Monday, April 4, 2011

We Got It!



This is my Mom before she even laid eyes on it!
Believe me when I tell you that she didn't come down from her "mangle high" for HOURS! 


My sweet friend Sandy had it all set up and waiting for her in the Living Room of her charming cottage style home.


The first thing she noticed was this built in goose neck light. 


A first for my Mom!


She's completely giddy now.


She immediately looked for the cord to plug it in and warm it up. 


 With her hand resting on the roller she prepares to iron a shirt she brought from home.


The moment of truth...


She begins by checking the heating element to make sure it's warming up.


She can't believe how pristine the muslin cover on the roller is.  Usually they are burnt and stained.


She turns on the light and finds it works!


  What a gift for 76 year old eyes!


 Next, she checks out the pedals that she works with her knees that make the roller go up and down.


It all seems to be working!
 

So now, without further ado, my Mom will demonstrate how to iron a shirt on an Ironrite Mangle...




 Oooops

I don't know what I did wrong but somehow I can't find the video clip I took with my iphone.
Of course I'm heartbroken because it was so special to record the excitement of the moment and I felt like I had recorded something very precious that my family and I would hold dear in our hearts for a long time :(

I promised you all a demonstration and you will get it.  I'm going to go over to my Mom's today and do another video.  Wish me luck!!!





23 comments:

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh what a special gift. She looks so happy. Hugs, Marty

kerrie of sea cottage said...

Oh this is so exciting...even though I never knew what a mangle was until your blog. I really do have to take a drive to Roseville to visit your friends at the Tattered House...it is only on the other side of the city from me and I know I would like them since she homeschools. What a small world. Hubby and I are also going to try and get ourselves to the Alameda Flea Market this summer! Of course I will let you know when we do so that hopefully I can meet you. ox

Theresa Cheek said...

Such a touching story ! I feel so smart now that I know what a mangle is! ;)

classic • casual • home said...

OK...this is a fun and interesting post! Who knew what a mangle was before I met you? Your mom is darling. I feel her enthusiasm. I will be back for the video.
Come see the bridal shower we gave yesterday and my first give-away. (I'm still a little tired to be honest).

Tote said...

I am so happy for her! She looks like she loves it too.

Susan

Kerry said...

That's what I call simple pleasures! How wonderful for your very beautiful mum...and you!

Acquired Objects said...

What a wonderful sweet post, I'm happy for your Mom to have finally received her beloved mangle.

cjsullivan133 said...

Luck!
Your mom looks so happy!

The enchanted home said...

This is soooo great. Your mom looks like such a lovely and beautiful lady!! Nothing like receiving a gift from the heart..and the picture of her seeing it is worth a thousand words!

Garrett said...

While I'm sure you hear this all the time, I have to say it once again to everyone here: your mother is an absolute dream! I'm so happy she found her mangle! Now if I could only convince her she needs a roommate. ;)

Karena said...

Deb I am so excited for your Mother and can see that she ias thrilled!
xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Jennifer said...

I get it! My mom taught me how to iron back in the day and I really did love it. I still do. There is nothing like fresh ironed sheets when you get in a bed. I don't get crazy over things but even my sons iron their own shirts. They told me they are glad I taught them how to do things like that - which made me smile - they weren't happy at the time - he, he. Jennifer stop by jennsthreegraces blogspot

Blooming Rose Musings said...

This is so exciting. I am thrilled for your mom! Your pictures are fantastic and your mom is absolutely beautiful. I have wonderful memories of being a little girl and sitting on my mom's lap and she would let me feed napkins and tablecloths thru the mangle while she protected my hands from the heating element. I am so excited that your mom has the mangle she's been longing for. Wonderful post!

pretty pink tulips said...

Video or not....your pictures show how thrilled and excited she is with her mangle. Wish I could bring over a stack of linens!!

xo Elizabeth

Party Resources said...

What a fun gift! I wish she would iron my sheets! xx

Into Vintage said...

Just found your blog via Dreamy Whites and this post brings back a lot of memories. My mom, who would have been 91 this year, had a mangle in our laundry room for years. I still remember the sounds it made and how warm the room became when it was in use. Your mom looks like she is truly loving this! :-)

PS I'm a former Sacramentan -- was a dealer at Antique Plaza and Antique Trove for many years. Small world.

Roxy said...

Therese me encanta como relats todo lo que va sucediendo y sinceramente no hace falta el video, aunque me gustaría verlo, por que en el rostro de tu madre ya se nota una increible emoción, como un chico con juguete nuevo.
Desde Buenos Aires un abrazo Roxy

Designs By Pinky said...

YOur Mom looks SO happy to have her mangle!!! I couldn't believe it when you said she was 76!!!!! She looks GREAT! I hope you find the video but the pictures really do tell the story! XO, Pinky

Beach House Living said...

Mom looks so happy to have her new mangle. Where should I send my stuff for pressing?

lvroftiques said...

Oh no!!....A cliffhanger! *winks* I'd have never thunk I'd be so excited to see how a mangle works....but I AM! Lol! Your mom looks so darn happy! And I'm so happy for her. Vanna

Kathysue said...

Terri, I love the look in your Mom's eyes, such delight, like Christmas morning!!! Can't wait to see her in action!!!xo Kathysue

Vintage Station said...

Wow...I just got a mangle a few weeks ago at an estate sale for $12.50! Wish you had the video. I have NO idea how to use it but it does heat up and spin around. I've always wanted on, why I don't know so now I guess I'll have to Google it!

Alexandra Rae said...

Love it! I would die for a mangle. I think us iron lovers are a dying breed.