Sunday, July 18, 2010

SOMETHING SPECIAL, Vintage Alphabet Party Brought to you by the Letters, L&M

Welcome to the Alphabet letter party from Etsy Cottage Style. This month we were challenged to showcase our vintage wares showcasing with the letters L&M. Very special vintage treasures near and dear to my heart and for more vintage fun click HERE to visit the many more participants joining in today.

So with camera in hand, I will share the letter L, which for me means, LAMPS, LACE,LOCKETS AND LETTERS! The letter M means MUSIC BOXES, MIRRORS, MUSIC SHEETS, and METAL BOXES.

This cherished lamp graces my studio and was given to me by my dear friend Ann, from Ann's Finds. I added the toile to the unique shade and when it is on, it makes the studio feel so cozy. I believe the lamp is from the late 40's or early 50's.

Beautiful and also cherished, is my 40's floor lamp, owned by my parents when they first married in 1945.

This lamp treasure was a gift to me from my mother as a house warming gift. I will always remember how dear she was when she gave me this.

Yards of handmade vintage lace edging made by my grandmother and other creative and talented ladies over the years when this was something you embellised all your gorgeous linens with. So glad we are seeing these beautiful pieces in pillows now and altered art designs. This lace has outstood the test of time as these linens have long been cut away from age, but the gorgeous lace lives on.

~~L~~~ can also stand for Lockets such as the vintage pieces I cherish.
The heart locket was my mother's, the silver oval was a gift from my mom and the small gold oval was a gift from my dear and best guy when we first started our life together. I have since added that one to my charm bracelet.

Now sharing the vintage M's. I have a music box, shaped like a piano, given to my mother from her God daughter. It plays, Somewhere My Love. She loved it and so do I.

The next M subject is this dear to my heart, hand mirror. It is from a metal dresser set belonging to my parents and one of the first pretty treasures they owned. I use it everyday on my vanity and have added some of my antique roses to the front.

Another smaller hand mirror found by my sweet friend Ann. It is wooden and has a small metal decoration in the center.

One of my favorite pieces is the swinging mirror that sits atop my vintage dresser in my shabby rose guest room.

Moving on with the M's brings me to vintage sheets of music. Cherished vintage music scores from the late 30's through the late 50's. I still play these piano arrangements now and then for fun.

From my studio store room, I couldn't leave out these vintage medicine bottles, just waiting for a redesign.

And, with it's age showing and rusty lid, I treasure this old metal round box used by my mother to hold vintage buttons. Love this one and the gorgeous rose on the lid graced by rust.

Another favorite metal box is this pretty round treasure that my dad loved and kept his keepsakes inside.

Lastly, and my very favorite, going back to the L's is my treasured album filled with 145 love letters written to my mother from my dad during World War II.

Here is his picture that mom had in the front of the album and every letter with their original envelope inside. The letter I share here, is one of the first he wrote while in boot camp in Lousiana. The rest are from England, France, Germany and Belgium. They are so wonderful and beautifully written sharing the love between two special people from 1942 through 1945. They start and end with my dad going off to war and coming home to ask my mother to marry him. It is a real romance in rare form and when I read these gorgeous letters, I know I hold something very special and dearer to me as time goes on.

Hope you enjoyed this portion of the vintage alphabet sharing the letters L&M
Till next time, thank you for stopping by and blessings to you always.

Hugs, Celestina Marie


Julie Marie said...

Oh Celeste, this post touched my heart so! All of your beautiful treasures and the wonderful memories they hold... you and I have talked so many times about how precious these memories and heirlooms are... I am going to read your words again and again, I love them so much! The little boxes that were your mama's and daddy's are so priceless, and I love the beautiful lace your grandmother made... so many things to cherish... my favorite are the letters from your daddy to your mama during WWII... my daddy served in France, Belgium, Germany and England too... wouldn't it be wonderful if they had known each other... I am sure they do now, as they watch over their "little girls" from Heaven... your story of the letters brings tears to my eyes, but they are happy tears, thinking of your parents and the loved they share, (and continue to), and the never~ending love you have for them... you have a beautiful way with words my dear friend! Love to you... xoxo Julie Marie

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

I have a letter from my dad to my mom...and I cherish it also....and I have my love letters from my me, he threw his out after he read them...sad....I loved this post....

Bearly Sane said...

