December 16, 2009

Blast From the Past




These are some things I found last week at an estate sale. They remind me very much of the ornaments my mom lovingly made when my brother and I were little. It upsets me more than a little that they consider such things vintage. My mom generously split the ornaments with my brother and I. Sadly my half got lost when we moved from Tennessee and the packers didn't get the Christmas decorations from the attic. My brother's half got lost when one of the crazy women in a long line of crazy women he got involved with, wouldn't let him have them upon termination of their relationship. I felt like I owed it to my family to buy these.


This old basket is just perfect for my studio. Can you believe I balked at paying $10 for it? Upon further reflection, I have no idea what I was thinking.

I love the colors in this picture, they are perfect in the studio. Plus we had just seen the Nutcracker the week before so how could I resist?

 
Treasure hunting has been very good to me lately. I was pleased with my purchases, but the best thing I got that day was free. I received a box from my mom that was filled with my great grandmothers buttons and a stack of old pictures. I love old stuff but my old family stuff is just priceless to me. Thanks Mom!

19 comments:

  1. Love the photo's! The ladies on the grass and sweet little umbrella girl...and are those swimsuits on the beach?? Priceless!
    My grandma made that same type of sequin Christmas ornament. Good stuff.

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  2. The ornaments are divine. (Does your mom happen to be named Dot?)

    And I have that nearly exact basket, although mine is painted light green.

    And that painting. is. divine. I probably would have fought you for it. I may have even pulled your hair, if necessary.

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  3. Pretty ornaments. I bought an identical basket at a flea market a couple of years ago.

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  4. Love, love, love your finds! You lucky duck!
    Holiday hugs to you,
    Cheryl in B-town
    WHOSYERGURL

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  5. OMG My mom made the same ornaments when I was young. The felt and sequins. Love them! I don;t think she still has them (I haven't seen them in years) but she keeps lots of stuff so I am going to ask her tomorrow! Thanks for sharing and bringing that memory back for me!

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  6. Love that basket! I'm glad you found some similar ornaments to your lost family ones. Sweet painting too. Love them all! (okay, I especially love the basket)

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  7. Thank you for your wonderful blog. I read it faithfully and am surprised at how much we have in common knowing that I am much older than you. I liked your blog on "fear" and it led me to think about your decision to move to the "village". 12 years ago we made an unwise financial move that changed our lives completely. I often tease my husband about his reluctance at first and question where we would be today. We sold our newly remodeled home to move to a LITTLE beach cottage just steps from the water. My husband found his muse in our Tudor cottage. He went from a successful career in manufacturing to being a full time artist receiving national recognition. Every morning we walk along the beach before I head for work and he heads into his studio (a necessary addition). Our lives have always been blessed, but our beach house gives us total pleasure.

    Don't hesitate in your decision to move. If it is the right thing, it will all work out.

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  8. I'm imagining you, me and Shannan junking together. Rarr! What a cat fight that would be. Love your finds, love your taste. I love when things about you have meaning.

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  9. The painting is my favorite but I also remember my mother making those same ornaments too and I agree they can't be vintage! (: We're still young!

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  10. Love the new header! My niece did mine, maybe next time I will do it.
    You knew that basket was cool when you bought it. That's why you paid the price.

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  11. Great finds! I love that basket, and the picture is absolutely beautiful.

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  12. I really enjoyed this post. Love your thinking on oweing it to your family to buy the ornaments. :) That makes perfect sense to my way of thinking, too.
    What a treasure to get all those buttons passed on to you, too. I would have been thrilled!

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  13. Love those ornaments too..........wish I could find some to add to my collection!

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  14. I adore those ornaments! How could someone ever part with those? I would have had to rescue them too. Great finds all the way round. I'm so thankful to have my grandmother's button stash too. Such beauties and some I've even used for their intended purposes,lol.

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  15. I loved this post too. I've lost family ornaments through the years. My only consolation, I hope someone like you has them and loves them as much as I did.
    Lynea

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  16. Treasure hunting HAS been good to you recently! And, I love that basket, it's perfect.

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  17. Love love LOVE your finds Jen! The ornaments are wonderful! I would SO love to shop with you!!!!!! :)
    Kristi

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  18. Love the buttons! Great treasures.

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  19. Your blog is absolutely delicious! Just happened to come across it (beautiful serendipity!!) and just couldn't stop going through each and every post!

    You've got a wonderful eye for beautiful things...am surely gonna keep coming here to get my regular fix of all things pretty!!
    Looking forward to more...my best wishes to you and lovely little blog!!

    Warm Regards from India,
    Nadine

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