Jan 12 2012

wishing you…

unconditional love in 2012…


May 30 2011

WWII wedding…

My mom and dad…right before he shipped out to Bougainville Island…


May 30 2011

my dad, harold walter toy…

US Army…WWII south pacific arena…Memorial Day 2011…miss you…


May 30 2011

happy 50th anniversary…

to Kathy and Denny…


Feb 22 2011

hazel…1st female page at the minnesota state capitol…

I remember her sweet nature, her adorable husband, Arnie…and her soda cracker pie!


Jan 13 2011

red cross stitch on handwoven cream linen…

E V E 1888…this was brought to America by my grandma as a remembrance of her past..a cross stitch of her initials (for Elida Viktoria Erickson) and the year it was stitched (1888)…she was 5 years old when she made all those tiny little x’s…as she was born in 1883.

So beautiful it brings tears to my eyes…


Jan 7 2011

elida viktoria erickson johnson…

I love this photograph of my grandma…she must have been about 18 or so..

It was taken in the village of Tomelilla, Sweden…a few miles north of Nedraby where she lived…and taken before she sailed for America in 1902.  It was one of the few things she brought with her.  She also brought a silver necklace that belonged to her grandma, a small blue and yellow Swedish flag, some linens she had woven, lots of delicious Swedish recipes tucked away in her head, formidible organizational skills, an exquisite sense of style…and the soul of an artist…

Love the dress, grandma…especially love the buttons…


Dec 31 2010

happy new year…

wishing you unconditional love in 2011…


Dec 29 2010

hope your holiday was merry…

mine was not…I was forced to wear a black suede collar covered with Swarovski crystals and sporting a silver jingle bell…

does someone think that I’m a dog…


Dec 2 2010

snack storage…

can add interest and texture to your kitchen countertops…glass canisters from Target, parsley bouquet from grandma jo, sand shark watercolor by erik!