Friday, January 31, 2014

Upstairs in the Attic

This past Monday was spent helping my Mom clean out her attic.  Oh, what memories it brought back.  She is a PACK RAT, and I do believe I've inherited a bit of that.  It was rewarding to help her clear out and purge, and I also got to take home some treasures.

For instance, this is the Christening gown my sisters and I were baptized in.  The little bonnet rests nearby.  Although the dress is yellowed from many years in the attic, it's precious to me.

Up close you can see the sweetest little pearl heart at the bodice.

We also found this old board with vintage wallpaper.  Pretty florals scattered about...

A couple of mismatched shoes we wore as toddlers...

Someday I'd love to own a vintage dress form for display in my own studio...a dream to hold onto.  In the meantime I accepted this old petticoat from my Mom, and will save it for that dress form.  It looks cute hanging from an old hanger for now:

With Valentine's day coming up, I'm starting to think about romantic creations.  Scattering supplies around always help fuel inspiration:

Perhaps I'll use this tea-dyed crepe paper and pink feathers...

...or this sweet lace trim I picked up in Paris last fall, as well as the vintage blue ribbon from Tracey's shop.  So much prettiness to create with!

I'll be sharing over at these great parties:
Be Inspired Friday
Feathered Nest Friday
Shabbilicious Friday
Blissful Whites Wednesday

23 comments:

It's me said...

Owwww...love those little white shoes,......love Ria...x !

Lin from A {tiny} Cottage In The Woods said...

How wonderful to spend time with your Mom, remembering special times together, and now have these treasures in your home, Susan! Each one is so precious.

My MIL sent me Hubbie's bronzed baby shoes... I'm currently storing craft supplies in them, but they would also be great hanging on the wall or used as a planter for tiny flowers.

Your Valentine's inspiration is so pretty ~ I'm sure you will create something wonderful with it all.

Happy day to you & yours,
Lin

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

What lovely treasures you found! I love that slip. You have a beautiful blog! Found you at Shabbilicious and am a new follower. Have a wonderful weekend! ~Deborah

Bev Carter said...

It is so sweet that you were able to share those memories with your mother. I don't think there are words to describe having childhood keepsakes. What joy!
Have a great weekend,
Bev

Rhonda said...

How absolutely precious your dress is. I dream of owning a home with an attic. They don't build homes with attics here, I might just have to MOVE. LOL

Beautiful post, sigh

Parlor Room Ponderings said...

So nice to have those sweet things as a young child. My mother didn't save any of our things. I have picked up some baby shoes in shops. It brings me back to those days when all small children wore them. It was nice to visit your blog from Common Ground.
Blessings, Diane

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

That must have been fun rummaging through the attic! I love the way you are displaying the petticoat on the vintage hanger! My girlfriend recently found some marked "Kenmore" which is the road she lives on! She is going to display vintage aprons on them in her kitchen when her home is complete!

Victoria said...

Rummaging through the attic sounds like so much fun! I LOVE the wood with the old wallpaper on it!!!

Bente said...

Oh, you have some treasures there. Love the shoes, but all the rest too.

Hugs from here

Donna said...

What wonderful treasures, Susan! Your christening gown and bonnet are just beautiful! And that petticoat would be perfect on a dress form. Love your Valentine's Day supplies, I am totally drooling over that gorgeous Parisian lace!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Very pretty pieces, Susan! I love the christening gown.

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic said...

Pretty, pretty!! Loved all of your beautiful photos.

~Shanon

Junkchiccottage said...

Susan,
It is all so sweet. Love those little shoes too adorable.
Kris

June said...

I love that you now get to enjoy your sweet little christening gown Susan. It is so sweet and it must have made your mom a little sad to part with it, but happy that you will now be keeper of the memory.
sending hugs...

WordsPoeticallyWorth said...

An interesting post.

Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

Debra Oliver said...

what a blessing that your mom saved all these wonderful things. that little christening dress is so precious, and the shoes... oh my.

m.lisa said...

Oh how I miss the attic. Look at the treasures you have! You will have your dream studio one day my talented, dear friend! Miss u :) xoxo

Petite Michelle Louise said...

You've been holding out on me mon amie! Looks like your mothers attic is a treasure trove of vintage beauties! Adore the sweet christening gown you once wore and the mismatched baby shoes. How sweet! And that petticoat....we will be on the hunt now for a dress form to show it off properly. Speaking of...we are LONG overdue for a picker sister outing. Let's chat soon...

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