grammy’s ornaments

dan’s parents, grammy & pop pop, were truly the quintessential grandparents.
he could fix anything
she could bake and sew anything.
at christmastime, she would bake Norwegian cookies
and play her manheim steamroller cd.
their home would smell of a glorious turkey in the oven
with all the fixins for our holiday meal.
while we always miss them,
i think they are even more missed at Christmastime.
early in our marriage, i was telling Lil how much i loved vintage christmas ornaments.
she proceeded to tell me she had thrown all of hers away.
oh say it isn’t so.
Herb & Lil were minimalist before it was hip to be minimalists!
after dan’s daddy passed away, weย  dan was painstakingly going throughย 
& packing up their belongings.
he ran across a box of dozens of her vintage ornaments.
while i have no idea if she can see us from heaven,
i had to laugh…..she hadn’t thrown them all out after all!
yesterday i pulled them out and placed them
(half of them actually…there are so many!)
in to dan’s daddy’s tool caddy, which was made by his daddy.
it’s probably 100 years old.
another priceless “thing” that connects us to our past.
anyway, the caddy, it’s huge.
if the pictures below don’t give you an idea of the size
it’s about 3 feet long.
i’m not exactly sure what i’m going to do with itย 
especially when all the girls are homeย 
but for now it’s hanging out on our kitchen counter
& on pretty days i will sit it outside on our porch.
thank you grammy!
maybe i’ll even try my hand at making norweigan cookies one day.
no promises though ๐Ÿ˜‰

last year , this was how i used pop pop’s carrier

December 8, 2011 - 12:52 pm

Jen Kershner - I love that tool carrier! It would be amazing to own one but to own one that has a family history like that is priceless! I can't wait to see more of Christmas at your house Paige.

December 8, 2011 - 12:53 pm

Kat - Gorgeous! All of it! So precious to have all of those gorgeous ornaments as a precious reminder of loved ones. xo

December 8, 2011 - 1:15 pm

traci - the ornaments are absolutely gorgeous. i would love to come across an attic full of them. especially if they belonged to someone special.

December 8, 2011 - 1:34 pm

Flower Patch Farmgirl - Girl, you did it again. ๐Ÿ™‚

December 8, 2011 - 1:39 pm

Gail - Beautifully done!! Also love vintage ornaments. ๐Ÿ™‚

December 8, 2011 - 1:39 pm

Debby - That tool carrier is wonderful. Love it both ways. So nice to have those memories that you can look at.

December 8, 2011 - 1:45 pm

allesistgut - I love the carrier, too. Looks amazing with all these nice glitter balls. ๐Ÿ™‚
Have a lovely day.

December 8, 2011 - 3:21 pm

Susan R - It's beautiful and I loved how you've arranged it. One better that you've tied them together by placing her ornaments in his tool caddy…you're a gem.

December 8, 2011 - 3:30 pm

Shannon - Beautiful Paige! I love vintage especially when it has such a sweet story behind it ๐Ÿ™‚

December 8, 2011 - 4:11 pm

Lemonade Makin' Mama - You make everything you touch, pretty.

December 8, 2011 - 5:19 pm

CHH - Love the pink and special meaning!

Enjoy decorating.

December 8, 2011 - 5:36 pm

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest - Just lovely, Paige. Sentimental decorations are definitely the best. And when they remind us of our loved ones, they're even better.

Been thinking about you a lot lately. Hoping all is well with your health.


December 8, 2011 - 6:43 pm

hometown girl - that carrier is just perfect! love it with the candles, ornaments & greens! merry christmas! susan

December 8, 2011 - 7:31 pm

Lulu and Co. - Stunning and precious! Christmas goodness that has me smiling,

December 8, 2011 - 9:43 pm

Jboo - Wow — beautiful ornaments and carrier!

I'm not sure that Brinkley is a fan of your decorating! ๐Ÿ™‚


December 8, 2011 - 9:45 pm

3 Peanuts - It looks so pretty Paige and ther eis that POP of color the girls want too:) I simply adore family heirlooms like that. LOVE them:)

December 8, 2011 - 9:58 pm

Rebecca - I love what you did with the ornaments and the tool carrier. Love it! I really love Brinkley though… ๐Ÿ™‚

December 9, 2011 - 12:31 am

Tiffini Kilgore - love the story behind it all
SO pretty..both ways

December 9, 2011 - 1:06 am

julieann - I love vintage bulbs and have a pretty big collection. Love the tool carrier idea. I may just have to snag my pink one from the garden shed and borrow your idea. Do I see some little Putz house in your photo? I just started collecting those and just LOVE them. They are so hard to find here. I did get one for .29 at at a thrift store.. “that was a fun find” Merry Christmas!!!

December 9, 2011 - 1:44 am

janet - I love the tool carrier and the vintage ornaments..What a gift for you to have them..I really like how you displayed the two together..

December 9, 2011 - 1:51 am

Kerri - I love that you have those ornaments from grammy and that they will one day be passed down to your girls! I cringe to think that both of my nana's oraments were thrown out when they passed away because I love them too. I am so happy you have hers! And your Christmas village is darling too!

December 9, 2011 - 2:06 am

Between You and Me - love this pictures…
i've been working on christmas bokeh this week….
yours turned out so beautiful.

love the ornaments and the history behind them!

December 9, 2011 - 10:59 am

brockey - Love vintage things especially christmas ornaments. I have my mothers in a trifle bowl. The caddy I am drolly over !!!!

December 9, 2011 - 5:23 pm

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions - That is gorgeous, Paige! I love those ornaments! It looks like that tool caddy has come in handy too, and it's nice to see how you've incorporated past generations into your holiday decor.

December 11, 2011 - 3:45 am

.dear.jenny. - ive spent the last few hours looking through new blogs…and procrastinating before my family comes to town for the holidays. i have to say, your beautiful daughters make me want to start a family. you have all these wonderful age ranges and they all look so happy and healthy. cheers!

December 12, 2011 - 5:24 am

Alecia - Love it! Those ornaments & tool box are amazing!! Brinkley's cute as ever

September 23, 2012 - 9:55 pm

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