Buried Treasures...


Family treasures...do you bury them? I use to. I use to hoard them in a box, you know for safe keeping. Why do we do this? Afraid of what may happen to them? I figure why not surround myself with treasures and risk them being touched or looked at than having them bake in my 475 degree attic.

I went on a search and rescue mission in the attic. I found all of my baby shoes and my Paw Paw's cane. Now instead of wasting away in storage I am reminded how precious our daily walk is....

The cottage is just the place to enjoy my treasures. Do you have a special place to showcase some of yours?

This clock was one of my very first Christmas gifts...I think I am enjoying it just as much now as I did back then.

Broken...no problem! I bought this coo coo clock in Europe while on a school trip in the eighth grade.

Over the years and many hot summers in the attic the clock has seen its better days....I love it still. So why not surround yourself with a few treasures...they may just be the inspiration you have been looking for~

48 comments:

  1. Girl, you just made me cry looking at that clock you got for Christmas as a little girl. I got the same one too and it looked like that the last time I saw it. I have no idea where it went to. Thanks for the memory.

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  2. what a great idea! I need to pull some things out :)

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  3. What wonderful treasures. I have had to hunt down a few family treasures, and thought yesterday, how I would love to have my Grandaddys scale that he used to weigh vegetable on that he sold. I have been wondering where it is. What memories those treasures bring back. Have a blessed day. Jackie

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  4. Oh my goodness Susie, I have those same shoes and that same clock! Thanks for bringing back such good memories! Paula

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  5. I have very similar baby shoes that I display in my daughter's room. I love all of your attic finds...they're so special...great idea to display them instead of letting them "cook" in the attic!!

    :) T

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  6. You KNOW I am sentimental and LOVE to be surrounded by things that bring the memories rushing back! That's why I love the sign you made me SO MUCH!!! :-) LOVE your little treasures too...the cottage looks SO great!

    Hugs,
    Layla

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  7. Thanks for sharing these...I had the same Fisher Price clock...and my grandparents had the same cuckoo clock...what a trip down memory lane!

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  8. So true! I just framed my wedding bouquet in a shadow box. It makes me happy to look at it, and I'll continue to do the same. Thanks for encouraging us to remember.

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  9. love that!!! i keep my treasures out for decor too! people always comment on them...fun!

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  10. I heartily concur, Susie! My favorite is your Grandfather's cane. That is so special.
    Blessings from Paraguay!
    Shilo

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  11. I too love surrounding myself and our family with treasures from the past! Each picture you posted struck a cord with me. :o) Especially your sweet little shoes and cane. I have my husband's baby shoes out and currently storing away a favorite hat of his grandpa's. I need to get that out! Thank you for your inspiration. :o)
    Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

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  12. So lovely :) The shoes with the cane give such a sweet nod to generations and heritage. The baby and her PawPaw.

    Lord willing, we'll have another reason to decorate a nursery within the year. Whenever I think of making a nursery in this house, I'm always drawn to things my husband and I grew up with. I've never had a "vintage-y" nursery before, but I can't imagine one any other way now :)

    As always, lovely to read your posts!

    Jacci in Ohio

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  13. What wonderful treasures.

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  14. Great point! When things are in a box we don't get to enjoy them, only on the rare occasions we dust the box off and take a peek. I need a cottage, I've decided. That really is a great place to put things that make you smile. So glad you are enjoying your special spot.
    ~Michelle

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  15. Love how you have the baby shoes hanging from the cane. So cute. It's funny you posted about this. A couple of months ago I was cleaning and purging stuff and came across a box where I have saved the childrens blankets that they were gifted when they were born. All crocheted mostly and there baby shoes were there as well. You are right, we should surround ourselves with things we love. I hope to post some pics soon of doing just that.

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  16. Susie, I have a clock just like that, too!!!! Love your vintage items, and this post!

    Suzanne

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  17. I'm starting to place special treasures around my house here and there.

    I love your baby shoes and your grandfather's cane hanging together like that. What a thought provoking, beautiful display that is!

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  18. you are so right! i just did a post on my blog on a great idea for showcasing a sentimental letter or card. get it out there BIG so you can enjoy it everyday!

    great post!

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  19. Great Treasures! I also love that clock, my grandfather had one, and it was always my 'job' to help him pull the chain to make the pinecones go up. Sigh, I really miss him... I don't know what ever happened to that old clock, but my MIL has one just like it, and she makes it my daughter's 'job' to do the same. Aren't traditions wonderful?

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  20. What a great post!! It is good to surround our selves with the things we love.
    Have a wonderful day!

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  21. Yes, surround yourself with bits and pieces of yourself and your history on this earth. It is a reminder of what you hold precious, that life itself is steadily progressing. But the things you brought out of the attic need not sit in the dark. But be part of your daily inspiration. Reminding you that your dreams, too, evolve with time.
    Brenda

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  22. I love the baby shoes and the baby powder. How sweet.

