bare to miss out on the beauties in blogland. You are so kind and thoughtful and i would miss visiting you. Your silver looks absolutely fabulous! Many, many thoughts, prayers and hugs going out to your sweet daughter. I hope only the best for all.
    hugs
    janet

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  71. Polishing silver is one of my favorite household tasks. Your Silver looks great all sparkly clean.
    Blessing to your daughter and baby to be.
    Hugs,
    Sue

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  72. GM my dear Pickle...hows your daughter doing girl..Please let me know...my prayers are coming your way...Now girl I'm loving this beautiful silver ware you have...Oh I know you will be using this on one of your great TT...I can just seeing it coming...Did Chole Dawn help you with all of this ha ha!! Have a great day my friend...again let me know about your daughter...Love ya sis....Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  73. What gorgeous silver! I love it! It sure shined up nicely!

    Hugs ,Sharon

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  74. Great job! Your silver is gorgeous!

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  75. What a gorgeous set of silver, lucky little you! I'm sure it makes your mother very happy that you have this family treasure and someday it will be treasured by your daughter as well.

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  76. The flatware is soooo shiny and beautiful now! This is the time of year for me...polish the silver time!

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