Saturday, February 11, 2012

Favorite Things

I have a vignette in my front room of some of my favorite things.

On more than one occasion, they have been hauled into the basement as we waited out a tornado warning.  Along with albums of my children's baby photos, these precious few items rank among the things worth running back into a burning home for.

I'm sure you all have a 10 items worth saving at all costs list?
These are just a few on mine.
They belonged to my grandmother who was such an important part of my life.

My grandmother's photo, taken when she was just 16 years old. 

They didn't have much, but you had style with a hat like that!  I found this old photo in a box in her home when she was still living.  I myself was 16 at the time and HAD to HAVE IT.  She let me, of course.

The doorknob from her bedroom closet. 

When my grandparents died and before the house was put up for market, we replaced the knob on her closet with another so I could keep this crystal one.  I used to go in that tiny pink closet as a child and look at all of her shoes and handbags... brings back a lot of memories. 
Also, I think often about how many times she turned the knob over in her hand.

A blue glass crystal pitcher.
 It was on a dresser in her home filled with dried flowers. 
Well, the flowers have been replaced, but the pitcher still stands. 
A piece like this spans decades of styles and trends.

Also in the vignette (but not on  the list because it wasn't from family), is an amazing antique sacraments certificate documenting a young girl's first communion from the 1920''s from the same time period as when my grandmother was child, and the town listed is the town I grew up in.  It has beautiful imagery of children receiving the blessed sacrament of First Eucharist and it is from a Polish church, which is also unique to our background.

Our faith in God is such an important part of our lives,
so I display it in this corner where it seems to fit in seemlessly.

I keep my cherished lovelies on a pedestal where I see them and pass them often.
It helps to keep memories alive and lends a certain comfort to my day.


Raindrops and Daisies said...

and someday you WILL see her again on the otherside and she will embrace you with opened arms.

I loved your post today, so thoughtful and lovely.

You are very lucky to have such great memories and treasures

Happy Saturday.


Katie @ Wildwood Creek said...

Lovely vignette, beautiful memories!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Beautiful post, Andrea. Lovely treasures to remind you of your grandmother.

Fresh Vanilla For C said...

What a beautiful post. I love the picture of your grandmother:) Those hydrangeas have such a great color too.
Happy Weekend

Helen's Decor said...

Andrea, your photos and memories are very lovely. Your door knob brought back memories of family homes of long ago. The beautiful art work in the sacrament certificate is amazing. I love everything and most of all love that you have great memories of your grandmother. Thanks for sharing, Helen

lauren @ West Furniture Revival said...

great post, the vingette looks beautiful. i love that the glass knob belonged to your grandma,

My Fiance's grandmother passed away a few years ago and we keep her sweater on the back of the chair in our office.
Nice to have memories like that.

Something Nice and Pretty said...

How lucky you are to have known her, I'm so glad you have some things to hold and think about her! Great post!
I'm now following you on Linky glad!

Honey at 2805 said...

I understand the love you have for your Grandmother. I had a very close relationship with mine, and I miss her.

I am now following you via Linky and hope you will too!

Shelia said...

What a wonderful vignette set up with all of your treasures. Your grandmother was so pretty and how sweet you were able to keep some of her things! I can certainly tell you loved her very much.
Thank you for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

Love your vignette with the photo of your grandmother! So personable! I am following you via the new Linky tool! Hope you will follow me too!

momto8 said...

so lovely....

cathy@my1929charmer said...

Your grandmother is pretty special with her lovely hat. Just love your vignette, so pretty and peaceful. I would want to pass by this everyday too. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best Par.tay! Now following you on Linky

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Your keepsakes make a lovely vignette!

Pam said...

Such a beautiful post. I love that you took her closet doorknob as a keepsake.

Candy said...

What a wonderful corner of remembrance. Happy times, gone but not forgotten.
So glad you found me...and I found you. Blogland is full of kindred spirits.
Blissful Blessings ;-)

chateau chic said...

Having these lovely treasures from your Grandmother creates a strong connection to your heritage. Love your vignette with these special items.
I'm your newest follower on GFC and Linky and hope you'll have a chance to stop by.
Mary Alice

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

A lovely vignette of your special memories of your Grandmother. Great thinking in replacing the closet knob too. The First Holy Communion memento is also lovely, and what great detail. My parents have a 50th and 60th anniversary certificate from the Pope and we will cherish these too.

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