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  23. I love family treasures. I only have my great-grandmother's old cedar chest (a wedding gift from my great-grandfather - I'm the 4th woman in our family to have it) and some old quilts I don't dare put out because of the young kiddos. My mom always gets first dibs on the old treasures so I just admire them when I visit. :-)

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  24. oh..i love all these little treasures.
    xo

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  25. Love the baby shoes!!! My grandma had my dad's first baby shoes bronzed (I guess that was the thing to do in the 50s) and made into bookends. When he died, she gave divided the set and gave one to me and one to my sister. I have mine in the Living room cabinet where I can see it. :)

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  26. Susie...I could not agree more! I have on display in my house the head of my grandmothers rocking horse! It was passed down from her to my mom, to me and by the time my dad rescued it from the family home a few years ago all that was left was the head! I put it on my mantle and look at it everyday. Reminds me of my family and good times!

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  27. I couldn't agree more. I have been pulling some of mine out, too. Great treasures, Susie!

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  28. I use mine and love the feeling I get when I look at them!

    Jo

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  29. I've been pulling more and more favorite items out... thanks for the reminder to surround ourselves with treasured memories,
    LuLu

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  30. Hello Susie, thank for your visit. It´s good to see the love you have for those family treasures and how you are rescueing them from the attic... the shoes are lovely. I´ve moved so many times from house to house that had to get rid of so many things.
    Muchos cariños
    María Cecilia

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  31. Great treasures. I love to surround myself with memories of another time. I have 3 pairs of my baby shoes in a large glass Jar with a lid. That way I can see them but the dust can not get to them. They sit on a shelf.

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  32. I had that same clock as a child!!

    I can still hear the music playing.

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  33. how sweet! my mom has all my keepsakes in her cedar chest, maybe i'll see if she'll part with them :)

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  34. How nice that you have a private space in which to surround yourself with memories (without looking like the crazy clutter lady!). I have a few things like that here in my office but most are tucked away in closets. I'll have to figure out how to incorporate more...
    Your Fisher Price clock brought back a flood of memories... I don't remember which of the three of us ours really belonged to, but it was there, all through my childhood.

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  35. I have that same clock somewhere too! And my baby shoes are now bronzed!!! Mama did all of our shoes like that--including hers!

    How is Mrs. Jane? Mama is doing great--finally home from the hospital!

    Hugs!
    Susan

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  36. So true!! Why do we hide our treasures in an attic to get ruined. I need to go do some digging. Unfortunately my mom does not like to save things and there may not be many treasures left.

    Ruth

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  37. I am so sentimental I always have reminders of my grandparents and even great- and great-great-grandparents around me! Very sweet post!

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  38. There is a great book you should read called "Making the Blue Plate Special" It's about making family legacys and displaying family pieces. Its written by a chritian author, I can't remember who. It gave me excuses to display more family goodies and want to learn the stories behind all the things I didn't know enough about.

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  39. Hi Susie,

    Always great to surround yourself with lovely old family treasures that are special.
    Why hide them away in a box?...
    Love all your treasures.

    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  40. We found you by following the blog trail...and we are happy we did! Just became followers, hope you will stop by someday and visit us...we'd love to have you over!
    Clara & MArcela

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  41. Hio Susie,
    what a lovely post. Love those white baby shoes (used to have a pair just like those when I was a kid) haning on that precious wooden cane. When cleaning up my parents' garage I found one,too, which is now nested in my umbrella rack!
    You stroke the right chords in me. I'm hiding my family treasures in fear that they may be damaged or even worse be broken and thus none has the opportunity to admire their beauty and feel inspired. Thank you for your food-for-thought post.
    XOXOXO
    rita

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  42. what super advice!!! your treasures are beautiful. i love the johnsons tin

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  43. what a beautiful thought!i love it

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  44. That's too funny about that toy clock!!! I had one when I was little but I didn't remember that until I saw your picture. LOL. Thanks for stirring up the memories.

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  45. That's too funny about that toy clock!!! I had one when I was little but I didn't remember that until I saw your picture. LOL. Thanks for stirring up the memories.

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  46. I love that you are putting these memories into your cottage. I think you are much younger than I am, but I am wondering about your school trip to Europe. I went on one when I was in the 10th grade. There were a lot of people from other schools on the trip. That was in 1967!!! Yikes! I sound so old. You were probably a baby then. But,wouldn't it be funny if we were on the same trip? laurie

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  47. Oh wow Susie.. I had and have clocks just like both of those.. The wooden toy one was one I used on my sisters head when we were little, LOL and the other was my grandparents! Thank you for taking me back to happy days!

    {{Big Hugs}}

    Cathy

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