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Heirlooms & Keepsakes ~ Mom & Dad December 28, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, People.
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My parents loved to give homemade and hand-crafted gifts.  I own a number of treasured heirlooms and keepsakes from dad’s workbench and mom’s sewing room.

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My dad made this Williamsburg reproduction tilt-top table which lived in their living room until he passed away.

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He also made this bedside table for us.

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He refinished this antique candle box from Vermont.

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At my request, mom and dad restored this rocking chair that had belonged to Great Aunt Edie.  Dad wielded the paint brush.  Mom re-cushioned it.

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My Great Aunt Lucy started this quilt before her death in 1962; mom finished it in 1986.

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Dad built this quilt rack to display the antique quilt that covered a spare bed in his childhood bedroom.

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They adopted this tin coffee pot from Vermont after uncovering it in my grandfather’s attic.

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Dad used this box as a boy.  Now it houses my recipes, under lock and key.

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I use dad’s boyhood tool chest to store old letters and keepsakes.

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Mom made me a tea cozy to keep my tea cozy.

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Dad refinished this antique harvest table from his dad’s attic.

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Checkers anyone?

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Dad made this Christmas Tree shelf unit for me one Christmas.

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So that I would have a place to display some of my smaller Santas.


He also made me this Christmas tree out of dowels.

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A close up.


When I asked dad to make me this reindeer, he wasn’t sure he had the right tools to carve.  As you can see . . . he had the right stuff.

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Dad made this Amish reproduction saltbox for me one Christmas.


The saltbox is perfect for holding our Christmas CD’s . . . Fa La La La La La La La La!

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Another year, he made this rack to display towels embroidered by mom.


Another joint effort ~ mom embroidered this duck and dad made the frame.

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Dad made this holder for jelly, jam, or marmalade for me after I admired the one he made for mom.  The jars came filled with cocktail onions for his daily martini.

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This was mom’s childhood desk.  Dad resurrected it for our use when we were younger.

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An inside peek.

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Mom made this Santa.  Great Aunt Edie made Lulu.

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Lulu lived with mom and dad until dad passed away.  I adopted her.

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Aah . . . that’s better!

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