Saturday, February 9, 2013

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.

And then....
My eyes gazed upwards and I saw this...

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  1. What a beautiful post! Your grandmother would be so proud of you!

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  2. What a great post! I love to look back how the way things used to be, it is amazing you have your grandmothers diary! Really great! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. What a beautifully meaningful vignette. I love the sentiment behind it.

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  4. Very nice vignette and how lovely you have so many treasures from both sides of your families.

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  5. How lucky you are to have so many wonderful family treasures and such a rich godly heritage. Your display is beautiful Melinda. Thank you for sharing and many blessings to you, Patti@OldThingsNew

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  6. Oh, this is such a precious and loving post. How wonderful to have such treasures from your gransparents. Your vignette is so special. I really, really hope you will share this at the Cloche Party tomorrow. This is beautiful. Hugs, Marty

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  7. I love the gathering of items you have from the grandparents! We have a bedroom that I call the granny room. I'd love to do something similar in that bedroom. Lovely!

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  8. This is gorgeous! I love how meaningful it is. I have got to get my hands on a cloche! Thought I was already following you, but evidently I wasn't! Now following!

    Jenna @ http://rainonatinroof.com

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  9. This is just fabulous~ What a great idea, what a wonderful post~
    Cindy

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  10. Wow...what a great collection and how special there is so much meaning behind everything! I hope you keep writing your book and try to publish it!

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  11. Wonderful treasures you have in your cloche! I love things that have passed down in my family also.
    I adore cloches too!
    Hugs,
    Donna

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  12. Timeless Treasures....Love it, so glad I stopped by from Marty's Cloche party!

    xo,
    Christine

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  13. Thanks so much for joining the party, this is such a special cloche. Hugs, Marty

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  14. What a beautifully put together display and so meaningful! Your cloche is absolutely beautiful, too!

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  15. This is the best family gathering I have ever read. I found you at What's It Wednesday and I'm your newest follower.

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  16. Kindred spirits dear friend. I want my home to be full of family pieces and those that have special meaning. Beautiful post, so enjoyed it!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  17. Every May I pull out all the things and photos from long ago and display them. I love the items you have preserved. Please remember to make a tag and write the particulars for each item. We have a red slip my maternal grandmother wore on her wedding day, but no one knows why. Keep on with your book. It will be precious to your descendants.

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  18. Oh my goodness, all the history you've just shared. As I scrolled thru the photos all I could think was how incredibly blessed you are to have those treasures. Amazing.

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  19. Such lovely treasured keepsakes to bring a smile to your face. Thanks for sharing such a lovely post. Feel better soon.

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  20. How wonderful that all these items are in your care. It's so intriguing to see so many memories all gathered together. For some reason, I especially love those buffalo nickels!
    Liz @ Quirky Vistas

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  21. What a beautiful post, and how sweet of you to remember these very special family members. What treasures all these pieces must be to you. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. This is such an inspiring post. I love the beautiful cloche and vignette you put together with all your family treasures. You're so lucky to have all of them!!

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  23. Love this. Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home.
    Sherry

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  24. Such an interesting and exciting assortment! Nice job!

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  25. Love it all! Thanx for sharing at THT.

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  26. What a wonderful gathering of family items, displayed so lovingly. Thanks for sharing your story with us. It's a very special one.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  27. I love all your family treasures, the cloche is a wonderful idea to display them. Thanks so much for sharing this inspiring post at Simple & Sweet Fridays.

    Jody

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  28. I love things with a history. What a wonderful post! Thank you for sharing it.

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  29. Melinda, Congrats! You've been featured at Simple & Sweet Fridays for this inspiring post! Don't forget to grab a button if you'd like. Have a wonderful weekend!

    Jody

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  30. What beautiful treasures, especially the diary...how wonderful that you are writing a book about her life! I enjoyed all of your lovely pictures and memories associated with them! :)

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