The sign that hung outside the store...

The sign that hung outside the store...
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Friday, January 11, 2013

Family Treasures...

I seem to be the one out of five siblings who had the hardest time releasing many of Mom's things, after she was gone. I suspect my mother knew that would happen, as for decades she had given me little treasures of hers, knowing I would treasure them, as she had. 

So I thought I would reminisce over a series of posts, and share some of the much loved items I have pulled out for display.


When she gave this small children's pottery pitcher to me, maybe 15-20 years ago, she had written a note and put it in the vase. 

By the way, this is a great idea to do while the information is still available so it is there for future generations!



Gloria was my Mom, born in 1923, this small children's pitcher had belonged to her Great Grandmother, Lydia who was born in 1836.

I have a picture with it showing both my mothers grandmother and her mother.. I do not have one of her Great Grandmother Lydia who was the original owner.


The picture you see beside the vase shows my Grandma Agnes on the left, and my Great Grandmother Sarah (my mothers grandma) on the right. 



The old postcards displayed around the picture were my grandmothers, dating around 1900, and the other items around it were my mothers treasures. The picture of the parakeets was my mothers, and a reminder of her mothers love of parakeets. She had amazing results in teaching them to talk.

When I have moments to look at old photos and see my family history, and actually see the things that were in their lives, it really does make a family tree just that... a place that connects me to them.

25 comments:

Acorn to Oak said...

Wonderful treasures! :-)

L. D. Burgus said...

I started collecting things from others when young. Now that I am one of the last to be around I ended up with three of four sets of family. A museum of others things which have so many memories.

Annabelle said...

Great treasure - I keep meaning to blog about such things. Found you through 2 bags full and joined. Do visit me and enter my giveaway. Glad to meet you from London. x

Jenny said...

Also stopping by from 2 Bags Full. Such lovely memories and pretty heirlooms! Glad to be a new follower. :)
Love, Jenny @ The Modest Peacock

Lenetta Carnes said...

Hi, Great post. I found you through the blog hop. Now following you.Please stop by and say hi when you get a chance.
Be sure and check out my new Blog Hop that we just started, It's Weekly Goals Link Up. It's a great way to stay on track. Have a great day. :) Here's the link in case you want to check it out. Thanks again.http://lenettacarnes.blogspot.com/2013/01/weekly-goals-linkup-html

Pamela said...

What a great treasure Jan! Thanx for sharing over at THT.

Sherry said...

Love the picture! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

~ Darlene said...

I found you through 2 Bags Full and am following you now! Nice blog! :)

~ Darlene from My Honey Bunch
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Sami said...

What beautiful treasures you have and a lovely tribute to your Mom, naming your blog after her shop name.
I hopped over from 2 Bags Full, blog growing challenge.

Tina´s PicStory said...

all so lovely! :)

Jocelyne said...

Hi I found you through the Grow Your Blog Party, even though I am not participating (officially). I rent a booth in an antique market and find lots of neat stuff in my "travels". Come on over sometime and visit with me.

The Sage Butterfly said...

I, too, have a hard time releasing some of the treasures I have received from family members. They may be beautiful or they may be merely sentimental. Those memories are priceless.

Holly said...

I love thrifting too! I always thought it would be fun to have that kind of a store and such a delightful name your mother came up with.
I am your newest follower. So nice to meet you!

Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

May I encourage you to do a bit of genealogical sleuthing in order to eventually get a photo of your great grandmother Lydia? Unless she passed away before 1880, I would be willing to bet that some descendant of hers has a photograph of her. I do genealogical research as a hobby and with a bit census checking and a little luck I have found later in life photos of 1820 -1830 born people both our own family and for several friends. Photography was HUGE from 1870-1890 and photographers roamed city and farm families taking photos. County history publications in the 1890s often included older citizen's photos too.

The child's pitcher just begs for her photo to be found!

Lou Anne said...

I have a love for vintage trinkets too! My mom had some wonderful treasures and I can't seem to part with most of them either. By the way, my brother lives in Issaquah! I wish I could have visited your mother's shop. I'll help you grow your blog! I'd love to have you visit me at MisplacedMermaid.

Countrywoman said...

what wonderful treasures

Sue H said...

How lovely to have things your mother owned (and that she had the foresight to leave you information in the message inside the pitcher!)

I have nothing at all that belonged to my father - except memories and a few photos; I have (and still wear) Mum's wedding ring and a couple of strings of pearls, but that is all.

Love the old photographs you have, too. I've done my family history (got back to mid 1600's) but the old photographs of family back to the late 1800's reveal how much alike we are - makes them more than just names and dates in the family tree!

Thank you for sharing this on the GYB!

SueH The Knitting Assassin!
Twitter – @Librarymaid

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Gloria, I know you must treasure your family heirlooms. My dad is 86years old and he has been passing things on to our family that he knows we have admired. Even the smallest thing is a treasure to me because it came from my dad. I found you at GYB and I am now a follower.
xx, Sherry

Fun With This and That said...

Fun to look I like to see old things
Hope you visit
laura

hula-la said...

Love, love, love all the vintage treasures from yesteryears. They don't make things like that anymore. I found a tiny little hat pin holder at an antique store for $1.00. It made my day. Especially when a dear friend gifted me a beautifully jeweled hat pin that belonged to her mother to place in my new found treasure. I, too, am the youngest of 5, and I ended up with all of Mom's treaures. I don't know why my sisters and brother didn't want them, but I adore them. And every Christmas, i pull out all the vintage glass ornaments that were Mom's and they are the first ones on the tree every year. My 3 children know how special these are, and I hope that one day they will cherish them as much as I do. I am now a follower. Hope you will visit me back.
HAPPY BLOG PARTYING...
Aloha from Vicki.

EvalinaMaria said...

You have a lovely blog. I'm new follower and 'Grow Your Blog' participant. Have fun in at the party!
Evalina, This and that...

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi Jan, I'm visiting from 2 bags full and I have enjoyed looking over your last few posts! You have such interesting pieces and wonderful pictures of your family. I'm looking forward to seeing more! Linda

nonniescedarchest said...

I don't throw anything out either. My mother also taught parakeets to talk. They would call the dogs, the kids, and even let a bad word slip at times! I miss my mom and her many talents.

It is great to meet you through Vicki's GYB party.

If you have a chance, please drop by nonniescedarchest.wordpress.com

Linda said...

Hi Jan,

Love your photos! I also have too much of my Moms, Dads, Granny, Grand Parents and Great Grand Parents beautiful things that I won't part with. I miss my parents too. My Mom collected glass and was a seller on Ebay, she had a blast- even after almost 7 years her Ebay friends still remember her. I think she would've loved blogging and she would've loved having a kindle as we both are (were) big readers!
nice to meet you on the GYB party!
Linda

Tammy said...

Beautiful! Anyone else who might have come across that little pitcher would never know the history it has and how long it has been in existence. Thankfully your mom knew to pass that little treasure on to you for safekeeping and you can do the same with your own daughters. Blessings, Tammy