Happy Thanksgiving

In the 1990s, my oldest daughter and I had a booth at a large craft mall which we kept supplied with a variety of handmade crafts.  My interest was in decorative painting.  I liked to scour antique malls and thrift shops to find old wooden or enamelware items to paint and sold hundreds of pieces over the years.

Fast forward to 2010 and a walk through the Ohio Valley Antique Mall in Fairfield, Ohio (near Cincinnati).  In one of their beautifully decorated booths, I saw a familiar object….an enamelware platter that I had painted in 1996.  I had adapted the design from a picture in a school textbook, simplifying it and adding a few items.

I had painted the design on several projects through the years but had never kept one for myself.   A week before Thanksgiving, this old platter seemed to call to me to take it back home, so I bought it and after 14 years, it’s on display in my living room.


Granddaughter at her First Grade Thanksgiving Dinner

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Lillian Applegate Westfelt was a mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 3. She was an 86-year-old widow living in a nice little bungalow with her oldest daughter and a beagle-dachsund named Addie. She passed away in November, 2018.

5 thoughts on “Happy Thanksgiving”

  1. I love your plate. I even have one you made of Winnie the Pooh back before Seth was born. It had been in his room for many years. It is now tucked away in his closest. Can’t wait till he let’s me put it out again. It has been a family treasure.

    1. How nice of you to comment. I remember very well making the Winnie the Pooh one for your son. I didn’t normally meet the people who bought my items and I often wondered how that little boy was getting along. I can imagine that he’s old enough now not to want something with Winnie the Pooh in his room.

      Thank you so much for writing. Lillian

  2. Lillian, I feel like I am looking at one of those old books. It’s beautiful! That’s really special that you were able to bring the platter back home. You are so talented!

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