The hutch wasn't really Nana's, but that's what I call it because the beautiful china displayed on it once belonged to her.
I framed a photo of my Nana as a young woman and and placed it between two dishes on a plate rack above the hutch.
I love the china pattern. It's Marx & Gutherz Carlsbad #1446 Austria, circa 1885-1898. Last week I spent some time cleaning, dusting, and rearranging the items on the shelves.
Interspersed with the china are some of my favorite old family photos. I also keep two large vases on either end of the top shelf, topped with lampshades. (That way I'm always ready for an unexpected bouquet!!!!)
The lampshades add a touch of whimsy to the basic glass vases.
Here's a photo of the hutch before its cottage makeover.) To the left of the hutch you'll see one of my next projects. The bottom shelf of the small table in the dining area has become a catch-all for a mish-mash of paperwork, etc. I'll show you the makeover as soon as it's complete!
I love this October, 1951 photo of my mom and dad on their Niagara Falls honeymoon. And the vintage cake topper sitting on the flower frog looks just like my mom and dad did on their wedding day, right down to the hairstyles and wedding attire.
A button bowl sits in the cake saver (much less tempting than a cake!)...
...and a circa 1930 photo of my mom sits in the bluebird gravy boat. The gravy boat isn't part of Nana's china set, but the colors are remarkably close (and who doesn't love bluebirds?).
If you look closely at the frame, you'll see that the glass is completely cracked. I'm betting any regular blog readers can guess who is responsible.
Having been taught by nuns in the 60's, I could not resist purchasing this vintage nun music box from MagiaMia's gorgeous vintage Etsy shop! The song it plays is Dominique, of course!
As I cleaned each frame, I realized how beautiful all the little details were...
...and I realized that each little frame held a big treasure, at least to me.
Well, my little friends have decided to join me while I photograph.
They're always afraid they're going to miss out on something...
Sweet Mr. J is always a good boy. He never causes any problems...
I wish I could say the same about his little sister, the frame breaker!
Have a great weekend, everyone.
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