7.30.2009

Old Stuff Party

When I found out about Marie's party I immediately "ran" over there and signed up....'cause you all know that heirloom aka as 'old stuff' is right up my alley. Yes, I have inherited a couple of pricey pieces of furniture but they are not what comes to mind when I think of my favorite pieces. My favorites really have no monetary value at all but are priceless to me.......because they came from the hands of my Mom and Daddy. From the time I set up housekeeping I was forever more dragging something home I had found at an unreal price.....but invariably it needed some kind of fix. One of my favorites is a set of vintage cast iron floral garden chairs. I was on the road headed down to the "rivah" cottage one Friday. The boys were just little things then. And I spotted a couple of ratty old chairs on the side of the road with a cardboard sign on them that said $5.00. I whipped my old station wagon over so fast it wasn't funny. Crusty, rusty, peely, chippy and white..... those old chairs were. BUT...and this is a big BUT, they had no seats or backs. But I knew Daddy could fix them right up for me. And that he did. Those old chairs have been with me for nearly 25 years now and I love them as much as the day I spotted them on the side of the road. They have gone thru numerous makeovers since then with new fabric coverings but have never been painted. I think you can say I knew and loved shabby before it was the "thang."


Not only could my Father fix anything, he could make anything. He has been gone for a long time now but my home is filled with things or memories he made. He loved wood working and I have the most fabulous clocks he made. Just a quick glance to catch the time and there is a sweet memory of him. When the boys were small I had portraits painted of them and Dad made the walnut frames for the paintings. When we have a storm and lose power I have an old kerosene lamp we use that is encased in a holder that Dad made. Everywhere in my home there is a reminder of him and someday will be heirlooms for my children.


I love crafting and sewing and decorating and makeovers and anything that gets my creative juices flowing. And so does my Mom. That's a most precious heirloom item I inherited from her. Only thing is Mom could paint and I can't. I remember her oil paints set up on the kitchen table in the winter time when I was a little girl. This painting is one she has already passed on to me. I cherish it for two reasons. One is the fact that it is a still life of the fruit basket that still sits in her kitchen today. The other is the frame. I found that fabulous farmhouse style frame that is shabby and the perfect compliment to the painting, in the basement of my Mother-in-law's house years ago. Now...I ask you?....is that a perfect marriage or what? A beautiful reminder and memory of my Mom and the best Mom-in-law any daughter-in-law could ask for. Dot is no longer with us either but my 85 year old Mom is. Just the other day Mom and I went on a little antiquing trip and it was her advice and knowledge that led me to buy the fabulous old items I bought that day.


Thank you for reading this today. LOL....I realize I got a little long winded, as I know you have lots of fabulous blogs to visit today but it's "For the Love of Old" that caused me to yammer on. Thanks to Marie and her so much fun idea of a Heirloom Party. You can click here for a whole list to visit. Have a super fine and sweet weekend.



26 comments :

Cindy @ Chalk it Up! said...

What a sweet stroll down memory land. Lovely heirlooms!
thank you for sharing them.
Have great weekend!
Cindy

Kelee Katillac said...

Hi Lynne!

Love all the pieces! So nice meeting you!


Stop by....

Jen R. said...

Love that chair! It is perfect!

Marie said...

Hello Lynn - thank you for joining the party! I absolutely love those chairs! How perfectly shabby and chippy white they are. I love that your Daddy and Mom were so creative and shared such wonderful treasures with you! The paintings are beautiful.

Blessings,
Marie
http://emmacallsmemama.com

Tamara Jansen said...

I have one thing from my childhood that I adore.....it's my old doll crib. Otherwise I have no heirlooms :( Oh well, maybe I can pass some things on to MY kids one day!

marianedwardsdreamweaver said...

what a delightful tribute to your mum & dad..thanks for sharing :)

Sares said...

What wonderful stories you have to go with your treasures. I think they are more important than the actual item because you can keep the memories with you and take them anywhere. Thank you for sharing a little bit of your history, it sounds like you were blessed with a very loving family. Have a loveleigh Friday.

