Thursday, January 3, 2013

A New Way of Thinking for 2013

I am starting this new year with a new way of thinking about how I view my home. I've decided that I wanna live in ALL parts of my home. No longer living with those items that don't speak to my soul. Previously I held onto things that I thought meant something to me, like certain pieces of furniture. Lately however, I've come to realize that those things really don't touch my spirit. I remember hearing Nate Berkus once say that your house should rise up to greet you. I never really understood what that meant. I took a lot of pride in how my home was decorated but there was just something missing. I would live in a space for what it was intended for never for what I needed it for but with 3 people, 2 dogs, a cat, a bearded dragon and a turtle it just seemed that I was making things "fit". 

My thought process started to change about a month ago when my dear Grandfather decided to move back to Cincy to live with my Aunt and Uncle. My Mom was left to clear out his belongings, clean his place and get it ready to be sold. She asked me to come over and take whatever I wanted. At first I went through my Grandmother's things. Her antique china, glasses, dishes, towels and sewing goodies. I lost my Grandmother 15years ago, so having her belongs (even a simple dish towel) put her right next to me. I can see her washing her dishes with the same dishcloth (happy tears)
 (my Grandmother's wooden spools)

Then, I made my way out to my Grandfather's shed. OH MY!!!! A junker's heaven. I had MORE fun digging through dirty toolboxes that my Grandfather had built. Pulling out old tools, gadgets and do-hickeys. Bringing home all my Grandparent's treasures made me realize that I was coveting items that don't touch me the way a simply made tool caddy that my Grandfather built with his 2 hands would.
(1 of the many tool caddys my Grandfather built. Now sits on my desk)

With the start of this new year, I am promising to myself to hold onto this thought.
That when I look at an item that something within me smiles. 
(small suitcase and binoculars from my Grandfather)

(another tool box that sits on my kitchen counter)

Every time I look at these treasures, they make me feel connected to a simpler time. They remind me to slow down. To appreciate the beauty and workmanship that went into building them. More than anything though, I connect me to my family.

They rise up to greet me
I know somewhere, my Grandmother is smiling
: )

I'm partying at: 
Homespun Happenings 
My Repurposed Life 
Craftberry Bush 
Romantic Home 
Shabby Nest 
Chic on a Shoestring
I'm Not a Trophy Wife 
Serenity Now 
Five Days Five Ways


Jo Ann said...

I loved this post! I'm feeling more that way lately, too.....I think the things we live with should speak to us...touch our heart and soul in some way. I have been thinking of using spaces in different ways...having a 'great room' makes it a challenge. Love to hear more of your plans :)

Doreen said...

Hi Deanna,
I love your heartfelt post. The treasures you found are priceless and beautiful. Like the ways you are displaying the items.


Sumaya Warwick said...

Such an endearing post. Beautifully written, so sincere and heartfelt. I am happy that you can enjoy the beautiful and meaningful treasures of your grandparents!


~ Liz ~ said...

Hi Deanna, hope you've been well. I was off on a blog break for a while but wanted to stop over and say hi. Wonderful thoughts and sweet memories of your grandparents. It sounds like a great plan you have for the new year!

Susan Thomas said...

Very nice post, I love the items you found from your family...happy tears :)

Jane@Bluebird1959 said...

What a great post I love your new philosophy! And such a great start adding in family treasures. Jane

Ginny Place said...

Great post! In June I went with my parents to my grandparents home in WV and spent 2 solid days digging through their stuff to find treasures before the house sold. I brought home just one box of things to keep - plus a few pieces of furniture. I definitely treasure these things that have meaning because they remind me of my grandparents.

Thanks for sharing!

Bobbie said...

Love seeing photos of your decor. and things are even prettier because they are meaningful and you dont see them everyday at a madd market place.

Rain on a Tin Roof said...

Such a beautiful post! I know exactly what you mean about feeling someone right beside you even though they have been gone a long time. I do the same thing with my grandparents items. I have become the person that holds onto all the old family items because everyone knows I will keep them forever!

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Something Nice and Pretty said...

A wonderful post and so true! The little suitcase is so cute, I pinned onto my board "Vintage" love looking at it!

Revi said...

Love your items from your grandfather, as well as the sentiment. :)
-Revi said...

Deanna- Thanks for linking up! I love your post! Thanks for sharing the photos! Happy New Year!

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

Deanna-I'm such a sentimental sap, that this post speaks to me! I love that you've collected "special" things from your grandparents.


Tammy said...

Oh what neat mementos! Thank you for sharing this at Rustic Restorations Weekend.