The Memory Keeper

Recently after my mother passed I received many of her beautiful antiques and glassware that have been in the family for sometime.  I am working my way through this and thought it was time to share some of the things that I now have in my home.  At first it was hard to look at everything and I still cannot go through immediately family photo's but have been able to look at ancestry photo's and family tree information that my grandmother had put in a suitcase and it was in my mothers apartment I got chills upon opening the suitcase as my mother had never spoke about this, the key was inside is it possible she never tried to open it?   I wanted to share the Reds that my Great Granny, Gramma and mother loved so dearly.

Roses from my garden I liked to take to my mother
I plant red and pink roses and want to add white and yellow and purple this year, often since my mom lived a mile away I would make her little boquets as she loved her fresh roses!

Family Reds
Mom and Gramma Sharp collected Avon Cape Cod Victorian glassware, it came out in the early 70's and every christmas they would put their sets together to feed everyone on the pretty red. Later mom started adding other kitchen items, her pans, utensils just about all her kitchen things were red.  She came to a point the last couple years where she used her red daily she said I am going to use my good stuff everyday!

Mom and Gramma's Vintage Cape Cod Victorian Red Glassware
My husband asked is this old I said no from the early 70's he said baby that is  40 years old.....hard to deal with the fact that my childhood items are now antique.........ooops. I have enough to serve probably 12 or more on the pretty red plates, bowls, desert items and my sisters family and I can keep the holiday tradition of eating on this red as we have for at least 40 years.

Granny Lee's Yellow Vaseline Vase
This yellow vaseline vase was My Great Gramma Granny Lee whom I adored when little
it now houses my freshcut roses

Family Heirlooms
My mom had just bought me the vintage apron a few weeks before she passed and I absolutely adore it, but now it also goes with all the red. I miss momma daily and just need to work through it, I don't know that I will ever not miss or think of her daily we were so close and she was too young to go.

Great Gramma Iona's Victorian times Photo album
I am not sure my mother was aware she had this as it was in the locked suitcase.  This photo album is from 1900 and has my great grandmother  Iona Thomas (Sharp) pictures of her beau whom was in world war 1, there are notecards he wrote her addressing her as Kid telling her places he was going or had been.  This man James Abraham Sharp became my Great Grandfather Iona passed in her 40's and I had never seen pictures of her I now have many pictures of her and her parents and their parents..... Looks like red was popular in the Victorian Days!

1900's photo's
There are pictures in the suitcase as early as 1870 some are not dated and look older
One of my Great Great was an Indian in beautiful clothing I will share that another time when I find out her name.

Family Heirlooms

Many family photo's alot of them in front of Victorian Farms in Indiana, old camps etc. I will share more over the next few weeks

James Abraham Sharp
Great Grandfather James Abraham Sharp, His son Boyd Victor Sharp my Grandfather was in  World War 2 and there are pictures of him and my grandmother dating, sweet notes etc..

Looking for an Antique Trunk to be set under this mirror to house all antique photo's and ancestry information

Thanks for reading this post, I know some of my post during this time may be sad as this is what is going on in my life right now and I want to keep things real!  I have many antique quilts with initials now I can research as to whom quilted them. I feel so blessed to now be the "memory Keeper" and to have a family steeped in history these items have been in family for 100+ years and I want to build the importance in my children to keep this going after I am gone.  There are 8 large boxes of pictures that are not as old just from last 70 years........I need a large antique trunk to place all the memorys in and pass down further.


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Piece of Work Wednesday @  Primitive & Proper
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