Sares @ Loveleigh Treasures

Marina Capano said...

just beautiful post!What wonderful stories you have to go with your treasures!

you´re invited to my party post!
xoxo

Claudia said...

oh, Lynn, such pretty things in your post today! I love the chairs that your Dad fixed up! Beautiful! And all the memories of your Dad that are in every piece he crafted must be enormously comforting. Wonderful things from your Mom and Mother-in-law, too!

Rue said...

Hi Lynn!

I loved the stories behind each piece and you know that I understand a love for old ;)

xo,
rue

Tracey said...

What sweet post! How nice that you have so many things around your home that remind you of your father:)

T

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Lynne, what lovely, lovely heirlooms! How wonderful to have things that were hand-made by your parents, and how wonderful you were smart enough to appreciate them all of your life. Your mother's painting is lovely, and the frame your Dad made is perfection, and that lawn chair is gorgeous! It sounds like you came by your artistic talent naturally. laurie

caren said...

Love your chairs and also the frames. Loved reading your story of your dad!

Caleen said...

What great chippy sweet chairs. Love the story. So special. A creative family.. Thank you for sharing. Have a lovely weekend.

Dana and Daisy said...

i really enjoy it when you add these personal stories to your antique finds!

much love, Dana

Kim said...

I am enjoying seeing everyone's heirlooms and the stories that go along with them.

Linda said...

Happy memories Lynn. You have wonderful treasures that will always keep your loved one close to your heart....hugs, Linda

Donna at Mourning Dove Cottage said...

What a lovely story and beautiful heirlooms. Love those chairs!

Hugs,
Donna

GMG said...

Hi Lynn!
Wonderful post! It's lovely when one has good memories to remember; I'm not in that phase yet, but with parents at 92 and almost 88 one has to be prepared; though we never are...

Meanwhile Blogtrotter is back to the «urban jungle», which Reykjavik is far from being... ;)). Enjoy and have a fabulous week!

Jennifer said...

Memories of precious times are the greatest heirlooms you can find. I enjoyed you sharing yours. All of the antique treasures add such character and warmth to your home, just by the stories that accompany them.

Have a great week,
Jennifer

mythoughtsmyvoice said...

I think this is wonderful! And how blessed you are to have all these treasures that not only come from your parents but they made them with their very own hands. It is truly priceless! :-)

Li

Dana and Daisy said...

Okay Lynn, I have convinced myself that I have enough pink surrounding me that I am going to join the Pink Saturday Party for at least a while!

It's actually amazing how much pink there is in our everyday world! lol!

I just thought I'd tell you first!
Love, Dana

p.s. hope Bobby G wined and dined you last night!

M.Kate said...

Long winded is good at times...I enjoyed this post very much Lyn. And one thing I learn to appreciate is vintage which is very unloved over here. Hugs/M

Marie Antionette said...

Anyone would love reading about your memories .I know I do.XXOO Marie Antionette
PS And BTW....Love your beautiful things.

Nola @ the Alamo said...

Thanks for sharing your sweet memories; I could just hear the love in your writing as you spoke of your Dad. Aren't we blessed to have such wonderful memories after they are gone.

dana said...

Lynn, I think we are sisters and just didn't know it until blogging brought us together! Actually, you just described my dad to a tee. He could make or fix anything, and I, too, have proof in many items in my home. He's also been gone a long time. My mom passed away five years ago. She would have been 83 soon, had she lived. She was a talented seamstress and crafter and instilled in me my love of creating and collecting and "making do" with found objects. What gifts they passed on to us. I thought I'd failed to pass the love of making items or creating new from old--then my son surprised me with his secret passion for "junking" and he's painted a few found items (chairs and bookcase) to use in his home. I was so PROUD!! My daughter hasn't figured out how wonderful "old stuff" is just yet, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that she will! I so loved this post of yours!!! L, Dana

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