Tuesday, August 31, 2010

White Wednesday - Ruby's Ceramics

Ruby's Ceramics
ca. 1948

My paternal grandmother's name was "Ruby", but to
us she was "Mother 'B'" ... or rather to us children,
"Bum B". Sounds probably funny but I think she
liked it. She never corrected us... and she would have had she not approved of something we said or did.
Mother "B" liked painting ceramics. She went with
other ladies to enjoy some girl talk.
One time I actually was allowed to go with her.
I was probably about three.
She was working on a ceramic head of a woman who
was wearing a hat.
All of the ladies there sat around an oblong table with all of their supplies. They were so well dressed... I especially remember that.
She made the ceramic mugs in the picture above
and used lettering to name each mug after members
of the family.
The small mug has my nickname on it.
I was the only child to get a mug, so I am sure that
she did this before my three siblings were born.
All of this took place in Midland, Texas.


Actually, in high school my grandmother changed the spelling of her name. When the picture above was taken she was about fifteen years old and spelling her name "Rubye".
She was an only child and her mother loved taking
pictures of her daughter.
I am fortunate to have many of my grandmother's photo albums showing her primarily in her high school years. She enjoyed a very full social life and was active in school events such as plays.
It's so much fun to flip the pages of her albums and
see my grandmother having a good time with
She was always very social and enjoyed having
many girl friends throughout her life... staying in touch through the years with many of them.

Today I am linking to
Faded Charm
White Wednesday



Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

This is "So Sweet"... I LOVE reading memories of family and Grandmothers are SO "Wonderful"!!! She was a beautiful lady... I want to give her a hug...
Hugs to you Sweet Lady,

Olive Cooper said...

Such treasured memories of your grandmother. Happy WW! olive♥

Julie Harward said...

I love hearing about your family stories! What a darling girl she was, how would it be to be the only child too! She did a great job on the mugs too...so sweet that you have these memories! :D

Rebecca said...

I just love the story with your mugs-thanks for sharing it with us

Rebecca said...

I just love the story with your mugs-thanks for sharing it with us

Cabin and Cottage said...

I think it's wonderful that you have these memories and the items and pictures to go with them.So much simpler then.

Pamela said...

What a beautiful pic of your grandmother!! I love looking at old pictures!

Theresa said...

Gorgeous Ruby or Rubye! I love old pictures of ancestors and thos ceramics are beautiful! That is a special memory of your childhood and I thank you for sharing it with me! Have a blessed day my friend! HUGS!

Francie of The Scented Cottage said...

What a blessing Karen! Thanks for sharing with us, I loved reading about Ruby.
My car broke down in Midland many years ago. I still have good memories of the kindness of the people there.

Virginia said...

Sweet memories....
Joy & Blessings,

Donna @ The House on the Corner said...

Such a special picture. Don't you just love seeing the "younger" versions of the people you loved later in their lives. I do remember there was a point in my life when I had an "ah ha" and realized that my grandparents, (aunts, mother, etc.) weren't born at the age I knew them as. They were children, teenagers, young adults with the same thoughts and activities that I was going through. You're so fortunate to have the pictures that capture that.

Nancy's Notes said...

Karen, those are such great mugs and how neat that your nickname is on one of them, how special is that! Karen, it's truly amazing and just so wonderful that you have so many of your family treasures. I love reading all of your heartwarming stories and your photographs are always incredible.


~Carrie from Cottage Cozy~ said...

Your grandmother sounds so special in the most simple way! That is most endearing!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a beauty your darling grandmother was and SUCH a treasure to have a wee cup with your name on it lovingly painted by her.

Celestial Charms said...

Your Grandmother was very beautiful. You know how I can't get enough of vintage photographs, so I'm always going to look forward to your posting more! Thanks for sharing these with us.