Loved all you L & M's ... beautiful pieces and a wonderfully romantic story.
To be truthful, I thought the whole post was filled with romance.
Warmest Hugs,
Sandi @ Bearly Sane

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Celestina Marie,

My you have the most gorgeous treasures and loved seeing your L & M vintage wares.
I love the exquisite lace made by your Grandmother, lockets and your lamps and mirrors.
What a wonderful collection of beautiful things you have and you must treasure each one.

Happy week

Anonymous said...

Oh... I so loved this post. It is so wonderful to have those letters written between your parents when they were so young.
The lace & tins & lamps & music boxes all hold wonderful memories for you......
You are a lucky lady to hold these memories so dear!!
Lovely post.....
Have a Wonderful Week!

Unknown said...

Hi Celestina! Wow you said you couldn't wait for this were right ;D LOL, we both must've thought of lamps right away. Love your wooden one with the painted glass shade.
You have so many collections with personal memories...that is wonderful. I was right you did come up with some that I didn't think of too...Locket...Medecine Bottles....I can't wait to see what the other participants come up with.
I better be going I gotta clean flowers and start the flower designs.
Have a great Day!

Patti said...

What beautiful vintage treasures!!!! I have alot of old sheet music too. It was in the piano bench of my great-grandmother's piano, which I now own. Some of the music is yellowed and even falling apart, but I love it anyway...(and I don't even play the piano).
I especially LOVE your love letters. What a treasure you have there.

Blessings to you,

Debbi said...

good pics for the party Celeste! I only came up with L stuff cause I was in a hurry last night to get a post up...I LOVE the vintage crochet...

Ginny said...

You know Celeste, this post really touched my heart. You have so many vintage cherished items from your family, and that makes them so special with all the memories attached. I particularly loved the love letters and the floor lamp. I have a picture of my mother sitting in a chair with my sister as a baby on her lap, drinking a cup of coffee. Off to the side is a lamp much like yours!
I can fully appreciate all the wonderful items you showed.

Jacalyn @ said...

OH my gosh, such beautiful vintage goodies you have! The lamp from your mom is beautiful. What a treasure you have with those love letters! I hope that's something that stays in your family forever!


Covnitkepr1 said...

What a treasure trove you have amassed. Beautiful...absolutely beautiful.
Hi. I came across your blog through another blog I follow and have signed up as a follower. When you’re free, please do visit me and let me know what you think of my blog and leave a comment. If you like, do follow as well. I am always open to great new people and interesting websites. Look forward to hearing from you.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Everything is delightful...I love the beautiful lockets! I have a piano jewelry box and I think I used to have one like yours! I love all of your treasures and the things you enjoy! ♥

Vicki said...

Hello, Celestina Marie,
You have shown us so many beautiful treasures today. I think what makes them even more special is that they have been handed down through your family, such priceless heirlooms. I loved the story of your sweet mom and dad. I know you will always treasure these letters and photos and the love behind them. Hope your day has been a good one, sweet friend! Love and blessings to you~ Vicki said...

how lovely! What a lovely party and beautiful treasures you have! Rachaelxo

Anonymous said...

Celestina Marie! everything is so beautiful...and set to the music...well it lends itself to much charm and elegance!

but that being said, I must tell you that your laces and crochet trims are Too Die For! There is such a romance about them, about this entire post, really!

thanks so much for sharing this! and also for stopping in to see me!

ciao bella
creative carmelina

Anonymous said...

Hi Celeste,
Out of all the things you posted, the one of your parent's letters was so precious. How absolutely special for you to have them.
We were going down memory lane the last two days visiting all the homes we lived in these last 40 yrs. So special! We are on our way home now after 2 1/2 wks. Long trip but special times with family and friends. It's what life is all about.
Staying in KY today and hope to be back tomorrow. Take care, friend!
Lovely post!

Ruth Welter said...

Loved all you L's and M's Celeste...your photos are always a treat.


Niesz Vintage Home said...

Great L and M collections!
Love the lockets and love letters.

Kimberly :-)

Solid Rock or Sinking Sand said...

I really enjoyed reading the posts on your blog. I would like to invite you to come on over to my blog and check it out. God's blessings, Lloyd

Unknown said...

Another fabulous Celestina Marie presentation ... Celeste, you have such elegance & warmth in your writes of sharing your treasures.

My, they are all fabulous but I love the letter most, being such a sentimental one for military anything.

It is so wonderful you are the keeper of these beautiful moments & memories.

Have a beautiful day ~
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Lore♥ said...

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.{..'-`.._;..-'; para desearte lo mejor,
....`'--.._..-' dejarte una sonrisa.
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...............\.;---,/ de paz y armonía
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.....................\con cariño Lore

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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..