Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Antique Week

I love when people post their thrifted items for the week.  There are so many fun treasures.  I have to admit though, I've developed a slight phobia of thrift stores lately.  I'm always afraid I'll be robbed.  I built up the courage to go with my friend a few weeks ago and guess what?  I was robbed{pick pocketed actually}.  I know.  It's crazy. 

So since you won't be seeing many thrift store finds from me in the near future I thought I would show you something better.  Antiques and family heirlooms!!  I'm visiting my mother and she has so many fantastic things just lying around her house.  I can't wait to show you just a tiny sample.

Brass and wood bell, wash basin pitcher, photo from Nelson photography, Santa Rosa, Cal., leather baby shoes, crochet doilie, rose tapestry and crochet doilie.

I can't start Antique Week without telling you about the wonderful lady behind it all, my Grandma Rosie.  My Nonie {that's Italian for Grandma} was born in 1917 and was the best.  She was actually the only grandparent I ever knew until I got married and inhered grandparents.  She was married to my Grandpa Charlie but he died before I was even born.  He was born in 1899.  He even served in WWI.  Nonie lived on Hopkins Street in Berkley, California most of her life in a house my grandfather built.  The home is gorgeous.  Grandma was an avid gardener and had an elaborate and perfectly manicured rose garden.  It was stunning.

Sadly, my Nonie passed away when I was just a little girl.  When she passed we were able to hold on to some of her belongings.  It meant so much to me to see all of these antique treasures growing up because they reminded me of her.  These things gave me a reverence for the past and for family.

My mother's baby shoes, 1954.

I hope you enjoy looking at these treasures as much as I do. 

Check back throughout the week to see lots, lots, more!

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