School House Rock & Get Out & Vote!!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Have you remembered to vote today? Hoping so, and when you vote, be sure to take your children along with them how important it is to do!

Last September when we visited Minnesota, my dear friend Sharon planned a very special day for us to enjoy. She knows all about my love for all things with a a word, OLD!

We drove to Wisconsin and antiqued some of the most wonderful little out of the way spots and we visited Walker's Mennonite Bulk Foods Store. Then we carried on to the reason for taking this trip.....we went to visit and have lunch with Sharon's twin sister, Gail.

Gail lives in a lovely home nestled into the hill country of Western Wisconsin on several acres. They are surrounded by woods and horses and sheep. An idealic setting. Gail's house has a very special history in this area. At one time it was the area ................................................

Schoolhouse!! Isn't it just devine! I didn't take photos of the inside but will always remember how lovely the orginial wide-plank wood floors were, the high, high ceilings and the tiny little room that had floor to ceiling built in glass-doored shelving (the school library). This picture hangs in their entryway. The Blodgett School, 1937.

Some of my treasures I brought home from this trip include these sweet little flower frogs. I always wanted some small ones for standing up cards.

Dolly Dingle Paper Dolls...I just loved paper dolls as a girl and still love cutting paper.

I'm going to do something holiday related with these but haven't quite decided. Suggestions?

Sharing at:
Sue's REDnesday
Suzanne's Vintage Thingie Thursday
Laurie's Favorite Things


  1. Hi Gail!
    I'm so loving going blog to blog and seeing the interest in voting today!
    Your friends sister has the most gorgeous home and what fun that it used to be a school.
    Happy Rednesday,

  1. Tammy said...:

    How interesting to be able to live in a historical piece of property! Lovely it is today but holding so much of yesteryear inside. Fascinating. Hugs. Tammy

  1. Pam said...:

    Wow! You can't even tell that was a former schoolhouse. I would love to see the inside. I'm imagining all the charm and warmth inside. Thanks for sharing!

  1. Diann said...:

    What fun finds! And what a wonderful house your friend has!!

  1. Pioneer Beauty said...:

    We Gladly Voted..I pray the Lord has Favor on this Land and home we call America..

    On your Vintage treasures...They are delightful and fun..As for the Paper Dolls..I would Print them out on Cardstock..and make several different things with them..keeping the Original entact..

    Can't wait to see what you come up with..
    Happy Voting Day Gail..
    In Christ

  1. Julie Harward said...:

    Yes, I voted along side my husband and then we went to lunch. I love that this home was once a school..that is awesome. I would love to see inside! ;D

  1. I am a very proud American... voting makes me happy all day! I love being an American.
    God bless America!(Can you hear the National Anthem playing in the background?)

    Sounds like you had a wonderful day!
    Love the schoolhouse. I was a teacher for years and always wanted to live in a schoolhouse.

  1. Patty Sumner said...:

    So thankful we still can make our voice known through voting. Love, love, love the pics of the old school and the beautiful items you picked up. Thanks for sharing....blessings!

  1. One of the first things we did today was vote! God Bless America!

  1. Dena E's Blog said...:

    Oh my Gosh Sweetie,,, flower frogs,, its been years since I've seen them.. LOVE the doily too!! Your blog is looking awesome as always !!!
    "As you trust in God may His blessings surround you"...
    Hugs Dena

  1. Voted and am thankful to God for that right.
    What a beautiful home and so special to be a former school. As a retired teacher I think that is just the neatest thing!

  1. What a fun house! I think Wisconsin is such a beautiful state!

  1. Bella said...:

    Hi Gail, I have always thought it would be fun to live in an unusual place like a schoolhouse!! They have done a great job with it!! Love those little frogs, and like the idea of using them for holding cards, charming:-))

  1. Vicki said...:

    I love flower frogs to hold pictures and vintage postcards. I can never have enough! Fun finds and a visit to a beautiful and historic home.

  1. Kim said...:

    What fun you had. I love those flower frogs. Those Dolly Dingles are just precious. (I prefer "history" to "old"!) Blessings, friend. Kim

  1. craftyles said...:

    What a great day.The house/school house is awesome! ANd you got some cute vintage treasures. Love the paper doll and the frogs!

  1. Sandra said...:

    Hello! Thanks for coming by my blog and leaving a comment. Comments make my heart sing, LOL!:) Oh what a beautiful sight to see! I love the first picture. I remember playing with paperdolls as a little girl. Aaah, the memories:) Thank you for sharing with us.

  1. ~~Carol~~ said...:

    That house is just gorgeous, and I can just imagine how awesome those shelves were! Love your paper dolls. I played with them alot when I was little, and still have a bunch of them. I have to pull them out once in a while just to have a look at them!
    Happy REDnesday!

  1. Debbie said...:

    I love that she lives in a refurbished school house! I would love that. Imagine the history and character.

    You got some great take home treasures too!

