A Hoosier Christmas Greeting


In 1996, I was doing a lot of sketching and decorative painting.  It was also the year I found the perfect Hoosier cabinet at a good price in a local antique store.  It became the theme of my homemade Christmas cards that year.  I sketched and then printed out the cards but I didn’t have a color printer at the time, so each sketch was hand-water-colored.

This year I finally found the perfect 1930s era Hoosier kitchen cabinet – just about my age!  It has become the baking center of all the holidays but has never looked prettier than at Christmas time.

I wish you a Merry Christmas and the chance to find something you have always wanted.

December, 1996

The old Hoosier cabinet still means just as much to me and the greeting from almost 20 years ago still rings true.

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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.

11 thoughts on “A Hoosier Christmas Greeting”

  1. Very lovely. Hope your have a great day. I am looking forward to another year of visits to “Lillianscupboard”.

  2. I just love you! I too have fallen in love with a Hoosier cabinet, but it was not mine. I never thought about actually finding one for myself in this day and time. I appreciate all the ways you express yourself. You are an inspiration. Merry Christmas!!

  3. Merry Christmas, Lillian! I’ve always wanted a Hoosier cabinet but never found the *perfect* one.
    Hoping you have a lovely day with family & friends…and PRESENTS, too…lots of PRESENTS! LOL

  4. What a great idea to use it on your card! My MIL had one, but we when we closed our house and lived in the 5th wheel full time, we sold that, among many other antiques. Yours is much prettier, I’m sure! She’d had hers turned into a wine cabinet, and I didn’t care for that. I hope you and your children had a wonderful day together.

  5. I hope you have this drawing framed somewhere -You are very multi-talented…is this by any chance ‘the’ cupboard from Lillian’s cupboard? I hope that you had good holiday time with your family and look forward to your blogs in 2015.

  6. I have the Hoosier cabinet that stood in the kitchen of my grandparent’s home–I need to do some restoration on the louvered section, otherwise its in good shape. It is a cherished piece, never to be left behind in our too frequent moves of the past decade.

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