Thursday, April 12, 2012

Treasures in My Suitcase

I had hoped to have some nice pictures of my "Pioneer Cottage" bedroom makeover to show you by now... but the sun is still not cooperating. We've had some breaks in the clouds and some warmer temperatures, which is nice, but still no crystal clear days with bright sun. So my room pictures will have to wait.

However, the flash picture of my night-stand/suitcase turned out okay, so I thought I would show you those treasures for this week's Vintage Thingy Thursday post.
The suitcase is from my childhood... and it was vintage even then. My mother had a knack for finding really nice garage sale treasures, and she would save them for Christmas gifts. I think we were probably "poor," but we didn't know it. One year, she got this nice 3-piece set of Samsonite luggage and gave my sisters and me each one piece. I think she made us pajamas or something and "packed" inside them as part of the gift. I was about 9 or 10 that year. And those were our suitcases whenever we traveled.

I hadn't used suitcase in years, and somehow it ended up back in Mother's attic, but last month when we were in Arkansas I got it back. If you look close on the lower section right by the clasp you can see the red plastic label-maker tape with "Karla Denise" carefully spelled out on it. I don't remember why I didn't add my last name. Maybe I thought I shouldn't waste the tape since my last name would just change when I got married anyway!

The powder-blue gloves draped on top of the suitcase are from Mother's "going-away" outfit from her wedding. She wore a brown suit with a blue hat and gloves.

The vintage post cards pinned against the back wall are from a batch I found in the first house we bought about 20 years ago. They are from the early 1900s.

The stack of little books behind the lamp includes my diary from my teen years, my grandmother's diary from her teen years, and a little Gideon New Testament I received years ago when my children were little and we would go to MOPS once a month.

My sister-in-law made the "tussy-mussy" in the middle for me in the 1990s when Victorian decor was so popular. I stitched the "Count Your Blessings" sampler just about the time we got married in 1985.

In the front section is a vintage lamp I found at a garage sale a couple years ago, and some of the vintage hankies from my collection. Laying on top of the hankies is a mint tin with a Victorian picture on it that my mother brought me from England in 1995.

The little leather-bound dictionary is a family heirloom. It was presented to my great-grandfather by my great-grandmother in 1911 for his birthday before they were married. I absolutely love having it. I'll have to show it to you in more detail later.

The little black shoes are mine from when I was a toddler. Turns out my aunt Rachel coveted them at the time. She confesses that she actually still does. Sort of.

The glasses? Um. Yeah. They are for my vintage eyes. So they really have nothing to do with treasures, except that I do treasure my eyesight and the ability to read!

I hope to show you more of my "Pioneer Cottage" bedroom soon!


Melody said...

Hi Karla! What a great post. Love all your treasures and the memories they hold! I too received a suitcase for my 9/10 birthday, but mine was a 1969-70 flower power canvas one. I still have mine have given me an idea! Thanks.

mary grace said...

I love this! So beautiful, and so personal! Those made-up displays of fake "old stuff" has nothing on *real* treasures and real stories!

Farrah said...

Let's see . . . I think my favorite vintage item here would have to be your grandmother's diary. I'd love to read one that old. It would be SO interesting!

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Abigail Schoorl said...

Yeah, there are a lot of vintage goodies you can find in garage sales. It's so amazing that your mom was able to keep your childhood trinkets and this vintage suitcase. These things are like treasure to be passed on to the next generations.