  1. Shelley said...:

    Love this post..interesting and delightful...such a story about the school/house..I too love anything with a history of some sort...thanks for sharing...blessings

  1. Angela said...:

    I just love Gail's home..and that stone work..WOW...I've always thought it would be awesome to live in a old school house....That was an awesome find with the paper dolls. I LOVED playing with paper dolls as a child..would spend hours playing....Thanks so much for stopping by..and girl..I'm SO enjoying your music..used to play that on the piano..Greensleeves (when I was taking lessons way back when,lol)

  1. daylily777 said...:

    What a wonderful visit to a fascinating home! I love the paper dolls !

  1. Jacqueline said...:

    Love the red white and blue lettering and I was so thankful to be able to vote freely yesterday.

    Your trip made me a little homesick. I grew up in Madison Wisconsin and haven't been back for quite a few years since my aunt died. It was really fun to see your trip.

  1. Coloradolady said...:

    WHat an amazing home and what wonderful finds for you!! I adore the paper dolls....I love it that they are holiday related!!! No suggestions on what to do with them, but I love them....can not wait to see what you come up with!! Happy VTT!

  1. Anna said...:

    Oooooh - love those paper dolls. And that face - she reminds me of illustrations in a book I just borrowed from my mother for a future VTT post. So much fun to live in an old schoolhouse!

  1. NanE said...:

    Hi Gail thanks for visiting my blog. What a wonderful old structure, oh if walls could talk! I love the Dolly Dingle paper dolls, I too loved paper dolls as a little girl. Oh who am I kidding, I STILL love paper dolls. Thanks for sharing, Nan

  1. Hi Gail, I like that home it is beautiful with all the trees! And the flower frogs I try to look for when we go treasure hunting. I use them to hold up postcards when I display them for the hollidays. Have a good weekend....Julian

  1. Yep, I absentee I did a few weeks ago ;)
    What a gorgeous area, and those buildings!!
    I adore flower frogs! Some of mine hold old photos.

  1. Mica said...:

    love the schoolhouse... the frogs and dolly dingle of daughter has those paper cute huh? Thanks for joining in my give away also... Blessings, Mica

  1. Rita said...:

    Wow! That would have been my kind of perfect trip. History and antique, nothing better then that.

    Thanks for visiting my big chicken car this week, I so appreciate those that visit and leave a comment.

  1. Bea said...:

    I loved paper dolls too. I've been looking for some to add to my vintage things.

  1. Kay said...:

    ooohhh Paper dolls!!
    My fav thing growing up to play with!
    what a great find:)))

    Happy Redenday Day....yes I voted:)

    Kay Ellen

  1. I like little frogs too... so useful! Love that vintage patriotic illustration on this post! Have a great weekend.

  1. Yes, we voted at our house, too! I also loved paper dolls when I was a little girl... I like the idea of copying them and keeping the originals -- but I don't know what I'd do with them. Knowing me, they'd show up somewhere someday in a tablescape! Maybe as place cards ... or napkin rings?

  1. Lyneen said...:

    What wonderful journey. Love the old school house glad to see it is still taken care of and loved. We have lost so many of these wonderful historic sites. Then your treasures the frogs... Love the paper dolls. Great finds. Thanks for sharing. Happy VTT!

  1. Gail said...:

    Love your name and your vintage treasures. What a wonderful house your friend has. Thanks for the visit and leaving a sweet comment about my kitchen. I am enjoying it!

    Enjoy your weekend.

  1. what a fabulous historic home & in such a beautiful setting. btw i love your sweet finds :)

  1. KathyB. said...:

    I remember Dolly Dingle Paper Dolls , I bought some reproduction ones for our daughter when she was young.( I am not so old as to have been around for the originals) What a treat to have such a day trip , and with a dear friend.

    Good idea, using flower frogs to hold cards, thank-you.

  1. nancycreative said...:

    I love that paper doll book--so fun! You'll have to do a post on what you do with those for the holidays!

  1. bj said...:

    I've always thought living in a school house or church would be so awesome...IF you had enuf money to do it all up this one. :)

    Yes, I remember that you did a post on cast iron and it's what made me think of mom's olden cast iron muffin pan. Thanks for reminding me..and while I was looking for it, I also found her cast iron cornbread stick pan...will make some of those sooon and, OF COURSE, blog it. :))

  1. Thanks for sharing your day trip. I played with paper dolls a lot when a little girl. The Dolly Dingle ones always remind me of the Campbells soup kids. :D
    Enjoy your weekend.

  1. Sarah said...:

    Gail's home is charming. I'd love to have a peek inside. It's so interesting to see it as the original school house.
    Glad you had a nice visit and fun trip. Great treasures!

  1. The Local Cook said...:

    sounds like a wonderful trip!

  1. Gail, this sounds like such a fun trip. Love the school house turned residence! How wonderful to live in the middle of history like that! You're going to have fun with those flower frogs and those paper dolls. I love old paper dolls, and I especially love holiday paper dolls. You found a real treasure. I have a one sheet of vintage H'ween paper doll with costumes. I plan to color copy the sheet; cut out the images, and glue them on a printed background to frame them to use for H'ween decor. Thank you for linking to Favorite Things Sat. laurie

  1. Deborah said...:

    I agree that the children need to understand the importance of voting. I volunteer to help at election time too so I hope that he is learning something from that. You did find some wonderful treasures on your antiquing trip. The old flower frogs are so useful and I adore paper dolls. I am looking forward to seeing what you make with them.

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