There is something wonderful to me about things from the past! I love the old fashioned treasures…wood burning cook stoves…beautiful quilts…wood furniture…doilies…maybe because of their simplicity and loveliness and yet usefulness! This same simplicity, beauty, and practicality is something that I am desiring to work towards here in my own home.
I am blessed when I see all of the wonderful things from the past that I have been given to enjoy as my own sweet heirlooms ~ and what treasured keepsakes these are to me! ♥ May I share a few of them with you?
My great grandmother made this lovely afghan for my grandmother and now I am so happy to be able to enjoy it in my home. It is so beautifully made and I love the time and care that went into making such a lovely piece of handiwork! A number of years ago, my mother-in-law gave me two small baby gowns belonging to Bill’s dad, thinking that I might be able to use the lace from them. I decided to make this little heirloom doll and I fashioned her dress and bonnet from one of the gowns ~ even the ties for the bonnet came from the original gown! I really love how it turned out and it is particularly special to me as it is the only family piece I have from Bill’s side of the family. The little doll now sits atop the antique sewing machine belonging to my grandmother on my dad’s side, who passed away before I was born. His mother had come to this country from Norway and the little brown book in the picture was a book that belonged to her as well. It was published in 1882 and is an American/Scandinavian book containing words and phrases to help in communication. It’s a little tattered and the pages are yellowed and worn ~ some even falling out ~ but it is a delight to look at and also contains a newspaper clipping of the farm my grandmother had for sale as well as other snippets in her own handwriting and I find it so lovely that it holds these things…it’s one of my favorite keepsakes!
I enjoy having things like these around my home so much ~ what a blessing they are to me!
Do you have any family treasures that make you smile? ♥