Friday, February 20, 2009

Show & Tell & ~CC's Antique Virtual $ale, $ale, $ale Shows, with much about France!

Ahhh...Another Show & Tell Friday, with Kelli from "Kelli's House"! Please be sure to meander on over to her place to catch all the other beauties that are being shared today!
Below my Show & Tell, you'll enjoy another fun featured Virtual $ale, $ale, $ale tour that I recently returned from the Northeast from. Many items reflect my love and passion for things very French!
My Show & Tell: As a young girl, I was totally enamored and in awe of my Grandmother. Everything about her I loved, and still do...even in my memories. These simple little rubber banded boxes below is how she stored much of her lovely pieces of jewelry, and I am blessed to have three of them. She kept them in this huge wood cedar lined chest she had in her bedroom and every so often, we'd sit there together while she showed me what lay beneath many of the rubber bands and under the lids.



As you'll see in the following pictures, I tried to capture what the items looked like as she lifted each lid. I never grew tired of the times we spent going through these little boxes, it was as if there were a huge treasure in each one.



The pearls I remember her wearing often, and many times I would play dress up and try them on.



The watch in the small box was so worn by her that it seems impossible that she could have ever worn it to bring it to this state. I'm wondering if it didn't belong to her mother.






I don't recall this rhinestone pin, but I'm so grateful that I now have it. The key represents to me that her memory will always be the "key" that opens my heart when I see my little rubber band boxes in my closet. When my little granddaughter, Cate, is old enough, I want to do the very same thing with her. Who has need of a fancy jewelry box, when I can pass down to her the mysteries that unfold under the lid of an unknown treasure like one of these my precious Grandma Odessa shared with me?

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Welcome to Lucketts Store & The Bee Cottage in Leesburg, VA
for our Virtual $ale Tour, with Much about France!!!
While visiting my dear friend, Kathleen Ellis, of "Kathleen Ellis Life Style Designs", she and her Prince Charming took us on an afternoon jaunt to visit a few of her favorite Antique Shops , Lucketts Store, and a lovely Vintage Boutique called "The Bee Cottage" where many chic items are to be found. Come along and sneak a peek with me...and you'll soon find out why this has now become my favorite place to go when I head up North too!
A treasure in "The Bee Cottage" was this hideaway, tucked in a corner...
I adore the look & feel of the imaginary world they enticed me into...

To the left of this I found this treasure of a display...

From memory now, I think this lovely French looking table lamp was in Lucketts...they had both new and antique items in this lovely shop. Three floors full of lovely items! Let's just say I was wading in things with a French influence...
Chic, love the pillow with the ruffle down the middle!
Totally French!
I would have loved to have brought this chair home with me...another French find!
And this Settee was gracefully upholstered in fabric with French writing...
I hated to say ~Au Revoir to her!
Loved this little chic lamp & sign found in The Bee Cottage...
My favorite I saved for last...found at "The Bee Cottage"...
I totally am in awe of this French Blue Silk covered chair... Tea anyone?
Now, all I need is $1,000 to go back and buy all these pretties! ;)
"Oui", a girl can dream~
Fortunate for me, my Mom taught me how to enjoy what we called Sear's "Wish Books" when I was a little girl!
Thanks so kindly for taking this little ride with me today to Lucketts Store & The Bee Cottage!
Stop by to check out the awards I've payed forward this week at: "This Place"
~Au Revoir!
~CC Catherine

35 comments:

Kathy said...

Oh, Catherine - your grandmothers things are just spectacular. The pearls are so elegant and lovely, the watch is stunning, and that key pin is so unique and just gorgeous. How blessed you are to have these items in your keep!

I so enjoyed your virtual shopping tour! Each item you photographed is oh so pretty and rich in French influence!

Have a delightful weekend, Catherine!
xo...Kathy

Linda said...

Oh, là là...that is so much French fun! Those are some great items! But the most special thing is your grandmother's jewelry (and the boxes). I think we all hope that we can be the wonderful grandmothers that our grandmother were to us and pass on traditions, memories, and values. Thanks for sharing that...I loved it! Linda

marty39 said...

