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Heirlooms & Keepsakes ~ Mom & Dad December 28, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, People.

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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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!

Related posts:  A Family Heirloom (Grannymar)



1. Rainee - December 28, 2014

Nice post. We have been enjoying watching the BBC’s Antique Roadshow – every item has a story attached to it. I love the wood work your father produced 🙂

nrhatch - December 28, 2014

I enjoy Antiques Roadshow ~ seeing the pieces, hearing the history, and . . . feeling my jaw drop at some of the valuations!

2. Jill Weatherholt - December 28, 2014

How wonderful it must be to be surrounded by your parents talent, Nancy. All are beautiful pieces!

nrhatch - December 28, 2014

Many of the smaller items are “squirreled away” with our Christmas stuff. It’s fun to unpack them each year, enjoy them for a month, and then pack them away again.

3. Pix Under the Oaks - December 28, 2014

I love the bedside table!

nrhatch - December 28, 2014

Clean, simple lines. I’m going to add a photo of the tilt top table after I pack away all the Christmas stuff. It has a gorgeous patina too.

4. Silver in the Barn - December 28, 2014

Treasures, each and every one. The wooden reindeer is a real work of art, Nancy. It reminds me very much of a Canadian artist who creates aluminum sculpture, Hoselton. I have one of his moose sculptures, you won’t be surprised to hear. Thanks for sharing these with us.

nrhatch - December 28, 2014

Thanks, Barbara. Mooses are amoosing! I bet I’d like Hoselton’s piece.

5. katecrimmins - December 28, 2014

I was especially touched that he drank a martini every day just so you had jars for your holder. What a guy! Sincerely, a very talented set of parents you had.

nrhatch - December 28, 2014

Haha! And not just jars for my holder . . . he made one for mom and my sister too. And gave us each a few extra jars in case one (or three) broke. 😛

6. Valleygrail - December 28, 2014

Your family’s attics were treasure troves. And your parents brilliant. What a great combination! I loved each item. Thank you for sharing them with us.

nrhatch - December 28, 2014

Thanks, VG! It’s been fun sharing them with you.

7. Tammy - December 28, 2014

Love the Christmas tree shelf!!

nrhatch - December 28, 2014

Thanks, Tammy. Great for the gathering of the Claus clan.

8. Debra Kolkka - December 29, 2014

What a clever Dad you had. Mine was very good at making things too. I wish we had more bit and pieces he created.

nrhatch - December 29, 2014

I’m glad I have little reminders of my parents and grandparents around . . . but room to move and grow too.

We watched a special last night ~ The Secrets of Highclere Castle (the film set for Downton Abbey). There is so much there to maintain, that forward progress is slowed.

9. Tiny - December 29, 2014

You have a nice collection of keepsakes from your parents! And your Santa collection is impressive 🙂

nrhatch - December 29, 2014

My Santa collection is smaller now than at its zenith ~ I shared a number of Santas with my nieces and nephews over the years.

10. anotherday2paradise - December 29, 2014

You really do have some beautiful heirlooms, Nancy. I’m glad you gave Lulu a good home. 🙂

nrhatch - December 29, 2014

Glued into one of my parents’ photo albums is a shot of me at age 4 (or so) dragging Lulu around by the arm. She and I go way back.

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