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Two New-To-Me Heirlooms January 11, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Home & Garden, Humor.

I acquired two additional family heirlooms for safe-keeping this year.

The first is this handsome dictionary stand built by my maternal grandfather who had a way with wood . . . and words!  I enjoyed dressing it up for the holidays.

The second is this rustic 2-drawer pine table built by my Great Uncle Lee ~ my paternal grandmother’s brother.  When I open the drawer and inhale, pleasant scents associated with visits to Vermont permeate the air.

I also enjoyed decking it out for the holidays with Santas from around the world, Frosty’s hat (which I have for safe-keeping), and some humorous reptiles created by my niece Sarah.

Aah . . . that’s better!


1. philosophermouseofthehedge - January 11, 2018

Nothing like an ancient one to fill a room with stories. Lovely pieces

nrhatch - January 11, 2018

Especially when accompanied by an enormous Dictionary full of words patiently waiting to populate those stories. 😀

2. mybeautfulthings - January 11, 2018

I love the smells of the old furniture that we inherit – they bring so many memories of those we have lost. I love your two pieces. 🙂

nrhatch - January 11, 2018

We can’t grasp the past in too tight a clasp if we want to “be here now” . . . but hanging on to a few aromatic pieces, c’est bonne!

mybeautfulthings - January 12, 2018

Bien sure, c’est bonne! 🙂

3. Kate @ Did That Just Happen? - January 11, 2018

I love those pieces! I have several from my great grandparents, and it’s just amazing!

nrhatch - January 11, 2018

They are the best kind of “hand me downs” . . . hands down!

4. L. Marie - January 11, 2018

Wonderful, Nancy! They look beautifully made.

I love anything that brings Vermont to mind. I enjoyed my time at school there.

nrhatch - January 11, 2018

Vermont is my favorite state . . . just not in WINTER. Did you attend Middlebury?

L. Marie - January 12, 2018

I went to Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier. They have a ton of snow annually!

nrhatch - January 12, 2018

Piles and piles of the stuff! When we visited my grandfather in Hartland in the winter, we could dive from the upper lawn to the lower lawn and land safely in a 10 foot snow bank.

5. Kate Crimmins - January 11, 2018

Reminds me of my mom’s bureau. Sticking my head inside a drawer brought back sweet memories of another time.

nrhatch - January 11, 2018

I thought of you & your mom’s bureau while writing this . . .

6. Jill Weatherholt - January 11, 2018

Those are beautiful pieces, Nancy. I’m happy they ended up with you.

7. Debra - January 11, 2018

Each piece is unique in design and very special when you add in the family connection. Family heirlooms are particularly meaningful when we know something of the story accompanying them. I’m so glad you have the room for them and that they provide additional decorating space–a bonus! 🙂

nrhatch - January 12, 2018

At first, I wondered how I would ever fit them in . . . but, with a bit of maneuvering magic, other items found new homes in better spots. A win-win!

8. Tiny - January 11, 2018

They are both very beautiful. Lucky you!

nrhatch - January 12, 2018

I’m glad that my older brother was able to hang on to them until we made the trip up to NJ this summer. They are welcome additions to the villa.

9. Behind the Story - January 11, 2018

When something is handmade by someone you love, its value seems to grow by the year.

nrhatch - January 12, 2018

Both of these pieces would have “caught my eye” in an antique store ~> the family connection makes them extra special.

10. Pamela - January 12, 2018

Family heirlooms make a house a home. With the past still new in the present. Fabulous.

nrhatch - January 12, 2018

Antiques, especially those with a family connection, add warmth and a spot of wonder to our homes. Enjoy a TGIF kind of day!

11. Joanne Sisco - January 13, 2018

You have people in your family with talent! It makes these treasures all the most precious.

nrhatch - January 13, 2018

Woodworking is a favorite hobby in my family. Lucky me!

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