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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Gathered treasures ~

This morning after everyone had left for work and school, I noticed the sunlight pouring through our living room into a bookcase. I walked over and noticed how beautiful the sun was shining on these tattered old books.....how beautiful they were even with their rips and stains ~ I collect these BECAUSE of their rips and stains. They have character ~

Old speckled string ~



A beautiful framed print that was a gift from my son ~



Old door knobs gathered in a jar that has no lid ~ and a nest peeking out with speckled quail eggs.




All of these objects really have nothing to do with one another except that they have character and now that they are displayed on our bookcase, behind pretty glass doors, they have an importance again. Maybe not in the way of their original purpose but just to be loved for what they are now.....lost, found, and treasured.



A little shower prep update:




A peek at the corsage that I completed today!!! Plus I found the most wonderful Laura Ashley goodies for a prize to give away at the shower. The picks are finished, the candle mats are done. I'm working on more pom poms and will just quit when I get tired of making them! (which could be sooner rather than later :) I should get the flowers tomorrow evening so I can work on the tiny arrangements ~


Wishing you a very happy Thursday sweet friends!
xxoo, Dawn

30 comments:

cityfarmer said...

ooooh, it's lovely here today, as always.

the books, my favs...

Barb said...

Dawn,
I love your 'treasures', and the corsage turned out beautifully!!

Blessings.
Barbara Jean

debi @ life in my studio said...

Thanks for sharing all the lovely photos from your home.
Your baby sock corsage turned out darling...as are all of your decorations.
Have a wonderful week,
Debi

Barb said...

Dawn,
What was the name of the blogging magazine you were featured in??
There are several out there by the looks of it.

Thanks
BJ

Pherenike said...

Wow I dont think anyone will have seen a baby shower to compare to this one! You are so cute, an excited granny to be!

I have a shelf just like that, filled with old books. Lovely.

Dorthe said...

Dearest Dawn ,now its soon to be , and you have done a beautifull job.Im sure all the guests will feel the love you Have put into every little detail, and i wish all of you a beautifull shower.
OXO Dorthe

Nita Jo said...

I love the way you displayed your old doorknobs. I was thinking about my small collection today and trying to decide how to display them! I may have to try a glass jar. Your beautiful old books are such a treasure!

The baby shower stuff has come together so beautifully. You are one very special Grandma!

Blessings!
Nita Jo

Lori said...

your gathered treasures pictures are wonderful Dawn...i love the look of old and tattered books too...that baby sock corsage turned out GREAT!!! what a very cute idea...the colors look so sweet too!!!

Karen G. said...

We are sisters, my friend! I, too, have been stopped in my tracks by a ray of sunshine spilling across the floor or catching on something on my shelves. I always think of it as God's little pointer, making us stop & enjoy life for a moment.

Your corsage is wonderful! I was a florist for 6 years & it brings back memories.

Thank you for a wonderful morning!

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LADY JANES' EMPORIUM said...

Dawn,The corsage came out adorable! Your bookshelf vignettes are beautiful,such a wonderful mix of textures and treasures! I wish I was a lucky guest at the shower...it is going to be so fun!

The Rustic Victorian said...

Hi Dawn!!!
I am so glad all the shower goodies have come together, they are pretty cute. It will make the event so special. The corsage is really good. The cupcakes will be too. The first grandchild is special.
I have noticed the sun changing, it is moving, and showing way to much dust here. I noticed it on the front of my stove, and had no idea how badly it needed 409ing,,I love your old books and doorknobs and I hope you have a grand day.
Love
Marcie

Candy said...

Thanks for taking the time to notice the little things...stream of sunshine from Heaven...I love old things and you have honored them well.
Beautiful finish on the corsage, you get the 'Sock it to me' award!
Happy Thursday, Candy

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

I love the doorknobs in the jar but I realllly love your excitement over the baby shower. Reminds me of when I hosted one for my granddaughter's arrival.

Antiques and More Blog said...

