Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Tuesday Display Chain

I decided to join in on Misi's Display Chain Challenge.

Her challenge this week was,

“A display based on an item that you feel “only you” could love. Something you might have just recently acquired or something you have had forever. A Ratty Tatty item..A simple item..A well used item… Anything you choose. Please describe that item in your display”.

Some of the items shown in this post aren’t exactly items only I could love but I am sure no one could love them as much!! :)

They all are priceless to me.

If you know me from WS, JSPF or my blog you may have seen some of these items before and heard the stories behind them but I thought I would share them again.

I will start with one of most prized possessions.

Let me first give you a little back story….

I was so wonderfully blessed, you see, I had the World’s Greatest Grandpa.  He was an amazing man.

He had a way of making you feel so special.

Not only did you know he loved you….

you also knew he liked you and wanted you around. 

He wasn't one to say the words but he showed you his love each and every day. 

Sometimes, I can close my eyes and see his smile, feel him rubbing his rough beard on my cheek. 

Or hear him say, Shut up and drink your beer. And us kids would reply…. Grandpa, we don’t drink beer!!!


Okay, guess it is one of those, had to be there, stories. But still makes me smile.

I can remember him sitting through “Love At First Bite” TWICE because I wanted to see it so badly.  I recently watched that movie again and all I can say is….

Sorry, Grandpa!! That movie was terrible.

Oopps!  I’m getting off subject.

Back to the items.

Hanging in my dining room I have my Grandpa’s dancing man.

He made this when he was a young boy.

I wouldn’t sell this for a billion dollars!!


Also in my dining room, inside my bakers cabinet, is a tin horn of his.


In my laundry room, I have a framed copy of the Salvo advertisement he was in.



For years, my Mom and I searched for an actual box of Salvo and Finally a couple of years ago she found one at an auction.

It isn't in very good condition, but I still love displaying it by his add.


And of course, I had a wonderful Grandma too!!

When Brett and I first got married she gave me this knife sharpener. She said she bought it when her and Grandpa first got married.

I have it hanging in my kitchen next to my sink.


Also in my kitchen, on top of my refrigerator is her old blue crock batter bowl, she gave to me years ago.

I can remember her making cake batter and mash potatoes in this.  And she always let us lick the beaters afterward.


And my other Grandma (my Dad’s Mom) left this to me when she passed away. 


I keep this and these next items on a shelf in my office.

The next three items are:

My Raggedy Ann doll from when I was little.

She is very well loved.

Next is my very first Care Bear!!

Friendship Bear to be exact!

Yes, I’m an 80’s girl. :)

And also from the 80’s is a Crayola bear, Brett bought this for me for Christmas when we were in High School.


Back to my dining room, also in my baker’s cabinet is a Smiley Pig Cookie Jar and S&P.  These were given to me by Brett’s dad, they were originally his Aunt’s.


The next two items were made for me by two people I love very much!!

A few years ago, my Sister made me this wonderful stitchery for Christmas.


And last, but certainly not least, my oldest daughter made me this for Mother’s Day and couple of years ago.

The photo is of her and her little sister. 

I keep this in our Family Room/ TV Room.


Incase you are wondering why it says, Pooh Bear and Sis….

Pooh Bear is what we called my youngest daughter when she was little.

You know what…

I just realized something.

I did this whole post wrong.

I was suppose to show displays using these items.

I’m sorry for the goof.  I promise to do it correctly next time.


Thanks so much for stopping by to visit.

It is after midnight here in Southern IL.

I must go to bed…. I have to get up in  a few hours. :(

Have a wonderful week everyone!!



Farmhouse prims said...

What wonderful memories and treasures of the heart!!!

Janice said...

You did just fine and have some wonderful things with wonderful memories!! The care bear you have brought back lots of memories for me, I wish I still had mine =)! It is amazing what we keep and what memories it brings back when we think about it! I also love that dancing man you have hanging I saw him in another picture you had up (I think when you took a photo of the bowl) I have to say I wondered what it was because I liked him lol! Great Stuff and a great post!


Audrey said...

I enjoyed your post. How blessed you were to have a wonderful grandfather. I never had one .
My father recently passed and I can see my youngest already forgetting him. Good for you keeping the memory of yours alive.

Primsue said...

Tam, I love your post just like it is. You have wonderful treasures and memories from your family - the best kind! Thanks for sharing them with us.

Anonymous said...

I think your post was great and exactly what it was supposed to be. Thanks for joining it. It is fun and it has brought back lots of memories for everyone I think.


oldepearprimitives said...

Tam, what a wonderful post. It reminds me of my Grammy. She passed away 2 years ago. And I display and use alot of her items around my home. Actually, that is how I got into primitives. I wanted a way to display my Grammy's things through out my house. And everytime I look at something of hers it takes me back to when she was using it. So, I am right there with ya on the memories with your grandpa's items. Thanks for the great post. It was really wonderful.



Robyn ♥ said...

I agree Tam, your post is perfect! Did I already say I am thrilled you are joining in?! LOL

Karen~The Barely There Primitive Bear said...

Your post is wonderful, Tammy! What wonderful memories are attached to the things you saved. A great story about your grandpa, too! Thanks for
sharing, I really enjoyed it!

Bear Hugs~Karen

Deppen homestead 1862 said...

Wonderfully done! Love the story about your Grandfather! The advertisement of Salvo with him in it is completely terrific! You have some very nice memories.
I think it was perfect!
take care!

Unknown said...

I loved your post! Very touching about your grandparents. You made me really miss mine!

Kattywhompus Primitives said...

Hi Tammy,
I enjoyed your post so much...very touching. I especially loved hearing about your grandparents. I too have my Grandfather's "dancing man" from when he was a boy...and I feel the same way about him that you do about your Gramp. Aren't we lucky girls?


Unknown said...

Oh where are the tissues - you are killing me here. I love - love - love your storys and everything in your post!!

Michele said...

Family heirlooms are the best! I love displaying things that were my grandparents and great-grandparents. Wanted to let you know I nominated you for "The Versatile Blogger" award on my blog. Come by for a visit and pick it up!

Raymond Homestead said...

Thanks for sharing all your wonderful memories! Makes me think of the things I have from family that I would never sell either!

maureen said...

Thanks for the trip down memory lane. Your treasures are priceless. I have some from my grandparents that I would not trade for the world. There is nothing like a little family history....A happy follower and reader of your blog..Maureen