Family Heirlooms

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Thank you to many of you who have entered my apron give away. I wish that it were possible to give all of you one. I have had so many sweet replies about your favorite color, what I find amazing is that you all like different colors, very much like a rainbow. For those of you who have not entered make sure that you do by telling me your favorite color and why.

Last year I did a post on family heirlooms and I showed some fun ways to display them, so I thought it would be fun to show you some of the pictures that I used.


Because I live in such a small space almost everything has a purpose. I love this sweet bust I use it to display my antique cameo that my grandfather gave to my grandmother while they were dating back in the late 20’s.

Peters wedding plate

I display my antique plates on a lovely plate rack, I love to have them out so that I can see them. This one was my grandmother’s wedding china.

Grandma's lamp

This picture show an antique depression lamp that my grandmother gave to me. I use it to hold bracelets.


After my dad passed I found some of his old tools that he used to repair horse blankets, bridles and such. I put the old spools of thread in my crown.

dad's up close Towel

My father made this sweet tea towel when he was six years old. I always leave this out to remind me that children can do anything that they set their minds to.

Chest with pictures

Here is a fun way to display old family photos, just by attaching them to a mirror.

dad's chest

This is the foot locker that I was given when my dad passed. It’s full of his mending supplies, and it’s perfect for my DVD player. It was originally green but I just had to paint it white.

lace blue chest.jpg

This old dresser has been with me for over thirty years. I pulled the drawers out of it one day a saw news paper glued to the insides of it that was dated 1880. This once belonged to my children’s great uncles aunt.

BeFunky_BeFunky_door 4.jpg

This old door has quite the history. It has lived in five of the last houses that I have lived in. This came from the home that I raised my children in. It was on a bedroom door of my sons. On the back of the door I would measure my children up against it with a mark at the top of their head, then write their name and date. Over twenty years of markings are on the back of this door. That’s why I have hauled it around. Being that I have no storage I had to leave it out and it really didn’t look to good so I turned it around and made a display on it.

The dressing table that the tv is on was part of my one of my grandmother’s bedroom sets, it is now perfect for an entertainment center.

N sitting room

I know that you have seen this antique farmhouse table that has been cut down for a coffee table. It was my great grand parents, my dad said that he remembers eating many meals on this table.

I hope that you enjoyed some of the ways that I use family heirlooms in my home. They have become old friends and some I will never part with.

Have a beautiful day!



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20 thoughts on “Family Heirlooms

  1. The tea towel that your father made is probably one of the most treasured items you own, what a great piece to have received! Love all of your display ideas! Blessings, Cindy


  2. Your father’s handiwork is amazing! A great reminder for your children indeed! Just love the creative ways you display your family heirlooms and memorabilia. What a lovely cozy home you have created! 🙂


  3. What an enchanting post, Jo. I love how you have displayed and used your family heirlooms. The door with the children’s measurements is very special. I think it’s really neat that you still have that, and I like how you’ve re-purposed the other side. Have a great weekend! Nancy


  4. Jo, you have so many wonderful family heirlooms! I can’t believe that towel was made by your dad at age 6. What an amazing job he did! I have very few heirlooms from family. What I do have came mostly from my husbands family. I do have some sweet things that were my mothers, but nothing older than that. Her parents home was robbed and everything taken when it was closed up for a while. Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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