Here are a few of my favorite things. Thirteen, actually.
I remember this suitcase from forever. I don't have any specific memories of it, but when we found it in storage, it was familiar and full of nostalgia. It has my sister's name in it. But it's mine now.
Peace and Forget Me Not were both given to me by ladies I taught Bible Study. I bought my own Happiness.
This dresser has always been in my life. It was my mom and dad's and somewhere along the line they gave it to me. It has a matching mirror and a full size headboard. I love the color of the wood and the bowed front. I probably should have dusted it before I took the picture.
I don't love this picture because it is so expertly executed, but because of the memory of painting it. My mom, her sister, and I went to a lady's house and took an oil painting class. We all painted the same thing and they all looked just about the same. But it was a very fun time. My aunt is gone now, so it is extra special.
The bottom case is just the case for my husband's coronet. But the middle one is a cool old typewriter that an old Colonel gave me when I was heading for college. He didn't even know me, but my mom worked for him. I never actually used it. I payed my room-mate to type all my papers.
The Brownie is just cool and the attache belonged to my grandpa.
This is a table my dad gave me. I used it for my desk until I got a real one. Now it sits in my little foyer.
This was my aunt's table. We sat around this table for Thanksgiving for many years. After she died my cousin had it, but a few years ago she passed it on to me. Now we gather around it for Thanksgiving again every year. There are a few people missing, but we've also added a few here and there. You can see the spots on it from heat and water. I think they are just a part of the history. Perhaps the dish that left that mark was placed by my grandmother?
My other grandmother had a mantle clock and I have wanted to find one just like it, since we can't locate the original. This one isn't just like it, but my daddy got it for me because he knew I wanted one. It plays the same chimes as my grandma's. It also has an interesting personality. It seldom chimes the actual number of times that it should.
My husband's coronet. I like it because I like things that show their wear. Things that are used well and have been through stuff yet still function.
My friend Melanie gave this to me. It was brown and I painted it. She still has some pieces like it as far as I know. So when I look at it I think of her.
I'm sorry I didn't dust for you all. I feel embarrassed as I look at these pictures. But somehow, I feel like it would have been phony of me to do that. It all would look better with a bit of shine added. But this is genuine. I try to live the same way.