Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Family Treasure 1/2 hr. PROJECT

Can't remember the exact date this cabinet was purchased for me by my father at my Aunt Irene and Uncle Pauls sale. I believe 15 or so years ago. I don't know the story behind it but what I do know is that as I look at it, my mind wanders.

I wonder who made it...What was kept in it? I like to imagine it was used for their beloved fishing gear-tackle, lures, hooks and such as they both loved to fish. I've thought of getting rid of it many times and JUST CAN'T DO IT!

Why keep it? It looks like a piece of junk-but to me its beautiful. Something to hold onto-to remember them by for always.
See Aunt Irene aka "GRAMMER" was special to me for many reasons. I can still picture her over sized beautifully wrinkled smile as she always fondly called me her "TWIN!" She rushed to me with out stretched arms at every Roller Reunion with either a jar of pickled beets or a crocheted HOT PAD laughing & smiling all the way.

See we share a birthday....60 years apart-making us "TWINS." Aunt Irene will be 99 this year-you can figure my age from there-ha.

She has lost her memory for the most part but from what I hear-THE SMILE HASN'T CHANGED.

I did a 30 minute REVAMP job on the old cabinet today. What do you think?
This was also Aunt Irene's basket-Initials "PKH" fondly written on the handle-probably taken on fishing trips and church pot-lucks filled with home made goodies. At least that's what I like to imagine.

Now filled with diapers and wipes.
And placed it in the hallway under a grouping of pictures-I LOVE IT!
I'm thankful today-THANKFUL for a loving family, THANKFUL God chose my parents to adopt me-otherwise I never would have known my Aunt Irene-her wonderful, loving smile and the unforgettable taste of those pickled beets.


C.C. and Double T said...

What a beautiful cabinet and a beautiful post! I think you did a lovely job. Thank you for sharing your positive experience with adoption. It greatly encourages me!

Shanna said...

Wow girl! you are amazing! What can't you do??
I love pieces that mean something to me and have a history. I hope to one day fill my home with things just like that. You are blessed!

Blessed Mom of 8 said...

Wow! Jenn that is amazing! You are so talented. I love it! Great job! Looks perfect under the photos!

I love how you appreciate the piece because of who gave it to you not because of the piece itself!

Hugs and blessings,

Joyful Mom said...

You did an amazing job! Wow--very creative. In just 30 minutes??? What a beautiful story about someone dear to you, someone who has touched your life so deeply.

Thanks for sharing your heart.

Elisabeth- Truly Blessed said...

Oh, Jen! What a treasure! Family pieces with a story are my absolute favorites! You did a beautiful job.
Can't wait for an adoption update. We are moving at snail speed..... frustrating! Any suggestions?
In Him,

Cheryl said...

You did an awesome job! What's this about an adoption??? Curious to hear the details ;o)

Kim said...

You've got talent ... but we already knew that! The cabinet is beautiful and the post is too. Your grateful heart for the blessing of adoption is a huge source of encouragement. I hope Lucy feels the same way some day!

Thanks for your recent comments. We head to Hong Kong in June for a 2 year expat assignment w/ my husband's job. I will be doing the same thing ... raising these five blessings!


PamperingBeki said...

That looks FAB in black!

Great job.

Tam said...

It turned out GREAT!

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Midwest Mommy said...

I think it looks great there! What a great story telling piece in your house. Your kids will remember it always.

*My blogroll hasn't been telling me when you have been updating. I am so sorry I haven't been here in a while. I am just going to have to come over on my own.

jodilee0123 said...

I love it! Yes, it is very difficult to let go of things. . .but that looks like it truly belongs in your home!

Amy said...

Too funny I just spent the past couple of days working on a project like that too... and painting it black. (it was a big wardrobe though) We are just too much alike. LOVE it by the way and such a sweet post. :0) Amy

John Deere Mom said...

I love what you did with that cabinet. It looks great. Oh, and my middle name is Irene! :)