Thursday, July 30, 2009

Hooked on Heirlooms

It's an Heirloom Party!
Many of us have beautiful treasures passed down by family and friends...
Our house is full of wonderful items given to us by my family
and Hubby's family...
I think as I continue this wonderful blog journey,
you will be introduced to many of the heirlooms around my house..., instead of showing those today,
I thought I would show you a few that are still at my parents house.
None of them hold any real monetary value,
but they hold priceless memories...
These are two bowls that my Mom uses every Sunday evening for Family Dinner.
They belonged to her Mom... who used them in the same way...
...some day I will use them when I take over Sunday Night Family Dinner.
This is a pie plate that belonged to my Great Grandmother.
It is in my Mom's kitchen, carefully guarded!
It's so strange, on my Mom's side, several of the women collect floral dishes...
not a specific type, or a particular dish...
...just pretty plates with a rose, or a darling bowl with pansies...

This next item is the one that holds the most childhood memories for me... is a big book of nursery rhymes, and fairytales that belongs to my Dad.
He has had it since he was a boy...
when I was growing up, he spent many hours reading
to me from this book.
As I learned to read, I then spent many hours reading from it... can tell that it has been read over and over again...
My Dad now reads to my son from this wonderful book...
...some things never go out of fashion!

The last item to show you is a small vase that belonged to my Grandma.
It was given to her by my Dad...
...when he was a small boy, he found this at....
are you ready---- a garage sale!
(it's in my blood!)

I love the top of this... has its own flower frog!

I hope you enjoyed my heirlooms...
...if you noticed, I didn't even take them inside my house to photograph. Mom threatened (with love) that if anything happened to them... I unpacked them, photographed them, wrapped them back up...
and Hubby placed back in the car, ready to be returned to the MOM
tomorrow morning!

To see more heirlooms go visit Marie at
Emma Calls Me Mama

and to see what else people are 'hooked on' - visit



  1. Great heirlooms. I love that you have a family book that you've all shared together. That seems like such a special link through the generations. Isn't it funny how many of the ladies had such pretty dishes they collected and saved. They were multi-functional. They were used for a purpose and they looked pretty while doing it! Thanks for sharing your heirlooms and have a loveleigh weekend.

    Sares @
    Loveleigh Treasures

  2. They're all wonderful! I love the bowls!!! Thank you for sharing, have a great weekend!

  3. Your dad reading fairy tales to you from his own childhood book sounds some wonderful and cozy!

  4. hehehe... that sounds like my mom ;)

    All your heirlooms are so wonderful! i especially love the two bowls :)


  5. What a treasure your Dad's book is! It looks incredible. Lovely things and lovely memories for you.

  6. I love everything, but the fairy tale book and your Dad's reading of them to you and now, to your child, is priceless.

  7. what treasures to behold!..i love that big fat nursery story book and the lovely memories it holds for you :)

  8. such nice heirlooms. My grandpa was really big on heirlooms and passing them down, so all the ones I have are from him. You are very lucky to have such nice heirlooms handed down to you!

  9. Hello Amy - thank you for joining the party! Oh my, what sweet treasures. I love those bowls. The design and red stripe - so pretty! And that children's book is priceless! What a neat story you have behind it, and how very special it is that your Dad reads to your son from it now. It's been shown a lot of love over the years! The vase is so pretty!


  10. I am visiting via Hooked on Houses. It is such fun to see your treasures.

    Please drop by and enter my giveaway.

    Have a blessed weekend!

  11. Oh what dear items you have there! Your dishes are so cute! Your book reminds me of turning the pages of my own favorite childhood books. :o)

  12. That's so funny about the unpacking! I love all of "your" pretty things. Your mom sounds like mine!!
    Cheers, Andrea

  13. I love your blog... It is so 'Iowa'...
    I would love any of the 'Old Mother Hubbard' pieces, and don't let condition bother!
    'til next time,
    Barb C.

  14. Thank you for sharing the heirlooms. Hope they
    are safe and in one piece. The bowls are great. The book is so special. What a great memory for you.. Thank you for sharing your treasures. Have a lovely weekend.

  15. I so love all your pretties Amy. I don't have many heirlooms...:(. What I do have I highly treasure.

    Thank you for sharing...precious.


  16. Amy,
    I love your priceless treasures! Their stories really touched my heart.

  17. Hi Amy. Thanks for stopping by my blog, for the sweet comment and for becomng a follower. I've added myself as a follower to your blog too. Now, I'm off to look around. Thanks again.


  18. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving me sweet comments! I enjoyed looking at your family heirlooms. most of my things probably have no monetary value, I have no priceless antiques, it's all about what they mean to you!

  19. an award for you! :-)

  20. Amy-I love your dishes and the story that goes with them. I have a bowl that belonged to my grandmother. It happens to be a beautiful scalloped depression glass, but around here it is known only as the "chicken salad bowl" because that is what she always served in it! You are right no matter the monetary value, the items and what they represent are priceless!

  21. Hi Amy! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love all your family heirlooms - and the stories that go along with them... The children's book is priceless for sure!

    Take care, Kathy