Thursday, September 4, 2008

My Motto Is......

Webster defines a motto as "a brief statement expressing a principle, goal , or ideal." So I guess you could say the expression "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" is a motto. With that, I thought I'd show you some pictures of my motto print collection. I really hadn't paid much attention to them until Becky introduced them to me at her home. They are really devious little pictures. They capture your attention and then you MUST have them. So after seeing hers, I started collecting them. I showed mine to my sister and now she is collecting them. When will the madness end?

This collection hangs in the upstairs bathroom.

Some mottos are prayers.

They don't have to be perfect. Notice the water stains on this little fella. It doesn't take away from the charm.

This is one of my favorites because of the colors. *I forgot to mention: Someone wrote on the back of this, "From Mr and Mrs. C.A. Bittilyon, Christmas 1938".

I bought this one as a gift for my sweety.

Lots of the mottos are for welcoming guests.... (This one says, "From Thelma and Wilbur to Will and Mattie, Dec 25-1925")

.....or for remembering friend.

This little sweet one hangs in the guest room.

This one hangs in the hallway along with all of my Scotty pictures. I just realised that I only have one Scotty motto! I'll have to fix that, now won't I?

My patriotic grouping in my family room. The large picture is of a young sailor boy and I had the artist, P. Buckley Moss, personally sign it with my son's name (he's in the Navy!).

Close up of the motto hanging above. It's rather sad, but beautiful at the same time. It's my favorite in the collection.

This is the collection that I keep in my secretary desk along with my Hummels.

The bronze shoe was my daughter's baby shoe.

This one has some gold leafing on it. Probably not realy gold, but pretty anyway.

The Hummel of the boy with the accordian and the little girl with the chicks were given to me. Lots of the mottos are tributes to Mother.

The little boy with the cello was another gift. They were given to me by a Christian woman we knew at church. She wanted them to have a good home with someone who would appreciate them. I cried! She passed away this last year and they are constant reminders of her.

Since my blog title is In the Garden with Miss Jean, I thought I better actually show you a picture from my garden. We've had such hot weather lately. This time of the year the yards really start to look sad and distressed from the heat. I managed to find a cool little corner to share with you. Hi, Mr. Bunny!

What's your motto?


Thimbleanna said...

What a fun post Miss Jean! I love In Flanders Fields and you definitely need more Scotty Mottos. I just have one, really and it's the poem "I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree" that was given to me by my mother. I'd like to get "Two roads diverged in a yellow wood" and I love all sorts of Irish Blessings!

BittersweetPunkin said...

Those are beautiful! I love how you have them all displayed...very nice!

ThisleRose said...

Great Collection! I am biased and prefer the Scottie Motto above all. :-) I wonder what Mr. Murdoch & Little Abby's Mottos are? I never thought to ask!

My Motto:
Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.

Rue said...

Good morning Miss Jean :)

I have a couple "mottos". Becky made me want to run out and buy more of them too LOL

Yours are wonderful :)


Pam said...

How lovely- and they are beautifully displayed.
I have a few Hummels, too- I began my small collection when my girls were very young.
Hope you have a terrific weekend-

ChaChaneen said...

Oh my gosh, that was so much fun to see. Lots of eye candy! I love how you have everything displayed! So Cute! Thanks for sharing!

Heidi said...

What a beautiful collection. I love the loving shephard one as it looks so 1930s. I have many mottos in like but think my latest medallion quilt has put many of them into fabric and pattern. Thank you so much for your sweet and encouraging words about that quilt. I love hearing from you and feel honored with those comments coming from another quilter.

Hugs ~

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Hiya Jean! You know already how much I love your mottos! Hey, Wave has a scotty motto for sale...give her an email!

Your collections are so sweet and displayed so wonderfully. Share with our friends your wonderful wall in your entry that has the sweet boy and his dog motto.

Give Maggiedear a huggie from Doogs and me!


Brenda said...

Everthing is so pretty .
My Grandmothers motto was...
Anything looks better clean than dirty.
Best Wishes

Rhondi said...

Hi Jean
I have always loved pictures with poems and sayings on them. Yours are lovely and you have a wonderful collection of them!
Hugs, Rhondi