I love old books..I collect bibles and hope to do a post real soon on them. Everything is looking so beautiful for the shower!
Lisa

Faith's Vintage Vanity said...

Hey Dawn!

I love the corsage, it is beautiful! Pink, Pink, Pink! Love it!

Luv,
Faith

bluemuf said...

I have been following your blog for quite awhile now and look forward to new posts every day. I thought I would come out of lurkdom and tell you how inspiring and enjoyable I find your beautiful blog.

Karen

Charmingdesigns said...

Your almost there!!! I love those sock flowers!!! Love your photos of your well loved vintage items! Laurie

Diane said...

Well, you have really been burning the midnight oil! :-) What pretties!
And chenille bunnies and pretty pictures and poems about little birds!
It was a treat visiting here this morning, Dawn, as usual!
Have a happy day!
Diane

Miss Sandy said...

I know exactly what you mean by the slant of sunlight on something you deem beautiful. Old books are welcome friends in out house too. Not only do I collect them but I have read everyone that lives here. Love your displays.

The corsage is darling! I can't wait to see pictures of the whole theme all put together! Have fun arranging the flowers.

KimisKanvas said...

My Dear Sweet Dawn,So often when I read your posts I am struck by how you and I just must have been best friends or maybe even twins in another life! I love to see the patterns of sun coming in a window especially through sheers or lace curtains. Also I wanted to add how I love all the goodies you took the time to create for your grands baby shower.I hope they all last in a keepsake box for years to come so that the sweet little one will be able to carefully look through one day at how much she was anticipated and celebrated for her arrival. You are a dear and precious soul and you just MUST be superwoman to do all that you do in a day, still run your family and home and STILL have time to write so carefully,kindly and charmingly about it. So many us surely feel this same way, but for myself I look forward every single day first of all... to your newest activities and thoughts you share with us. Many blessings, Kim

Attic Rat said...

Thank you for sharing pictures of your lovelies.

Smiles,
Teresa

kathy said...

Oh everything is too too sweet -
will be the loveliest shower -
Yaho!o we are having a heat wave will be a perfect weekend for you .
Blessings xo - kathy ♥

Sandie R said...

I love your little collections of all things old. I think because it is a reminder of simpler times. Such a lovely corsage for Emily. Thanks for sharing your ray of sunshine.

Deborah@ The Painted Nest said...

Hi Dawn, Well Girl it looks like we're both in the home stretch on the parties. I'll be posting all about Amelia's first birthday Monday,from beginning to end (PICTURES AND ALL), can you believe it? Just wanted to stop by and say hi, it's going to be a WONDER-FILLED DAY FOR THE BOTH OF US SAT. I'll visit again later. SWEET BLESSINGS, Deborah

Viv (VivLyn) said...

Everything is coming together wonderfully! Can't wait to see the pics and hear the stories!

tinkerverve said...

*Your corsage turned out beautiful. *I love looking at old things - the glass door knobs are my favorite. *I saw the issue of Apronology this past weekend. Your apron looks great. I didn't buy it so I wanted to ask if you could tell me how to go about submitting an apron to the magazine? Thx! Elaine

Shopgirl said...

I love it when the sun shines on my floor...soon my two little Beagle's will be sunning in the light.
You must be counting the hours till the party. You have made some really beautiful decorations. Done with Love from Grandma.

You haven't been to my blog in forever, you had given me such wonderful support, I hope we are okay. Big Hugs, Mary

Jann said...

Love the books--I have collected antique books for many years--I have a little antique bookshelf in my guest bedroom full of them. Do you ever read yours? I have read some of mine over the years--among my favorites are "Jamaica Inn" by Daphne du Maurier, "Helen's Babies" by John Habberton, and "Kiplings Stories for Children" by Rudyard Kipling. By the way, the corsage is just beautiful! Smiles, Jann

Allie said...

The corsage is WONDERFUL! You throw the most beautiful and feminine baby shower!!! Thank you for sharing all of the photos of your planning, etc. along the way. I feel like part of the party! :D
~Allie

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