The Grandparent Gathering
It started with a cloche. I wanted to use a cloche in the creation of a vignette. So many possibilities with a cloche but I wanted this to have a little feeling behind (or underneath) it.
With Valentine's Day quickly approaching we all tend to look at our relationship with our significant other. However, today I began thinking about the significance of the other loved ones in our family. There would have never be an "us" if there hadn't been these significant others. I then began gathering things of my grandparents and my husband's grandparents.
Here is the cloche with the items underneath. But the dome lid has a pattern in it that makes it a little difficult to photograph and therefore discern what is what... so....
Here is a closer look without the cloche.
Underneath were placed my grandmother's diary, a Confederate dollar, a snake bite kit from WWII, my grandfather's eye glasses, Charles's grandfather's pocket watch and my paternal grandmother's "The Acts of the Apostles" Bible study book.
My maternal grandmother's diary is one of the most cherished objects I have. If you look at the top of this blog one of the pages is titled, "Mimi". This is Mimi's diary which chronicles primarily one year, 1939, even though it was a five year diary. This was the year that she turned 18 and the year that her mother died. While her town's attention was still focused on the effects of The Great Depression, her attention turned from the prospect of college to her younger siblings who now needed a caregiver. The pages of this diary inspired me to begin writing a book about my grandmother's life during this time. As of now the book has only 6 chapters completed and will probably never be seen outside my laptop, but it has been one of the most fulfilling pursuits for me.
The Confederate One Dollar came from Daddy Don's safe in his jewelry store. Daddy Don is Charles's maternal grandfather. I have to say this has significance for me as well because my great great grandfather, Jesse Jackson, was in the infantry during the Civil War. My mother has the certificate from the Appomattox Court House which released him to go home after the war ended. He decided to escort an injured friend back to Watauga County in NC first before he headed to his home in the High Point area. It's really good for me that he was such a good friend. He was quite smitten with this friend's sister and married her.
The pocket watch seen here was Daddy Don's and the eye glasses were my paternal grandfather's.
The Acts of the Apostles was my paternal grandmother's and so represents her to me. Obviously, Nanny was a religious woman. I can't help but smile when I look at this because as a child I remember wondering how long she would pray before a meal. There was a Thanksgiving where I didn't think I was going to get any turkey before it got cold. I ate three green beans on the sly before she had even gotten half way through her prayer. I never have had the patience of Job.
I have to be honest. Charles nor I can remember if this snake bite kit came from his grandfather or mine. Any clue, Mom or Marlyn? All I know is there is a very healthy fear of snakes in our family and can't imagine anyone needing it now.
Above are Daddy Don's buffalo nickles and below are my paternal grandmother's buttons and thimble.
The coffee pot (percolator) came from Mimi's home and the Bible cards belonged to Nanny. The silver creamer is setting on "The Dollar Humidor" John Jr. tin. This belonged to my maternal grandfather who sold tobacco in his younger years.
This shoe belonged to Charles's paternal grandmother and the clock hung in Daddy Don's jewelry shop.
A Gathering of the Grandparents Cloche and Vignette
As you might can imagine, I got a little sentimental gathering all these items and placing them in this vignette. I kept thinking, "There's nothing like the feeling of having the family all gathered around in the dining room." I felt very nostalgic thinking about the grandparents.
My eyes gazed upwards and I saw this...
A picture of my two daughters when they were younger. Then I felt....
I will be linking up with:
Rooted In Thyme
From My Front Porch To Yours
Ivy and Elephants
A Stroll Thu Life
The Dedicated House
Mod Vintage Life
The Charm of Home
French Country Cottage
My Romantic Home
Funky Junk Interiors