Lessons


When I was young, my mother taught me the love of fine things. She was the Queen of tag sales, flea markets, etc. During one of our outings, she purchased a table with a small drawer. The owner sold it to my mom for a song. When my mom opened the drawer, she found the most amazing hand painted portrait brooch of a lady from the 18th century. The brooch was exquisite. My mother tried to return the pin to the seller, who said, “No, it was in the table, and you bought it. It’s yours now.” This is the kind of thing that happened when I was with my mom. She had amazing luck and a discerning eye for bargains. She often saw trends ahead of time for things that eventually became popular.

My mother is older now and we are separated by many miles. We try to see each other every year and I’m hoping to see her soon. The treasures below are some of the things she has gifted to me.

This is a beautiful pearl collar that belonged to my mother when she was a young lady. I love this and the fact that she wore it often.


A dress form she gifted to me when I moved away from our home town.






This is a Victorian antique barrette that she thought would look beautiful in my hair. She gave this to me when I got married.

29 comments:

Lori said...

Nancy, the treasures from your mother are so very lovely...the beaded collar is truly gorgeous and the dress form is so wonderful

The Feathered Nest said...

How beautiful! I can see where your wonderful taste came from sweet Nancy ~ I just love love your dress form...xxoo, Dawn

Alison Gibbs said...

Nancy what gorgeous gifts from your mother.
So special.
Alison

LW said...

Nancy,
What lovely treasures and coming from you mom makes them all the more wonderful…
The collar is so pretty. Does the charming dress form have a name? And the barrette is a marvelous token of love ….It must have meant a lot to your mother to give you this on your special day.

Louise

Lana said...

What lovely gifts from your Mom ~ but even lovlier are the times spent with her. Make the most of your next visit.

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

How wonderful to have those childhood memories of days spent finding wonderful things with your Mom. The items she has gifted you with are so lovely!
Penny

Janet said...

Your mother has given you some lovely gifts. I have a beaded collar similar to that one. I wore it when I was in high school!

My daughter is the one with an eye for things. I just love going bargain shopping with her because she always finds the good stuff!

Heather ~ Pretty Petals said...

What beautiful gifts from your Mother Nancy. I know you will always treasure them.

I have a mannequin simlar to yours... :))

xoxo Heather

p.s.- Guess what arrived today????? Will email you in a bit.

oldflowers4me said...

oh -how wonderful- to go out and about with your mum- the things that you both would of seen together- momments of joy- your world is divine- singing and skipping love jo.

Kathy~Vintage Snaps & Scraps said...

Wow, that dress form is lovely, as are the other things as well. You have some very special gifts from you mom, and I am sure happy memories to go with them. I am like you, my Mom and Dad live too far away, and I know what it is like to hope for that next visit.
Beautiful~

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

What a lovely story about your mom. Its nice to know that there are such kind hearted and honest people out there.

NeereAnDear said...

Oh Nancy each piece is so exquisite... and more lovely than then next... The pearl collar is stunning and the dress form simply love but that antique barrette is so divine!!

Such lovely treasures your mother blessed you with... Now I am going to dig through and find the loveies that belonged to my mom ... I miss her so

HUGS TO YOU

JO

Our Back Porch said...

What wonderful gifts from your mother. The shoes at your shop are unbelievably AWESOME!! I'd love to know more about them.
Have a beautiful week.
Hugs and Blessings,
Rebecca

bluemuf said...

Nancy, what a beautiful post. Each of thoses gifts are a treasure to be cherished. I love all of the items, but the barretee is amazing.

Karen

Tracie said...

Nancy,
Now I know where your wonderful sense of style and grace are rooted.

Lovely items and stories/memories that go along are even more beautiful.

What a wonderful thing your Mother trying to return the beautiful item in the drawer, and the dealer saying no - it came with the piece. True appreciation objets de art and the heart.

The gift for your wedding is beautiful to the eye and sentiment as well. As soon as the page opened I said ahhh!

COLLS GARDEN said...

Dear Nancy, they are truly beautiful things. You will always have them to remind you of sweet times.
Hugs, Coll :-}

Miss Sandy said...

Nancy,
I wanted to pop in and say hello! Such wonderful treasures! I'll be back for a proper visit and to catch up on your posts a little later in the week. Have a great day!

justjen said...

Wonderful! My mom and I used to do all kinds of fun things together years ago. They were grand adventures in yard sales and flea markets and doll shows. She can't do those things anymore but she still spoils me with little treasures only I could love.

Enzie Shahmiri said...

Nancy!

It is so nice that you have these little treasures from your mom and that you share how much you love them with us. I am sure she too will be happy to read what these mean to you.

Lovely!

Shabbyfufu said...

Nancy.....I recall you telling me a few years back that your mom was an antique dealer~no?? Lovely treasures to pass down through the generations~XO~Janet

Lucy Bloom said...

Hi Nancy, what beautiful things your mother gave you, a lovely post!
Luct x

The Rose Room said...

Hi Nancy, what a wonderful eye for treasure your Mother has. Lucky you to be gifted them:) Rachael

COLLS GARDEN said...

Nancy, I forgot to tell you, I am going to use the pink brooch for the wine bottle project of yours, I just loved the idea. Just have to buy the tulle.
Hugs, Coll :-}

Lori Garbarino said...

Such Wonderful Heirlooms thank you for sharing, Do you have any pictures of the Barrette in your hair on your wedding day?

Lovely

Lori

Sherry ~ Cherie ~ ms. herbes de provence said...

Enjoy your time with your mother...make as many memories as you can. At those times in my life when I 'need my mother' I think of joyful memories and it really helps. A mother's love stays with us always.

Jen ~ ARTful Dreamer said...

Your mother certainly does have an eye for treasure! I'd love to find such a lovely dress form and bracelet. Beautiful...

Barrie said...

I enjoyed hearing about your mother and her various treasures. :)

Betzie said...

Nancy,
These are simply gorgeous and I know I'd just LOVE your mom!!!! I adore flea markets, antiquing and finding bargains!! She is lucky to be able to give them to a daughter that appreciates them and has your good taste! Loved seeing these treasures...
So when do we all go to Paris to shop at a FRENCH FLEA MARKET???? Wanna come?? :)

Dapoppins said...

I can never find the treasures...I envy you a Mom that can...and the great relationship.