CC your grandmothers jewelry is just so precious. I remember my mother having the same boxes with rubberbands around them to hold her very few pieces of costume jewelry. They were her treasurea and now mine. I love virtual shopping, and I was also taught the "Sears" book. I could see so many things in the background that were so me, what a great shop and 3 floors I would have been in total awe. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Marty

Lady Katherine said...

I love the story and seeing your Granmother's jewelry. I love the chairs, I saw a little metal set of three planter I wold love to have. The sette was beautiful!

Lady Katherine said...

Oh, and all those little tabes, I caught a glimse of several in the backgrounds. I started loking around my room to see what I have! The lines in some of my tables and chest are the same, some may need a little added. I am looking for a new style for my bedroom to start rounding up! lol

JudyBug said...

What treasures you have! I love the key! Better still, what lovely memories you have.

What tempting pics. In each pic, I would think...I would love that...no that...Oh I need that chair!

JudyBug

Karen Sherrill said...

What sweet memories you shared with us today! I remember looking through my mothers jewelry box and her telling me about all her pretties.
Love, love, love the french furniture... if I have an extra $1,000 I'll have to go there with you ;o)!

Karen

Kathleen Ellis said...

Good Morning, Catherine dear!
Just this morning I was wondering when you were going to show the pics from our outing on Saturday!
I so enjoyed that day w/you!
You really captured the beauty of "Beekeepers Cottage" they do have a website, too, should anyone be interested in visiting...
beekeeperscottage.com
I did expect to see the pic you took of their adorable red and white polka dot shutters! Did it come out?

Your memories of the times you shared w/your grandma opening her treasures are special, you'll truly enjoy doing that w/Cate!

Have a fabulous weekend!
xo Kathleen

Kristen said...

The jewelry from your grandmother is just beautiful. What a treasure to have some of her things, but more importantly, the memories that are attached to them. Thank you so much for sharing them with us.

Susan B said...

Thank you for sharing the treasures from your grandmother. They are so lovely. It's so nice that you have wonderful memories attached to them. I also enjoyed your virtual tour! I used to enjoy looking through the Sears Wishbook too! Have a wonderful weekend!

Karen said...

My Grandma kept her jewelry in boxes with rubber bands too!!!!! She didn't have a cedar chest, she kept them in drawers of her dressing table. And my Mom kind of did the same thing, but she had a jewelry box also.
I loved this post. If only we had just "one more day" with them ... wouldn't it be wonderful?
Loved the wonderful little shop! Boy could I have a hay day in there! ;)
Have a great day! Karen

Kelli said...

Such beautiful treasures....the key is amazing!
~Kelli

Walking on Sunshine... said...

Love your grandmother's treasures!! I especially love the watch bracelet! The store looks like a place I would love to shop in!! Thanks for sharing it and thank you so much for following my blog. Enjoy your day!

Belinda said...

What absolute treasures from your Grandmother! Is there ANYTHING more captivating as a little girl than playing in our Grandmother's jewelry box?! Wonderful!

Fifi Flowers said...

Oooh la la Fifi likes!
You also made Fifi cry... I had jewelry boxes with treasures in them from my grandmother and great grandmother and SADLY a couple years ago some HORRIBLE people decided to take them from me... when they broke into my home... is ALL gone... things I wished to give to my sons and some things to give to their future brides... it truly breaks my heart... sigh!

KATHERINELLEN said...

Catherine,
Love the Show & Tell....Beautiful and elegant jewery of your grandmother....a treasures to always have in memories. Beautiful chairs...my favorite is the one you wanted to take home...Love the fabirc designs....Thanks for stopping by....Have a wonderful weekends..Katherinellen

lvroftiques said...

Oh boy oh boy! That was one yummy shopping experience! I saw there was a white armoire hiding in that first picture...Well I'll take that one!Lol! And the cool blue silk chair was gorgeous! What a beautiful upholstery job. As well as the settee with french writing. That's my kind of shopping trip! *winks* I'd be holding my wallet sooo tight! *winks* I also remember going through my grandmothers jewelry box and it was such a treat! Each piece a special treasure because it belonged to her. My grandmother was, and is, my hero. She lived to 106! Anyhoo I so enjoyed seeing your grandmothers treasure boxes as well. The watch is art deco and dates to around the 20's/ 30's. I love that it was worn and loved so much. It must have been her favorite everyday watch. You're so lucky to have it. Vanna

Donna@designson47thstreet said...

