So here are my new friends.
My mother, who has has been gone for over 17 years, bought me these little paper pilgrims at a crafts fair at a local high school. She saw me eyeballing them and knew at the time that I couldn't afford them. She bought them when I wasn't looking and showed up on Thanksgiving Day with them for me as a hostess gift. I pack them away by themselves with fresh tissue paper every year. I truly treasure these little people. They remind me of good times with my mom.
I bought these that same year at an outdoor crafts festival.
This tall drink of water is one of my newer purchases. I picked him up a few years ago at HomeGoods. Below him on the table of the bottom half of the hutch are a wooden turkey I picked up along with way and a little scrabble message idea I took from the blogs.
Scattered throughout the entire layout are my primitive boxes and vintage tools and utensils. I love this collection and always try to incorporate much of it in my seasonal decorating.
Do you have cherished pieces that you have kept over the years? Do you remember to bring them out and enjoy them? Do you have anything boxed away, shoved in a closet or drawer that someone special gave you? Perhaps that special someone is gone, like my mother. Don't forget to bring those special items out and enjoy them. I can say that just bringing my paper pilgrim couple and china pilgrim family out brings me back to a wonderful time in my life. It somehow keeps me connected to my mom. It reminds me of what an amazing person she really was and inspires me to carry on the legacy...
Now....I gotta run and get back to the cabinets. They are really looking awesome, but they are just not ready to reveal. Here is a sneak peek from yesterday on my progress.