I felt like I was going back in time with you peeking inside those boxes with your grandmother's jewelry. What treasures you hold dear to your heart. It was all so pretty, but I especially love that key and the watch.

The antique tour was almost as good as if I had been along. :) I could sure find a place for that settee with the french writing.

I enjoyed my visit at your blog today.

Donna

Blondie's Journal said...

Catherine,

I just love your grandmother! You have so many special memories of her that are so sweet when you share and I too remember my mom keeping her jewelry in the boxes they came in.

The furniture in Luckett's is to die for. I would love to have a parlor filled with furniture like that~you see, I had the Sears Wish Book also!!

Have a great weekend! :-)

xoxo
Janie

claudie said...

CC I also have a little box that contains my grandma's jewelry set. It's a black broach with matching earrings. I was told she wore it to all of her children's weddings. I had 10 wonderful Aunts and Uncle's. Sadly, they are all in heaven now. I miss them so so much. My grandmother was a very strong lady. I spent many Sunday's with her after church. We would all go over and have lunch together. We would cram dozen's of us in her little kitchen. French was all we spoke. No English. It's weird when I think of it now.
French songs, French food and lot's of love all around.
I really love the key. Is it to her heart??
Love Claudie
xoxoxo

Raggedy Girl said...

Did all our Gramma's have cedar chests full of wonderful treasures and let us play in them. My favorite was her mink stole.

Have a great weekend from
Roberta Anne

Olive Rue said...

OMG!!! What beautiful things. I can see from the photos you shared, your Grandmother was a woman of impeccable taste and style. How I love the rhinestone key! Those lamps from that shop are to die for.

Cass said...

Everything is lovely, but how GRAND to have things of your Grandmother's to show us. So pretty, so elegant.

I enjoyed the virtual shopping trip. If I had a spare thousand dollars kicking around with nothing better to do, I'd send it on to you!

:-) Cass

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Catherine, I am in love with that rhinestone key! Absolutely gorgeous! What wonderful, sweet memories you shared in such beautiful words. I think your Grandmother would have been very proud to read this post. It's a dang good thing that was a virtual shopping trip, because I can see I would have been VERY tempted to spend some money on some of those wonderful items you showed. laurie

Carolyn said...

What beautiful treasures and memories you have from your grandmother.
Very interesting french style treasures as well.
Thank you for visiting me and inquiring about baby Lila-she is doing very well 8lbs. already!

Bo said...

Hi Catherine...love these virtual shopping sprees....and I saw several things I'd love to have...I really enjoyed your fond memories of your grandmother & her special jewelry. ;-) Bo

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

What a beautiful post! I enjoy the virtual shopping!

Katherine

Jane said...

The watch is so unique and I love the blue upholstered french chair.

ceekay said...

I love your grandma's jewelry. The watch reminds me of the one my grandma wore. Wonder where it went to??? Nice shopping tour too!

carolinajewel said...

Lovely thing you have from your grandmother! What a nice way to remember her with the rubber-banded boxes. Loved the pretties you showed, especially the blue silk chair! :D Jewel

Susie Homemaker said...

I think it's wonderful you have those pieces and those memories...

Blessings,
Susie

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Catherine...what a fun shopping trip! And you got to meet Kathleen...how cool is that! :-) I know you guys had a blast shopping together! :-)

Alice said...

you have some really awesome items on your post! i love your grandmother's jewelry. it reminds me of my grandmother and my mom. i have one coral broach that belonged to my grandmother. my mom passed all her jewelry down to me. mostly costume pieces, but pieces she loved so much! they have real meaning to me. thanks for sharing your grandmother and your heart.

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Lavender Dreamer said...

What a great blog with lots of beautiful photos! I love the boxes of old jewelry and your stories! Very nice!

Laretha said...

Oh my! How I love that store! I am in the middle of an office remodel and it will have some very French influence! That chandelier lamp - amour!